Norma Rae (1979) Poster



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Followed by 

Norma Rae (1981) (TV Movie)


Gone with the Wind (1939)
Reuben mentions the character of Ashley Wilkes.
Bonanza (1959) (TV Series)
Vernon and Norma Rae talk about watching the show.

Referenced in 

American Gigolo (1980)
seen on a movie theater marquee
Saturday Night Live: Burt Reynolds/Anne Murray (1980) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned during Bill Murray's Oscar predictions
Archie Bunker's Place: Norma Rae Bunker (1981) (TV Episode)
title reference
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Sally Field/Thalassa Cruso (1982) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Johnny as he introduces Sally Field
The King of Comedy (1982)
Movie poster in Daniel Laurent Films building.
Night Court: Dan's Operation: Part 1 (1986) (TV Episode)
Title reference
The Golden Girls: Family Affair (1986) (TV Episode)
The film is mentioned by name.
Who's the Boss?: Housekeepers Unite (1988) (TV Episode)
Angela calls Tony Norma Rae.
Siskel & Ebert: Stanley & Iris/Homer and Eddie/Loose Cannons/Sweetie/The White Girl (1990) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Stanley & Iris" review.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Operation Double 007 (1993) (TV Episode)
Servo: It's gonna take you, the police, the fire department and the National Guard to get me outta here!
Animaniacs: Branimaniacs/The Warners and the Beanstalk/Frontier Slappy (1994) (TV Episode)
Slappy says, "Call me Norma Rae, or Bob and Ray."
The Nanny: The Strike (1994) (TV Episode)
The musical in question is a musical version of this show
Frasier: Sleeping with the Enemy (1995) (TV Episode)
After deciding to support the behind-the-scenes staff, Gil says "Suddenly I'm feeling very Norma Rae."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Mole People (1997) (TV Episode)
"Union! Union! Union!"
Melrose Place: Who's Afraid of Amanda Woodward?: Part 1 (1997) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Twice in a Lifetime: Healing Touch (1999) (TV Episode)
Daisy and Sam go on a date to see this movie.
The Prime Gig (2000)
The West Wing: The Lame Duck Congress (2000) (TV Episode)
Josh calls Donna "Norma Rae" in reference to her "go-slow" campaign.
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
Pumpkin Escobar says, "Norma Ray that shit" in reference to Jay and Silent Bob going on strike.
Friends: The One Where Rachel Goes Back to Work (2003) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Rachel.
Queer as Folk: Poster May Lead to the Truth (2003) (TV Episode)
Brian compares Debbie to Norma Rae.
Dead Like Me: Reaping Havoc (2003) (TV Episode)
George's feisty attitude to Reaper working conditions is greeted by Betty with "Look who's Norma Rae!"
Aurora Borealis (2005)
"I'm like Norma Rae"
Gilmore Girls: Welcome to the Dollhouse (2005) (TV Episode)
Lorelai says she launched a protest that was "totally Norma Rae".
Wordplay (2006)
answer to a crossword puzzle
Lost: S.O.S. (2006) (TV Episode)
On "Lost", when Bernard has trouble getting the troops excited about building an SOS sign, Sawyer comments "Trouble at the sand factory, Norma Rae?", referencing the attempts to unite the workers in "Norma Rae".
Psych: Who Ya Gonna Call? (2006) (TV Episode)
Mentioned when Gus and Shawn are trying to remember "Sybil".
Gilmore Girls: Introducing Lorelai Planetarium (2006) (TV Episode)
Logan cites Rory's watching the film as a possible reason for her acting superior to his privileged colleagues.
Wedding Wars (2006) (TV Movie)
"This whole 'Norma Rae' thing..."
October Road: Best Friend Windows (2007) (TV Episode)
Phil compares Nick's fighting spirit to Norma Rae's.
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: Breaking News (2007) (TV Episode)
Matt calls Harriet "Norma Rae" before talking to her about what she said to Karen Salisbirk.
The Cinema Snob: Savage Vengeance (2007) (TV Episode)
Snob mentions it.
King of the Hill: Bobby Rae (2007) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List: Norma Gay (2009) (TV Episode)
The episode title is a reference to the title of the film.
10 Things I Hate About You: Don't Leave Me This Way (2009) (TV Episode)
Walter calls Kat by the title character's name.
The Trotsky (2009)
Madame Archambault refers to Leon as "Norma Rae"
18 to Life: In Sickness and in Health (2010) (TV Episode)
Donald refers to Tara as "Norma Rae."
The Office: Whistleblower (2010) (TV Episode)
Phyllis believes that Andy is the whistleblower and refers to him as "Norma Rae."
Lost Girl: It's a Fae, Fae, Fae, Fae World (2010) (TV Episode)
"Norma Fae"
On Strike for Christmas (2010) (TV Movie)
In speaking about a picket, Sharon refers to Joy as the title character.
Elvira's Movie Macabre: A Bucket of Blood (2011) (TV Episode)
"You like me..."
Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Classics from the Vault: Changing Sex Roles (2011) (TV Episode)
Roger refers to the film as depicting a woman taking charge
Modern Family: Door to Door (2011) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
American Masters: Woody Allen: A Documentary (2011) (TV Episode)
Sally Field's role in the film is mentioned in an article that appears on screen.
House M.D.: Dead & Buried (2011) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Parks and Recreation: Bowling for Votes (2012) (TV Episode)
Leslie says, "You are so down with strikes, they should call you Norma Rae!" and references the movie.
House of Lies: The Mayan Apocalypse (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
Sally Field's Aunt May is seen wearing a United Steelworkers shirt, a reference to her role as a Union Activist in the movie Norma Rae.
Won't Back Down (2012)
Ms Riske says: "When did Norma Rae become the bad guy?"
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Jordan quotes the 'National Guard' speech from that movie,
Looking: Looking Glass (2014) (TV Episode)
Agustín says that Patrick should emulate Norma Rae and sue Kevin for harassment.
RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked!: Drag My Wedding (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Bianca.
Honest Trailers: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by narrator
Madam Secretary: Another Benghazi (2014) (TV Episode)
Elizabeth, "What are you dong here, Norma Rae ?"
Orange Is the New Black: We Can Be Heroes (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: My First Thanksgiving with Josh! (2015) (TV Episode)
Greg mentions the movie by name.
The Chase Australia: Episode #2.12 (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Andrew O'Keefe as a possible answer to a question about the 70's movie with the quote "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not gonna take this anymore!" asked when Daniel and the Chaser go head to head.
Supergirl: Worlds Finest (2016) (TV Episode)
When Livewire talks about forming an alliance, Cat says she should call Norma Rae and ask how it's done.
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Sally Field/Jemima Kirke/Aubrie Sellers/Stanton Moore (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Seth as he introduces Sally Field
Orange Is the New Black: We'll Always Have Baltimore (2016) (TV Episode)
Caputo compares Danny to the character of Norma Rae.
Sorry to Bother You (2018)
Mentioned in dialog by name

Featured in 

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Buddy Hackett/Sally Field/Eubie Blake (1979) (TV Episode)
Sally Field introduces a clip from her movie
The 37th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1980) (TV Special)
Sneak Previews: Oscar Special 1980 (1980) (TV Episode)
Clips featured
The 52nd Annual Academy Awards (1980) (TV Special)
Precious Images (1986) (Short)
Oscar's Greatest Moments (1992) (Video)
The 65th Annual Academy Awards (1993) (TV Special)
100 Years at the Movies (1994) (TV Short)
Backstory: Norma Rae (2000) (TV Episode)
Clips shown.
The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) (TV Special)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains (2003) (TV Special)
Norma Rae Webster is #15 on the "Heroes" list.
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Cheers: America's Most Inspiring Movies (2006) (TV Movie)
This film is #16 on the list.
The Man Who Shot Chinatown: The Life and Work of John A. Alonzo (2007)
documentary featuring work of Alonzo
The Oscars (2014) (TV Special)
Ordinary heroes presentation.
The Oscars (2018) (TV Special)
Best Actress montage

Spoofed in 

SCTV: My Factory, My Self (1980) (TV Episode)
Episode is centered around a "SCTV remake" parody of Norma Rae.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.70 (2013) (TV Episode)
Clip from "Today" altered to depict child worker in wardrobe room standing up with sign reading "union"
Mr. D: Gerry Wants a Union (2016) (TV Episode)
Gerry stands on a desk holding a handwritten sign with the word UNION.

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