Family GuyHTTPete (Season 16, Episode 18)Peter’s brewery wants to increase sales by appealing to millennials. Hammer. a professional millennial, is hired to teach the staff all things hipster. When Hammer is hit by a bus, Peter takes over as the social media director and chaos ensues.
But who cares! It’s all about the budgie who appears in the instructional film about millennials. It has 9 million followers on Snapchat!
Doctors’ Dilemma in New York (Season 142, Episode 2).
Surgeon Steven and Geriatrician Stephanie are looking for a new home in Westchester, New York. Steven wants a Craftsman style home with a yard big enough for their dog, Artoo. Stephanie would like a Cape Cod style home with a room just for their budgie, Miso.
The couple makes the right decision. It’s all about Miso – whom Steven says, thinks his hair is a nest. At the end of the episode, Miso decides to fly out of his room. Typical budgie.
In this episode Jimmy and Kim face Chuck in court. But who cares?! it’s all about the budgies! Jimmy visits veterinarian Dr Caldera, hoping he knows someone with a “light touch” who can help him out. The budgies appear for only seconds, but are sure to become fan favorites.
Just Shoot MeSlow Donnie (Season 3, Episode 11)Maya tries to convince Elliott that his brother is pulling a scam by faking a head injury. But who cares! It’s all about the budgies in the B storyline.Nina is given a budgie as a party gift. She is not thrilled about it, but lies about loving the bird. She is then gifted with 99 more budgies. After calling the birds “stupid” and “annoying little creatures” they plot their revenge…Full episode here.
House Hunters Mid-century Modern vs. Rustic Ranch in San Diego (Season 113, Episode 5).Two little budgies (and their humans, self-confessed “bird people” Skip and Ashley) are looking for a new home in San Diego. Skip would like a home with a view, air conditioning and a 2 car garage. Ashley wants a gas stove and a laundry room. Skip does not want a fixer upper, but Ashley is fine with doing some work on the house. The couple look at three homes before deciding on the one they will buy.The couple does not get everything they’re looking for (no gas stove top, no garage, no working AC). But they did get the price of the house down and are happy with their new home. Ashley’s favorite part of the house is the living room, where she can look out at the sun room and watch the birds. Skip is thrilled with his yard with a view. He hopes to get a dog and tells the budgies that they will be the “perfect snack”. Yikes!
Alfred Hitchcock PresentsThe Big Switch (Season 1, Episode 15).
Gangster Sam comes up with an alibi so he can murder his ex-girlfriend. His plan is to appear as if he is playing a poker game with his friend Barney. Of course, the plan backfires. Barney accidentally shoots himself and Sam is arrested for murder. But who cares! It’s all about Edgar, Sam’s budgie, who appears at the very beginning of the episode. Full episode here.
The Better Bargain (Season 2, Episode 11).
Mobster Louis finds out from a private investigator that his wife, Marion, is cheating on him. He hires a hit man, Harry, to murder her. Of course, the plan backfires when Louis is killed instead. Turns out Harry is the one who Marion is having an affair with. But who cares! It’s all about the pair of budgies that Louis was going to give to Marion (who loves birds). Full episode here.
Three’s Company.Bird Song (Season 2, Episode 24).Janet has two tickets to the Frank Sinatra concert, but doesn’t want them. Jack and Chrissy compete in doing favors for Janet hoping to win them. But who cares?! It’s all about Mr. Roper’s parakeet. Mr. Roper thinks his male parakeet needs a female companion. The Ropers have an anniversary coming up, so Mr. Roper buys a female parakeet as a gift for Mrs. Roper (what a wonderful gift!). He entrusts the roommates to care for the parakeet so that it will be a surprise. Of course, hijinks and hilarity ensue.
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show.Vanderlip Leaves His Parakeet With George (Season 5, Episode 19).Mr. Vanderlip asks George to watch his budgie, Nancy, while he goes to San Francisco for a bankers convention. When Gracie sees the bird, she thinks it’s her anniversary present. Believing the budgie to be sad in its cage, she sets it free.
When Gracie realizes her mistake, she replaces the bird with another budgie from the pet store. Then Nancy returns. George, not knowing the bird is the “real” Nancy, lets it go. Eventually, everything is straightened out and Mr. Vanderlip and his precious Nancy are reunited.Full episode here.
The Brady BunchWhat Goes Up (Season 2, Episode 11). After Bobby sprains his ankle by falling off a tree, his parents decide to cheer him up by giving him a parakeet. Because of the fall, Bobby has developed a fear of heights. The family tries to help him over his acrophobia with stilts, a trampoline and even a hiking trip. But nothing works…Until Tiger (the family dog) chases Peter’s parakeet out the window. Peter overcomes his fear and climbs up on his swing set to get his parakeet out of a tree. Once again, a parakeet saves the day!Bobby’s bird is never given a name, and this is its only appearance on the series. A shame, as it is clearly the best of the bunch.
I Love LucyLittle Ricky Gets A Dog: Season 6 (episode 14).Little Ricky has lots of pets. Turtles Tommy and Jimmy, Hopalong the frog, goldfish Mildred and Charles, and the stars of the episode – parakeets Alice and Phil. When Little Ricky brings home a puppy, the Ricardos try to tell him they can’t keep it. But the puppy is just too cute to give up. Unfortunately, little Fred is also too noisy. His barking is disruptive, so he must go. Unable to get rid of the pup, Lucy tries to hide him from landlord Fred and a grouchy new tenant. Hilarity ensues.