Downton Abbey, Season 3.6


When Edith and Matthew find Rose in a nightclub in London, Matthew describes it as something akin to the outer rings in Dante’s Inferno.

Dante in “Level Up”


“Fearless and impulsive, Dante is a rebel who always gets into trouble for pulling pranks. Basically, if you need somebody to rush in blinding and hit stuff really hard, Dante’s your guy.”    —Cartoon Network

“Level Up, a Cartoon Network show, is about Wyatt, Lyle, Dante and Angie trying to stop the evil wizard Maldark from escaping the MMO game known as Conqueror of All Worlds.”

Contributed by Gianluca P., 3rd Grade

Dante Fried Chicken, Los Angeles

Dante Fried Chicken, Los Angeles

Sign Above Studio Entrance to “The Daily Show with John Stewart”


Contributed by Kavi Montanaro

“Damages” (Season 2)

damages-season-2“There is a reference to Dante in the TV show Damages with Glenn Close. In Season 2, episode 12 (‘Look What He Dug Up This Time’), scientist David Purcell repents for having falsified a report on contaminated water on behalf of finance tycoon Kendrik, who in exchange is protecting Purcell from a murder charge. Purcell decides to confess everything to the police after telling Kendrik about the nine circles of hell, and commenting upon the damned souls’ ability to see the future and the past, but not the present. Of course, Kendrik does not get the reference and tells Purcell that he is out of his mind.”    –Matteo Soranzo, McGill University

“Supernatural” and Dante’s Purgatory

supernatural-and-dantes-purgatoryIn a 2010 episode of the TV show Supernatural, the alpha vampire makes a reference to Dante citing the very real location of Purgatory. The vampire says that the King of Hell is looking for this place because it is where the souls of vampires, and other creatures, go when they die; and he is also interested in it because of its proximity to heaven.    –Taylor Beaver

See the article by Sandra Gonzalez in Entertainment Weekly, November 6, 2010

Contributed by Taylor Beaver (University of Texas – Austin, ’11)

Season 5, Episode 10 of Supernatural, is titled “Abandon All Hope…” and aired in 2009.

Contributed by Stella Mattioli, University of Virginia ’15

Law and Order SVU


On a recent Law and Order SVU re-run, detective Elliot visits a (criminal) artist’s studio, and looking around at the paintings, which mix colorful abstract forms and realistic human violence, he says, “Looks like Dante’s Inferno meets Newsweek.”

The Wire


“…the literary critic Walter Benn Michaels went so far as to suggest that the beauty and difficulty of watching “The Wire” in English — the multifarious 21st-century English of Baltimore detectives and drug dealers — compares with that of reading Dante in 14th-century Italian.” [. . .]    –Wyatt Mason, The New York Times, March 15, 2010

South Park

south-parkIn “South Park” (episode 410), there is a reference to the River Styx condominiums in hell.

Contributed by Tyler Doherty (EHS student)

Charmed: “Styx Feet Under”

charmed-season-seven“Styx Feet Under” is the 5th episode of the 7th season of “Charmed” where Piper becomes an angel of death. There are various references to death and hell in the episode.

Contributed by Tyler Doherty (EHS student)