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Danger Man (1960) (TV Series)
Secret Agent (1964) (TV Series)

Followed by 

Koroshi (1968) (TV Movie)

Remade as 

The Prisoner (2009) (TV Mini-Series)

Edited into 

Derrick contre Superman (1992) (TV Short)
Clips edited alongside other programs.


The Prisoner (1980) (Video Game)
game adaptation

Referenced in 

Branded to Kill (1967)
The persistent question of "Who is Number 1?".
My Partner the Ghost: When the Spirit Moves You (1970) (TV Episode)
Corri says Anton Rodgers' character Bream will go and see "Number One" and they will find out who it is. Rodgers had played Number 2 in the Prisoner previously.
The Ruling Class (1972)
"Dem Bones" song in both films.
Columbo: Identity Crisis (1975) (TV Episode)
Director Patrick McGoohan inserted many references to his cult TV series The Prisoner (1967), including saying "Be seeing you!"
The Prisoner Puzzle (1977) (TV Special)
the series is discussed at length
The Prisoner (1980) (Video Game)
game based upon the TV series
Thunderbirds 2086: Space Warriors (1982) (TV Episode)
Dylan exclaims, "I'm not a number, I'm a free man!"
Prisoner 2 (1982) (Video Game)
Prisoner 2 was based on the TV series "The Prisoner"
Treasure Hunt: Gwynedd (1984) (TV Episode)
"No. 6's captivating Mediterranean Village" is the clue to Portmeirion, where Anneka drives a mini-moke to the town square.
G.I. Joe: There's No Place Like Springfield: Part 1 (1985) (TV Episode)
The plot of the episode follows the premise of the series: A man who holds a secret of great interest is dropped into a village that appears for all intents and purposes to be normal and idyllic, yet is designed to get him to crack and give up the secret he holds. Also, Shipwrecks's address in Springfield is 6 Village Drive.
G.I. Joe: There's No Place Like Springfield: Part 2 (1985) (TV Episode)
The plot of the episode follows the premise of the series: A man who holds a secret of great interest is dropped into a village that appears for all intents and purposes to be normal and idyllic, yet is designed to get him to crack and give up the secret he holds. Also, Shipwrecks's address in Springfield is 6 Village Drive.
Doctor Who: The Happiness Patrol: Part Three (1988) (TV Episode)
The whole serial is heavily influenced by "The Prisoner" in its depiction of a dictatorship which is superficially happy (because all malcontents are eliminated). In part 3, the Kandy Man makes a dialogue reference, with the catchphrase often spoken by the "Village" authorities of "The Prisoner" ("That would be telling").
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
In the scene in the King of the Moon's bedroom, above the headboard is a small bust. In a close-up shot, the eyes of the bust are seen to contain lights that blink on and off, accompanied by the sound of a camera whirring and clicking. This is line producer David Tomblin's homage to The Prisoner, which he helped produce and direct.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Cosmic Princess (1989) (TV Episode)
Reference to 'the spider from the Prisoner'
For Love or Money: Episode #1.1 (1993) (TV Episode)
Features memorabillia from the series.
Babylon 5: Mind War (1994) (TV Episode)
Bester gives a salute as he says, "Be seeing you."
ReBoot: The TIFF (1994) (TV Episode)
The escaping prisoner in the game is labeled "PR No. 7", a possible reference to Number Six from The Prisoner. Also, Bob and Dot trap escapees in bubbles, a possible nod to Rover.
Simon the Sorcerer II: The Lion, the Wizard, and the Wardrobe (1995) (Video Game)
when Simon is registering to enter the contest for Court Wizard, Simon quotes the "I am not a number" line. When he is told that he is number nine, his response is "I am not a number, I am a free man!", prompting the official who is helping him to remark "I hate people who can shamelessly quote in public".
Æon Flux: The Purge (1995) (TV Episode)
Number Six repeatedly refers to the brainwashed, obedient, apathetic citizens of the Village as cabbages. "Aeon Flux" is heavily influenced by "The Prisoner", and references it in this episode by having the regimented, mind-controlled Breen citizens herded into food booths and eating identical cabbages, while reciting childish nursery rhymes (Also a characteristic of the Village).
2point4 Children: Seven Dials (1995) (TV Episode)
contains seveeral humorous references
Nowhere Man: Heart of Darkness (1996) (TV Episode)
When C.W. Knox (Patrick Kilpatrick) assigns the new recruits their numbers, Tom's number ends up being 6, a reference to Patrick McGoohan's character in "The Prisoner" (1967).
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Laserblast (1996) (TV Episode)
It's Rover!"
NewsRadio: Awards Show (1996) (TV Episode)
Mr. James mentions the show during the end credits
Double Team (1997)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Halloween (1997) (TV Episode)
The card that Giles finds in Ethan's shop at the end says "Be seeing you," which was a catchphrase used in The Prisoner
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Dark Age (1997) (TV Episode)
Catchphrase "Be seeing you." gets quoted again
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Phantom Planet (1998) (TV Episode)
"Show him the prisoner." Mike: We've got all the episodes on tape.
Alan Davies: Urban Trauma (1998) (TV Special)
Grand Theft Auto: London, 1969 (1999) (Video Game)
The "Locust" is based on the Lotus Seven and one of the colour schemes is green with a yellow nose just like the car from the opening credits of this series.
Fight Club (1999)
A video of The Prisoner can be seen in the video store getting erased
High Fidelity (2000)
The Operative: No One Lives Forever (2000) (Video Game)
Mentioned in overheard conversation
Donnie Darko (2001)
Shrek (2001)
The entrance of Shrek and Donkey at the seemingly deserted village of Duloc echoes Number 6's Arrival in the Village. Also the font on the village's signs is the same as in The Prisoner's Village and the architecture of the buildings is similar as well
Classic Albums: Iron Maiden: The Number of the Beast (2001) (TV Episode)
The show is referenced as the band obtain permission from Patrick McGoohan to use the opening sequence on the album.
Welcome to Eltingville (2002) (TV Short)
Justice League: Legends (2002) (TV Episode)
The ice-cream truck's song is both shows is "Pop Goes the Weasel".
The Very Best of 'Have I Got News for You' (2002) (Video)
Paul Merton wears a "Prisoner" blazer
Midsomer Murders: A Tale of Two Hamlets (2003) (TV Episode)
Darren talks about Wilson's knowledge of the series.
Murphy's Law: Electric Bill (2003) (TV Episode)
Murphy mentions and quotes it in his cell.
Battlestar Galactica (2003) (TV Mini-Series)
Ron Moore has admitted that the character name "Number 6" was stolen from McGoohan's show
Osirian Gothic (2004) (Video)
Philip Hinchcliffe mentions this series among Lewis Griefer's credits
Comedy Connections: To the Manor Born (2006) (TV Episode)
Referenced by name
Flushed Away (2006)
Sid says "be seeing you my friend" before pushing Roddy down the toilet.
The Cult of...: Adam Adamant Lives! (2006) (TV Episode)
Referenced by name
Don't Knock Yourself Out (2007)
Making of Documentary
All About 'Thunderbirds' (2008) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name
Drama Trails: 'Cold Feet' to 'A Touch of Frost' (2008) (TV Episode)
Referenced by name
500 Days of Summer (2009)
DVDs are shown in a video store.
Watchmen (2009)
salute of the Watchmen, "Be Seeing You" like in the series
Inspector Lewis: The Point of Vanishing (2009) (TV Episode)
"He is a free man, not a number" says Lewis of Hathaway.
In the White Room: With Actor Johnny Matte (2009) (Short)
Johnny Matte says "The Magoohan Institute of Psychology"
Analyse (2009) (Short)
Poster in Jon's home.
The Secret of the Labyrinth (2010) (Video)
mentioned by Philip Hinchcliffe and Jim Sangster
Aliens vs. Predator (2010) (Video Game)
the protagonist on the Alien single player campaign is called "Number Six".
Secret Diary of a Call Girl: Episode #3.6 (2010) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Stewart.
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.133 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $1,000 clue in the category "Patrick's Day"
Danger 5 (2011) (TV Series)
The jacket that Colonel Chessbridge wears during the "briefing" scenes (black with white trim) is nearly identical to the jacket worn by Number 6 in "The Prisoner" (1967). That series is a pseudo-sequel to "Secret Agent" (1964) also known as "Danger Man".
R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: Catching Cold (2011) (TV Episode)
The ice-cream truck's song is both shows is "Pop Goes the Weasel".
Nostalgia Critic: The Avengers (2011) (TV Episode)
"I guess it was sort of a James Bond meets The Prisoner."
Just a Minute: Episode #1.1 (2012) (TV Episode)
Referenced by name
Fringe: Letters of Transit (2012) (TV Episode)
"I am not a number, I am a free man!"
Lost in Vienna, Austria (2013)
The basement scene with Julie and Househover is a tribute to the legendary TV show "The Prisoner" (1967) with Patrick McGoohan.
Person of Interest: Last Call (2014) (TV Episode)
At the end of the episode The Voice says, "Be seeing you."
Hamlet A.D.D. (2014)
"Be Seeing You" gesture and line
Cold (2014) (Short)
The basement scene with Julie and Househover is a tribute to this legendary TV show
Person of Interest: Deus Ex Machina (2014) (TV Episode)
Root's message to Harold paraphrases Number 6's iconic quotes, "I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered!" and "I am not a number, I am a free man!"
Mental Saboteur (2014) (Video)
mentioned once
Mastermind: Episode #37.4 (2014) (TV Episode)
Chosen by one of the contestants as their special subject.
Seen and Not Seen (2014) (Short)
'Rover' pursues and attacks the protagonist
Supernatural: The Prisoner (2015) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Only Connect: Episode #11.3 (2015) (TV Episode)
The show is discussed during the sequences round.
Person of Interest: Sotto Voce (2016) (TV Episode)
Just before driving away, Easton says "Be seeing you", an iconic phrase from the TV series.
Alain Carrazé raconte Le Prisonnier (2017) (TV Mini-Series)
DuckTales: From the Confidental Casefiles of Agent 22! (2018) (TV Episode)
The guard bubble on Black Heron's island is based off the character Rover.
ITV Lunchtime News: Episode dated 12 September 2018 (2018) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Alastair.
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019)
"Be seeing you."

Featured in 

Six Into One: The Prisoner File (1984) (TV Movie)
Documentary about the series, also featuring clips
The Chronic Rift: The Prisoner (1992) (TV Episode)
Featured as part of this week's discussion topic
Science Fiction: A Journey Into the Unknown (1994) (TV Movie)
scenes from the series are shown here
The 100 Greatest TV Moments (1999) (TV Special)
In Search of the Prisoner (2001) (TV Movie)
Drama Trails: 'Cold Feet' to 'A Touch of Frost' (2008) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Sci-Fi Television Series (2014) (TV Episode)
The Prisoner gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Biggest TV Plot Holes (2015) (TV Episode)
Everyone in the village having a number for a name except Cobb is given a dishonorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Fictional Salutes (2016) (TV Episode)
Be Seeing You gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 TV Shows About Prison (2016) (TV Episode)
The Prisoner is #6.
The Cars That Made Britain Great: Episode #1.6 (2016) (TV Episode)
excerpt shown
WatchMojoUK: Top 10 Moments in British Sci-Fi History (2018) (TV Episode)
The Prisoner is #4.
WatchMojoUK: Top 10 Shows to Watch if You Like Black Mirror (2019) (TV Episode)
The Prisoner is #6.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Shocking Series Finale Plot Twists (2019) (TV Episode)
The twist in The Prisoner: Fall Out (1968) that reveals Number 6 to be Number 1 gets an honorable mention.

Spoofed in 

Spitting Image: Episode #1.1 (1984) (TV Episode)
Title sequence is referenced in the "Exchequers" sketch.
Dead End (1985)
scenes and referances to "Number 6" and "The Village"
The Laughing Prisoner (1987) (TV Movie)
The Simpsons: Krusty Gets Busted (1990) (TV Episode)
Spoofs the closing title sequence in which the the Prisoner's face flies toward the viewer before being trapped by iron bars
Prisoner of Love (1995) (Video)
Premise and lead character, adapted for porn.
ReBoot: Number 7 (1997) (TV Episode)
The whole episode is a homage to the tv series.
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys: Stranger in a Strange World (1997) (TV Episode)
Guy in jail shouting "I'm not a numeral, I'm a free man"
Santa vs. the Snowman (1997) (TV Short)
The Simpsons: The Joy of Sect (1998) (TV Episode)
Marge's escape parodies this show, even down to being chased by a giant bubble which engulfs people.
Pinky and the Brain: Brainwashed: Part 1 - Brain Brain Go Away (1998) (TV Episode)
The island of hats set up parodies this show. The costumes are almost identical.
The Simpsons: The Computer Wore Menace Shoes (2000) (TV Episode)
Simpsons spoof "The Village" as "The Island"
Coupling: Nightlines (2004) (TV Episode)
patrick's dream is a parody of prisoner opening
The Adventures of Superseven: The Captive (2012) (TV Episode)
title, title font, dialogue, characters

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