Episodes often mention or incorporate television productions—a point of interest to fans who try to connect them to LOST's mythology. While certain television shows are watched by characters, others are simply referenced in dialogue.
Television Shows FeaturedEdit
A compilation of television shows featured on LOST. When a show is featured on LOST the actual show is present in a scene, whether a character is watching it, or otherwise being involved with it.
| Power Rangers
At the beginning of the season finale, Walt and Michael are spending the night in a hotel room in Sydney. Early in the morning, Walt throws open the curtains in the room and turns on the televsion. He cranks the volume up very loud just to make Michael angry. The television show Walt is watching is an episode of "Power Rangers".
"Exposé" is featured several times on LOST. The first is while Desmond watches a soccer game on the television, and a banner advertisement on the field is seen for "Exposé". The second appearence was when Locke watched an episode of "Exposé" while eating a TV dinner. The final and most obvious appearence was in the episode Exposé, in which we saw Nikki performing as a character on the show.
Television Shows ReferencedEdit
A compilation of television shows referenced on LOST. References to shows have occurred either by word of mouth by the survivors or through references from the works themselves having been integrated into the storyline of LOST or into the thematic motifs.
| WKRP in Cincinnati
| The Beverly Hillbillies
Early in the first season, Hurley is seen fighting Sawyer for the last bag of peanuts. As Sawyer has a distinct Southern accent, Hurley calls Sawyer the name "Jethro" during their scuffle. This was most likely a reference to the not very bright charcter Jethro Bodine of "The Beverly Hillbillies". One of Jethro's most well-known attributes was his very healthy appetite. Having this knowledge, it is easy to see why in the episode Fire + Water, Sawyer teasingly calls the slightly pudgy Hurley, Jethro.
| The Carol Burnett Show
In a FLASHBACK, Dr. Christian Shephard tells a young Jack the story of a time he came home from the hospital after a hard day of constant failings, and how he was still able to relax and enjoy himself watching "The Carol Burnett Show."
| Chico and the Man
Sawyer refers to Jack as 'Chico', a reference to the character Chico of "Chico and the Man". Chico was an upbeat, optimistic Chicano street kid who comes to The Man searching for a job. He gets the job, and the two spend a great deal of time together, of which they were either arguing, or gaining a better understanding of each other's differing cultures.
| Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
During a small spat, Sawyer refers to Jack as 'Doctor Quinn', a fictional pioneering doctor on the front lines of the medical field.
| Fantasy Island
After Claire is kidnapped by Ethan, Walt tells Sawyer the news of what has happened. Afterwards, Sawyer calls Walt 'Tattoo', a reference to the vertically challenged character Tattoo, a main character on Fantasy Island. Tattoo's main role on the show was at the beginning of each episode, when he ran up the main bell tower to ring the bell and shout "The plane! The plane!" to announce the arrival of a new set of guests. This makes it clear why in Dave, after Charlie asks if anyone saw a plane, that Sawyer sarcastically says to him, "Yeah, I saw it, Tattoo. I just decided not to tell."
| Star Trek: The Original Series
"Star Trek: The Original Series" has been referenced several times on LOST.
| The Crocodile Hunter
During a FLASHBACK, Sawyer is shown being hauled into an Australian police station. He is clearly very angry. Sawyer yells at the arresting policeman and calls him 'croc hunter', an obvious reference to the famous Australian wildlife expert and television personality.
On the show "Bonanza", one of the main characters is a big, lovable, gun-toting character named Hoss Cartwright. The name 'Hoss' has become one of Sawyer's most commonly used nicknames for his fellow islanders. To date, he has used the name 'Hoss' to address the following people: Jack, Michael, Hurley, Locke, and Pickett. When addressing Jack and Michael, Sawyer was referring to the fact they they were carrying guns. The last three were references to different personality traits of Hoss that Hurley, Locke, and Pickett were exhibiting.
After a series of events that led to Michael being poisoned, Michael questions whether he should allow Sawyer to leave with them on the raft. Sawyer responds by asking, "You gonna vote me off, Mickey?" 'Voting off' people is one of the key aspects of hit reality show.
| Howdy Doody
Howdy Doody was referenced while Sawyer, Jin, and Michael were being held captive by Eko and the other 'Tailies'. Sawyer tells Ana as he pulls a gun out of his pants, "Next time Shaft opens the cage he's going to get a surprising little 'Howdy Doody'." Howdy Doody was a children's television program (with a decidedly frontier/western theme) that aired on NBC from 1947 through 1960.
| The A-Team
The A-Team was an American action adventure television series about a fictional group of ex-United States Army Special Forces who work as soldiers of fortune while being on the run from the military for a "crime they didn't commit". In "Everybody Hates Hugo", Charlie refers to the group that made the original trek to The Black Rock as 'the bloody A-Team'.
| Starsky & Hutch
In one of Hurley's flashbacks, his friend Johnny makes a reference to Starsky & Hutch when he calls Hurley 'Huggy Bear', a popular side character of the series.