Shoelaces As Seen In TV Shows

In TV Shows

Shoelaces occasionally make an appearance on the "small screen", usually as the butt of jokes because of their perceived insignificance. Here's some of my collection of shoelaces as seen in TV shows.

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TV Show Excerpts

The Paradise 2.04 (2013)

The Paradise 2.04 (2013)

Mr Fenton (Adrian Scarborough) has lost a bet, and agrees to pay the original asking price that Mr Weston (Ben Daniels) wanted for The Paradise. Mr Weston, obviously vengeful, replies that he wouldn't even sell Mr Fenton a shoelace. View excerpt

The Big Bang Theory 6.20 – "The Tenure Turbulence" (2013)

The Big Bang Theory 6.20 – 'The Tenure Turbulence' (2013)

Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and his friends and co-workers are up for tenure. Penny (Kaley Cuoco) offers to accompany Leonard to an informal meeting with members of the tenure committee, and bends over to tie her shoelaces to demonstrate to him that she would be an "ass"et. View excerpt

The Big Bang Theory 5.11 – "The Speckerman Recurrence" (2011)

The Big Bang Theory 5.11 – 'The Speckerman Recurrence' (2011)

Leonard (Johnny Galecki) is up in the middle of the night, churning over whether to meet with his former classmate, Jimmy Speckerman, who used to bully him. Leonard recounts that Speckerman once made him floss his teeth with his own shoelaces. View excerpt

Curb Your Enthusiasm 8.06 – "The Hero" (2011)

Curb Your Enthusiasm 8.06 – 'The Hero' (2011)

Larry (Larry David), emerging from an airplane bathroom, trips on his excessively long shoelace and inadvertently brings down a drunk, abusive passenger, making him an instant hero. Back on the ground, the same long laces also end up getting tangled in a subway train door. View excerpt

Phineas and Ferb 2.03 – "Tip of the Day" (2009)

Phineas and Ferb 2.03 – 'Tip of the Day' (2009)

Phineas and Ferb learn that the tip of a shoelace is called an aglet. Soon the whole town is trying to raise awareness of this little-known word, including singing a song spelling out "A-G-L-E-T". Virtually the whole episode is devoted to aglets! View excerpt

Spin City 3.06 – "Three Men and a Little Lady" (1998)

Spin City 3.06 – 'Three Men and a Little Lady' (1998)

Mayor Randall Winston (Barry Bostwick) and his assistants Mike (Michael J. Fox) and Paul (Richard Kind) are taking a shortcut through a back alley when the mayor stops to re-tie a loose shoelace. The laneway turns out to be a dead end, where the three are mugged by a schoolgirl. View excerpt

Seinfeld 9.01 – "The Butter Shave" (1997)

Seinfeld 9.01 – 'The Butter Shave' (1997)

Jerry (Seinfeld), an obsessive germophobe, removes and discards one of his shoelaces when he discovers that a loose end touched the floor of a men's room (lavatory). View excerpt

Seinfeld 8.04 – "The Little Kicks" (1996)

Seinfeld 8.04 – 'The Little Kicks' (1996)

Jerry (Seinfeld) is walking along the street with Kramer (Michael Richards) when, for no apparent reason, he stops to re-tie his right shoelace. View excerpt

Seinfeld 7.23 – "The Wait Out" (1996)

Seinfeld 7.23 – 'The Wait Out' (1996)

George (Jason Alexander) and his fiancé, Susan (Heidi Swedberg), are sitting in a café, obviously at a conversational dead-end. No doubt recalling how the last such conversation (see below) led to Susan buying shoelaces, George notes that they're working out okay. View excerpt

Seinfeld 7.18 – "The Friar's Club" (1996)

Seinfeld 7.18 – 'The Friar's Club' (1996)

George (Jason Alexander) and his fiancé, Susan (Heidi Swedberg), are sitting in a café, obviously at a conversational dead-end. George finds himself recounting how he broke a shoelace today, and accepts Susan's help in buying a replacement. View excerpt

Seinfeld 6.24 – "The Understudy" (1995)

Seinfeld 6.24 – 'The Understudy' (1995)

Gennice (Adelaide Miller), an understudy for Bette Midler, gets her big chance to take the stage, only to come unstuck after barely singing one line due to an untied shoelace. In a parody of Tonya Harding's skate lace incident in the 1994 Olympics, she tearfully begs to be allowed to start over. View excerpt

Seinfeld 5.10 – "The Cigar Store Indian" (1993)

Seinfeld 5.10 – 'The Cigar Store Indian' (1993)

Kramer (Michael Richards) and Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) are on the New York subway. At Queensboro Plaza, Kramer re-tightens both his shoelaces in preparation for a dash onto the station to buy a Gyro and get back onto the same train. View excerpt

Cheers 1.06 – "Any Friend of Diane's" (1982)

Cheers 1.06 – 'Any Friend of Diane's' (1982)

Diane (Shelley Long) pretends to her friend Rebecca (Julia Duffy) that she is in a relationship with her handsome boss Sam (Ted Danson). Sam decides to torment Diane by asking her to tie his shoelace. Diane immediately reciprocates by tying them excruciatingly tight. View excerpt

M*A*S*H  5.02 – "Bug Out" (1976)

M*A*S*H  5.02 – 'Bug Out' (1976)

Hawkeye (Alan Alda), Hot Lips (Loretta Swit) and Radar (Gary Burghoff) stay behind while the rest of the M*A*S*H 4077th unit retreats. Radar brings in some foodstuffs that they were left, including some shoelaces, which Hawkeye jokes about how he would like them served. View excerpt

Columbo 4.01 – "An Exercise in Fatality" (1974)

Columbo 4.01 – 'An Exercise in Fatality' (1974)

Columbo (Peter Falk) proves to Milo (Robert Conrad) that the victim's shoelaces were tied by someone else due to the different orientation of the loops. A murderer undone by a shoelace bow! Contains great close-ups of shoelaces being tied. View excerpt


If you know of any other TV shows in which shoelaces make a notable appearance, please Contact Ian.

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