17 Mormon references in movies and sitcoms (Part 1) (17 items)
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints found themselves in the spotlight just a couple years ago when Latter-day Saint and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney ran for president.
Throughout the 2012 campaign, LDS leaders and members were interviewed by many media outlets, making the term "Mormon" a buzzword that has remained in headlines ever since.
But the LDS Church was highlighted for mainstream audiences in TV shows and movies long before "the Mormon moment."
Whether with references to missionaries, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir or the LDS health code (known as the Word of Wisdom), most of these mentions stick to stereotypes of Mormon culture — some accurate and others not.
While this list is by no means all inclusive, here are 17 Mormon mentions in movies and sitcoms from 1968-2008.
Feel free to share references you are aware of, and we will use them in part two of this list. Please avoid references that are blatantly offensive or crude.
1 of 17. “Day of the Evil Gun” (1968)
The abandoned town has a church with a steeple that looks similar to the Salt Lake Temple spires and a building with a sign in front that reads “Brigham Young Academy,” according to LDSfilm.com.
2 of 17. “Family Ties” (1984)
Season 3, Episode 4
When Jennifer’s friend Scott chooses to spend his time with her older sister Mallory, her older brother Alex tries to explain why, saying Scott has hormones coursing through his veins.
Jennifer later misquotes Alex, saying Scott has “Mormons coursing through his veins!”
3 of 17. “Golden Girls" (1985)
Season 1, Episode 4
In this “Golden Girls” episode, Blanche refers to the fact that members of the LDS Church abstain from drinking alcohol, coffee and tea, as well as using tobacco and drugs.
Blanche: "Oh, well the most wonderful thing happened. They found a donor, an excellent match. She was a retired Mormon schoolteacher."
Rose: "Virginia's so lucky!"
Blanche: "Oh, I'll say! That kidney was showroom new! Why, the wildest thing that ever passed through there was Ovaltine!"
4 of 17. “Fletch” (1985)
Fletch asks if the owner is a Mormon, and the other mechanic laughs and says, “I don’t think he’s done a whole lot of singing with the Tabernacle Choir,” referring to the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir, which is based in Utah.
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5 of 17. “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” (1986)
To explain Spock, Kirk says, “Back in the '60s he was part of the free speech movement at Berkley. I think he did a little too much LDS,” confusing the abbreviation for Latter-day Saint with LSD.
Gillian doubtingly questions, “LDS?”
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