Check out the end of the
episode "Milk Run," on the B side of the second disc.
Near the end of the
episode, Crockett and Tubbs are in a store at an airport, where a kid who
had been involved in a drug deal gets blown away by a shotgun. In a couple
scenes, it looks like there is a video game system box on a shelf behind
them, but it was too blurry for me to make out what it was.
I suspect it's Atari, because there seems to be the fuji symbol and
enough letters to make out the name. I'm at least pretty sure it's a game
system of some type, because I can make out what appears to be a console
with two controllers attached on the box. - Brian R.
This Canadian show starring Jerry
O'Connell (of Sliders & Stand By Me fame) was about a teenager who was a
secret super hero. On the closing credits it said "Computers supplied by Atari
1988 British TV min-series
"The One Game" is about a computer programmer, and there are lots of Atari
computer boxes littering his office, and he uses a 130XL in the last episode
(the logo is clearly visible on the keyboard.)
The series is available on
DVD in R2, and was broadcast on PBS stations in the USA in the late 1980s.
-- Christopher Krisocki
I remember an episode of "Outer Limits" where the main characters had to hide in a bunker deep below zero, because of an
incoming alien attack. the bunker also
2-3 arcade coin-op games, starring
Asteroids and another
game/coin-up I do not remember.
The producers of this Fox Television show must have really loved Atari products. I remember seeing a Lynx, Atari VCS, Atari 800, Atari Portfolio, and I think an Atari ST. The kids bedroom had an Atari poster, and Atari products popped up all over the place.
(Now I wished I had watched this show!)
There was a scene where Steve Wozinak was in a hospital room after his plane crash
and he was playing a Atari 2600. It had a cartridge in the slot and two
controllers connected. But the game on the screen wasn't any 2600
game. The graphics looked too good for the system. It was a side
scrolling game and looked more like an Apple II game. I can't remember
the title but it looked familiar to a side scrolling shooter made by
In a Halloween episode, the family is abducted by aliens. These aliens show the puny humans their advances in video games with their awesome game
In a flashback scene, Homer and Marge were at Moe's opening in the
1980s. Homer, drunk and concentrated on Asteroids, asked Marge to feed him
nachos while he played. He beat the high score. He said: "This is the
best night we've ever had together. I love you, Atari."
the episode titled "Furley vs. Furley," Ralph is fired by his brother
Bart as the building manager. In the very first scene of the show Jack and Janet are playing with
a 4-switch Atari
2600. Jack complains to Janet, "You can't kick an 80 yard field goal!"
"Why not?" she says. "It worked, didn't it?" Jack gets
upset and says, "Forget it. My team's walking off the field." Janet
responds, "Oh, you are such a big baby." Jack replies, "I am
There are a few errors in the scene. Firstly, the sounds of the football
game are completely fabricated. Probably to be as annoying as possible because
Mr. Furley tells them he is going to "penalize the both of them for
Another big error is that there isn't even a game plugged into the system!
This must have been
two takes edited together, because you can see the cartridge on the table near the
popcorn after Janet calls Jack a "poor sport." Also, the 2600 isn't
even plugged in (you can see the silver power jack exposed) and Jack isn't
even holding the joystick correctly.
Despite the little errors, it's a great scene mixing my favorite sitcom with my favorite
In another episode titled, "Diamond Jack" which first aired October 19, 1982, there is a
Space Duel coin-op in a roller rink Jack goes to.
And in this picture, it looks like Larry is wearing a
Missile Command sweater! This sweater was actually worn in several
episodes by Larry and it was also draped over the shoulders of the
"director" from when Jack was on that LA Today show cooking poached salmon
On this old Nickelodeon show they did a game called "Human Space Invaders" that was played with water balloons and people. To explain to the viewers at home how the game was to be played, they used clips of the Atari 2600 version of
You may have seen it on Nickelodeon. In 1982
there was an episode about addictions, and a lot of it was about video
games. It was wild - Lance Prevert got hit by a missile like in
Missile Command - complete with the 2600 sound effects. Some of the characters got
"eaten" by Pac Man at the end of the show.
watching the video for the Hall & Oates song,
"One-On-One," and in one scene
Daryl Hall is walking down a city street and stops in front of a store
window. In the display in the window, just over his shoulder, you can
plainly see an Atari 5200 in the box!
In the Depeche Mode's "Everything Counts" (live 1987) video movie, you can see the singer playing an Atari Game.
Look for the sound effects from 2600
Pac-Man and Donkey Kong which are *always* cropping up in movies and TV whenever someone is playing a video game.
It's as if there haven't been any new games since 1981. These were most
recently used in the new Circuit City ads proclaiming their new video
game tryout section.
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If you know of any other film or TV show that Atari games, computers, or even just controllers have appeared, please let us know!