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The Goonies has been referenced many times in various forms of pop culture, from simple name drops to more elaborate parodies and gags.

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  • In American Dad! episode "May the Best Stan Win", the character of Roger tries to rope the other characters into making an amateur film recreation of The Goonies.
  • Animated comedy show Bob's Burgers has an episode parodying The Goonies, "The Belchies", involving a to-be demolished candy factory and rumored treasure within its basement. Cyndi Lauper sang a parody of "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough" titled "Taffy Butt" for the ending credits.
  • Family Guy has made a number of references to The Goonies:
    • The Goonies appear in "Breaking Out is Hard to Do" while the Griffins are in a sewer system. Mikey points the way out and then Peter asks Chunk to do the Truffle Shuffle.
    • Peter uses a coin to point out a series of landmarks in "Stew-Roids", similarly to how Mikey uses the old doubloon to pinpoint the location of the hidden tunnels.
    • Sloth appears in "Hell Comes to Quahog"; Meg is tasked with feeding him.
  • The comedy sitcom The Goldbergs had an episode parodying The Goonies, "Goldbergs Never Say Die!", where siblings Erica and Bailey Goldberg trick their younger brother into believing a Goonies-style pirate treasure exists in their hometown. The episode is notable for using footage from the movie and music from the original score.
  • Raising Hope's character Virginia Chance mentions her belief that child actors end up playing bit roles on TV shows; the character is portrayed by Martha Plimpton, who portrayed Stef in The Goonies.
  • Netflix original series Stranger Things is heavily inspired by The Goonies. Sean Astin appears in the second season as Bob Newby, who adlibbed in a line about pirate treasure after being shown a map with an X on it.
    • The character of Mike Wheeler was named after Mikey, as he was a direct inspiration for the character.
  • Cartoon Teen Titans Go! had an episode parodying The Goonies, "Booty Scooty", involving the titular Teen Titans going on a pirate treasure hunt to save their home from being purchased by land owners. The episode has a gag poking fun at the octopus deleted scene.
  • In an episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Raphael, voiced by Sean Astin, is disappointed not to find a pirate ship after swimming into an underground cave full of water, a reference to the Inferno.

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