In the 1956 film High Society, their was a song also called Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (reference to this show's title in general) sung by Frank Sinatra and Celeste Holm. However, this has nothing to do with the show itself.

In MADtv, there are two versions that Millionaire has been in popular culture for. First, the celebrity edition and then a version parodying the name of the show as Who Wants to Be The President? Also, Lorraine Swanson, one of the characters on MADtv, appeared in one of the episodes where Millionaire was a skit in the show. Regis was not in the episode where Lorraine came in; he only did the first two skits of Millionaire, the Lorraine skit was Alex Borstein who portrayed Philbin.

The short-lived MTV reality show The Assistant had a spoof of Millionaire called Who Wants to Be Andy's Assistant?. The first episode of the show that featured the said spoof is called: "Welcome to the Assistant, Now Go Home".

The Amanda Show has a recurring parody of Millionaire called So You Wanna Win Five Dollars?, hosted by Tina (Played by Amanda Bynes). The contestant (usually a character from another recurring skit on the show, who isn't very bright) is asked three questions, along with the final question being worth only $5.00.

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There is a movie based on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? called Slumdog Millionaire. It's about a man named Jamal Malik and he's trying to win 10 million rupees, but before he can do such a thing, he goes on one big adventure.

There is also a parody called Who Wants to Be A Millooneyaire? on The Cat&Birdie Warneroonie PinkyBrainy Big Cartoonie Show on Kids WB.

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Saturday Night Live (SNL) parodied this show, both with its original title and as Who Wants to Eat?. Later the syndicated edition was parodied with Keenan Thompson as Steve Harvey.

Friends of the People parodied this show as a "million-dollar game show heist" but with Cash Cab host Ben Bailey.

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In The Lion King 1½ DVD, there is a special feature game, "Who Wants to Be the King of the Jungle?" The format is similar to the regular game play on Millionaire but the questions are shortened to 10 instead of 15. There are two lifelines that are different in this version as well. The 50/50 lifeline stays the same. The two different lifelines are "Poll the Herd" (Ask the Audience) and "Phone an Animal" (Phone a Friend). The viewer plays as Timon trying to help him be "King of the Jungle". Timon plays for grub, not cash. Meredith Vieira does make an appearance as host in this special feature. The questions are Lion King questions. Pumba also makes an appearance. One of the Phone a Friend choices is Pumbaa (despite Meredith saying you can call any animal if you're stuck on a question), and you win food (in this case "grubs") instead of cash. 

The internet cartoon Pookie Poo did a spoof of Millionaire.


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On the November 16, 1999 episode of the sitcom Spin City called "How to Bury a Millionaire", Paul Lassiter (played by Richard Kind) becomes a contestant on the show hosted by the late Regis Philbin where he won the top prize of $1,000,000 by guessing each and every one of the questions correctly. Surprisingly, this episode was aired three days before John Carpenter won the million.

The 1999 music video for the Rage Against the Machine song "Sleep Now in the Fire" had a parody of the show called Who Wants to Be Filthy F#&%ing Rich? where contestants are asked questions that matched the band's political theme, usually with the contestants getting the answer wrong. Towards the end of the video, a homeless man answers the presumed final question correctly, and after handing back the money given to him, the contestants storm the stage and toss the money in the air.

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On a March 28, 2000 episode of Win Ben Stein's Money; the show was referenced and spoofed since both shows have been produced by Valleycrest Productions and were distributed by Buena Vista Television (now Disney-ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution) at the time. Additionally, Stein's former co-host Jimmy Kimmel would later go on to host the actual ABC Primetime, celebrity driven reboot of the show twenty years later in 2020.

The popular satire magazine MAD featured a Millionaire parody in Issue #329 (April 2000). Titled Boobs Want to Be a Millionaire written by Desmond Devlin and illustrated by Gary Hallgren, hosted by Rhesus Pillbin (a parody of the late Regis Philbin).

On August 10, 2000, a PC CD-ROM and Sega Dreamcast parody video game was released by Simon & Schuster Interactive, called Who Wants to Beat Up a Millionaire?.

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Millionaire was also given homage in the famous 2000 Baha Men music video "Who Let the Dogs Out?". It was featured in the beginning of the video just before the song started. The security guard was watching Millionaire on TV and the question was "Who Let The Dogs Out?"

Also in 2000, an episode of Celebrity Deathmatch called "Johnny & Debbie … in Love?", a fight between Regis Philbin (representing Millionaire) where he tries to dispatch Chuck Woolery (representing Greed) in the segment called "Who Wants to be a Dead Game Show Host?"

A 2000 issue of the Archie Comics spinoff Veronica has once spoofed Millionaire as (mainly the front cover) as Who Wants to Win a Million Bucks?.

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A 2001 episode of the short-lived primetime game show You Don't Know Jack (which ironically enough aired on the same network as Millionaire) hosted by Troy Stevens (played by Paul Reubens) spoofed the show as Who Wants to Marry a Farm Animal?.


ADDITIONAL NOTE: In the very first episode, Stevens gets a call from Philbin on tips about how to be a good game show host.

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In the 2001 Cartoon Network promo for The Powerpuff Girls (1998 version) PPG's arch nemesis Mojo Jojo is sitting in the Hot Seat when he is trying to answer a question (i.e. One of these is not a cheese... A.)Gruyere, B.)Gouda, C.)Gorgonzola, D.)Garagiola) Jojo ponders about whether he wants to use it or not. The unnamed host (possibly sounding like Philbin) then reminds him that he has on more lifeline, but then he thinks about whether he wants to use it or not. The host did not directly say what lifeline was, but he mentioned, "Perhaps, someone you'd like to call" (hinting that it was "Phone-a-Friend"). Next, Jojo began talking about what he could do with the lifeline. The promo cuts to The Powerpuff Girls who are watching the show at home as Blossom says "Jeez Luis! Can you Believe This Guy?" than Buttercup says "About time already, for cryin' out loud!".


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NOTE: Just in case you all are wondering, the correct answers to the question (though never revealed) was D.) Garagiola.

In a 2001 rap song called "Oochie Wally", Nas makes a references to the title of the show along with its former host by claiming that its "Sort of like the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, but my name ain't Regis"

In the 2002 (originally September 16, 2002) episode of Between the Lions called "Hay Day", a troll charges Lionel, Leona and Fay their belongings to help Fay spin to rooms of hay into gold. However, he agrees to return everything if they guess his name by day's end. At the end of the day, Fay plays a Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?-like spoof as the four choices being A.Rumpleyers B.Rupertpumpkin C.Regisphilbin or D.Rumpelstiltskin. After some thinking, she goes for D which is correct. Much to the troll's disappointment. Ray then thanks Lionel, Leona and Gus who had figured it out and told her beforehand for helping her and says that "You were My Lifelines".

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In the 2002 (Originally October 6, 2002) episode of The Sopranos called "The Weight", Tony (played by the late James Gandolfini) and Junior (Dominic Chianese) Soprano watches a contestant on the show blowing his $1,000 question as Junior comments on how this "poor prick" used up all of his lifelines.

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NOTE: The contestant from this clip was Sal Mecca.

In the 2003 rap song called "Through the Wire" by Kanye West, West references the show's title and lifelines by claiming that he's "Trying to be a Millionaire, How I use two lifelines".

NOTE: The sample was the classic 1985 romantic love song "Through the Fire" by Chaka Khan.

In 2007 (originally September 22, 2007), a commercial for a local car insurance company called Vern Fonk parodied the show as Who Wants to Be a Vernonaire?. The commercial featured him (played by the late Robert Thielke) as both the contestant and host in a double role. The commercial starts with him shouting "WELCOME BACK TO WHO WANTS TO BE A VENONAIRE?" then the host ask the contestant that "You got tickets and a DWI, now who are you gonna call?" (a.k.a Who do you call?) as the four choices were: A. Jack Roberts, B. Sunny Kobi-Cook, C. Dick Balch or D. Vern Fonk. The contestant then says "Ah Dick Balch, It'll be Vern Fonk uhh huh" then the host asked "Is that your final answer?" who confirmed back to him as: "That's my final answer!" The host shouts that "YOU'RE A VERNONAIRE!" to the contestant as he celebrates his victory, the host then claims that "YOU GOT FIRE IN YOUR PANTS VERNIE, OHHHHH MAN!". In the end the contestant says the slogan: "And remember to honk when you drive by Vern Fonk, yes!".

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In the December 9, 2007 episode of Robot Chicken called "Robot Chicken's Half-Assed Christmas Special", Hermey the Elf was a contestant on Millionaire.

In 2008, a hip hop style online cartoon parodied the show as Who Wants to Be a Chamillionaire? hosted by one-hit wonder rapper Chamillionaire.

The game show Let's Make a Deal (Brady) has one of the segment called Who Wants to Answer Multiple-Choice Questions for Cash and Prizes? where contestants answered three general knowledge multiple-choice questions for cash. Each question contained three answers. When contestants were to confirm their response, Brady would ask them "Is that your definitive response?" (similar to "Is That Your Final Answer?"). Each correct answer was worth $500. Choosing a wrong answer at any time automatically ended the question round afterwards, contestants could risk their cash on one of two curtains in hopes of winning a big prize (usually a car).

The 2009 video game, Ace Attorney Investigations, while being interrogated by protagonist Miles Edgeworth, the smuggling ring leader establishes an alibi by stating he was watching a play at at the of a killing. Upon noticing a contradiction in their statements, Edgeworth states "The special move today [as part of the play] was the 'Early Summer Rain Jab'. Is that your final answer?", in reference to the famous catchphrase.

The Disney site features a game called Who Wants to Be a Villionaire?, which contains games hosted by famous Disney villains asking questions from their famous movies (i.e. Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmatians, Captain Hook from Peter Pan, Urusula from The Little Mermaid, Gaston from Beauty & the Beast, Jafar from Aladdin, and Scar from The Lion King). While the game plays exactly like the original online game, the lifelines differ just slightly: 50:50 and Ask-the Audience remain the same, but Phone-a-Friend is replaced with Phone-a-Fiend (to reflect the games' theme), with the Cruella-de-Vil as the "fiend". The milestones are referred to as "Gravestones" (also to reflect the games' theme).

In a 2010 episode of Futurama called "The Duh-Vinci Code", Philip J. Fry (voiced by Billy West) appears as a contestant on a spoof of this show called "Who Dares to Be a Millionaire?" hosted by Morbo (voiced by Maurice Lamarche) but missed on the very first question as Professor Farnsworth (also voiced by Billy West) berates him for his stupidity.

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In a 2013 episode of the BYUtv sketch comedy show Studio C, the show is spoofed in the Millionaire segment.

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In a 2016 episode of Family Guy called "Road to India", Brian Griffin (voiced by Seth McFarland) becomes a contestant on the Indian version of Millionaire called Kaun Banega Crorepati, however its named as Millionaire instead of its India counterpart but like Fry on Futurama his screws up his first question as well.

In a 2019 episode of the hit Asian-themed, ABC sitcom Fresh Off the Boat called "Lou Wants to Be a Millionaire" (the title of this episode is a parody of the show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire) where Louis Huang (played by Randall Park) fantasizes about the cattleman ranch's torch to Eddie Huang (played by Hudson Yang) but is worried about his menu choices. Meanwhile, Jessica Huang (played by Constance Wu) is still struggling to get on board with Emery Huang's (played by Forrest Wheeler) new acting hobby. And when Louis scores a spot on the show, the late Regis Philbin offers Louis and Jessica more answers than million-dollar questions.

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