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Referenced in 

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Amy Irving/Fran Tate (1984) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in the monologue
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Charles Grodin/Brad Garrett/Merie Earle (1984) (TV Episode)
Johnny mentions that Brad Garrett won the previous championship on the show
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Dick Cavett/Jimmy Brogan/Dave Barry (1984) (TV Episode)
Johnny mentions that Joseph Wapner was recently a guest judge on the show
Punky Brewster: Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1984) (TV Episode)
The show is mentioned by name.
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Buddy Hackett/John Lithgow (1984) (TV Episode)
Johnny mentions Ed's show
Saturday Night Live: Madonna/Simple Minds (1985) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned by Cabrini Green Jackson
Easy Street: Be-Bop Man (1986) (TV Episode)
Bully says Ricardo can "go on Star Search and be the oldest person to win the grand prize."
The Golden Girls: Bedtime Story (1987) (TV Episode)
While Rose is praying to God, she mentions that she doesn't understand the Spokesmodel category.
Muppet Babies: This Little Piggy Went to Hollywood (1987) (TV Episode)
Piggy imagines being on the show.
The Charmings: A Charming Halloween (1987) (TV Episode)
After the Magic Mirror breaks into song, Lillian retaliates, "Oh, save it for 'Star Search!'"
Saturday Night Live: Candice Bergen/Cher (1987) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned by Dennis Miller on Weekend Update.
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Bette Davis/Martin Short (1988) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in the monologue
Miami Vice: Line of Fire (1988) (TV Episode)
Sonny mentions the show.
Lip Service (1988) (TV Movie)
Cheers: I Kid You Not (1989) (TV Episode)
Sam mentions the show by name.
The Golden Girls: The Accurate Conception (1989) (TV Episode)
Show is mentioned by name.
Full House: Star Search (1989) (TV Episode)
Joey gets on Star Search
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Charles Grodin/Calvin Trillin/J.J. Wall (1989) (TV Episode)
Carnac the Magnificent mentions Ed's show
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Bob Hope/Liv Ullmann/Kevin Meaney (1989) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Ed in the "Twelve Days of Christmas" lyrics
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Untamed Youth (1990) (TV Episode)
"16 weeks on Star Search"
Designing Women: Payne Grows Up (1990) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by name.
Repossessed (1990)
Possessed Nancy metions the show.
Graveyard Shift (1990)
"Now we can get ya that audition on 'Star Search'"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Rocket Attack U.S.A. (1990) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Next, on 'Star Search'"
In Living Color: The Black Man's Guide to Understanding the Black Woman (1990) (TV Episode)
Godfrey Hedley says that he is also a judge on the show.
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Kevin Pollak/John Larroquette/Anthony Griffith (1990) (TV Episode)
Johnny mentions that Anthony Griffith was a finalist
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Dyan Cannon/Brian Haley (1991) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Brian Haley
Tiny Toon Adventures: You Asked for It Again (1991) (TV Episode)
The dog at the pet store says, "This ain't 'Star Search,' you know?"
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Leonard Nimoy/Bill Maher/B.J. Sniff (1991) (TV Episode)
Reference in the TV pilots segment
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Stranded in Space (1991) (TV Episode)
"Tonight on Star Search"
Doc Hollywood (1991)
Lou says, "That's better dancing than I've seen on 'Star Search'"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: It Conquered the World (1991) (TV Episode)
Joel: "One thing I wanna do is go on 'Star Search.'"
Designing Women: The Big Desk: Part 1 (1991) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by name.
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: George Segal/Penelope Ann Miller/Drew Carey (1991) (TV Episode)
Drew Carey mentions that he was on Ed's show, but won just once
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Glenn Close/Tim Allen/Buddy Guy (1991) (TV Episode)
Johnny mentions Ed's show
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Space Travellers (1992) (TV Episode)
"Star Search runner-up tissues"
Saved by the Bell: Teacher's Strike (1992) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by one of the Valley nerds.
Meet the Parents (1992)
The character Fay keeps demanding Greg to get her a spot on Star Search.
The Kids in the Hall: Episode #3.12 (1992) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Tommyknockers (1993) (TV Mini-Series)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Magic Voyage of Sinbad (1993) (TV Episode)
"Next on Slave Search"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Santa Claus (1993) (TV Episode)
Servo: (as Ed McMahon) Next up in the Junior vocalist category, Thailand!
Roundhouse: Talent (1993) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Ed McMahon character.
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man: Gripes of Wrath (1994) (TV Episode)
Dr. Prövenheim is a contestant on this show.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Dead Talk Back (1994) (TV Episode)
Mike: "Were you on Star Search?"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Colossus and the Headhunters (1994) (TV Episode)
Mike: "I'm getting Nummy Muffin Coocol Butter all ready for the Westminster Dog Show . . . or 'Star Search.'"
Boys on the Side (1995)
in the beginning, Robin (Mary-Louise Parker) mentions that she was almost on Star Search
Saved by the Bell: The New Class: Hollywood, Here He Is (1995) (TV Episode)
Screech refers to the series.
Saturday Night Live: Quentin Tarantino/Smashing Pumpkins (1995) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned during Leg Up
Caught (1996)
Dennis Miller: Citizen Arcane (1996) (TV Special)
referenced by Dennis
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Mole People (1997) (TV Episode)
Servo: (as Ed McMahon) Ladies and gentlemen, in the junior dance competition, Shelley!
Out to Sea (1997)
Farscape: Through the Looking Glass (1999) (TV Episode)
Crichton says to Rygel and Chiana, "Still auditioning for Star Search, I see".
The PJs: Cliffhangin' with Mr. Super (2000) (TV Episode)
Smokey asks Walter if he's Ed McMahon and if he will be on the show
Donnie Darko (2001)
Oz: Variety (2002) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
That '80s Show: Road Trip (2002) (TV Episode)
Corey and Katie are asked to be on the show.
Do Over: Star Search (2002) (TV Episode)
Joel auditions for the series.
The Simpsons: 'Scuse Me While I Miss the Sky (2003) (TV Episode)
Lisa reads Ed McMahon's book on astronomy, titled "Star Search."
Robot Chicken: Plastic Buffet (2005) (TV Episode)
Electric Mayhem appears on the show
Beverly Kills (2005)
"I was a semi-finalist on Star Search"
The Simpsons: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bangalore (2006) (TV Episode)
Comic Book Guy says that his "four favorite 'Star' franchises" are "Wars, Trek, Gate, and Search."
Shark: Starlet Fever (2007) (TV Episode)
April says she was on Star Search.
Kickin' It Old Skool (2007)
mentioned in dialogue
Gilmore Girls: Lorelai? Lorelai? (2007) (TV Episode)
Lorelai talks about Alanis Morissette performing on the show.
The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 18 June 2008 (2008) (TV Episode)
Dennis Miller references this show while talking about Ed Ed McMahon.
The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 15 August 2008 (2008) (TV Episode)
Dennis Miller mentions this show by name in a rerun of a 'Miller Time' segment.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.109 (2010) (TV Episode)
Britney Spears' time as a contestant is the subject of a $500 question
Modern Family: Truth Be Told (2010) (TV Episode)
Denise mentions she drove Phil to a "Star Search" audition when they were a couple.
Big Bang Theory: A XXX Parody (2010) (Video)
Sheldon suggest Leslie's research is more like Star Search, and that she should hire Ed McMahon as a lab assistant
Raising Hope: Inside Probe (2012) (TV Episode)
In a flashback to 2001, young Jimmy auditions for "Star Search."
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.143 (2012) (TV Episode)
A "Jaywalking" participant mentions that Britney Spears was on the show
Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.157 (2012) (TV Episode)
Chelsea mentions the show by name.
Bob's Burgers: Mutiny on the Windbreaker (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Burning Love: Hugging Contest (2013) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Bill
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.147 (2013) (TV Episode)
Usher talks about competing on the show when he was young
The Goldbergs: Kara-Te (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Bev.
The Carrie Diaries: Under Pressure (2014) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Dorrit
Drop Dead Diva: It Had to Be You (2014) (TV Episode)
Teri tells Ian that they rehearsed the "Star Search" audition for almost a year.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Martin Lawrence/Jenny Slate/Aloe Blacc (2014) (TV Episode)
Martin Lawrence says that he got his start on the show
BoJack Horseman: Prickly Muffin (2014) (TV Episode)
Sarah Lynn appeared on the show as a child.
The Goldbergs: Mama Drama (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Bev.
The Chase: Episode #4.2 (2014) (TV Episode)
Question subject.
American Dad!: Holy Shit, Jeff's Back (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Paula Needs to Get Over Josh! (2016) (TV Episode)
Aunt Myrna mentions appearing on the show.
Fresh Off the Boat: How to Be an American (2017) (TV Episode)
Doug: "This isn't 'Star Search.'"
American Dad!: Casino Normale (2017) (TV Episode)
Roger mentions he was kicked off for Racism
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Meets an Old Friend! (2018) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Kimmy.

Featured in 

I Love the 80's 3-D: 1983 (2005) (TV Episode)
1983 episode
20 to 1: Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (2008) (TV Episode)
Clip of Britney Spears performing on a 1991 episode of this title shown when she is the subject of a segment.
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: Episode dated 29 March 2011 (2011) (TV Episode)
Clip from 1987 episode used to introduce spoof segment featuring Jimmy Fallon and Liv Tyler
Me at the Zoo (2012)
clip of young Britney Spears singing "I Don't Care"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.10 (2012) (TV Episode)
Clip of Christina Aguilera competing as a child
Sandy Wexler (2017)
Sandy watches the show.

Spoofed in 

Saturday Night Live: Jay Leno/The Neville Brothers (1986) (TV Episode)
Spoofed in Star Search skit
Tiny Toon Adventures: Fox Trot (1992) (TV Episode)
Spoofed as "Swine Search"
Roundhouse: TV on Trial (1992) (TV Episode)
Spoofed as "Star Search: The Next Generation".
Roundhouse: Time (1992) (TV Episode)
Spoofed in "TeleQuick" sketch.
Pinky and the Brain: TV or Not TV (1995) (TV Episode)
Spoofed as "Star Hunt"

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