- CrissCross (1992): A period drama set in 1969. While a group of people are watching the historic Apollo 11 liftoff, someone says that they want to watch Dark Shadows instead.
- Love Bites (1993): Written & directed by Dark Shadows writer Malcolm Marmorstein, the character of Zachary Simms is a parody of Barnabas Collins.
- Frankenstein and Me (1997): A family film set in the late 60's, the show's famous opening is shown on the family television.
- Fright Night (2011): Upon see the main character's room covered in crosses, his mother remarks "It's like that show... Dark Shadows."
- Seinfeld (1989): In the 1996 episode entitled The Wig Master, Kramer receives a cane that is identical to the Wolf's-head cane, but the handle is gold instead of silver. Later in the episode, Kramer is arrested for looking like a "pmip."
- The King of Queens (1998): In a 2003 episode, someone mentions that Spence Olchin is going to a Dark Shadows convention.
- Angel (1999): In the 2003 episode Release, the character Gunn says, "All I'm saying is, he tries dancing in here and pulling a Dark Shadows again..."
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