References to the Re-imagined Series (Television)

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This is the list of References to the Re-imagined Series as they appear in television.

30 Rock

  • In the episode "The Ones", Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin)'s on-again-off-again girlfriend Elisa (Salma Hayek) appears sporting a What the Frak?! t-shirt.

Attack of the Show!

  • In the "AOTS Undercover" covering, viewers are introduced to "Spoiler Whores". One of the Spoiler Whores tells a customer who the final Cylon is in Season 4.

The Big Bang Theory

  • Throughout the series, the four main characters have made multiple references to their love of the show. For example the big bang theory quotes, in the pilot episode, when Leonard asks Sheldon if they invited Penny to lunch, Sheldon replies that they are not since they will be starting up Season 2 with commentaries.

Bionic Woman

  • In the episode "Paradise Lost", the episode "Exodus, Part II" is playing on the television of a house that Jamie Sommers (Michelle Ryan) and Ruth Treadwell (Molly Price) enter during their investigation of a town that was the target of a biological attack. The scene playing in the background depicts Pegasus's final moments before it is destroyed during the Battle of New Caprica.


  • In the episode "The Superhero in the Alley", Jack Hodgins lists Battlestar Galactica, along with Star Wars, Star Trek, and Stargate, as to why the the victim's "face and cranial vault" are fractured.

Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe

  • In episode (#3.1), Battlestar Galactica is reviewed.

The Colbert Report

  • On the Tuesday 4 April, 2006 show, host Stephen Colbert rails against the Peabody Committee in his "Who's Not Honoring Me Now" segment for awarding other televisions shows with Peabody Awards, but not his own. He sarcastically derides Battlestar Galactica’s winning of the award, and wins of other shows, such as South Park and House in an attempt to prove his show is, in his belief, more deserving of the award.
  • On the Monday 30 March, 2009 show, during the cold open, when previewing a segment on his quest to get a module of the International Space Station named after himself, Colbert states "Something in space is going to be named after me... Not Uranus!", while the chyron below him reads "BattleStephen Colbertica."
  • On the Wednesday 18 April, 2009 show, during the "Tip of the Hat / Wag of the Finger" segment, Colbert facetiously applauds the re-branding of the SciFi Channel to the SyFy Channel, hailing it as a victory over the insidious "silent c" sound. Colbert ends the segment by noting that all SyFy has to do now as find a replacement for its hit show Battlestar Galactica, intentionally pronouncing the c's in "Galactica" phonetically.

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

  • On the Wednesday, 10 April 2008 show, during the segue portion of the episode where Stephen Colbert discusses what's on his show, Colbert brings up the problems that General David Petraeus faces in Iraq, noting that he faces civilian unrest, endless pursuit by the Cylons, and the long search for Earth. Colbert notes that Petraeus looks worn out, and to prove his point she shows a picture of Edward James Olmos instead hilarious quotes. Jon Stewart then points out that Colbert was watching Battlestar Galactica.

The Expanse

  • In the series finale, "Babylon's Ashes," the fire teams sent to the rail gun emplacements are listed in three groups: Alpha, Bravo, and Charlie. Charlie team features a "Thrace, K.," as a nod to Kara Thrace alongside various other science fiction characters, such as Johnny Rico from Starship Troopers, Sarah Connor from The Terminator franchise, and William Riker from Star Trek.


  • The trailers for the NBC show Heroes re-use several tracks from Bear McCreary's BSG Season One soundtrack, primarily the track "Forgiven."
  • In the ninth episode, "Homecoming", a high school student is briefly seen wearing a Battlestar Galactica t-shirt.

Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service

  • In the episode "Cloak" (#6.8), McGee calls Agent Lee a Cylon.

The O.C.

The Office

  • In the episode "E-mail Surveillance", Michael Scott mocks one of his employees (Dwight Schrute) for watching "Battleship Galaxy" every Friday night. The Office airs on NBC, which is owned by NBC Universal, the parent company of the SCI-FI Network.
  • In the episode "The Return", Dwight wears a Battlestar Galactica T-shirt.
  • In the episode "Product Recall", Jim, dressed as Dwight's twin, says "Bears, beets, 'Battlestar Galactica, much to Dwight's fury.
  • In the episode "Cocktails", Dwight says in a conversation: "Do you watch Battlestar Galactica? No? Then you are an idiot."
  • In the episode "Survivor Man", Michael wears a Battlestar Galactica sweatshirt.
  • In the episode "Business Ethics", Dwight bets Jim that he takes no personal time during work. Dwight has to restrain himself from correcting Jim as he spreads misinformation on Battlestar Galactica to Andy.[1]


  • In an upcoming episode "One Moore Episode", one sketch revolves around a couple and their addiction to Battlestar Galactica.[2]


Tigh and Starbuck on Robot Chicken.

Robot Chicken

Robson Arms

  • In the episode "Mr. Lonely" (#2.5), Fred and Alicia compare the series remake to the original.
  • In the episode "Positivity" (#3.3), Sault mentions the show by name.


South Park

  • In the episode "Go God Go", the conversation between Richard Dawkins and Mrs. Garrison about ending religion is a spoof on Gaius Baltar and Number Six. The music playing is also a variation on "The Sense Of Six" leitmotif.
  • In "Imaginationland Episode II" the episode starts with "Previously on...," a tactic commonly used by television dramas. While the title screen says "Previously on South Park" Cartman actually says "Previously on Battlestar Galactica". Additionally, the text onscreen is done in the same style.
  • In the episode "Fishsticks", Cartman imagines himself fighting "Jew-bots" in manner similar to the Human Torch. The design of the Jew-bots is an homage to the Cylon Centurion.
  • "South Park: Fantastic Easter Special (#11.5)" (2007)
    • Jesus asks Kyle to kill him so he can be resurrected elsewhere, Jesus and Kyle's prison scene music

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

  • Sarah Connor's musical leitmotif is a note-for-note replication of Kendra Shaw's theme from Razor. Bear McCreary also writes the musical score for the Terminator series.


  • In episode (#36.10), the DVD release of Season 1 is reviewed.

V (2009 TV series)

The Venture Bros.

Veronica Mars

  • Veronica is introduced to the word "frak" in the Season 3 premiere, "Welcome Wagon", and uses it later. It's said to be "the profanity of the future".
  • Battlestar Galactica, Number Six, the Cylons, Cylon Raiders, "frak" and "so say we all" are all mentioned in the episode "Poughkeepsie, Tramps & Thieves".


  1. Woerner, Meredith (10 October 2008). Dwight Faces Nerd Torture Of The Highest Form (backup available on . Retrieved on 21 January 2009.
  2. mlocker (19 December 2011). A frakking awesome sneak peek at “Portlandia” Season Two: “Battlestar Galactica” comes to town (backup available on . Retrieved on 26 December 2011.
  3. Primeval: Series 1 Episode 4 (backup available on (in ). Retrieved on 20 August 2008.
  4. Fraser, Simon (12 June 2006). Brian Bendis interviews Joss Whedon (backup available on (in ). Retrieved on 27 August 2007.
  5. adult swim: Cultivated Relationships (backup available on . Retrieved on 21 January 2009.
  6. adult swim: Just the Good Parts (backup available on . Retrieved on 21 January 2009.