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“Star Wars” references in famous TV series

Finally the force has awakened!

May the 4th is a special day where all the “Star Wars” fans from around the world gather and celebrate the famous “Star Wars” franchise created by George Lucas. The particular date was chosen for the pun on the most famous catchphrase from the film franchise, “May the Force be with you.”

The “Star Wars” universe is so significant and influential that it has inspired the growth of “Star Wars” fandom all over the world, where numerous fan-made films, comics, fictions, websites and artworks were created to celebrate and support the popular franchise.

“Star Wars” has been around since the '70s but its fandom consists of people from different generations, and it is still growing. One might thought that the fans of the film franchise are made up of old folks, but turns out, even the young ones today know of its existence. That’s just how strong the impact of the “force” is!

Of course, this is also made possible through the countless references made on “Star Wars” in dozens of television series in order to make sure that the legacy lives on. Even today’s TV series refer to “Star Wars” in some of the episodes, which makes the newer generations aware of its existence.

Below, we list out ten famous television series that have references of “Star Wars”.

1. The Big Bang Theory
“The Big Bang Theory” has loads of “Star Wars” references used within the series considering the four main cast are nerds and big fans of the “Star Wars” universe. Among the funniest scenes is when the boys discuss about their plan during “Star Wars” Day in which Penny question when the day is.

2. How I Met Your Mother
Like “The Big Bang Theory”, “How I Met Your Mother" also uses quite a number of “Star Wars” references in the series. One of the notable ones is when Ted asks his new fiancée, Stella, about her first movie and in turn tells her his first movie, which is “Star Wars”. Stella confesses that she never watch “Star Wars”; a confession Marshall finds shocking.

3. Friends
“Friends” doesn’t use a lot of “Star Wars” references, but in one of the episodes in season three, Rachel asks Ross if he has any sexual fantasies with characters in uniforms, to which Ross eventually gives the answer as Princess Leia. After that, Ross tells the whole incident to Chandler but Chandler ends up ruining Ross’ fantasy when Rachel finally wears the garb.

4. 30 Rock
“30 Rock” also uses quite a number of “Star Wars” references in the series since the main female character, Liz Lemon, is a big fan of “Star Wars”. In one of the episodes in season three, Liz is summoned for jury duty. So, in order to get out of it, she dresses up as Princess Leia.

5. That ’70s Show
In the 20th episode of “That ‘70s Show”, Eric watches “Star Wars” for the first time with his friends and starts to become addicted to the film series. After this episode, “Star Wars” references are used more frequently in the series. The episode is also titled “A New Hope”, a reference to the first film of the “Star Wars” franchise, “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope”.

6. Everybody Loves Raymond
There are only two references on “Star Wars” in “Everybody Loves Raymond”. The funnier one is when Raymond states to his brother Robert that he senses “a disturbance in the Force”, just before their mother comes in. That is a famous “Star Wars”’ line by Obi-Wan Kenobi when he sensed the destruction of Alderaan.

7. Family Guy
“Family Guy” also has tons of “Star Wars” references used in the series. According to the creator of the adult animated sitcom, Seth McFarlane, this is made possible because of the support from Lucasfilm production, “Star Wars” creator George Lucas’ production company.

8. Grey’s Anatomy
Only one “Star Wars” reference is used in “Grey’s Anatomy”, which is when a patient encased in concrete tells Doctor Miranda Bailey that he feels pathetic like when Han Solo was encased in carbonite. Doctor Bailey then reveals her knowledge of “Star Wars” in a long and encouraging speech while at the same time defending Han Solo, which surprises her colleagues.

9. Scrubs
During the fifth episode of the first season of “Scrubs”, J.D imagines Dr. Cox and Dr. Kelso facing off in a lightsaber duel with Cox as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Kelso as Darth Vader, J.D. as Luke, Elliot and Carla as Leia, Turk as Han Solo, and the Janitor as Chewbacca.

10. Teen Titans
The episode “Clash of the Planets” of “Teen Titans” uses numerous “Star Wars” references. For example, Control Freak is portrayed as a Darth Vader-like figure with lightsaber stating the famous line, “I am your father.” Beast Boy also uses mind powers mirroring the Jedi mind trick.

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