Flash Gordon (1936) Poster



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Version of 

Flash Gordon (1954) (TV Series)
Flesh Gordon (1974)
Flash Gordon (1979) (TV Series)
Flash Gordon (1980)
Flash Gordon (1996) (TV Series)
Flash Gordon (2007) (TV Series)

Edited into 

Spaceship to the Unknown (1966) (TV Movie)

Referenced in 

The Witches (1967)
appears in a dream sequence
Star Trek: The Original Series: The Gamesters of Triskelion (1968) (TV Episode)
Villain-of-the-week Galt is a dead ringer for the iconic Ming the Merciless.
The Dick Cavett Show: Lucille Ball/Carol Burnett/Lucie Arnaz/Dr. Ferdie Pacheco (1971) (TV Episode)
Carol says she loved the serial as a child.
M*A*S*H: Hot Lips and Empty Arms (1973) (TV Episode)
Radar suggests ordering some "Flash Gordon" films for the camp.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
From "Science Fiction Double Feature": "And Flash Gordon was there in silver underwear"
M*A*S*H: The Korean Surgeon (1976) (TV Episode)
Radar says, "With all that stuff, you could transfer Flash Gordon to the outfit."
Starcrash (1978)
Count Zarth Arn is a knockoff of Ming the Merciless
Gimme a Break!: The Man from Zoron (1985) (TV Episode)
Nell mentions Flash Gordon
St. Elsewhere: Resurrection (1987) (TV Episode)
Dr. Gideon tells Dr. Westphall that he thought that St. Eligius was the kind of hospital where you wouldn't send Ming the Merciless.
My Secret Identity: My Secret Identity (1988) (TV Episode)
Andrew refers to Flash Gordon and Dr. Zarkov.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Killer Shrews (1992) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Sounds like Flash Gordon"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996)
Crow: Increase the Flash Gordon noise and put more science stuff around.
A Comedy of Private Lives: Papai Foi à Lua (1997) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by name and Jorge and his father watch this film on TV.
Sliders: Net Worth (1999) (TV Episode)
When he was eight, Remmy dressed as Ming the Merciless for a fancy dress party.
Sliders: To Catch a Slider (1999) (TV Episode)
There is a poster for the serial in the Chandler Hotel restaurant.
Jackie Chan Adventures: Shanghai Moon (2001) (TV Episode)
Uncle - "Who do I look like Flash Gordon?"
The Cockettes (2002)
"Flash Gordon Chap. 8" is advertised on a flyer.
Farscape: Unrealized Reality (2002) (TV Episode)
John says: "I am not Kirk, Spock, Luke, Buck, Flash or Arthur frelling Dent"
Top Gear: Topless Showdown (2003) (TV Episode)
The "race for the universe" featured Ming the Merciless.
Spaceballs: The Documentary (2005) (Video)
Mentioned by name
Psych: Earth, Wind and... Wait for It (2009) (TV Episode)
Shawn tells Lassiter to "trim that fingernail, Ming the Merciless."
Attack of the Clones Review (2010) (Video)
Among the movies Plinkett mentions that the Original Star Wars Trilogy paid homage to.
The Mentalist: The Red Mile (2011) (TV Episode)
Ming the Merciless mentioned by Jane
The Cleveland Show: March Dadness (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Jr.
Baggage Battles: Sin City Win (2013) (TV Episode)
A 1935 Flash Gordon tin toy radio repeater click pistol is appraised by Johnny Jimenez of Toy Shack.
King of the Nerds: Nerds to the Rescue (2014) (TV Episode)
Brian mentions the main character, Flash Gordon, in this movie
The Zombie Horror Picture Show (2014)
"Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Supertown" mentions "The Witch Queen of Mongo."
I Am Your Father (2015)
Mentioned as the model for "Star Wars".
The Making of Astro Bastards (2016) (Short)
James Rolfe mentions that he had it on his mind while making Flying Fuckernauts vs. The Astro Bastards (2016).
The Joy (2016) (Short)
mentioned in dialogue


Just Imagine (1930)
Doctor Zarkov's rocket was originally constructed for the 1930 Science Fiction musical comedy, Just Imagine (1930). That film was also the source of a brief scene of dancing girls swarming over an idol with moving arms, which Ming views over a TV screen.

Featured in 

Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938)
Several clips from the serial are shown.
Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940)
Several clips from the serial are shown.
The Projectionist (1970)
A clip of Ming the Merciless is featured from this film.
The Making of 'Star Wars' (1977) (TV Movie)
shots of Flash Gordon are shown to illustrate the origin of Star Wars
SP FX: Special Effects - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) (TV Movie)
special effect scenes from this film are featured in this special
Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi (1983) (TV Movie)
scenes are featured in this special effects special
Action Heroes of Movies & T.V.: A Campy Compilation (1989) (Video)
Uses a clip from it.
The Universal Story (1996) (TV Movie)
Troldspejlet: Troldspejlet Special: Væsener fra fremmede planeter (1996) (TV Episode)
Jakob Stegelmann recaps the history of aliens from other worlds featured in sci-fi films, comic books and other fiction, mentioning the serial film + clip shown
The Unauthorized 'Star Wars' Story (1999) (Video)
some scenes from Flash Gordon are featured
Terror from Within (2002) (TV Movie)
Clips shown
The Girls Next Door: Baby Talk (2006) (TV Episode)
Hef and Holly watch the serial; clips are shown
The Darkness (2007) (Video Game)
Entire movie can be watched on TV
The Phantom Menace Review (2009) (Video)
A film that the Original Star Wars Trilogy paid homage to and what Plinkett used to watch when he was in his 40's.
These Amazing Shadows (2011)
Clips from this film are shown in These Amazing Shadows.
The Real History of Science Fiction: Space (2014) (TV Episode)
Clips shown

Spoofed in 

Flesh Gordon (1974)
Quark: All the Emperor's Quasi-Norms: Part 1 (1978) (TV Episode)
Zorgon the Malevolent is a spoof on Ming the Merciless and the story continues like the Flash Gordon series.
Quark: All the Emperor's Quasi-Norms: Part 2 (1978) (TV Episode)
Story is a continuation from a previous episode.
Flicks (1983)
Includes a segment mocking this original seriel.
A Christmas Story (1983)
in a deleted scene, Ralphie dreams of joining Flash Gordon to fight against the evil Emperor Ming the Merciless.
Dick Spanner, P.I.: The Case of the Maltese Parrot - Part 11 (1987) (TV Episode)
Erik Von Strongbow shoots "Flash Gordon meets Ben-Hur on the Forbidden Planet."
DuckTales: The Right Duck (1987) (TV Episode)
Ping the Pitiless is a spoof of Ming the Merciless.
Flesh Gordon Meets the Cosmic Cheerleaders (1990)
Adult Flash Gordon spoof.
Muppets Tonight: Rick Moranis (1997) (TV Episode)
Spoofed as Lash Holstein Space Cowdet
Star Trek: Voyager: Night (1998) (TV Episode)
The "Captain Proton" program spoofs the original Flash Gordon.
Star Trek: Voyager: Bride of Chaotica! (1999) (TV Episode)
numerous tropes from this series are spoofed
Wander Over Yonder: The Loose Screw/The It (2015) (TV Episode)
Mandrake is a spoof of Emperor Ming.

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