Fame (1980) Poster



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Followed by 

Fame (1982) (TV Series)
Fame L.A. (1997) (TV Series)

Remade as 

Fame: Metamorphosis (1982) (TV Episode)
Fame (2009)


White Heat (1949)
Marty (1955)
Othello (1965)
First shot is a close-up of a picture of Olivier as Othello
Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969) (TV Series)
Late in the movie, Montgomery tells Ralph that he is taking too many pills and Ralph calls him "Dr. Marcus Welby".
Steambath (1973) (TV Movie)
The Way We Were (1973)
Doris sings the title song at her audition
Chico and the Man (1974) (TV Series)
Oblique reference: the character of Raul Garcis worships Freddie Prinze. When Prinze died, his character on Chico was replaced by a character named Raul Garcia.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
audience participation screening featured as big plot point
Laverne & Shirley (1976) (TV Series)
Dracula (1979)
Billboard shown.
...and justice for all. (1979)
Marquee on movie theater.
Starting Over (1979)

Referenced in 

Shoot the Moon (1982)
Kids sings theme song/radio hit from previous Alan Parker movie
Zapped! (1982)
The soundtrack album is displayed at the record store.
The Comic Strip Presents...: A Fistful of Travellers' Cheques (1984) (TV Episode)
Jackie & Shona sing the theme from Fame in their car
Fame: Fame Looks at Music '83 (1984) (TV Episode)
Debbie Allen mentions the original Fame movie while introducing Irene Cara
The Facts of Life: Gone with the Wind: Part 1 (1985) (TV Episode)
Tootie is mistaken to be a star of the film.
Muppet Babies: Twinkle Toe Muppets (1987) (TV Episode)
dancing on top of taxi
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Robot Holocaust (1990) (TV Episode)
Servo: "Aren't they the kids from 'Fame'?"
Get a Life: The Prettiest Week of My Life (1990) (TV Episode)
the scene with Coco and the photographer is referenced
Motormouth: Episode #4.11 (1991) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned by Andy when Steve attempts to dance on a table to the Fame theme tune.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: City Limits (1992) (TV Episode)
"terrorized by the cast of Fame!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Mitchell (1993) (TV Episode)
Joel: Hey it's one of the kids from Fame.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Outlaw of Gor (1993) (TV Episode)
Mike: "Being welcomed by the cast of 'Fame'!"
The Critic: Marty's First Date (1994) (TV Episode)
the entrance to Jay's high school states that it was featured in the film
The Simpsons: Homer vs. Patty and Selma (1995) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by name
Century of Cinema: A Personal History of British Cinema by Stephen Frears (1995) (TV Episode)
Poster of this movie is shown.
Animaniacs: A Hard Day's Warners/Gimme a Break/Please Please Please Get a Life Foundation (1995) (TV Episode)
A reporter asks Dot, "What do you like best about fame?", and she replies, "The scene where Irene Cara dances on a car."
Saturday Night Live: Anthony Edwards/Foo Fighters (1995) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned and quoted by Mary Katherine Gallagher
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Escape 2000 (1996) (TV Episode)
"It's the cast of Fame"
Friends: The One with the Ultimate Fighting Champion (1997) (TV Episode)
Rachel walks into Central Perk and tells Phoebe and Monica, "I think I just bought a soft pretzel from one of the kids from Fame."
3rd Rock from the Sun: Fifteen Minutes of Dick (1997) (TV Episode)
Dick says, "Fame! I want to live forever."
Smart Guy: Big Picture (1997) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Mo
Sister, Sister: Stop in the Name of Fun (1998) (TV Episode)
Tia quotes from the movie and the main theme plays in the episode
Cupid: Pilot (1998) (TV Episode)
Trevor mentions it by name.
Young Hercules: Fame (1998) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Future War (1999) (TV Episode)
Mike: "Let's go be on 'Fame'!"
Animaniacs: Wakko's Wish (1999) (Video)
Superstar (1999)
Mary pulls out this album
Freaks and Geeks: Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers (2000) (TV Episode)
Mr. Kowchevski says to Nick, "Hey, hey, hey, Coco, this isn't the cafeteria from Fame (1980)." Daniel says that Coco "is that hot chick who took off her shirt in the movie."
Pistvakt - en vintersaga: Lusekoftanovan (2000) (TV Episode)
Olle watch this movie at cinema
Gilmore Girls: Sadie, Sadie (2001) (TV Episode)
Lorelai says, "Like, on 'Fame'?"
ER: Secrets and Lies (2002) (TV Episode)
Open reference by a character
New York at the Movies (2002) (TV Movie)
Law & Order: Tragedy on Rye (2002) (TV Episode)
Ed refers to the film.
Camp (2003)
Gilmore Girls: Keg! Max! (2003) (TV Episode)
Lorelai quotes the film.
Power Rangers Ninja Storm: Shimazu Returns: Part I (2003) (TV Episode)
Cam - "Hey, it's the kids from Fame".
Gilmore Girls: Die, Jerk (2003) (TV Episode)
Rory calls Sandra's life story "8 Mile meets Fame."
Entourage: Talk Show (2004) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Fat Slags (2004)
title song played as Tracey and Sandra dance
Danger Zone: The Making of 'Top Gun' (2004) (Video)
Mentioned once.
Pizza (2005)
Cara-Ethyl says that she was named for both Irene Cara from "Fame" and Ethel from "I Love Lucy."
Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates Corleone (2006) (TV Episode)
Chris sings the theme song at his audition
The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) (TV Special)
"Fame" played during end credits
Certifiably Jonathan (2007)
DVD box seen over Jonathan's shoulder in Target.
Nip/Tuck: Candy Richards (2008) (TV Episode)
the title song "Fame" is played several times
The Hangover (2009)
The title song from Fame is the last song sung by the wedding singer
Dance Your Ass Off: Lights, Camera, Dance! (2009) (TV Episode)
Miles mentions the movie by name.
American Dad!: Moon Over Isla Island (2009) (TV Episode)
stan plays a fame dvd to distract roger
Degrassi: The Next Generation: Just Can't Get Enough: Part 1 (2009) (TV Episode)
When she sees Jenna singing in the cafeteria, Alli says that the school has become an all-white version of "Fame".
The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.16 (2009) (TV Episode)
Jay says that the kids from the 2009 remake are not as talented as the kids from the original film
Angela and Friends: Episode #1.25 (2009) (TV Episode)
Omid Djalili mentions the film and sings "I Sing the Body Electric".
Scrubs: Our Histories (2009) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Rifftrax: Wide World of Shorts (2010)
Bill: "I never knew the composer kid from 'Fame' was such a badass."
Being Human: Serve God, Love Me and Mend (2010) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Diva: Fame (2010) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Hollywood's Best Film Directors: Alan Parker (2010) (TV Episode)
Film mentioned during introduction. Further screenshots and commentary.
New Girl: Naked (2011) (TV Episode)
Jess mentions the film.
An Idiot Abroad: Climb Mount Fuji (2011) (TV Episode)
Karl mentions the movie by name.
2 Broke Girls: And the Blind Spot (2012) (TV Episode)
Movie is referenced
Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.97 (2012) (TV Episode)
Chelsea mentions the title song.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.15 (2012) (TV Episode)
Jay asks Colin Farrell if he acted like Coco from the film when he auditioned for a music group
The Middle: The Friend (2013) (TV Episode)
The Wrestlerettes use the them song in their cheerleading routine
Rabid Love (2013)
The character of Heather (Hayley Derryberry) says 'Fame' in reference to her favorite movie.
Glee: Wonder-ful (2013) (TV Episode)
Rachel gifts Cassandra with Debbie Allen's original cane from her role in the film
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.150 (2013) (TV Episode)
Jay says that when he posed for a photo on a see-saw, he felt like Coco in the film
The Simpsons: Homerland (2013) (TV Episode)
"Swag" song
How I Met Your Mother: Bedtime Stories (2013) (TV Episode)
Ted mentions the movie by name.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Fancy Brudgom (2014) (TV Episode)
Gina sings a version of the title song.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Josh Brolin/Artie Lange/Giada De Laurentiis (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Jimmy after putting on headband during Josh Brolin interview
Film 2017: Episode #44.1 (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Danny Leigh when reviewing Whiplash (2014)
The Middle: The Graduate (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #6.24 (2015) (TV Episode)
Answer to a question
The Cinema Snob: Staying Alive (2015) (TV Episode)
"...movies that just sorta made you wanna watch Fame instead."
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting/Wesley Snipes/Chris Cornell (2015) (TV Episode)
Jimmy and Wesley Snipes talk about the movie, which was filmed in Snipes' old school
Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)
Jake refers to the film.
Jeopardy!: Episode #33.98 (2017) (TV Episode)
referenced in clue in "Movie Musical Roles" category
When We Rise: Night II: Parts II and III (2017) (TV Episode)
Movie name on cinema marquee.
The Cinema Snob: Sex and the City 2 (2017) (TV Episode)
"It's like confusing Fame with Showgirls!"
Difficult People: Rabbitversary (2017) (TV Episode)
Matthew mentions the film
The Alec Baldwin Show: Robert De Niro, Taraji P. Henson (2018) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned by Alec Baldwin and Taraji P. Henson.
You Can't Do That on Television: Fame (TV Episode)
opening segment


The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Rocky is in Fame

Featured in 

On Location with: FAME (1980) (Short)
That's Dancing! (1985)
clip of cast in streets dancing to theme song
Precious Images (1986) (Short)
The 100 Greatest Musicals (2003) (TV Movie)
I Love the 80's 3-D: 1980 (2005) (TV Episode)
it was in the first segment
What a Year: 1980 (2007) (TV Episode)
Some clips from this movie are shown in a segment on the movies of 1980.
Indie Sex: Teens (2007) (TV Movie)
A clip is shown
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History (2008) (Video)
clip(s) shown, film discussed
Bring Back... Fame (2008) (TV Movie)
Several clips shown and film discussed
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Surrogates/Pandorum/Fame (2009) (TV Episode)
Footage compared to the 2009 remake
20 to 1: 80's Good, Bad & Ugly (2010) (TV Episode)
Clips shown in a segment on aerobics.
The Greatest 80s Movies (2014) (TV Movie)
Number 29 in the Countdown
Paul O'Grady's Hollywood: Musicals (2017) (TV Episode)
Clips seen and discussed
Granada Reports: 23 July 2018: Evening Bulletin (2018) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown.

Spoofed in 

Saturday Night Live: Jr. Walker & the All-Stars (1981) (TV Episode)
Spoofed in the song 'Same'
Brief Affair (1982)
Erotic takeoff
Northern Exposure: Aurora Borealis: A Fairy Tale for Big People (1990) (TV Episode)
Adam tells Joel to hold the spoon the opposite way Shorofsky does to Bruno with the violin bow.
Family Guy: A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Bucks (2000) (TV Episode)
Walt Disney drawing Minnie Mouse's breasts spoofs the video recorder getting Coco's breasts in this movie.
Drawn Together: A Very Special Drawn Together After School Special (2006) (TV Episode)
The scene where Ling-Ling commands Xandir to take his shirt off is a parody of a scene in the movie Fame
The Omid Djalili Show: Episode #1.1 (2007) (TV Episode)
Omid re-enacts a scene from this movie in his biography-part.
The Footy Show: Episode #15.1 (2008) (TV Episode)
A sketch about Wayne Carey parodies the title song from Fame.
American Dad!: Office Spaceman (2008) (TV Episode)
Roger recites crying the Tres Jolie Coco line from the movie
Dance Flick (2009)
cafeteria dance scene, acting class

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