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Followed by 

Serenity (2005)

Spun-off from 

The Verse (2014) (Short)
Fan enthusiasm


The Apprehension of the Apache Kid and Browncoat Rebels (Short)
Characters from the series.


Cowboy Bebop (1998) (TV Series)
Scenes pay homage to the series.

Referenced in 

Justice League: Maid of Honor (2003) (TV Episode)
During the party at the beginning, there is an ice sculpture of the Serenity.
Battlestar Galactica (2003) (TV Mini-Series)
When Laura Roslin learns she has cancer, you see numerous ships flying overhead - one of which is Serenity from the show "Firefly" (2002/I).
Serenity: The 10th Character (2003) (Video)
Referenced by name
Family Guy: North by North Quahog (2005) (TV Episode)
One of the shows Peter lists in the beginning that was canceled during Family Guy's hiatus.
Bones: The Man in the Fallout Shelter (2005) (TV Episode)
Hodgins tells Zach that his robot watches re-runs of "Firefly".
Re-Lighting the Firefly (2005) (Video)
Referenced by name
Ultimate Sci-Fi Quiz (2006) (Video Game)
Referenced by name
Halo 3 (2007) (Video Game)
Adam Baldwin plays a marine who refers to his gun "Vera" in the game, found only with the IWHBYD skull activated.
Stargate: Atlantis: Brain Storm (2008) (TV Episode)
Dr. Keller makes mention of there being strawberries on the plane. Jewel Staite's character on Firefly, Keylee Fry, loves strawberries.
Robot Chicken: Help Me (2008) (TV Episode)
Joss Whedon is credited as the creator of "Firefly."
Marvin Milktoast (2008) (Short)
Marvin Milktoast works for an unnamed television company (Fox) and cancels shows (Firefly).
(500) Days of Summer (2009)
DVD is shown in a video store.
Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel (2009)
Put forward as an example of sci-fi dramas the world could use more of.
The Big Bang Theory: The Terminator Decoupling (2009) (TV Episode)
Raj tells Summer Glau that when she was in the show, she was actually in space, but then makes fun of people who believe that
Dollhouse: Haunted (2009) (TV Episode)
The conversation Topher has with his friend about classic sci-fi errors is a referrence to Firefly.
The WorSub Films Variety Hour (2009) (Video)
In the seventh episode, Tim uses the word "Gorram", which is a Mandarin curse made popular by Firefly. The scene is an intentional reference to Firefly.
Castle: Fool Me Once... (2009) (TV Episode)
When Castle and Beckett enter the victim's apartment, they are both wearing blue nitrile gloves. Castle looks at his hands and holds up two fingers on each hand, This is a reference to two villain characters on Firefly, known only as the "Hands of Blue." These characters wear black suits and similar gloves, and appear most prominently in the episode "Ariel."
Borderlands (2009) (Video Game)
A Character is named Jaynis Kobb and runs a section of the level called Jaynistown
Dancing with the Stars: Round Six (2009) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Tom Bergeron as he promotes the following broadcast of Nathan Fillion in "Castle"
Castle: Vampire Weekend (2009) (TV Episode)
Castle's Halloween costume is a "space cowboy." Nathan Fillion is actually wearing the exact outfit he wore as Captain Mal Reynolds in "Firefly" (2002), prompting Alexis to tell him to retire it; in-joke as Nathan Fillion is spoofing himself
Horrible Turn (2009)
a school is called Patient Mother of Serenity
The Venture Bros.: Pinstripes and Poltergeists (2009) (TV Episode)
Meeting the cast from this show mentioned by 21.
Dollhouse: Getting Closer (2010) (TV Episode)
Caroline refers to Bennet as "She could kill you with her brain." The actress that plays Bennet also plays River in Firefly, where she say "I can kill you with my brain"
Mass Effect 2 (2010) (Video Game)
Joker can say "Sometimes I just get the urge to turn off the inertial compensator and pull a Crazy Ivan", in reference to the TV series.
The Big Bang Theory: The Large Hadron Collision (2010) (TV Episode)
Sheldon mentions the FOX Network cancelling the show.
Castle: Boom! (2010) (TV Episode)
"I was aiming for his head"
Shrek Forever After (2010)
While Donkey is singing for the witches He references the title song of Firefly "may take the sky from me, but they can't take my dignity"
Supernatural: Two Minutes to Midnight (2010) (TV Episode)
The name of the care home in which Pestilence is found, Serenity Valley, is the name of an event in the lore of Firefly
The Big Bang Theory: The Staircase Implementation (2010) (TV Episode)
Sheldon mentions the show by name.
Brief Film Reviews: My DVD/Blu-Ray Collection (2010) (TV Episode)
DVD cover shown.
Tristan's Story (2010)
In a still image, Tristan is shown wearing a t-shirt of Firefly
Warehouse 13: Mild Mannered (2010) (TV Episode)
Sean Maher plays a shy character unable to tell Jewel Staite's character how he feels. This is similar to the two characters these actors play in Firefly and Serenity.
Castle: Close Encounters of the Murderous Kind (2010) (TV Episode)
Castle learned Chinese from a TV show he loved; Nathan Fillion often spoke Chinese on this show
Chuck: Chuck Versus the Fear of Death (2010) (TV Episode)
Adam Baldwin and Summer Glau were series stars on Firefly. Baldwin's character was always trying to get rid of Glau's character (leave her behind or throw her out an airlock). Now as John Casey he finally succeeds getting rid of Greta. Baldwin even has has a line directly referencing Firefly and his connection to Glau -- "Listen Agent Greta. I don't know who you've worked with before, *** or what CREW you were on, *** this is the best damn spy team in the world. So do us a favor, don't let the door hit you in the ass." Jayne (Baldwin) and River (Glau) were both part of the crew of Serenity.
Community: Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking (2011) (TV Episode)
Troy says that he and Abed have an agreement that "if one of us dies, we stage it to look like a suicide caused by the unjust cancellation of 'Firefly.'"
Castle: Setup (2011) (TV Episode)
Martha asks Castle if he knows what Serenity is. One of Nathan Fillion's best known roles is a captain of a spaceship Serenity in Firefly
SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs (2011) (Video Game)
Among the achievements/trophies is "I call her Vera" for mastering any weapon in any mode. This is a reference to (Firefly) character (Jayne Cobb)'s favourite weapon. He calls it Vera, & in the episode (Our Mrs. Reynolds) he tries to trade Vera for Mal's new bride Saffron.
The Cleveland Show: Hot Cocoa Bang Bang (2011) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Duke Nukem Forever (2011) (Video Game)
The stranded woman in Duke Burger says "I hope they make another season of Lightning Bug. That captain is such a dreamboat".
Green Lantern (2011)
Captain Tightpants is Malcolm's nickname
Futurama: All the Presidents' Heads (2011) (TV Episode)
"Inara Serra" appears as a future president's head
Castle: The Blue Butterfly (2012) (TV Episode)
Jack's love interest is named Vera. In the Firefly episode "Our Mrs. Reynolds," it's revealed that Jayne Cobb, one of the main characters, refers to his favorite gun as "Vera."
Gone for the Day (2012) (Short)
Lead Character Named After Character in Firefly
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
Reavers are released during the purge and are visible on a monitor trying to break into a room containing facility workers, the female directly before the monitor shoots herself as one busts through
The Big Bang Theory: The Hawking Excitation (2012) (TV Episode)
Raj mentions the show by name.
Half in the Bag: Cabin in the Woods and The Three Stooges (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Mike, saying he likes the show.
Mad: Average-ers/Legend of Dora (2012) (TV Episode)
Hulk attacks Joss Whedon for not making the show longer than one season.
Purojekuto kurosuzôn (2012) (Video Game)
Heihachi says he awaits Juri's sudden but inevitable betrayal when she joins the group
Castle: The Final Frontier (2012) (TV Episode)
Castle mentions "that Joss Whedon show" while listing scifi shows. Castle uses the catchphrase "Shiny". Nebula-9 was on the air for 12 episodes, like Firefly. Also the lead character on Nebula-9 is Max Rennard, a clear play on the name Mal Reynolds, lead character on Firefly. The cannibals aliens in Nebula 9 are named Creevers, which is similar in name and description to the Reevers in Firefly.
Neil's Puppet Dreams: Doctor's Office (2012) (TV Episode)
NPH mentions that the Dr. Mayfair's (Nathan Fillion) room gives him a sense of serenity, referring to both the movie and the series involving the Serenity
CinemaSins: Everything Wrong with Prometheus in 4 Minutes or Less (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by the narrator
Castle: Reality Star Struck (2013) (TV Episode)
Guest star Gina Torres starred with Fillion.
King of the Nerds: High IQ's (2013) (TV Episode)
Joshua Overshire mentions this television show by name
Robot Chicken: Immortal (2013) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Anime Abandon: Macross Plus: Part I (2013) (TV Episode)
Sage talks about the show
BioShock Infinite (2013) (Video Game)
Elizabeth gets lost, then we find her dancing in the circle of strangers
The Big Bang Theory: The Closure Alternative (2013) (TV Episode)
Sheldon says, "'Firefly' did a movie to wrap things up."
American Dad!: The Full Cognitive Redaction of Avery Bullock by the Coward Stan Smith (2013) (TV Episode)
Serenity is featured in the background as one of Roger the Alien's model airplanes
More: Episode #1.2 (2013) (TV Episode)
Leslie Miller mentions that Nathan Fillion was on the show
The Killing: That You Fear the Most (2013) (TV Episode)
Holder's girlfriend (played by Jewel Staite) makes a comment about his chest tattoo, which spells "Serenity". This is a reference to the Sci-Fi show _Firefly (2002-2003)_, where Staite's character is the mechanic on a spaceship called "Serenity". Staite's character in _Firefly_ is called Kaylee, which is similar to the name of the missing girl, Kallie.
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013)
During the scene in Washington, D.C. when Percy, Annabeth, and Tyson visit the OPS, Hermes gives them a thermos from the television show "Hercules Busts Heads." When Tyson remarks that is was a fantastic show, Hermes replies that it was the best show, which is why it was cancelled after one season. This references Firefly, the T.V. show in which Nathan Fillon (Hermes) starred in that was cancelled after one season.
Saints Row IV (2013) (Video Game)
The Heavy Pistol can be customized as The Captain, which is a reference to the gun used by Captain Malcolm Reynolds in the series.
The Big Bang Theory: The Romance Resonance (2013) (TV Episode)
Referenced in Howard's song for Bernadette
Castle: Get a Clue (2013) (TV Episode)
Castle engages in a sword fight with Kenny, warning him beforehand that he was very good at it, a sly reference to star Nathan Fillion's experience with swordplay in his role in the series Firefly.
King of the Nerds: In Search of a King (2014) (TV Episode)
Karla mentions this television show by name
King of the Nerds: To LARP or Not to LARP (2014) (TV Episode)
When his character is killed during his team's LARP presentation, Xander says, "Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!" Alan Tudyk famously says the same thing as Wash in "Serenity," the Firefly pilot episode.
King of the Nerds: Nerds to the Rescue (2014) (TV Episode)
Robert Carradine mentions this television show by name
The Big Bang Theory: The Friendship Turbulence (2014) (TV Episode)
Sheldon mentions the show by name.
Nostalgia Critic: Foodfight! (2014) (TV Episode)
Critic takes responsibility for canceling this show
Honest Trailers: Alice in Wonderland (2014) (TV Episode)
"Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!"
Home Bound (2014) (Short)
DVD shown
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Star-Lord's coat is influenced by the Malcolm Reynold's character's wardrobe worn on that show.
The Judge (2014)
The Firefly Bar is a nod to Robert Downey Jr. 's friend Joss Whedon.
The Big Bang Theory: The Comic Book Store Regeneration (2015) (TV Episode)
Raj refers to Nathan Fillion as Captain Reynolds.
Nostalgia Critic: Small Wonder (2015) (TV Episode)
"How many seasons did Firefly have? One."
Geeks Who Drink: Mark Pellegrino vs. Brett Dalton (2015) (TV Episode)
contestants must identify whether a character was from the show or "Guardians of the Galaxy"
Studio C: Episode #6.2 (2015) (TV Episode)
A character named Zoe Washburn appears in the Piano Guys sketch.
Honest Trailers: Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in quoted news article
Alone in the Universe (2015)
Harold asks if Oscar wants to watch the show
Halo 5: Guardians (2015) (Video Game)
One of Halo 5's mission titles reads "Sudden But Inevitable Betrayal". This refers to a line of dialogue spoken by Wash in the first episode of Firefly, which also featured Nathan Fillion
The Librarians: And What Lies Beneath the Stones (2015) (TV Episode)
Cassandra mentions Nathan Fillion and his characters ship, Serenity, from the series.
Blindspot: Evil Handmade Instrument (2015) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Patterson.
Honest Game Trailers: StarCraft II (2015) (TV Episode)
Malcolm Reynolds mentioned
The Soup: Episode #12.48 (2015) (TV Episode)
Adam Scott thinks he's taking donations to bring back Firefly. Nathan Fillion tells him to 'let it go'.
Talking Dead: The Next World (2016) (TV Episode)
Captain Malcolm 'Mal' Reynolds is mentioned.
Cinematic Excrement: Saving Christmas (2016) (TV Episode)
Poster is shown.
Camp Camp: Into Town (2016) (TV Episode)
Kaylee's dress and Jayne's hat are in the window of a store
Carmilla: Memory Lane (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Carmilla.
The Outcasts (2017)
Jodi talks about her and Mindy's failed petition to get the series back on the air
Deadpool: No Good Deed (2017) (Short)
There are posters plastered on the window of a store.
Bob's Burgers: Ain't Miss Debatin' (2017) (TV Episode)
Henry metions being angry about its cancelation.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Starcrash (2017) (TV Episode)
Jonah: "Serenity and Slave I can't keep the pace."

Featured in 

The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time/Sex and the City 2/MacGruber (2010) (TV Episode)
Ellen says "Serenity" is a remake of this series
FOX 25th Anniversary Special (2012) (TV Special)
Anime Abandon: Outlaw Star (2014) (TV Episode)
Sage compares this to Outlaw Star
The Real History of Science Fiction: Space (2014) (TV Episode)
Clips shown

Spoofed in 

American Dad!: The Most Adequate Christmas Ever (2007) (TV Episode)
God plays with toy dinosaurs like Wash does in the TV Show
Replaying: The Game (2009) (Video Game)
One of the shows featured in the "Cult TV :the game:" level.

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