These days, the creative talent and production value put into the best TV shows surpasses even the biggest blockbuster movies. But many of the writers and directors behind acclaimed television series still draw heavily on influences from the big screen and, every so often, they like to hide or imbed the sources of their inspiration as clever little homages or Easter Eggs for fans to discover in their shows. Some references are glaringly obvious, while others are incredibly subtle and might require multiple viewings to catch. These are five of the harder-to-notice movie tributes hidden in popular TV shows. Caution! Spoilers ahead!
5. Breaking Bad – Reservoir Dogs
Throughout Breaking Bad’s run, creator Vince Gilligan and his writing team slipped in quite a few Easter Eggs that foreshadowed future events. Gilligan also happens to be a pretty big fan of Quentin Tarantino and, if you watch Breaking Bad closely, you might notice some striking similarities to Tarantino’s movie Reservoir Dogs. For starters, the names of the main characters Walter White and Jesse Pinkman seem to reflect the names Mr. White and Mr. Pink played by Harvey Keitel and Steve Buscemi in the movie. And, in the fifth season, after discovering the truth about who really poisoned Brock, Jesse points his gun at Walt after knocking him to the floor in a moment that looks like a recreation of the iconic Reservoir Dogs scene where Mr. White and Mr. Pink have a disagreement and take aim at each other.