Abedpedia: The A-To-Z Guide To Abed’s Pop Culture References On ‘Community’

Keeping track of every pop culture reference Abed has made on Community can drive a man insane, or at least make him curl up with a bottle of no-no juice. There are references on top of references on top of spoofs on top of meta references; the layers of Star Trek go seven timelines deep. But I did the best I could: consider this your glimpse inside the mind of Abed. I kept track of every pop culture reference Abed has made, with a few guidelines to keep me away from the Greendale Asylum: 1) For the most part, I only included exact references, i.e. Doctor Who isn’t included because it’s not mentioned by name, only in homage with Inspector Spacetime (same with the spaghetti westerns that are lovingly paid tribute to in “A Few Paintballs More” — I broke this rule a few times, though; blame it on Evil Josh); and 2) I didn’t bother with season four. No Dan Harmon, no care.

The Abyss


An American Tail

Animal House

Apocalypse Now

Bad Influence

The Beatles

Belushi, Jim

The Big Lebowski


The Brady Bunch

The Breakfast Club

The Bucket List

Can’t Buy Me Love

The Cape

The Chronicles of Riddick

Cougar Town

The Dark Knight

Desperate Housewives

Diaz, Cameron

Douglas, Michael

Dungeons & Dragons

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial


First Blood

Foster, Jodie


Goldblum, Jeff


Guzmán, Luis

I Am Legend

Indecent Proposal

Indiana Jones

Jonny Quest

Knight Rider

The Last Starfighter

Law & Order



Mad Men

Murray, Bill

My Dinner with Andre



Over the Top

The Poseidon Adventure


Pulp Fiction

The Right Stuff





Sesame Street

Shue, Elisabeth

Sixteen Candles

Snakes on a Plane

South Park

Star Trek

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Star Wars

Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Streep, Meryl

The Terminator


True Lies

Who’s the Boss

Williams, Brian

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Winslet, Kate

The Wire

Multiple References


Dick Van Dyke/Cheers/Scrubs/Boys Don’t Cry

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial/Edward Scissorhands/Back to the Future

My Bodyguard/Meatballs/Full Metal Jacket/Entourage

Star Trek: The Next Generation/Short Circuit/Mork & Mindy/2001: A Space Odyssey/Knight Rider/Doctor Who/Peanuts/Star Trek

VH1/RoboCop 2/Back to the Future 3

Who’s the Boss/Friends