Free Willy (1993) Poster



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Free Willy (1994) (TV Series)

Referenced in 

Siskel & Ebert: The Fugitive/The Meteor Man/Manhattan Murder Mystery/The Secret Garden/The Wedding Banquet (1993) (TV Episode)
A still is shown for the "In Current Release" bumper. Thumbs down from Siskel; thumbs up from Ebert.
Saved by the Bell: The College Years: Guess Who's Coming to College? (1993) (TV Episode)
Leslie says, "It was so sweet that you cried when they freed Willy."
The Larry Sanders Show: Off Camera (1993) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Larry
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Wild World of Batwoman (1993) (TV Episode)
"When do they Free Willy?"
The Nanny: Here Comes the Brood (1993) (TV Episode)
C.C. mentions the character of Willy being freed.
Nunsense (1993) (TV Movie)
In the Rush-sniffing scene
The Simpsons: The Boy Who Knew Too Much (1994) (TV Episode)
Homer watches a director's cut of this on TV, characters talk about it before hand.
Weird Science: Keeps on Tickin' (1994) (TV Episode)
When Gary learns that he will lose his virginity in three days, he says, "I'm finally going to free Willy!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Invasion USA (1994) (TV Episode)
"These scenes were cut from Free Willy"
Due South: Free Willie (1994) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Tommy Boy (1995)
Jury Duty (1995)
Mentioned by Tommy
Weird Science: Free Gary (1995) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Species (1995)
Michael Madsen's cat being named Orca, Michael Madsen was in Free Willy
Married with Children: Requiem for a Dead Briard (1995) (TV Episode)
Al calls Peg's mother "a.k.a. Free Willy".
Saved by the Bell: The New Class: Casino ID's (1995) (TV Episode)
Tommy D. refers to the film.
Married with Children: Bearly Men (1995) (TV Episode)
Ephraim about taking his wife home: "I'm coming to free Willy."
Krzysztof Kieslowski: I'm So-So... (1995)
A poster is shown.
Picket Fences: This Little Piggy (1995) (TV Episode)
Broached by Matthew as he is talking to Jill about Holly at home.
Troldspejlet: Monkey Trouble (1995) (TV Episode)
Jakob Stegelmann mentions the film in his review of Monkey Trouble (1994)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Brute Man (1996) (TV Episode)
"Boy befriends killer whale"
The John Larroquette Show: Here We Go Again (1996) (TV Episode)
The climax of "The Golden Girls: The Musical" reminds John of the ending of "Free Willy."
Married with Children: The Joke's on Al (1996) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by name.
Striptease (1996)
Hang Time: Style Before Substance (1996) (TV Episode)
For his wresting match with Teddy, Willie dresses as a whale.
Killers (1996)
they're talking about that movie
The Oprah Winfrey Show: Summer Movie Reviews (1996) (TV Episode)
Oprah: "I was sick to find out Free Willy ain't free at all."
Married with Children: Live Nude Peg (1997) (TV Episode)
Bud, trying to convince Kelly of gaining weight for a role, tells her: "Free Willy used to be Flipper."
Plump Fiction (1997)
Saved by the Bell: The New Class: It's Not About Winning (1997) (TV Episode)
Maria refers to the film.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Time Chasers (1997) (TV Episode)
Mike tells them to go watch this with Gypsy
Slappy and the Stinkers (1998)
The kids mention the movie Free Willy when they are planning to free slappy from the aquarium
The Simpsons: Dumbbell Indemnity (1998) (TV Episode)
At Marine World, a sign next to the killer whale reads: "Willy (formerly Shamu)."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gorgo (1998) (TV Episode)
during a boating scene someone says 'We must kill Willy"
Holy Man (1998)
The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police: The Final Episode (1998) (TV Episode)
Max mentions that this was the inflight movie.
The Muse (1999)
Charmed: Be Careful What You Witch For (2000) (TV Episode)
Multiple characters refer to the judge, a Guardian who protects criminals, as Free Willy, a nickname the judge has acquired.
Action: One Easy Piece (2000) (TV Episode)
Peter mentions the film.
Tucker: Señor Lyzardo (2001) (TV Episode)
Leon refers to the film.
Bubble Boy (2001)
Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie (2002)
mentioned in the end credits song
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch: Free Sabrina (2002) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Kangaroo Jack (2003)
referenced in dialogue
Foolproof (2003)
32 min. into the film Sam mentions the older film's title in dialog.
Les clefs de bagnole (2003)
laurent name the killer-whale "willy" at the end of the movie
Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude (2004) (Video Game)
Mentioned in first conversation with Charlotte.
Saturday Night Live: Jason Bateman/Kelly Clarkson (2005) (TV Episode)
Mentioned on Rap Night
Monster-in-Law (2005)
Tanya Murphy names it as one of her favorite movies
Drawn Together: The One Wherein There Is a Big Twist: Part 2 (2005) (TV Episode)
Toots seen in the opening credits jumping over a pier with a kid in the middle like Willy.
Terminal City: Episode #1.2 (2005) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by the characters.
Aída: From Lost to the River (2005) (TV Episode)
While thinking about roles for Eugenia, Lorena asks whether there's a 'Free Willy' musical
Un ticket pour l'espace (2006)
referenced by title
The Suite Life of Zack and Cody: Free Tippy (2006) (TV Episode)
title reference
Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006)
when Dargis is being interview by the animal rights group, he mentions this movie
Shark Bait (2006)
"Did I ever tell you boys about the time I freed Willy?"
Aspe: Free Willy (2006) (TV Episode)
Open reference by a character
Surf School (2006)
"Free Willy! Free Willy!"
Gray Matters (2006)
Sam mentions Free Willy 1, 2 and 3 in the dog park
Class of 3000: Funky Monkey (2006) (TV Episode)
Sunny mentions watching this film 40 times.
Una familia de diez: Destapando el baño (2007) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by name by El Abuelo.
Being Michael Madsen (2007)
still shown from the set
El internado: En orden alfabético (2007) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Be Kind Rewind (2008)
Video case is shown.
Entourage: Fantasy Island (2008) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Ari
Hole in the Wall: Sports Stars vs Couch Potatoes (2008) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Jules Lund after one of the Couch Potatoes is knocked into the pool.
Bones: The Beaver in the Otter (2009) (TV Episode)
mentioned by one of the fraternity brothers
Dance Flick (2009)
"Look who freed Willy."
I Can Do Bad All by Myself (2009)
Free Willy mentioned by Madea
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.85 (2010) (TV Episode)
Tracy Morgan says he wants to use the Free Willy whale in his remake of Orca
Cougar Town: All Mixed Up (2010) (TV Episode)
movie mash-up answer: Free Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Nostalgia Critic: The Pebble and the Penguin (2010) (TV Episode)
The song "Will You Be There" is played when a giant killer whale tries to attack the penguins
Nostalgia Critic: The NeverEnding Story III (2011) (TV Episode)
"You got the dick-cheese from Free Willy" in reference to Jason James Ricter
Our Idiot Brother (2011)
"Operation Free Willie"
8:46 (2011)
VHS copy shown
The Nostalgia Teen: Buddy (2011) (TV Episode)
Corny family animal movie.
Gruen Planet: Occupy Wall Street (2011) (TV Episode)
After the Spin Cycle segment looks at how NMA TV Taiwan explained PETA's lawsuit against Sea World for enslaving killer whales and their recommendation that they replace the real killer whales with robots, Wil Anderson describes it as "Free Willy meets The Terminator".
American Dad!: The Worst Stan (2011) (TV Episode)
the 4 Free Willy movies are mentioned
Raising Hope: Spanks Butt, No Spanks (2012) (TV Episode)
Virginia says, "It's not a whale. We're not freeing Willy."
Epic Rap Battles of History: Michael Jackson vs. Elvis Presley (2012) (TV Episode)
Directly referenced in lyrics
Holliston: Weekend of Horrors: Part 1 (2012) (TV Episode)
Laura lists "Free Willy" among Danielle Harris' credits.
The Killing: Sayonara, Hiawatha (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Gravity Falls: The Deep End (2012) (TV Episode)
Mermando is set free and jumps over Mabel's head, referencing the shot of Willy escaping in "Free Willy."
Titanic Review (2012)
Plinkett mentions that James Cameron directed this film.
Rewind This! (2013)
Video case is shown.
Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.40 (2013) (TV Episode)
Chuy mentions the movie by name.
Celebrity Splash! Australia: Heat 2 (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Larry Emdur after Adam Richard climbs out of the pool.
We're the Millers (2013)
The character Edie is said to be very emotional about the film.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.15 (2013) (TV Episode)
Jay makes a pun based on the film's title
Shameful Sequels: Free Willy 4: Escape from Pirate's Cove (2013) (TV Episode)
talks about the previous Free Willy films
James & Mike Mondays: Sonic '06 (2013) (TV Episode)
James - "Free Willy!"
Xtinction: Predator X (2014)
When the alligator leaps over the characters heads
Veep: Debate (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Doyle.
Chelsea Lately: Episode #8.92 (2014) (TV Episode)
The phrase "free his willy" is used regarding a story about cetacean sex.
Black Box: Free Will (2014) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
RiffTrax Live: Sharknado (2014) (Video)
Bill: "I thought it was Free Willy and I tried to pet him!"
Lucas Bros Moving Co: Tales from the Hoodie (2014) (TV Episode)
Name on tombstone
On the Spot: Team CSC vs. Team Free Willy (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by name
All Creatures Big and Small (2015)
References the scene where Willy jumps the main character.
Spoof Trek IV: The Parody Home (2015) (Short)
RiffTrax Live: Sharknado 2 (2015) (TV Movie)
Kevin: "It's Free Willy! Yay! Hi Willy!"
Roboshark (2015) (TV Movie)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Big Bang Theory: The Separation Oscillation (2015) (TV Episode)
Raj says "free my willie" in reference to Mandy, a marine biologist.
De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #7.11 (2015) (TV Episode)
Answer to a question
Luca tanzt leise (2016)
Luca suggests that she and Mr. Pfeiffer watch this film
The Middle: The Wisdom Teeth (2016) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Frankie
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Henry Cavill/Nia Vardalos/Eric Holder (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in the Venn Diagrams segment
The Chase Australia: Episode #2.53 (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Brydon Coverdale as the film that made Keiko the killer whale a household name during the Final Chase.
BoJack Horseman: Fish Out of Water (2016) (TV Episode)
Free Willy International Airport
Jeopardy!: Episode #33.87 (2017) (TV Episode)
referenced in clue in "Entertainment Under the Sea" category
Tvoje tvár má známý hlas: Episode #3.1 (2017) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Martin Dejdar.
The Angry Video Game Nerd: Sonic the Hedgehog 2006 (2017) (TV Episode)
"I thought you were freeing the whale, like Free Willy."

Featured in 

Michael Jackson: Will You Be There (1993) (Video)
clips shown
Love Affair (1994)
Troldspejlet: Dennis Jürgensen (1995) (TV Episode)
Jakob Stegelmann mentions the film in the news section + clip shown
I Love the '90s: 1993 (2004) (TV Episode)
Footage from this film was edited into this mini-series.
Best! Movies! Ever!: Rescues (2007) (TV Episode)
clips featured to illustrate the best rescues in movie history
Nostalgia Critic: Free Willy (2010) (TV Episode)
the movie is reviewed
Nostalgia Critic: Theodore Rex (2010) (TV Episode)
The Popcorn-Eating Guy from "Free Willy" is used
Hollywood's Top Ten: You're an Animal (2011) (TV Episode)
Nostalgia Critic: Santa Claus: The Movie (2012) (TV Episode)
recalling the "Evil Popcorn Man" meme originating from this movie.
Nostalgia Critic: The Top 11 Nostalgia Critic Fuck-ups: Part 3 (2012) (TV Episode)
Critic recalls the error he made about saying tapping on glass wouldn't hurt whales.
Uvda: Episode #20.1 (2013) (TV Episode)
A short clip

Spoofed in 

Roundhouse: Feminism (1993) (TV Episode)
Spoofed as 'Fry Willy'
Tiny Toons Spring Break (1994) (TV Movie)
As a killer whale is freed it jumps over a gate and lands on Elmyra, with Babs singing a parody of the song Will You Be There by Michael Jackson which was recorded for the movie.
The Simpsons: The Boy Who Knew Too Much (1994) (TV Episode)
In a "Director's Cut" of the film, Jesse is crushed by Willy as he tries to jump over him.
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man: Dammit, Hollywood (1997) (TV Episode)
The movie "Lickety-Split's Oily Adventure" is a parody of this film.
Cats Don't Dance (1997)
During the end credits, Tillie and Pudge are seen starring in a parody of this movie called "Free Tilly"
The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper: Free Goldie/I'd Pick Your Nose/Birthday Boos (1997) (TV Episode)
The scene where Goldie flies over the Trio lampoons the scene where Willy flies over Jesse in Free Willy (1993).
The Independent (2000)
Ben Stiller plays Willy, a cop in a movie within The Independent called "One Whale of a Cop." A kid is setting his cop free to be with the other cops.
The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XI (2000) (TV Episode)
Snorky the dolphin's escape is almost shot-for-shot of Free Willy in the iconic scene from the film.
Vecinos: Servicio de cable (2005) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by name as Free Chilli.
South Park: Free Willzyx (2005) (TV Episode)
A spoof, where the South Park boys try to free a killer wale
Robot Chicken: Easter Basket (2006) (TV Episode)
Sydney the whale jumps over kid in slow-motion.
Class of 3000: Funky Monkey (2006) (TV Episode)
When sending Momo to Africa, the steamliner he boards does a jump across a rock that the kids are standing on, spoofing the final scene of this film.
The Water Horse (2007)
loch ness monster jumps net to escape
Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II (2008) (TV Short)
AT-AT jumps in the air in slow-motion
The Kevin Bishop Show: Episode #2.2 (2009) (TV Episode)
"Free Willy 5: Willy Goes To Japan"
Bob's Burgers: The Deepening (2012) (TV Episode)
Tina with the shark jumping over her
The Simpsons: Yellow Subterfuge (2013) (TV Episode)
Sub jumps above kid's head
Robot Chicken: Triple Hot Dog Sandwich on Wheat (2016) (TV Episode)
Parody skit

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