Outside references are deliberately inserted references to Lost from TV shows, movies, and other outside sources.

For cultural allusions in Lost, see Portal:Culture.

2P Start (comic)

  • In the January 16th, 2008[1] strip, one of the rejected Wii Channels is the Swan countdown timer.
  • In the July 22nd, 2009[2] strip, the Miis on the skydiving plane are Sayid, Hurley, Sawyer and Sun. The final panel is also the series logo.

30 Rock (TV)

  • In the episode "Stone Mountain", Twofer and Frank are showing the movie "The Exorcist" to Jenna. The scene starts with Jenna asking "So, this all started when their plane crashed?" Twofer responds "No, that's Lost." Jenna then says "Oh, right. You know, I met JJ Abrams once. And I don't know what this means, but he said the Island is just Hurley's dream."
  • In the episode "The Source Awards", Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) asks her date Steven Black (Wayne Brady) "So how about Lost this season?"
  • In the episode "Seinfeld Vision", Jerry Seinfeld guest stars. The head of NBC wishes to digitally put Jerry in every NBC show for a week. After Jerry disagrees with the idea, Alec Baldwin gives him the choice of what TV shows he would like to be in, to which Jerry replies "I like Lost. Is that you guys?"
  • In the episode "The Bubble", when Alec Baldwin asks how Tracy Jordan is functioning without Kenneth's help, Kenneth replies "Oh, I'm still doing everything for him. Tonight I have to ride my bike over to his house in New Jersey to hold his hand during Lost."

Alias (TV)

Main article: Alias

American Dad (TV)

  • In this cartoon series, in an episode called "Stan of Arabia", Stan tells his family, "Way ahead of you. I'll find us a satellite so we can watch Lost when I get home. Just because we're stuck in this wasteland doesn't mean it's not Wednesday."
  • In the episode "Home Adrone", Steve and his friends are flying a real unmanned military drone plane mistaking it for a flight simulator, and when they see the drone flying towards them and realize it is in fact a real plane, Barry says "They found us. We are going to get off the island!"

Arthur (TV)

  • In the episode, "Brain Gets Hooked", the Brain becomes addicted to a TV show called Junior Island. Other than the fact that the entire cast of Junior Island are kids, many elements of this TV show resemble Lost.

Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts (video game)

  • A jinjo in the LOGBOX 720 world says that his name is Hurley and that he's "lost on the island". He also says "dude" frequently and tells Banjo to hurry up because it's lunchtime soon.

Beano, The (comic)

  • In an episode[3] of a strip from The Beano titled "Derek the Sheep", Derek gets lost and says, "We're Lost! LOST! Like on that TV show with polar bears and smoke monsters and secret hatches!"

Bo! Selecta (TV)

Bo! parody

Bo!'s parody of Charlie.

The Channel 4 (United Kingdom) program Bo! Selecta parodies Lost on a regular basis ("LOST interest"), using its usual format of grossly exaggerating physical characteristics (usually featuring the standard Bo! prosthetic chin device).

The usual targets are:

Brothers and Sisters (TV)

  • Sarah remarks that the Island has more civilization than the town she and her brothers were stranded in.

Cal Ripken's Real Baseball (video game)


An advertisement for Oceanic Airlines in the game Cal Ripken's Real Baseball

Call of Duty: World at War (video game)

  • The numbers can be heard by the power generator on the Nazi Zombie map Verrückt. Someone counts down the numbers, and then the sound of the numbers flipping back to 108 (on the countdown clock in The Swan) can be heard.

Catwoman (comic)

  • The cover of issue #51 of the current ongoing Catwoman comic book series by DC Comics depicts a mugshot of Catwoman with the Numbers as her ID number.

Mugshot of Catwoman

Chuck (TV)

  • In the second episode, first aired on October 1, 2007, a doctor is testing Chuck with a slide show of images designed to trigger secrets stored in his brain. Chuck responds to an image of an airplane by saying, "Oceanic Flight 815 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile...". Although the last part of the phrase is difficult to hear, closed caption confirms the phrase.

Civil War (comic)


Registration card with the Numbers

  • In the Marvel Comics story arc Civil War, Ms. Marvel's super human registration card has the Numbers on it.

Champions Online (video game)

  • There is a chain of quests involving a crashed plane in the Canada zone. One quest involves finding passenger "J.J. Shepherd" (a reference to J.J. Abrams and Jack Shepherd). Another quest involves finding passengers "John" (Locke) and "Furley" (Hurley).

Cloverfield (movie)

Cloverfield - Dharma Logo

A DHARMA logo, similar to The Pearl logo, appears in the first seconds of "Cloverfield" (2008)

  • During the opening titles, a DHARMA logo is visible in the bottom-right corner of screen for a moment.
    • At a Q & A following a screening of Cloverfield on February 12, 2008, screenwriter Drew Goddard (also a writer) for Lost, stated that anything that appeared on screen was deliberate, referring in large part to something splashing into the water at the end of Cloverfield. When pressed if this same logic applied to the flashing of the DHARMA logo at the beginning of the film, and thus if there was a connection between Lost and Cloverfield, he stated somewhat eagerly, "Maybe."

The Colbert Report (TV)


The fake Colbert-Vioxx settlement check

  • J.J. Abrams made an appearance on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report via telephone. Both Abrams and Colbert had been one of 365 celebrities to be included on Mastermedia International's "The Most Powerful People in Media". Each person on the list was given a specific day of the year in which they would be prayed for, J.J. Abrams' was on January 1, 2007. While talking to Colbert over the phone, a picture of J.J. Evans from Good Times was displayed during the interview in place of a picture of Abrams. When asked if anything miraculous happened to him on his prayer day, Abrams replied saying that it was on that day that they had finally figured out just "what the Hell is going on in Lost", claiming that up until that point they had just been making it up as they went along.

Fake resume featuring Lost-inspired references

Coldplay (music group)

  • On their 2008 release "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends," the third track is titled "Lost!" and the 4th track is titled "42".

Ctrl+Alt+Del (comic)

  • In one issue, Ethan tries to buy a plane ticket from Oceanic Airlines.
  • In another issue, the video game Command & Conquer 3's usage of famous actors as voice actors for its characters was parodied. Each character was portrayed with the likeness and behavior of a character commonly associated with the voice actor. The character Ajay, voiced by Josh Holloway, looks and acts like Sawyer, calling the reader/player "Twinkle toes" and yelling "We have to get off this island! The Others are coming!"

Curb Your Enthusiasm (TV)

  • In the episode "The TiVo Guy", Larry complains to the TiVo repairman about a technical problem in which he can't watch the latest episode of Lost. The repairman then proceeds in ruining the episode for Larry by stating, "You know the guy that died a couple episodes back? Well it turns out he isn't dead because he shows up." This is most likely a reference to Mikhail's return in "D.O.C.".

Cyanide and Happiness (web comic)

  • In the April 7, 2008 strip of the popular web comic, Lost is parodied along with the infamous Jackface.

The Daily Show (TV)

  • In the Comedy Central news satire The Daily Show, there is a humorous segment where former Daily Show correspondent Rob Corddry did a report in which he wanted to try to find out how he could stop being discriminated against because he was a racist. A "TiVo pause list" scrolled by the screen very quickly which listed people he hated, and one of the entries was "Seriously, stop pausing this. What do you think this is, Lost? 4 8 15 16 23 42"
  • A story highlighting the changing demographics of the United States had Samantha Bee declaring (in front of a Lost cast graphic) that "Right now, our country is 67% white, 12% black, 14% hispanic and 4% Asian. The remainder is made up of super hot Arabs, an evil smoke thing, and that polar bear that showed up for some reason. What the hell is up with that island?"
  • While discussing the issue of torture, a short segment was done in which Jon Stewart's heart was debating his brain over whether torture was right or not. During this segment, which is portrayed by a graphic of a heart and a brain, they are soon interrupted by a loud voice exclaiming, "Hey, that chick from Lost is hot!" The voice turns out to be Stewart's penis.
  • In another episode, The Daily Show gets a new correspondent, Wyatt Cenac. Upon asking him what he thought of the Democratic primaries, he responded that they were "cool", though later went on to say they were boring and lacked entertainment, comparing the primaries to popular shows, among them Lost. After a little while he starts focusing on Lost and mentions the polar bear, Season Two, Michael working for the Others and getting Jack and Kate together.

Dane Cook: Rough Around the Edges (stand-up/DVD)

  • In the comedian's stand-up DVD, he makes a joke about recording Lost on TiVo.[4]

Do you ever set your TiVo to record, like, Lost? And when you come home it recorded, like, Antique Roadshow for nine hours? I get so pissed off at my TiVo that I yell at my TiVo, I'm like, "what the f*ck are you doing? I asked you to record Lost. You have one job, and it's to record my sh*t!"

Dane later explains why he likes Lost:

I just want to see Lost because I enjoy being that angry at a television show. Here's my impersonation of me watching Lost, every time it goes to commercial...I'm like this, ready? "What the f*ck is going on here?! I have 42 unanswered questions and now I have 30 more questions, I don't know what's happening here! This is the stupidest show in the history of TV -- oh, it's back! Oh, I like her now, I like her, I used to hate her but now she's my favorite."

He also references the Monster, calling it a "Smokey Dragon", and wonders why no one ever thinks about it when they go into the woods.

Desperate Housewives (TV)

Destroy All Humans: Big Willy Unleashed (video game)

  • While exploring Fantasy Atoll (a send-up of Fantasy Island) , the player's character, Crypto, encounters a group of characters who are living out a fantasy of being part of the Lost TV experience. If you listen carefully, some of these characters can we heard talking about numbers and a hatch.

Duel Masters (TV)

  • In the English dub, a character remarks how he let loose polar bears on a deserted tropical island to confuse anyone that ends up there.

Duma Key (novel)

  • In the 2008 Stephen King novel, Edgar Freemantle notes that another character's ease of accepting supernatural happenings is based on being "raised on shows like X-Files and Lost".

The Emperor's New School (TV)


The "Emperor Orientation Video"

  • In the final episode of The Emperor's New School, "Graduation Groove," Kuzco watched an "Emperor Orientation Video". This is an obvious parody of the orientation videos. The video is black-and-white, and is hosted by a man who looks and sounds very much like Pierre Chang.

Entertainment Weekly (magazine)

  • Inside the cover of the Entertainment Weekly Magazine [of which date?), featuring Harry Potter and Voldemort, is a pull tab that reveals a special two-sided advertisement for ABC's new show The Unusuals featuring Harold Perrineau (aka Michael) from Lost. The back of the ad is designed to look like a desk with stuff all over it, and there is a Word Search-type puzzle with the phrase "ONAFTERLOST" circled, and above the puzzle under a coffee mug is a "claim check" (what it is for is uncertain) but the numbers on the claim check are "42 23 16 15 8 4", which are the numbers backwards.

Fallout 3 (video game)

  • In Megaton, players meet a young girl who tells you the combination to a secret safe is 15, 16, 23, 42 (a reference to the numbers).
  • There is also Vault 108 players are able to explore.
  • In the Point Lookout expansion, players meet the ghoul Desmond that mentions use of a fail-safe in case his house is overtaken.

Family Guy (TV)

  • Family Guy episode 5-16 "Petergeist" has a spoof on The Muppet Show and Lost. Statler and Waldorf, the old men in the balcony who criticize Kermit the Frog and his friends, appear in a box behind the couch the box where S&W usually are...

Peter: Boy, that was a great episode of Lost, wasn't it fellas?

Statler: Well at least the show's got the right name!

Waldorf: Yeah, I couldn't follow any of it!

Peter: Heheheheh... they don't care for most things.

  • In Episode 7-6, the Griffin family is deciding where to vacation which prompts Meg to suggest that they visit the Island from Lost. Stewie then says that he doesn't want to hear Matthew Fox's heavy breathing. This leads into a clip that shows Jack and Kate...

Jack: (breathing heavily) Kate, you don't get it. We are the Island! Hand me that paper bag.

Kate: Jack, that's got my poop in it.

Jack: (still breathing heavily) "I know, I know. It's got a hint of coconut in it. And something else. But that's part of the mystery."

Fire in the Attic (music group)

FlashForward (TV)

Lost bus

An advertisement for Lost in FlashForward.

  • In the series premiere of FlashForward, during the scene in which FBI agents Mark Benford and Demetri Noh are staking out three suspects from an SUV, a billboard for Oceanic Airlines can be seen behind them. Ironically, the words "perfect safety record" are written on the billboard.
  • In another scene, Lost is briefly seen advertised on the side of a bus.

Fringe (TV)

  • In the Pilot episode of JJ Abrams' show Fringe, someone says "Morgan Stieg was passenger number 108."
  • In the episode "Dreamscape", the character Mark Young bought a ticket on Oceanic Air three days before his death.

Gatsby's American Dream (music group)

Gears of War 2 (video game)

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Tai Kaliso, a reference to John Locke in Gears of War 2.

  • During the second game of the Gears of War saga, Tai Kaliso is introduced as a man of faith, similar in beliefs to John Locke. After his whole squad is killed by the Locust, he seems to understand this is how things were meant to be, and states that "everything happens for a reason". This has yet to be confirmed as a direct reference to the show by Epic Games.

Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned (video game)

  • In the final mission of this video game expansion, a siren is heard which is the same sound effect as the countdown timer's alarm.

Half-Life 2: Episode Two (video game)


A DHARMA logo is hidden in Half-Life 2


The Numbers are hidden in Half-Life 2

There are two known Easter eggs in the first person shooter video game Half-Life 2: Episode 2[5]

  • In Half Life 2: Episode Two there is a DHARMA-like logo with three white trees hidden on a wall. This is referring to the "White Forest Station" where the player is headed. This is obviously not a DHARMA station, and any other reference to Lost is made elsewhere.
  • There is a CRT monitor displaying the Numbers in a blocked hidden room in the second level. Switching on the designers comment at this place, you are told that the valve guys promised the directors from Lost to put it there after there had been references to Half Life in Lost; this happened in "The Greater Good," where the terrorists Sayid was spying on were playing Half-Life. A shotgun shot was heard, and the player said, "Crap, out of ammo." Another terrorist, watching the game, told the player to use the crowbar, to which the player responded that the crowbar only worked on zombies.

Hamish and Andy (radio)

  • This popular Australian radio duo made a parody song to tell convicted terrorist David Hicks what has happened since he was captured in 2001. One thing they sang was "There's this really cool show called Lost".

Heroes (TV)

  • A brochure for Gannon Car Rentals from Lost also made an appearance in episode 1x15, "Run!", of Heroes.
  • In the episode "Unexpected", Nathan Petrelli says he would like to take all those with powers, and "put them in a lab on some island in the middle of the ocean." Although many fans believe this to be a reference to Lost, the creators of Heroes have indicated it's a reference to the island of Genosha from Marvel's X-Men.[6]

Hollyoaks (TV)

  • Several characters, including Sonny, are seen watching Lost, or talking about watching Lost.

Homo Zapping

Main article: Homo Zapping

I Love You, Man (movie)

  • Peter asks Sydney for his Lost Season 2 DVD back. He says he wants it back because Zooey really wants to find out what's in the Hatch.

Impossible Quiz, The (Internet culture)

  • In the popular web game "The Impossible Quiz"[7], the Numbers and 108 can be seen scrawled on question 50. In question 108 of the "Epic last 10", the player has to type in the numbers into a replica screen of the Swan computer.
  • There is a second "Impossible Quiz". On question 108 a cat from the quiz holds up a sign with the countdown timer on it.

In The Motherhood (TV)

  • The character "Jane", played by Cheryl Hines says she is going to use her vacation time to finally watch Lost. She said she's been unable to contribute to workplace discussions about Lost, and whenever anyone asks her about the show, all she can say is "man, what is up with that island?". Later in the episode, the TV shows a quick glimpse of a polar bear and the character says "man, what is up with that island?".

Jeep (TV commercial)

  • This commercial features a montage of clips from popular culture into which a Jeep is digitally inserted. Toward the end of the commercial, the scene of John Locke playing backgammon from "Pilot, Part 2" is seen, as the Jeep passes behind him on the beach.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! (TV)

Main article: Jimmy Kimmel Live!
  • Jimmy Kimmel has referenced Lost on several occasions, both obviously in skits and spoofs ("What's in the Hatch?", "Lost: the Musical"), and more subtly, such as having M.C. Gainey (who plays Tom) appear in the TV audience and talk backwards (as Walt once did).

Kevin Bishop Show, The (TV)

  • A parody of Lost was featured in this British sketch show, called "Lost UK". Two survivors of a coach crash, named Jack and Kate, wake up in the woods. Shortly afterwards, a man wearing a DHARMA jumpsuit runs past and tells them that they are on an Island with no way to escape. It is then revealed that they crashed in the middle of a roundabout road junction.

King of the Hill (TV)

  • Dale tries to break up Bill and his new girlfriend who has recently moved in with him with her two children by mentioning the movie the Stepfather and its plot line, then says, "It stars that bald guy from Lost."

Knights of Prosperity (TV)

  • In the episode "Operation: Rent Money," Louis refers to Lost: "Those are all the things that guy Sayid says on Lost."

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

  • On February 12, 2010, Jimmy Fallon debuted Late, a multi-episode parody of Lost. It features Fallon and a group of strangers who are stranded on a deserted office building floor after an elevator crash.
  • Episode 1: "Where Are We?" aired February 12, 2010

Late Show With David Letterman (TV)

  • On November 11, 2006, David Letterman did a Lost-themed "Top Ten". It was presented by actor Jorge Garcia:

Top Ten Signs You're Obsessed With Lost, presented by Jorge Garcia

10. After each episode, you do an all-kitty reenactment in your basement

9. You refer to your in-laws as "The Others"

8. While visiting New York, you stood over every manhole and screamed, "Good God—a secret hatch!"

7. You're halfway to your goal of licking every cast member

6. Your friend phoned during Lost. Next day you beat him to death with a hot poker

5. You pitched NBC a show about 12 people stranded backstage at Saturday Night Live

4. Co-workers affectionately refer to you as "That loser who's obsessed with Lost"

3. Renamed dental practice "Flost"

2. Your wife is getting sick of playing the bedroom game "Find the castaway"

1. You sat through all ten of these lame jokes

  • The show has made several jokes about not knowing what is happening on Lost.
  • On August 30, 2007, Hillary Clinton presented her top ten campaign promises. Number two was, "I will appoint a committee to find out what the heck is happening on Lost".[8]
  • On January 4, 2008, there was a Late Show Fun Facts related to the Writers Guild of America Strike. The very last fact read by Dave was that even if the strike ended tomorrow, people still wouldn’t know what the hell was happening on Lost.[9]
  • On February 12, 2008, the Top Ten list was "Top Ten Things Abraham Lincoln Would Say If He Were Alive Today". Number one was, "Seriously, what the hell is happening on Lost?"
  • On March 3 2009, when Felicity Huffman was a guest, David asked how her show, Desperate Housewives, was going, and if they had opened the hatch yet.
  • The show has also produced spoof videos about Lost.
  • "Dick Cheney on Lost": While Matthew Fox was on the show in February 2006, they played a short video of Jack running after his father in "White Rabbit". When he reaches the clearing just past the beach, it is Dick Cheney with a gun pointed at him.[10]
  • "The Lost Surprise": On March 11, 2008, they ran a video segment with the scene from "The Other Woman" where Ben is about to show the video of Widmore to Locke. When they show the television, it is Regis Philbin in an exercise video.[11]

The League of Super Evil (TV)

  • In the episode "One Zillion" of the Cartoon Network animated series The League of Super Evil, the numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, and 43 can be seen written on a chalkboard as part of an equation used to get "one zillion" TV channels. 43 is seen to have been crossed out and replaced with 42. Later the character The Red Menace points out that the entire equation is wrong.

Lil Bush (TV)

  • The episode "Afghanistan" was described by Lil Bush as "a freakin' Lost parody." It included several references to Lost, including a discussion between two Afghanistan Gap employees about who was the best character, Sawyer or Hurley.

Little Britain (TV)

  • The 2006 Boxing Day special of Little Britain featured a parody of Lost with Lou and Andy stranded on a desert island.

Lobo: Highway to Hell (comic)

MacWorld Magazine (print)

  • In an ad for the iPhone, a man is searching for flight information on his iPhone for Oceanic Flight 815.

MAD Magazine (print)

Main article: MAD Magazine

MADtv (TV)

Main article: MADtv

Mass Effect (video game)

  • The default character of Commander Shepard bears a striking resemblance to Matthew Fox. His default given name is John Shepard. Jack is a common nickname for John.

Margaret Cho "Beautiful" (stand-up/DVD)

  • On Margaret Cho's 2009 release "Beautiful", Margaret has a small bit about LOST. "I like those Korean people on LOST. They're all looking to see who's going to shoplift something from the Island." Margaret goes on to say, "There are no lesbians on LOST. Cos if there were, they would've built a deck to Australia by now."

Marvel Comics (comics)

  • On January 23, 2008 ABC Marketing announced that they had strategically placed images and references from the show in various comic books, including Uncanny X-Men, Incredible Hercules, Thunderbolts and Wolverine Origins. Examples of Lost references include a Lost poster, the number six, and the slogan "Find Yourself" in the latest editions of numerous Marvel comics throughout the month. More Lost placements to pop up in comic books on stands January 23 and January 30 were to be expected.[12][13]

Metal Gear Solid: 4 Guns of the Patriots (video game)

  • The channels during TV sequence at the beginning of the game are 15, 16, 23, 42, and 48.

M.I.A. (music group)

  • One verse from "Bird Flu" on M.I.A.'s album Kala is: Put away shots for later / so I'm stable / Live in trees, chew on feet / Watch Lost on cable.

Mission Impossible III (movie)

On Screen

Screen credits at the end of MIII

Monday Night Football (TV)

Main article: Monday Night Football

Moneen (music group)

Main article: Moneen

Monty (comic)

  • In this comic by Jim Meddick, one of the features from, the eponymous character arrives to the island to meet the castaways and the Others in the storyline for the first half of March 2006.

My Wife and Kids (TV)

  • During the episodes where the family is on vacation in the Caribbean, Jay & Michael get stuck on a small island, where they reference Lost in a humorous exchange of dialogue.

Notes from the Underbelly (TV)

  • On the December 3, 2007 episode "The Blackout", the characters are spending the night together to watch Lost and Andrew goes over the rules for watching Lost. He says there will be no late seating and tells Danny that he can't get up to get a drink until the first commercial break. He tells Eric "no constant gasping", Julie "no stupid questions", and Danny "no answering Julie's stupid questions". Lost then begins with (a dubbed over) "Previously on Lost" when the power immediately goes out. When the power later comes back on, a voice on the TV is saying, "Southern California audiences are reeling from the big surprise on Lost tonight." The characters immediately begin covering their ears and making noises so as not to hear the big surprise, and Andrew dives across the room to turn off the television. [14][15]

Numb3rs (TV)

  • In the usual black screen which precedes the 15th episode of the 5th season, the numbers are displayed as 481-5162342 (a Juror ID number).

Office, The (TV)


Dwight in The Office

  • The U.S. version of the sitcom The Office has an episode entitled "Boys and Girls". In one scene, the white collar workers of the office meet their blue collar counterparts in a visit to the warehouse. Dwight turns to the camera and says, "Remember on Lost, when they met the Others?"
  • In the episode titled "The Fire", the office crew is standing outside the office as firemen are tending to the fire, and they are playing "what would you bring" "desert island edition", when Jim asks Dwight what he would bring, he explains what he would bring, and expands on how they got to the island by saying, "Question: Did my shoes come off in the plane crash?"
  • In the episode titled "Initiation", Dwight quizzes Ryan. He asks the question, "What is the DHARMA Initiative?".
  • Dwight Schrute makes repeated mentions of Lost on his official NBC-hosted blog. Examples: THE DHARMA INITIATIVE (1/13/06); LOST BATTLESTAR (7/18/06)
  • In the episode "The Return", Andy Bernard says "TGI Wednesday, am I right? Gonna go home, get my beer on, get my Lost on."
  • Conan O'Brien's intro for the 58th annual Emmy awards included a segue from the Hatch, which led into The Office.
  • J.J. Abrams directed the season three episode "Cocktails".
  • In a deleted scene from "The Job", Dwight asks Andy "what is the DHARMA Initiative?" Andy guesses that it is the source of all energy on Earth, to which Dwight replies, "No, it was created by aliens."
  • During the commentary for "Casino Night", Rainn Wilson (Dwight) says he missed the famous Pam/Jim kiss-scene because, "...I was watching Lost instead."

Onion, The (Internet satire)

  • On September 1, 2007, The Onion featured a satirical article on their front page titled "Area Man Likes To Compare Circle Of Friends To Cast Of Lost". The article reports about a man who has recently been watching episodes of Lost on DVD, and constantly finds similarities between his friends and the characters on the show. He compares himself to Locke because he has a good sense of direction and faith. He dubbed a new group of people that his friend invited to a bar "the Others".
  • On May 29, 2009, The Onion featured a lead article on their front page titled "Smoke Monster From 'Lost' Given Own Primetime Spin-Off Series". In the satirical article, ABC Entertainment president Stephen McPherson announces that the smoke monster from Lost will be given its own spin-off series on ABC called Where There's Smoke. Described as a "half-hour family-oriented comedy" about life, love, and good friends having good times, the new series will anchor the network's Thursday-night lineup in the fall. Actress Lea Thompson has signed on to play the monster's long-suffering wife, and actor Michael Emerson will appear in the pilot episode as a slobby houseguest named Benjamin Linus who overstays his welcome. Despite the risk of being typecast as "just a smoke monster", the mysterious, billowing actor agreed to the project for $2 million per episode after scenes tested well between the smoke monster and a nosy, ethnic next-door neighbor.

Order of the Stick, The (comic)

  • Page #560 of the comic, the last to be posted before the American broadcast of "There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3", features protagonists fleeing from indigenous orcs on a tropical island. They enter a door marked with a DHARMA logo, with a smiley face in the comic's idiosyncratic style at its center, which leads to a tunnel. Later in the same strip, one of the characters comments, "I keep having flashbacks to earlier strips."
  • In the following page, which was the first posted after "There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3", a character exiting the far end of that tunnel (with a similar door) says, "Thank the Twelve Gods! I was beginning to think the people who built that tunnel had absolutely no idea where it was going."

Penny Arcade (comic)

  • Penny Arcade, a webcomic written by Jerry Holkins and drawn by Mike Krahulik, has featured the show in its comic strips several times.
  • In the strip entitled "Don't Forget Doppelgangers!" from October 20, 2004, Gabe and Tycho propose various theories related to the shows early mysteries.
  • On November 1, 2006, in a strip entitled "Ba Dum Bum Psh", Tycho criticizes the show's second season.

Pete Holmes (TV)

  • Holmes is known in Lost fandom for a tongue-in-cheek video where he pretends to be a Lost fan and rants about how bad the show has become.[16][17]

Pushing Daisies (TV)

  • In the premiere episode of Pushing Daisies in October 2007, Flight 815 was briefly referenced.

PvP Online (comic)


The Lost roleplaying game.

  • PvP, a webcomic written and drawn by Scott Kurtz, has referred to the show on a few occasions. In a comic from Jan 12, 2005, the debunked purgatory theory is mentioned by a character.
  • The comic from April 11, 2007, featured the fictitious Lost roleplaying game. One character comments that the sourcebook for the Lost RPG consists of "nothing but pages and pages of random encounter tables". This, according to the character playing the game master, leaves it up to the players to "add the context". The roleplaying scenario depicted in the comic takes place in the immediate aftermath of the crash of Oceanic Flight 815. These events were depicted on the show during "Pilot, Part 1".
  • The PvP Online comic from May 14,2009 gives an alternative set of Others for Jack and Sayid to encounter - Gilligan and Skipper from Gillian's Island, who have been expecting them.

Red vs Blue (machinima)

  • In the season five finale of the machinima show Red Vs Blue (parody based on the Halo game series), a Caboose's mental version of a female character confirms her appearance by saying: "I came here in a spaceship, that came from the moon. It crashed next to the Blue Base, and now I live with Caboose, and the people from the tail section of the spaceship, live on the other side of the island". This is actually a confusion made by Caboose due to his low capacity of understand what's going on. Also, it's a clear reference to the Tailies.
  • In their new PSA, #36, they discuss things they have never seen posted in an online Forum. As a lead in to #4 (ironically one of the numbers) which is "excuse me, but I'm new here...", Sarge is seen talking to a fellow red team member and saying "And what ever happened to the numbers on the hatch!? It's like they're making it up as they go along!". The polar bear, flashforwards, and the Monster are also mentioned.[18]

RiffTrax (downloadable audio commentaries)

  • Rifftrax has done commentary for the pilot episode of Lost.
  • In the RiffTrax commentary for Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, they mention the smoke monster. When the characters in the movie are setting up pylons to capture the Silver Surfer, a noise/disturbance appears in the woods, and they offer the following commentary:

Mike: "Not if the smoke monster from Lost has anything to say about it."

Kevin: "The smoke monster is the Silver Surfer?"

Mike: "You know, in five years, if the truth is less retarded than that, I'll buy you a beer."

Kevin: "Okay."

Robot Chicken (TV)

  • The episode "Losin' the Wobble" references Lost in a sketch about the newly enacted Asshole Laws, which allow police to brutally beat anyone who makes "obvious" comments:

Man: Heroes is way better, because it actually answers stuff. On Lost, they don't know what they're doing. [Man is beaten up by two police officers]

Sam and Max: Moai Better Blues (video game)

  • In the old cavern on Easter Island, the Swan entrance is half buried in the sand, with the numbers carved into the hatch door. Next to the hatch, there is a plane wreck. Examining the Hatch causes Sam to use a bunch of synonyms for "lost", then says he does not want to wait years to find out what it all means. Examining it again causes Sam to tell Max to stay on the lookout for polar bears.

The Sarah Silverman Program (TV)

  • On October 25, 2007, the episode "Doodie" referenced Lost. Stencil Mustang said, "This is just like an episode of Lost!"
  • On the November 20, 2008 episode "I Thought My Dad Was Dead, But It Turns Out He's Not," Sarah is told that all the best television shows are about doctors and cops, to which Sarah replies "Lost isn't a hospital or a cop," to which her friends correct her: Jack is a doctor and Ana Lucia is a cop.
  • In the episode "The Silverman and the Pillows" aired on February 11, 2010, Sarah is seen watching the end of the episode "LaFleur" and is overcome with emotion at Sawyer's reunion with Kate, Jack and Hurley.

Saturday Night Live (TV)

  • On February 5, 2005, there was a sketch where Paris Hilton is sitting at a bar and a guy (Seth Meyers) sits down next to her. He attempts to hit on her, and eventually says "Hey, you ever watch the show 'Lost'? Hilton: "No" Guy: "Oh then let me tell you something, that's a good show, that's a quality show right there. See what happens is they got this plane, right, crashes into the island. And all the people, right, they got no idea where they are, no idea. What they do is each week the show, shows you a little bit about what's going on with the island, but they also go back in time and show you what the people were doing before the plane crashed. Shows you your histories, very clever, very clever show. Very clever."
  • On November 11, 2006, during the Weekend Update segment, Seth Meyers made a joke about certain issues now facing the Republicans after the Democrats took control of the American House of Representatives and Senate previously in the week: "Political analysts are saying that the Democratic victories of Tuesday’s elections were a referendum on President Bush’s handling of the war in Iraq and various Congressional scandals. As well as the environment, the economy, wiretapping, torture, Katrina, military tribunals, illegal immigration, Osama’s continued freedom, Kyoto, abortion rights, the national debt, SARS, the XFL, and the death of Mr. Eko".
  • On December 2, 2006 Matthew Fox hosted the show, and many references to Lost were included in the episode.
    • Castmember Bill Hader appeared during Fox's monologue as Michael Richards (acting as Richards' trademark character Kramer, from Seinfeld) asking for work on Lost, offering to be one of the Others, the smoke monster, or to appear in a flashback.
    • A sketch featuring Lost fans in an elevator with Matthew Fox, discussing their theories, which range from "The producers don't know what's going on" to "It's all in Walt's imagination" to "The Island's on the toenail of a giant" to "Purgatory". As well, two female fans ask if Matthew is single, to which he replies "Married for 15 years" and "Two kids", and one female fan leaves the elevator because of the rest discussing spoilers while she is only halfway through Season 2.
  • In January 20, 2007, there was a sketch "Two A-holes and an adoption agency". The A-holes mention that adoption is complicated like sudoku and the 2nd season of Lost.
  • On the September 13, 2008 episode, Bobby Moynihan played a waiter in a sketch who mentioned "the smoke monster from Lost".

Scrubs (TV)

Scrubs apollo candy

An Apollo Bar visible in Scrubs

  • Apollo Bars featured in the season 7 premiere of Scrubs "My Own Worst Enemy" (October 25, 2007) where they were visible in the supply of a vending machine. Because the prop seemed identical to that used in Lost and The Lost Experience, this reference may also be considered a crossover. The same vending machine with the Apollo Bars can also be seen in the season 8 episode '"My Chief Concern" (May 5, 2009).
  • In the season 7 finale "My Princess", a smoke monster is used to personify a patient's illness during the fairy tale scenes. As well as bearing resemblance to the Monster, it may also be a reference to the show moving to ABC for its 8th season.
  • In the season 8 premiere "My Jerks", the new intern Ed discusses time he spent on a Lost fan site.
  • In the season 9 episode "Our White Coats", medical student Cole is distracting a fellow student who apparently is a huge Lost fan (he has a laptop full with Lost stickers and wears a hat with the Dharma logo) by pretending that Lost has been cancelled and that the finale is never going to air.

Senses Fail (music group)

Shortpacked! (webcomic)

Simpsons, The (TV & and video game)

  • In the commentary forThe Simpsons episode 09x14, "Das Bus", the producers joke about how Lost was inspired by this episode (tongue-in-cheek). They further make references to unanswered questions, the Others and the Smoke Monster.
  • In The Simpsons episode 19x08, "Funeral for a Fiend", Marge becomes addicted to TiVo when Homer signs up for it just to get free camera batteries. Marge is excited because "I've gotten so much accomplished: I saved Lost, watched all of Rome in a day, and got through Two and a Half Men in two and a half minutes!"
  • In The Simpsons Game, Lenny states whilst in peril that he'll never find out what happens with Charlie and Claire on Lost.
    • Also, football player enemies say "4! 8! 15! 16! 23! 42! Hike!" upon attacking.

Singularity (video game)

  • In the old shipping yard, the numbers are written on huge crates of cargo, only backwards (42, 23, 16, 15, 8, 4).

Skate (video game)

  • On the main loading screen, it shows in the bottom-right corner "4M815.16".

Sonic Weapon Fence (music)

Main article: Sonic Weapon Fence
  • Sonic Weapon Fence is a Chicago based rock trio that exclusively writes and performs songs about Lost.

Soup, The (TV)

  • In 2005, on The Soup, a fake Lost commercial was shown, saying people who missed some episodes are losers who'll never catch up.[19]
  • In 2006, a clip of "Every Man for Himself" where Ben kills a rabbit in front of Sawyer is shown. Host Joel McHale commented: "The rest of the episode were flashbacks of the bunny's life. Looks like he couldn't walk before crashing on the Island."
  • In November 9, 2007, after a clip of "America's Most Smartest Model", McHale commented about the poor quality of the show's writing and writer's strike with the following: "Can we get the studios to give the writers some download residuals and fire up a Lost or something?"
  • A running gag on the show involves clips from I Love Toy Trains; a show about model trains. The clips are usually rather dry and pointless. At the end of the clips The Soup cuts to a graphic resembling the LOST logo: ILTT (an acronym for the show's title), and plays the sound effect used at the conclusion of every LOST episode. Host Joel McHale and The Soup staff then make ironic comments about how mind-blowing and edgy I Love Toy Trains is.

South Park (TV)


Reference in the Thing to the Numbers

  • In the episode "Bloody Mary", Cartman and friends were trying to get home to watch the season finale of Lost.
  • In the episode "Smug Alert", a cloud very similar to The Monster is seen, representing George Clooney's acceptance speech. Whispers can also be heard.

Spiderman: Friend or Foe (video game)

  • At the beginning of the second level of the game, known as Tangaroa Island, you find out that it is a mystical, mostly unexplored, Island just off the east coast of Australia, at latitude 4.815 and longitude 162.342.

Spoony Experiment, The (website)

  • In his Final Fantasy VIII review, Noah Antwiler compares the Laguna flashbacks to the flashbacks on Lost.
  • In his Phantasmagoria 2 video, Noah asks if he has to enter the numbers to access the Threshold portal. (website)

  • The first episode of "That Cartoon Show" explores what would happen during the last episode of the series. Ben reveals that the answers to everything in the series can be found behind a metal door, and Jack says that, even though Ben is a notorious liar who has lied about everything in the past, he trusts him. The door opens, and out steps J.J. Abrams, who admits that, to create a show that kept people's attention, he opened up a bunch of questions back in Season 1 that he had NO intention to ever answer.

That Mitchell And Webb Look (TV)

  • In the sixth episode of season two, during the 'history of numberwang' sketch, a 1940s scientist asks the computer if the number "4 8 15 162 3420" is numberwang. The response is positive.
    • On the online game of Numberwang found on the BBC website, inserting the numbers "4 8 15 16 23 42" will achieve Numberwang on level 1.

Thing, The (comic)

  • One issue of this Marvel Comics series mentioned punching in the Numbers as a code.

This Morning (TV)

  • During the week beginning the 6th July, the UK television programme "This Morning" ran a feature on cheap holidays. For each holiday it showed a flight screen with the flight number and time of departure. The flight numbers included "108", "316" and "815" and the times of departures were made up from a combination of the numbers.

Timeout UK (Magazine)

  • In the October 15-21 2009 Issue, a fake DHARMA letter was written from Dr. Pierre Chang to someone at The Orchid. On closer inspection, the letter was a clever advert for Lost S5 on Bluray and DVD.

Top Chef: Masters (TV)

  • In episode 2 of Top Chef Masters titled The LOST Supper, the contestants' challenge was to create a meal only using meat and DHARMA Initiative food to create a meal that would be be presented to judges as well as Lost creator J.J. Abrams and executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse.

Transformers: Cybertron (TV)

  • In the episode Inferno of the 2005/2006 cartoon series Transformers: Cybertron, the pilot of a military jet fighter identifies himself as "Oceanic Flight 815, requesting clearance for landing" right before the Decepticon Thundercracker scans the plane and adopting its form as his new disguise. The plane's ID code was one of many pop-cultural in-jokes explicitly added for the English dub of the show.

Tripping the Rift (TV)

  • In episode "Six, Lies and Videotape", 4-8-15-16-23-42 is Chodes' customer number at the post office.

Under the Dome (Book)

  • In Stephen King's 2009 book "Under the Dome," there is a quote from "the Scottish guy" (Desmond), "Don't mistake coincidence for fate" (although the quote was actually said by Eko and repeated later by Locke to Desmond).
  • There is also a reference to "The Hunted Ones," which is described as "a clever sequel to Lost."

Unusuals, The (TV)

  • The character Detective Leo Banks, played by Lost alumnus Harold Perrineau, is superstitious about the number 42.
  • The April 3, 2009, #1041 issue of Entertainment Weekly contained a pull-out, full page ad for The Unusuals, which featured the Numbers in reverse order, the name "Walt" and a word find with "Afterlost" as one of the words to find.

V (TV)

  • V's pilot episode features a scene that is homage to Lost's opening scene. The scene shows her closed eye close-up, her eye opening, and her pupil contracting, just as Jack's did in the "Because You Left".
  • In season 1, episode 4 ("It's Only The Beginning"), a DHARMA looking logo can be seen on the V's computer screen at the 31:51 time mark.

Veronica Mars (TV)

  • In the Veronica Mars episode "Donut Run" (Season 2), the heroine gets a fortune cookie that contains the saying "True love stories never have endings" and the Numbers. Interestingly, there's a comma between 23 and 42 (The last number is separated from the rest like it is for most lotteries; Hurley's winning lottery numbers had a separated 42). Coincidentally, Veronica Mars and Lost used to air at the exact same time (Veronica's "Donut Run" aired opposite to "Fire + Water").[20]
  • In the episode "I Know What You'll Do Next Summer" (Season 3, Airdate: May 15, 2007), Sheriff Keith Mars gives specific assignments to his deputies. Two of these Deputies are named "Kitsis and Horowitz", a reference to writers/producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz.[21] (Internet Service)

  • The internet service provides a service to people who have lost their cellphones - users simply enter their cellphone number and the website calls the number, so users can listen for their lost cell phone. However, the incoming call shows up on the caller ID as "1-481-516-2342", an obvious reference to LOST.


  • According to, one WWE writer pitched the idea to use the infamous Lost numbers for some money increments during McMahon’s Million Dollar Mania. For example, while most contestants won thousands of dollars, one unlucky contestant received only $16. The use of the numbers was to foreshadow the “tragic accident” that occurred at the end of the June 23, 2008 (another use of the numbers) RAW event where the stage set malfunctioned, leaving Vince McMahon “injured.”

Will and Grace (TV)

  • In an episode of Will and Grace, one character remarks, "Grace is like that show Lost - when you find out what's in the Hatch, it's less interesting!".
  • In another episode, Grace mentions dreaming about "the hot Korean guy on Lost".

World of Warcraft - Wrath of the Lich King (video game)

Wow hatch

The Numbers found on the Hatch in World of Warcraft'

  • In the latest expansion of World of Warcraft, Wrath of the Lich King, there is a tropical jungle named Sholazar Basin, found on the continent of Northrend. In the northeastern part of the map you will find a tiny island in the middle of a lake. When you get closer to the island, you'll see a hatch. Hover your mouse over it, a series of numbers will appear. The series is 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, and 42, which is The Numbers. The music also changes into a "mystic" theme, resembling the Lost theme.
  • The numbers in the World of Warcraft game have now been changed to 5, 9, 16, 17, 24 and 43, simply The Numbers with 1 added to each in the sequence.

Venture Brothers (TV)

  • In the episode "Fallen Arches", the Monarch has a prostitute trapped in a series of passages bellow his lair. As she is finding her way through the corridors, the Monarch yells over the intercom, "What could be behind that door? It could be a years supply of turtle wax, or it could be the polar bear from Lost!" Surprisingly, the polar bear is behind the door.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series (online)

  • LittleKuriboh made a video using footage from the episode "Dead is Dead". As soon as Ben looks at the stone tablet in the Temple, Kaiba appears behind him and exclaims "Oh my God, a giant rock!"
  • In the spinoff Cr@psule Monsters, after surviving a plane crash, the character of Joey insists on making a Lost joke. (Settling on looking for the smoke monster.)

Zack and Miri Make a Porno (movie)

  • During the scene where Zack and Miri have sex for their porno (1:03:50) , Lester (Jason Mewes's character) asks Deacon (Jeff Anderson's character), "Deacon...did you see Lost this week...I missed it, what happened?" to which he replies, "Ah dude they're on the island, they're off the island...who can follow that s**t". Stacey (Katie Morgan's charater) then said, "I think they're in hell".

Zero Punctuation (online)

  • In his last post[22], Yahtzee reviews Spore, and claims the that whole game is about the space exploration stage and that everything before it seems like a unnecessarily detailed intro sequence,

"like the recap at the start of an episode of Lost!"

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