Friday, November 9, 2012

Great Moments in Springsteen Television History - Born To Run References

In this screenshot from the Futurama episode "Decision 3012", we see that the Jersey Turnpike swamped with some Springsteen-esque traffic.  While we've mentioned many iconic lines in our weekly lyrics post, this one has gone overlooked.  However, it is a favorite of many TV writers, as it has also been referenced in The Sopranos episode "Long Term Parking"

It's a quick throwaway line, but the joke has a meta layer, as Steven Van Zandt is sitting with his onscreen boss as his offscreen boss is referenced.

Unfortunately, my exhaustive researched has only unearthed these two references.  If you know any other "Born To Run" references that have made it onto the air, let me know in the comments.

EDIT (1/21/14): Another "Born To Run" TV moment happened last week on Jimmy Fallon!


  1. Lisa performs 'Born to Runner Up' in The Simpsons.
    Cover version of Born to Run used in St. Elsewhere - S01E01 - Pilot
    'Born To Add' parody in Sesame Street S24 - E3087
    The Office (UK) S01E03 - The Quiz, Ricky Gervias: Yes, I am the boss. Like Springsteen, Born To Run!
    Cold Case S03E11 - 8 Years, Shelly Cole: "Remember that day we ditched, drove around playing born to run until the tape broke."
    The Mindy Project S01E02 - Hiring and Firing, Scott Hammer: Top five, Born to Run, Darkness on the Edge of Town, The Rising, Wrecking Ball-

  2. Wow - thanks for the heads up on those, didn't realize how many more were out there.