This page isn’t required for my project, but I thought it would be interesting to include anyway. Here is a list of where this song/poem has showed up in pop culture (taken from Wikipedia):

  • The song appears three times in The Simpsons, in the Season 3 episode “Saturdays of Thunder”, in the Season 6 episode “Bart’s Girlfriend” and in the Season 25 episode, “Labor Pains”.
  • The song also appears in “King of The Hill”, in the Season 13 episode “What Happens at The National Propane Gas Convention Stays at The National Propane Gas Convention” at the end of the episode.
  • The song also appears in Shrek the Third, sung by Donkey, when Shrek learns he is going to be a father.
  • This song is also sung by Alan in the chapter of Two and a Half Men that Charlie is suspected to be the father of the son of an old ex-girlfriend.
  • In Australia, a one-minute television advertisement by the Quit campaign in the late 1980s used “Cat’s in the Cradle.” The song plays as a boy watches home movies of his late father, who died from smoking. Home movie footage of the father smoking is juxtaposed with images of the father clutching his chest and being hospitalized, and his funeral. At the end of the advertisement, the boy puts his hand on the screen showing his father’s face, and the advertisement voice-over says, “Smoking. It’s heartbreaking.”
  • The song also briefly appears in an episode of the comedy TV show Scrubs entitled “My Unicorn” being performed by a man recently reunited with his adoptive son.
  • The song was featured in the “Modern Family” episode “A Slight at The Opera”. During a round of golf, Jay and Mitch discuss how they have never played together; they (as well as Phil) are brought to tears when the song plays in the golf cart.
  • It was also used in the British government’s public information film asking people to report suspected terrorist activity. It was only broadcast in the Ulster Television region.
  • The song appears in Family Guy, in the Season 1 episode “The Son Also Draws”.
  • The song also appears in The Office in season 6 episode “St. Patrick’s Day”, sung by Dwight Schrute to mock Jim Halpert for not being with his newborn.
  • In the PlayStation 3/Xbox 360/PC game, Mass Effect 2, there is an unlockable trophy/achievement titled “Cat’s In The Cradle”, unlocked when the player earns the loyalty of Thane Krios after he/she helps him find his son on the Citadel.
  • The song was sampled in “Just Like Me,” a song by Rap artist DMC featuring Sarah McLachlan. The song appeared on DMC’s album Checks Thugs and Rock N Roll.
  • Despite completely opposite political views from Chapin, James Dobson frequently quoted the song’s entire set of lyrics to illustrate dynamics of modern American families.
  • In How I Met Your Mother, in the episode ‘Not A Father’s Day’, Barney Stinson (played by Neil Patrick Harris) is singing Cat’s in the Cradle in the ending scene.
  • Real Life Comics references the song in the August 28, 2014 strip.
  • A reference to the song appears in “Friends” in season 7 episode 22, “The One With Chandler’s Dad” when Chandler admits that his father has been trying to get in contact with him. Chandler says “You know, it’s all very cat’s-in-the-cradle.”
  • In Californication, season 2 episode “Going Down and Out in Beverly Hills”, Hank curses the song and Harry Chapin, the “prophetic bastard”, after trying in vain to get his daughter Becca to spend some time with him.
  • The song also appears in The Middle, in the Season 5 episode 9: “The Christmas Tree”: first, in the dialogue between father and son and after between brothers.
  • The song appears in the video game Grand Theft Auto V on the in-game radio.
  • The song appears in the episode “Wake Up Time” of Cougar Town.

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