Broadcast News (1987) Poster


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Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Tom mentions it to Jane on the telephone.
Good Morning America (1975) (TV Series)
Aaron mentions it to Jane.
Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
In both films a television journalist stages his reactions in front of the camera. Also, both movies criticize the mass media ethics.
Entertainment Tonight (1981) (TV Series)
Jane mentions it in her speech at the journalists' convention.
Das Boot (1981)
Today (1982) (TV Series)
Aaron mentions it to Jane.
The Terminator (1984)
video cover on control room wall

Referenced in 

Oscar's Greatest Moments (1992) (Video)
Darkwing Duck: Fraudcast News (1992) (TV Episode)
title is a parody
The Larry Sanders Show: Broadcast Nudes (1993) (TV Episode)
title reference
The War Room (1993)
Animaniacs: Buttermilk, It Makes a Body Bitter/Broadcast Nusiance/Raging Bird (1993) (TV Episode)
Title reference, in the "Broadcast Nuisance" segment
Clerks (1994)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Kicking and Screaming (1995)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Laserblast (1996) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Tom during the closing credits of "Laserblast."
The Oprah Winfrey Show: Summer Movie Reviews (1996) (TV Episode)
The answer to a trivia question.
Saturday Night Live: Kevin Spacey/Beck (1997) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in the Late Show with David Letterman
Siskel & Ebert: Mad City/Bean/Starship Troopers/Eve's Bayou/The Wings of the Dove (1997) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Mad City" review.
Wag the Dog (1997)
Even Stevens: Broadcast Blues (2001) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Backstory: Broadcast News (2002) (TV Episode)
Episode about this film.
Gilmore Girls: Here Comes the Son (2003) (TV Episode)
Lorelai calls Rory "my little Holly Hunter in Broadcast News."
Jersey Girl (2004)
Video case is shown in a video store.
The Simpsons: Fraudcast News (2004) (TV Episode)
episode title
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (2005)
During the interview process, an applicant claimed he couldn't sing while he typed. Aaron Altman braggd, in song, about being able to to just that.
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: The Focus Group (2006) (TV Episode)
Harriet quotes from 'Broadcast News' when she does her Holly Hunter impression: "It's hard for me to advise you since you personify something that I truly think is dangerous" / "I think you're the Devil".
The Dialogue: An Interview with Screenwriter Billy Ray (2007) (Video)
Ray names the script as one of five that all young writers should "master" to understand how to structure a script successfully.
Psych: Psy vs. Psy (2007) (TV Episode)
Shawn tells Lindsay Leikin that he feels like Holly Hunter, when he's inside William Hurt's head (30:18)
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien: Tom Hanks/Green Day (2009) (TV Episode)
When Conan is trying on a wig, he remarks that he looks like Albert Brooks in the film
Richard Roeper & the Movies: Morning Glory (2010) (TV Episode)
Roeper compares "Morning Glory" to this movie.
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011)
Title of this film appears on screen.
In Plain Sight: Love in the Time of Colorado (2011) (TV Episode)
Quoted by Jimmy, then Marshall says to Mary what movie it is from and *then* Mary says that she *knew* it.
General Hospital: Episode #1.12487 (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Alexis
Supporting Characters (2012)
mentioned in dialogue
The Newsroom: Amen (2012) (TV Episode)
Dreading that something will go wrong at the last minute, Maggie Jordan says, "I'm about to have my 'Broadcast News' moment".
Bob's Burgers: Broadcast Wagstaff School News (2013) (TV Episode)
Title reference/mentioned
The LEGO Movie Videogame (2014) (Video Game)
One level is titled "Broadcast News."
And the Oscar Goes To... (2014) (TV Movie)
mentioned by Cher and in award ceremony footage
Misery Loves Comedy (2015)
Jason Alexander mentions the movie by name.
Spotlight (2015)
Cited by director Tom McCarthy as an influence.
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 18 March 2016 (2016) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Jay Bilas
Fear Me (2016) (TV Series)
Broadcast News is at the video rental store.
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Savannah Guthrie/Shiri Appleby & Constance Zimmer/Brendan Eyre/Mary Timony (2016) (TV Episode)
Savannah Guthrie refers to the scene of Aaron sweating heavily on the air
This Is Us: Still There (2017) (TV Episode)
Rebecca suggests this movie in the video store

Featured in 

Siskel & Ebert: The Best Films of 1987 (1988) (TV Episode)
Siskel's #5 pick; Ebert's #8 pick.
Siskel & Ebert: Oscar Nomination Surprises for 1987 (1988) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown.
The 60th Annual Academy Awards (1988) (TV Special)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs: America's Funniest Movies (2000) (TV Special)
This film is #64 on the list.
Minneapolis (2005) (Short)
An inside look at Television News by an experienced insider.
Pepper Dennis: Hiroshi Watanabe in Bed with Curtis Wilson (2006) (TV Episode)
Pepper is watching it on TV when Kathy arrives home from work.
Broadcast News: James L. Brooks - A Singular Voice (2011) (Video)
many clips shown
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.9 (2011) (TV Episode)
a clip is shown in a montage of Albert Brooks films
At the Movies: Episode #10.22 (2013) (TV Episode)
Clips shown in a segment reviewing classic movies.
1,001 Movies You Must See (Before You Die) (2014) (Short)
Clip is presented


WPVI Action News (1970) (TV Series)
reference joke to WPVI's newscast

Spoofed in 

Broadcast Nudes (1988) (Video)
porn parody
The Simpsons: Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment (1991) (TV Episode)
One of the porn films shown on cable is called Broadcast Nudes.
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (2005)
During the assistant interview process, an applicant admitted he couldn't sing while he typed. In Broadcast News, Aaron Altman bragged, in song, about being able to do just that.

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