Star Wars Best Moments

Star Wars on TV: Friends' Leia Fantasy, HIMYM's Sexy Stormtrooper and 34 Other Memorable Tributes

Star Wars Fever is sweeping the nation, following the theatrical release of The Force Awakens, but let’s not forget, some of our favorite small screeners have been showing symptoms for years.

From Friends‘ iconic Princess Leia bikini episode to that time Barney boned a Stormtrooper on How I Met Your Mother, TVLine is looking back at some of the ways — 36 to be exact — the franchise has Forced its way into our favorite shows.

But before you get to clicking, a quick disclaimer: Star Wars is easily one of the most referenced things on television, so in the effort of narrowing our scope, we tried to limit our list to more intrusive, physical references. (If we included every time someone said “I have a bad feeling about this” or joked about having “Jedi mind tricks,” you’d be here all damn day.)

OK, now you can click into the gallery below — or click here for direct access — and drop a comment: What are your favorite Star Wars moments on TV?

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. Steven says:

    I always loved that the named of the coffee shop in Veronica Mars was Java the Hut!

  2. hopemullinax says:

    While the Family Guy specials are fun, I prefer the Robot Chicken ones more. Both are still amazing though!

  3. Daphne says:

    One of my all-time favourite quotes from HIMYM is:
    Marshall: “She’s never seen Star Wars? Ted the only people in the universe who have never seen Star Wars are the characters in Star Wars and that’s cause they lived them Ted, that’s cause they lived the Star Wars!”

  4. Amanda says:

    NO Muppet Babies? I still remember their tribute to Star Wars.

  5. KM says:

    Thank you for including Lois Lane, she’s awsome, and i love her nickname for clark, Luke Skywalker, in episode 8 Idol season 9

  6. Lauren says:

    The X-Files, “Small Potatoes.” Nothing better.

  7. T H says:

    In Once Upon A Time, Emma also went by the alias “Princess Leia” in the season 3 finale, and Henry used and referenced the “Wookie Prisoner” trick in the season 4 finale.

  8. Mel says:

    Uhm, I haven’t seen LOST in a long time but did Sawyer really refer to Michael as Han? Imo, Sawyer was always the most Han-esque character.

  9. DarkDefender says:

    The subtle shout out on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. By Coulson on the planet from his portal skydive, looking up and noticing the planet Tatooine. Was awesome.