Personal Computer References in Pop Culture

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January 1, 2000

Sri Lanka issues a series of postage stamps on the Year 2000, a 100-rupee stamp depicting a personal computer and a 100-rupee stamp depicting a man at a computer.

January 9, 2000

The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the USA.
  • A personal computer is used to run a "Virtual Doctor" medical diagnostic program. The computer has system unit, monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
  • The program says it is from the maker of "SimSandwich", a reference to the SimCity series of games.
  • The program says "You've got leprocy", with the same voice as that of America Online's "You've got mail".

(Copyright 2000 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

March 3, 2000

Northern Cyprus issues a 275,000-lira postage stamp depicting a computer.

March 19, 2000

The Fox Broadcasting Company airs the Futurama TV show in the US.
  • Characters virtually enter the Internet via AOL, where they are attacked by flying advertisements, and can walk into chat rooms.
  • A menu window is accessed, with "NEW / OPEN / CLOSE / DISGUISES" mimicing the style of the Mac OS.
  • Later, a video email arrives with the message "It's not Spam!", with a window that mimics the Mac OS.

(Copyright 2000 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

April 30, 2000

The Fox Broadcasting Company airs the Futurama TV show in the US.
  • In the year 3000, the 3.5-inch diskette is still used to store data.
  • A robot uses a mouse and mousepad as chest ornaments.

(Copyright 2000 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

June 20, 2000

Comedy Central airs the South Park TV show in the USA. A personal computer appears, used to find friends on the Internet.
(Copyright 2000 Comedy Central)

June 28, 2000

Comedy Central airs the South Park TV show in the USA. A laptop computer appears, used to write a romance novel.
(Copyright 2000 Comedy Central)

October 9, 2000

El Salvador issues a 5-col postage stamp depicting a personal computer.

November 5, 2000

The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the USA. A laptop computer is used to access the Internet.
(Copyright 2000 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

November 5, 2000

The Fox Broadcasting Company airs the Futurama TV show in the US.
  • A robot in the year 3000 has the name Tandy, and wears a t-shirt saying "Euro TRaSh-80", a reference to the Tandy TRS-80 computer.
  • A portrait painting on the wall of a castle has the name "COMMODORE LXIV", a reference to the Commodore 64 computer.
  • A scared character runs down a hall chased by the ghosts of a winged toaster and the Windows logo.
  • A book "Curse of the Were-Car" says it is for Windows 98.

(Copyright 2000 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

November 8, 2000

Comedy Central airs the South Park TV show in the USA. Several personal computers appear.
(Copyright 2000 Comedy Central)

November 15, 2000

Comedy Central airs the South Park TV show in the USA. Several personal computers appear.
(Copyright 2000 Comedy Central)

December 3, 2000

The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the USA.
  • A scene takes place in a computer store.
  • One computer looks like a new Apple Macintosh, with front carrying handle.
  • Personal computers appear at many people's houses.
  • A Web site includes the "Flying Toasters" animation, from Berkeley Softworks' After Dark program.

(Copyright 2000 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

January 1, 2001

New Zealand issues a 40-cent postage stamp depicting a personal computer mouse, part of a series for the 100th anniversary of penny universal postage.

January 7, 2001

The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the USA. A personal computer is used in purchasing stocks.
(Copyright 2001 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

January 12, 2001

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer releases the film AntiTrust to theaters in the USA. Several PCs are used for programming "SYNAPSE".

January 24, 2001

CinÚvia Films releases the film Garrison's Flowers to theaters in France. The film is set in 1991, but a computer store window shows an advertisement for Windows 2000.

March 11, 2001

The Fox Broadcasting Company airs the Futurama TV show in the US. In the year 3000, a computer accesses the Internet, and loads and displays a video clip in a window looking very much like the Apple Computer Mac OS.
(Copyright 2001 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

April 6, 2001

The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Fairly Oddparents TV show in the US. A personal computer appears in a school classroom.
(Copyright 2001 Nickelodeon)

April 8, 2001

The Fox Broadcasting Company airs the Futurama TV show in the US. In the opening credits is "Bender's Humor by Microsoft Joke".

April 20, 2001

The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Fairly Oddparents TV show in the US.
  • A personal computer appears, with keyboard and mouse.
  • A character types at a laptop computer.

(Copyright 2001 Nickelodeon)

April 22, 2001

The Fox Broadcasting Company airs the Futurama TV show in the US. In the year 3000, a clown makes a joke about Windows 3000 being used as a prison guard because it always locks up.

May 13, 2001

The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the USA. A personal computer appears, looking like the Apple Computer iMac.
(Copyright 2001 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

May 13, 2001

The Fox Broadcasting Company airs the Futurama TV show in the USA.
  • In the year 3000, a celebrity's personality is downloaded from the Internet, and stored on a blank robot. The robot come from a large box shaped like a 3.5-inch diskette box, with label on the box saying "10 BLANK ROBOTS / MAC FORMATTED".
  • Later, a personal computer appears, looking just like the original 1984 Apple Computer Macintosh, with built-in monitor, keyboard, and diskette drive.
  • Also, a 3.5-inch diskette is still being used as a backup disk.

(Copyright 2001 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

May 18, 2001

Artisan Entertainment releases the film Startup.com to theaters in the USA. An office full of computers are seen, a laptop, and possibly a Palm Pilot.

June 8, 2001

Warner Bros. Pictures releases the film Swordfish to theaters in the USA. A Dell laptop computer appears throughout the film.
(Copyright 2001 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

June 20, 2001

Comedy Central airs the South Park TV show in the USA. Several personal computers appear on the desks of a TV show.
(Copyright 2001 Comedy Central)

June 27, 2001

Comedy Central airs the South Park TV show in the USA. A personal computer appears, with program called "PhotoWiz", a spoof of Photoshop.
(Copyright 2001 Comedy Central)

2001

Syria issues a 25-pound postage stamp for the 38th anniversary of the March 8 Revolution, depicting two personal computers.

November 2, 2001

The Disney/Pixar film Monsters, Inc. includes an advertisement for Apple Macintosh on the back of a magazine in one scene.

December 2, 2001

The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the USA. Two computers appear among stolen items; one appears to be an Apple Computer.
(Copyright 2001 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

December 12, 2001

The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Fairly Oddparents TV show in the US.
  • Santa's computer says "You've got magic!", a reference to the America Online software saying "You've got mail".
  • A personal computer appears among Christmas presents.
  • A portable computer is used to send a message via the Internet.
  • Santa Claus' assistant uses a personal computer to record that a child is getting coal.
  • Santa's computer says "You've got coal".

(Copyright 2001 Nickelodeon)
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Other web pages of interest:
  • Chronology of Personal Computers
  • Disney References in Pop Culture
  • Video Game References in Pop Culture
  • Chevrolet Corvette References in Pop Culture
  • This Day in History

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