Friends - In the TV magazine that Cosmo is holding when Timmy was walking through a red carpet, we can clearly read the phrase "'Friends' won't die" which makes a reference to the series, which has ended a year before this episode aired.
The Beverly Hillbillies - Throughout the intro of Timmy TV, Cosmo's appearance and moment both are references to the show, mostly how they become rich after striking oil in their land.
The Brady Bunch - The part where Mrs. Turner is in a square with other people around in squares is a reference to the intro of the show.
Leave It To Beaver - The show where Binky starred "Leave It to Binky" is a reference to the show.
The Truman Show - The plot of the episode is almost identical to that of the film.
Happy Days - Timmy dresses like a 50's greaser and checks himself out in front of the mirror with a comb in the intro of the show Timmy TV.
Hogan's Heroes - Throughout the intro of Timmy TV, Mr. Turner's appearance was similar to the doghouse lifting and ending up to the dogs part of the Hogan's Heroes intro.
Bubsy - Timmy's new catchphrase "What could possibly go wrong?" is also the protagonist Bubsy's catchphrase from the video game of the same name.
A zipper being poofed over Cosmo's mouth and zipped shut when he says something he oughtn't to.
Cosmo being trapped in a carbonite box similar to the one in Star Wars.
Simon making changes to the show to boost the ratings.
Cosmo making note on when you see the words Timmy and another word next to each other, there is another part of that that is added into it to create a sentence.
Cosmo keeps asking his "fans" if they still like him or if he's a popular character but gets an unanswered response and cricket noises.
Some of Timmy's friends and family notice the live audience laughter.
The women being shrill.
When Timmy goes to Fairy World, the balding male fairy who says "Look! Its Timmy!" has a female voice. A moment later a redheaded female fairy speaks in a rather boyish voice.
When Chester and AJ are frozen during the interruption of Timmy TV, the positions of Chester and AJ’s eyebrows are “\ /“ and “/ /“ respectively. However, when Timmy says, “They’re my best friends. I happen to like them.”, the positions of Chester and AJ’s eyebrows change to “/ \” and “/ -“ respectively. Furthermore, before Simon replaces Chester and AJ for monkeys, the position of Chester’s eyebrow remain unchanged and the position of AJ’s eyebrow changes back to “/ /“.
Although this episode premiered in 2005, it was produced in 2004 according to the credits.
This episode completed production in August 2004.