This page is for references to the Back to the Future trilogy in television.




  • In the show's pilot episode "The Rabbit Hole", Jake Epping, an English teacher from Maine is given a mission to travel back in time to Dallas and prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Jake travels back in time via a time portal in the back of a diner owned by his friend Al Templeton. Jake goes through the portal and arrives in Maine, 1960. As Jake walks through the streets of Maine, 1960, he attracts the attention of passers-by, due to his clothing (similar to how Marty attracted attention from passers-by in 1955 and 1885, because of his clothes, as seen in Back to the Future and Back to the Future Part III).

3rd Rock from the Sun

  • In the episode "The House That Dick Built", Harry is seen reading the Tales from Space comic.

Alvin and the Chipmunks Go To the Movies

  • In the episode "Back to Our Future", Alvin, Simon and Theodore travel in a time machine back to 1957 when their group recorded their first song, and the 1950s Chipmunks take their places in the 1990s. Although the 1990 Chipmunks' slang and singing are seen as strange in the 1950s, the 1957 Chipmunks don't want to leave 1990, until a "Battle of the Bands" between the two groups convinces them they belong in their own time periods. Among the songs in the episode is The Chipmunks rendition of Back in Time.

American Dad!

American Dragon

  • In Episode 33, a Sharkwoman barfs out a California OUTATIME registration plate.


  • In the twelfth season episode, "On This Spot", Francine and Buster were riding on hover scooters which resemble Mattel hoverboards. Also, Arthur Read mentions "1885" on the Sitting Bull performed by Buffalo Bill in Mill Creek.

At the Movies

Back In Time For Dinner

  • In the fourth episode "The 1980s", Adam Spencer gives Julian his Casio CA53W wristwatch, which Adam states was the same type of calculator watch worn by Marty McFly in Back to the Future. In reality, the watch Marty wore in Back to the Future was the identical Casio CA50W. Adam describes the CA53W as the "must-have nerd watch".

The Big Bang Theory

  • "The Nerdvana Annihilation": Leonard Hofstadter, feeling like he needs to give up his comics and other geek memorabilia to impress Penny, tells Sheldon Cooper that guys with a time machine (referring to him and his friends acquiring the time machine prop from The Time Machine) generally don't get women. Sheldon responds with several movie examples including how Marty had a chance to hook up with "his extremely attractive young mother" because of the DeLorean.
  • "The Hofstadter Insufficiency": The episode starts with Sheldon Cooper having a dream where he is calling to ask Leonard (who is on a ship) if he put the Back to the Future Part II and Back to the Future Part III DVDs in the wrong cases.
  • "The Focus Attenuation": Sheldon, Leonard and their friends, Howard Wolowitz and Raj Koothrappali decide to have a science retreat to come up with ideas for inventions. Sheldon brings up how some scientific inventions have been inspired by science fiction, with Raj eventually bringing up how several ideas in 2015 from Back to the Future Part 2 haven't been invented as 2015 is a year away. The four decide to watch the film with the opening theme briefly playing before they pause as Howard is confused how Old Biff returned to the future that he left, despite altering the timeline. Sheldon gives an explanation, though his use of past and future tense results in confusing Leonard and Howard. Raj understands the explanation and agrees with Sheldon, as well as thinking that Biff is a weird name and stating that it sounds more like the noise made when a Pillsbury Dough Box is opened.
  • "The Imitation Perturbation": It is Halloween time, and Sheldon is dressed like Doc, while Amy is dressed like Clara.
  • "The VCR Illumination": Sheldon, being down about his theory being disproven, ends up watching a video he recorded of himself in his youth. The recording was done when he watched Back to the Future Part II as a kid and figured his older self would one day need his help, much like Marty did.

Cars Toons

  • A cancelled episode, called Backwards to the Forwards, is a parody of Back to the Future, as it has time travelling, as well as making numerous allusions: Mater gets his ability to travel time after being hit by lightning, which is reminiscent of how the DeLorean "time machine" succeeds to get back to the future by being hit by lightning. At the end of the episode, the time-travelling Mater can fly and has retractable wheels, exactly like the DeLorean "time machine". Additionally, the classic clock that Lightning McQueen and Mater look at is made as the one that plays an important role in Back to the Future. However, the episode was cancelled, though in 2012, a final version of the episode, called Time Travel Mater, was made.

The Colbert Report

  • On The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert is said to "believe Back to the Future is a documentary".


  • In Episode 201 "Anthropology 101", Abed wakes up in his room, where a Back to the Future Part II teaser poster can be seen. His first words are "And we're back."
  • In Episode 204 "Basic Rocket Science", Abed places a cardboard box around him like a vehicle and an image of a flux capacitor and "1.21 gigawatts" can be seen drawn on the back sheet.
  • In Episode 205 "Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples", Abed compares Jesus Christ to "Edward Scissorhands and Marty McFly combined".


  • In the episode "Chuck Versus the Gravitron", before the Thanksgiving dinner, Morgan tells Ellie that Chuck Bartowski would come walking right through the front door, and at that moment it happens. Wondering what else might come throu

    Chuck Bartowski with a DMC-12

    gh the door, he wishes for a "flying DeLorean".
  • Two episodes later, the title of the episode is "Chuck Versus the DeLorean," and the car features prominently in the plot.
  • In the episode "Chuck Versus the Ring", Jeffster gets on stage at Ellie's wedding, and before playing "Mr. Roboto," Jeff tells one of the band members to "watch me for the changes", just like Marty did before playing "Johnny B. Goode" in Back to the Future.
  • The ending of "Chuck Versus the Third Dimension" (Episode 12/Season 2) cuts to a screen of a "To Be Continued" card in the fashion of Back to the Future's.

Danny Phantom

  • In the cartoon Danny Phantom episode "Double Cross My Heart," a scene in a bookstore shows a book by George McFly. If Danny's voice sounds similar to that of Marty McFly from the animated series, it's because David Kaufman has done both roles.

Desperate Housewives

  • An episode of DH shows Felicity Huffman's character's oldest son reading the Tales from Space comic on their couch.

Drawn Together

  • In the episode "The One Wherein There Is a Big Twist", when the producer fires up his helicopter, it makes the "time circuits on" sound.
  • In the episode "Captain Girl", Wooldoor Sockbat takes off in a time traveling car called the Wooldelorean. Right after the car disappears leaving fire trails, another Sockbat, clad in Western gear, runs up behind where the car was, then fades out of existence. When Wooldoor arrives at his destination, the car is covered in ice, just as it was after making its first time travel trip in the first movie. He also runs over a male and female Sockbat, implying that their deaths erased the first Sockbat.
  • In the episode "A Tale of Two Cows", Toot Braunstein attends a dance called the Enchantment Under the Seafood dance, a reference to the Enchantment Under the Sea dance in the first film.
  • In the episode "The Drawn Together Clip Show", clips from past episodes are featured which are displayed with fake airdates which represent some historical or cultural event. One clip is stamped with the date November 5, 1955, the date of Marty's first time travel trip.

Doctor Who

  • In the episode "The Shakespeare Code", while trying to explain to Martha how the whole world could end in 1599, if they don't stop the Carrionites, the Doctor tells Martha how the situation is changeable, "like in Back to the Future." Martha incredulously asks "The film?" The Doctor sarcastically replies "No, the novelization. Yes, the film!"
  • In the Doctor Who spinoff audio "The Kingmaker," the Doctor's companion, Peri, uses Doc Brown's method of sending a letter into the future, mentioning she got the idea "from a film." The idea is reused (and spoofed) throughout the story.
  • In the episode "Blink", Sally Sparrow gets a message delivered to her by her best friend Kathy Nightingale's grandson. The message reads that Kathy has been transported back to 1920, and is reminiscent of the one Marty receives at the end of Part II.
  • In the episode "The Day of the Doctor", the 11th Doctor says "Right then. Back to the future." as they board the 10th Doctor's TARDIS.

The Earth Day Special

Family Guy

The Fairly OddParents!

The DeLorean appears in front of a university.

Timmy, Cosmo, and Wanda in the DeLorean.

  • In the episode "The Secret Origin of Denzel Crocker", after Timmy Turner time-travels to the 1980s, the DeLorean time machine is seen. In the same episode, it is revealed that the worst day of Mr. Crocker's life, when he loses his godparents, happened March 15, 1972, one year before Biff shot George McFly in Part II.
  • In the episode "Moooving Day", Timmy gets on a Segway, he turns it on and it displays stuff on a screen. The last thing it shows before he moves is Flux Capacitor with a graph under it.
  • In the episode "Land Before Timmy," the gang is stuck in prehistoric times and the fairies' wands are out of power. Wanda says that the wands need "1.21 wish-o-watts (jigowatts) of power to power their Wish Capacitors.
  • In the episode "Dread and Breakfast," Timmy, Cosmo, Wanda and Poof come through a portal, into Timmy's room, in the DeLorean, with the flaming tire tracks and everything.  However, a portal was never used in any of the films.
  • At the end of the live-action telefilm adaptation A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!, as Timmy, Tootie, and the fairies drive off in their van, it takes off into the sky and flies at the camera the same way the DeLorean did at the end of Part I.
  • In the episode "Timmy's Secret Wish", when everyone becomes younger again, we see Timmy's parents change, and it says "Back to Normal", in the same style of the Back to the Future logo.

Friday Night Lights

Get a Life

  • In the episode "1977 2000" Chris is idly wondering which of many options for time travel he should use to fix his friend Gus' past. One of the potential time machines he considers is his friend Steve's DeLorean, but he decides not to use it because the left blinker is out, and a hand signal at that speed would ruin his Lee Press-On nails. Instead, Chris chooses to make a drink he calls "time juice", and one of the ingredients is a lock of Michael J. Fox's hair.

The Girl from Tomorrow

In this show, Alana, a girl from the year 3000, is kidnapped by Silverthorn, a criminal from the year 2500, who takes her back to 1990. Both are stranded in the past.

  • In the episode "Don't Tell Mum", Alana and Jenny Kelly discover that Silverthorn has been using the Time Capsule's computer to look up results of horse races and bet on the winners, making him a millionaire. In Back to the Future Part II, Biff Tannen uses the Grays Sports Almanac to bet on horse races and becomes extremely wealthy.
  • In the episode "Betrayed", two girls named Maria and Leslie tease Jenny Kelly by asking her where Alana is, with one of the two joking that Alana has gone "back to the future".

Glenn Martin, DDS

  • In the episode "Amish Anguish", when the Martins are leaving the Amish town, Glenn says "Jackie, let's take this thing up to 88mph. We're going back to the future!", after which the RV leaves a trail of fire and the license plate spinning, imitating the Delorean Time Machine's first travel.

Hack My Life

  • In the "Saved by the Hack" part of the show, there is a poster that displays "Hack to the Future."

Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law

  • In the episode "Back to the Present" (the title being a reference to Back to the Future) has The Jetsons traveling to the past in 2004 from the futuristic year of 2002 (which is a joke referring to how technology in The Jetsons is ironically outdated) to sue the planet for environmental damage. As the family takes leave at the end, they return to the future with the aid of the Delorean.


Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show

  • When the family travels back in time to the old west, Wayne Szalinski is asked his name by the town's inhabitants, to which he replies "John Wayne". When his wife Diane gives him a look of disbelief, he asks that if Marty could be Clint Eastwood in Back to the Future Part III, why could he not be John Wayne? Diane remembers the film, and mentions that she didn't like it.

Impractical Jokers

  • Q is being punished in "The Good, the Bad, and the Punished." He is dressed as a cowboy, and he has to jump into manure. In the "Inside Jokes" version of the show, it is said that the punishment reminded him of one of his favorite movies, Back to the Future (the first one, not the third).
  • At the beginning of the episode "Pseudo-Sumo," the narrator says, "Why does Sal want to make like a tree?" Sal then says, "You wanna get out of here?" This references to Biff's butchered version of the "make like a tree" joke.
  • In the episode "Field of Screams," Sal has to do the air guitar in front of someone. As he is doing the air guitar, he does the dance that Marty does during the "Johnny B. Goode" scene.
  • During the episode "Indecent Proposal," each Joker has to dress into multiple costumes to trick someone into thinking that each costume is a different person. Q dresses up like Marty McFly in Back to the Future Part II, with the rainbow hat, the auto-adjusting jacket and shoes, and jeans with the pockets hanging out. He refers to himself as Marty McFly Jr., and yells, "I'm walkin' here!"
  • In the episode "Speech Impediment," Q is doing a bit in the "two-way mirror" game. In this bit, he is dressed like Marty McFly in Back to the Future Part II, just like in "Indecent Proposal." He was also riding a hoverboard.
  • In multiple episodes, including "Chick Magnet," Sal wears a shirt that says "D. Jones Manure Hauling" on it.

Johnny Bravo

  • One of the "Johnny Bravo" logos shown, just as the theme song starts, is a spoof of the Back to the Future logo, complete with backward-pointing arrow.

Johnny Test

  • In the episode "Old School Johnny", Johnny (who is voiced by James Arnold Taylor) and his two sisters travel back in time to 1845, and discover they don't have a power source to return them home. After several attempts, at generating enough energy, fail (including lightning striking a clock tower, and using a speeding locomotive), they are able to return home. Johnny then discovers, when he fails his history test in school, that they had changed their town's history.

King of the Hill

  • In the Season 5 episode "Chasing Bobby", Hank Hill's pickup truck breaks down on a railway track and is inevitably destroyed by a coming train. Later in the episode Bobby (Hank's son) is walking along the path where he comes across the remains of the truck, shown on the screen is a device meant to be a Flux Capacitor from BTTF.

The King of Queens

  • In the episode entitled "Nocturnal Omission," Kevin James's character, Douglas, finds out from his wife that the wife of his friend Deacon is planning to move back to New Jersey, and reunite with Deacon after two years of separation. Deacon had been rather depressed over the separation, but when Douglas goes to tell Deacon the good news to lift his spirits, he finds Deacon very happy to have recently met a stewardess from London who wanted to come over that night. Douglas decides not to tell Deacon about the wife's impending return, and goes back home, where Douglas's wife confronts him when she finds out that he didn't tell Deacon the news. In the argument, Douglas states that they have no right to go back in time and change destiny and adds "If we learned anything from Back to the Future, it's that!"

LEGO Masters Australia

  • In an episode of this Australian reality show, contestants must build a model the of DeLorean time machine out of Lego, by using a replica of the time machine as a reference. The show's host Hamish Blake drove the Time Machine replica onto the set, dressed as Marty McFly. Inside the car were also the Mattel hoverboard and the lenticular baseball cap .

Lilo and Stitch: The Series

  • In the episode "Tank", Stitch takes Mertle for a ride in his car. At one point, the car takes off into the air with the wheels folded down in a manner similar to the flying cars from 2015 seen in Back to the Future Part II.

Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman


  • In the episode "The Constant," Desmond's consciousness repeatedly time travels between his 2004 (the present) self and his 1996 self. The 2004 version of Daniel Faraday tells Desmond to seek out his 1996 counterpart for further instruction, and gives Desmond a series of equations to convince 1996-Daniel that he is from the future, in the same manner that Marty convinces Doc Brown.
  • In the fifth season, several characters physically time travel to 1977. Hurley checks his hand in the same manner as Marty, because he fears his actions will somehow erase him from existence. An agitated Miles explains that time travel in their universe does not work the same way as Back to the Future.

Lost in Transmission

  • The team renovated a DeLorean, and shouted "Save the clock tower!" He later gets a model used in the film.

The Loud House

Lynn Loud reading Grays Sports Almanac by Biff

  • In the season 2 episode, "Brawl in the Family", Lincoln Loud comes into the living room ready to watch a monster truck rally. However, three of his sisters, Lola, Lynn, and Lucy are already there each reading their own books. The book that Lynn is reading is the Grays Sports Almanac from Part II with the author of the book being "Biff", also in reference to Biff Tannen.

Malcolm in the Middle

  • In an episode of 'Malcolm in the Middle', Hal cashes in his life insurance policy to spend at Vegas and tells Lois he got a bonus from work for an idea to outsource flux capacitors, saving the boss a lot of money.


  • In the episode "TransBOREmores 3: Dark of the Blue Moon/The Walking Fred", one of the things listed on the portal list was 1955, which is a reference to the first movie in the trilogy.
  • In the episode "Frost/Undercover Clause", a Flux Capacitor can be seen in both of the time machines in one of the show's sketches.
  • In the episode "Betty White & the Huntsman/Ancient Greek MythBusters", Perseus uses the DeLorean Time Machine to travel and spends time on a hoverboard in the 2015 Hill Valley.
  • In the episode "Men in Black to the Future/Pokémon of Interest", Back to the Future gets spoofed along with Men in Black 3.
  • In the Spy vs. Spy sketch in "Diary of a Wimpy Kid Icarus/Adjustment Burro", the Black Spy uses the DeLorean Time Machine to alter the past in order to defeat the White Spy.

Monster Garage

A "hovering DeLorean".

  • In one episode, Jesse and his crew attempted to build a hovercraft topped with the frame of a DeLorean. The vehicle was not a success, and was crushed by an Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) at the end of the episode, not too dissimilar from the destruction of the time machine at the end of Back to the Future Part III. In truth, the night before the wrecking, the parts had been traded out for scrap ones.

Mr. Young

  • In the episode "Mr. First Impression" (which has a plot similar to the Back to the Future films), Adam Young visits his former college teacher Professor Fenway at his laboratory, after a failed attempt to impress his crush, Echo. Fenway tells Adam that he has built a time machine, which Adam wants to see. Fenway then unveils a DeLorean, which Adam believes to be Fenway's time machine (a reference to a DeLorean being a time machine in the Back to the Future franchise), but Fenway explains that the DeLorean is actually his car and that his time machine is inside the car's glove-box. Fenway shows his time machine to Adam, warning him that time-travel should not be misused for personal gain (earlier on, Fenway had used the time machine to create a pie), so he refuses to let Adam use the time machine. Adam and his friend Derby steal the time machine & drive off in Fenway's DeLorean. Using the time machine, Adam travels back to when he first met Echo so he can create a good impression on her, but he ends up altering time & creating numerous alternate realities (one where Echo hates him, one where Echo has a different boyfriend & another where elephants rule the Earth). Adam is stranded in the past, when the time machine is broken (similar to how Doc was stranded in 1885, in Back to the Future Part III). Fenway appears and tells Adam that the time machine will work again with a lightning strike (similar to the first Back to the Future). Adam returns to the present, where Echo tells Adam that she likes him. After sharing a first kiss. Adam and Echo start dating, but they keep it a secret.

Muppet Babies

  • In one episode, Gonzo imagines he's driving the DeLorean time machine. The episode has similarities to the film, where the Babies accidentally spill hot chocolate on a 1955 picture of Nanny when she worked as a carhop waitress, so they figure they ought to travel back to 1955 to take a replacement picture. Their replacement picture actually turns out to be a reenactment of Piggy serving Kermit in a car, but Nanny appreciates their thoughtfulness and adds it to her 1950s collection, and reveals she was able to save the original photo from damage. The outro scene shows Gonzo wearing a radiation suit, and having wild hair very similar to that of Doc Brown.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

  • In the 15th episode of Season 2 "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000," Flim accuses Granny Smith of being a chicken. Granny Smith has a similar reaction to what Marty McFly has when people call him a chicken.
  • In the 22nd episode of Season 5 "What About Discord," when Twilight Sparkle is looking for a way to experience the previous weekend from a different perspective, Pinkie Pie suggests the use of time travel while dressed in Marty McFly's wardrobe and makes the pose seen on the movie posters. Incidentally, Starlight Glimmer has been spying on them and overheard Pinkie, giving her the idea to change history in the season finale, not unlike Old Biff.


  • In Episode 105 (Viral Hour) of the seventh season, Adam mentions a hoverboard as a future test.
  • Adam apologizes for the crudity of his models as he has not had time to make them to scale or to paint them.


  • In "The Surge", the concealed statue with new suits and techno blades has altered "Your future is whatever you make it!" into "The future is what we make it!".

The Office

  • In the Season 2 episode "Valentine's Day," Michael makes a video presentation for a corporate meeting. At the end of the video, a logo flashes up that reads "Great Scott Productions" and a voice says "Great Scott!"
  • In the episode ”Night Out”, Michael says he wants to get a Back to the Future tattoo on his back.
  • During the episode “Company Picnic”, Michael and Holly talk about movies they could use for their presentation. One movie Holly mentions is Back to the Future. She said that Dunder and Mifflin could go back in time and fix their parents. Michael wonders if they could get a DeLorean.
  • In the episode "A.A.R.M.", Jim says, "So, for instance, if you’re expecting a fax today, please don’t yell out, 'Michael J. Fax from Fax to the Future.'"

Phineas and Ferb

  • In the episode "It's About Time!", Candace asks, "You mean to tell me, you built a time machine that has to be plugged in?!", which references the BTTF line "Are you telling me you built a time machine.. out of a DeLorean?"
  • The episode "Journey to the Bottom of Buford" focuses on the kids retrieving Buford's pet goldfish, named Biff. The fish's name and Buford's possibly refer to Biff and Buford.
  • In the episode "Phineas and Ferb Get Busted", Phineas and Ferb change their mother's station wagon into a flying car entitled "Flying Car of the Future Today". Later on that episode, Candace drives that car, and the Back to the Future theme song can be heard.
  • In the episode "Phineas and Ferb's Quatom Boogaloo", when they use the time machine and travel to the future, they see flying cars. When they go inside Candace's future house, the door automatically opens and Phineas says "The Future", similar to what Marty McFly does when he visits 2015.
  • In the episode, "It's a Mud, Mud, Mud, Mud, Mud World", when the two toy monster trucks appear from light speed, they appear in a similar manner to the DeLorean, with flaming tire tracks and the flash of blue light.

Power Rangers

Raising Hope

  • In January 2013, in Season 3, the series ran a Back to the Future-themed episode ("Credit Where Credit is Due"), featuring Christopher Lloyd. The Chances are looking for a new car, and they buy a DeLorean. They make many references to the movie, like playing “Power of Love” on the DeLorean’s radio, saying “where we’re going we don’t need roads”, and trying to go 88 miles per hour. At the end of the episode, they have to give the car to Christopher Lloyd.
  • In the episode "Blue Dots", the Chances look on a website that finds sexual offenders in their area. Burt is shown as a sexual offender because he "sexually offended" Virginia when they were teenagers. He said, "What am I supposed to do? Make a time machine, work the kinks out, go back in time, then remember not to smush parts with your mom? Is that what you want? 'Cause then you wouldn't even be born! Just like Back to the Future!"

Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja

  • There is an episode in the series titled "Stank'd to the Future", and a student is thawed out from the 1980's. Also, in the episode there is a song called "The Thing About Stuff", which is an obvious parody to "The Power of Love ".

Red vs. Blue

Regular Show


  • In the episode "Skips vs. Technology",  Skips rides in a Delorean.
  • In some episodes, there is a mall called the "Two Peaks Mall", a parody of "Twin Pines Mall"
  • In the episode "Skips' Story", Skips helped set up a dance which was called "Enchantment Under the Sea."

Richard Hammond's Blast Lab

  • In several episodes, the Lab Rats have the Cardis (a pun on the Doctor Who time machine TARDIS), a time machine built into a car (much like the DeLorean time machine) but blue. Whenever the car goes back in time, it leaves a trail of fire behind it, like the DeLorean.

Round the Twist

  • In the episode "Radio DaDa", Pete and Linda are transported back in time to 1945 during World War 2, after fixing a radio given to them by their neighbour Helen "Nell" Rickards. While in the past, Pete and Linda encounter a younger Nell, who falls in love with Pete (similar to Lorraine falling in love with Marty in Back to the Future). As a result, Pete and Linda must fix the consequences of their actions.


The genesis of the series was a short animated video called "The Real Animated Adventures of Doc and Mharti" made by Justin Roiland that was loosely based on the relationship between Doc Brown and Marty [[1]]. In the series proper, Rick Sanchez is a profane and debauched version of the "Mad Scientist" character Doc Brown is portrayed as, and several episodes involve travel to an alternate timeline.

Robot Chicken

Saturday Night Live

  • Michael J. Fox was the host for the episode of March 16, 1991, and the subject of a skit [2] based on the recently completed trilogy. The premise: Fox is giving the opening monologue, and the jokes are terrible. Doc Brown (played by Kevin Nealon) rushes in and shouts "Michael! Michael! Don't do it!" Doc is accompanied by Michael "from 90 minutes in the future!" (played by Dana Carvey), and they warn Fox that the show will be terrible, which will cause a chain reaction which will ultimately ruin Fox's acting career. The three of them leave the stage and (with the help of an animated DeLorean) arrive at NBC Studios a week earlier, to warn the earlier Michael (played by David Spade) not to do the show. Lorne Michaels does not know what to make of this, particularly not after seeing three Michaels, and remarks "I do not know who to give this gigantic bag of money to." The sight of a giant comical money sack convinces Doc and three Michaels to accept fate and do the show, so they fly back to March 16 in the DeLorean. The monologue ends with Fox, Carvey and Spade saying in unison "We've got a great show! Black Crowes are here, so stick around, we'll be right back!"

Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated

  • In The Wild Brood, the runaway train scene appears to be a parody of the train scene on Back to the Future III (1990); the scene of the runaway locomotive derailing off the damaged trestle and graphically exploding among impact resembles the train explosion from the same movie.

Science of Stupid

  • In one episode, they mention many refenernces to the trilogy, like Mcfly, Flux Capiciror, Enchatment under the Sea, hoverboards, the "Roads" quote.

The Simpsons


South Park

  • In the episode "Goobacks," humans from the future time-travel to the present. Their time-travel method is declared to follow "Terminator rules, that is it's one way only and you can't go back. This is in contrast to, say, Back to the Future rules, where back-and-forth is possible, and of course Timerider rules, which are just plain silly."


  • In the episode "Where Am I?", Paul Reynolds applies his scientific knowledge to help Zander build a flying toy. When Zander asks Paul how he knows so much about flying, Paul replies by saying "I'm from the future" (in Back to the Future, Marty said this to 1955 Doc while trying to prove he was from the future). Paul says this as he believes he has traveled back in time, though he is unaware that he is in a parallel world.

Spin City

Back to City Hall?

  • Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd reunite in an episode entitled "Back to the Future Part IV: Judgement Day", which aired February 23, 1999.
    • In the episode, Lloyd plays Mike's old political mentor who claimed to be the son of God. This episode had several references to time, and the film trilogy for which both of them are remembered; for instance, when they greet at the start of the show Fox remarks "It's just like stepping back in time." Lloyd then tells Fox: "The past is prologue, Michael. Men like us have got to keep looking.... to the future."

Stargate Atlantis

  • In the Stargate Atlantis episode "Before I Sleep", Major Sheppard brings up the DeLorean in a discussion about time travel, to which Dr. McKay responds, "Do not get me started on that movie!" Later, when they find out about a time-travelling puddle jumper, Sheppard calls its added component the "flux capacitor."

Stargate SG-1

  • In the Stargate SG-1 episode "200", when Carter reels off a string of technobabble to explain why the gate isn't working, Martin Lloyd mishears "capacitors" as "flux capacitor."

Stargate Universe

  • In season 1 episode 7, Eli Wallace talks about his top 5 movies and mentions Back to the Future.

Star Trek


  • In the season 4 episode "In the Beginning" Dean Winchester is taken back in time to the year 1973 by the Angel Castiel, causing Dean to question whether the angels "got their hands on some DeLoreans". In 1973 he encounters a younger version of his father, John Winchester, in a cafe much like Marty's encounter with George. Furthermore, someone also calls out "Hey, Winchester!" causing both to turn, echoing the "Hey, McFly!" moment. Finally, when Dean reveals that he is from the future, the demon Azazel calls him "Future Boy" referencing 1955 Doc's name for Marty.
  • In the season 5 episode, "The End" Dean is transported to the year 2014 from 2009 by the angel Zachariah. When this is revealed to Dean, he retorts "I thought I smelled your stink on this 'Back To the Future' crap!".
  • In the season 5 episode "The Song Remains the Same", both Sam and Dean Winchester travel back to 1978 to save their parents from the angel Anna, who wishes to prevent the birth of Sam and Dean. When fellow angel Castiel discovers when she is, he explains that there may be some difficulty in taking the brothers with him. Dean references this being like "a DeLorean without enough plutonium".
  • In the season 6 episode "Frontierland" Sam and Dean travel to 1861 to collect the ashes of a phoenix, which can be used to kill the mother of monsters, Eve. The need for the specific time was due to the fact that phoenixes are rare and the death of one had been documented at this date. Here, Dean uses the alias "Clint Eastwood" as a reference to both the actor and Marty's choice. Later in the episode, the brothers were unable to claim the ashes of the phoenix after its death, Sam receives a parcel in the mail, which had specific instructions for the date and time of delivery, much like the ending of Back to the Future Part II. In the parcel Sam receives his phone that he accidently left in 1861, a note explaining the parcel and the phoenix ashes.
  • In the season 7 episode "Time After Time" Dean is transported to 1944 by Chronos, the god of time. Whilst in 1944, Dean notices that Chronos has been taking note of the winners of certain races, calling it the "Biff Strategy" as a reference to Biff Tannen and the almanac. Later in the episode, when Dean comes to the realisation that he may be stuck in 1944, he notices a pile of letters and says "Back to the Future 3" in reference to the letter that Doc wrote to Marty. The date that Dean wrote the letter is November 5th 1944, which is the same day, 11 years earlier than Marty's first visit to 1955.
  • In the season 8 episode "As Time Goes By" Henry Winchester, the brothers' grandfather, arrives in 2013 from 1958 whilst escaping the demon Abaddon. To achieve this, Henry used a blood spell, which harnesses the power of the soul. Upon discovering that he was not meant to return to 1958 and that his son, John, grew up without his presence, Henry escapes from the brothers. Dean guesses that Henry was going to "whip up another one of those blood spells and Marty McFly himself back to the 1950s."

Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends

  • In "Hero of the Rails", Hiro said to Thomas "That's a very long story." This was the same sentence what Marty uses. 
  • In the episode "Toby's New Whistle", Toby's bell is broken, and as there are none spare, he has to make do with a whistle instead. Toby is even more put off when James explains that it is a very loud 3-chime steam whistle (which is the same whistle as Locomotive 131), as the old tram engine hates loud noises.
  • In the episode "Engine of the Future", Sir Robert Norramby uses Doc Brown's catchphrase "Great Scott!" when Hugo arrives at Ulfstead Castle.

Total Drama

  • In 2008: A Space Owen, when Harold got eliminated and taken to the Lame-O-Sine, it drove away leaves two trails of fire behind.


  • The third episode is titled "Track to the Future".

Tiny Toon Adventures

  • In an episode of Animaniacs, Plucky Duck learns to perform a flashback, and flashes back to the era of World War II, then to prehistoric times, along with Buster Bunny. Buster replies to the situation with "You shouldn't mess around with time too much. Remember what happen in Back to the Future?" His reply also happens to be a reference to a previous episode of Tiny Toon Adventures, "A Ditch in Time".

True Jackson V.P.

  • In the Season 1 episode "ReTRUEnion," Ryan is trying to prove that a computer technician (who uses gibberish so people will think he is real) is a fraud.    When the "technician" says "If I didn't know about computers, would I know how to rewire a flux capacitor?", Ryan replies "That's from Back to the Future!"

Viva Pinata

  • In "Too Many Fergys", Les Galagoogoo puts away the time machine in his van and leaves fire trails in disappearence.



  • AT&T had a commercial presenting the mobile version of their TV service. This commercial ends with the main actor getting into a taxi cab, which turns into a DeLorean. The Back to the Future music plays, and the DeLorean flies off like at the end of the original Back to the Future film.

LEGO Dimensions

Phones 4U


Welcome to the FutureYou - Phones 4u

  • In 2014, Phones 4U used the DeLorean time machine to help sell phones by showing customers their improved lives in the future.

Transport for New South Wales

  • In 2015 the government of the Australian state of New South Wales utilized the Delorean time machine as part of an advertising campaign to discourage drink driving.

    Plan B Delorean


  • To popularize their "grocery pickup" service, Walmart created a commercial that features popular movie and TV-show cars, including the DeLorean from the trilogy. At the end of the commercial, the car flies off and jumps through time, leaving a fire trail behind.
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