This Is Spinal Tap (1984) Poster


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Followed by 

Edited into 

Spinal Tap Goes to 20 (2004) (TV Movie)

Spun-off from 

The T.V. Show (1979) (TV Special)



I Love Lucy (1951) (TV Series)
The Gumby Show (1956) (TV Series)
Gimme Shelter (1970)
The Kids Are Alright (1979)
Inspired the "This one goes to 11" scene.

Referenced in 

The Sure Thing (1985)
Poster on Gib's closet door.
Billy Crystal: Don't Get Me Started - The Billy Crystal Special (1986) (TV Special)
rob reiner mentions spinal tap in the opening of this show
Billy Crystal: Don't Get Me Started - The Lost Minutes (1987) (TV Special)
character Martin Di Bergi appears
At the Movies: The Princess Bride/China Girl/The Big Town/The Pick-Up Artist/I've Heard the Mermaids Sing (1987) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "The Princess Bride" review.
Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Episode #1.1 (1988) (TV Episode)
Referenced by name
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Robot Holocaust (1990) (TV Episode)
Several times during the subterranean sequence all 3 hosts yell out "Hello Cleveland", "Rock'n'Roll" & "Are you ready to Rock?"
Rock 'n' Roll High School Forever (1991)
Mojo Nixon's song includes the line: "Put your amp up to 11!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Cave Dwellers (1991) (TV Episode)
Crow: Before the dawn of time, a race of druids. Nobody knew who they were or where they came from.
Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991)
"Gimmie Some Money" From This Is Spinal Tap is played in one scene where Sue Ellen is counting money.
The Simpsons: The Otto Show (1992) (TV Episode)
whole band plays themselves
The Simpsons: Bart's Friend Falls in Love (1992) (TV Episode)
A Spinal Tap poster can be seen in Milhouse's bedroom.
Man Bites Dog (1992)
The constantly dying sound man pays homage to the constantly dying drummer of the rock band Spinal Tap, the subjects of the first mockumentary.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Indestructible Man (1992) (TV Episode)
Crow (as Nigel Tufnel): "You see, it goes all the way to eleven."
Bob Roberts (1992)
As the mockumentary style of This Is Spinal Tap was a big influence on Bob Roberts, there is a homage in one scene where Bob briefly gets lost backstage when he is due to perform at a venue.
Fear of a Black Hat (1993)
Film is in the same mockumentary spirit but with a rap group instead of a heavy metal band.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: 'Manos' the Hands of Fate (1993) (TV Episode)
Crow: (as Artie Fufkin) "You see this butt? Kick this butt."
Comic Relief: The Invasion of the Comic Tomatoes (1993) (TV Movie)
Mentioned by Lenny Henry while saying goodnight
Beavis and Butt-Head: Stewart's House (1993) (TV Episode)
When Spinal Tap come on TV, Butt-Head says, "Woah, it's those guys from that movie!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Secret Agent Super Dragon (1993) (TV Episode)
[sensor alarm goes off] "Oh, that's my zucchini wrapped in tin foil."
Fatal Instinct (1993)
The silencer on Laura's Husband's rifle is adjustable from quiet (0) to loud (11), just like Nigel Tufnel's amplifier.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Alien from L.A. (1993) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Crow
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Outlaw of Gor (1993) (TV Episode)
"Hey, it's Jeanine from 'Spinal Tap'!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Teen-Age Crime Wave (1994) (TV Episode)
Crow and Mike (singing): "Workin' on a sex farm . . ."
Serial Mom (1994)
Video case is shown in a video store.
EarthBound (1994) (Video Game)
A billboard in the game's first town, Onett, says "don't break the wind of change"
The Larry Sanders Show: Doubt of the Benefit (1994) (TV Episode)
Mentioned several times
ReBoot: Talent Night (1995) (TV Episode)
Megabyte turns his amp up to 11.
Friends: The One Where Heckles Dies (1995) (TV Episode)
Phoebe says a guy dumped her because she fell asleep during Spinal Tap
Mallrats (1995)
Hype! (1996)
Mentioned by Kurt Danielson.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Escape 2000 (1996) (TV Episode)
"Sex Farm" is sung
At the Movies: That Thing You Do!/Bound/Michael Collins/Infinity/If These Walls Could Talk (1996) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the Revolving Thumb segment.
SimCopter (1996) (Video Game)
Volume control on the helicopter's radio goes to 11
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Giant Spider Invasion (1997) (TV Episode)
"Nigel Tufnel's playing a guitar solo."
At the Movies: Leave It to Beaver/Money Talks/Mimic/Masterminds/Gabbeh (1997) (TV Episode)
Gene Siskel mentions the movie in reference to Christopher Guest.
The Big One (1997)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Horror of Party Beach (1997) (TV Episode)
"Original Soundtrack by Nigal Tufnal"
G-Lock: 762 (1997) (Video)
Thomas starts the show with yelling "Hello Cleveland!" into the mic.
The Nanny: The Bobbi Flekman Story (1997) (TV Episode)
A character from this film appears.
Starwatchers (1997) (Short)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Space Mutiny (1997) (TV Episode)
Crow: She's got an armadillo down her trousers.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Overdrawn at the Memory Bank (1997) (TV Episode)
"It's a Viv Savage Christmas ornament."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Projected Man (1998) (TV Episode)
"Smell the Glove"
Pokémon: Sing! Purin! (1998) (TV Episode)
James references the famous "these go to eleven" line.
WCW/NWO Fall Brawl: War Games (1998) (TV Special)
Chris Jericho does a parody of Goldberg's guided entrance and gets "lost" on the way to the ring, much like the "Hello, Cleveland" scene.
Darkstalkers III (1998) (Video Game)
The Powerpuff Girls: Bubblevicious/The Bare Facts (1999) (TV Episode)
In the episode Bubblevicious, Bubbles silently goes into the Professor's lab and rotates the dial until it reaches '11' so that she can become "hardcore".
The Outer Limits: The Other Side (1999) (TV Episode)
Dr. Neal Eberhardt uses the phrase "cranked up to eleven."
Dirty Cop No Donut (1999) (Video)
Poster seen in the house of the kids
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Boggy Creek II: And the Legend Continues (1999) (TV Episode)
"Viv Savage, Research Assistant!"
Inspector Gadget (1999)
A device is turned up to eleven instead of 10, like in Spinal Tap.
South Park: Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub (1999) (TV Episode)
The reporter is named "Derek Smalls"
Toy Story 2 (1999)
Zurg's "blaster" can briefly be seen with a power gauge that can "go up to eleven" on several occasions, in reference to the joke from the film.
Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell (1999) (TV Movie)
Death by Choking on Vomit jokes in both films.
Withnail and Us (1999) (TV Short)
Adam Buxton says Withnail & I is the movie he can watch more often than any other, over and over again and even Spinal Tap begins to pale after a while.
Lights, Camera, War! (2000) (Short)
Almost Famous (2000)
Best in Show (2000)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Real Me (2000) (TV Episode)
Buffy: "Most magic shop owners in Sunnydale have the life expectancy of a Spinal Tap drummer."
The Simpsons: A Tale of Two Springfields (2000) (TV Episode)
The Who have an amplifier that goes one higher than 10.
Mutant Aliens (2001)
The volume knob in the "Drag Race with Jesus" sequence goes to 11, just like Spinal Tap's.
Scene Smoking: Cigarettes, Cinema & the Myth of Cool (2001)
The movie poster is seen during an interview.
Primetime Glick: Rob Lowe/Billy Crystal (2001) (TV Episode)
Referenced during Billy Crystal's interview.
S.A. Sanctuary: PharmaceutiKillers (2001) (Video)
Before taking the stage, Velasquez yells "Hello Cleveland!"
Rock Star (2001)
Undeclared: Prototype (2001) (TV Episode)
A poster hangs in Steve's room and above his bed in the dorm. He also has several figures.
Undeclared: Eric Visits (2001) (TV Episode)
Steve has the figures and the poster hanging in his dorm room.
Undeclared: Sick in the Head (2001) (TV Episode)
Steve has the figures and the poster hanging in his dorm room.
Gilmore Girls: Presenting Lorelai Gilmore (2001) (TV Episode)
Lorelai refers to "the drummer in Spinal Tap."
Undeclared: Eric Visits Again (2001) (TV Episode)
Steven has the figures and the poster hanging in his dorm room.
The Simpsons: Road Rage (2001) (Video Game)
Undeclared: Rush and Pledge (2001) (TV Episode)
Steven has the figures and the poster hanging in his dorm room.
Undeclared: Hell Week (2001) (TV Episode)
The poster is hanging in the Steven's room.
Undeclared: So You Have a Boyfriend (2002) (TV Episode)
Steve has the figures and the poster hanging in his dorm room.
Undeclared: Parents' Weekend (2002) (TV Episode)
Steven has the figures in his dorm room.
Undeclared: Truth or Dare (2002) (TV Episode)
The poster is hanging in the Steven's room.
Angel: Waiting in the Wings (2002) (TV Episode)
Cordelia: "You wanna wander around backstage like Spinal Tap for the next... ever?"
Undeclared: The Day After (2002) (TV Episode)
Steven has the figures and the poster hanging in his dorm room.
Filthy McNasty (2002) (Video)
Poster seen in film
Undeclared: Hal and Hillary (2002) (TV Episode)
Steve has the figures and the poster hanging in his dorm room.
Undeclared: Eric's POV (2002) (TV Episode)
Steven has the figures and the poster hanging in his dorm room.
Crazy Richard (2002)
Dog Eat Dog (2002) (Short)
Dawson's Creek: After Hours (2002) (TV Episode)
Dawson says that it's so hard to believe that the same man who gave us Spinal Tap gave us The Story of Us.
It's a Haunted Happenin'! (2002) (Video)
quotes lyrics from
Home Movies: Storm Warning (2002) (TV Episode)
Jason mentions it in dialogue
Top Gear: Episode #1.6 (2002) (TV Episode)
When comparing the Z3 and Z4, Hammond says the Z4 "is one louder" in reference to the amplifier that goes to eleven.
The Hellacopters: Goodnight Cleveland (2002) (TV Movie)
the inspiration for the making of.
G-Sale (2003)
Inside the Actors Studio: The Simpsons (2003) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by name and photos.
A Mighty Wind (2003)
Undeclared: God Visits (2003) (TV Episode)
Steven has the figures and the poster hanging in his dorm room.
Peep Show: Warring Factions (2003) (TV Episode)
Super Hans' comment about "Ties being done up to 11" is in reference to the famous "This goes to 11" scene from this film.
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004)
Somebody from the band says, "Shit Sandwhich" which is the two-word review of the Spinal Tap album Shark Sandwhich in "This is Spinal Tap"
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)
When Shaggy and Scooby decide to be 'real detectives' they tell the others of the gang to turn the investigation up to an 11, a refernece to Nigel's famous line.
Shrek 2 (2004)
A poster on a wall refers to the Spinal Tap band as 'Stonehenge'
Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) (TV Movie)
Listed in a program schedule.
Around the World in 80 Days (2004)
Don't touch it! I was just pointing at it. Don't even point at it!
The Incredibles (2004)
Gag where several clocks on wall behind Bob's boss's desk show same time instead of different time zones. This gag originated in Spinal Tap.
Sons of Provo (2004)
One of the characters who is interviewed for the documentary is named Prof. N. Tufnel Jr.
Peep Show: University Challenge (2004) (TV Episode)
Jeremy asks a student if she's seen the film.
Veronica Mars: Silence of the Lamb (2005) (TV Episode)
"You've never seen Spinal Tap?"
Film Geek (2005)
Angi Moss wears a "Spinal Tap" t-shirt.
Flying Heavy Metal: Size Matters (2005) (TV Episode)
Bruce Dickinson says everything on the Concorde "goes to 11".
Family Guy: Don't Make Me Over (2005) (TV Episode)
"Hello Cleveland!!"
Top Gear: Episode #6.5 (2005) (TV Episode)
Richard: "It goes to eleven"
Attack of the Sabertooth (2005) (TV Movie)
There is a reference to a character "dying in a bizarre gardening accident", that is how one of Spinal Tap's drummers died.
Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (2005)
Alice Cooper references this movie while talking about black metal.
Guitar Hero (2005) (Video Game)
The loading screen in "Guitar Hero" features a guitar amp with knobs that all go to 11. One loading screen even satates that "11 really is louder..."
House: TB or Not TB (2005) (TV Episode)
House asks if a knob goes up to 11
The Thick of It: Episode #2.3 (2005) (TV Episode)
Olly reports that Malcolm is turning it all the way up to 11 in the lobby.
Saturday Night Live in the '80s: Lost & Found (2005) (TV Special)
Mentioned by Martin Short
Supernatural: Asylum (2005) (TV Episode)
"Nigel Tufnel" is a reference to Christopher Guest's character in "This is Spinal Tap"
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year (2005) (TV Special)
Referenced by name
Top Gear: Episode #7.6 (2005) (TV Episode)
Jeremy: "It's like Spinal Tap, the exaust goes all the way up to 11"
The 50 Greatest Comedy Films (2006) (TV Movie)
Makes the countdown, is talked about.
American Hardcore (2006)
"It was like Spinal Tap."
Mammoth (2006) (TV Movie)
"How big is that on the Jack Temper scale?" "11."
Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi: Evil AmiYumi/Butterscotch/Big Waldo (2006) (TV Episode)
In Evil AmiYumi, Ami and Yumi performing at Stonehenge seems to be a reference to This is Spinal Tap where Spinal Tap's song "Stonehenge" becomes awry.
Stargate: Atlantis: Phantoms (2006) (TV Episode)
McKay references the infamous Spinal Tap Amps with the sentence 'It's as if whoever turned it on dialed it up to eleven and just left it there'.
The Girls Next Door: I See London, I See France (2006) (TV Episode)
when lost in the London Dungeon, someone shouts, "Hello, Cleveland!"
Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (2006)
It is mentioned in a magazine.
Supernatural: Simon Said (2006) (TV Episode)
Stonehenge is playing on the radio during the stakeout
Degrassi: The Next Generation: Working for the Weekend (2006) (TV Episode)
Spinner mentions music being "turned up to 11."
Guitar Hero II (2006) (Video Game)
Multiple references - volume controls throughout the game all go to 11. Spinal Tap is also featured on the soundtrack.
Metalocalypse: Dethstars (2006) (TV Episode)
"Shit Sandwich"
What the Pythons Did Next... (2007) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name
House: Words and Deeds (2007) (TV Episode)
House mentions turning a dial "all the way to 11"
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Towards the end of the movie, Spider-Man mutters: "Let's turn this up to eleven."
My Secret Record (2007)
After the funk guitar track is laid down, someone says "this one goes to 11."
Ten Inch Hero (2007)
"Finally found your 11"
The Angry Video Game Nerd: Sega CD (2007) (TV Episode)
The Nerd - "All I have is a two word review: Shit Shark".
Doctor Who: The Lazarus Experiment (2007) (TV Episode)
The Doctor says "We need to turn this up to 11" as he uses the Sonic Screwdriver to amplify a pipe organ he's playing to defeat the mutated Professor Lazarus.
MythBusters: Snow Special (2007) (TV Episode)
Adam sets the police bullhorn on eleven
Shaun the Sheep: Hiccups (2007) (TV Episode)
When Shaun plays the electric guitar, his amplifier "goes to 11".
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (2007) (Video Game)
When you choose the "Audio" menu, the three options can all be turned up to eleven, just like the famous gag in the film "This Is Spinal Tap.
Homestarrunner.com: Everything Else, Volume 3 (2007) (Video)
In "Weclome Back", Homestar's black and green ribcage shirt refers to this movie, in which Nigel Tufnel wears the exact same shirt and remarks that he sleeps in it sometimes, hence, why Homestar is also wearing a nightcap and slippers and looks half-asleep when he appears
The Angry Video Game Nerd: Dragon's Lair (2007) (TV Episode)
The bats take eleven hits to kill you: "Why ten, when it can take eleven?"
NCIS: Corporal Punishment (2007) (TV Episode)
Tony paraphrases the "up to 11" quote
Chuck: Chuck Versus the Crown Vic (2007) (TV Episode)
"10." "Or 11."
Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008)
Close-up of an Amp that 'goes up to 11'
The Naked Brothers Band: Great Trip (2008) (TV Episode)
This is Spinal Tap was a rockumentary/mockumentary, which The Naked Brothers Band takes reference from
Jumper (2008)
David Rice wears a t-shirt which has a drawing of an audio dial that goes to 11.
Sam and Max: What's New, Beelzebub? (2008) (Video Game)
One of the lyrics the Maimtron quotes is "Talk about mudflaps, my girl's got 'em" from Spinal Tap's "Big Bottom".
The Rocker (2008)
The finale in Cleveland and their fake British accents mimicks the Spinal Tap Cleveland concert
Nostalgia Critic: Top 11 Drug PSAs (2008) (TV Episode)
The Critic mentions doing "top 11", because he wanted to go a step beyond that
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008)
Dev suggests calling their band "Shit Sandwich"
Role Models (2008)
During his inspirational speech, Augie says "Let's turn this shit up to eleven!"
Pushing Daisies: Frescorts (2008) (TV Episode)
"That's when the doll got turned to 11"
Chuck: Chuck Versus the Third Dimension (2009) (TV Episode)
"Hello Cleveland!" Enough said.
The Angry Video Game Nerd: X-Men (2009) (TV Episode)
The "What's wrong with being sexy?" response after someone calling something sexist is from This is Spinal Tap
The Angry Video Game Nerd: Terminator 2 (2009) (TV Episode)
"It does tend to underestimate the hugeness."
Nostalgia Critic: Critic and Nerd: TMNT Making of Coming Out of Their Shells (2009) (TV Episode)
Critic compares the video to Spinal Tap without the humor, Nerd even quotes one of the reviews of one of Spinal Tap's albums
Nostalgia Critic: Top 11 Cereal Mascots (2009) (TV Episode)
The Critic mentions doing "top 11", because he wanted to go a step beyond that
Cleanflix (2009)
DVD cover
Peep Show: Jeremy at JLB (2009) (TV Episode)
Mark tells Dobby to turn the volume up to 11 and says to Jeremy "That's a Spinal Tap joke."
NCIS: Truth or Consequences (2009) (TV Episode)
Regarding their search for a successor to Ziva, Tony tells his interrogator, "Might be a little easier to find a new drummer for Spinal Tap."
House: Epic Fail (2009) (TV Episode)
"I turn everything up to 11."
Jeopardy!: Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational Quarterfinal 2 (2009) (TV Episode)
Reference to contestant Michael McKean in category title "Big Bottom"
Borderlands (2009) (Video Game)
The dials on Marshall amplifiers typically have a number range from zero to ten reference to the dials on his amps all go to eleven from the film.
Defective Man! (2009)
Horn Dog's Formula 4-11 (It cleans one better! It goes to 11!)
Jeopardy!: Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational Quarterfinal 4 (2009) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in Harry Shearer's introduction
St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold (2009)
Amplifier marked to 11
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.73 (2009) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $400 clue in the category "Movies by Quote"
Chain Letter (2009)
"1 to 10, what do you think?" "I think it's an 11"
Degrassi: Minis: Ghost of Degrassi Past (2009) (TV Episode)
Holly J. tells Stüdz to "turn it up to eleven."
18 to Life: A Modest Proposal (2010) (TV Episode)
Tom says that his father has dialed the Jewish up to eleven.
Brothers & Sisters: The Pasadena Primary (2010) (TV Episode)
Mentioned i dialog
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Million Dollar Movie Week 2 (2010) (TV Episode)
Included in a $10,000 question
When London Sleeps It Came Alive (2010)
Spinal tap inspired the director to make the film as a mocumentary so there are a few references in the film. the director has a jacket similar to one in spinal tap, is holding a cricket ball in one scene and gets the scale of the robot confused as with stone henge in Tap.
Furry Vengeance (2010)
The drill sergeant shouts, "Take it up to 11!"
The Angry Video Game Nerd: Action 52 (2010) (TV Episode)
James's question, "How much more black can this be?" is a reference to a similar line from "This Is Spinal Tap".
Jeopardy!: Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational Semifinal 1 (2010) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in Harry Shearer's introduction
The Apprentice: Episode #9.9 (2010) (TV Episode)
Bret mentions the 12 foot/12 inch problem from Spinal Tap
United States of Tara: Explosive Diorama (2010) (TV Episode)
the "11" comment
Ghostfacers: Shattered (2010) (TV Episode)
Ed mentions Spinal Tap
20 to 1: Greatest Sports Movies of All Time (2010) (TV Episode)
In a segment on Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Bianca Dye describes it as "kind of like the Spinal Tap of sports movies".
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
The Katayanagi Twins' amps go up to eleven in Japanese
Death by Death (2010) (Short)
In DxD, Kate has a tattoo on her shoulder of the Stonehenge napkin drawing from Spinal Tap.
Fallout: New Vegas (2010) (Video Game)
During the quest Ant Misbehavin', when asked by Loyal about what frequency a sonic emitter would need to have to kill mutated ants, with insufficient Science skill, the player can suggest to "turn it up to eleven".
The Office: Viewing Party (2010) (TV Episode)
Michael says, "Turn it up to 11!" and incorrectly references it as "Spinal Cord."
General Hospital: Episode #1.12185 (2010) (TV Episode)
Steve: "amp up to 11"
Bones: The Finder (2011) (TV Episode)
"She's an 11"
Nurse Jackie: When the Saints Go (2011) (TV Episode)
"Scale of 1 to 10? 11."
House: Changes (2011) (TV Episode)
"up to 11"
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson: Will Ferrell/Reese Waters (2011) (TV Episode)
"Goodnight, Cleveland!"
The Cleveland Show: Your Show of Shows (2011) (TV Episode)
Spinal Tap mentioned
Marley & Me: The Puppy Years (2011) (Video)
Hans says, "Set their voltage collars to 11!"
Newsnight: Episode dated 11 October 2011 (2011) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Stephen Smith.
Dave's Old Porn: Adam Carolla/Georgina Spelvin (2011) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned by Adam Carolla
The Simpsons: The Man in the Blue Flannel Pants (2011) (TV Episode)
"set to 11"
Sand Sharks (2012)
Jimmy says he will turn his speaker up to 11.
The Essentials: This Is Spinal Tap (2012) (TV Episode)
the subject of this episode
Southland: Risk (2012) (TV Episode)
"11" mentioned in reference to "a scale of 1-10"
Saturday Morning RPG (2012) (Video Game)
Players can earn an achievement called "These Go To Eleven" by reaching level 11.
Community: The First Chang Dynasty (2012) (TV Episode)
Chang mimics Nigel Tufnel's facial expressions during keytar solo.
Bunheads: Blank Up, It's Time (2012) (TV Episode)
Melanie mentions "that Stonehenge bit from 'Spinal Tap'."
Doctor Who: Asylum of the Daleks (2012) (TV Episode)
The Doctor says they are at 11 out of 10
Criminal Minds: The Silencer (2012) (TV Episode)
Agent Blake says, "If all he wants is peace, having an [ear] implant is like having a speaker that goes to 11."
NCIS: Phoenix (2012) (TV Episode)
Abby tells Gibbs "... I just think that my sensitivity knobs have been turned up to eleven ever since the big kaboom."
Grimm: The Bottle Imp (2012) (TV Episode)
"1 to 10?" "11."
Treme: Careless Love (2012) (TV Episode)
when Davis says that it's a thin line between genius and stupidity, Paul Sanchez points out that this is from "Spinal Tap".
Fraktus - Das letzte Kapitel der Musikgeschichte (2012)
like Spinal Tap, Fraktus get lost backstage on their way to a performance
This Is 40 (2012)
Mentioned a woman is an 11
Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader (2012)
"Way past 11"
Breaking at the Edge (2013)
"11 out of 10" mentioned
At the Offices of Glee (2013) (Short)
Player: "[Christopher Guest] plays guitar!"
Awkward.: A Little Less Conversation (2013) (TV Episode)
Jenna says something is an "11"
Arrested Development: It Gets Better (2013) (TV Episode)
"Up to 11"
S.A. Sanctuary: Shred Your Head (2013) (Video)
During soundcheck, Velasquez's guitar was briefly picking up radio interference, which made the sound tech ask "Did you rent your rig from Tufnel?".
Top Gear: Episode #20.5 (2013) (TV Episode)
James says the tach on the Singer 911 goes to 11 in reference to Spinal Tap
One Hit Wonderland: To Be with You by Mr. Big (2013) (TV Episode)
"Yeah, Spinal Tap style."
Body Double with Brinke Stevens (2013) (Video)
mentioned once
The Vampire Diaries: Monster's Ball (2013) (TV Episode)
11 mentioned out of a rating from 1 to 10
Real Time with Bill Maher: Episode #11.32 (2013) (TV Episode)
Bill Maher refers to Rob Reiner as being the director of 'This Is Spinal Tap' in his introduction.
Awkward.: Taking Sides (2013) (TV Episode)
"Going to 11"
Private Screenings: Robert Osborne (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Osborne as a favorite "comedy" film.
The Goldbergs: The Other Smother (2014) (TV Episode)
The video store clerk wears a Spinal Tap t-shirt
Danny Baker Rocks... (A Bit): The Eighties (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Danny.
Hollywood Game Night: Battle of the Champions (2014) (TV Episode)
Jane Lynch mentions this movie by name during the game In Other Words
Psych: A Touch of Sweevil (2014) (TV Episode)
Lassiter encourages Shawn and Gus to "kick it up to 11" with their "antics of stupidity."
Teacher of the Year (2014)
Brian references the film and talks about turning it "up to 11."
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Liev Schreiber/Rob Reiner/Gabriel Iglesias (2014) (TV Episode)
Jimmy lists some of Rob Reiner's work
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 2 October 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
title mentioned
Bones: The Mutilation of the Master Manipulator (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Misery Loves Comedy (2015)
The movie is mentioned by several people.
Sound of Song: Reeling and Rocking (2015) (TV Episode)
Ken Scott mentions the amp that goes up to eleven in Spinal Tap
The Duff (2015)
quotes "Up to 11" and references the movie by name
Blaze and the Monster Machines: Truck Rangers (2015) (TV Episode)
Blaze creates a volume button for the amp which goes up to 11.
Deathgasm (2015)
A poster is seen in the main character's bed room
Honest Game Trailers: Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire (2015) (TV Episode)
Spinal Tap mentioned
iZombie: Dead Rat, Live Rat, Brown Rat, White Rat (2015) (TV Episode)
Clive, "Hello. Cleveland."
Scream: The TV Series: Pilot (2015) (TV Episode)
Film is referenced ("Amped up to 11")
RiffTrax Live: Sharknado 2 (2015) (TV Movie)
Mike: "Are you Spinal Tap? Just get on the roof!"
Scream: The TV Series: In the Trenches (2015) (TV Episode)
"Scale of 1 to 10?" "Eleventy."
One Hit Wonderland: Turning Japanese by the Vapors (2015) (TV Episode)
"...and their Stonehenge set was too small..."
The Simpsons: Every Man's Dream (2015) (TV Episode)
Dr. Hibbert says that Homer needs a spinal tap, and Homer replies, "Please be the band!"
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Misery (2015) (TV Episode)
James mentioning first knowing Rob Reiner from this
Chicago Fire: 2112 (2015) (TV Episode)
"An 11" (out of 10)
The Deep (2015) (TV Series)
One of Fiction's gadgets "goes to 11."
iZombie: The Hurt Stalker (2015) (TV Episode)
Gilda tells Vaughn Du Clark that their lab technicians are replaced like drummers for Spinal Tap.
The Chase Australia: Episode #1.62 (2015) (TV Episode)
Jenny is asked a question about the number that the volume on Nigel Tufnel's amp goes up to in her Cash Builder round.
Flea Market Flip: Rockers vs. Besties (2016) (TV Episode)
Nic says, "We're going to turn this up to eleven"
Hair I Go Again (2016)
quotes are referenced
Mickey Mouse: Roughin' It (2016) (TV Episode)
Donald cranks up the power supply voltage on the RV all the way up to 11.
The Love Witch (2016)
Playing at the Eureka cinema as Elaine drives into town.
Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #2.22 (2016) (TV Episode)
a clue and correct response in "College Knowledge" category refer to the film's line about Boston not being a big college town
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 29 February 2016 (2016) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Adnan Virk
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Margot Robbie/Michael McKean/Kevin Delaney (2016) (TV Episode)
Michael McKean talks about his earlier movie, and Jimmy shows a still
Nostalgia Critic: The Phantom of the Opera (2016) (TV Episode)
"Phantom of the Opera" is described as a biography with fictitious true events, similar to "Spinal Tap"
Join or Die with Craig Ferguson: History's Most Influential Band (2016) (TV Episode)
The panel talks about the movie.
iZombie: Reflections of the Way Liv Used to Be (2016) (TV Episode)
Chapter reference, "This Is Spinal Snap".
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Spiderman says that his abilities go all the way to 11.
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)
The use of the "Pile of Poo" emoji in Rolling Stone's rating of Conner's new album references the "Shit Sandwich" review for Spinal Tap's "Shark Sandwich" album.
One Hit Wonderland: "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" by the Darkness (2016) (TV Episode)
A picture of Spinal Tap is shown.
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 27 June 2016 (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Denis Leary
Designated Survivor: Pilot (2016) (TV Episode)
"Out of 10? 11."
The Blacklist: The Thrushes (No. 53) (2016) (TV Episode)
"She's an 11."
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life: Winter (2016) (TV Episode)
Lorelai says that Emily "Spinal Tap"d the portrait of Richard.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Hot Seat: Episode #9.2 (2017) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Eddie McGuire as a movie that has used the Minuet from String Quntet in E Major in its soundtrack after it is played during an audio Fastest Finger First question about its composer.
The Flash: Dead or Alive (2017) (TV Episode)
Gypsy says that it is time to turn things up to eleven. Cisco recognises the quote and comments that This Is Spinal Tap (1984) is one of his favourite films.
Abstract: The Art of Design: Es Devlin: Stage Design (2017) (TV Episode)
Es Devlin in discussing her work in the music field reveals that she was told she should watch the film, This Is Spinal Tap.
Studio C: Episode #8.12 (2017) (TV Episode)
Voldemort: "I've turned it up to 11."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II (2017) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Nigel Tufnel? They got all of Spinal Tap down there."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: At the Earth's Core (2017) (TV Episode)
Jonah: "Nobody knew who they were or what they were doing."
Best of the Worst: Bigfoot vs D.B. Cooper, Black Cougar, and Raw Force (2017) (TV Episode)
Mike says the director of Black Cougar looks like Christopher Guest in Spinal Tap
Inspector Gadget: MAD Money/Baking Bad (2017) (TV Episode)
"Go-Go Gadget amp that goes to 11"
Better Call Saul: Lantern (2017) (TV Episode)
Kim says "go to eleven." Michael McKean (Chuck) was in Spinal Tap.
The Wright Stuff: Episode dated 15 August 2017 (2017) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Trisha Goddard and Zoe Lyons
Nostalgia Critic: The Mummy (2017) (2017) (TV Episode)
The Nerd states how the 2017 Mummy uses every single trend that everyone has done already in movies. And compares the situation to the joke in this movie, that the band Spinal Tap followed every trend in music but were too late to keep up with everyone else.
The Bolaget (2018) (Short)
The film is influenced by the movie "This is Spinal Tap" (1984)
Deadpool 2 (2018)
Cable's really big gun has a dial that goes up to 11.
Supergirl: Dark Side of the Moon (2018) (TV Episode)
Winn says that he has his radio dialled up to 11.
The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs: Deathgasm (2019) (TV Episode)
Joe Bob says the movie is part Spinal Tap.

Featured in 

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs: America's Funniest Movies (2000) (TV Special)
This Is Spinal Tap is #29.
I Love the '80s: 1984 (2002) (TV Episode)
Footage from this film was edited into this mini-series.
The Greatest: 100 Most Metal Moments (2004) (TV Episode)
features clips from this film
The 50 Greatest Comedy Films (2006) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown.
'Til Death: The Hockey Lie (2007) (TV Episode)
Steph and Jeff watch this at the end of the episode, and the audio can be heard.
The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) (TV Special)
Best! Movies! Ever!: Airports (2007) (TV Episode)
clips are shown to illustrate the best airport scenes in movies
20 to 1: Funny Films (2007) (TV Episode)
Some clips from this movie are shown when it is the subject of a segment.
Best! Movies! Ever!: Hotels (2007) (TV Episode)
clips featured to illustrate the best movie hotel scenes
It Might Get Loud (2008)
clips shown
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: 17 Again/State of Play/Crank High Voltage (2009) (TV Episode)
Anvil's #4 Favorite Film.
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: The Best of Music in the Movies (2010) (TV Episode)
Anvil's #4 Favorite Movies
De wereld draait door: Episode #6.1 (2010) (TV Episode)
A fragment is shown.
These Amazing Shadows (2011)
Clips from this film are shown in These Amazing Shadows.
De wereld draait door: Episode #6.141 (2011) (TV Episode)
A fragment is shown.
Pearl Jam Twenty (2011)
clip used from movie featuring Christopher Guest and Michael McKean
Newsnight: Episode dated 11 October 2011 (2011) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown.
Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.17 (2011) (TV Episode)
clips are shown during Roger's "Great Movies" segment
One Hit Wonderland: Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry (2012) (TV Episode)
Clips used in review.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Greatest Fictional Bands in Movies (2012) (TV Episode)
Spinal Tap is #1.
De wereld draait door: Episode dated 18 April 2013 (2013) (TV Episode)
A fragment is shown.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Cult Classics: Comedies (2013) (TV Episode)
This Is Spinal Tap is #2.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Rock 'n' Roll Movies (2013) (TV Episode)
This Is Spinal Tap is #3.
Life Itself (2014)
Footage shown.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Mockumentaries (2014) (TV Episode)
This Is Spinal Tap is #1.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Comedy Movies: 1980s (2014) (TV Episode)
This Is Spinal Tap is #6.
Laugh Out Loud: The Funniest Films Ever (2015) (TV Movie)
Clips seen and discussed
MsMojo: Top 10 Movies that Deserve to be Made with a Female Cast (2016) (TV Episode)
This Is Spinal Tap is #4.
The Goldbergs: This is This is Spinal Tap (2019) (TV Episode)
short scenes on VHS tape seen on TV


Let It Be (1970)
The Kids Are Alright (1979)
Some of the interview segments.
This Is Elvis (1981)

Spoofed in 

The Compleat Al (1985) (Video)
The mockumentary format of this movie.
Good Eats: The Remains of the Bird (2000) (TV Episode)
Paul, the toaster enthusiast, borrows an idea from the movie when he creates a toaster "that goes to eleven!"
Grand Theft Auto III (2001) (Video Game)
The radio commercial for Dormatron mentions turning it up to 11.
The Country Bears (2002)
In the opening credits concert footage, one of the bears turns up an amplifier to "12."
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002) (Video Game)
The band Love Fist is a spoof of Spinal Tap.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Mike Teevee's song features Oompa Loompas spoofing Spinal Tap in concert.
Leroy & Stitch (2006) (Video)
Jumba turns the volume up to "11".
Guitar Hero II (2006) (Video Game)
Drummer explodes after you successfully finish "Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight". A parody of one of the most famous scenes from the film.
The Angry Video Game Nerd: Nintendo World Championships (2011) (TV Episode)
Pat the NES Punk says that "Nintendo World Championships" "can't be played, never", spoofing a line from "This is Spinal Tap".
Lost Girl: The Kenzi Scale (2013) (TV Episode)
Tamsin says to Bo, "I need you cranked to 11".
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: The Christmas That Almost Wasn't (2017) (TV Episode)
Jonah: "I'm just as God made me, sir."
Teen Titans Go!: Throne of Bones (2017) (TV Episode)
Robin turns his stereo's volume up to 11, like this movie.

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