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.

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“Day of the Evil Gun” (1968)

In this 1968 Western film, Owen Forbes and others come across a Mormon ghost town. A local man explains that once the well dried up, the Mormons had to leave.

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

“Family Ties” (1984)
Mormon Fray

"Love Thy Neighbor"
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!”

“Golden Girls" (1985)

"The Transplant"
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!"

“Fletch” (1985)
Mormon Fray

Investigative newspaper reporter Irwin "Fletch" Fletcher goes looking for information disguised as a plane mechanic. He says that the plane looks well used, and one of the mechanics mentions the owner goes to Utah every week.

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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“Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” (1986)
Mormon Fray

Gillian Taylor is trying to understand the strange appearance and behavior of Kirk and Spock.

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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“Cheers” (1989)
Mormon Fray

"Call Me, Irresponsible"
Season 7, Episode 20

When Rebecca is envying flowers delivered to Carla, she and Sam get in a discussion about Mormons through a play on words.

Rebecca: "Oh, why can't more men send flowers?"

Sam: "I didn't know Mormons couldn't send flowers."

Rebecca: "I said more men, not Mormons."

Sam: "I know they can't dance."

Norm: "No, Sammy, that's the — that's the Amish."

Sam: "Why can't Mormons send flowers?"

Rebecca: "They can."

Sam: "What are you talking about?"

Rebecca: "I just wish someone would send me some ... roses!"

Sam: "Why does it have to be a Mormon?"

"Three Men and a Little Lady" (1990)

In this film, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is referred to because it is well known for its large size.

“I think she's serious."

"You serious?

"I'm very serious."

"You're getting married?"


"To someone specific?"

"No, to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir."

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"Space Jam" (1994)

Two well-known Mormon basketball players, Danny Ainge and Shawn Bradley, are featured in the Fox film “Space Jam.”

During a scene in which Bradley is conversing with a psychologist, he mentions his time as an LDS missionary in Australia.

Bradley: “I've got other skills. I could go back and work on the farm. Or maybe ... I could go back to the jungle and be a missionary again.”

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"The Single Guy" (1995)

Season 1, Episode 1

In the 1995 pilot episode of this TV series, the main character Jonathan says, "You married people have this bizarre need to turn everyone else into married people. You're like vampires — or Mormons."

"Frasier" (1998)
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“The Zoo Story”
Season 5, Episode 12

Frasier hires a new agent, Ben, because of his ethics and humanitarianism. When they run into Frasier’s old agent, Bebe, she jokes about Ben’s LDS background.

Ben: "Hey, talk about your small worlds. Turns out Mr. Twembly and I both sang tenor for the same choir back home in Salt Lake City. Nice meeting you, ladies."

Bebe: "Well, when there's a dirty job to be done, you can't go wrong with a Mormon."

Frasier: "Scoff all you like, the man is a genius at PR."

Even though Frasier ultimately decides to return to Bebe, the episode highlights the Latter-day Saints reputation for honesty.

"Brink!" (1998)
Mormon Fray

On the first day of school, Katie is complaining to her mom and dad.

Katie: "Do I have to go to school? Why can't I be homeschooled like the Wyatts?"

Mom: “Because, sweetheart, homeschooling is expensive. Besides, the Wyatts are Mormon.”

Katie: "Why can't we be Mormons?"

Mom: “I’ll look into it.”

"Oceans Eleven" (2001)

During one of the first scenes in “Oceans 11,” characters Virgil and Turk Malloy are identified as the Mormon twins from Utah.

“I talked to the Malloys yesterday.”

“The Mormon twins?”


“They’re both in Salt Lake City, six months off the job. I got the sense they're having trouble filling the hours.”

"Friends" (2001)
Mormon Fray

"The One with Rachel's Date"
Season 8, Episode 5

Rachel is pregnant but doesn’t want her date to know. While prepping for the date, she brainstorms reasons to refuse alcohol, one of which involves the Latter-day Saint practice of abstaining from such drinks.

“Hey, what do you think is a better excuse for why I’m not drinking on this date tonight? ‘Umm, I’m a recovering alcoholic,' 'I’m a Mormon’ or ‘I got so hammered last night I’m still a little drunk?’”

She ultimately tells her date about her pregnancy.

"Gilmore Girls" (2002)

"They Shoot Gilmores, Don't They?" Season 3, Episode 7

This episode of “Gilmore Girls” refers to polygamy, a practice the LDS Church discontinued in 1890.

After Sookie and her husband, Jackson, discuss how many children they want to have, Sookie seeks out her friend Lorelai's opinion.

Jackson later learns about the conversation the friends had and becomes angry over Lorelai' s participation in the couple's personal decisions.

Jackson confronts Lorelai the next time he sees her.

Jackson: "Hey Lorelai, just wondering, how’s my running? Got an opinion on that?"

Lorelai: "Jackson, what’s going on?"

Sookie: "Nothing. He’s mad at me, and he’s taking it out on you."

Jackson: "Oh, I’m not mad. I just didn’t realize that when I married Sookie, I also married you. I didn’t realize I was a Mormon, my mistake."

"Cheaper by the Dozen" (2003)

In the 2003 film “Cheaper by the Dozen,” Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt star as parents of a large family with 12 kids.

The Mormon reference in this film takes place during neighbor friend Dylan Shenk’s birthday party, which the family attends. Dylan’s father, Bill, is flustered by the large number of people at his home and says to his wife, "Next time, let's book the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, too."

Once again, this references the large size of the LDS Church's Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

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"S.W.A.T" (2003)
Mormon Fray

Gus comes in drinking a Dr. Pepper, and Jim accuses him of being too attached to the soda. Gus responds that his wife would be upset if she knew he was drinking it.

“You know the deal, Jim. When we got married, I converted to Mormonism. We can’t consume anything that alters our state of mind. We treat our bodies with respect,” Gus says.

LDS Church's health code does not prohibit caffeinated sodas, but some members choose to avoid them.

"The church revelation spelling out health practices does not mention the use of caffeine. The church’s health guidelines prohibit alcoholic drinks, smoking or chewing of tobacco, and 'hot drinks' — taught by church leaders to refer specifically to tea and coffee," according to a statement on

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"Yes Man" (2008)
Mormon Fray

Mormon missionaries appear at the door during a sequence when the protagonist, Carl, is embracing every opportunity he's given.

The LDS missionaries ask if Carl has a moment to discuss The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Carl says, "Yeah, come on in."

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