Short Circuit (1986) Poster



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Followed by 

Remade as 

Short Circuit
Same title and synopsis, announcements of the remake have been done.


Frankenstein (1931)
where Johnny is struck by lightning to be made alive and where Ben says Newton made a real Frankenstein monster
Woman Haters (1934) (Short)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Johnny 5 whistles the theme song.
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
Number 5 says "Say pilgrim, you wanna play rough? I can sure oblige, ya."
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
Howard Marner mentions how his robot-prepared martini is "just the way I like it --- shaken but not stirred".
Rocky (1976)
Johnny pushes the driver's side mirror and says, "Yo," like the title character.
Jimmy Swaggart (1977) (TV Series)
Mentioned by Stephanie during the dance sequence.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Stephanie coaxes No. 5 into her house using the word "forward" that he understands and responds to. Number 5 and E.T. have similar design features.
Police Academy (1984)
Both films use the "chair torn from the vehicle" gag; Steve Guttenberg riding shotgun.

Referenced in 

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Buddy Hackett/Ally Sheedy/Ed Kennedy (1986) (TV Episode)
Ally Sheedy talks about her movie
Troldspejlet: Episode #1.3 (1989) (TV Episode)
Jakob Stegelmann mentions the title in his review of Short Circuit 2 (1988)
Ninja Academy (1989)
"Other Electricians: S. Circuit"
Final Cut (1989)
Poster seen in video store.
Muppet Babies: ...At the Movies (1990) (TV Episode)
Johnny 5 makes an appearance in this episode.
Wayne's World (1992)
Garth's line: "Benjamin is nobody's friend."
Blankman (1994)
Star Trek: Voyager: Prototype (1996) (TV Episode)
There are a number of hands and arms amidst the spare robot parts that are reused props from this film.
T2 3-D: Battle Across Time (1996) (Video)
The "butterfly wing" eyelids on the mini-hunters, similar to Johnny Five's eyelids.
1997 MTV Movie Awards (1997) (TV Special)
Title mentioned by Ghost Killer in Scream spoof
Highball (1997)
Fallout 2: A Post-Nuclear Role-Playing Game (1998) (Video Game)
A robot in the canyon near Klamath says "number five is alive" while attacking.
Jeopardy!: Episode #16.37 (1999) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $800 clue in the category "'80s Film Comedy"
Saturday Night Live: Lindsay Lohan/Usher (2004) (TV Episode)
Johnny 5 appears in Jarett's room
The Squid and the Whale (2005)
The characters discuss whether they should see Short Circuit, but end up seeing Blue Velvet
Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII (2006) (Video Game)
At one point, Cait Sith says "Number 5 is alive", a quote from Short Circuit.
Blades of Glory (2007)
when Hector is playing with the dolls he says this is one of his favorite movies
Cavemen: Nick Jerk, Andy Work (2007) (TV Episode)
Joel and Nick think that Short Circuit (1986) is "the most awesome movie ever made" and imitate Johnny Five. On the other hand, Kate says that "that movie is so cheesy." Nick later describes Steve Guttenberg as the lynchpin, the fulcrum of the film.
Psych: There's Something About Mira (2008) (TV Episode)
Shawn mentions signing up on a fan site for this film.
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: The Turk (2008) (TV Episode)
When John says "Don't seem like a freak", Cameron lists other words for "freak" from a dictionary like Number 5 does.
CollegeHumor Originals: Transformers Go Hollywood (2008) (TV Episode)
Johnny 5 is shown working as a cleaner at a cafe while the Transformers celebrate their new movie.
WALL·E (2008)
Wall-E somewhat ressembles the robots in Short Circuit' particularly the head and crawler-tracks.
American Dad!: My Morning Straitjacket (2009) (TV Episode)
A robot identical to Johnny 5 feels "Alive"
Porkchop (2010)
Johnny 5 mentioned
Atop the Fourth Wall: Strange Adventures #136 (2010) (TV Episode)
Johnny 5 is mentioned when discussing good robots.
Community: Contemporary American Poultry (2010) (TV Episode)
Jeff remarks that Abed has "gone from lovable Johnny Five to evil HAL."
Community: The Art of Discourse (2010) (TV Episode)
Abed and Troy's "Boob a Tron" robot resembles Johnny Five.
Bad Movie Beatdown: Moon 44 (2011) (TV Episode)
"Look out, Johnny 5 is attacking!"
Community: Critical Film Studies (2011) (TV Episode)
Abed compares himself to Johnny Five.
80's Dan: The McDLT (2011) (TV Episode)
Dan finds a VHS copy of "Short Circuit" in his time capsule.
Bum Reviews: Real Steel (2011) (TV Episode)
"Johnny Number 5 is alive."
Half in the Bag: Robot and The Last Circus (2011) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Saturday Morning RPG (2012) (Video Game)
Players can earn an achievement called "Number Five Is Alive" by reaching level 5.
Bad Movie Beatdown: Stealth (2012) (TV Episode)
"So basically, Edi is Johnny 5 and we're watching Short Circuit for grown-ups."
Escape from Planet Earth (2012)
Johnny 5 is among one of the graffiti names
Psych: Santabarbaratown 2 (2013) (TV Episode)
Shawn refers to the bomb disposal robot as "Johnny Five from the 'Short Circuit' movies."
The Cinema Snob: Heartbeeps (2013) (TV Episode)
"The lightning brings on the opposite effect of Short Circuit..."
Honest Trailers: Breaking Bad (2013) (TV Episode)
"Number 5 is alive"
Bob's Burgers: Gene It On (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Half in the Bag: Interstellar (2014) (TV Episode)
referred by Mike Stoklasa and Jay Bauman as "the Short Circuit remake" and "Short Circuit 3"
Tosh.0: The Best of Season 6 (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Chappie (2015)
A military robot has its programming erased and needs "input" in order to learn to function properly.
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Jay Leno/Sara & Erin Foster/Seaton Smith (2015) (TV Episode)
In the Ya Burnt segment, Seth says he liked the movie Chappie better when it was called Short Circuit, *batteries not included, and I Robot
Atop the Fourth Wall: Just Imagine Stan Lee Creating the Flash (2015) (TV Episode)
"Stealth shall be as beloved as Short Circuit."
The Goldbergs: Jimmy 5 Is Alive (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Adam.
Nostalgia Critic Real Thoughts: Christmas with the Cranks (2016) (TV Episode)
One of Austin Pendleton's other movies
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Broken Promises (2017) (TV Episode)
Mack says Ada is no Johnny 5
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: The Loves of Hercules (2017) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Take that, you wannabe Johnny Five!"
Angie Tribeca: Turn Me On, Geils (2017) (TV Episode)
While questioning the defective Victoria, she says "5 is alive"
Marek Ztracený: Léto 95 (2017) (Video)
Mentioned in a song lyrics.
A tota pantalla: Episode #1.6 (2017) (TV Episode)
Anna Guitart and Nuria Roca discuss a scene of the movie
The Goldbergs: The Goldberg Girls (2018) (TV Episode)
Adam mentions it when looking for new romatic inspiration.
31 Days of Horror: Deadly Friend (1986) (2018) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Chuck
Bumblebee (2018)
Both are science fiction comedies about a young woman who befriends a fugitive robot and teaches him how to adapt to life in eighties America while he hides from the military. Both films contain scenes where the robot dances with the human female, watches television and listens to pop music, seemingly dies following a confrontation with the military before returning to life, and eventually has to do battle with other robots of his own kind.
The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs: A Very Joe Bob Christmas: Phantasm IV (2018) (TV Episode)
Joe Bob claims that the film opened the same day as 1988's Phantasm II.
Monkey in the Morning: Oops, I Did It Again (2019) (TV Episode)
Ranting Monkey says the theme song is stuck in his head.
DVD-R Hell: Colby the Christian Robot (2019) (TV Episode)
"It's that crossover of 'Short Circuit' and 'VeggieTales' that someone wanted."
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019)
The little robot from the alien-hunters looks like the one in Short Circuit
Cinemassacre Video: Top Gun (1986) (2020) (TV Episode)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Totally Excellent Adventures of Mack and the D (2020) (TV Episode)
Mack refers to one of the robots as "Short Circuit".
The Truth About 'Tremors' (2020) (Video)
Talked about
In Thy Image
Title is referenced


Scarface (1932)
The robot number 5 was watching TV, Howard Hawks's Scarface was shown the famous scene with George Raft tossing the coin and also some dialogues of the film.
Woman Haters (1934) (Short)

Featured in 

Panic Room with Will Ferrell (2002) (TV Short)
2003 MTV Movie Awards (2003) (TV Special)
I Love the 80's 3-D: 1986 (2005) (TV Episode)
in the 1986 episode
A Life in Film (2007) (Video)
At least one clip is shown
Troldspejlet: Episode #40.2 (2008) (TV Episode)
Jakob Stegelmann talks about robots featured in films, and mentions the title + footage used
Nostalgia Critic: Short Circuit 1 and 2 (2009) (TV Episode)
Reviewed, clips shown.
Avatar Review (2010) (Video)
Clips of Johnny Five and Beasley the dog are shown.
Hagan Reviews: Chopping Mall (2012) (TV Episode)
Johnny 5 and two other robots imitate the Three Stooges
WatchMojo: Top 10 "Good" Movie Robots (2012) (TV Episode)
Johnny 5 is #6.
Nostalgia Critic: Master of Disguise (2013) (TV Episode)
"He's makin' the guy from Short Circuit look politically correct."
Atop the Fourth Wall: The Wild #1 (2014) (TV Episode)
"I guess the ducks were big fans of Short Circuit."
The Cinema Snob: Caddyshack II (2014) (TV Episode)
clip shown
The Cinema Snob: Two of a Kind (2014) (TV Episode)
"And nice job ripping off the dance scene from Short Circuit."
Atop the Fourth Wall: Athena #2 (2014) (TV Episode)
clip shown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Robots of All Time (REDUX) (2014) (TV Episode)
Johnny 5 is #6.
Atop the Fourth Wall: Mr. T and the T-Force #3 (2015) (TV Episode)
Johnny 5 destroys a gun
WatchMojo: Top 10 Greatest Movie Lasers (2015) (TV Episode)
The Robot Laser Gun is #9.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Awesome Robot Fights in Movies (2015) (TV Episode)
Number 5 vs. Numbers 1, 2 & 3 is #10.
Honest Trailers: Terminator 2: Judgement Day (2015) (TV Episode)
Clip is shown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Funniest Robots in Film and TV (2016) (TV Episode)
Number 5 is #8.
Alik (2016) (Short)
movie shown on TV
The Cinema Snob: Choose Your Own Guttenberg (2019) (TV Episode)
Snob gives it a mini review
CyberWork and the American Dream (2019) (TV Movie)
Clips shown

Spoofed in 

Space Quest III: The Pirates of Pestulon (1989) (Video Game)
The droid at the control room of the garbage freighter resembles Johnny Five.
The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991)
When Jane feeds all the animals in her apartment, it is similar to Stephanie (Ally Sheedy) in Short Circuit, even down to the dressing gown
Robot Chicken: Book of Corrine (2006) (TV Episode)
A robot with the number five gets hit by lightning, becomes alive and unintentionally wreaks havoc.
Adventure Time: What Is Life? (2010) (TV Episode)
NEPTR is a parody of Johnny 5. Like Johnny a lightning strike brings him to life. "NEPTR is fully functional" parodies "Johnny 5 is alive".
Robot Chicken: No Country for Old Dogs (2011) (TV Episode)
Johnny Five gets stuck at the bottom of a flight of stairs.
Flashback (2011)
The robot Johnny 5 is seen on a poster for a movie called The Boltfather.
Documentary Now!: Mr. Runner Up: My Life as an Oscar Bridesmaid, Part 2 (2016) (TV Episode)
Spoofed as "Robot Bachelor"
Watch Dogs 2 (2016) (Video Game)
In this videogame, during one of the side-missions where the protagonist Marcus drives around an Uber-style taxi picking up clients, one client requests you help him find his erratic-behaving missing robot. The mission is called "Johnny, Where R U?", and the robot's name is Johnny Five.
Angie Tribeca: Turn Me On, Geils (2017) (TV Episode)
During her questioning, Victoria 1.0 says, "Number 5 is alive."

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