The Gong Show (TV Series 1976–1980) Poster



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Followed by 

The All-Star Gong Show Special (1977) (TV Special)
The Gong Show (1988) (TV Series)
The New Gong Show (2001) (TV Series)
The Gong Show with Dave Attell (2008) (TV Series)

Referenced in 

Saturday Night Live: Lily Tomlin/James Taylor (1976) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Chevy Chase
Van Dyke and Company: Episode #1.9 (1976) (TV Episode)
Dick says that Rudolf Nureyev booked the show instead of his.
Welcome Back, Kotter: Has Anyone Seen Arnold? (1977) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Epstein,
The Carol Burnett Show: Episode #10.19 (1977) (TV Episode)
Eunice's appearance on the program central to plot of this show's "The Family" sketch.
Rhoda: Nick Lobo, Superstar (1977) (TV Episode)
Nick auditions to be on the show.
The Mary Tyler Moore Show: Murray Ghosts for Ted (1977) (TV Episode)
Murray mentions the show by name.
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: David Steinberg/Itzhak Perlman/Joan Embery (1977) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in an audience member's question for President Carter
The Brady Bunch Variety Hour: Episode #1.2 (1977) (TV Episode)
Milton Berle says he feels like a loser on The Gong Show.
Good Times: Love Has a Spot On Its Lung: Part 2 (1977) (TV Episode)
Willona mentions TV series by name
The Bob Newhart Show: Bob's Change of Life (1977) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Bob.
The Love Boat: Lonely at the Top/Silent Night/Divorce Me, Please (1977) (TV Episode)
A woman in the elevator mentions this show
What's Happening!!: Going, Going, Gong (1978) (TV Episode)
the Givens Kids appear on the show
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Goldie Hawn/Buck Henry/Dennis Dugan (1978) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by George Washington
The Bay City Rollers Meet the Saturday Superstars (1978) (TV Movie)
The show is mentioned.
The Bay City Rollers Show: Episode #1.1 (1978) (TV Episode)
The show is mentioned.
Saturday Night Live: Walter Matthau (1978) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by anchorperson Bill Murray duringWeekend Update
Lou Grant: Conflict (1978) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned by Joe Rossi.
Wonder Woman: Pot of Gold (1978) (TV Episode)
Maxwell to Rancher: 'You ought to try out for the Gong Show'
Three's Company: The Catered Affair (1979) (TV Episode)
Mrs. Roper mentions the show
Charlie's Angels: Marathon Angels (1979) (TV Episode)
Newscaster calls the marathon 'sort of a running Gong Show'
Welcome Back, Kotter: The Gang Show (1979) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Mork & Mindy: Hold That Mork (1979) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Mindy
Jack+Jill (1979)
The title is mentioned.
Serial (1980)
Title mentioned by Harvey.
The Muppet Show: James Coburn (1980) (TV Episode)
Kermit refers to the series.
Hill Street Blues: Rites of Spring (1981) (TV Episode)
Belker says "this is better than the Gong Show" about surveillance
Closet Cases of the Nerd Kind (1980) (Short)
The judges during the musical communication with the aliens hit a huge gong, just like this show.
Bosom Buddies: The Grandfather (1982) (TV Episode)
A little girl sees Kip in a penguin suit and says, "Too bad they took off the gong show."
WKRP in Cincinnati: Up and Down the Dial (1982) (TV Episode)
Johnny mentions the show by name.
St. Elsewhere: Cora and Arnie (1982) (TV Episode)
Referring to Cathy's ambidextrous rope tricks, Fiscus says, "Too bad they cancelled The Gong Show (1976)."
Microwave Massacre (1979)
"You've been gonged"
My Science Project (1985)
Vinnie says, "My ears are ringin' like 'The Gong Show.'"
Get Out of My Room (1985)
Mentioned in "Get Out Of My Room" song lyrics.
Out of This World: Honest Evie (1989) (TV Episode)
When Evie Garland tells her father that she gleeped Abraham Lincoln and can't gleep him back, he says that "it could have been worse, you could have brought back the Gong Show."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Superdome (1989) (TV Episode)
Crow: "'Gong Show' tryouts"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Million Eyes of Sumuru (1989) (TV Episode)
Joel: "Looks like the set of the old 'Gong Show'"
Highway to Heaven: It's a Dog's Life (1989) (TV Episode)
Mark mentions TV series by name
DuckTales: The Big Flub (1989) (TV Episode)
Scrooge: "Are these inventors, or are you auditioning for 'The Gong Show'?"
House Party (1990)
"got gonged"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Rocket Attack U.S.A. (1990) (TV Episode)
"Gene-Gene the Dance Machine"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Cave Dwellers (1991) (TV Episode)
Servo: Ooh, he's been gonged.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera vs. Gaos (1991) (TV Episode)
Crow: "You guys should be on 'The Gong Show.'"
Family Dog: Family Dog Goes Homeless (1993) (TV Episode)
The show is mentioned.
The Simpsons: $pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling) (1993) (TV Episode)
Homer's life-long dream was to be a contestant on this show, we then see a flashback of him on it.
WWE Raw: Episode #2.8 (1994) (TV Episode)
Todd Pettengill says he was on this show and was gonged by Charles Nelson Reilly.
Saturday Night Live: Chris Rock/The Wallflowers (1996) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Nat X
Frasier: Voyage of the Damned (1997) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Frasier
The Bad Boys of Saturday Night Live (1998) (TV Special)
Mentioned by Nat X
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Chris Rock (1999) (TV Special)
Mentioned by Nat X
Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Show No. 238 (2000) (TV Episode)
During "Hoedown", Drew sings, "I took off my pants, and she gave me the gong."
That '70s Show: Eric's Drunken Tattoo (2001) (TV Episode)
Jackie watches it on TV at the beginning of the episode.
E! True Hollywood Story: The Gong Show (2003) (TV Episode)
Subject of documentary
Ghost Whisperer: Undead Comic (2005) (TV Episode)
Show title is a play on words to "The Unknown Comic" from "The Gong Show".
The Cinema Snob: Alucarda (2007) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by the Snob.
Cocaine Cowboys 2 (2008)
Mentioned in rap lyric.
Pineapple Express (2008)
"totally Gong Show'd"
Ginger Loves Girls! (2009) (Video)
Ginger Lynn mentions this show.
The Cinema Snob: Chatterbox (2010) (TV Episode)
"Imagine if this was The Gong Show..."
Come Dine with Me Canada: Sayeh Hassan: Block Five (2011) (TV Episode)
Jonathan refers to Cathy's dinner party as a gong show.
Conan: A Renaissance Most Foul (2011) (TV Episode)
Conan O'Brien's tour guide at Madame Tussaud's mentions this game show
The Cleveland Show: Ship'rect (2011) (TV Episode)
Gene Gene the Dancing Machine mentioned
Deadliest Catch: Proving Grounds (2011) (TV Episode)
Capt. Keith mentions the Gong Show in reference to his crew
Come Dine with Me Canada: Kelly Gordon: Block 4 (2011) (TV Episode)
Mike refers to Sabrina's party as a gong show.
Come Dine with Me Canada: Ray Minchio: Block 4 (2011) (TV Episode)
Mike refers to Sabrina's party as a gong show.
Come Dine with Me Canada: Sabrina Araya: Block 4 (2011) (TV Episode)
Mike and Kelly refer to Sabrina's party as a gong show.
Come Dine with Me Canada: Mary Beth Mccleary: Block 4 (2011) (TV Episode)
Mike refers to Sabrina's party as a gong show.
That's My Boy (2012)
Mentioned in dialogue
Come Dine with Me Canada: Mitch McGraw: Block Four (2012) (TV Episode)
The narrator mentions the show by name.
Come Dine with Me Canada: Emmanuel Pena: Block Five (2012) (TV Episode)
Ali mentions the show by name.
Come Dine with Me Canada: Waiters Block - Marsha Courneya: Block Twelve (2013) (TV Episode)
The narrator calls the night a gong show when Ryan bangs a gong.
Come Dine with Me Canada: Vancouver: Nav Dhillon - Block 7 (2013) (TV Episode)
Alessandro mentions the show by name.
American Dad!: Kung Pao Turkey (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.41 (2013) (TV Episode)
Michael Bublé says that as a child he used to dance like Gene Gene the Dancing Machine from the show
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Queen Latifah/Sam Rockwell/Something Rotten! (2015) (TV Episode)
Jimmy impersonates Chuck Barris as Sam Rockwell imitates Gene Gene the Dancing Machine
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Miley Cyrus/Sam Rockwell/Chef Danny Bowien (2015) (TV Episode)
Jimmy impersonates Chuck Barris as Sam Rockwell imitates Gene Gene the Dancing Machine (Gene Patton)
iZombie: Love & Basketball (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 31 December 2015 (2015) (TV Episode)
Brad Edwards mentions TV series
Lucifer: Lady Parts (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Carnival Magic (2017) (TV Episode)
Jonah: "Should someone be gonging them or...?"
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Will Forte/Terry Crews/Jack Whitehall (2017) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Steve Higgins during the Thank You Notes segment
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Mike Myers/Alison Brie/Kacey Musgraves (2018) (TV Episode)
Mike Myers lists this as one of his three favorite shows as he was growing up.
Pose: Never Knew Love Like This Before (2019) (TV Episode)
Pray Tell tells Candy that the ball isn't this show.

Featured in 

Sanford and Son: Sanford and Gong (1976) (TV Episode)
The cast attends a taping of Chuck Barris' iconic game show.
Being There (1979)
The Gong Show Movie (1980)
Numerous clips from the TV series are shown throughout the film.
Anything for Laughs (1985) (TV Special)
film clip shown
TV's Most Censored Moments (2002) (TV Special)
I Love the '70s: 1976 (2003) (TV Episode)
The 50 Greatest Game Shows of All Time (2006) (TV Mini-Series)
Episode was Shown
Greatest Game Show Moments (2007) (TV Special)
Clips from epsidoes were shown
The Wrecking Crew! (2008)
Clips shown.
The Talent Show Story: Episode #1.2 (2012) (TV Episode)
Clips seen and discussed
Big Miracle (2012)
Clip shown.
I Am Not Your Negro (2016)
Clips shown

Spoofed in 

Candy Goes to Hollywood (1979)
Send-up called "The Dong Show."
Kate & the Indians (1979)
Unknown Porno Star character mimics The Unknown Comic with brown paper bag over head, and strategicly placed smaller brown sack over genitals.
Not Necessarily the News: Not Necessarily the Year in Review 1988 (1989) (TV Episode)
Includes a promo for a revival with politicians Michael Dukakis, Gary Hart and Al Gore.
Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Show No. 336 (2001) (TV Episode)
Parodied in "Film, TV & Theater Styles".
Criminal Ways (2003)
Danny performs on a talent show that parodies this show.
The Girls Next Door: Here's Looking at You, Hef (2006) (TV Episode)
one of Hef's 1970s birthday parties was "Gong Show" themed

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