The Cable Guy (1996) Poster



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I Love Lucy (1951) (TV Series)
One of the fake names the Cable Guy uses is Ricky Ricardo
Father Knows Best (1954) (TV Series)
The Cable Guy notes that reality doesn't represent the series
My Three Sons (1960) (TV Series)
One of the fake names the Cable Guy uses is Ernie "Chip" Douglas.
Password All-Stars (1961) (TV Series)
The Cable Guy imitates the announcer during the game of "Porno Password"
The Jetsons (1962) (TV Series)
One of the fake names the Cable Guy uses is George Jetson
Bewitched (1964) (TV Series)
Two of the fake names the Cable Guy uses are Larry Tate and Darren Stevens.
The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo (1964) (TV Series)
Steven compares him to the cartoon character, because he has "no vision"
Star Trek (1966) (TV Series)
Star Trek: Amok Time (1967) (TV Episode)
The fight scene between the cable guy and Steven is made to be like the famous fight from this episode of Star Trek, the cable guy then says "It's just like that episode of Star Trek" and hums music from it and does an impression.
Mod Squad (1968) (TV Series)
The Brady Bunch (1969) (TV Series)
During a psychotic break, the cable guy claims his mother expected Mike and Carol Brady to raise him.
Mary Tyler Moore (1970) (TV Series)
One of the fake names the Cable Guy uses is Murray Slaughter
The Odd Couple (1970) (TV Series)
Steven compares his romantic misfortune to Felix Unger
Gimme Shelter (1970)
The Cable Guy mentions the Hell's Angels rampage before belting out his own cover of Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody to Love"
Super Fly (1972)
The Cable Guy enters an upscale restaurant to Curtis Mayfield's "Pusherman", dressed in 70's fashion, complete with oversized sunglasses and a fake mustache reminiscent of Priest's from "Superfly".
Happy Days (1974) (TV Series)
The Cable Guy declares himself "the lost Cunningham"
Laverne & Shirley (1976) (TV Series)
One of the fake names the Cable Guy uses is "The Big Ragu"
Midnight Express (1978)
Carey bares his breast and presses it against the glass while visiting Steven in jail.
The White Shadow (1978) (TV Series)
The Cable Guy gives this nickname to Steven during the basketball game
The Incredible Hulk (1978) (TV Series)
In the dream sequence when Chip is chasing Steven, the white eyes and the style of running are reminiscent of many chase scenes from that show.
The Facts of Life (1979) (TV Series)
The Cable Guy admits he leaned about the birds and bees from this series
Friday the 13th (1980)
The Cable Guy creates the theme song when Steven is in the parking lot.
The Cosby Show (1984) (TV Series)
The Cable Guy declares himself "the bastard son of Claire Huxtable"
Highlander (1986)
Chip breaking the glass and screaming, when making a slam dunk in the basketball game is a nod to Highlander.
Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) (TV Series)
One of the fake names the Cable Guy uses is Jean-Luc Picard
Cops (1989) (TV Series)
Field of Dreams (1989)
The Cable Guy whispers, "If you build it, he will come."
Bad Influence (1990)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
The Cable guy does a silly imitation of Anthony Hopkins
Jerry Springer (1991) (TV Series)
Mortal Kombat (1992) (Video Game)
Mentioned by Chip
Bad Boys (1995)
Waterworld (1995)
The Cable Guy boasts of being a fan of the movie in spite of the fact that it was a costly cinematic failure
GoldenEye (1995)
The climax also features a fight above a large satellite dish, Jim Carrey's character even comments that it is like Goldeneye.

Referenced in 

Saturday Night Live: Jim Carrey/Soundgarden (1996) (TV Episode)
Mentioned during the monologue
3rd Rock from the Sun: Proud Dick (1997) (TV Episode)
Dick asks whether Jim Carrey should apologise for this film.
Animaniacs: Hooray for North Hollywood: Part 1 (1998) (TV Episode)
The film is mentioned during the Variety Speak song.
The Simpsons: Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner? (1999) (TV Episode)
Bart: And there's that awful Cable Guy script.
Cum to Live (2001)
French movie poster in the house.
Undeclared: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (2002) (TV Episode)
Jimmy has a poster for the film in his dorm room
Bruce Almighty (2003)
line from the movie repeated in the newsroom
The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
title is written on Steve Carell's wall calendar - it refers to a film also produced by Judd Apatow and starring Leslie Mann
Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That! (2006)
"You look like Cable Guy dunked off of your crown" (lyrics)
The Benchwarmers (2006)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Baghead (2008)
movie on shelf
Yes Man (2008)
Carl picks up the DVD in the video store.
Chuck: Chuck Versus the Suburbs (2009) (TV Episode)
Casey: "Somebody call the Cable Guy ?"
Tower Heist (2011)
Both movies have Ben Stiller and Matthew Broderick. In Cable Guy, Broderick plays the main character Kovacs, in Tower Heist Stiller plays the main character Kovaks.
The Cinema Snob: Violent Shit 4.0 (2012) (TV Episode)
"Mathew Broderick and Jim Carrey in a Medieval Times have better choreography."
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Leslie Mann/David Koechner/Vince Gill & Paul Franklin (2014) (TV Episode)
Leslie Mann says that the first time she appeared on the show was to promote the film
This Is Comedy (2014)
Title is referenced
Saturday Night Live: Jim Carrey/Iggy Azalea (2014) (TV Episode)
Referenced in the Carrey Family Reunion sketch
The Muppets.: Bear Left Then Bear Write (2015) (TV Episode)
Chip the IT Guy is a reference to the Cable Guy.
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Leslie Mann/Joshua Jackson/Benjamin Walker/Russell Simins (2016) (TV Episode)
Leslie Mann talks about meeting her husband Judd Apatow while working on the film
Honest Trailers: The Oscars (2016) (TV Episode)
Cable Guy mentioned


My Three Sons (1960) (TV Series)
A clip of the opening theme, and at least one other episode is shown
Bewitched (1964) (TV Series)
Days of Our Lives (1965) (TV Series)
Mod Squad (1968) (TV Series)
All in the Family (1971) (TV Series)
Play Misty for Me (1971)
A clip is shown
All in the Family: Sammy's Visit (1972) (TV Episode)
This episode can be seen briefly at the beginning of the movie.
The Joker's Wild (1972) (TV Series)
The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) (TV Series)
Clip from an episode is shown
Press Your Luck (1983) (TV Series)
Larry King Live (1985) (TV Series)
MTV News (1989) (TV Series)
A clip is shown.
The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991) (TV Series)
Jerry Springer (1991) (TV Series)
A clip is shown.
Ricki Lake (1992) (TV Series)
A clip is shown.
The Charles Perez Show (1994) (TV Series)

Featured in 

HBO First Look: The Cable Guy (1996) (TV Episode)
The Oprah Winfrey Show: Summer Movie Reviews (1996) (TV Episode)
Clips shown. Thumbs up from Siskel; thumbs down from Ebert.
1997 MTV Movie Awards (1997) (TV Special)
Clips shown in Best Comedic Performance and Best Fight category
Nostalgia Critic: A Kid in King Arthur's Court (2009) (TV Episode)
A clip of the Medieval Times scene is used
David Walliams' Awfully Good: Awfully Good Movies (2011) (TV Episode)
Annoying characters
Guys Choice Awards 2011 (2011) (TV Special)
Clip were showned
Nostalgia Critic: Why Does Everyone Hate the Cable Guy? (2015) (TV Episode)
movie is the subject of this editorial


Psycho (1960)
In one scene, a character spies on another which clearly spoofs a scene from Psycho
Emergency! (1972) (TV Series)
Cops (1989) (TV Series)
Backdraft (1991)
Ricochet (1991)
Wolf (1994)
The nightmare sequence has Chip running like Will and Stuart turned into wolves.

Spoofed in 

Raising Helen (2004)
Pastor Dan mimics the keyhole-scene from The Cable Guy.
The Muppets.: Bear Left Then Bear Write (2015) (TV Episode)
Chip the IT Guy is a spoof of the Cable Guy

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