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

Full Metal Alchemist

full-metal-alchemist“In the TV show ‘Full Metal Alchemist’ there is a character named Dante and she controls beings known as Homunculi, or fake people. There are seven Homunculi and each is named after one of the deadly sins.”    –Andrea Beauvais

See more information on Wikia.

Contributed by Andrea Beauvais (Luther College)

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)

“Dr. Who: The Impossible Planet & The Satan Pit” (2006)

dr-who-the-impossible-planet-the-satan-pit-2006Second series of Doctor Who, Episodes 8 and 9: The Impossible Planet and The Satan Pit

Frasier Season 8


In the fourth episode of the eighth season of Frasier (November 14, 2000), Frasier offers to tutor his boss on the finer things in life saying that he will be the Virgil to his boss’ Dante.

Contributed by Charlie Russell-Schlesinger (Bowdoin, ’08)