The Big Bang Theory season 7, episode 4, “The Raiders Minimization”

On Season 7 Episode 4 of The Big Bang Theory ("The Raiders Minimization"), Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) attempts to “ruin” the plot of his girlfriend’s favorite novel in retaliation for her criticisms of Raiders of the Lost Ark but cannot; he claims that “Amy’s beloved Pride and Prejudice is a flawless masterpiece. He’s got too much pride, she’s got too much prejudice -- it just works.”

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Penny Dreadful

"Penny Dreadful is a British-American horror drama television series...[that] draws upon many characters from 19th-century Irish and British fiction, including...Victor Frankenstein and his monster from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein." -Wikipedia

Additionally, in an NPR interview, series creator John Logan cited William Wordsworth's poetry as the inspiration behind the series. Multiple episodes of the show reference or quote works from different Romantic writers.

Breaking Bad, "Ozymandias"

"'Ozymandias' is the fourteenth episode of the fifth season of the American television drama series Breaking Bad....Over the course of the episode, most of the main characters fall to their knees out of grief, in comparison to the poem....[Actor] Bryan Cranston recites the entire poem in a 2013 trailer for the series." -Wikipedia

See the video of Bryan Cranston reciting Oxymandias on YouTube

Mad Men, "Dark Shadows"

"In the [ninth episode of the] fifth season of the TV series Mad Men entitled 'Dark Shadows,' copywriter Michael Ginsberg quotes the line 'Look on my works ye mighty, and despair.' Stan accuses Ginsberg of failing to heed the context: 'You should read the rest of the poem, you boob!'" -Wikipedia


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