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Pop Idol (2001) (TV Series)
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Deutschland sucht den Superstar (2002) (TV Series)
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Idool 2003 (2002) (TV Series)
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Idol stjörnuleit (2003) (TV Series)
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Narodnyy artist (2003) (TV Series)
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À la recherche de la nouvelle star (2003) (TV Series)
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Kochav Nolad (2003) (TV Series)
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Australian Idol (2003) (TV Series)
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Idols (2003) (TV Series)
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Ídolos (2003) (TV Series)
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Idols (2003) (TV Series)
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Hrvatski Idol (2004) (TV Series)
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New Zealand Idol (2004) (TV Series)
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Cesko hledá SuperStar (2004) (TV Series)
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Super Idol (2004) (TV Series)
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Idol (2004) (TV Series)
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Slovensko hladá SuperStar (2004) (TV Series)
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Philippine Idol (2006) (TV Series)
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Ídolos (2006) (TV Series)
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Latin American Idol (2006) (TV Series)
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Eesti otsib superstaari (2007) (TV Series)
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Vietnam Idol (2007) (TV Series)
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Cesko slovenská superstar (2009) (TV Series)
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Greek Idol (2010) (TV Series)
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Edited into 

American Idol Rewind (2006) (TV Series)

Spin-off 

American Juniors (2003) (TV Series)
World Idol (2003) (TV Movie)

Referenced in 

Saturday Night Live: Sarah Michelle Gellar/Faith Hill (2002) (TV Episode)
Mentioned on Weekend update
Saturday Night Live: Queen Latifah/Ms. Dynamite (2003) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in Live with Regis and Kelly skit
Saturday Night Live: Dan Aykroyd/Beyonce (2003) (TV Episode)
Mentioned on Weekend Update
Saturday Night Live: Alec Baldwin/Missy Elliott (2003) (TV Episode)
Mentioned on Weekend Update
The King of Queens: American Idle (2003) (TV Episode)
title reference
Saturday Night Live: Al Sharpton/Pink (2003) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Vasquez
Saturday Night Live: Elijah Wood/Jet (2003) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in Wake Up Wakefield
Game Theory (2003) (Video)
Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Charlie's Angels' (2004) (TV Movie)
Foreshadowed during pitch meeting and rejected by Spelling
Brave New Girl (2004) (TV Movie)
"American Idol" is mentioned in the dialogue
High Chaparall: Bad People: Corey Feldman (2004) (TV Episode)
Ryan Seacrest's hosting of the show is mentioned.
Saturday Night Live: Snoop Dogg/Avril Lavigne (2004) (TV Episode)
referenced on Weekend Update
Saturday Night Live: Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen/J-Kwon (2004) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by paparazzi
E! True Hollywood Story: American Idol (2004) (TV Episode)
Story tackles the reality show.
Sexy American Idle (2004) (Video)
title spoof
That's So Raven: The Road to Audition (2004) (TV Episode)
Same type of game show Raven, Chelsea, Eddie, and the other kids are trying to get onto
Da Ali G Show: Peace (2004) (TV Episode)
Ali G asks if its true this show got more votes than the presidential election.
Late Night with Conan O'Brien: The Best of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog (2004) (Video)
Triumph makes repeated jabs at Simon in the MTV VMAS segment and in the hidden features segment.
Entourage: New York (2004) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Bride & Prejudice (2004)
At a wedding party a guest from America asks what's about to happen and is told "an Indian version of 'American Idol.'"
Meet the Fockers (2004)
"Focker out!" line
Saturday Night Live: Jason Bateman/Kelly Clarkson (2005) (TV Episode)
Mentioned during the monologue
Saturday Night Live: Ashton Kutcher/Gwen Stefani (2005) (TV Episode)
Referenced on Weekend Update
South Park: Wing (2005) (TV Episode)
The boys sign Wing as her agents, then she goes on this show as a contestant.
Saturday Night Live: Cameron Diaz/Green Day (2005) (TV Episode)
Referenced in Weekend Update
Saturday Night Live: Lindsay Lohan/Coldplay (2005) (TV Episode)
Mentioned on Hardball
Penn & Teller: Bullshit!: Holier Than Thou (2005) (TV Episode)
Penn mentions TV show.
Kim Possible: Rappin' Drakken (2005) (TV Episode)
"American Starmaker" is modeled after this game show
Six Feet Under: Singing for Our Lives (2005) (TV Episode)
Jackie tries to get Brenda to speak about something else other than her problems, and suggests American Idol as a potential subject to discuss. Brenda then tells her that she has never watched the show.
Bill Maher: I'm Swiss (2005) (TV Movie)
references the show in a joke
The Office: Sexual Harassment (2005) (TV Episode)
Ryan asks Packer if he is "a big William Hung fan."
Jeopardy!: 2005 Back to School Week Game 5 (2005) (TV Episode)
correct response in "What's on TV, Kids?" category
King of the Hill: Orange You Sad I Did Say Banana? (2005) (TV Episode)
Kahn offers to tell Connie what the gong they hit while watching the show was really meant for
Jeopardy!: 2005 College Championship Quarterfinal Game 5 (2005) (TV Episode)
referenced in clue in "Raleigh People" category
Stacked: Darling Nikki (2005) (TV Episode)
Stuart and Skyler talk to each other on the phone about the show.
E! True Hollywood Story: American Idol: Girls Rule (2005) (TV Episode)
Story tackles the female winners of the reality show.
Kathy Griffin Is... Not Nicole Kidman (2005) (TV Movie)
kathy talks about this being her fav show
The Boondocks: The Real (2006) (TV Episode)
The White Shadow has to leave because he doesn't want to "miss 'the Idol'".
Sherrybaby (2006)
Sherry sings for her daughter and her family tells her, she should go on the show and would probably win.
Jeopardy!: 2006 Teen Tournament Quarterfinal Game 4 (2006) (TV Episode)
referenced in clue in "Single Women" category
Real Time with Bill Maher: Episode #4.2 (2006) (TV Episode)
Maher makes fun of Abdul's behavior
Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector (2006)
when larry plays the tape of the mayors confession, he tells him that "you were singing like one of them choir boys on American Idol"
Life After Tomorrow (2006)
Mentioned by name.
The Simpsons: Homer Simpson, This Is Your Wife (2006) (TV Episode)
American Idol holding pen on Fox lot
Howard Stern on Demand: Best of 02/20-02/24, 2006 (2006) (TV Episode)
Howard compares Roger Ebert's show to the show
Wordplay (2006)
American "Crossword" Idol Talent Show sign
Saturday Night Live: Antonio Banderas/Mary J. Blige (2006) (TV Episode)
Referenced during Weekend Update
The New Adventures of Old Christine: The Other F Word (2006) (TV Episode)
Matthew corroborates Old Christine's statement that she is very politically active, since 'she did make over 200 calls to the American Idol final last year'.
The Office: Drug Testing (2006) (TV Episode)
Michael says, "Peace out, Seacrest."
Howard Stern on Demand: Artie Gambles/Sandra Bernhard (2006) (TV Episode)
Howard loves the show
Saturday Night Live: Julia Louis-Dreyfus/Paul Simon (2006) (TV Episode)
Mentioned during cold opening
Big Love: Where There's a Will (2006) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Howard Stern on Demand: Joey G Phoner/Live (2006) (TV Episode)
Howard talks about the show
Lewis Black: Red, White and Screwed (2006) (TV Movie)
mentioned by name
I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer (2006) (Video)
"You're gonna be the next American Idol"
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Andy says that she chatted about American Idol with Miranda
Jeopardy!: Episode #22.215 (2006) (TV Episode)
all Double Jeopardy! categories have titles inspired by TV shows, including "American Idle"
Homie Spumoni (2006)
Buddy says Renato should go on the show
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006)
"you're like an 'American Idol' or something"
ER: Ames v. Kovac (2006) (TV Episode)
When Abby sings in the phone to her infant, Sam jokes that she is auditioning for American Idol
Saturday Night Live: Alec Baldwin/Christina Aguilera (2006) (TV Episode)
mentioned by 'Saddam Hussein' (Alec Baldwin)
Sam and Max: Situation Comedy (2006) (Video Game)
The show 'Embarrassing Idol' is a direct reference to 'American Idol'
Saturday Night Live: Jeremy Piven/AFI (2007) (TV Episode)
Mentioned during Weekend Update
Tavis Smiley: Episode dated 23 January 2007 (2007) (TV Episode)
mentioned
Epic Movie (2007)
Jack Swallows says he named his ship after Fantasia from this show
Ugly Betty: I'm Coming Out (2007) (TV Episode)
Betty mentions it when she meets Katherine McPhee
Screenwipe: Episode #3.1 (2007) (TV Episode)
Mentioned.
Music and Lyrics (2007)
"We think it's going to be bigger than 'American Idol'."
Saturday Night Live: Rainn Wilson/Arcade Fire (2007) (TV Episode)
Mentioned on Weekend Update
30 Rock: The Fighting Irish (2007) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Kenneth
Confessions of a Superhero (2007)
actor auditions for commercial for this
Knocked Up (2007)
'Ryan Seacreast' mentions that the shoot can't take very long because he has to go do American Idol.
Saturday Night Live: Julia Louis-Dreyfus/Snow Patrol (2007) (TV Episode)
Mentioned during Weekend Update
The New Adventures of Old Christine: Strange Bedfellows (2007) (TV Episode)
Old Christine, Matthew and Barb watches it. Lindsay and Marly says Old Christine should stick to voting in it, and leave political elections alone.
Saturday Night Live: Peyton Manning/Carrie Underwood (2007) (TV Episode)
Mentioned on Weekend Update
Saturday Night Live: Scarlett Johansson/Björk (2007) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the monologue
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Ending Happy (2007) (TV Episode)
Brass asks Dreama "Do I look like Paula Abdul to you?" after she sings
Kickin' It Old Skool (2007)
when someone mentions this show, Justin has never heard of it
Live! (2007)
mentioned in dialogue
What the Buck?!: Beyonce Threatens to Lick Jennifer Hudson for Winning Oscar! (2007) (TV Episode)
Michael Mentions that Jennifer Hudson was an Ex-American Idol Finalist
Supernatural: All Hell Breaks Loose: Part 2 (2007) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
The Simpsons: You Kent Always Say What You Want (2007) (TV Episode)
"Entertaining America with hits like ..."
The Starter Wife (2007) (TV Mini-Series)
The characters discuss the show at Joan's brunch.
The States: Virginia, Ohio, Idaho, Alabama, North Dakota (2007) (TV Episode)
Referenced during Georgia segment.
The Sopranos: Made in America (2007) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
The Haunted Casino (2007)
" 'American Idol' rejects"
Assume the Position 201 with Mr. Wuhl (2007) (TV Short)
still of the cast
Gabriel Iglesias: Hot and Fluffy (2007) (TV Movie)
"We don't vote for Presidents. We vote for things like 'American Idol'."
Darfur Now (2007)
Referenced by Don Cheadle in a press conference
Tripping the Rift: Skankenstein (2007) (TV Episode)
Dr. Skankenstein left to audition for this show
Trading Spaces: Thrills and Spills (2007) (TV Episode)
"Trading Spaces meets American Idol" said by narrator
Two and a Half Men: Dum Diddy Dum Diddy Doo (2007) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Alan in conversation with Charlie.
Two and a Half Men: City of Great Racks (2007) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Jake in conversation with Alan.
Family Guy: Lois Kills Stewie (2007) (TV Episode)
A cutaway shows Stewie auditioning for American Idol. Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul all voice themselves.
The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XVIII (2007) (TV Episode)
Marge vacuums up the "American Idol" logo that pops up on the screen.
Top Gear: Episode #10.5 (2007) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Simon
Kathy Griffin: Straight to Hell (2007) (TV Movie)
Mentioned in discussion of Paula Abdul.
Sugar (2008)
mentioned by Sugar's sister
Phineas and Ferb: Flop Starz (2008) (TV Episode)
The theme music to "The Next Super American Pop Teen Idol Star" is similar to the "American Idol" theme.
In Treatment: Alex: Week Three (2008) (TV Episode)
Alex mentions the show
Eli Stone: Something to Save (2008) (TV Episode)
Dr. Chen: "This is the second time you've seen your boss singing to you, Eli. What does that tell you?" Eli: "He should try out for American Idol."
Otis (2008)
Referenced in dialogue
King of the Hill: Lady and Gentrification (2008) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Dale
Saturday Night Live: Jonah Hill/Mariah Carey (2008) (TV Episode)
Mentioned on Weekend Update
Heroes Unmasked: Japanese Idol (2008) (TV Episode)
Referenced in the episode title
Lighthouse Baptist Church: God Help America (2008) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Pastor Grice.
30 Rock: Cooter (2008) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Jenna and Kenneth while practicing back door bragging.
Bones: The Wannabe in the Weeds (2008) (TV Episode)
The mega-popular talent show is mentioned several times by name and allusion ("Everyone wants to be the next Kelly Clarkson," mutters Booth who also derisively tells Brennan, Thank you, Paula," when she praises one singer.
The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 15 May 2008 (2008) (TV Episode)
This show is referenced in the mail segment.
Just In with Laura Ingraham: Episode dated 3 July 2008 (2008) (TV Episode)
This TV show is referenced in the 'Art & Soul' segment.
Home Movie (2008)
"'American Idol', look out."
100 Feet (2008)
mentioned in dialogue
The House Bunny (2008)
Shelley mentions the judges after being asked who's she going to vote for
Happy Hour: The Election (2008) (TV Episode)
...Henry is actually watching American Idol.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.24 (2008) (TV Episode)
Included in a $100 question
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.25 (2008) (TV Episode)
Reference in a $16,000 question to Taylor Hicks' season on the show
Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special (2008) (TV Movie)
mentioned in dialogue
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.66 (2008) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $2,000 question
Bride Wars (2009)
Mention the show and the judges Paula and Simon, more than once
(500) Days of Summer (2009)
Summer mentioned wanting to watch "Idol" when she is playing house with Tom at Ikea.
In the Loop (2009)
Judge Simon Cowell is referenced by Simon Foster in a conversation with Toby.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.85 (2009) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $200 question
iCarly: iRocked the Vote (2009) (TV Episode)
"America Sings" is modeled after this game show
Late Night with Conan O'Brien: Episode #17.27 (2009) (TV Episode)
mentioned in Conan's monologue
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.103 (2009) (TV Episode)
Reference to Clay Aiken's season as a contestant in a $2,000 question
House M.D.: Here Kitty (2009) (TV Episode)
"I got to say, I don't think the changes they made to American Idol really work for me."
Gossip Girl: The Grandfather (2009) (TV Episode)
Vanessa says that it is the only thing for which Nate has ever voted.
The Soloist (2009)
when Paula Abdul is mentioned, Steve mentions Simon Cowell (they were both judges on this show)
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.163 (2009) (TV Episode)
Kellie Pickler's season on the show is the subject of a $300 question
Spike's Guys Choice (2009) (TV Movie)
Mentioned by Triumph the Insult Comic Dog
Brüno (2009)
Paula Abdul is presented as "American Idol Judge"
Weeds: Van Nuys (2009) (TV Episode)
Andy includes it in his list of reasons why Nancy shouldn't keep her baby (along with overpopulation, North Korean nukes and Mexican drug-lord gangster politicians).
Royal Pains: No Man Is an Island (2009) (TV Episode)
Maddie and Sam decry their interrupted study to win their American Idols
Atop the Fourth Wall: Countdown: Part 2 (2009) (TV Episode)
"Have a seat, American Idol is on."
Psych: Extradition: British Columbia (2009) (TV Episode)
In prison, Gus says, "Shawn used my one phone call to vote for 'American Idol.'"
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List: Kathy Is a Star... Kind Of (2009) (TV Episode)
Kathy mentions Barry Manilow's appearances on the show.
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (2009)
American Idol's Bo Bice's brother is mentioned
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #4.7 (2009) (TV Episode)
referenced in a $1,000 question
Atop the Fourth Wall: Nightcat #1 (2009) (TV Episode)
"Well, you have to get berated by this loser British guy named Simon."
Drop Dead Diva: The Dress (2009) (TV Episode)
Jane mentions it.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.6 (2009) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $5,000 question
The Rebound (2009)
Aram plays American Idol with the kids
The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.3 (2009) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Ellen DeGeneres will become a judge on the show
The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.5 (2009) (TV Episode)
Jay asks Mel Gibson which of four reality shows (including this one) he would prefer to be on
The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.6 (2009) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that the show lost to "The Amazing Race" at the Emmys
Community: Introduction to Film (2009) (TV Episode)
Abed's dad tells Jeff, "You go host 'American Idol.'"
Dancing with the Stars: Round Three (2009) (TV Episode)
Paula Abdul compares Len Goodman to Simon Cowell
The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.16 (2009) (TV Episode)
Joe Torre says he used to be embarrassed to watch the show
Wheel of Fortune: Fall Foliage 3 (2009) (TV Episode)
Puzzle "American Idol Says Goodbye to Paula"
General Hospital: Episode #1.11909 (2009) (TV Episode)
(about Karaoke night) "Who died and made you Simon Cowell?"
Parks and Recreation: Sister City (2009) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Leslie to the Venezuelans as something great about America
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.30 (2009) (TV Episode)
Reference in a $500 question
Hannah Montana: Judge Me Tender (2009) (TV Episode)
"America's Top Talent" is modeled after this game show
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.31 (2009) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $500 question
30 Rock: Into the Crevasse (2009) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Banks
The Suite Life on Deck: Crossing Jordin (2009) (TV Episode)
Cody tells Bailey that he voted for Jordin a hundred times on the show; Jordin references Simon, a judge on the show.
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.32 (2009) (TV Episode)
Reference to Paula Abdul being a judge in a $400 clue in the category "20 Years Later"
Greek: Evasive Actions (2009) (TV Episode)
Casey mocks Frannie's lack of singing ability, calling her Sanjaya. Later, Frannie says that one of her sorority's pledges made it to the show's Hollywood round.
The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.38 (2009) (TV Episode)
Jay refers to Adam Lambert as being from the show
Saturday Night Live: Taylor Swift (2009) (TV Episode)
Mentioned on Hollywood Dish
Community: Debate 109 (2009) (TV Episode)
Jean says, "It's debate, not 'American Idol.'"
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.58 (2009) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $2,000 question
The Girls Next Door: Stay Tuned (2009) (TV Episode)
Crystal mentions that Smokey Robinson has helped singers as a mentor on the show
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.68 (2009) (TV Episode)
Season 2's Clay Aiken is the subject of a $600 clue in the category "Reality Show Runners-Up"
The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.69 (2009) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Adam Lambert was on the show
Family Guy: Something, Something, Something, Dark Side (2009) (TV Episode)
Luke appears on stage before the battle
The Simpsons: Once Upon a Time in Springfield (2010) (TV Episode)
Bart says, "Think how awesome 'American Idol' would be with just Simon and Randy."
The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.77 (2010) (TV Episode)
Tim Stack says thousands of people lined up to audition for the show
The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.79 (2010) (TV Episode)
Jay says that the "10@10" segment is the main reason Simon Cowell is leaving "American Idol"
Late Show with David Letterman: Episode #17.76 (2010) (TV Episode)
9th season promoted verbally during interview with Randy Jackson.
The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.83 (2010) (TV Episode)
Jay says that a 911 caller confused 911 with "American Idol"
Miss America (2010) (TV Special)
a question in the final round mentions Simon Cowell on the show as an example of tough criticism
The Cleveland Show: Our Gang (2010) (TV Episode)
Clay Aiken and David Archuleta mentioned togetherClay Aiken and David Archuleta
Greek: The Tortoise & the Hair (2010) (TV Episode)
Reference Justin Guarini
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.1 (2010) (TV Episode)
Jay introduces Randy Jackson as being from the show
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.10 (2010) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Katharine McPhee was on the show
Cougar Town: Turn This Car Around (2010) (TV Episode)
The entire gang is watching it, as it is their favourite show, except Travis, since he has a life.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.27 (2010) (TV Episode)
a bagpiper who had appeared on the show the previous night comes in to punctuate Jay's jokes
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.149 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $1,000 clue in the category "Reality TV"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.30 (2010) (TV Episode)
Jay says that John Paul Stevens' retirement from the Supreme Court won't affect as many Americans as Paula Abdul leaving "American Idol"
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.136 (2010) (TV Episode)
Included in a $7,500 question
RuPaul's Drag Race: The Main Event Clip Show (2010) (TV Episode)
Lisa Rinna says she is like the Paula Abdul of the panel.
Mercy: There Is No Superwoman (2010) (TV Episode)
according to Veronica, Sonia tried out for American Idol a few years ago.
Kendra: Welcome Back, Kendra (2010) (TV Episode)
Kendra compares Eddie, Hank, and herself to Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, and Paula Abdul
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.43 (2010) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Kara Dioguardi from the show will be on next week
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.46 (2010) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Kara DioGuardi from the show will be a guest
The Cleveland Show: Brown History Month (2010) (TV Episode)
Randy seen
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.155 (2010) (TV Episode)
Included in a $3,000 question
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.58 (2010) (TV Episode)
Jay asks how many people voted for a contestant this week
The Simpsons: Judge Me Tender (2010) (TV Episode)
Moe becomes a judge on the "American Idol" panel.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.64 (2010) (TV Episode)
Jay thanks Rickey Minor for leaving the show to become the "Tonight Show" bandleader
Tosh.0: Look at That Horse Guy (2010) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.73 (2010) (TV Episode)
David Spade says that Jennifer Hudson won an Oscar for acting, even though she didn't win "American Idol" as a singer
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.74 (2010) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Crystal Bowersox is from the show
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.77 (2010) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Rickey was the bandleader on the show for many years
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.107 (2010) (TV Episode)
Jay says a version of the show featuring prison inmates is being developed
Vampires Suck (2010)
mentioned
Mad: TransBOREmores/Star Wars: The Groan Wars (2010) (TV Episode)
Logo behind Simon Cowell.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.118 (2010) (TV Episode)
Jay asks "Jaywalking" participants questions about the show
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.4 (2010) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler are the new judges on the show
Saturday Night Live: Amy Poehler/Katy Perry (2010) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Amy on Weekend Update
It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)
Aaron's biography includes a reference that he was an "'American Idol' regional semi-finalist."
The Cleveland Show: Cleveland Live! (2010) (TV Episode)
Ryan Seacrest from this show appears
Battle of the Blades: Episode #2.1 (2010) (TV Episode)
Judge Jeremy Roenick mentions Simon Cowell.
Hell's Kitchen: 10 Chefs Compete (2010) (TV Episode)
Title on-screen when Carly Smithson is shown
Mad: Pirates of the Neverland: At Wit's End/Batman Family Feud (2010) (TV Episode)
Captain Hook being judged by the judges of this show.
Mad: Cliffordfield/Big Time Rushmore (2010) (TV Episode)
Kermit's American Idol audition tape being mentioned and shown.
Saturday Night Live: Emma Stone/Kings of Leon (2010) (TV Episode)
"My Brother Knows Everything" features a portion titled "Erik'an Idols."
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.31 (2010) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Lee DeWyze was the winner on the show this year
The Fat Boy Chronicles (2010)
Paul's dad asks Paul and Jimmy if they are watching "American Idol" on TV.
The Cleveland Show: Fat and Wet (2010) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.40 (2010) (TV Episode)
Jay says Sarah Palin criticizes the show in her new book
The Hour: Episode #7.41 (2010) (TV Episode)
George Stroumboulopoulos says Afghanistan have their own version of this show.
Psych: Dual Spires (2010) (TV Episode)
Shawn and Gus interview a suspect named "Randy Jackson" about the death of a girl named "Paula."
Hell's Kitchen: 4 Chefs Compete (2010) (TV Episode)
Title on-screen when Sanjaya is shown
Supernatural: Caged Heat (2010) (TV Episode)
"Seacrest out."
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.53 (2010) (TV Episode)
Jay mentins that Crystal Bowersox was on the show last season
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.68 (2011) (TV Episode)
Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson, and Ryan Seacrest talk about the show they star in
Conan: Return to Devil's Condo (2011) (TV Episode)
Conan O'Brien mentions this show in a joke at the beginning of the show
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.74 (2011) (TV Episode)
in a fake interview, Jay Leno asks Dick Cheney what he thinks about Paula Abdul leaving the show
Conan: Damn the Torpedoes, Full Greed Ahead (2011) (TV Episode)
Conan O'Brien mentions this show in a joke at the beginning of the show
The Super Hero Squad Show: Lo, How the Mighty Hath Abdicated! (2011) (TV Episode)
Enchantress mentions 'Scandinavian Idol'
Mean Girls 2 (2011) (TV Movie)
Principal Duval says, "One of our lunch ladies was on the first season of 'American Idol.'"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.79 (2011) (TV Episode)
Tim Stack says in "Pumpcast News" that the show will be up against Paula Abdul's current show, "Live to Dance"
30 Rock: Operation Righteous Cowboy Lightning (2011) (TV Episode)
Jack says his telethon got NBC's best ratings since an episode of "SVU" where the detectives watched the show
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.81 (2011) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Devyn Rush, a contestant on the show, lost her job as a waitress
Stiller & Meara: Dancing with the Stillers (2011) (TV Episode)
Stiller and Meara comment on the show.
Conan: Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Humor Truck (2011) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned during Conologue joke
Atop the Fourth Wall: Superman: Distant Fires (2011) (TV Episode)
"Long live American Idol!"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.89 (2011) (TV Episode)
Paula Abdul tells Rickey she misses him from when he was the show's bandleader
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: All That Cremains (2011) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Greg.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.96 (2011) (TV Episode)
Abigail Breslin mentions that she likes the show
The Cleveland Show: Terry Unmarried (2011) (TV Episode)
"Seacresting out"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.104 (2011) (TV Episode)
Jay and Simon Cowell discuss the current version of the show
Californication: Another Perfect Day (2011) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Saturday Night Live: Zach Galifianakis/Jessie J (2011) (TV Episode)
Referenced on "The Talk"
Rio (2011)
"South American Idol"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.114 (2011) (TV Episode)
Jay asks a "Jaywalking" participant to name a female judge on the show
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.116 (2011) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Jennifer Hudson was on the show last night
Holly's World: Mothers and Other Strangers (2011) (TV Episode)
Josh mentions that he auditioned for the show
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.118 (2011) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Howie Mandel's show "Mobbed" will air after "American Idol"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.124 (2011) (TV Episode)
Jay asks Carrie Underwood if she still watches the show and votes
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.127 (2011) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Jamie Foxx appeared on the show
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.128 (2011) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that the show is looking for the next music star
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.129 (2011) (TV Episode)
Chris Jericho says he uses Twitter to meet contestants from the show
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.132 (2011) (TV Episode)
Paul Reiser mentions that "The Paul Reiser Show" was on opposite the show
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.136 (2011) (TV Episode)
a clip of the announcement of Casey Abrams having been voted off is shown
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.138 (2011) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Steven Tyler from the show will be on later this week
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.139 (2011) (TV Episode)
Jay csays that one of the phone numbers Obama Bin Laden had sewn into his clothing was the phone number to vote for the show
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.140 (2011) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Steven Tyler from the show will be on tomorrow
The Office: Dwight K. Schrute, (Acting) Manager (2011) (TV Episode)
Kelly asks Dwight for a day off so that she can go to an "American Idol" audition.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.148 (2011) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Ryan Seacrest hosts the show
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.152 (2011) (TV Episode)
A fake headline says that the end of the world has been postponed until after the show's finale
Nostalgia Critic: Revenge of the Commercials (2011) (TV Episode)
Critic imitates Paula Abdul drunk
Pastor Mike Online: Episode #1.3 (2011) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Mike.
The Hard Times of RJ Berger: The Better Man (2011) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Hamilton
Guys Choice Awards 2011 (2011) (TV Movie)
The film was mentioned
Dancing with the Stars: Episode #11.6 (2011) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Daniel MacPherson during an interview with Carrie Underwood.
Mad: Ribbitless/The Clawfice (2011) (TV Episode)
Kermit was rejected from auditioning on this show.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.162 (2011) (TV Episode)
Jay says Steven Tyler has started a trend by wearing fly-fishing feathers in his hair on the show
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.163 (2011) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that moderator John King asked the Republican candidates at a debate whether they preferred "American Idol" or "Dancing with the Stars"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.164 (2011) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Scotty McCreery was this season's winner on the show
After the Catch: Fresh Blood (2011) (TV Episode)
Mike mentions the American Idol audition process
Hot in Cleveland: Love Thy Neighbor (2011) (TV Episode)
One of #106's offspring is said to be appearing on American Idol
Cho Dependent (2011)
Margaret discusses tips from the American Idol voice coach
Conan: Length x Width = Tears (2011) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned during Conans US Citizenship test
Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace (2011) (TV Movie)
The Jedi counsel briefly see a show resembling this one off of the hologram projector.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.188 (2011) (TV Episode)
Jay says that a list of the show's highest earning alumni has been published
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.203 (2011) (TV Episode)
Jay Mohr says Marc Anthony was mad because Jennifer Lopez joined the show
Butter (2011)
it is mentioned
Dark Horse (2011)
Abe says he's too old for American Idol
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.1 (2011) (TV Episode)
Simon Cowell talks about the show not winning the Emmy this year
Conan: The One Hour of Footage George Lucas Hasn't Messed With (2011) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned during Nicole Scherzinger interview
Conan: The Murdering Murderer of Murdertown (2011) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned and joked about during Conologue
Mardi Gras: Spring Break (2011)
mentioned in dialogue
Death Valley: Zombie Fights (2011) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.13 (2011) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Scotty McCreery won on the show
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.16 (2011) (TV Episode)
Julianne Hough mentions that the show's studio is virtually across the hall from the one used by "Dancing with the Stars"
Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.15 (2011) (TV Episode)
Kevin Lee says that "Super, Girls!" focuses on women competing on the Chinese equivalent of the show
Desperately Seeking Santa (2011) (TV Movie)
Marissa compares the Santa competition to "American Idol."
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.44 (2011) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Scotty McCreery was a winner on the show
Conan: Armageddon Comes to Quiznos (2011) (TV Episode)
Title used as punchline during the Conologue
Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.23 (2011) (TV Episode)
Roger says that "Passione" has none of the fake pop glitter associated with the show
Suburgatory: Driving Miss Dalia (2012) (TV Episode)
" 'Idol' contestants" mentioned
Conan: The Mime Whisperer (2012) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned while introducing James Durbin
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.72 (2012) (TV Episode)
Jay asks Jennifer Hudson to compare the show with "The Voice"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.74 (2012) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson, and Ryan Secrest from the show will be on later this week
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.75 (2012) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson, and Ryan Secrest from the show will be on tomorrow
Sanctuary; Quite a Conundrum (2012)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.76 (2012) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest, and Steven Tyler are all on the show
Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.13 (2012) (TV Episode)
Ross mentions the show by name.
Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.18 (2012) (TV Episode)
Chelsea mentions the show by name.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.78 (2012) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that President Obama has been invited to sing on the show
Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.19 (2012) (TV Episode)
Chelsea mentions the show by name.
The Finder: Swing and a Miss (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
The Apprentice: Hero Worship (2012) (TV Episode)
Mentioned when Clay Aiken is introduced
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.92 (2012) (TV Episode)
Michael Clarke Duncan mentions that his show "The Finder" is on right after "American Idol"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.95 (2012) (TV Episode)
Jay says that in last night's Republican presidential debate on CNN, the big winner was "American Idol" on Fox
The Apprentice: Getting Medieval (2012) (TV Episode)
Mentioned when Clay Aiken is introduced
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.97 (2012) (TV Episode)
Jay asks the audience if they saw Steven Tyler on the show a few days ago
Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.36 (2012) (TV Episode)
Chelsea mentions the show by name.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.104 (2012) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that a contestant on the show had five arrest warrants
The Apprentice: I'm Going to Mop the Floor with You (2012) (TV Episode)
Trump asks Clay about AI in the boardroom
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.109 (2012) (TV Episode)
Jay says that "Arab Idol" is like the show, but all of the judges are named "Abdul"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.110 (2012) (TV Episode)
referring to songs sung by presidential candidates, Arsenio Hall says that the show demonstrates that song selection is very important
Bum Reviews: The Hunger Games (2012) (TV Episode)
"The Hunger Games are just like American Idol, except they're killing people and not brain cells..."
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.115 (2012) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that the latest cast-off from the show will appear on his show
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.116 (2012) (TV Episode)
Erika Van Pelt and Heejun Han are introduced as being from the show
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.118 (2012) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Clay Aiken from the show recently admitted to having cosmetic surgery
Bobcat Goldthwait: You Don't Look the Same Either. (2012) (TV Movie)
Bobcat states he wants for the phones to blow up on people who use their phones to vote for American Idol.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.121 (2012) (TV Episode)
DeAndre Brackensick is introduced as being from the show
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.125 (2012) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that the latest contestant voted off will appear tomorrow night
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.126 (2012) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that a Jennifer Lopez video shown during the show was criticized as being too sexy for television
Stevie TV: Episode #1.8 (2012) (TV Episode)
referenced during "Judge J. Lo" skit
Hart of Dixie: Destiny & Denial (2012) (TV Episode)
Singing appearance by Scotty McCreary
Conan: How Much for That Doggie on the Roof of Your Car? (2012) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned while introducing Haley Reinhart
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.131 (2012) (TV Episode)
Eliminated contestants Colton Dixon and Elise Testone sing with the band
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.135 (2012) (TV Episode)
Picture of Katharine McPhee on the show is shown
The Apprentice: Blown Away (2012) (TV Episode)
John, Marlee, and Clay mention American Idol during the interviews
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.140 (2012) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Adam Lambert was a contestant on the show
Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.71 (2012) (TV Episode)
Adam Lambert's appearance on the show is mentioned.
The Apprentice: And Then There Were Two (2012) (TV Episode)
Clay mentions being runner up on AI
The Apprentice: And the Winner Is ... (2012) (TV Episode)
Clays mention being runner up on American Idol
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.147 (2012) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that the show's winner will be on later this week
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.148 (2012) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that the show's winner will be on later this week
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.149 (2012) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that the show's winner will be on tomorrow night
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.151 (2012) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Phillip Phillips won on the show
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.160 (2012) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that the show debuted 10 years ago
Workaholics: To Kill a Chupacabraj (2012) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue.
Drop Dead Diva: Happily Ever After (2012) (TV Episode)
Owen tells Jane that because of her, he knows the difference between "Idol", "The Voice" and "The X Factor".
Hell's Kitchen: 10 Chefs Compete (2012) (TV Episode)
AI mentioned when Chef introduces Lee and Haley
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.174 (2012) (TV Episode)
Jay says Paula Abdul was surprised that she was no longer on the show
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.175 (2012) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Steven Tyler is leaving the show
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.177 (2012) (TV Episode)
Jay says that the only two jobs created this month were on the show
Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.103 (2012) (TV Episode)
The round table talks about Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez leaving the show.
Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.105 (2012) (TV Episode)
Chelsea mentions the show by name.
Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.107 (2012) (TV Episode)
The round table discusses Mariah Carey joining the show as a judge.
Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.108 (2012) (TV Episode)
Chelsea mentions Randy Jackson appearing on the show.
Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.109 (2012) (TV Episode)
Dan mentions Randy Jackson appearing on the show.
Pastor Mike Online: Episode #1.103 (2012) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Mike.
Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.124 (2012) (TV Episode)
The round table talks about the show.
Pastor Mike Online: Episode #1.104 (2012) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Mike.
Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.125 (2012) (TV Episode)
The round table talks about Kanye West being rumored to be the latest judge.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.203 (2012) (TV Episode)
Jay says that when he heard that Simon Cowell had rescued a sinking ship, he thought Simon was back on the show
Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.137 (2012) (TV Episode)
The round table discusses the show.
Phineas and Ferb: What'd I Miss? (2012) (TV Episode)
the first of three contest judges repeats "...in it to win it, dog" -- saying it the final time to an actual dog
Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.139 (2012) (TV Episode)
The round table discusses the show.
Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.150 (2012) (TV Episode)
Chelsea mentions the show by name.
Mad: Outtagascar/Fiends (2012) (TV Episode)
A new judge was announced for this show.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.20 (2012) (TV Episode)
Jay asks Miley Cyrus if she has been asked to be a judge on a music reality show like "American Idol"
Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.157 (2012) (TV Episode)
Chelsea mentions the professional feud between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj.
Saturday Night Live: Bruno Mars (2012) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Seth on Weekend Update
Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.161 (2012) (TV Episode)
Jiffy mentions the show by name.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.26 (2012) (TV Episode)
Newspaper subheadline refers to a Senegalese TV show as having an "'American Idol'-style search for the perfect ovine"
Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.162 (2012) (TV Episode)
Chelsea mentions the show by name.
Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.166 (2012) (TV Episode)
The narrator mentions voting using the telephone numbers that Ryan Seacrest puts up on the screen.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.33 (2012) (TV Episode)
Jay asks how many people think Florida shouldn't even be allowed to vote for "American Idol"
Silent Night (2012)
Mentioned in dialogue
Happily Divorced: The Back-Up Fran (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Fran
Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.197 (2013) (TV Episode)
Chelsea mentions the professional feud between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.66 (2013) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Ryan Seacrest, Keith Urban, and Randy Jackson from the show will be on next week
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.67 (2013) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Ryan Seacrest, Keith Urban, and Randy Jackson from the show will be on later this week
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.68 (2013) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Randy Jackson, Keith Urban, and Ryan Seacrest will be on later this week
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.69 (2013) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Randy Jackson, Keith Urban, and Ryan Seacrest from the show will be on tomorrow
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.70 (2013) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Ryan Seacrest, Randy Jackson, and Keith Urban are on the show
Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.5 (2013) (TV Episode)
The phrase "American Idle" is used to describe the Miss America Pageant.
Broken City (2013)
Referenced by Katy
Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.9 (2013) (TV Episode)
Annie mentions the show by name.
Bob's Burgers: Broadcast Wagstaff School News (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
White Collar: Empire City (2013) (TV Episode)
Delmon says, "This club isn't interested in 'American Idol.'"
Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.24 (2013) (TV Episode)
Julianne Hough mentions the show by name.
Jeopardy!: 2013 Tournament of Champions Quarterfinal Game 4 (2013) (TV Episode)
correct response in "Bing's Top Searches: 2012" category
Switched at Birth: Tight Rope Walker (2013) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Noah
Psych: Santabarbaratown 2 (2013) (TV Episode)
Shawn says, "Remember when the 'American Idol' judges used the save on that blind pianist who looked like Bruce Hornsby?"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.103 (2013) (TV Episode)
Jay says that when Gov. Rick Perry was asked what he thought of the sequester, he said that Ryan is a great host on the show
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.104 (2013) (TV Episode)
Jay asks a "Jaywalking" participant to name a black judge on the show
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.105 (2013) (TV Episode)
Abigail Breslin says that she is a fan of the show
Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.40 (2013) (TV Episode)
Chelsea mentions the show by name.
The Trouble with Barry (2013)
Barry's mom discusses how J-Lo and Gwen Stefani conspired to get Pia Toscano eliminated.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.114 (2013) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that the latest contestant eliminated from the show will be on tomorrow and sing with the band
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.116 (2013) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Crystal Bowersox was a runner-up on the show
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.117 (2013) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Keith Urban is a judge on the show
Men at Work: Will Work for Milo (2013) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Amy
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.136 (2013) (TV Episode)
Jay says that when Georgia Holt was a teenager, she was an "American Idol" type
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.138 (2013) (TV Episode)
Jay says that the latest contestant eliminated from the show will be on tomorrow
The Office: A.A.R.M. (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Saturday Night Live: Kristen Wiig/Vampire Weekend (2013) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Seth on Weekend Update
Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.72 (2013) (TV Episode)
Hillary Scott mentions being rejected for the show twice.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.145 (2013) (TV Episode)
Jay says that the show's winner will be on later this week
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.148 (2013) (TV Episode)
Jay says that the show's winner will be on tomorrow
Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.76 (2013) (TV Episode)
Chelsea talks about the show in her opening monologue.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.153 (2013) (TV Episode)
Jay says two people stabbed each other in a dispute over who should win on the show
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.155 (2013) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Scotty McCreery won Season 10 of the show
Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.88 (2013) (TV Episode)
The round table talks about the show.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.166 (2013) (TV Episode)
Kathy Griffin says she asked people which they liked better, "American Idol" or "The Voice"
The Lookout: Episode #1.4 (2013) (TV Episode)
Jason Castro is identified as a fourth-place contestant from the show
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.168 (2013) (TV Episode)
Jay says the stock market was dropping faster today than the ratings for the show's 10th season
Orange Is the New Black: Tit Punch (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.103 (2013) (TV Episode)
Chelsea mentions the show by name.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.190 (2013) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Phillip Phillips won season 11 of the show
Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.112 (2013) (TV Episode)
Chelsea mentions the show by name.
Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.116 (2013) (TV Episode)
John describes a scenario for the show.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.205 (2013) (TV Episode)
a fake headline says "'American Idol' Names Next Season's Judges: Somebody, Somebody Else, and Another One"
Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.132 (2013) (TV Episode)
The round table talks about the show's new judges.
The Michael J. Fox Show: Pilot (2013) (TV Episode)
Annie refers to the series.
American Horror Story: Boy Parts (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.161 (2013) (TV Episode)
The round table talks about the show.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.20 (2013) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Scotty McCreery won on the show
Last Vegas (2013)
Diana says, "I'm a little old for 'American Idol.'"
Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.167 (2013) (TV Episode)
Jessimae mentions the show by name.
The Biggest Loser: Episode #15.4 (2013) (TV Episode)
Ruben mentions appearing on the show.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.31 (2013) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Kelly Clarkson was the show's first winner
Chelsea Lately: Episode #8.4 (2014) (TV Episode)
Sarah mentions Clay Aiken finishing second.
The Cinema Snob: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (2014) (TV Episode)
"Good, now maybe American Idol will be canceled."
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.60 (2014) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Jennifer Lopez is a judge on the show
Raising Hope: Road to Natesville (2014) (TV Episode)
Burt Chance mentions one of the past contestants, Rubben Studdard, as Rubben and mentions this television show by name as Idol
Chelsea Lately: Episode #8.21 (2014) (TV Episode)
Chelsea mentions the show by name.
RuPaul's Drag Race: RuPaul's Big Opening: Part 1 (2014) (TV Episode)
Adore Delano speaks about her experience as a contestant on the show.
Enlisted: Brothers and Sister (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Mom: Sonograms and Tube Tops (2014) (TV Episode)
Bonnie and Fred discuss the show at her job interview.
Family Guy: 3 Acts of God (2014) (TV Episode)
Referenced in dialogue
RuPaul's Drag Race: Shade: The Rusical (2014) (TV Episode)
It is mentioned that contestant Danny Noriega was a season 7 contestant.
The Comfort Zone: 6.5 Million Species Fit in the Ark? (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Mark.
Tosh.0: Comedian Daniel Songer (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Tosh
RuPaul's Drag Race: Queens of Talk (2014) (TV Episode)
Adore and Paula Abdul discuss her appearance on the show.
RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked!: Queens of Talk (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Courtney.
RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked!: Drag My Wedding (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Adore.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Emma Stone/Robinson Cano/Keith Urban (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Jimmy when introducing Keith Urban
Chelsea Lately: Episode #8.72 (2014) (TV Episode)
Josh mentions Clay Aiken losing to Ruben Studdard.
RuPaul's Drag Race: Countdown to the Crown (2014) (TV Episode)
RuPaul calls Danny Noriega a "fallen idol" because he was on season 7 of the show.
Awkward.: Crowning Moments (2014) (TV Episode)
Referenced in dialogue
Hot in Cleveland: Bucket: We're Going to New York (2014) (TV Episode)
Joy mentions being too old to audition

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William Hung: Hangin' with Hung (2004) (Video)
Features footage from the TV show
Screenwipe: Screenwipe USA (2006) (TV Episode)
Clip shown.
Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story (2006) (TV Movie)
Store clerk watches TV show.
Screenwipe: Episode #3.1 (2007) (TV Episode)
Clip shown.
The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 14 March 2008 (2008) (TV Episode)
Clips of this TV show are featured in a segment about an aleged gender discrimination complaint.
The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 18 March 2008 (2008) (TV Episode)
Clips of this TV show are featured during the 'Pinheads & Patriots' segment.
The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 14 April 2008 (2008) (TV Episode)
Clips of the 4/10/2008 episode were shown, featuring Jimmy Kimmel ripping into Simon Cowell.
The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 30 April 2008 (2008) (TV Episode)
Clips of the 4/29/2008 show were featured with Paul Adbul making a blunder.
I Love the New Millennium: 2002 (2008) (TV Episode)
Shown on the 2002 episode
Nostalgia Critic: Snick (2009) (TV Episode)
A clip of Simon Cowell saying "Dreadful" is shown.
Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)
quick clip used
Live from Studio Five: Episode #1.80 (2010) (TV Episode)
Clips shown.
The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.80 (2010) (TV Episode)
an altered clip from the show is shown
The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.81 (2010) (TV Episode)
an altered clip from the show is shown
The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.82 (2010) (TV Episode)
a clip of General Larry Platt's audition singing "Pants on the Ground" is shown
The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.84 (2010) (TV Episode)
an altered clip from the show is shown
Teenage Paparazzo (2010)
Clips shown.
Live from Studio Five: Episode #1.97 (2010) (TV Episode)
Clips shown.
Live from Studio Five: Episode #1.107 (2010) (TV Episode)
Clip shown.
Live from Studio Five: Episode #1.113 (2010) (TV Episode)
Clip shown.
Live from Studio Five: Episode #1.116 (2010) (TV Episode)
Clip shown.
Live from Studio Five: Episode #1.117 (2010) (TV Episode)
Clips shown.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.6 (2010) (TV Episode)
a clip from the show starring Simon Cowell is shown
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.11 (2010) (TV Episode)
a clip of the show starring Kara DioGuardi is shown
Live from Studio Five: Episode #1.126 (2010) (TV Episode)
Clip shown.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.19 (2010) (TV Episode)
A clip of Miley Cyrus on the show is shown
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.25 (2010) (TV Episode)
a clip from the show starring Randy Jackson is shown
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.47 (2010) (TV Episode)
both real clips and an altered clip from the show is shown
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.62 (2010) (TV Episode)
an altered clip from the show is shown
5 Second Movies: Sweeney Todd Part 2 (2010) (TV Episode)
Simon puts down Johnny Depp's singing
The Hour: New Year's Special (2010) (TV Episode)
Footage shown during the "2010 Year in Review" segment.
The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011)
A clip of the show shown in the beginning of this documentary.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.82 (2011) (TV Episode)
an altered clip from the show is shown
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.99 (2011) (TV Episode)
a clip from the show featuring Randy Jackson is shown
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.101 (2011) (TV Episode)
Clip of Chris Medina
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.111 (2011) (TV Episode)
Brief clip of Steven Tyler, comparing his outfit to one of Liza Minnelli's
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: Episode #3.51 (2011) (TV Episode)
Several clips of Casey Abrams
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.121 (2011) (TV Episode)
a clip of Naima Adedapo and Thia Megia on the show is shown
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.125 (2011) (TV Episode)
an altered clip from the show is shown
Bad Movie Beatdown: Pentathlon (2011) (TV Episode)
a clip of Simon Cowell voting off the badly dancing villain
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.126 (2011) (TV Episode)
a clip of Pia Toscano on the show is shown
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.131 (2011) (TV Episode)
a clip of Paul McDonald on the show is shown
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.168 (2011) (TV Episode)
a clip of Marc Anthony on the show is shown
Hollywood's Top Ten: Bad Hair Day (2011) (TV Episode)
Clip of Sanjaya from Season 6
2011 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys (2011) (TV Movie)
clips from the show are shown
Conan: The Murdering Murderer of Murdertown (2011) (TV Episode)
Brief clips shown during montage that explains the differences between The X-Factor and American Idol
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.87 (2012) (TV Episode)
Clip from the show featuring Jennifer Lopez is shown
Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.33 (2012) (TV Episode)
A clip featuring Steven Tyler stripping, mooning the camera and jumping in a pool is shown.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.103 (2012) (TV Episode)
Clips of Steven Tyler edited into fake promo for new version of "The Golden Girls"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.107 (2012) (TV Episode)
Altered clip of Ryan Seacrest showing childhood pictures of Randy and Steven
FOX 25th Anniversary Special (2012) (TV Movie)
clips
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.136 (2012) (TV Episode)
Altered clip of Carrie Underwood performing
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.141 (2012) (TV Episode)
Clip of Hollie Cavanaugh on the shown
Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.76 (2012) (TV Episode)
A clip featuring guest Randy Jackson is shown.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.204 (2012) (TV Episode)
Clips included in fake promo for season featuring Clint Eastwood and two empty chairs as judges
Best in TV: The Greatest TV Shows of Our Time (2012) (TV Movie)
"American Idol" is the #2 Best Reality Show.
20/20: Best in TV: The Greatest TV Show of Our Time (2012) (TV Episode)
features clips of the show when discussing what was voted #2 Best Reality TV Show
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.72 (2013) (TV Episode)
Clip of auditioner singing "The Star-Spangled Banner"
Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.10 (2013) (TV Episode)
A clip from the show featuring guest Ryan Seacrest is shown.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.124 (2013) (TV Episode)
Clips of Devin Velez and Burnell Taylor being eliminated
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.183 (2013) (TV Episode)
Anthony Hopkins says he loves the show
The Biggest Loser: Episode #15.1 (2013) (TV Episode)
Som eof Ruben Studdard's appearances on the show are shown.

Spoofed in 

Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Halftime Special (2003) (TV Movie)
Spoofed during opening credits and after the break
Saturday Night Live: Adrien Brody/Sean Paul & Wayne Wonder (2003) (TV Episode)
Spoofed during the cold opening
Scary Movie 3 (2003)
Simon Cowell appears to judge a rap freestyle battle.
Saturday Night Live: Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey/G-Unit (2004) (TV Episode)
Spooofed in American Idol skit
Saturday Night Live: Megan Mullally/Clay Aiken (2004) (TV Episode)
Spoofed in Weekend Update
The Simpsons: Smart & Smarter (2004) (TV Episode)
Simon himself participates in this episode and spoofs his own capricious remarks and assessments of toddlers, including Lisa's younger sister, competing to be enrolled into a school for toddler prodiges.
Saturday Night Live: Janet Jackson (2004) (TV Episode)
Spoofed with Simon Cowell as himself
Far Far Away Idol (2004) (Video)
Not only does Simon play himself, but this is an entire spoof of the show.
American Porn Star (2004) (Video)
gay porn parody
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Jimmy Fallon (2005) (Video)
Spoofed during impressions montage
Saturday Night Live: Paris Hilton/Keane (2005) (TV Episode)
a sketch spoofs the show
Robot Chicken: Plastic Buffet (2005) (TV Episode)
Ryan Seacrest spoofs his role on the show
Robot Chicken: The Deep End (2005) (TV Episode)
a sketch titled "Zombie Idol" with dead rock stars
Saturday Night Live: Johnny Knoxville/System of a Down (2005) (TV Episode)
Spoofed during cold opening
The Simpsons: A Star Is Torn (2005) (TV Episode)
Krusty's "L'il Superstar" is a spoof of the TV-show; also, the logos of both shows resemble
Reno 911!: Released from Prison (2005) (TV Episode)
Dangle tries out for American Idol
Reno 911!: Revenge of Mike Powers (2005) (TV Episode)
Dangle tries out for American Idol
American Dreamz (2006)
film revolves around a similar television show
The Fairly OddParents: Fairy Idol (2006) (TV Episode)
Most of the episode is a spoof of American Idol.
MADtv: Episode #11.21 (2006) (TV Episode)
A Randy Jackson sketch that parodies him and American Idol
The Fairly OddParents in Fairy Idol (2006) (TV Movie)
Is a parody of this show using FOP characters.
Saturday Night Live: Kevin Spacey/Nelly Furtado (2006) (TV Episode)
Spoofed during monologue
Endurance Challenge: Mordred's Isle Episode 1 (2006) (Video)
One Character thought he was auditioning for that singing reality show
Robins: Claes af Geijerstam (2006) (TV Episode)
Cales spoofs his judging from swedish "Idol"
Reba: As We Forgive Those... (2007) (TV Episode)
Kelly Clarkson appears in the episode and Brock, Cheyenne, and Van pretend to be Randy, Paula, and Simon from American Idol and critique her weather report.
MADtv: Episode #12.12 (2007) (TV Episode)
Nicole Parker plays Paula Abdul who is quite tipsy
Saturday Night Live: Drew Barrymore/Lily Allen (2007) (TV Episode)
spoofed during cold opening
MADtv: Episode #12.13 (2007) (TV Episode)
The Judges don't like Ike and Bobby's Show opener
Saturday Night Live: Molly Shannon/Linkin Park (2007) (TV Episode)
Spoofed during Cold Opening
Psych: American Duos (2007) (TV Episode)
The "American Duos" TV show is a spoof of "American Idol," with parodies of the judges (Nigel - Simon Cowell, Emilina - Paula Abdul, Zapato - Randy Jackson) and Ryan Seacrest (Lester).
Sam & Max Season One (2007) (Video Game)
At one point in the game, Sam & Max enter the 'Embarrassing Idol' contest.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Gang Solves the North Korea Situation (2007) (TV Episode)
Frank, Dee & Mac judge and comment on people auditioning for a talent show in the same manner as Randy, Paula & Simon (respectively).
iCarly: iSpy a Mean Teacher (2007) (TV Episode)
American Idol is parodied as America Sings.
Meet the Spartans (2008)
Leonidas kicks Sanjaya, Paula, Randy and Simon into the pit, and convinces Ryan to jump in after them; cast sings "I Will Survive" on the set at the end
Grand Theft Auto IV (2008) (Video Game)
There's a spoof series advertised named 'American Asshole'
Plaza Sésamo: Canta, canta, canta más! (2008) (Video)
Cantando por una Fruta (hosted by Adal Ramones) is an American Idol parody.
Arthur: Room to Ride/The Frensky Family Fiasco (2008) (TV Episode)
Francine and her family are watching "Starcast" and a Judge resembling Simon Cowell appears
Spaceballs: The Animated Series: Druidian Idol (2008) (TV Episode)
The entire episode revolves around a singing competition called Druidian Idol
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Amy Poehler (2009) (TV Movie)
It is spoofed in the "American Idol" segment.
The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.92 (2010) (TV Episode)
in a clip from her talk show, Wanda Sykes spoofs General Larry Platt's "Pants on the Ground" song
The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie! (2010)
American Idiot listed on the show search menu is a spoof of this show.
The Simpsons: Judge Me Tender (2010) (TV Episode)
Moe joins the judging panel at American Idol
Tosh.0: American Idol Girls (2010) (TV Episode)
Tosh spoofs American Idol during the American Idol Girls' web redemption
The Women of SNL (2010) (TV Movie)
Spoofed in the "American Idol" tryouts sketch
God Bless America (2011)
"American Superstarz" parody within the movie
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.105 (2012) (TV Episode)
a fake promo advertises "American Idol: Criminal Edition" featuring contestants who have been arrested
Stevie TV: Episode #1.5 (2012) (TV Episode)
"American Idol" skit
Grand Theft Auto V (2013) (Video Game)
The in-game TV show Fame or Shame is a parody of talent shows

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