Terms of Endearment (1983) Poster


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Followed by 


The Wizard of Oz (1939)
In a scene during the opening credits, Shirley MacLaine comes into Emma's bedroom and there is a soundtrack album for the film "The Wizard of Oz" spread out on the bed while Emma is sleeping.

Referenced in 

Saturday Night Live: Michael Douglas/Deniece Williams (1984) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned in Price/Waterhouse sketch.
Highway to Heaven: Highway to Heaven: Part 1 (1984) (TV Episode)
title on Fillmore Towne Theatre marquee
Not Necessarily the News: Episode #2.9 (1984) (TV Episode)
Frosty Kimmelman reports in front of a custom marquee for the film.
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Buddy Hackett/John Lithgow (1984) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Johnny as he introduces John Lithgow
Dallas: Terms of Estrangement (1985) (TV Episode)
title reference
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Jeff Daniels/Vijay Amritraj/Rufus Hussey (1986) (TV Episode)
Jeff Daniels recalls making the movie with Jack Nicholson
At the Movies: Something Wild/The Mission/Hoosiers/Sky Bandits (1986) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Something Wild" review.
The Golden Girls: Isn't It Romantic? (1986) (TV Episode)
The film is mentioned by name.
At the Movies: Wall Street/Throw Momma from the Train/Broadcast News/Empire of the Sun (1987) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Broadcast News" review.
At the Movies: The Best Films of 1987 (1988) (TV Episode)
Referenced when discussing "Broadcast News".
The Beachcombers: Terms of Embattlement (1988) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
At the Movies: Winter People/Say Anything.../Field of Dreams/She's Out of Control/Dead Calm (1989) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Say Anything..." review.
ALF: Baby, Come Back (1989) (TV Episode)
ALF says he found the movie manipulative, but cried anyways.
Growing Pains: Carol Meets the Real World (1989) (TV Episode)
Carol asks Maggie if she wants them to lay on the bed and kick their feet up like Debra Winger and Shirley MacLaine in Terms of Endearment.
ALF: I Gotta Be Me (1990) (TV Episode)
Kate refers to the film.
Roseanne: Like a Virgin (1990) (TV Episode)
Dan sarcastically says that he has to go to the cineplex to watch Debra Winger cough up another lung.
Public Enemy Feat. Ice Cube and Big Daddy Kane: Burn Hollywood Burn (1990) (Short)
"all this Terms of Endearment shit"
Saturday Night Live: Jeff Daniels/Color Me Badd (1991) (TV Episode)
Mentioned on 'The Chris Farley Show'
The Player (1992)
Mistress (1992)
Patricia asks if "The Darkness and the Light" is anything like the earlier film.
Dream On: Terms of Employment (1992) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Roseanne: Terms of Estrangement: Part 1 (1992) (TV Episode)
title reference
Roseanne: Terms of Estrangement: Part 2 (1992) (TV Episode)
title reference
The Ben Stiller Show: A Few Good Scouts (1993) (TV Episode)
Janeane (imitating Jack Nicholson) says, "I'm the guy from 'Terms of Endearment.'"
The Simpsons: Marge in Chains (1993) (TV Episode)
The Itchy & Scratchy cartoon spoofs this film's title
Picket Fences: Terms of Estrangement (1994) (TV Episode)
title reference
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: The Harder They Fall (1994) (TV Episode)
Will mentions the film
The Critic: Dr. Jay (1994) (TV Episode)
Jay says he wants Debra Winger to die, rather than having the film altered to save her character
Home Improvement: Some Like It Hot Rod (1994) (TV Episode)
Tim sarcastically suggests to Al that they watch the movie rather than clean out the hot rod
Saturday Night Live: Jeff Daniels/Luscious Jackson (1995) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in Film Beat
The Simpsons: Lisa's Wedding (1995) (TV Episode)
Porno spoof entitled "Sperms of Endearment" seen on marquee as the cab with Lisa and Hugh drives through town.
Wings: Boys Just Wanna Have Fun (1995) (TV Episode)
The guys watch the film during Joe's bachelor party.
Sommaren (1995)
Kicking and Screaming (1995)
Zach says the videocassette had been misfiled at Video Planet
Friends: The One Where Old Yeller Dies (1996) (TV Episode)
Phoebe rents the movie after she finds out that her mother would shut off sad movies early when she was a child.
That's Showbusiness: Episode #8.11 (1996) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned.
At the Movies: Extreme Measures/Secrets & Lies/2 Days in the Valley/Caught/Ed's Next Move (1996) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the Revolving Thumb segment about Jeff Daniels.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Deadly Mantis (1997) (TV Episode)
Crow: Still, this is sadder than Terms of Endearment.
Step by Step: The 'L' Word (1997) (TV Episode)
Sam, Dana, J.T., and Rich watch Terms of Endearment.
Men Behaving Badly: The Party Favor (1997) (TV Episode)
Jeannie recounts how Sarah left her in the middle of this picture to get popcorn
Blackrock (1997)
the video is seen and talked about
Home Improvement: Jill's Passion (1997) (TV Episode)
When Jill rents a video, Tim worries that it might be Terms of Endearment
The Nanny: The Pre-Nup (1998) (TV Episode)
Fran mentions the movie by name.
The Bad Boys of Saturday Night Live (1998) (TV Special)
Mentioned on 'The Chris Farley Show'
The X-Files: Terms of Endearment (1999) (TV Episode)
episode title reference
Jawbreaker (1999)
The Simpsons: Make Room for Lisa (1999) (TV Episode)
One of the radio DJs says, "This place makes Animal House look like Terms of Endearment."
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch: No Place Like Home (1999) (TV Episode)
Zelda suggests that she and Hilda go see the film.
Boy Meets World: You Light Up My Union (1999) (TV Episode)
Rachel rents the film for herself, Topanga and Angela to watch.
Will & Grace: Terms of Employment (1999) (TV Episode)
title reference
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Chris Farley (2000) (TV Special)
Referenced on the Chris Farley Show
Biography: Jennifer Jones: Portrait of a Lady (2001) (TV Episode)
mentions that Jones purchased the rights to the film
Who Is Cletis Tout? (2001)
mentioned by Critical Jim
Just Shoot Me!: The Impossible Dream (2001) (TV Episode)
Finch says Elliot will cry as if he's seen this movie.
Zilch (2002) (Short)
Friends: The One in Massapequa (2002) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Monica.
Gilmore Girls: Teach Me Tonight (2002) (TV Episode)
Lorelai says that she inspired Shirley MacLaine's performance in the hospital scene.
Friends: The One Where Emma Cries (2002) (TV Episode)
Chandler mentions the film.
Still Standing: Still Spending (2002) (TV Episode)
Judy thinks Bill rented this movie for her
The Event (2003)
Talk about Shirley McLaine's behavior in the hospital scenes and the fact that she won an Oscar for her performance
The King of Queens: Cowardly Lyin' (2003) (TV Episode)
Carrie puts a tape in the VCR, sees an adult film and yells at Doug that that's not Terms of Endearment.
Citizen Shane (2004)
Shane mentions a video box of Terms of Endearment.
Queer as Folk: Two Kinds of Lies (2004) (TV Episode)
Brian mentions the film.
Postal 2: Apocalypse Weekend (2004) (Video Game)
Desiplexx movie theatre lists "Sperms of Endearment" as the movie showing on Monday.
Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude (2004) (Video Game)
Title parodied in one of Bilzarbra's conversations.
Meet Market (2004)
Ca. 22 min. into the movie, Lucinda mentions a (mock) porn video called 'Terms of Enrearment' in dialogue.
Arrested Development: Hand to God (2005) (TV Episode)
Lucille references the movie when she imitates Aurora's famous line by demanding the nurse give her son his juice.
Adam & Steve (2005)
Rhonda storms in to see Adam at the hospital, telling hospital personale not to make her "pull a Shirley MacLaine" on him
Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story (2005) (Video)
Stewie references that Peter was supposed direct Terms of Endearment.
Jeopardy!: Episode #22.31 (2005) (TV Episode)
correct response in "He Shoots, He Scores!" category
Drawn Together: Terms of Endearment (2006) (TV Episode)
Title of Episode
Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates Father's Day (2006) (TV Episode)
people are seen standing in line for the movie on Mother's Day
Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (2006)
It is mentioned in a magazine.
The Holiday (2006)
DVD is shown in a video store.
The Sopranos: Remember When (2007) (TV Episode)
the theme from the movie can be heard in one scene
American Pie Presents: Beta House (2007) (Video)
playing at the movie theater
Ideal: The Pains (2008) (TV Episode)
Brian (to Moz): "Before we go all 'Terms of Endearment', can you sell us a quarter of skunk?"
Samantha Who?: The Farm (2008) (TV Episode)
In a home video, Howard mentions this movie
American Dad!: Every Which Way But Lose (2009) (TV Episode)
Steve describes the plot of the movie to Stan in an attempt to get him to cry.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.168 (2009) (TV Episode)
Included in a $2,000 question
Boronia Boys (2009)
Mentioned in dialogue
Waking Sleeping Beauty (2009)
Mentioned by Peter Schneider
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.75 (2009) (TV Episode)
Categories in Jeopardy! round are based on Shirley MacLaine movie titles
Chuck: Chuck Versus the Angel de la Muerte (2010) (TV Episode)
Casey says the premier's favorite movie is Terms of Endearment.
Family Guy: Partial Terms of Endearment (2010) (TV Episode)
The title of this episode is the same as the movie only with one extra word..
Elvira's Movie Macabre: The Terror (2010) (TV Episode)
Elvira mentions it while hosting a film starring Jack Nicholson.
IMDb's 20th Anniversary Star of the Day: Jennifer Todd (2010) (TV Episode)
Jennifer Todd mentions this movie during interview
Archer: Placebo Effect (2011) (TV Episode)
Sterling names his movie "Terms of Enrampagement"
Victorious: Sleepover at Sikowitz's (2011) (TV Episode)
Tori's friends come over to the Vega Household while Tori & Trina's parents watch the movie on a romantic evening together... and LAUGH at it!
Nostalgia Critic: Jaws 4: The Revenge (2011) (TV Episode)
title reference
Bum Reviews: Captain America (2011) (TV Episode)
"Just like in that other movie: Terms of Endearment."
Breaking Bad: Hermanos (2011) (TV Episode)
Hank refers to Gus as "Terms of Endearment convincing".
50/50 (2011)
Adam mentions it to his mother before telling her he has cancer
The Big C: The Darkest Day (2011) (TV Episode)
Mention is made of Shirley MacLaine's acting in this movie.
Shameless: I'll Light a Candle for You Every Day (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Frank
The Big C: Life Rights (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Rita
The Carrie Diaries: Identity Crisis (2013) (TV Episode)
Maggie says the sight of Carrie's dad and Deb making out in public was worse than Jack Nicholson and Shirley MacLaine in "Terms of Endearment".
Special Collector's Edition: Serpico (2013) (TV Episode)
Blu-ray release
The Neighbors: Family Conference (2013) (TV Episode)
Debbie and Marty have an argument about what Terms of Endearment means.
White Collar: Diamond Exchange (2014) (TV Episode)
Mozzie says, "Thanks for going all 'Terms of Endearment' on the doctor for me."
Shameless: Emily (2014) (TV Episode)
Porn title "Sperms of Endearment"
Playing House: Let's Have a Baby (2014) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Chelsea Lately: Episode #8.95 (2014) (TV Episode)
Julian mentions the movie by name.
Top Gear: Episode #22.2 (2015) (TV Episode)
Kiefer Sutherland mentions it
500 Questions: Episode #1.1 (2015) (TV Episode)
correct answer in "'80s Films" category
Rizzoli & Isles: Deadly Harvest (2015) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
The Oscars (2017) (TV Special)
theme song played when Jason Bateman and Kate McKinnon arrived on stage
Love: A Day (2017) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Gus
The Americans: The Committee on Human Rights (2017) (TV Episode)
Pastor Tim says his wife is begging him to see this.
Bob's Burgers: The Laser-inth (2017) (TV Episode)
Gene says Bob let him watch this movie
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017)
A VHS of the film is seen.
Episodes: Episode Five (2017) (TV Episode)
The film is mentioned
Show Jana Krause: Episode dated 3 January 2018 (2018) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Jitka Cvancarová.
Superstore: Gender Reveal (2018) (TV Episode)
Jonah says this movie is on his list of movies to watch but we are in a golden age of television
A Million Little Things: Save the Date (2018) (TV Episode)
When Gary says "we were inches away from a clean getaway", Rome asks what movie that line is from.
The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs: Dinners of Death: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (2018) (TV Episode)
Joe Bob says that "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" made more money.
Murphy Brown: Beat the Press (2018) (TV Episode)
Corkie goes crazy on doctor to give Frank a shot and the doctor tells her not to bother because she saw the movie
Fuller House: The Prom (2018) (TV Episode)
Kimmy suggests it for movie night.
This Is Us: The Last Seven Weeks (2019) (TV Episode)
Randall mentions the movie by name.


Asteroids (1979) (Video Game)
Game appears in this film
Defender (1981) (Video Game)
Game appears in this film

Featured in 

At the Movies: The Best of 1983 (1983) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown. Siskel and Ebert both choose the film as their second favorite of the year.
Your Choice for the Film Awards (1984) (TV Special)
Best film vominee; clips shown
The 56th Annual Academy Awards (1984) (TV Special)
Precious Images (1986) (Short)
Oscar's Greatest Moments (1992) (Video)
100 Years at the Movies (1994) (TV Short)
The 70th Annual Academy Awards (1998) (TV Special)
The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) (TV Special)
Super Secret Movie Rules: Tear Jerkers (2004) (TV Episode)
The show feutures clips from Terms of Endearment
E! True Hollywood Story: Jack Nicholson (2005) (TV Episode)
About starring and earned his second oscar
I Love the 80's 3-D: 1983 (2005) (TV Episode)
shown in segment
Fuck (2005)
Features clip from the movie
Dexter: Love American Style (2006) (TV Episode)
The DVD cover is shown and sounds from the movie can be heard.
Best! Movies! Ever!: Hospitals (2007) (TV Episode)
clips are featured to illustrate the best hospital scenes in movies
The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) (TV Special)
Featured in Best Picture montage.
20 to 1: Girls on Film (2008) (TV Episode)
Clips shown in a segment.
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Kick-Ass/Death at a Funeral/The Joneses (2010) (TV Episode)
Brooke Shields' #1 Favorite Film
Up Late with Alec Baldwin: Episode #1.2 (2013) (TV Episode)
A clip of the movie featuring guest Debra Winger is shown.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Saddest Movie Deaths (2014) (TV Episode)
The death of Emma Greenway Horton gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies That Will Make You Cry (2015) (TV Episode)
Terms of Endearment gets an honorable mention.
The Oscars (2018) (TV Special)
Seen in 90 Years of Oscars montage

Spoofed in 

Terms of Endowment (1986)
Film's title is a takeoff on the mainstream film's title.
3rd Rock from the Sun: I Brake for Dick (1997) (TV Episode)
Dick repeats Shirley Maclaine's famous "Give her the shot!" monologue.
Space Ghost Coast to Coast: Terminal (1998) (TV Episode)
Episode opens with Space Ghost delivering an only slightly modified version of Emma's final speech to her children.
Will & Grace: The Hospital Show (2000) (TV Episode)
Karen has a hospital breakdown like Shirley MacLaine's in this film
Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude (2004) (Video Game)
Movie poster on cinema wall: "Terms of En-Rearment"
Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story (2005) (Video)
Spoofs a scene from Terms of Endearment.
Robot Chicken: Terms of Endaredevil (2011) (TV Episode)
Title is a mashup of this movie and "Daredevil"
Late Show with David Letterman: Episode #19.96 (2012) (TV Episode)
From "Top Ten Other Movies about Mitt Romney": "4.Terms of Endearmitt."
Bob's Burgers: The Unnatural (2013) (TV Episode)
"Exterms of Endearment Exterminators"
Angie Tribeca: Germs of Endearment (2017) (TV Episode)
The title of the episode spoofs this movie.

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