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- In "The Night the Cylons Landed, Part I", Colonel Briggs asks if the landing of the unidentified craft is another Skylab incident. However, this proven to not be the case.
- In the same episode, Butler asks Briggs if the incident is a repeat of the incident with the Russian satellite that crashed in Canada. While not specifically named, he is referring to the Cosmos 954 Satellite Crash on January 24, 1978, a nuclear powered Soviet Radar Ocean Reconnaissance Satellite that crashed in the Great Slave Lake area of the Northwest Territories.
- Troy's leaving a revised, but incomplete formula about nuclear degeneration on Dr. Donald Mortinson's computer is a nod to this movie (1980: "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part I").
- Scenes of the city being devastated by the earthquake were used to show the Cylon attack on Earth in Galactica 1980, which were overlaid with special effects of Cylon attack scenes from the Original Series (1980: "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part I").
- In both parts of "The Super Scouts", Collins tells the sheriff that he believes the aliens have taken over the kids bodies, referring to this movie indirectly.
- Troy, Dillon and the Super Scouts are watching an old science fiction movie called This Island Earth, many of them noting that the mutant alien looks like a Gorkon (1980: "The Night the Cylons Landed, Part I").
- Same reference in References in the Original Series
- Billy Joel's "My Life" is featured twice in the series:
- In "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part I", the song is playing on the radio in Jamie Hamilton's car as she pulls up to the gas station.
- In "The Night the Cylons Landed, Part II", the song is beginning to play in the background at the WQSL radio station, as Andromus comments that humans are unimportant to a truly efficient society.
- Fleetwood Mac's song "Don't Stop" is playing on a radio in the background as Xaviar interrogates a newsboy in "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part III".
- Linda Rondstat's version of "That'll Be the Day" plays in the background as Wolfman Jack, Andromus and Centuri walk through the halls of the radio station in "The Night the Cylons Landed, Part II".
- The song introduced by Wolfman Jack on the radio in Norman Blore's car is "Disco Inferno" by The Trammps, which was made popular by Saturday Night Fever (1980: "The Night the Cylons Landed, Part I").
- A broadcast with Rod Serling introducing an episode of Night Gallery is seen on Doctor Zee's monitors.
- In another broadcast snippet, an episode of Woody Woodpecker can be seen.
- When Jamie Hamilton introduces herself to Major Stockwell, who has ejected from his B-17 bomber, as an American, he sarcastically replies that he is Bugs Bunny (1980: "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part II").
- After Troy and Dillon use the flying feature on their turbines, the senior highway patrol officer references CHiPs in his comments.
- Troy mentions that the names for the pre-paid tickets are "Jones and Smith", aliases that Hamilton had suggested they'd use since the names of Troy and Dillon are known to Earth's authorities. This is a likely reference for the show Alias Smith and Jones, one of writer and creator Glen Larson's first television shows. Coincidentally, Roger Davis (Andromus) had narrated and acted on the series as a series regular.
- Scooby Doo can be seen in a play that Dillon and Troy happen across as they endeavor to avoid the NYPD.
- The opening shot of Earth, notably with the Earth in half-shadow and to the left of the screen, is footage from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.
- Cosmos 954 Satellite Crash: Nuclear Satellite Crashes in Our Backyard (backup available on Archive.org) (in ). Retrieved on 6 January 2007.