TV Is Too Obsessed With The Silence Of The Lambs


It has been 30 years since The Silence of the Lambs premiered on the silver display.

Since then, the movie has been tremendously influential on popular culture — particularly TV. 

You could have by no means seen it, however likelihood is you already know every thing about The Silence of the Lambs simply from watching your favourite TV exhibits.

Hannibal!Dwight - The Office

Clarice (a TV collection about what occurred to the protagonist of The Silence of the Lambs after the movie’s occasions) simply premiered. 

Lower than 10 years earlier than Clarice started airing, Hannibal (a prequel collection in regards to the notorious Dr. Hannibal Lecter) ran for 3 seasons on NBC. 

Even when a TV collection would not instantly connect with The Silence of The Lamb, many have taken inspiration from it.

The Silence of the Lambs popularized the concept of consulting a convicted serial killer to catch one other serial killer. Nearly each investigative procedural has finished that plot.

Transport Chair - The Rookie Season 2 Episode 10

The Rookie Season 2 Episode 11 and The Rookie Season 2 Episode 20 had Nolan and the others flip to serial killer Rosalind Dyer for assist catching the serial killer who kidnapped Chen after which Armstong.

NCIS Season 3 Episode 3 had Gibbs working with a serial killer he beforehand collared to seize a copycat killer. 

Some exhibits go even additional than simply borrowing the movie’s normal concepts. Betty Cooper’s storyline has been one lengthy remake of The Silence of the Lambs since Riverdale Season 2. Spoofing The Silence of the Lambs turned a recurring theme throughout Angie Tribecca Season 3.

Do not assume it is simply procedurals or thriller exhibits referencing The Silence of the Lambs. 

Star Trek with the Lambs

On Star Trek: Deep Area Good Season Three Episode 25, the scene the place Dax confronts Joran, a assassin, was shot very similar to Clarice’s first encounter with Hannibal Lecter.

A later episode, Star Trek: Deep Area Season 7 Episode 13, had Dax consulting Joran to catch a assassin, making it an episode-long homage to The Silence of the Lambs.

Star Trek: Deep Area 9 is not the one science fiction TV present to reference The Silence of The Lambs.

Stargate SG-1 Season four Episode 15 took inspiration from it too. O’Neill needed to search assist from the incarcerated ex-colonel Maybourne. Maybourne then escaped and referred to as O’Neill from a tropical location, identical to Hannibal Lecter.

Saturday morning cartoons have gotten in on the act. Fillmore Season 1 Episode 1 was a Silence of the Lambs spoof — with vandalism substituting for homicide and cannibalism.   


Many exhibits have recreated or spoofed key sequences or photos from the movie. 

Lower than a yr after The Silence of the Lambs got here out within the theaters, Parker Lewis Cannot Lose Season 2 Episode four parodied the of picture Hannibal in a restraining wheeler.  

On Monk Season Three Episode 3, Monk’s climactic scene sporting night-vision goggles to trace the villain of the week in his condominium was an homage to The Silence of the Lambs sequence the place Jaime Gumb makes use of night-vision goggles to stalk Clarice in a darkish basement.

The homage is much more notable as a result of actor Ted Levine starred in each The Silence of the Lambs and Monk.


When Barney tries to keep away from getting slapped on How I Met Your Mother Season 5 Episode 9, his speech to Robin spoofs Hannibal’s speech to Clarice. 

When Dwight sliced off a dummy’s face and put it on like a masks on The Office Season 5 Episode 13, he seemed identical to Hannibal. To finish the impression, he stated, in a really Hannibal-like voice, “Clarice.”  

Talking of quoting from the film, TV characters quote, paraphrase, or reference strains from it on a regular basis. 

“Quid professional quo. I inform you issues; you inform me issues.” Dean paraphrased the road on Supernatural Season 5 Episode 11.  

Dean Has a Beer - Supernatural Season 15 Episode 19

“I ate his liver with some fava beans and a pleasant bottle of Chianti.” Jake references the quote on Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 6 Episode 11

“It rubs the lotion on its pores and skin, or else it will get the hose once more.” This quote appears widespread with TV medical doctors. Dr. George O’Malley talked about it on Grey’s Anatomy Season 2 Episode 10, and Dr. Perry Cox talked about it on Scrubs Season 1 Episode 12.

The checklist above is barely a fraction of The Silence of the Lambs’ references to grace TV screens. It isn’t onerous to see why TV is obsessive about it. 

It is an ideal film (though not with out controversy). Hannibal Lecter is among the most terrifying and mesmerizing villains of all time. Plus, the pictures and dialogue are iconic.

Hannibal Lecter - Clarice

As revered as The Silence of the Lambs is, it may be time to let it go. A lot of it has been repeatedly referenced or spoofed; it is onerous to think about any TV present (even nice ones) arising with a recent tackle the fabric.

There are such a lot of different horror and thriller movies for TV to riff from. Poor Clarice might by no means cease listening to the lambs’ scream, however TV ought to transfer on from The Silence of the Lambs.  

Over to you, TV Fanatics! Is it time for TV to say goodbye to The Silence of the Lambs references?

Hit the feedback under.

You may watch Clarice online at TV Fanatic.

Becca Newton is a employees author for TV Fanatic.

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