The Color Purple (1985) Poster


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Referenced in 

Hunter: Death Machine (1986) (TV Episode)
title appears on Chinese Theatre marquee
Saturday Night Live: Oprah Winfrey/Joe Jackson (1986) (TV Episode)
Referenced during cold opening, monologue and Actors on Film
Moonlighting: Camille (1986) (TV Episode)
Camille asks whether the film is on TV yet.
Saturday Night Live: Anjelica Huston and Billy Martin/George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic (1986) (TV Episode)
Mentioned during intro to The People's Second Choice Awards
Siskel & Ebert: Colorizing: Hollywood's New Vandalism (1986) (TV Episode)
In the teaser for the next week's show, which will review "Jumpin' Jack Flash" (1986), Roger Ebert mentions that Whoopi Goldberg also starred in this movie.
Sledge Hammer!: They Shoot Hammers, Don't They? (1986) (TV Episode)
One of cops ridiculing Sledge says that if they made a movie of him they'd call it The Color Yellow. The movie had come out a few months before this.
Hollywood Cop (1987)
The title for this can be seen on the canopy of Mann's Chinese Theater.
Video Violence 2 (1987) (Video)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Collision Course (1989)
Poster seen.
Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Episode #2.9 (1990) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned by Clive Anderson
Tales from the Crypt: Dead Wait (1991) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Critic: The Pilot (1994) (TV Episode)
Sherman is wearing a "The Color Purple" bathrobe.
Kicking and Screaming (1995)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Sunset Park (1996)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Oprah Winfrey Show: Summer Movie Reviews (1996) (TV Episode)
An audience member's wrong answer to a trivia question.
Dawson's Creek: Pilot (1998) (TV Episode)
Dawson: I have Schindler's List and The Color Purple. Oh, and for humility purposes I also keep his others.
Siskel & Ebert: Remembering Gene Siskel (1999) (TV Episode)
Oprah Winfrey mentions Gene Siskel's prediction that she would not win the Oscar for the film (in an archive clip).
All the Rage (1999)
The VHS of this film can be seen in a videostore
Timecode (2000)
Rescued from the Closet (2001) (Video)
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
Someone mentions this film.
My Wife and Kids: Papa Said Knock You Out (2002) (TV Episode)
Jay quotes Sophia
Jim Brown: All American (2002) (TV Movie)
Madea's Class Reunion (2003) (Video)
Madea tells Stephanie if Horace dials 911, to run like Shug did to Miss Celie
101 Biggest Celebrity Oops (2004) (TV Special)
Actors turn down roles: Tina Turner - "The Color Purple"
Ladies in Lavender (2004)
one character teaching another character by attaching name-tags on things and furniture
Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)
Dialogue Reference
Jeopardy!: Episode #22.85 (2006) (TV Episode)
correct response in "African-American Actresses" Final Jeopardy! category
Jeopardy!: Episode #22.88 (2006) (TV Episode)
incorrect response in "The Color Purple" category
Madea's Family Reunion (2006)
Madea recites the speech Sofia gives to Celie after Harpo beats Sofia to a boy on the school bus.
Shadow: Dead Riot (2006)
"like Danny Glover in 'Purple' " (song lyrics)
Savage Harvest 2: October Blood (2006) (Video)
VHS tape seen
Special Needs (2006)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Wire: Misgivings (2006) (TV Episode)
Namond mentions that his mother has gone to New York to see the musical of the film.
Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates the First Kiss (2008) (TV Episode)
Narrator-Chris says, "She went to see The Color Purple because she assumed it was about Prince."
Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates Tattaglia (2008) (TV Episode)
title mentioned
Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates Cake (2008) (TV Episode)
Tonya watches part of the movie on video at Mr. Omar's apartment
Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates My Man (2008) (TV Episode)
Julius says the store was out of "The Color Purple" play sets
Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous (2008)
mentioned in dialogue
Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People Episode 5: 8-Bit Is Enough (2008) (Video Game)
Strong Bad complains about taking a The Color Purple personality quiz when answering an email
Saturday Night Live: Neil Patrick Harris/Taylor Swift (2009) (TV Episode)
The musical is referred to in the Broadway meeting segment.
Precious (2009)
Ms. Rain gives Precious the book of The Color Purple to read
Muchachada nui: Episode #3.6 (2009) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned by character in segment "Tú eres el protagonista: Steven Spielberg"
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.66 (2009) (TV Episode)
Included in a $500 question
Jeopardy!: 2010 College Championship Semifinal 2 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $200 clue in the category "21st Century Women"
The Simpsons: The Color Yellow (2010) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Cop Out (2010)
Paul quotes from it in the interrogation room
Saturday Night Live: Bryan Cranston/Kanye West (2010) (TV Episode)
On Weekend Update, Seth suggests that a possible title for Snooki's book could be "The Color Orange."
Saturday Night Live: Scarlett Johansson/Arcade Fire (2010) (TV Episode)
In the "Stars of Tomorrow" segment, Laura acts out a scene from "The Color Purple."
Edición Especial Coleccionista: Zombie Town (2010) (TV Episode)
Appears on the list of Blu-ray releases of December/January
Ask That Guy with the Glasses: Ask That Guy #63 (2011) (TV Episode)
Ask That Guy claims he was in this movie as "the black guy."
The Cleveland Show: The Men in Me (2012) (TV Episode)
Video seen in Blackbuster Video
New Girl: Secrets (2012) (TV Episode)
Winston quotes The Color Purple.
Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.90 (2012) (TV Episode)
Bobby mentions the movie by name.
Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot (2013)
film poster shown
Mike & Molly: Carl Gets a Roommate (2013) (TV Episode)
Samuel says living with Carl is "kind of like Whoopi Goldberg and Danny Glover in 'The Color Purple'."
Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.34 (2013) (TV Episode)
Ross mentions the movie by name.
Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.49 (2013) (TV Episode)
Chelsea mentions the movie by name.
Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.107 (2013) (TV Episode)
The round table talks about the movie.
Honest Trailers: Breaking Bad (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by the narrator
The Blockbuster Buster: The Shaggy Dog (2013) (TV Episode)
"I was in Lethal Weapon, The Color Purple..."
American Horror Story: Head (2013) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Queenie
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.59 (2014) (TV Episode)
Sherri Shepherd talks about Oprah Winfrey's character falling down in the film
Chelsea Lately: Episode #8.16 (2014) (TV Episode)
Ron mentions the movie by name.
And the Oscar Goes To... (2014) (TV Movie)
Discussed by Whoopi Goldberg and mentioned repeatedly during award ceremony montage
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 14 March 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
title mentioned by Mike Greenberg
RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked!: Snatch Game (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Bianca.
About a Boy: About a Kiss (2014) (TV Episode)
Guess during Charades
RuPaul's Drag Race: Sissy That Walk! (2014) (TV Episode)
"Santino Rice' says, "shake your shimmy, sister," during Darienne Lake's runway.
Brickleberry: Obamascare (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 1 October 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
mentioned in discussion of films released in 1985
John Alvin Neon Tribute (2014) (Video)
mentioned once
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Oprah Winfrey/Idina Menzel (2014) (TV Episode)
Oprah Winfrey says she purchased her talk show because the producers initially allowed her only two weeks off to make the film.
Epic Rap Battles of History: Steven Spielberg vs. Alfred Hitchcock (2014) (TV Episode)
directly mentioned in lyrics
De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #6.20 (2015) (TV Episode)
Answer to a question
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Josh and I Are Good People! (2015) (TV Episode)
Paula mentions the movie by name.
The Chase Australia: Episode #2.38 (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Andrew O'Keefe as the correct answer to a question about the Whoopi Goldberg film based on the novel of the same name by Alice Walker asked to Darcy during his Cash Builder round. Also mentioned by Issa Schultz, who says that "it sounds like a children's book", when he meets Darcy.
BoJack Horseman: It's You (2016) (TV Episode)
Spoofed as "The Color Purrple" on Princess Carolyn's bookshelf
Mary + Jane: YouCube (2016) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue

Featured in 

The 58th Annual Academy Awards (1986) (TV Special)
Siskel & Ebert: What's Wrong with Home Video (1988) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown.
The 68th Annual Academy Awards (1996) (TV Special)
Century of Black Cinema (2003) (Video)
Clips shown.
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Cheers: America's Most Inspiring Movies (2006) (TV Movie)
This film is #51 on the list.
The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) (TV Special)
Spielberg on Spielberg (2007) (TV Movie)
clips shown
The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2009) (TV Special)
Clips shown during Steven Spielberg tribute.
15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2009) (TV Special)
Clips featured during montage.
Black to the Future: Hour 2: The 80s (2009) (TV Episode)
clips; discussed
Loose Women: Episode #13.148 (2009) (TV Episode)
Clip shown.
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Hot Tub Time Machine/Chloe/How to Train Your Dragon (2010) (TV Episode)
"Tyler Perry in 3 Minutes or Less" segment: his favorite movie
Casting By (2012)
fragment with Danny Glover
And the Oscar Goes To... (2014) (TV Movie)
a clip from the Best Actress nominee is shown

Spoofed in 

The Boondocks: The Color Ruckus (2010) (TV Episode)
title reference; Mister is a spoof of Danny Glover's character from the film
Robot Chicken: Choked on Multi-Colored Scarves (2012) (TV Episode)
parodied in the War Horse remake trailer
Saturday Night Live: Russell Crowe/Margo Price (2016) (TV Episode)
spoofed during 'Oprah Winfrey A Life of Love'

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