Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) Poster


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Operation Mermaid (1963)
This is the film being shown in the theater at the end of DSS where Rosanna Arquette and Aiden Quinn reunite.
Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974)
The entire Magic Box set is an extended reference to the Magic Show where Julie works in Celine and Julie go Boating.
Shaolin Chastity Kung Fu (1981)
Large poster on Dez's door

Referenced in 

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Steven Wright/Marilyn Horne/Isabel Campbell (1984) (TV Episode)
Steven Wright comments on being cast in the unidentified upcoming movie
Desperately Pleasing Debbie (1985)
title reference
Newhart: Desperately Desiring Susan: Part 1 (1986) (TV Episode)
title reference
Newhart: Desperately Desiring Susan: Part 2 (1986) (TV Episode)
title reference
Mama's Family: Desperately Seeking Anyone (1987) (TV Episode)
title reference
Less Than Zero (1987)
Poster on Clay's bedroom wall.
Demon Queen (1987) (Video)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Remote Control (1988)
Video case is shown in a video store.
A Fine Romance: Desperately Seeking Louisa (1989) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Home and Away: Episode #1.455 (1990) (TV Episode)
Adam and Matt lie to Carly about seeing this
Pretty Woman (1990)
My Secret Identity: Trading Places (1990) (TV Episode)
Stephanie refers to the film and its star Madonna.
Desperately Seeking Roger (1991) (TV Movie)
title reference
Medusa: Dare to Be Truthful (1991) (TV Movie)
Movie poster spoofed as "Desperately Seeking Sushi"
Clerks (1994)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Serial Mom (1994)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Good Advice: Desperately Using Susan (1994) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Saved by the Bell: The New Class: Desperately Seeking Work (1997) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Melrose Place: Desperately Seeking Samantha (1997) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Frasier: Desperately Seeking Closure (1997) (TV Episode)
title reference
Home Improvement: Desperately Seeking Willow (1998) (TV Episode)
title reference
Pop Up Video: Movie Magic 1: Movie Theme Songs (1998) (TV Episode)
Various information about the film mentioned during "Into the Groove"
The Simpsons: I'm with Cupid (1999) (TV Episode)
Bart reads a personal ad for someone who is "desperately seeking suction."
Desperately Seeking Helen (1999)
title reference
The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror X (1999) (TV Episode)
2nd segment "Desperately Xeeking Xena" is a reference to the title of this film.
Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane: Desperately Seeking Zoe (2000) (TV Episode)
title reference
Titans: Desperately Seeking Heather (2000) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Driven: Madonna (2001) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Anthony Panzera.
The Sweetest Thing (2002)
During the dress up montage, Cameron Diaz dresses up as Madonna's character from this film.
Gilmore Girls: Teach Me Tonight (2002) (TV Episode)
Lorelai suggests it as a Movie in the Square Night contender.
Desperately Seeking Seka (2002) (TV Special)
title reference
Lady Fellatio #2 (2002) (Video)
Desperately Seeking Tyler (2003) (Video)
title reference
ER: Where There's Smoke (2004) (TV Episode)
"Desperately seeking Vicodin"
Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) (TV Movie)
The title is displayed on a magazine cover.
Desperately Seeking Alexis (2004) (Video)
title reference
Winx Club: Darkar's Prisoner (2005) (TV Episode)
4Kids title reference
Boston Legal: Desperately Seeking Shirley (2006) (TV Episode)
title reference
Star Stories: The Wife's Life (2006) (TV Episode)
Madonna is dressed like her Susan Thomas character at one point
Neighbours: Desperately Sneaking Susan (2007) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Gossip Girl: Desperately Seeking Serena (2008) (TV Episode)
title reference
Starz Inside: Fashion in Film (2008) (TV Movie)
Fashion from film discussed.
Glee: The Power of Madonna (2010) (TV Episode)
Sue Sylvester explains to Principal Figgins that Madonna is responsible for her "subconsious tendency to always be desperately looking for someone named Susan".
Glory Daze: What's Love Got to Nude with It (2010) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Tammy
Come Dine with Me Canada: Mike Tsatkas: Block 4 (2011) (TV Episode)
The narrator uses a play on words of the movie's title: Desperately Seeking Sabrina.
Desperately Seeking Santa (2011) (TV Movie)
Title reference
Honest Trailers: Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (2013) (TV Episode)
'Desperately Seeking Superman'
Pretty Little Liars: Now You See Me, Now You Don't (2013) (TV Episode)
Caleb says: 'She's probably eating popcorn, watching us play desperately seeking Mona.'
Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.189 (2013) (TV Episode)
The phrase 'desperately seeking someone else' is used in a story about Madonna.
The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films (2014)
Title on cinema marquee.
The World's Greatest Movie Songs: Top 50 (2014) (TV Special)
A song from the soundtrack features in the Top 50 list.
Cinemadonna: Bloodhounds of Broadway (2014) (TV Episode)
poster shown
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Debra Messing/Horatio Sanz/Mario Batali (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Mario Batali
Honest Game Trailers: Pokemon Red and Blue (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by narrator
Scream Queens: The Hand (2016) (TV Episode)
Cassidy sites "Desperately Seeking Susan Madonna" as the Madonna he prefers.
Pose: Pilot (2018) (TV Episode)
A member of the House of Abundance complains she can't get her hair to look like Madonna's in the film.
Tiny Terrors (2018)
The poster of the film is on Jonathan's wall.
Bob's Burgers: The Gene Mile (2019) (TV Episode)
Courtney's dad says he is "desperately seeking Susan".


Rebecca (1940)
The Time Travelers (1964)
Scenes from this SciFi movie seen on theater screen twice
El show de Iris Chacon (1972) (TV Series)
Julia Child & Company (1978) (TV Series)
on TV in Roberta's kitchen

Featured in 

Madonna: Into the Groove (1985) (Video)
A music video, consisting of clips from the film, was released to accompany the song.
Sex Violence & Values: Changing Images (1986) (TV Special)
Clip from film seen with Rosanna Arquette and Will Patton.
At the Movies: Matinee/Alive/Body of Evidence/Sniper (1993) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown.
100 Years of Comedy (1997) (Video)
Clips shown.
Behind the Music: Madonna (1998) (TV Episode)
In the Company of Women (2004) (TV Movie)
Clips from this film are shown in this documentry
A Home at the End of the World (2004)
Playing on TV.
The '80s: The Decade That Made Us: Shop 'til You Drop (2013) (TV Episode)
Video clips are shown.
The Greatest 80s Movies (2014) (TV Movie)
Number 33 in the Countdown
Cinemadonna: Desperately Seeking Susan (2014) (TV Episode)
review of the film
Cinemadonna: Shanghai Surprise (2014) (TV Episode)
clips shown
Cinemadonna: Who's That Girl (2014) (TV Episode)
clips shown
Cinemadonna: I'm Going to Tell you a Secret (2016) (TV Episode)
clips shown
Three Identical Strangers (2018)
Madonna asks the triplets to appear in her movie.
The '80s Greatest: New Dynasty (2018) (TV Episode)
Features clips from the film

Spoofed in 

Desperately Seeking Suzie... (1985) (Video)
Video's title is a takeoff on the mainstream film's title.
Sledge Hammer!: Desperately Seeking Dori (1987) (TV Episode)
The title spoofs that of Madonna's popular movie.
Savage High (2015)
The Character Susan is shown again.

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