It's a Wonderful Life (1946) Poster


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Followed by 

Version of 

It Happened One Christmas (1977) (TV Movie)
Merry Christmas, George Bailey (1997) (TV Movie)

Remade as 

It Happened One Christmas (1977) (TV Movie)
It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002) (TV Movie)
The Muppet movie is borderline spoof remake of this movie.

Edited into 

Have Rocket -- Will Travel (1959)
Effects shot tilting up past moon lifted from opening scenes of "It's a Wonderful Life"
The Outer Limits (1963) (TV Series)
Effects shot tilting up past moon lifted from opening scenes of "It's a Wonderful Life" later used in Season 1, Episode 23: Second Chance.
The Outer Limits: Second Chance (1964) (TV Episode)
Outer Space scene that Don Gordon narrates near the start was the same scene used for the angels in heaven in "It's a Wonderful Life."
High Hopes: The Capra Years (1981) (TV Movie)
The Our Gang Story (1994) (Video)
Clips shown
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Dana Carvey (1998) (TV Special)
Shots of Bedford Falls from the movie are edited into the lost ending of "It's a Wonderful Life."
Saturday Night Live Christmas (1999) (Video)
Clips are featured in the lost ending to "It's a Wonderful Life."
SNL Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas (2009) (TV Special)
Clips of Bedford Falls are featured in the lost ending to "It's a Wonderful Life."
Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012)
Footage from this movie is used.


Clarence (1990) (TV Movie)


Song of the Islands (1942)
Song is heard when George first arrives at his new house on 320 Sycamore.
The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)
The film is playing at the Bijou Cinema on December 24, 1945.

Referenced in 

The Twilight Zone: Cavender Is Coming (1962) (TV Episode)
Cavender, like Clarence, is a low-ranking angel who looks like a dumpy middle-aged man. Also like Clarence, Cavender goes down into the world in order to serve as a diligent guardian for a particular mortal in order to "get his wings."
The Twilight Zone: Printer's Devil (1963) (TV Episode)
A man is convinced not to jump off a bridge by someone who turns out to be an angel, but the kind of angel is very different between the two productions.
Rumpole of the Bailey: Rumpole and the Case of Identity (1979) (TV Episode)
Featherstone refers to Jimmy Stewart and a librarian whose beauty is hidden behind glasses.
Lou Grant: Libel (1980) (TV Episode)
Lou refers to this Jimmy Stewart picture as 'It's a Wonderful Town' but Art corrects him
ABC Afterschool Specials: Amy & the Angel (1982) (TV Episode)
Amy is shown what the world would have been like if she had never been born.
Fame: Relationships (1983) (TV Episode)
Revealed to be Doris' favorite movie
SCTV Channel: It's a Wonderful Film (1983) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Remington Steele: Small Town Steele (1984) (TV Episode)
Steele references the film early in the episode.
The Moviemakers: The Films of Frank Capra (1984) (TV Episode)
Subtitle at start of clip
Sesión continua (1984)
The film is mentioned in a conversation
Tales from the Darkside: Slippage (1984) (TV Episode)
Richard's girlfriend suggests that they watch this, his favorite movie, on VHS.
Newhart: The Prodigal Darryl (1985) (TV Episode)
Darryl's favorite movie.
Billy Joel: You're Only Human (Second Wind) (1985) (Video)
The entire video pays homage to It's a Wonderful Life,[2] as the angelic Joel shows a suicidal young man threatening to jump off a bridge because of a break-up with his girlfrien.
Death of a Salesman (1985) (TV Movie)
Both Willy Loman and George Bailey think they're worth more dead than alive.
G.I. Joe: Lasers in the Night (1985) (TV Episode)
Quick Kick: "What is it you want, Mary? You want the moon? Just say the word and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down."
St. Elsewhere: Santa Claus Is Dead (1985) (TV Episode)
Luther refers to the film.
Saturday Night Live: Jimmy Breslin and Marvin Hagler/Level 42/E.G. Daily (1986) (TV Episode)
'It's a Wonderful Afterlife' mentioned on Weekend Update
Howard the Duck (1986)
While Howard is channel-surfing on his own world, one of the duck soap operas mentions the locale as being "Bedford Falls".
Amazing Stories: Welcome to My Nightmare (1986) (TV Episode)
There is a poster for the film outside the cinema.
The Golden Girls: It's a Miserable Life (1986) (TV Episode)
The episode title is a pun on the film's title.
Moonlighting: It's a Wonderful Job (1986) (TV Episode)
title reference
St. Elsewhere: Schwarzwald (1987) (TV Episode)
Fiscus says to Morrison, "Boomer, this is not It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and you aren't Jimmy Stewart."
Family Ties: Keaton vs. Keaton (1987) (TV Episode)
Steven and Elyse mention several movies they both liked
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Christopher Reeve/Dana Carvey/Frank Olivier (1987) (TV Episode)
Dana Carvey comments on the colorization of Jimmy Stewart's movie
Maid to Order (1987)
Like George Bailey, Jessie is given a chance to see what the world would be like if she hadn't been born.
Perfect Strangers: Future Shock (1987) (TV Episode)
After waking up from his nightmare, Larry looks in his pocket and finds "Zuzu's petals."
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: David Steinberg/Jann Karam/Don Yesso (1987) (TV Episode)
Johnny comments on the movie in the monologue
Perfect Strangers: Couch Potato (1987) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Balki
ALF: ALF's Special Christmas: Part 2 (1987) (TV Episode)
ALF talks a suicidal George off a snow covered bridge.
Video Violence (1987) (Video)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Saturday Night Live: Robin Williams/James Taylor (1988) (TV Episode)
"You want the moon" scene quoted during Restaurant sketch.
Remote Control (1988)
Standee is shown in a video store.
At the Movies: Who Framed Roger Rabbit/Aria/The Great Outdoors (1988) (TV Episode)
Roger Ebert mentions that Ted Turner has already shown a Colorized version of it.
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
In the climactic final act, the main character is approached by an angel who proceeds to show him what the world would have become if he hadn't done his simple good deeds, as minor as they seemed at the time.
The Smurfs: It's a Smurfy Life/Land of Lost and Found (1988) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Freddy's Nightmares: It's a Miserable Life (1988) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Scrooged (1988)
Spoofed extensively.
Beauty and the Beast: Remember Love (1988) (TV Episode)
The angel in Catherine's form shows Vincent the world as it would have been if he had died as a baby.
Splendor (1989)
Movieposter can be seen
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Superdome (1989) (TV Episode)
Servo (as George Bailey): "Mary! Mary, don't ya know me?!"
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: James Stewart/Jim Fowler (1989) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Johnny as he introduces James Stewart
Charles in Charge: It's a Blunderfull Life (1989) (TV Episode)
title reference
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
The wobbly newel post cap that Clark "fixes" is an homage to It's a Wonderful Life, in which protagonist George Bailey also has a loose newel post cap.
Married... with Children: It's a Bundyful Life Part 1 (1989) (TV Episode)
title reference
Married... with Children: It's a Bundyful Life Part 2 (1989) (TV Episode)
title reference
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: James Stewart/Larry Miller/Gladys Farek (1989) (TV Episode)
James Stewart talks at length about the enduring popularity of his movie
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Robot Holocaust (1990) (TV Episode)
Crow (as Nick): "Get me, I'm an appetizer! I'm givin' out spores!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Black Scorpion (1990) (TV Episode)
Crow (as Nick): "Get me, I'm stingin' peasants!"
Designing Women: It's a Wonderful Life (1990) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Wings: Legacy (1990) (TV Episode)
Brian mentions the film.
The Exorcist III (1990)
Kinderman and Dyer see the film at a movie theater that displays the poster. Later, the killer uses blood to write the title on a wall.
Parker Lewis Can't Lose: Parker Lewis Must Lose (1990) (TV Episode)
Parker says, "Was 'It's a Wonderful Life' on cable last night?"
The Miles Ahead (1990)
Contains some plot elements.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Jungle Goddess (1990) (TV Episode)
Crow (as Nick): "Hey, get us! We're a piece of stock footage!"
At the Movies: The Hot Spot/Mr. Destiny/Memphis Belle/Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael (1990) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Mr. Destiny" review.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Hellcats (1990) (TV Episode)
Servo: "It's just like that scene from 'It's a Wonderful Life.'"
Zorro: It's a Wonderful Zorro (1990) (TV Episode)
A late friend shows Diego, at Christmas, why he should stay Zorro by howing what life would've been like without him.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: King Dinosaur (1990) (TV Episode)
"Are you George Bailey"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1991) (TV Episode)
Tom (as Mary): "George Bailey, you give me that robe!"
Cheers: It's a Wonderful Wife (1991) (TV Episode)
title reference
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: John Larroquette/Anthony Griffith/Roy Blount Jr. (1991) (TV Episode)
Anthony Griffith imitates George Bailey in his stand-up routine
Parker Lewis Can't Lose: King Kube (1991) (TV Episode)
Parker creates "Operation It's a Wonderful Kube," which shows Larry what the school would be like without him.
Dallas: Conundrum (1991) (TV Episode)
When on the verge of suicide, J.R. is shown what life would have been like for other people if he had never been born. The female lead of It's a Wonderful Life (1946) was Donna Reed, who played Miss Ellie in Season Eight of Dallas (1978).
Tales from the Crypt: Loved to Death (1991) (TV Episode)
There are multiple shots of Edward's poster of this film, and Edward even pretends throwing a remark to James Stewart
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera vs. Barugon (1991) (TV Episode)
"But you've just earned your wings after so much dedicated work." Crow: "Clarence"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Daddy-O (1991) (TV Episode)
Tom (as Nick): "In you pixies come, through the window!"
The Simpsons: When Flanders Failed (1991) (TV Episode)
At the end of the episode, Maude, wearing a dress similar to Donna Reed's character's calls to Ned, "Oh, golly, it's a miracle". Also, a serviceman has an accordion, Ned rings up sales on his register like mad, Homer says, "To Ned Flanders, the richest left-handed man in town" and everyone sings together.
Beetlejuice: It's a Wonderful Afterlife (1991) (TV Episode)
Title reference and basic plot
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera vs. Zigra (1991) (TV Episode)
Crow (as Uncle Billy): "This is a pickle, George. This is a pickle!"
Darkwing Duck: It's a Wonderful Leaf (1991) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Mystery Science Theater 3000: War of the Colossal Beast (1991) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Hee-haw, it's Sam Wainwright!"
The Chronic Rift: Holiday Special 1991 (1991) (TV Episode)
Referenced in discussion
Doogie Howser, M.D.: It's a Wonderful Laugh (1991) (TV Episode)
title reference
976-Evil II (1991)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Master Ninja I (1992) (TV Episode)
Crow (as a character is thrown out of a window): "Out you pixies go!"
Tiny Toon Adventures: Kon Ducki (1992) (TV Episode)
Plucky: "To quote Frank Capra, 'No man is a failure who has friends.'"
The Simpsons: Dog of Death (1992) (TV Episode)
Homer sings "Buffalo Gal (Won't You Come Out Tonight)".
Quantum Leap: It's a Wonderful Leap - May 10, 1958 (1992) (TV Episode)
Title reference. Sam tells Angela that he always thought angels would be more like Clarence. Angela claims that the film ruined it for angels as people always ask, "Where's Clarence?"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Space Travellers (1992) (TV Episode)
Crow (as George Bailey): "I wanna shake the dirt of this crummy town off of my shoes and see the world!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Giant Gila Monster (1992) (TV Episode)
Crow (as George Bailey): "Mary, don't you know me?"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: City Limits (1992) (TV Episode)
After a character throws a rock and breaks a lamp, Crow, Joel, and Tom sing "Buffalo Gals."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hercules Against the Moon Men (1992) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Why don't you kiss her instead of talking her to death?!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Magic Sword (1992) (TV Episode)
"I stay with George" Joel: Bailey.
Batman: The Animated Series: On Leather Wings (1992) (TV Episode)
Batman and Robin want to see it
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hercules and the Captive Women (1992) (TV Episode)
Tom (as Nick): "Out you pixies go, through the door or out the window!"
Doctor Mordrid (1992)
"watch 'It's a Wonderful Life' for the 100th time."
Batman: The Animated Series: Christmas with the Joker (1992) (TV Episode)
Batman and Robin decides that they are going to watch this movie when they get home.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Beatniks (1992) (TV Episode)
"Just like It's a Wonderful Life
Roseanne: It's No Place Like Home for the Holidays (1992) (TV Episode)
Roseanne tells Darlene she doesn't want her to miss "It's a Wonderful Life."
Melrose Place: A Melrose Place Christmas (1992) (TV Episode)
Billy hires the tape of this for Allison.
Wings: The Customer's Usually Right (1992) (TV Episode)
Angel gets its wings line is quoted at end of episode..
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Monster A-Go Go (1993) (TV Episode)
"You're hurting my sore ear, Mr. Gower!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Bride of the Monster (1993) (TV Episode)
Joel: Just kiss him instead of talking him to death.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: 'Manos' the Hands of Fate (1993) (TV Episode)
Frank: "Come on, I said play!" Servo: (crying) "Oh, daddy!"
Groundhog Day (1993)
It starts snowing the moment Phil gets his life back on track, the same way it did for George Bailey once he started to live again
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: The Alma Matter (1993) (TV Episode)
Tom Jones shows Carlton what would have happened if Carlton wouldn't have been born
At the Movies: Untamed Heart/Strictly Ballroom/Groundhog Day/Love Field/Riff-Raff (1993) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Groundhog Day" review.
Nurses: Jumpin' Jack Flash (1993) (TV Episode)
Various references to the film and the angel Clarence
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hercules (1993) (TV Episode)
Crow (as Janie): "Oh, Daddy!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Magic Voyage of Sinbad (1993) (TV Episode)
Crow: "This has all the earmarks of a run on the bank!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: I Accuse My Parents (1993) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Uh-oh. I think he's gonna give Mr. Potter his newspaper."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Girl in Lovers Lane (1993) (TV Episode)
Tom (as George Bailey): "Well, this is a very interesting situation!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Painted Hills (1993) (TV Episode)
Crow (as George Bailey): "My mouth's bleedin', Bert!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1993) (TV Episode)
Mike: "This must be Pottersville!"
Animaniacs: Clown and Out/Bubba Bo Bob Brain (1993) (TV Episode)
Brain asks Pinky what will happen if the world hears his song one more time, and Pinky guesses, "An angel will get its wings?"
Rocko's Modern Life: Keeping Up with the Bigheads/Skid Marks (1993) (TV Episode)
The "Angel gets its wings" line is parodied in 'Skid Marks'.
Days of Our Lives: Episode #1.7167 (1993) (TV Episode)
Sami mentions that she loves the movie, and compares Roman to James Stewart's character
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Radar Secret Service (1993) (TV Episode)
Mike: "It's Pottersville!"
Married... with Children: The Worst Noel (1993) (TV Episode)
This film is playing on virtually every channel on Christmas and Al says: "This must be written by a woman. This stinks, it bites, it blows."
The Nanny: Christmas Episode (1993) (TV Episode)
The film is mentioned by name, and it is implied that Fran has watched it numerous times.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Santa Claus (1993) (TV Episode)
Crow: My office has been instructed to wire you up to 25,000 dollars. Stop. He-haw!
It Came! (1993) (Video)
This film is referenced by name.
Rugrats: Mommy's Little Assets/Chuckie's Wonderful Life (1994) (TV Episode)
Much of the episode Chuckie's Wonderful Life references the film, Angelica convincing Chuckie the world would be better off without him, Chuckie's guardian angel showing Chuckie what the world would be like if he was never born, and Chuckie upon realizing he exists again saying hello to familiar things.
Boy Meets World: It's a Wonderful Night (1994) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Phenom: It's a Wonderful Mid-Life Crisis (1994) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
The Nanny: Ode to Barbra Joan (1994) (TV Episode)
When the doorbell rings, Niles sarcastically tells Maxwell that instead of someone being at the door that another angel got its wings.
Baywatch: The Life You Save (1994) (TV Episode)
Julia compares her and her fiance's subplot to the movie.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
The path of Mia's house after the dance sequence looks exactly like the path in this film; the characters come back singing.
Animaniacs: The Warners' 65th Anniversary Special (1994) (TV Episode)
A James Stewart look alike is interviewed and referred to as "George Bailey".
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Skydivers (1994) (TV Episode)
Crow: Oh, Mr. Gower.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Creeping Terror (1994) (TV Episode)
Servo: (as Jimmy Stewart) Well, this is a very intersting situation.
Friends: The One with the Butt (1994) (TV Episode)
Chandler has an It's a Wonderful Life poster on his bedroom wall.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Starfighters (1994) (TV Episode)
Michael J. Nelson: Why don't you kiss her instead of talking her to death?
In Search of Dr. Seuss (1994) (TV Movie)
Dumb and Dumber (1994)
When Lloyd presents Harry with the cup of coffee laced with TurboLax, he says: - To my friend Harry, the matchmaker. A line not unlike: - To my friend George, the richest man in town. Also, Auld Lang Syne is playing quietly in the background
Grace Under Fire: The Holidays (1994) (TV Episode)
Grace and Nadine talk about and a poster hangs behind them
Roseanne: The Parenting Trap (1994) (TV Episode)
DJ tells Roseanne he's watching a Jimmy Stewart movie about Christmas.
The Simpsons: Fear of Flying (1994) (TV Episode)
Homer quotes the line "I want to shake off the dust of this one-horse town!"
Tits a Wonderful Life (1994) (Video)
title pun
Houseguest (1995)
Toward the end at 1:43:40, when the crowd is watching the lotto on TV, Kevin Franklin say, "What's happening, are they playing It's a Wonderful Life again?"
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: It's a Wonderful Lie (1995) (TV Episode)
title reference
Wendigo (1995)
Oh, cielos (1995)
Freakazoid!: And Fan Boy Is His Name/Lawn Gnomes Chapter IV: Fun in the Sun/Freak's French Lesson (1995) (TV Episode)
Mike says he's giving angels their wings while ringing his cashier.
The American President (1995)
mentioned by name.
Jumanji (1995)
Alan notices his mouth is bleeding when he returns from the fantasy world, just like George Bailey.
Bed of Roses (1996)
Lisa suggests watching this movie to Lewis.
Due South: One Good Man (1996) (TV Episode)
MacKenzie King: It's A Wonderful Life, right?
Friends: The One Where Old Yeller Dies (1996) (TV Episode)
Monica lends Phoebe the movie to help her restore all her faith in humanity.
Weird Science: It's a Wonderful Life... Without You (1996) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Renegade: The Road Not Taken (1996) (TV Episode)
The episode is based on the movie.
The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper: Rebel Without a Date/Don't Bank on It (1996) (TV Episode)
Mr. Allgood is based upon George Bailey.
Saturday Night Live: Jim Carrey/Soundgarden (1996) (TV Episode)
Title referenced on The Joe Pesci Show
The Secret World of Alex Mack: World Without Alex (1996) (TV Episode)
Alex is shown what the world would be like if she had never been born.
The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
The opening Chistmas party resembles the one at the end of It's A Wonderful Life. Hal (Tom Amandes) looks like George Bailey (James Stewart) and there's even a drunken "Uncle Billy" character named Earl (Alan North). It is a clue that her perfect life is a lie. It can also be seen as a set up for the later action in reverse - she begins surrounded by all the people who know and love her and ends up almost dying on a suspension bridge.
Everybody Loves Raymond: Look Don't Touch (1996) (TV Episode)
Debra and Ray mention it.
Escape from It's a Wonderful Life (1996) (TV Movie)
Title reference.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Leech Woman (1997) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Oh, Uncle Billy!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Mole People (1997) (TV Episode)
Servo: Out you pixie's go.
The Simpsons: My Sister, My Sitter (1997) (TV Episode)
Homer and Marge pass by a store called "It's a Wonderful Knife."
Caroline in the City: Caroline and the Monkeys (1997) (TV Episode)
listed on the Rialto Theatre's weekly schedule.
Just Write (1997)
Poster in Harold's apartment. Also, Harold and Amanda discuss the movie.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The She-Creature (1997) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Why don't you kiss him instead of talking him to death?"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1997) (TV Episode)
Mike (as George Bailey): "Go on, play!"
King of the Hill: King of the Ant Hill (1997) (TV Episode)
The ending references the climax to this film, but instead of donating money to Hank they donate sods of grass so he can regrow his lawn while the song "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" plays in the background.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Giant Spider Invasion (1997) (TV Episode)
Mike (as George Bailey): "My old boss, Mr. Gower!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Parts: The Clonus Horror (1997) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Why don't you kiss him instead of holding him to death?"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Jack Frost (1997) (TV Episode)
"In you pixies go--through the door or throught the window."
Spawn (1997)
The Clown tells Spawn that he'll be the angel Clarence and Spawn can be Jimmy Stewart. Then he says the 'whenever a bell rings an angel get's its wings' qoute
The Wrong Guy (1997)
The plotline following the bank, including the scene with the crowd asking to close their accounts
The Game (1997)
Animaniacs: Message in a Bottle/Back in Style/Bones in the Body (1997) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the opening song
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Invasion of the Neptune Men (1997) (TV Episode)
Mike: Mr. Gower's son died.
The Borrowers (1997)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Overdrawn at the Memory Bank (1997) (TV Episode)
"You once said I was a warped, frustrated..."
Caroline in the City: Caroline and the Decanter (1997) (TV Episode)
Charlie says he taped over it.
Millennium: Midnight of the Century (1997) (TV Episode)
(bell rings) "oh great, another angel just got its wings"
The Simpsons: Miracle on Evergreen Terrace (1997) (TV Episode)
The town collects money for the Simpsons in same fashion as in "It's a Wonderful Life".
Melrose Place: A Tree Talks in Melrose (1997) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Men Behaving Badly: Gift of Jami (1997) (TV Episode)
Brenda and the guys are watching It's a Wonderful Life on TV
Papertrail (1997)
The Simpsons: Virtual Springfield (1997) (Video Game)
The film "It's a Wonderful Belt"
Screening (1997) (Short)
Stella Street: Xmas on Stella Street (1998) (TV Episode)
Title referenced by Joe Pesci.
Dawson's Creek: Hurricane (1998) (TV Episode)
Mrs. Ryan: I used to be a big fan of motion pictures. Frank Capra, "It's a Wonderful Life",
Team Knight Rider: Home Away from Home (1998) (TV Episode)
referenced in dialogue.
Highlander: To Be (1998) (TV Episode)
Duncan finds out what would have happened to his friends, his enemies and the world overall if he was never born.
Highlander: Not to Be (1998) (TV Episode)
Duncan finds out what would have happened to his friends, his enemies and the world overall if he was never born.
The Simpsons: Natural Born Kissers (1998) (TV Episode)
Bart and Lisa get an alternate ending reel for It's a Wonderful Life
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Space Children (1998) (TV Episode)
"George Bailey's in trouble...again"
Free Enterprise (1998)
Mentioned by man in car.
Hi-Life (1998)
'Schindler's List 2: This Time It's Personal' has practically same plot, as one character points out
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Wish (1998) (TV Episode)
Similar plotline
Sabrina the Teenage Witch: Christmas Amnesia (1998) (TV Episode)
At Christmas eve, Sabrina suggests having the traditional family dinner and then watch this film.
The New Addams Family: Christmas with the Addams Family (1998) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned by Morticia.
Caroline in the City: Caroline and the Fright Before Christmas (1998) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Richard
Brimstone: It's a Helluva Life (1999) (TV Episode)
Title reference and same main plot elements.
Are You Afraid of the Dark?: The Tale of the Misfortune Cookie (1999) (TV Episode)
The protagonist is given a glimpse of an alternate world in which he was never born to make him appreciate his life.
USA High: It's a Wonderful Life (1999) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Soultaker (1999) (TV Episode)
Michael J. Nelson: "He's making violent love to me, Mother."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hamlet (1999) (TV Episode)
Crow: Ophelia? Sam Wainwright's on the phone.
The Joyriders (1999)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Squirm (1999) (TV Episode)
Crow (as George Bailey): "Merry Christmas, you wonderful old couch!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders (1999) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Every time a bell rings, a devil gets its horns."
The Simpsons: Beyond Blunderdome (1999) (TV Episode)
At the "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" remake screening, Homer says, "At least the Jimmy Stewart version had that giant rabbit who ran the Savings and Loan."
Sabrina the Teenage Witch: Dream a Little Dreama Me (1999) (TV Episode)
Mr. Kraft sarcastically calls the two students from Westbridge High's past "George and Mary Bailey".
South Park: Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics (1999) (TV Episode)
George from this film appears and shouts "Merry Christmas movie house!" like he did in the movie at the end of the "Christmastime in Hell" song.
Good Eats: It's a Wonderful Cake (1999) (TV Episode)
Title Reference
The Simpsons: Grift of the Magi (1999) (TV Episode)
The narrator says, "Moe, seeing what the world would be like if he had never been born, pulled his head out of the oven and replaced it with a plump Christmas goose."
Beverly Hills, 90210: Nine Yolks Whipped Lightly (1999) (TV Episode)
Dylan watches the ending at the After Dark.
Dawson's Creek: Weekend in the Country (2000) (TV Episode)
Main character George Bailey is mentioned, followed by Joey saying "There is nothing wonderful about my life right now."
Still Tickin': The Return of A Clockwork Orange (2000) (TV Movie)
While discussing Taxi Driver and the Reagan assassination attempt, Mary Harron says "If I'm drawn to exploring the darker side of human nature, does that mean I shouldn't do it and should only make It's a Wonderful Life?"
Whatever It Takes (2000)
As in "It's a Wonderful Life," a school prank is played in which the dance floor is opened, sending several dancers into the swimming pool below.
Good vs Evil: Wonderful Life (2000) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
CA: Wonderful Life (2000) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Return to Me (2000)
Frequency (2000)
It's always true: the life of one affects the lives of many. Here, John Sullivan (James Caviezel) is not recognized by the woman he loves; there, the same happens with George Bailey (James Stewart).
Dilbert: Pregnancy (2000) (TV Episode)
"It's a Womb-erful Strife"
Dilbert: The Delivery (2000) (TV Episode)
"It's a Womb-erful Strife"
Farscape: Won't Get Fooled Again (2000) (TV Episode)
In the same line as the Harvey reference, Crichton continues, "Or is it Clarence?" This is a reference to Clarence the angel whom Jimmy Stewart initially believes is a figment of his imagination in the Capra classic
State and Main (2000)
Mayor George Bailey (Charles Durning) shares the same name as James Stewart's central character in this classic movie.
The Zack Files: It's a Wonderful School (2000) (TV Episode)
Title reference. Dan, Cam, Gwen and Vernon all review the film.
Arthur's Perfect Christmas (2000) (TV Movie)
Buster's mom says that her and Buster are going to "watch It's a Wonderful Life for the fifth time."
Popular: The Consequences of Falling (2000) (TV Episode)
In the Episode, Harrison John (Christopher Gorham) intends to kill himself after his hospital roomate, Clarence, dies of leukemia and he himself can't find a bone marrow match. When Harrison is at the top of the building, Clarence appears and tells him he's an angel in training, and that saving Harrison will earn him his wings. When Harrison jumps wishing he was never born, he wakes up on the snowy floor of life in LA without Harrison, and sees how terrible life for others would be.
Twice in a Lifetime: The Night Before Christmas (2000) (TV Episode)
The movie is mentioned by name.
At the Movies: Thirteen Days/Chocolat/The Gift/The Family Man/The Claim/Miss Congeniality (2000) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "The Family Man" review.
Donnie Darko (2001)
Main character sees vision of "the world without me" and decide whether or not to commit suicide
Angel: Epiphany (2001) (TV Episode)
The Host: Zuzu's Petals - references the film when George finds petals of a flower his daughter Zuzu had given to him
15 Minutes (2001)
Oleg mentions movie & director Frank Capra by name
Other Voices: Creating 'The Terminator' (2001) (Video)
Mentioned by Bill Wisher.
The Drew Carey Show: What's Wrong with This Episode IV (2001) (TV Episode)
Drew says "an angel just got its wings"
Once and Again: Won't Someone Please Help George Bailey Tonight (2001) (TV Episode)
Title references famous line from the film.
V.I.P.: It's Val's Wonderful Life (2001) (TV Episode)
title reference
South Park: Cripple Fight (2001) (TV Episode)
Jimmy's impression of Jimmy Stewart is to shout "Merry Christmas movie house!" a line he said in this film.
George Stevens: The Filmmakers Who Knew Him (2001) (Video)
mentionned once
Prozac Nation (2001)
Elizabeth says that she wishes an angel would swoop down and talk her out of suicide like in this film.
Shawshank: The Redeeming Feature (2001) (TV Movie)
Mentioned by Mark Kermode.
That '70s Show: It's a Wonderful Life (2001) (TV Episode)
The episode is based on the main theme of the movie.
Just Shoot Me!: The Two Faces of Finch: Part 2 (2001) (TV Episode)
Betsy buys Dennis "It's a Wonderful Threesome".
The 100 Greatest Films (2001) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name
Visions of Sugarplums (2001)
mentioned by Maurice
The Simpsons: Road Rage (2001) (Video Game)
A shop is called "It's a Wonderful Knife"
The Majestic (2001)
Poster hangs in The Majestic, before the renovations.
Friends: The One with Ross's Step Forward (2001) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Chandler.
The Other Side of Heaven (2001)
The scene in which John and Jean talk in the moonlight was taken from a similar scene in It's a Wonderful Life
Combat Sheep (2001) (TV Movie)
Mr. B's Lost Shorts (2001) (Video)
Crow (as Clarence): "Are you George Bailey?"
A Tour of the Inferno: Revisiting 'Platoon' (2001) (Video)
mentionned once
The King of Queens: Food Fight (2002) (TV Episode)
Arthur is watching this classic and says he wishes George Bailey would have never been born.
Gilmore Girls: Richard in Stars Hollow (2002) (TV Episode)
Paris thinks Stars Hollow is so wholesome that it "would make Frank Capra want to throw up".
High Crimes (2002)
Teachers: Episode #2.10 (2002) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Susan.
Cadillac Blues (2002) (Short)
Poster on the wall.
Home Movies: Improving Your Life Through Improv (2002) (TV Episode)
Coach McGuirk mentions it in dialogue
Everwood: Friendly Fire (2002) (TV Episode)
Nina mentions by name.
The West Wing: Game On (2002) (TV Episode)
Sam does an impression of George Bailey.
Scrubs: My Big Brother (2002) (TV Episode)
Dan says, "Every time you say that, an angel gets their wings."
8 Simple Rules: All I Want for Christmas (2002) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue, later spoofed by Rory
JAG: All Ye Faithful (2002) (TV Episode)
The episode also includes a very subtle reference to "A Wonderful Life", when Harm and (retired) Admiral Boone are at the Vietnam Memorial. Harm gives his wings to the young pilot who missed his 'winging' ceremony, and Boone 'officiates' at the impromptu ceremony. Boone asks the young Lieutenant about his aspirations, to which he says he wants to become a Blue Angel. The camera then focuses on a wreath hanging on the memorial, and a bell on that wreath rings. "Every Time a Bell Rings an Angel Gets His Wings".
Mass Murder (2002) (Video)
Mentioned by Richard Ramirez.
Party Monster (2003)
Angel says "I got my wings!"
The Movie Hero (2003)
mentioned by lead actor Jeremy Sisto
The Practice: Choirboys (2003) (TV Episode)
Open reference by a character
Red vs. Blue (2003) (TV Series)
Epsiode 15 contains Church joking he has no wings because no one "rung a bell".
Dawson's Creek: ...Must Come to an End (2003) (TV Episode)
Jen tells Pacey that he's like George Bailey from this movie.
Danny Deckchair (2003)
scene where they all jump into the pool fully-clothed
Veronica Guerin (2003)
The Simpsons: Hit & Run (2003) (Video Game)
A shop is called "It's a Wonderful Knife"
Elf (2003)
Scene with Buddy standing on a bridge during snow storm feeling dejected on Christmas Eve.
The O.C.: The Best Chrismukkah Ever (2003) (TV Episode)
One of Sandy's DVD choices
The Bernie Mac Show: It's a Wonderful Wife (2004) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
50 Ways to Leave Your Lover (2004)
"It really IS a wonderful life"
No Regrets (2004)
The newel post in Phil's house comes off and it reminds Alex of "It's A Wonderful Life"
Charlie Rose: Episode dated 6 September 2004 (2004) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Tim Robbins.
Crash (2004)
Title posted on theatre marquee
That '70s Show: Winter (2004) (TV Episode)
The episode is at Christmas time and Fez says "It is a wonderful life".
The 100 Greatest Christmas Moments (2004) (TV Special)
Referenced by name
The Amateurs (2005)
title seen on videotape
Hitch (2005)
Sara's defining life moment is when she rescues her sister, who has fallen through the ice of a pond while skating. In "It's A Wonderful Life," George Bailey's defining moment is to rescue his brother, Harry, who has fallen through the ice of a pond.
100 Greatest Cartoons (2005) (TV Special)
Mentioned along with The Grinch as one of THE American Christmas Specials
Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Mork & Mindy (2005) (TV Movie)
Quoted by Robin when he's a street performer
The Lady in Question Is Charles Busch (2005)
mentioned as a reference to Times Square Angel
EastEnders: Episode dated 16 May 2005 (2005) (TV Episode)
Alfie acts out the film for Little Mo.
EastEnders: Episode dated 20 May 2005 (2005) (TV Episode)
The Slaters watch the film. Little Mo mentions the film to Alfie.
Destroy All Humans! (2005) (Video Game)
The level titles are takes on movies. One level was called It's A Wonderful Death.
Santa's Slay (2005)
A girl asks her dad if an angel is getting their wings after a Santa rings a bell.
Rent (2005)
"You can't quietly wipe out an entire city then watch 'It's a Wonderful Life' on TV."
Phil of the Future: It's a Wonder-Phil Life (2005) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Bewegte Männer: Das Wunder von Köln (2005) (TV Episode)
Paul asks Norbert if he want to see "It's a Wonderful Life" on TV
Chasing Christmas (2005) (TV Movie)
Jack says that it's one of his favourite films.
Smallville: Lexmas (2005) (TV Episode)
In Lex's dream, Clark tells him that he has "a wonderful life."
Angel-A (2005)
The character of George Bailey also attempts to commit suicide by jumping off of a bridge. Before he has the chance to do so, his guardian angel jumps into the water, compelling Bailey to save him. The angels in both movies subsequently attempt to save the main character from their misery.
Best Ever Christmas Films (2005) (TV Movie)
One of the items on the list
South Park: Smug Alert! (2006) (TV Episode)
"It's a miracle! Come and see!" followed by "It's like you have a guardian angel" accompanied with similar music.
Edge of Outside (2006)
mentioned by Peter Bogdanovich
Shock to the System (2006)
"Everytime a martini shaker is shaken, an angel gets its wings."
One Tree Hill: Songs to Love and Die By (2006) (TV Episode)
It's a Wonderful Life is playing on the TV set in Lucas' room. Keith comes back as a ghost to guide Lucas through versions of the possible present and future, much as the angel Clarence did with George Bailey. Keith and Lucas visit the bridge and see Nathan reviewing the bad things he's done, much as George Bailey did before attempting suicide.
The Devil's Muse (2007)
Spiral (2007)
on movie marquee
One Tree Hill: Pictures of You (2007) (TV Episode)
Lucas quotes the line, "Merry Christmas, you old building and loan!" from this movie.
Validation (2007) (Short)
Shown on the movie theater marquee.
My Tutor Friend 2 (2007)
"Want me to get that star for you?" just like Jimmy Stewart from It's a Wonderful Life said about the moon
The Riches: It's a Wonderful Lie (2007) (TV Episode)
title reference
Gaming Disasters: WTF's and ROFL's: Wizard of Oz/Battle Chess (2007) (TV Episode)
There is a joke about the possibillity of making a game based off the movie.
Hannah Montana: When You Wish You Were the Star (2007) (TV Episode)
This episode is based on the 1946 movie, It's a Wonderful Life.
Reaper: Charged (2007) (TV Episode)
"Everytime there's a blackout" "an angels gets its wings"
LeapFrog: A Tad of Christmas Cheer (2007) (Video)
The fairy god-bug transports the character Tad to a world in which he never existed.
Barry Norman's Christmas Movie Quiz (2007) (Video Game)
Referenced by name
Depression's Child (2007) (Short)
Marjorie compares her early life to the film It's a Wonderful Life
Rifftrax: The Star Wars Holiday Special (2007)
Kevin Murphy: "Well, I...may as well go meet George Bailey on that bridge."
Little Mosque on the Prairie: Eid's a Wonderful Life (2007) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
The Simpsons: Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind (2007) (TV Episode)
scene on the bridge
American Dad!: The Most Adequate Christmas Ever (2007) (TV Episode)
Eventually Michelle grows a pair of wings just like Clarence does in the movie
Nip/Tuck: Duke Collins (2007) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
House: It's a Wonderful Lie (2008) (TV Episode)
Title reference and Christmas related topic
Smallville: Apocalypse (2008) (TV Episode)
Clark wishes he'd never existed on Earth. Then Jor-El shows him that a lot would have been worse, especially with Lex as the President starting a nuclear conflict.
Ghost Town (2008)
"What, you don't want to help me earn my wings?"
Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway (2008) (TV Movie)
Mentioned in "You'll See Boys"
Evilution (2008)
"It's a Wonderfull Life" (mispelled) is painted on the wall next to Maddie's door.
How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008)
Sidney Young is talking to Harding about Jimmy Stewart and recites a passage from the film where the character of James Stewart is talking to Mr. Potter
Rifftrax Shorts: Know For Sure (2008) (TV Episode)
Bill: "Why won't you go and help George Bailey? His lip's bleeding."
Gossip Girl: It's a Wonderful Lie (2008) (TV Episode)
Title Reference
Take (2008)
Jim says he saw it on television and it cheered him up, even though it put him through hell first
House: Joy to the World (2008) (TV Episode)
Mr. Potter mentioned.
30 Rock: Christmas Special (2008) (TV Episode)
Jack says he is trying to produce a Christmas special that makes It's a Wonderful life look like Pulp Fiction
iCarly: iChristmas (2008) (TV Episode)
This episode is an obvious parody of "It's a Wonderful Life" where the main character is shown what the world would be like if he wasn't born.
Hot Shit (2008) (Short)
A one-sheet poster from "It's a Wonderful Life" can be seen on the wall in Detective O'Malleigh's office.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.76 (2009) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $100 question
Looking Back to the Future (2009) (Video)
mentioned once
At the Movies: Episode #6.1 (2009) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by David in a review of Ghost Town as an example of a romantic ghost story.
17 Again (2009)
bridge scene
The Cry of the Owl (2009)
Jenny mentions the older film in conversation with Greg, ca. 27 min. into the film.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Million Dollar Movie Week 5 (2009) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $50,000 question
How I Met Your Mother: The Front Porch (2009) (TV Episode)
Barney calls Marshall "Clarence the angel" when Marshall is wearing his nightshirt.
Rifftrax Shorts: How Much Affection? (2009) (TV Episode)
Kevin: "I used to do the 'George Bailey lasso the moon' thing, but he always knocked girls unconscious pretending to twirl the lasso. Didn't work out for him."
Supernatural: It's a Terrible Life (2009) (TV Episode)
The title references the 1946 movie which also about someone who is touched by an angel and experienced an alternate life.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.128 (2009) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $200 question
Sonny with a Chance: Sonny with a Chance of Dating (2009) (TV Episode)
Chad mentions that he and a guest star are filming a Christmas episode where a character realizes "in the end he had a wonderful life."
Whatever Works (2009)
Boris describes It's a Wonderful Life (1946) as "that movie they ram down your throat every Christmas." He also refers to its star James Stewart.
Up (2009)
A poor, young couple buy, move into, and fix up an abandoned house that is part of their past.
SIFF 35th Anniversary Tribute (2009) (Short)
The angel, Lance, comes to Ned to tell him that if he commit suicide, he will not get his wings. Ned replies that he's seen "that movie". Lance, the angel, decide then to send Ned in another reality, to show him what the city of Seattle would have been like without the Seattle International Film Festival.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
Bumblebee plays a clip of George Bailey saying, "We've got to stick together."
Mr. Nobody (2009)
The moment where Nemo arrives at his Mother's front door and she does not recognise him is very reminiscent of the Capra movie
The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu (2009)
Referenced in dialogue
Arthur: Kung Fool/The Silent Treatment (2009) (TV Episode)
Wally shows George what life would be like if he was never born. George even says that he saw a movie that was just like it and briefly describes the plot to the movie.
Parks and Recreation: Ron and Tammy (2009) (TV Episode)
Ron says, "Everytime she laughs, an angel dies."
Californication: The Apartment (2009) (TV Episode)
George Bailey mentioned
Supernatural: Abandon All Hope (2009) (TV Episode)
Meg mentions the angel, Clarence.
The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.55 (2009) (TV Episode)
Bill Maher compares Mr. Potter's bank in the movie with banks of today
Robin Williams: Weapons of Self Destruction (2009) (TV Special)
In his stand-up routine, Robin Williams imitates Old Man Potter.
Robot Chicken: Dear Consumer (Robot Chicken's Full-Assed Christmas Special) (2009) (TV Episode)
In the Humping Robot scene, a girl says, "Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings."
Phineas and Ferb: Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation! (2009) (TV Episode)
When Phineas is trying to "wake up" out of the Christmas situation, he makes a remark about how different things would be had he never woken up that morning. This is similar to the fate-altering wish in this film.
A Child's Christmases in Wales (2009) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name
A Sicilian Odyssey (2009)
mentioned by character
The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.69 (2009) (TV Episode)
Jay says NBC's Christmas movie will be "Tiger Woods: It WAS a Wonderful Life"
The Supermarket (2009)
George Bailey's run through town mirrored
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.87 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $200 clue in the category "Unreal Estate"
It's a Wonderful Afterlife (2010)
reference in similar titles
The Cleveland Show: Our Gang (2010) (TV Episode)
referenced in the ending
Jeopardy!: 2010 College Championship Quarterfinal 3 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $1,000 clue in the category "Movie Objects"
What If... (2010)
Ben compares his experience in this movie to It's a Wonderful Life, which he mentions by title.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.143 (2010) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Meredith Vieira following a $10,000 question about Frank Capra
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.155 (2010) (TV Episode)
Bedford Falls is included in a $12,500 question
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Shrek Forever After/Survival of the Dead/Holy Rollers (2010) (TV Episode)
Ellen Fox says "Shrek Forever After" uses the plot device of this movie
Rifftrax Shorts: Family Teamwork (2010) (TV Episode)
Mike: "Clarence, I wanna live again!"
Despicable Me (2010)
Scene where the girls and the minions contribute money to finance Gru's moon heist recalls the final scene of IAWL where George Bailey's friends bail him out.
Animation Lookback: DreamWorks Animation Part 6 (2010) (TV Episode)
AniMat says that in Shrek Forever After that "Shrek can see that his life is a wonderful life. Get the hint!?"
AniMat's Reviews: Shrek Forever After (2010) (TV Episode)
AniMat mentions that "Shrek Forever After" copied this film's plot.
The Cinema Snob: Caligula: Part I (2010) (TV Episode)
Ask That Guy With The Glasses alludes to it.
RiffTrax Live: Reefer Madness (2010) (Video)
"A darker version of It's a Wonderful Life".
White Irish Drinkers (2010)
poster seen
Atop the Fourth Wall: Silent Hill: Dead/Alive #1 and #2 (2010) (TV Episode)
About a message written in blood: "Unless it says, 'IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE', I do not care about what it says."
Richard Roeper & the Movies: 127 Hours (2010) (TV Episode)
Roeper says "127 Hours" becomes a hard-core version of this movie after Aron gets stuck
Post Mortem with Mick Garris: Frank Darabont (2010) (TV Episode)
Darabont says this movie was not a success on original release
Supernatural: Caged Heat (2010) (TV Episode)
Meg calls Castiel 'Clarence.'
How I Met Your Mother: False Positive (2010) (TV Episode)
The gang are going to see the movie on the big screen.
Psych: The Polarizing Express (2010) (TV Episode)
Tony Cox asks Shawn if he has seen "It's a Wonderful Life."
Bad Movie Beatdown: Christmas Special: While She Was Out (2010) (TV Episode)
Film Brain reminescenes Christmas films
RiffTrax: Shorts-Tacular Shorts-Stravaganza! (2010) (Video)
Kevin: "I used to do the 'George Bailey lasso the moon' thing, but he always knocked girls unconscious pretending to twirl the lasso. Didn't work out for him." / Bill: "Why won't you go and help George Bailey? His lip's bleeding."
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.101 (2011) (TV Episode)
Jackson Murphy says the film was perfect in black and white
General Hospital: Episode #1.12275 (2011) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Bones: The Finder (2011) (TV Episode)
ringing bell when talking about angels
Gossip Girl: Petty in Pink (2011) (TV Episode)
Serena says watching "It's a Wonderful Life" might cheer Lily up.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.160 (2011) (TV Episode)
Jim Carrey mentions that Mr. Potter was the evil guy in the film
Ugly Americans: Wail Street (2011) (TV Episode)
Mark is shown the alternate future of what will happen to his students if he sells his soul.
A Planet Comicon Panel with Helen Slater (2011) (Video)
Mentioned by Helen.
A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011)
One of the weed bags are called "It's a weedful life"
Jack and Jill (2011)
Jill is trying to describe a movie where James Stewart meets an angel
2 Broke Girls: And the Very Christmas Thanksgiving (2011) (TV Episode)
Caroline and Mary both say that "It's a Wonderful Life" is their second favorite Christmas movie.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.46 (2011) (TV Episode)
Jay says Newt Gingrich is starting to sound like Mr. Potter from the film
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.48 (2011) (TV Episode)
Jay says Newt Gingrich is starting to sound like Mr. Potter from the film
Conan: The Bourne Ultimate Frisbee Tournament (2011) (TV Episode)
Conan and Alec Baldwin impersonate Jimmy Steward and mention George Bailey
90210: O Holly Night (2011) (TV Episode)
Movie mentioned by Greg to Silver as a possible date option
Warehouse 13: The Greatest Gift (2011) (TV Episode)
Referenced in conversation.
A Christmas Kiss (2011) (TV Movie)
Adam gives this movie's CD as a gift
The Simpsons: Holidays of Future Passed (2011) (TV Episode)
In a discussion about "It's a Wonderful Life," Homer says, "I wonder what my life would have been like if I had never seen that movie."
The Closer: Relative Matters (2011) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Glee: Extraordinary Merry Christmas (2011) (TV Episode)
movie mentioned
Conan: It's a Wonderful Life Because of the Internet (2011) (TV Episode)
Title reference in episode title
Animation Lookback: Don Bluth Part 2 (2011) (TV Episode)
All Dogs Go to Heaven uses plot elements from this film.
Cinematic Excrement: Deck the Halls (2011) (TV Episode)
Smeghead brings it up as one of his favorite holiday movies.
Stars of the Silver Screen: James Stewart (2011) (TV Episode)
The film is discussed.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.89 (2012) (TV Episode)
Ali Wentworth says that some of the relatives at her daughter's baptism looked like they were watching the film
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.108 (2012) (TV Episode)
Jay says that Mitt Romney is so rich, when he watches the film, he cheers for Mr. Potter
Rita Rudner and 3 Potential Ex-Husbands (2012) (TV Special)
David Gee speculates on dialogue if this movie were written today
Nostalgia Critic: Jungle 2 Jungle (2012) (TV Episode)
Critic mentions his bad parody of this film
Supporting Characters (2012)
mentioned in dialogue
Foodfight! (2012)
The It's a Wonderful Lime poster in Dex's apartment is a parody of this movie's poster.
Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.73 (2012) (TV Episode)
Chelsea makes a joke about someone getting wings after an event happens.
Rules of Engagement: Audrey's Shower (2012) (TV Episode)
Russell, "And it's been a wonderful life ever since."
The Newsroom: Amen (2012) (TV Episode)
Sloan mentions George Bailey, the main character of that movie.
Sparkling Girls: Episode #1.98 (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue by Seu Messias
General Hospital: Episode #1.12637 (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Todd
It's a Wonderful Death (2012) (Short)
referenced at the end when the suicidal man is running down the street shouting at shops.
A Christmas Story 2 (2012) (Video)
Seen on a theater marquee
WWE Raw: Punk's Not Dead (2012) (TV Episode)
Jerry Lawler mentions it in his big return speech.
It's Christmas, Carol! (2012) (TV Movie)
Mentioned by Eve.
Castle: Secret Santa (2012) (TV Episode)
Gwenn says, "We went to a party, and afterwards we stayed up to watch It's a Wonderful Life".
The Office: Dwight Christmas (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Glee: Glee, Actually (2012) (TV Episode)
The first segment is an homage to the film
Baby's First Christmas (2012) (TV Movie)
Jenna mentions the movie by name.
Mike & Molly: Karaoke Christmas (2012) (TV Episode)
Molly says she bought it on DVD.
Holliston: The Christmas Special (2012) (TV Episode)
Corri asks if Adam and Joe are watching the Christmas classic when she first walks into their apartment.
NCIS: You Better Watch Out (2012) (TV Episode)
McGee mentions that every Christmas the team get together to watch the film.
Me Again (2012)
Groove High: It's a Grooverful Life (2012) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Archer: Once Bitten (2013) (TV Episode)
Sterling asks if Mr. Gower is going to slap him to deaf.
Austin & Ally: Freaky Friends & Fan Fiction (2013) (TV Episode)
Trish's boss at the antique store is Mr. Gower
Arrested Development: Colony Collapse (2013) (TV Episode)
"It Would Have Been a Wonderful Life"
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 4 July 2013 (2013) (TV Episode)
Ryan Ruocco reads Entertainment Weekly's 2013 list of top 10 greatest movies
Saturday Night Live: Tina Fey/Arcade Fire (2013) (TV Episode)
Referenced in a graphic shown on "Cinema Classics"
Supernatural: I'm No Angel (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.24 (2013) (TV Episode)
a medium purports to channel James Stewart by quoting from the film
Saturday Night Live: Josh Hutcherson/HAIM (2013) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Seth on Weekend Update
Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier (2013) (TV Movie)
One of the many films the Djinn quotes.
Modern Family: The Big Game (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.185 (2013) (TV Episode)
Chelsea mentions the movie by name.
Raising Hope: Murder, She Hoped (2013) (TV Episode)
Virginia says that Burt's accent "sounded like Jimmy Stewart from that Christmas movie."
Saturday Night Live: Paul Rudd/One Direction (2013) (TV Episode)
Reviewed by Jebediah Atkinson on Weekend Update
Nostalgia Critic: Eight Crazy Nights (2013) (TV Episode)
"We have Jimmy Stewart finding the will to live again..."
The Big Bang Theory: The Cooper Extraction (2013) (TV Episode)
Bernadette mentions watching the movie.
Raising Hope: The Chance Who Stole Christmas (2013) (TV Episode)
Referenced by the narrator
Last Man Standing: Elfie (2013) (TV Episode)
Mike: "Somewhere, an angel lost its wings."
Frank Georges and the Truth (2013) (Short)
It was the inspiration for Frank Georges and the Truth.
A Snow Globe Christmas (2013) (TV Movie)
Meg asks if she's in a "It's A Wonderful Life" set-up
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 18 December 2013 (2013) (TV Episode)
Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic discuss their lists of the best Christmas movies
Anger Management: Charlie and the Christmas Hooker (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue by Charlie.
Comedy Bang! Bang!: Zach Galifianakis Wears a Santa Suit (2013) (TV Episode)
Scott tells Reggie to stop playing piano, then commands him to start playing again.
Nostalgia Critic: The Worst Christmas Special Ever! (2013) (TV Episode)
Jim imitates George Bailey in one scene
Chelsea Lately: Episode #8.9 (2014) (TV Episode)
Jen mentions the movie by name.
Life Itself (2014)
Movie listed on Ebert's website.
Veronica Mars: The Movie (2014)
George Bailey mentioned
Bob's Burgers: Mazel Tina (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Summer of Blood (2014)
Mentioned in dialogue
Home Bound (2014) (Short)
DVD shown
The Leftovers: Cairo (2014) (TV Episode)
"I think I heard a bell ring."
BoJack Horseman: BoJack Hates the Troops (2014) (TV Episode)
Todd mentions George Bailey.
Castle: The Time of Our Lives (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue by Richard Castle: "It's like 'It's a Wonderful Life'. Every time your phone rings, a victim gets their wings."
Mom: Forged Resumes and the Recommended Dosage (2014) (TV Episode)
When blagging her way through her second interview, Bonnie says: "Poppa used to say, every time a closing bell rings, an angel gets its wings."
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Bill O'Reilly/Lorde (2014) (TV Episode)
In the monologue, Jimmy refers to the scene in which Harry falls through the ice, and also quotes additional dialogue
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Christopher Walken/Nick Jonas/Iggy Azalea (2014) (TV Episode)
Jimmy imitates dialogue from the film after noting that hecklers are making President Obama sound like Jimmy Stewart
Love, Lily (2014) (Short)
All the male characters are named after characters in "It's A Wonderful Life".
Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.: It's a Wonderful Smash (2014) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Baby Daddy: It's a Wonderful Emma (2014) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
The Christmas Parade (2014) (TV Movie)
Mr. Parker mentions the movie by name.
Ex Machina (2014)
Describing his house/research facility, Nathan says that there are so many fibre optic leads that you could "lasso the moon".
Nostalgia Critic: A Christmas Story 2 (2014) (TV Episode)
"What's next, 'It's a Wonderful Life 2'?"
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 16 December 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
Hosts discuss their favorite Christmas movies
Hot in Cleveland: Cold in Cleveland: The Christmas Episode (2014) (TV Episode)
the women talk about it being a holiday tradition
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Bill O'Reilly/Krysten Ritter/Jungle (2014) (TV Episode)
Seth comments on the film's downbeat aspects
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 23 December 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
#3 on Adnan Virk's list of his favorite Christmas movies
Blackcatloner: Blackcatloner's Top 5 Favorite Christmas Movies (2014) (TV Episode)
Blackcatloner's number 3 pick.
QI: No-L (2014) (TV Episode)
Stephen mentions it being a popular Christmas movie.
The Biggest Loser: Live Finale (2015) (TV Episode)
Scott mentions the movie by name.
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Kevin Costner/Portia de Rossi/David Frei (2015) (TV Episode)
Kevin Costner comments on people saying that Field of Dreams is this generation's version of the movie
Homeless (2015)
Gosh and Curtis watch this movie
Nostalgia Critic: Jupiter Ascending (2015) (TV Episode)
"And look, Clarence even got his wings."
Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser (2015) (Video)
Many direct quotes; also he meets an angel who shows him a possible future, and whose wings depend on a successful mission.
The Hotwives of Las Vegas: You Make Me Wanna Drought (2015) (TV Episode)
Kelly imitates George Bailey.
Well Wishes (2015)
A major influence in message and sentimental tone.
The Chase Australia: Episode #1.46 (2015) (TV Episode)
Mark is asked a question about the holiday the movie takes place in during his Cash Builder round.
Scandal: Baby, It's Cold Outside (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Night Before (2015)
Angel gets his wings quote is used.
Merry Matrimony (2015) (TV Movie)
The characters of George and Mary Bailey are mentioned.
Once Upon a Holiday (2015) (TV Movie)
Seen on a theater marquee
Just in Time for Christmas (2015) (TV Movie)
Clips are heard as Lindsay's mom is watching it on tv.
Santas in the Barn: Let the Yule Log Burn (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned during group challenge
The Originals: Savior (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Chase Australia: Episode #1.68 (2015) (TV Episode)
Adam and the Chaser are asked a question about the name of the angel attempting to get his wings in the film when they go head to head.
Murdoch Mysteries: A Merry Murdoch Christmas (2015) (TV Episode)
A despondent Crabtree looks down at a frozen river from a bridge.
T00nVision: T00nVision on Ice! (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned as a favourite film.
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 14 January 2016 (2016) (TV Episode)
Mike Greenberg reads from the American Film Institute's list of the top ten movie villains and the movies they appear in
Hail, Caesar! (2016)
Eddie wrestles the idea of leaving or staying at his job like George does as well as both protagonists are tempted by better job offers; Eddie and George look for big enough suitcases; Hobie Doyle sings about the moon just as George soliloquize to Mary about lassoing the moon.
The Cinema Snob: Second Glance (2016) (TV Episode)
"It's like It's a Wonderful Life, if both alternate universes were really shitty."
The Simpsons: Gal of Constant Sorrow (2016) (TV Episode)
"It's a Wonderful Knife" store
Archer: Deadly Prep (2016) (TV Episode)
Archer mocks Whitney attempting to lie about location safe in his house by quoting George Bailey's line "It's in Tom's house... and Bill's house."
The Simpsons: Orange Is the New Yellow (2016) (TV Episode)
Homer says, "I really am the richest man in town!"
Person of Interest: .exe (2016) (TV Episode)
The simulations the Machine shows to Finch are based on the Frank Capra film.
The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
A wheelchaired character mutters "Sentimental Hogwash."
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Whoopi Goldberg/Ben Simmons/Kevin Delaney (2016) (TV Episode)
Spoof poster with Hillary Clinton titled "It's a Wonderful Laugh"
Animals Unleashed: It's a Wonderful Nine Lives (2016) (TV Episode)
Title reference
The Flash: Flashpoint (2016) (TV Episode)
The Reverse-Flash refers to Flashpoint as Barry's "Reverse It's a Wonderful Life (1946)."
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Common/Pamela Adlon/John Prine with Iris DeMent/Hannah Welton (2016) (TV Episode)
Altered poster in the segment A Closer Look
The Mistletoe Promise (2016) (TV Movie)
Nick and Elise go see the movie together.
Bad Santa 2 (2016)
Gina says she is going to watch this film after her date with Marcus.
I'll Be Home for Christmas (2016) (TV Movie)
Jackie mentions the movie by name.
Hearts of Christmas (2016) (TV Movie)
Matt tells Jenny that this is his favorite Christmas movie.
Arrow: What We Leave Behind (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 7 December 2016 (2016) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Mike Greenberg in discussion of Christmas movies
Nostalgia Critic: I'll Be Home for Christmas (2016) (TV Episode)
"Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings."
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Viola Davis/Nick Kroll/Chef Daniel Humm (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in the Best Friends Challenge
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Jim Parsons/Evan & Jillian/DEC 99th (2016) (TV Episode)
Described by Jimmy in the 5-Second Summaries game
Strictly Come Dancing: Christmas Special 2016 (2016) (TV Episode)
The film is referenced in the final group routine.
xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017)
Xander refers to the old man, who sat next to him and left the bag with the "bomb", as Clarence from "It's a Wonderful Life".
Jeopardy!: Episode #33.84 (2017) (TV Episode)
correct response in "A Film Classic" category
Nostalgia Critic: Why Do So Many Sequels Suck? (2017) (TV Episode)
says this movie bombed because it wasn't a Christmas release
Heaven Bound (2017)
Title reference.
Five Came Back: The Mission Begins (2017) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Guillermo del Toro.
Five Came Back: The Price of Victory (2017) (TV Episode)
Discussed by Guillermo del Toro, Frank Capra, and Steven Spielberg, and advertised on a theater marquee.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: The Time Travelers (2017) (TV Episode)
Tom (as Man on Porch): "Why don't you attack them instead of watchin' them to death?"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: The Christmas That Almost Wasn't (2017) (TV Episode)
Tom (as Martini): "We broke-a the juke-a-box, too!"
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Kaley Cuoco/Horatio Sanz/LP (2017) (TV Episode)
Jimmy presents a brief review by Vladimir Putin
Cine Terapia: Cine Terapia - Axel Kuschevatzky (2017) (TV Episode)
One of the characters describes the plot of this film.
Requiem for My Mother (2017) (TV Movie)
Dimitri Timken's version of "Dies Irae"
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Idris Elba/Ali Wentworth/Tame Impala (2017) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Alexandra Wentworth as she describes her daughter's Orthodox baptism
Snowfall: Baby Teeth (2017) (TV Episode)
Teddy quotes from this moving while discussing Jim Stewart.
The Andrew Klavan Show: Too Much Winning (2017) (TV Episode)
A clip of George Bailey shouting "Hooray!" is used in the "Trump Happiness" montage.
Absentia: The Emily Show (2017) (TV Episode)
Emily comparing her relationship with ex-husband Nick as being "like the movie where the angel takes the guy and shows him what life would be like without him"
The Andrew Klavan Show: Trump, Harvey and Free Speech? (2017) (TV Episode)
Klavan makes a joking allusion to the "Every time a bell rings" line.
Pottersville (2017)
Sheriff Jack toasts Maynard, calling him "the richest man in town." The town name "Pottersville" is also what Bedford Falls is renamed as in George's vision of the world in which he was never born.
Far From the Tree (2017)
Mentally-challenged man says he likes this movie because it take him ask: "What happens if I wasn't born?"
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Amy Sedaris/Greta Gerwig/Jessie Reyez (2017) (TV Episode)
Greta Gerwig says screening Lady Bird (2017) in Sacramento reminded her of the movie
The Christmas Train (2017) (TV Movie)
Red Til I'm Dead: Sammy Hagar's Rock-N-Roll Birthday Bash (2017)
Meatloaf mentions "It's a Wonderful Life" and points at the movie poster
The Christmas Cottage (2017) (TV Movie)
Aunt Sarah mentions the movie by name.
Family Guy: Don't Be a Dickens at Christmas (2017) (TV Episode)
Patrick Swayze's ghost shows Peter various ways in which his family's life would be different without him. Also, the famous scene where George Bailey returns back to his reality and wishes everyone a Merry Christmas is spoofed with Peter wishing all of his famous porn stars a Merry Christmas.
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Sarah Paulson/Judd Apatow/Grant Morrison (2017) (TV Episode)
Grant Morrison compares the formula of Happy! (2017) to this movie
Rifftrax: Batman v. Superman (2017)
"The bells' already been rung." Bill Corbett: "An angel's already got its wings."
The Cinema Snob: A Christmas Kiss (2017) (TV Episode)
The Snob mentions it. It's also mentioned in A Christmas Kiss (2011).
Returning the Favor: The Cop Who Saved Christmas (2017) (TV Episode)
Mike mentions snow making and the film
General Hospital: Episode #1.13981 (2017) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Ready Player One (2018)
Dialogue quoted: "No man is a failure who has friends."
Returning the Favor: Tough Love (2018) (TV Episode)
Mike mentions Jimmy Stewart in It's a Wonderful Life
Ash vs Evil Dead: Unfinished Business (2018) (TV Episode)
Brock: "Haven't you seen 'It's a Wonderful Life?'"
John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City (2018) (TV Special)
John "felt like Jimmy Stewart in 'It's A Wonderful Life' when he's screaming at Uncle Billy."
Honest Trailers: Every Christopher Nolan Movie (2018) (TV Episode)
Title seen in screenshot
Smallfoot (2018)
one of the songs contains the title of this very movie.
Maniac: Larger Structural Issues (2018) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Owen.
Road to Christmas (2018) (TV Movie)
David mentions the movie by name.
The Christmas Chronicles (2018)
Mrs. Claus suggests some Christmas movie to watch.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Killer Fish (2018) (TV Episode)
Tom (as a character is pushed into a swimming pool): "He almost landed on Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed."
Monkey in the Morning: #ThotAudit Taxing Boobs (2018) (TV Episode)
The movie comes up in a discussion about Christmas movies.
Christmas: A Revenge Tale (2018) (Short)
The Editor quotes George Bailey's line about the moon to his girlfriend Holly
Best of the Worst: Plinketto #7 (2018) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Mike.
Christmas Around the Corner (2018) (TV Movie)
Claire: "Is it Ernie like 'It's a Wonderful Life' Ernie?"
Fresh Off the Boat: Cousin Eddie (2018) (TV Episode)
Louis: "It's just like 'It's a Wonderful Life.'"
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Chapter Eleven: A Midwinter's Tale (2018) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Hilda as one of Sabrina's favorite holiday movies.
Forever Christmas (2018) (TV Movie)
Sophia names it as her true favorite Christmas movie.
Criminal Minds: Night Lights (2019) (TV Episode)
The movie is discussed.
Studio C: Episode #9.10 (2019) (TV Episode)
Referenced throughout the cold open
Hail Satan? (2019)
clip shown
Rent: Live (2019) (TV Movie)
Mentioned that you can't tear down the tent city for the homeless and then go home and watch this movie
Nostalgia Critic: Hop (2019) (TV Episode)
The movie is mentioned.
There's Something About Movies: Episode #1.3 (2019) (TV Episode)
A movie Tom dislikes.
Veronica Mars: Spring Break Forever (2019) (TV Episode)
Reference to "George Bailey".
Nostalgia Critic: That Darn Cat (1997) (2019) (TV Episode)
The movie is mentioned.
Marriage Story (2019)
Poster is shown in Nicole's room.
Joker (2019)
When Fleck/Joker runs from police and escapes into a subway, the announcer says: "Next stop: Bedford Falls". This is the name of the town in the "It's a Wonderful Life"
Cinematic Excrement: The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (2019) (TV Episode)
"There's a character named Zuzu Petals, a reference to It's a Wonderful Life."
Riverdale: Chapter Fifty-Eight: In Memoriam (2019) (TV Episode)
Jughead's obituary of Fred refers to him as Riverdale's "George Bailey".
Lights Out with David Spade: Episode #1.40 (2019) (TV Episode)
'Angels getting it's wings' referenced by Adam Ray.
Mr. Robot: 404 Not Found (2019) (TV Episode)
Tobias says that his suicidal friend Jimmy is James Stewart from this movie.
Merry Happy Whatever: Happy Mall-idays (2019) (TV Episode)
Emmy says tonight they wrap gifts and watch this movie.
Fuller House: Ready Player Fuller (2019) (TV Episode)
Jimmy: "I feel like George Bailey in that movie where he's got a wonderful life."
Show Offs: Mistletoe Miracle (2019) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Trent as an example of a Golden Age Christmas story
The Goldbergs: It's a Wonderful Life (2019) (TV Episode)
Title reference, also mentioned.
Mom: Higgledy-Piggledy and a Cat Show (2019) (TV Episode)
Bonnie suggests watching it.
Holiday Date (2019) (TV Movie)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Cinema Snob: A Karate Christmas Miracle (2019) (TV Episode)
The Snob mentions it and an image is shown.
Nostalgia Critic: Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2019) (TV Episode)
The movie is mentioned.
Mr. Luke Joins the Service (2019) (Short)
Uses Hark the Herald Angel Sings at the end.
Young Sheldon: Contracts, Rules and a Little Bit of Pig Brains (2020) (TV Episode)
The widower in the cemetery mentions this movie to Connie.
Coronation Street: Episode #1.10000 (2020) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Ken Barlow.
8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown: Episode #19.6 (2020) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned in Nick Helm's song.
Amazing Stories: The Heat (2020) (TV Episode)
The ghost Tuka mentions "getting your wings" like the angel Clarence
Adventures in Moviegoing: Josh and Bennie Safdie (2020) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by the Safdies.
Slumber is Golden (2020) (Short)
Heard in the background, dialogue reference

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AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Stewart (1980) (TV Special)
Stewart and Reed listen to Albertson on phone
Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers (1980)
clip included
Android (1982)
Hollywood's Greatest Trailers (1982) (Video)
Quarterback Princess (1983) (TV Movie)
Tami and her mom are watching it on TV.
The Moviemakers: The Films of Frank Capra (1984) (TV Episode)
Clips with James Stewart and Others
Gremlins (1984)
A clip from the film is shown.
The 57th Annual Academy Awards (1985) (TV Special)
Time Travel: Fact, Fiction and Fantasy (1985) (TV Movie)
Includes movie clips
The Twilight Zone: Profile in Silver/Button, Button (1986) (TV Episode)
The film is playing on television but Norma Lewis turns it off.
Precious Images (1986) (Short)
At the Movies: Colorizing: Hollywood's New Vandalism (1986) (TV Episode)
Colorized clips are shown along with clips of the original.
Hollywood Ghost Stories (1986)
Clips shown
Oktoberfest (1987)
Shades of Love: Echoes in Crimson (1987) (TV Movie)
Grant brings this video, which he knows is Anne's favourite movie; she watches it after he leaves.
Cheers: Christmas Cheers (1987) (TV Episode)
A clip from the film is shown.
Muppet Babies: Muppets Not Included (1988) (TV Episode)
A clip from the film is shown.
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
A clip from the film is shown.
Scrooged (1988)
Deadly Obsession (1988)
Denise is watching this on TV.
Hard Time on Planet Earth: Stranger in a Strange Land (1989) (TV Episode)
Jesse watches the movie on TV. The scene where Jimmy returns to his family is shown.
Splendor (1989)
The Magical World of Disney: Super DuckTales (1989) (TV Episode)
While Fenton's mom changes channels on TV, an audio clip can be heard of George Bailey saying: "I'll bet it's a warrant for my arrest. Isn't it wonderful?"
DuckTales: Super DuckTales: Part 3 - Full Metal Duck (1989) (TV Episode)
While Fenton's mom changes TV channels, an audio clip can be heard of George Bailey saying: "I'll bet it's a warrant for my arrest. Isn't it wonderful?"
The Siskel & Ebert 500th Anniversary Special (1989) (TV Special)
Clip is shown in black and white and then colorized.
She's Back (1989)
B.O.R.N. (1989)
Playing on the television when Buck returns home to find his wife and son murdered.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
A clip from the film is shown.
Saturday Night Live: John Goodman/k.d. lang (1989) (TV Episode)
Footage endited into "It Used To Be A Wonderful Life".
Money, Power, Murder. (1989) (TV Movie)
Minute Movie Masterpieces (1989) (Video)
Clips / Footage.
Dark Angel (1990)
A clip from the film is shown.
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
A clip from the film is shown.
Home Alone (1990)
The McCallisters watch the film while in France.
The Making of 'It's a Wonderful Life' (1990) (TV Short)
scenes shown
Doc Hollywood (1991)
Brief clip of the swimming pool scene as Ben is channel surfing in Los Angeles
Prime Target (1991)
Heard on TV.
Fishbone: The Reality of My Surroundings (1991) (Video)
Various scenes appear in the video for the song "It's A Wonderful Life (Gonna Have A Good Time".
Christmas at the Movies (1991) (TV Special)
976-Evil II (1991)
Star Time (1992)
Clips shown
Oscar's Greatest Moments (1992) (Video)
Only You (1992)
Parker Lewis Can't Lose: Lewis and Son (1992) (TV Episode)
plays on a TV in the video store
The Pamela Principle (1992) (Video)
Characters are shown watching the film
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
A clip from the film is shown.
Roseanne: It's No Place Like Home for the Holidays (1992) (TV Episode)
Darlene and David watch the movie on TV.
Beverly Hills, 90210: It's a Totally Happening Life (1992) (TV Episode)
The Walsh family is watching the film on TV.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: The Alma Matter (1993) (TV Episode)
A fragment of this film is shown in this episode
Trauma (1993)
A clip from the film is shown.
Menace II Society (1993)
A clip from the film is shown.
Coneheads (1993)
Beverly Hills, 90210: Somewhere in the World It's Christmas (1993) (TV Episode)
Erica watches the film on television
Solstice (1993)
People are watching the movie
The Ref (1994)
My So-Called Life: Pilot (1994) (TV Episode)
A clip from the film is shown.
Jo Brand Through the Cakehole: Jo Brand Through the Christmas Cakehole (1994) (TV Episode)
Jo Brand is inserted into a portion of the film
100 Years at the Movies (1994) (TV Short)
Hollywood vs. Religion (1994) (Video)
Wendigo (1995)
Shown on TV screen
Harrison Bergeron (1995) (TV Movie)
Ending of this movie shown on TV.
Money Train (1995)
Melrose Place: Oy! to the World (1995) (TV Episode)
Watched on TV
X-Mass '73 (1995) (Short)
Sprockets: Heart Throbs (1995) (TV Episode)
Clips seen and discussed
Elmo Saves Christmas (1996) (Video)
It's shown on the TV on Christmas Eve and watched frequently as the only thing that's on Christmas Day, most notably the scene where Ernie and Bert glance at the TV on the table in front of the Fix-It Shop and are amused to hear the names of the characters who are their namesakes.
A Hollywood Christmas (1996) (Video)
extended clips and brief discussion
Turbulence (1997)
Teri and Ryan mention it. Also, footage is shown.
At the Movies: Men in Black/Wild America/Out to Sea (1997) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown for the segment on James Stewart.
TV Guide Looks at Christmas (1997) (TV Special)
Frank Capra's American Dream (1997) (TV Movie)
Marriage proposal near phone
Papertrail (1997)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: America's Greatest Movies (1998) (TV Movie)
It's a Wonderful Life is #11.
Classified X (1998) (TV Movie)
Italians in America (1998) (TV Movie)
Clip highlights Frank Capra
The Great Christmas Movies (1998) (TV Movie)
The Century (1999) (TV Mini-Series)
Segment - "Picture This"
Film Breaks: Fantasy Films (1999) (TV Episode)
Clips seen and discussed
The Sopranos: To Save Us All from Satan's Power (2001) (TV Episode)
It comes on when Tony turns the TV on after coming home from dinner.
The 100 Greatest Films (2001) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
JAG: Answered Prayers (2001) (TV Episode)
Featured on the TV while Bud and Mikey are talking.
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Passions: America's Greatest Love Stories (2002) (TV Special)
It's a Wonderful Life is #8.
Biography: The Barrymores (2002) (TV Episode)
A brief clip from this film is shown.
Bruce Almighty (2003)
Grace sees a scene of it on TV because of Bruce as a sign.
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains (2003) (TV Special)
Mr. Potter is the #6 villain. George Bailey is the #9 hero.
The 100 Greatest Christmas Moments (2004) (TV Special)
Clips are shown
Independent Lens: Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) (TV Episode)
Selling Enron stock is compared to a run on the bank and the appropriate scene is shown from "Wonderful Life."
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)
Selling Enron stock is compared to a run on the bank and the appropriate scene is shown from "Wonderful Life."
Filmmakers in Action (2005)
They show the film.
I Love the Holidays (2005) (TV Special)
One of the things associated with Christmas
Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates Christmas (2005) (TV Episode)
the kids watch it on TV
Best Ever Christmas Films (2005) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Cheers: America's Most Inspiring Movies (2006) (TV Movie)
It's a Wonderful Life is #1.
Interactive Film Quiz (2006) (Video Game)
Clip from trailer used
Deck the Halls (2006)
when the family is watching tv, this movie is what is shown on the screen
The Good Life (2007)
Movie shown in theater.
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition (2007) (TV Movie)
It's a Wonderful Life is #20.
AFI's 10 Top 10: America's 10 Greatest Films in 10 Classic Genres (2008) (TV Special)
It's a Wonderful Life is the #3 fantasy film.
Meet Dave (2008)
The Captain and Number Three watched the film
NCIS: Silent Night (2008) (TV Episode)
DiNozzo: ".. the greatest, greatest Christmas movie of all time, It's a Wonderful Life"... and the opening credits are shown in the background
Nostalgia Critic: Top 12 Greatest Christmas Specials (2008) (TV Episode)
Featured as the Number 5 spot
Landslide: A Portrait of President Herbert Hoover (2009) (TV Movie)
footage from the movie was featured.
Plunder: The Crime of Our Time (2009)
Clips of the bank run scene
Legion (2010)
A clip from the film is shown.
Bad Movie Beatdown: Seven Pounds (2010) (TV Episode)
The stars from the heavens are seen as the plot is set up
Freakonomics (2010)
includes film clips
Nostalgia Critic: Free Willy (2010) (TV Episode)
"You're worth more dead than alive" clip is shown
The Killers: Boots (2010) (Video)
clips shown
Big Time Rush: Big Time Christmas (2010) (TV Episode)
Katie and her mom set Bitters up to watch a marathon of the movie
Nostalgia Critic: Rover Dangerfield (2010) (TV Episode)
clips are shown
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.61 (2010) (TV Episode)
In the "Jaywalking" segment, a person on the street is substituted for Jimmy Stewart in his run through Bedford Falls
These Amazing Shadows (2011)
Clips from this film are shown in These Amazing Shadows.
The Boat: Esperando un milagro (2011) (TV Episode)
Burbuja finds a mysterious broadcast of this film.
The Nostalgia Chick: You've Got Mail (2011) (TV Episode)
recalling Jimmy Stewart
Trading Christmas (2011) (TV Movie)
A clip is seen while Heather watches the classic film with her boyfriend
25 Most Heartwarming Holiday TV Moments (2011) (TV Movie)
"It's a Wonderful Life" is #1.
A Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas! (2011) (TV Movie)
clips, stills and posters shown, discussed
Stars of the Silver Screen: James Stewart (2011) (TV Episode)
Footage shown.
Brows Held High: The Discovery of Heaven (2012) (TV Episode)
"How does George Bailey figure into all this?"
John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John: I Think You Might Like It (2012) (Video)
John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John watches the film on television.
Great Movie Mistakes IV (2012) (TV Movie)
Clips of mistakes shown
Apocalypse Now? (2012) (Short)
Footage playing while Connor quotes the film.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Dads (2013) (TV Episode)
George Bailey is the Top Suicidal Dad.
Animated Atrocities: A Pal for Gary (2013) (TV Episode)
Audio used.
Smashing UK Top 10: Top 10 American Films (2013) (TV Episode)
Pauw & Witteman: Episode #8.79 (2013) (TV Episode)
A fragment is shown.
The Onion Film Standard: It's a Wonderful Life (2013) (TV Episode)
Greatest Ever Christmas Movies (2013) (TV Movie)
Number 1 in the Countdown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Greatest Christmas Movies of All Time (2013) (2013) (TV Episode)
It's a Wonderful Life is #1.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Angels (2013) (TV Episode)
Clarence Odbody is #3.
The Oscars (2014) (TV Special)
Popular heroes presentation.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies of the 1940s (2014) (TV Episode)
It's a Wonderful Life is #3.
Boychoir (2014)
Stet watches a TV while practicing on a Chrismas break.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Motivational Movies (2014) (TV Episode)
It's a Wonderful Life is #4.
Nostalgia Critic: Forest Warrior (2014) (TV Episode)
Heaven clip from the movie is spoofed
Nostalgia Critic: What You Never Knew About Christmas Vacation (2014) (TV Episode)
Critic points out the newell post reference in Christmas Vacation
Spare Parts (2015)
Christian's family watches the movie dubbed in Spanish on television.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Critically Acclaimed Movies That Bombed at the Box Office (2015) (TV Episode)
It's a Wonderful Life gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Alternate Realities in Movies (2015) (TV Episode)
Life Without George is #1.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Feel Good Movies (2015) (TV Episode)
It's a Wonderful Life is #1.
Neon (2015)
A scene is shown.
Love the Coopers (2015)
Seen on a TV in the end montage, also Eleanor tells Joe "You're like Clarence, sent down to save my wonderful life."
Brows Held High: Mr. Nobody and Living in Bad Faith (2015) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Biggest Continuity Errors in Movies (2015) (TV Episode)
Christmas Magic is #1.
Honest Trailers: Die Hard (2015) (TV Episode)
Clip is shown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Memorable Movie Characters Pre-70s (2016) (TV Episode)
George Bailey gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies That Make You Feel Grateful (2016) (TV Episode)
It's a Wonderful Life is #3.
The Know's Top 10s: Top 10 Big MuthaF*CKS in Video Games (2016) (TV Episode)
Footage from the film is shown.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Greediest Villains in Movies (2016) (TV Episode)
Henry F. Potter is #9.
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2016)
Mr. and Mrs. Sung's favorite film, which they are seen watching, and which inspired Mr. Sung to open a community bank.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Thought-Provoking Life After Death Movies (2016) (TV Episode)
It's a Wonderful Life is #4.
MsMojo: Top 10 Movies for Romantics This Christmas (2016) (TV Episode)
It's a Wonderful Life is #9.
MsMojo: Top 10 Heartwarming Movie Messages (2017) (TV Episode)
The #1 heartwarming movie message is "Your life has purpose."
Five Came Back: The Mission Begins (2017) (TV Episode)
Clips shown
Five Came Back: The Price of Victory (2017) (TV Episode)
Clips shown
In Search of Fellini (2017)
Seen repeatedly on TV
The Andrew Klavan Show: CNN Crushed by Godzilla Trump (2017) (TV Episode)
Clip: George Bailey screaming, "Yay!"
The Andrew Klavan Show: The Resistance Is Failing (2017) (TV Episode)
A clip of Jimmy Stewart screaming "Yay!" appears in the Trump Happiness Montage.
Same Kind of Different as Me (2017)
The movie is shown at the mission.
Starfilm (2017)
An excerpt featuring stars (of the celestial kind) is shown.
MacGyver: Bullet + Pen (2017) (TV Episode)
This movie is playing in the police station.
Happy!: When Christmas Was Christmas (2017) (TV Episode)
Clips shown.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Jason Sudeikis/Amy Sedaris/Robert Kelly (2017) (TV Episode)
Clip of Mr. Potter in the monologue
The Andrew Klavan Show: Episode #1.436 (2017) (TV Episode)
Clip: Bert finds George, who realizes he has returned to reality.
Tamara's Never Seen: It's a Wonderful Life (2017) (TV Episode)
Tamara has never seen the movie until now
The Oscars (2018) (TV Special)
Clip shown in 90 Years montage
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies That Are Better Than Best Picture Winners (2018) (TV Episode)
It's a Wonderful Life, which overshadowed The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), gets an honorable mention.
The Housing Bubble (2018)
Clips shown
Renegade Cut: It's a Wonderful Life, Comrade! (2018) (TV Episode)
movie is discussed and analyzed
Discovering Christmas Films (2018) (TV Special)
Clips shown; introduced as # 1
Hail Satan? (2019)
Clips from the film are shown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Box Office Bombs that Ruined Studios (2019) (TV Episode)
It's a Wonderful Life is #7 for ruining Liberty Films.
The Movies: The Golden Age (2019) (TV Episode)
Film discussed in the episode
Write Before Christmas (2019) (TV Movie)
Both Jessica and Luke individually watch the movie.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Films Ahead of Their Time (2019) (TV Episode)
It's a Wonderful Life gets an honorable mention.
The Goldbergs: It's a Wonderful Life (2019) (TV Episode)
short clip watched on TV
The Simpsons: Bobby, It's Cold Outside (2019) (TV Episode)
Sideshow Bob watches this movie.
La noche de...: La noche de... Wonder Woman (2020) (TV Episode)
Hollywood's New Year resolutions
WatchMojo: Top 20 Best Feel Good Movies (2020) (TV Episode)
It's a Wonderful Life is #1.
Dispatches from Elsewhere: The Boy (2020) (TV Episode)
Peter watches on television and says "I want to do that."
WatchMojo: The Best Fantasy Films of All Time from A to Z (2020) (TV Episode)
It's a Wonderful Life is the best fantasy movie starting with I.
Last Three Days
As they share close thematic ties, Jack and Beth spend Christmas together, watching It's a Wonderful Life. Other references to this movie are made throughout the film.

Spoofed in 

Damn Yankees (1958)
Mork & Mindy: It's a Wonderful Mork (1979) (TV Episode)
This episode is a spoof of the film.
It's a Miserable Life (1979) (Short)
Stuck on You! (1982)
The opening depicts the Earth spinning among the stars while Heavenly voices discuss sending an angel to help a couple in trouble.
The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo: It's a Wonderful Scoob (1985) (TV Episode)
After Scooby-Doo quits the gang, Vincent Van Ghoul (Vincent Price) shows him what life for the gang would be like without him.
Amazing Stories: Welcome to My Nightmare (1986) (TV Episode)
After he returns to the real world, Harry excitedly runs through the streets.
Saturday Night Live: William Shatner/Lone Justice (1986) (TV Episode)
A 'lost ending' to this classic is shown
ALF: Oh, Tannerbaum (1986) (TV Episode)
Willie's dream is a parody of the film.
Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)
There are characters named George Bailey, Violet and Mr. Gower in the "Titan Man" segment.
Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Battle (1987) (TV Episode)
In one of the blooper reels Brent Spiner (as Lt. Commander Data) enters the bridge of the USS Stargazer, reads the dedication plaque, and mimics George Bailey's voice, saying "Well, for God's sake, Mary. They built this thing in Bedford Falls!"
The Facts of Life: It's a Wonderful Christmas (1987) (TV Episode)
This episode is a parody of that movie's plotline.
ALF: Stairway to Heaven (1988) (TV Episode)
The basic plot to this episode is a direct spoof of this iconic Christmas film.
Saturday Night Live: Danny DeVito/The Bangles (1988) (TV Episode)
Spoofed during Guardian Angels on bridge sketch.
Saturday Night Live: John Goodman/k.d. lang (1989) (TV Episode)
Spoofed as "It Used To Be A Wonderful Life".
Married... with Children: It's a Bundyful Life Part 2 (1989) (TV Episode)
Al Bundy gets to see his life as if he has never born
Saturday Night Live: Andrew Dice Clay/Julee Cruise/Spanic Boys (1990) (TV Episode)
Spoofed during cold opening. Andrew Dice Clay's guardian devil (Jon Lovitz) shows Dice what happened because he didn't host, which included Frank Zappa hosting instead and him going on a long rant about censorship, and Nora Dunn being crushed by one of Sinead O'Connor's amplifiers.
The Simpsons: Simpson and Delilah (1990) (TV Episode)
The scene in which Homer is running through town after he got his hair
Not Necessarily the News: Not Necessarily the Year in Review (1990) (TV Episode)
Annabelle Gurwitch reports on Christmas in Bedford Falls.
It's a Wonderful Sexlife (1991) (Video)
Premise and title.
Press Gang: Day Dreams (1992) (TV Episode)
This episode is a parody of the film.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Killer Shrews (1992) (TV Episode)
Tom (as Nick): "Out you pixies go, through the barn or through the hay loft!" and "Oh, now my mouth's bleeding, Burt."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Fire Maidens of Outer Space (1992) (TV Episode)
When Frank can't account for the missing checks and money, Dr. Forrester says, "Do you know what this means? It means bankruptcy and scandal and prison. One of us is going to prison, and it ain't gonna be me!"
Tiny Toon Adventures: It's a Wonderful Tiny Toons Christmas Special (1992) (TV Episode)
This whole episode is a remake of the classic film
Family Matters: It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Urkel (1992) (TV Episode)
Angel showing character what they're life could be like
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Tapestry (1993) (TV Episode)
the story of Tapestry is basically It's a Wonderful Life, Star-Trek-ified
Clarissa Explains It All: Ferguson Explains It All (1994) (TV Episode)
Ferguson as an Angel shows Clarissa what would be if Ferguson would never exist
A Bit of Fry and Laurie: Episode #4.1 (1995) (TV Episode)
A sketch spoofs this film
The Simpsons: The PTA Disbands (1995) (TV Episode)
Jimmy Stewart character in the bank tells everyone their money is in "Bill's house, and Fred's house" so someone named Bill gets beat up
The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries: It Happened One Night Before Christmas (1995) (TV Episode)
The town of Bedspread Falls is a spoof of Bedford Falls in Frank Capra's Christmas classic.
Beavis and Butt-Head: Beavis and Butt-Head Do Christmas (1995) (TV Episode)
Parodied as "It's A Horrible Life," with B&B's guardian angel Charlie coming to take away their lives. He shows Butt-Head what Highland would have been like if he and Beavis had never met. They eventually throw Charlie into the river.
Weird Science: It's a Wonderful Life... Without You (1996) (TV Episode)
This episode is a parody of the film.
The Epic of Detective Mandy: Book Five - Satan Claus III: The 13th Day of Christmas (1996) (TV Movie)
During the celebration victory party, characters are announced like they are in It's a Wonderful Life (1946). Mandy's brother, Detective Randy, returning from the dead, quiets everyone and raises a toast to his little brother Mandy, "the richest man in town," just as Harry Bailey does in It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and everyone sings to Auld Lang Syne from the movie.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Riding with Death (1997) (TV Episode)
After Mike blows up another planet, Crow confronts him and (as George Bailey) says, "What'd you do with that planet, you silly, stupid old man? Someone's going to jail, and it's not gonna be me!"
Spawn (1997)
The Clown tells Spawn that he'll be the angel Clarence and Spawn can be Jimmy Stewart.
Space Ghost Coast to Coast: Zorak (1997) (TV Episode)
Raymond shows Zorak what life would've been like if he'd never been born.
Halloweentown (1998) (TV Movie)
movie called "It's a Wonderful Death"
An All Dogs Christmas Carol (1998) (Video)
The TV special "It's A Wonderful Carface".
South Park: Merry Christmas Charlie Manson! (1998) (TV Episode)
A character watches a spoof of this on TV.
Johnny Bravo: Doomates/Johnny's Telethon/Johnny's Guardian Angel (1999) (TV Episode)
The segment "Johnny's Guardian Angel" is a spoof of this movie.
Saturday Night Live Christmas (1999) (Video)
One sketch presents the "lost ending" of I'ts a wonderful life
It's a Wonderful Life (2000) (Video)
title is the same, lead characters are down-on-their-luck businessmen
The Zack Files: It's a Wonderful School (2000) (TV Episode)
This episode is a parody of the film.
Saturday Night Live: Val Kilmer/U2 (2000) (TV Episode)
spoofed during the monologue
Christmas in South Park (2000) (Video)
Assignment: Venezuela and Other Shorts (2000) (Video)
Crow (as George Bailey): "Merry Christmas, ya wonderful old couch!"
3rd Rock from the Sun: Dick Digs (2001) (TV Episode)
Mary says she wishes she had been the one to find the "ceremonial wedding moon" artifact, Dick responds (in a Jimmy Stewart-like voice), "What is it you want, Mary? Is it the moon? Is that it? You want the moon, Mary?"
Family Guy: A Very Special Family Guy Freakin' Christmas (2001) (TV Episode)
Lois pushes George Bailey off a bridge.
It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002) (TV Movie)
The Muppet movie is borderline spoof remake of this movie.
Saturday Night Live Christmas 2002 (2002) (TV Special)
Spoofed in the lost ending to It's a Wonderful Life
Chappelle's Show: Zapped & It's A Wonderful Chest (2003) (TV Episode)
a sketch titled "It's a Wonderful Chest"
Bruce Almighty (2003)
Bruce brings the moon closer with a "Lasso". in IAWL George Bailey offers Mary the Moon and says he was throw a lasso around it. That scene from IAWL is also included in Bruce Almighty.
My Family: It's a Window-Filled Life (2003) (TV Episode)
The title is a reference and Ben meets a man named Clarence in whose shed Ben sees how the life of his family would have been if he'd never been born, just like the main character in It's a wonderful life
Fatherhood: Balancing the Books (2004) (TV Episode)
ill character imagines the banker is Mr. Potter
Life Is the Only Thing Worth Dying For (2004) (Short)
Man with unfufilled life expectations feels that he is worth more dead than alive.
The Venture Bros.: A Very Venture Christmas (2004) (TV Episode)
The Doc's dream is based on aspects of different holiday specials - the way he wishes "merry Christmas!" to a series of places an inanimate objects is a parody of Jimmy Stewart at the end of this film.
Fever Pitch (2005)
Ben impersonates the sequence calling Clarence.
The Fairly OddParents: It's a Wishful Life/Timmy's 2D House of Horror (2005) (TV Episode)
The entire 1st segment is a spoof of this movie with Timmy wishing he'd never been born then being shown how much better people's lives are without him by a fairy.
Robot Chicken: The Sack (2005) (TV Episode)
guardian angel shows Wimpy that everyone's lives would be better if he didn't exist
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law: Sebben and Sebben Employee Orientation (2005) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Phil when telling Birdman to invest in Savings & Loans.
American Dad!: Stan of Arabia: Part 2 (2005) (TV Episode)
Stan dreams that the president comes to save him then it begins to snow and he says "Teacher says everytime a bell rings, an oppressive autocracy gets freedom!". His dream is a spoof of the end of this film, complete with similar music.
Moral Orel: The Best Christmas Ever! (2005) (TV Episode)
Movie title on marquee. Protesters: "Every time you hear a bell, an angel burns in Hell!" Sign reads "Zuzu burns in Hell!"
The DiCaprio Code (2006) (Short)
In the beginning, Tom Cruise and The Rock are remaking It's a Wonderful Life.
Minoriteam: Space Driftin' (2006) (TV Episode)
Wang sees how the world is if he hadn't been born in a parody of this movie.
Kappa Mikey: Christmas Mikey (2006) (TV Episode)
The show features a 'what if I never was:' scenario which Mikey views
How It Should Have Ended: A Look Back at 'It's a Wonderful Life' (2006) (TV Episode)
making-of documentary parody
Extreme Naturals: Tits a Wonderful Life (2008) (TV Episode)
Uses a play on the title, "It's a Wonderful Life".
Robot Chicken: Adultizzle Swizzle (2008) (TV Episode)
In "It's a Wimpy-Filled Life," Wimpy's guardian angel lets him see how the world would look if he had never been born, and it's a much better world.
A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! (2008) (TV Special)
Stephen prays in a manner similar to George Bailey, and an angel answers, but with different results.
Es bello vivir (2008) (TV Movie)
"Es bello vivir" contains sketches about "It's a wonderful life"
30-Second Bunny Theatre: It's a Wonderful Life (2009) (TV Episode)
Short animated Re-enactment/Parody of this film with bunnies
SNL Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas (2009) (TV Special)
Spoofed in the lost ending to "It's a Wonderful Life"
Shrek Forever After (2010)
Shrek wishes to have one day from his early childhood, a day he doesn't remember, be taken away from him. That day turns out to be the day he was born. Like George Bailey, Shrek learns what the world would be like had he not been born.
It's a Terrible Life (2010) (Short)
A spoof, also uses the music from this movie.
VeggieTales: It's a Meaningful Life (2010) (TV Movie)
This episode's basic plot is a direct spoof of the popular family-oriented Christmas film.
CollegeHumor Originals: If All Movies Had Smartphones (2010) (TV Episode)
The movie would have ended much sooner if they had smartphones back then.
CollegeHumor Originals: If Other Directors Made the Social Network (2010) (TV Episode)
'Frank Capra's The Social Network' is a direct parody of It's a Wonderful Life
Saturday Night Live: Jeff Bridges/Eminem and Lil Wayne (2010) (TV Episode)
Spoofed in the "This You Call a Wonderful Life?" segment
Nostalgia Critic: You're a Rotten Dirty Bastard: Christmas Special (2010) (TV Episode)
The Critic is shown what the world would be like without him
Raising Hope: It's a Hopeful Life (2011) (TV Episode)
Jimmy gets drunk, wishes he had never slept with Lucy, hits his head, and he wakes up having never concieved Hope with Lucy.
Glee: Glee, Actually (2012) (TV Episode)
Artie's dream sequence is a parody of the alternate timeline scene from the movie.
Family Guy: The Giggity Wife (2013) (TV Episode)
Parodied in a cut scene.
The Simpsons: White Christmas Blues (2013) (TV Episode)
"It's a Wonderful Knife" Itchy & Scratchy cartoon
A Quick, But Wonderful Life (2013) (Short)
Characters and Story, Title is Referenced
American Dad!: Dreaming of a White Porsche Christmas (2014) (TV Episode)
Stan switches lives with Principal Lewis
Studio C: Episode #5.10 (2014) (TV Episode)
Spoofed in the "It's a Wonderful Life" sketch
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)
One of Earl and Greg's movies ("It's a Punderful Life")
The Jim Gaffigan Show: Wonderful (2015) (TV Episode)
premise is an homage to the film, Jim wishes he never married and had kids and gets to see an alternate version of his life
Svengoolie: Murders in the Zoo (2016) (TV Episode)
Parodied in a segment.
Citizen Khan: It's a Khanderful Life (2016) (TV Episode)
This is a parody of the film.
Scorpion: A Christmas Car-Roll (2017) (TV Episode)
The entire story is a spoof of "It's A Wonderful Life".
Saturday Night Live: Matt Damon/Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus (2018) (TV Episode)
The cold opening is a spoof of It's A Wonderful Life.
Grace and Frankie: The Alternative (2019) (TV Episode)
The entire plot of imaging their lives without them in it.
The Simpsons: D'oh Canada (2019) (TV Episode)
Like George Bailey after he returns from his alternate reality, Lisa walks down the street in Springfield, naming all of the buildings and places she's grateful are still there once she returns.
Gabriella (2019) (Short)
Spoofs this movie in one scene.
Studio C: Episode #10.11 (2019) (TV Episode)
George lassos the moon, which becomes a part of the Baileys' home.
Mrs. Brown's Boys: A Wonderful Mammy (2019) (TV Episode)
Concept spoofed
Supergirl: It's a Super Life (2020) (TV Episode)
Plot and title parody.

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