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Followed by 

The Bed & Breakfast Club (2008) (TV Series)

Edited into 

I Love the '80s (2002) (TV Series)

References 

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
The Breakfast Club whistle 'Colonel Bogey'.
Twilight Zone (1959) (TV Series)
Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom (1963) (TV Series)
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968) (TV Series)
Bender assumes Brian's father and overall homelife resembles the feel-good nature of the PBS preschool series
Annie Hall (1977)

Referenced in 

Growing Pains: The Breakfast Club (1987) (TV Episode)
title reference
The Lost Boys (1987)
Doll Killer (1987) (Video)
A character talks about being part of a "Breakfast Club" sandwich
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1991) (TV Episode)
Joel: "This is from 'The Breakfast Club,' right?"
Clerks. (1994)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Saturday Night Live: Emilio Estevez/Pearl Jam (1994) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Emilio Estevez in his monologue
Friday (1995)
When Anthony Micheal Hall smokes the joint, he tries catching the smoke he exhales with his mouth. Chris Tucker does the same thing in Friday.
Beautiful Girls (1996)
At the reunion Gina tells Tracy that she looks like Ally Sheedy in The Breakfast Club.
Chasing Amy (1997)
Mixed Signals (1997)
The Adam and Joe Show: Episode #2.1 (1997) (TV Episode)
In "Vinyl Justice", in Gary Numan's record collection they find a record of Simple Minds' Don't You Forget About Me with the poster from this film on the back.
Monument Ave. (1998)
Mentioned by characters in conversation
Dawson's Creek: Detention (1998) (TV Episode)
The entire episode is based on this movie.
Go (1999)
Lost & Found (1999)
Dogma (1999)
Jay and Silent Bob state that they were on a search for the fictional town of Shermer, Illinois, referenced in John Hughes's movies. Rufus later reveals a secret from Bethany's past about a boy named Brian Johnson, which is the same name as a character from the John Hughes film The Breakfast Club (1985) set in Shermer
American Pie (1999)
Prom band plays "Don't You Forget About Me," by Simple Minds
Futurama: Mars University (1999) (TV Episode)
Dean Vernon is a reference to Richard Vernon
Boys and Girls (2000)
title on marque and poster in entryway
Happy Campers (2001)
Referenced in dialog
Futurama: The Luck of the Fryrish (2001) (TV Episode)
7-leaf clover hidden in LP jacket for movie soundtrack; also features song "Don't You Forget About Me" from same soundtrack
Gilmore Girls: Nick & Nora/Sid & Nancy (2001) (TV Episode)
Lorelai: "Working on his Breakfast Club audition."
Saturday Night Live: Gwyneth Paltrow/Ryan Adams (2001) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned in Mango sketch flashback
South Park: Asspen (2002) (TV Episode)
At the end of the teen movie spoof "Don't You Forget About Me"-parodying music plays.
Van Wilder: Party Liaison (2002)
When Professor McDoogle (Paul Gleason) is arguing with the kids, it's the exact same scene as in the breakfast club. In the breakfast club Richard Vernon (played by Paul Gleason) is also arguing with a group of kids.
Lizzie McGuire: She Said, He Said, She Said (2002) (TV Episode)
the letter at the end of the episode resembles the one at the end of "The Breakfast Club" they also sign the letter as the Lunch Bunch
Grange Hill: Episode #25.12 (2002) (TV Episode)
Breakfast Club parallels - Ian's accumulated detention, Maddie's initially prone form on the desk, and individual revelations about their personal life.
South Park: Toilet Paper (2003) (TV Episode)
While the gang is waiting outside the principal's office, Cartman concocts an alibi which includes bowling next to Ally Sheedy, the "goth chick from The Breakfast Club."
Retarded Animal Babies (2003) (Video)
In RAB19 when Puppy is going spelunking, he tells himself a joke before falling down, just like Bender does in The Breakfast Club
Holes (2003)
The Real Cancun (2003)
Cited for 1980s nostalgia
Gilmore Girls: The Fundamental Things Apply (2003) (TV Episode)
Marty refers to his friends as "The Breakfast Crew."
Gilmore Girls: Ted Koppel's Big Night Out (2003) (TV Episode)
Rory illustrates Brendon's stupidity by telling Lorelai that watching the film inspired him to tape his butt cheeks together.
Crying? (2003)
Scrubs: My Rule of Thumb (2004) (TV Episode)
J.D. thinks about Molly Ringwald and says that "she was good in 'The Breakfast Club.'"
The Perfect Score (2004)
Characters mention a scene from this movie in a conversation.
Jersey Girl (2004)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude (2004) (Video Game)
Mentioned as one of Judd Nelson's films.
Cold Case: The Sleepover (2004) (TV Episode)
The girls (young versions of Brandi, Ariel, Tiffany, and Rita, the murder victim) are watching the film at the Beaudry's home in 1990.
The King of Queens: Hi, School (2005) (TV Episode)
Doug refers to himself as Emilio Estevez and compares Carrie with Ally Sheedy. When Carrie doesn't understand what he's talking about he explains it's from The Breakfast Club and that he's amazed she hasn't seen it.
The Pacifier (2005)
The vice principal uses the same line as the principal in breakfast club "You mess with bull, you get the horns."
Road Warriors: The Life and Death of Wrestling's Most Dominant Tag Team (2005) (Video)
Hawk uses "Neo-Maxi Zoom Dweebies" in an interview from 1987.
Campus Confidential (2005) (TV Movie)
Favorite movie of Violet and her potential beau
The Office: The Fire (2005) (TV Episode)
referenced in dialogue
The Office: The Fight (2005) (TV Episode)
Michael botches a quote from Emilio Estevez's character
Cold Case: Detention (2006) (TV Episode)
A present day Dawn mentions that being in detention was like high school not like the film.
Gilmore Girls: Bridesmaids Revisited (2006) (TV Episode)
Lorelai calls Rory "Anthony Michael Hall in 'Breakfast Club' smart."
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (2006) (Video Game)
Couzin Ed quotes the movie's line "You won't accept tongue in your mouth"
50 Films to See Before You Die (2006) (TV Movie)
Makes the countdown, is talked about.
This Filthy World (2006)
John Waters mentions it.
American Dad!: Failure Is Not a Factory-installed Option (2006) (TV Episode)
The boys watch this movie in the back yard drive in while roger recites the final lines of dialogue from the film.
An Evening with Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder (2006) (Video)
Mentioned by Kevin.
One Tree Hill: Pictures of You (2007) (TV Episode)
John Kapelos plays the teacher who gives the class assignment. He played Carl the Janitor in Breakfast Club. Bevan refers to the teacher at one point as Carl.
In the Land of Women (2007)
Lucy asks Carter: "Does it get more 'Breakfast Club' than that?"
Family Guy: Blue Harvest (2007) (TV Episode)
John Bender is at the Death Star attack briefing and asks if General Dodonna raids Barry Manilow's wardrobe
Corner Gas: Spin Cycle (2007) (TV Episode)
Hank begins reciting a speech from the voiceover in "The Breakfast Club"; Karen then points out that it is from "The Breakfast Club" and Hank says that he had watched the movie the previous night.
NCIS: Lost & Found (2007) (TV Episode)
Before trying to answer the final question in a film quiz, Anthony DiNozzo says: "You mess with the bull, you get the horns." to Ziva David and Timothy McGee.
Target Audience 9.1 (2007)
A young group of humans trapped in a closed environment learn to get along.
American Teen (2008)
cover reenacts Breakfast Club cast pose
Maybe Tomorrow (2008)
The pose on the poster is a salute to The Breakfast Club
Miss Guided: Rebel Yell (2008) (TV Episode)
While running wild through the school after hours, Becky, Tim, and Lisa dance around like the characters in The Breakfast Club to Karla DeVito's "We are not alone," and then Becky Says, "I feel like we're in The Breakfast Club and I'm Molly Ringwald."
Gossip Girl: Woman on the Verge (2008) (TV Episode)
Blair refers to the friendship of Blair, Serena, Nate, and Chuck as the non-judging Breakfast Club.
Psych: Murder?... Anyone?... Anyone?... Bueller? (2008) (TV Episode)
Shawn says to Juliet, "Who hasn't seen 'The Breakfast Club'?" Shawn does the dance from The Breakfast Club on the school rooftop. Instead of wearing nametags at their school renunion, Gus chooses to wear their senior picture and Shawn instead has one of Judd Nelson.
Pineapple Express (2008)
Red bounces a ball in his house when Saul and Dale first enter and says he is trying for a scholarship, similar to Bender's line in the gymnasium.
Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy: A Scottsman Who Can't Watch a Movie Without Shouting at the Screen (2008) (TV Episode)
The Scotsman shouts at Bender talking back to the principal and getting more detentions.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Teacher Week 2 (2008) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $16,000 question
Supernatural: Yellow Fever (2008) (TV Episode)
Frank's neighbor, Mark Hutchins mentions that Frank "taped half the town's butt cheeks together". Emilio Estevez's character taped a kid's butt cheeks together in the movie.
Samantha Who?: The Family Vacation (2008) (TV Episode)
mentioned during a game of charades
Swanland (2008)
When Casey is making fun of the group
Still Waiting... (2009) (Video)
quotes a line from the movie "this is what happens at my house when you spill paint in the garage"
How I Met Your Mother: The Stinsons (2009) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by characters.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Million Dollar Movie Week 2 (2009) (TV Episode)
Included in an $8,000 question
Wizards of Waverly Place: Hugh's Not Normous (2009) (TV Episode)
I heard a ruckus. Could you describe the ruckus?
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Donny's line "Two hits. I hit you, you hit the ground!" is taken from a heated exchange between Judd Nelson's and Emilio Estevez's characters.
Scrubs: A XXX Parody (2009) (Video)
DJ says 'And then we formed The Breakfast Club'
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.168 (2009) (TV Episode)
Included in a $2,000 question
The Nostalgia Critic: Steel (2009) (TV Episode)
"I guess Bender really did go crazy after The Breakfast Club"
Entourage: Security Briefs (2009) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Lloyd
Oblivion: The Series: Blueprint for Joy (2009) (TV Episode)
Maggot asks if Ziggy is from Johnson's Underwear, one of Ziggy's various former band names. The name is taken from a line spoken by Bender in The Breakfast Club.
Community: Pilot (2009) (TV Episode)
Abed mentions the film several times, and quotes the dialogue
Accidentally on Purpose: One Night Stand (2009) (TV Episode)
The lipstick on the cleavage trick that Billie claims is from "Grease" is actually from "The Breakfast Club".
How I Met Your Mother: Robin 101 (2009) (TV Episode)
Barney, while being taught by Ted, uses a line from The Breakfast Club, used by Bender in the film.
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (2009) (TV Episode)
James points out the poster for Texas Chainsaw Massacre resembles the poster of this movie.
One Tree Hill: I Just Died in Your Arms Tonight (2009) (TV Episode)
Julian quotes a line from the film
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.69 (2009) (TV Episode)
Included in a $10,000 question
The Office: The Delivery: Part 1 (2010) (TV Episode)
Phyllis says, "I can put on lipstick the way Molly Ringwald does in 'The Breakfast Club.'"
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.125 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $400 clue in the category "A Movie Before, Then Dinner After"
Greek: Camp Buy Me Love (2010) (TV Episode)
They mention this movie
The Nostalgia Critic: Flubber (2010) (TV Episode)
Mentioned as other movies written by John Hughes.
The Nostalgia Critic: Home Alone 3 (2010) (TV Episode)
referenced by name
Wizards of Waverly Place: Third Wheel (2010) (TV Episode)
Jerry made a reference to The Breakfast Club with the name John Bender (Judd Nelson's character).
Jeopardy!: 2010 Tournament of Champions Finals: Game 1 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $400 clue in the category "On the 1980s Movie Soundtrack"
The 41-Year-Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall and Felt Superbad About It (2010) (Video)
When Andy is cleaning the vomit off of Sarah's face, she says "Why are you being so nice to me? Andy replies "Because you're letting me." just like Claire and Allison in The Breakfast Club.
Baby's Day Out Review (2010) (Short)
another film written by John Hughes
Easy A (2010)
Mr. Griffith quotes Principal Vernon (Richard Gleason) when he lists "You mess with the bull, you get the horns" as one of the cliched things that teachers say to students; when Todd plays music outside Olive's window, the song is ""Don't You (Forget About Me)" by Simple Minds, which was the closing song in The Breakfast Club
The Dilemma (2011)
The DVD is on Ronny and Beth's kitchen table
No Ordinary Family: No Ordinary Detention (2011) (TV Episode)
Mr. Litchfield, JJ's math teacher, runs detention and ends up like John Hughes' movie
Special Collector's Edition: Supercop (2011) (TV Episode)
Appears on the list of Blu-ray releases of February/March
Take Me Home Tonight (2011)
opening credits mentions Shermer High School Class of 1984, and shows a copy of the videotape
Detention (2011)
Numerous references.
Parenthood: Hey, If You're Not Using That Baby... (2011) (TV Episode)
Sarah points out that Mark was two years old when "The Breakfast Club" came out.
Hughes the Force (2011) (Short)
Various references to quotable lines and characters throughout
Parenthood: Clear Skies from Here on Out (2011) (TV Episode)
Haddie mentions "The Breakfast Club" being on at a revival house.
How I Met Your Mother: Field Trip (2011) (TV Episode)
Barney mentions the movie by name.
American Horror Story: Halloween: Part 2 (2011) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.53 (2011) (TV Episode)
Jason Reitman mentions directing a live reading of the film's screenplay
Ghost Graduation (2012)
the ghost kids dance like the original cast in the library
Breaking In: The Contra Club (2012) (TV Episode)
The ending with "Don't You Forget About Me" playing, the letter being read about the characters, the fist in the air, and even the episode title all combine to make the reference.
Saturday Morning RPG (2012) (Video Game)
Players can earn achievements called "Mess With The Bull" and "You'll Get The Horns".
Detention of the Dead (2012)
Homage
How I Met Your Mother: The Magician's Code: Part 1 (2012) (TV Episode)
The gang dressed as the Breakfast Club one Halloween.
Men at Work: Wake and Bake (2012) (TV Episode)
Milo: "Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club."
Bad Kids Go to Hell (2012)
Headmaster Nash is played by Judd Nelson who played "the criminal" in "The Breakfast Club."
Suits: Sucker Punch (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.135 (2012) (TV Episode)
Nina Dobrev mentions the show.
Pitch Perfect (2012)
Jesse makes Judd Nelson's gesture while Beca sings the song from the movie scene.
Scenes from a Gay Marriage (2012)
Luce refers to the film by title.
Haven: Reunion (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
The Vampire Diaries: A View to a Kill (2013) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Stefan
Rewind This! (2013)
Video case is shown.
Orange Is the New Black: Imaginary Enemies (2013) (TV Episode)
Piper quotes Brian when talking about not getting her lamp to work
Grand Theft Auto V (2013) (Video Game)
Los Santos Rock Radio DJ, Kenny Loggins, says "These guys were on all the '80s teenage movies. Here's Simple Minds" before playing a track from Simple Minds
The Crazy Ones: Breakfast Burrito Club (2013) (TV Episode)
Title reference
The Sugarcube Critic: Mare in the Moon (2013) (TV Episode)
"The last time this much partying occured in a library, Paul Gleason came in and yelled at Judd Nelson."
Life After Pi (2014)
Poster seen
About a Boy: About a Buble (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Dolly Parton/Taylor Kitsch (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Mets Bucket Hat Guy
It Takes a Choir: Breakfast Club at Brashear (2014) (TV Episode)
Title reference (Brashear is a high school).
Burn in Hell
Ending shot

Featured in 

My Little Eye (2002)
17 minutes into the film, the girls watch a video of the John Hughes movie.
Trapped (2002)
I Love the '80s (2002) (TV Series)
I Love the '80s: 1985 (2002) (TV Episode)
shown while talking about the Brat Pack
Retrosexual: The 80's (2004) (TV Mini-Series)
50 Films to See Before You Die (2006) (TV Movie)
Clips shown.
Indie Sex: Teens (2007) (TV Movie)
A clip is shown
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards (2010) (TV Special)
clip shown during John Hughes tribute
Easy A (2010)
clip of Bender (Judd Nelson) walking acrross a field at the end of TBC
Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.4 (2011) (TV Episode)
clips of the film are shown as one of the films that made Christy a critic
Scream: The Inside Story (2011) (TV Movie)
Poster and footage of this movie are shown.
Pitch Perfect (2012)
Two characters are seen watching the last scene, later one character apparently watches the entire movie
Lorraine: Episode dated 10 October 2012 (2012) (TV Episode)
Lipstick scene is shown
Emo Kev (2013) (Short)
Kevin is seen watching a VHS copy of the movie
The Greatest 80s Movies (2014) (TV Movie)
Number 5 in the Countdown
At the Movies: Songwriter/Nineteen Eighty-Four/Witness/Mrs. Soffel (TV Episode)
Clips are shown in the teaser for the next week's show.
What I Learned About... From the Movies: High School (TV Episode)
excerpts from the movie in this episode

Spoofed in 

Back to the Beach (1987)
quoted
The Faculty (1998)
Go (1999)
Family Guy: Let's Go to the Hop (2000) (TV Episode)
Peter walks into a room in the school and says Holy Crap its the Breakfast Club! then sees lots of cereal characters lying around like characters from this movie. Later on he walks along to the song "Don't Forget About Me" from this film, spoofing a scene from it.
Not Another Teen Movie (2001)
Principal yells at them in detention.
Gay Propaganda (2002) (Short)
the segment features homosexal characters
Scrubs: My Drama Queen (2003) (TV Episode)
Ted punches his fist into the air after Dr. Kelso permits him to get a soda before returning to work. This gesture, as well as the music playing during this scene, is the same as the last scene in The Breakfast Club after Molly Ringwald's character gives Judd Nelson's character her earring.
Along Came Polly (2004)
Movie poster of fictional 1980s movie 'Crocodile Tears'
Degrassi: The Next Generation: Take on Me (2004) (TV Episode)
The entire set-up is the same as the film. Mr. Raditch wears a similar outfit to Principal Vernon. Sean = Bender, Hazel = Claire, Jimmy = Andy, Toby = Brian, Ellie = Allison.
Psych: Murder?... Anyone?... Anyone?... Bueller? (2008) (TV Episode)
Gus's narration at the end is a take-off on Brian's letter on behalf of the group, and Shawn pumps his fist like Bender after walking through a field.
Community: Communication Studies (2010) (TV Episode)
During their drinking binge, Jeff, Abed, and also the pizza delivery man climb up onto a table and dance like the kids in "The Breakfast Club," and Karla DeVito's "We are not alone" plays on the epis.ode soundtrack
The Big Sleaze (2010)
Freeze frame of character raising fist to the sky
The Breakfast Club: A XXX Parody (2010) (Video)
Porn parody.
Hughes the Force (2011) (Short)
The final freeze frame shot is a spoof of Bender's fist pump, and the dance scene during the end credits is a parody of the dance scene in The Breakfast Club.
The Simpsons: Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts (2011) (TV Episode)
Superintendant Chalmers has a flashback to the "breakfast club"
Victorious: The Breakfast Bunch (2012) (TV Episode)
The entire episode mimics the classic John Hughes film
Gravity Falls: Land Before Swine (2012) (TV Episode)
Mabel's and Waddles's dance sequence spoofs the dance sequence in "The Breakfast Club."
Regular Show: Fuzzy Dice (2012) (TV Episode)
Parodies the end of the film. Includes "Don't You Forget About Me"
The Neighbors: Dream Weavers (2013) (TV Episode)
Judd Nelson appears in a cameo which pokes fun at the film.
Glee: Feud (2013) (TV Episode)
Glee Club members walking in line on a banister is a spoof of a scene in The Breakfast Club
Cougar Town: The Criminal Kind (2013) (TV Episode)
"The Grocery-Store Club"
Community: Basic Story (2014) (TV Episode)
Hickey threatens Starburns by saying, "If I come over there, there's gonna be two sounds: me hitting you twice." This line spoofs Andrew's threat to Bender in "The Breakfast Club": "Two hits. Me hitting you, you hitting the floor."
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Jennifer Lopez/Keenen Ivory Wayans (2014) (TV Episode)
The freeze frame ending with "Don't You Forget About Me" playing is reenacted by Jimmy and Steve Higgins

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