The Big Chill (1983) Poster



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Hometown (1985) (TV Series)
Direct adaptation of the movie to a television series


Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Michael mentions Grumpy and Sneezy.
Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)
Harold announces the title just before the Michigan football game.
The Millionaire (1955) (TV Series)
Sarah Cooper Glenn Close asks Harold Cooper Kevin Kline if he was "John Beresferd Tipton.
Perry Mason (1957) (TV Series)
The cop refers to Meg as "Perry Mason."

Referenced in 

Saturday Night Live: Michael Douglas/Deniece Williams (1984) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned in Price/Waterhouse sketch.
At the Movies: D.A.R.Y.L./Cocoon/Return to Oz (1985) (TV Episode)
Roger Ebert calls "St. Elmo's Fire" (1985) a "Big Chill" for kids one year out of college.
Pretty in Pink (1986)
Iona refers to the film.
Meet the Raisins! (1988) (TV Special)
The Meet the Raisins Soundtrack is largely dependent on the Big Chill Soundtrack, which brought some once-obscure Motown songs back into the public eye. I Heard it Through the Grapevine and Ain't too Proud to Beg feature prominently in Meet the Raisins, and My Girl was used in one of the Raisins commercials.
Siskel & Ebert: The Best Films of 1988 (1988) (TV Episode)
Referenced when discussing "The Accidental Tourist".
It's Garry Shandling's Show.: The Last Show (1990) (TV Episode)
Garry's wife references the movie.
Parker Lewis Can't Lose: Power Play (1990) (TV Episode)
Parker makes a mental note to hide his parents' copy of "The Big Chill."
Grand Canyon (1991)
One of the phrases that is uttered by the alley urchin is "Beaufort, South Carolina," which was the setting for The Big Chill (1983), also directed by Lawrence Kasdan.
Siskel & Ebert: The Best Films of 1991 (1992) (TV Episode)
Referenced when discussing "Grand Canyon".
Peter's Friends (1992)
similar plotline
Siskel & Ebert: Hoffa/Trespass/Chaplin/Lorenzo's Oil/Peter's Friends (1992) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Peter's Friends" review.
Saturday Night Live: Robert Downey Jr/Fiona Apple (1996) (TV Episode)
Music from the soundtrack to The Big Chill is requested in 'Mister Music' sketch
The Oprah Winfrey Show: Summer Movie Reviews (1996) (TV Episode)
The answer to a trivia question.
Saturday Night Live: Kevin Spacey/Beck (1997) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in the Late Show with David Letterman
Take a Number (1997)
God, Sex & Apple Pie (1998)
Same concept.
The Making of 'Silverado' (1999) (Video)
mentioned a few times
High Fidelity (2000)
Barry and Dick say that "You Can't Always Get What You Want" must be disqualified from one of their Top 5 lists because it was used in "The Big Chill".
American Beauty Pie (2000) (Short)
An end credit is "a special acknowledgement to Andrew Fumento for his dead-on impression of Kevin Costner in The Big Chill"
Charmed: Sight Unseen (2000) (TV Episode)
Phoebe mentions the big chill and then asks Piper about her love life. This is an allusion to the 1983 movie, The Big Chill. The cast of the movie included many well-known actors including Kevin Kline and Glenn Close.
Inside the Actors Studio: Episode #8.5 (2001) (TV Episode)
Talked about by Kevin Costner.
A Tour of the Inferno: Revisiting 'Platoon' (2001) (Video)
mentionned once
Dinner for Five: Episode #1.3 (2002) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Fred Willard.
Infested (2002)
a group of friends meet after a long time at the funeral of a friend
T-20 Years and Counting (2003) (Video)
Good Eats: The Big Chili (2004) (TV Episode)
Title Reference
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Nesting Dolls (2005) (TV Episode)
Grissom says: "Have you ever gone a week without a rationalization? It's from The Big Chill. One of the characters explaining a basic fact of life - that rationalizations are more important to us than sex even." In 'The Big Chill' Michael says: "I don't know anyone who could get through the day without two or three juicy rationalizations. They're more important than sex. Ever gone a week without a rationalization?"
Doogal (2006)
Zeebad says, after collecting all the diamonds: "It's time for the big chill."
Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (2006)
It is mentioned in a newspaper article.
I Want Candy (2007)
The boys' say that their proposed film is like Big Chill.
The Game: The Big Chill (2007) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
TV Land Confidential: Movies (2007) (TV Episode)
still pictures
Baghead (2008)
movie on shelf
The Secret Life of the American Teenager: The Big One (2009) (TV Episode)
Ashley references the film concerning Amy, Ben and Ricky.
The Big Box: Seven Doors of Death (2009) (TV Episode)
Video case is shown.
The Big Box: The Ritz (2009) (TV Episode)
Video case is shown.
The Big Box: The Body Shop (2010) (TV Episode)
Video case is shown.
The Big Box: The House of the Devil (2010) (TV Episode)
Video case is shown.
The Big Box: Don't Open the Door (2010) (TV Episode)
Video case is shown.
The Big Box: Deep Throat (2010) (TV Episode)
Video case is shown.
Richard Roeper & the Movies: Grown-Ups (2010) (TV Episode)
Roeper: "This is such thin gruel that it makes 'Couples Retreat' look like 'The Big Chill'"
The Cinema Snob: Caligula: Part II (2010) (TV Episode)
Video case is shown.
The Big Box: The Thirsty Dead (2010) (TV Episode)
Video case is shown.
The Big Box: A Christmas Story (2010) (TV Episode)
Video case is shown.
The Middle: The Big Chill (2011) (TV Episode)
title reference
Justified: Full Commitment (2011) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Modern Family: Mother's Day (2011) (TV Episode)
When Jay and Phil start cooking, Phil turns on "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" and begins dancing to it, mimicking the cooking scene in the movie.
New Girl: Injured (2012) (TV Episode)
The Big Chill is mentioned during the rap scene in this episode of New Girl.
Fireman Sam: The Big Chill (2012) (TV Episode)
Title is referenced
Jeopardy!: Episode #28.176 (2012) (TV Episode)
correct response in "'Big' Movie Quotes" category
Suburgatory: The Wishbone (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
RED 2 (2013)
As people gather for a funeral, the organist is playing Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want"
Modern Family: iSpy (2014) (TV Episode)
Phil Dumphy mentions this movie by name
About Alex (2014)
An homage to The Big Chill, similar plot and characters with Alex reimagined as alive after having attempted suicide.
Success in the System (2014) (Video)
Short dvd interview documentary about this film
The Big Chill: Thirtieth Anniversary Q&A (2014) (Video)
30th Anniversary year Q&A relating to this motion picture.
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 25 August 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
mentioned by John Anderson
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Glenn Close/Gabrielle Union/J Mascis (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Seth as he introduces Glenn Close
The Chase Australia: Episode #1.41 (2015) (TV Episode)
When introducing Matt Parkinson as a possible Chaser, Andrew O'Keefe describes him as being "so tall, so cold it's no surprise his favourite movie is The Big Chill".
The Frogmarch (2015)
A reunion of friends at a remote location.
Murdoch Mysteries: The Big Chill (2016) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
The Cinema Snob: Windy City (2017) (TV Episode)
"Let's capitalize on the success of The Big Chill."
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017)
A VHS of the film is seen.
Rick and Morty: The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy (2017) (TV Episode)
Rick Sanchez: "Yo what's up, Big Chill!"
Pinky and Perky Show: The Pig Chill (TV Episode)
Title reference.


It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955)
Watched by the characters late at night.

Featured in 

The 56th Annual Academy Awards (1984) (TV Special)
Precious Images (1986) (Short)
The 65th Annual Academy Awards (1993) (TV Special)
The Big Chill: A Reunion (1999) (Video)
clips shown
Charlie Rose: Episode dated 11 May 1999 (1999) (TV Episode)
Clip shown
Dawson's Creek: Weekend in the Country (2000) (TV Episode)
a scene is featured on a TV.
The Directors: The Films of Lawrence Kasdan (2001) (TV Episode)
Clips shown.
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Songs: America's Greatest Music in the Movies (2004) (TV Movie)
The song "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" is #94 on the list.
Hollywood's Top Ten: Super Soundtracks (2011) (TV Episode)
Honorable mention, clips shown
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.67 (2012) (TV Episode)
a clip is shown in a montage of Glenn Close films
Revealed: Meg Tilly (2013) (TV Episode)
Meg Tilly discusses the movie.
Success in the System (2014) (Video)
Shows clips from this theatrical feature film

Spoofed in 

Trading Partners (1984)
Partners is a loose takeoff on The Big Chill.
Saturday Night Live: Kevin Kline/Bobby McFerrin (1988) (TV Episode)
An 'alternate ending' to this film is shown
Twentysomething 3 (1989) (Video)
Porn take on mainstream movie.
Bi Chill (1994) (Video)
porn parody
Stella Shorts 1998-2002 (2002) (Video)
The short "College Reunion" is very much a parody of The Big Chill. The audio commentary on the DVD confirms this.
Flip the Script (2005)
A group of friends are reunited, after a long time, by the death of a friend/it turns out the friend faked his death for a reality show and he shows up at his own funeral
30-Second Bunny Theatre: The Big Chill (2005) (TV Episode)
The Whole Video is a Short Parody of this film
The Big Mope (2007) (Short)
Title spoof.
Darling Companion (2012)
Michael wants to open a night club.

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