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Fraternities and societies on television
While references, either explicit or implied, to Freemasonry are common enough, references can also be found to other fraternities both fictional and real. Please forward additional references, with details, to our editor. Entries followed by an asterisk have been confirmed by the editor.
All in the Family The Saga of Cousin Oscar Archie says to the undertaker: "Whitehead, come here. Now listen. I know you thirteen years from the lodge, right? And you know me? Now can I get simple answer to a simple question? How much?" Carroll O'Conner, Rob Reiner, Jean Stapleton, Sally Struthers. Written by Norman Lear and Burt Styler, Directed by John Rich. Season 2: Episode 14, September 18, 1971 (C).
Archie says, "I said, Edith, the lodge is springing for a special charter flight down there [Disney World] for the weekend." Season 2, Episode 13. In episode 16 neighbour Larry Grundy is reported to belong to the Knights of Columbus.
American Dad While researching a paper about George Washington Carver, in celebration of Black History Month, Steve uncovers a conspiracy—The Illuminutti —that's been going on since the Civil War, and strives to expose it to the public. [00:11:25]"Black Mystery Month". Episode 36 (Season 2, Episode 13). Directed by Brent Woods, written by Laura McCreary. (February 18, 2007)
The Ant and the Aardvark "Mumbo Jumbo" . The Ant’s fez-wearing lodge brothers from "Brothers of the Forest Lodge 202" come to his rescue and ruin the Aardvark’s plans [00:01:08]. Mirisch-DePatie-Freleng Productions, United Artists(theatrical release). Voices: John Byner. Directed by Art Davis, produced by David H. DePatie, Friz Freleng, written by John W. Dunn. Released on September 27, 1970: Season 1, Episode 13 on The Pink Panther Show, NBC. This episode has the Pink Panther exploring the home of a magician behind a hypnotic eye on a door. Colour (DeLuxe). English, USA.
Carnivale Ben Hawkins (Nick Stahl) meets his grandmother who describes her late husband Gilbert Scudder: "A might powerful Grand Dragon in these parts, and an Elk. He was a pall bearer at General Nat Forrest's funeral. How about that?"

Ben : "I can't say I know who that is."

Grandma : "He founded the Klan, boy! Him, and your grand daddy had great plans for this country." [00:26:00]

Carnivale (2004). Season 2, Episode 4. "Old Cherry Blossom Road' Directed by Steve Shill, written by Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin. Created by Daniel Knauf; executive producers, Howard Klein and Daniel Knauf; co-executive producers, Dan Hassid, David Knoller, Dawn Prestwich & Nicole Yorkin and William Schmidt; consulting producer, Tracy Torme; consultant, John McLaughlin; producer, Bernie Caulfield, Directed by Rodrigo Garcia. Nick Stahl, Clancy Brown, Amy Madigan, Michael J Anderson, Tim DeKay, Clea Duvall, Patrick Bauchau, Debra Christofferson, Diane Salinger, Adrienne Barbeau, Toby Huss, Cynthia Ettinger, Carla Gallo, Brian Turk, Ralph Waite, John Carroll Lynch, Robert Knepper, John Savage, Bree Walker.

Columbo Columbo says: "My father was an Elk once, till my mother stopped him." [00:41:52] "Dagger of the mind". Originally aired: Sunday November 26, 1972 on NBC. Written by Jackson Gillis, Directed by Richard Quine, story by Richard Levinson, William Link. Peter Falk, Richard Basehart, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Bernard Fox, Honor Blackman. (Also see Requiem For A Falling Star).
The Dick Van Dyke Show Rob Petrie approaches two conventioneers from the Seals Lodge who are sitting in a bar watching a televised boxing match. One of them accuses Rob of being an Odd Fellow. [00:08:00] Episode Season Five, episode 149 "Bad Reception in Albany". (9 March 1966). Directed by Jerry Paris, written by Garry Marshall, Jerry Belson.
Duckman America the beautiful (1995)
Cornfed says: "For all you know, a member of your lodge may be the bobby-sox strangler." [00:07:10]
10 April 1995 (Season 2, Episode 5). Directed by Paul Demeyer, written by Everett Peck. Jason Alexander, James Belushi, Gregg Berger, Bobcat Goldthwait, June Lockhart, Heather Locklear, Steven Weber, Sabrina Wiener, Alan Young.

Where No Duckman Has Gone Before (1997)
Duckman says: "I always get them confused with the Kiwanis." [00:14:50]
23 August 1997 (Season 4, Episode 27). Directed by Steve Loter, written by Gene Laufenberg. Voices: Jason Alexander, Tim Curry, James Doohan, Gilbert Gottfried, Leonard Nimoy, Marina Sirtis, Gregg Berger, Pat Musick, Dana Hill, Dweezil Zappa, Nancy Travis, E. G. Daily.

The Flintstones Fred Flintstone (voice of Alan Reed) and Barney Rubble (voice of Mel Blanc) belonged to the Loyal Order of the Water Buffalos. First called the "Loyal Order of Dinosaurs," their leader was styled the Grand Pooh-Bah, their headdress was a large furry hat with a set of horns., and their password was "Ack, Ack, A-dak."
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law Doggie Daddy says that he's in the Knights of Columbus. [00:05:20] "Peanut Puberty" 6 June 2004 (Season 2, Episode 8). Directed by Richard Ferguson-Hull. Thomas Allen, Stephen Colbert, Gary Cole, Chris Edgerly, John Michael Higgins, Maurice LaMarche, Phil LaMarr, Peter MacNicol.
Hogan's Heroes Major Wolfgang Hochstetter (Howard Caine) of the Gestapo: "I joined the Nazi Party in 1931. Now... it's all over."
Colonel Hogan (Bob Crane): "Next time, join the Elks, instead." [00:23:20]
There is no mention of Freemasonry in any episode. Hogan's Heroes, "The Defector", 28 November 1969 (Season 5, episode 10). Created by Bernard Fein, Albert S. Ruddy. Starring Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer, John Banner, Robert Clary, Richard Dawson, Larry Hovis, Ivan Dixon, Kenneth Washington.
The Honeymooners Ralph and Alice meet her sister and brother-in-law shipboard as they are about to leave for a trip to Europe. Ralph mistakes a dish of flaming crêpe suzette for a dangerous fire and uses a fire extinguisher before throwing the dish through a porthole.
Frank: "And to think I got it all on film too. Wait till I get back from Europe and show it to the guys at the lodge, eh?" [00:06:29]
Ralph: "You're not showing nothing to anybody at any lodge!"
Episode 52. "Boxtop Kid" Season 2, 5/22/1954. Jackie Gleason (Ralph Kramden) Audrey Meadows (Alice Kramden), Art Carney (Ed Norton) 40:10. Executive Producer Jack Philbin, Producer Jack Hurdle, Director Frank Satenstein, Assistant Producer Stanley Poss. Writers Marvin Marx, Walter Stone, Musical Director Ray Bloch, Entire Production Supervised by Jackie Gleason
Johnny Bravo (2004) Members of the Elks are mistaken for gangsters. [00:02:54]. "Wilderness Protection Program" Directed by James Tim Walker and Van Partible, written by Adam Pava. 10 min. English, colour, mono. Season 4, Episode 11, Friday August 6, 2004
King of the Hill (1997) A rare example of the Elks Lodge depicted in television [00:02:54]. "Peggy the Boggle Champ", 20th Century Fox Television. Directed by Chuck Sheetz. Produced by Joseph A. Boucher. Written by Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger. Original release date: 12 April 1997. 30 min, Colour, USA.
Remington Steele In a scene where Holt and Steele chase a thief, in the background can be seen a stained glass window depicting the emblem of the Order of the Eastern Star. [00:12:30] Season 1, Episode 20: "Steele's Gold", 1983. Directed by Burt Brinckerhoff, written by Robert Butler, Michael Gleason. Starring Stephanie Zimbalist, Pierce Brosnan and James Read, Janet DeMay, James T. Callahan, Lois De Banzie, Barbara Stock, William Russ, Ellis Ren, Ernestine McClendon, Henry Bal, Ben Rayson. (22 March 1983)
Road to AvonleaAlec King (Cedric Smith), father of Felicity, Felix, and Cecily, and married to Janet, is referred to in several episodes as belonging to a "lodge". In the episode "Fools and Kings" the type of lodge that Alec attends is revealed to be the Knights of Prince Edward Island. The "Road to Avonlea" series ran on the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) 1990 - 1996 (91 one-hour episodes). Director, Kevin Sullivan; co-writer Joe Wiesenfeld; freely adopted from the Anne of Green Gables serial novels of Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942).
SimpsonsThe Shriners and Freemasonry are not the only fraternal references in this long-running television show. George Bush addresses the Springfield B.P.O.E. on the topic of teen alcoholism. [00:17:00] "Two Bad Neighbors". Season 7, No. 13. Episode no. 141, Prod. code 3F09 (January 14, 1996). Written by Ken Keeler, directed by Wes Archer, produced by Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein, created by Matt Groening.
SCTVJohn Candy says "Listen, that Kiwanis Festival on Sunday. You feel like giving me a ride?" Walter Cronkite’s Brain Episode 91 November 6, 1981. "Small Town Dick" [00:19:05] Directed by John Blanchard, Jim Drake. Actors: John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Rick Moranis, Catherine O'Hara.
The Twilight ZoneWhile there is nothing masonic about a lodge hall next to a rural general store, the numbers of the address may—or may not—be significant. [00:08:33]. "Hocus-Pocus and Frisby" (Season 3, Episode 30). Director: Lamont Johnson. Frederick Louis Fox, Rod Serling. Andy Devine, Milton Selzer, Howard McNear, Dabbs Greer, Clem Bevans. USA, English, 13 April 1962, 25 min., Mon, Black and White.
The Wild Wild WestAn IOOF hall is seen as a backdrop to a gallows in the town of Justice, Nevada. [00:01:57]. "The Night of the Poisonous Posey", Season 2, Episode 7, 28 October 1966.
Wodehouse PlayhouseAnnabel Purvis refers to her uncle, Joe Boffin: "This is a photo of him taken in the regalia of a Grand Exalted Periwinkle of the Mystic Order of Whelks." [00:30:50] Episode 3 : "Romance at Droitgate Spa". First broadcast 1975/04/30.

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