The Necronomicon rears its human-skinned book cover head in Ash’s life again, and he turns to supernatural bookstore BooksFromBeyond.com to help him find out its secrets.
Used in Ash vs Evil Dead
In the pilot episode El Jefe [S01E01], Ash has a bar bathroom encounter with a Deadite that he thinks may have been triggered by the Necronomicon – Book of the Dead. Going back to his trailer to make sure he still has it, a baggie with leftover weed remnants jogs a memory of a drug fueled attempt to woo a woman by reading foreign sounding ‘poetry’ from the book, and he realizes that he’s responsible for releasing the demonic creatures on Earth.
Preparing to leave town the next morning, Ash digs out a business card covered in supernatural symbols for the bookstore Books From Beyond, and turns it over to reveal the store’s info including the domain BooksFromBeyond.com. Calling the number, Ash mentions bringing in the book years ago “bound in human flesh, inked in blood” and asks for help translating it. The owner agrees, and Ash starts his journey to the bookstore with companions and Deadites in tow.
It appears that BooksFromBeyond.com was registered by the producers, but was not pointed to the site at the time the pilot episode aired and does not appear to be in use at the time of this writing.
After losing a bet where he claimed that Robin’s aversion to malls was due to performing Canadian sex acts on film instead of her status as a minor 80’s music icon in her home country, Barney owes five slaps at a time of his choosing to Marshall [Slap Bet – S02E09]. Dishing them out in unexpected bursts after the bet winner has been announced and again after Barney puts on a play the one put on by Lily [Stuff – S02E16], the slaps aren’t mentioned again until the start of the third season, where the first episode ends with Marshall calling Barney and sending him an email link to a countdown clock located at SlapCountdown.com [Wait for It – S03E01].
Eight episodes later, the slow burn pays off in Slapsgiving [S03E09]. with Barney’s anxiety coming to a head during Marshall’s substitution of ‘Slapsgiving’ for ‘Thanksgiving’ during the conversation of the upcoming holiday and the revelation that it’s his invention, a new holiday where friends come together and give slaps instead of thanks.
The day of, Marshall continues to needle Barney with slap reminders, which along with Ted and Robin’s relationship relapse awkwardness threatens to derail Lily’s American Thanksgiving. After Marshall goes too far, Lily uses her power as Slap Bet commissioner to declare Thanksgiving as a day of peace and no slap zone. But as the countdown approaches zero and Barney’s taunting threatens the conclusion of their first Thanksgiving together as a married couple, Lily gives in and allows Marshall his epic slap. Knocking Barney across the room, Marshall goes to the piano and invites the dinner guests to listen to the song he created for the occasion – You Just Got Slapped. Thus concluding the 3rd slap in the bet, and the first Slapsgiving of the series.
Although Slapsgiving appears again twice in subsequent seasons (Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the Slap [S05E09] and Slapsgiving 3: Slappointment in Slapmara [S09E14] with a very special appearance of Boyz II Men, the domain SlapCountdown.com does not appear again IN THE SHOW (more below) with the slap bet series concluding towards the end of the final season in The End of the Aisle [S09E22] where Marshall uses his last slap to dispel Barney’s last minute wedding jitters. And in the end, isn’t it all about friendship, love, and slaps?
Real Life Use:
According to archived screenshots (see Reference), in the days leading up to the Slapsgiving episode, SlapCountdown.com was pointed to a site identical to how it was presented in the show: a plain black background with a countdown in # Days # Hours : # Minutes : # Seconds format. But immediately after the air date and days before Thanksgiving itself, it was redirected to the official YouTube page for the show, with the ‘You Just Got Slapped’ video as the very first result.
The domain registration lapsed the following year and was registered by a How I Met Your Mother fan club where it stayed for a couple of years before it was used by a design firm and then registered by another private individual and pointed to a parking page set up by their registrar.
This appears to have been a mistake by the show, as their official show production Twitter account @HIMYMProdposted a tweet about their new domain TheSlapBetCountdown.com during season 7 just prior to the episode Disaster Averted [S07E09] where Barney adds three new slaps to his running total in order to free himself from the consequences of another bet – wearing a ducky tie.
After that episode, the countdown seems to have been dormant until being reactivated for the final Slapsgiving episode (Slapsgiving 3: Slappointment in Slapmara), and a countdown to the final slap of the series with the heading “One More…”
In season four of Parks and Recreation, Leslie Knope takes a shot at fulfilling a lifelong ambition, running for political office to become the newest city councilperson of Pawnee, IN. But that chance is clouded by the need to hide her new relationship with co-worker and civics nerd Ben Wyatt in violation of city rules. Deciding to go public, Leslie’s race for office is put into serious jeopardy when the resulting ethics investigation costs Ben his job, lowers Leslie’s poll numbers down to 1%, and causes her professional political consultants to jump ship. Luckily, Leslie’s co-workers and friends save the campaign by volunteering to be the core of her staff, with Ben as her campaign manager.
As the race continues, Leslie finds it increasingly difficult to juggle her current duties as deputy director of the Parks and Recreation department with the demands of running a full time political campaign. Things come to a head in the episode Sweet Sixteen [S04E16], with Leslie resisting Ron’s demands that she take a leave of absence while simultaneously planning a ‘Sweet Sixteen’ birthday party for leap year born co-worker Jerry and dealing with misprinted campaign lawn signs that have the long URL to her sign graphic printed in large black letters on a white background, and the actual graphic limited to a small corner. This is the first time that Knope2012.com is shown, with the domain included in campaign materials shown throughout the remaining season including on the side of a campaign bus that crashes the wake / press conference of her opponent’s father.
Real Life Use:
More than a single one page brochure site or simple mock-up with staff bios, the Parks and Recreation producers had a full campaign site made that evolved over the entirety of Knope’s campaign.
Starting months before Knope2012.com officially appears on-screen, Archive.org shows the domain launching alongside the start of season 4 premiere I’m Leslie Knope [S04E01] with the political equivalent of a placeholder page containing Leslie’s campaign photo, announcement statement, logo, and link to a ‘Support’ page where visitors could purchase campaign swag. The day after the episode aired, the official Parks and Recreation account tweeted an announcement about the site to fans, although the site remained relatively static until shortly before the airing of The Comeback Kid [S04E11], where the campaign and the website both really kick into high gear.
Although there is a bit of foreshadowing to a season five plot involving emergency preparedness, site updates conclude with the end of Leslie’s campaign and season four with last items consisting of a upbeat letter to supporters in the news section and a bittersweet request for suggestions via slideshow to start her term.
As of 09/17/2015, NBC still maintains the site although that can change at any time. Current information about Knope2012.com can be found via the 3rd party reference links below. Thanks for reading, and never forget to Catch Your Dream.
The extended wedding weekend that makes up season 9 of How I Met Your Mother is well underway by the time we get to episode 5, The Poker Game, containing the first website easter egg of the season and last of the series – LegalPokerAruba.com.
Introduced in the last episode, the bro-only poker game organized by best man Ted in Barney’s hotel room now includes Robin in the mix who adds expert poker player to her cigar smoking, whiskey drinking, hockey loving bro-dentials. The bride-to-be holds her own in a game that includes Project Runway’s Tim Gunn, The Karate Kid’s Billy Zabka, and obvious online poker pro Ranjit in full attire that includes indoor sunglasses, over sized headphones, and a trucker cap with the URL of poker site LegalPokerAruba.com.
Still, the game is fairly casual until Barney’s brother James, bitter over his own failed marriage, repeatedly insists on sprouting snarky asides about the institution of marriage in front of his matrimony bound fellow players. Annoyed, Robin makes a ‘Put Up or Shut Up’ move by betting her wedding ring and challenging James to do the same if he really doesn’t care about marriage. Backed into a corner, James accepts and subsequently loses his ring. Barney gamely attempts to get the ring back, but with her pride still hurt and feeling like Barney is choosing his family over her, Robin holds on to the ring until James brings in the big guns – his mother.
Real Life Use:
While the appearance of LegalPokerAruba.com is low-key in keeping with previous HIMYM websites, the network itself drew attention to it during the initial airing with a pop-up promo repeating the URL and directing viewers to the site. Taking viewers as it did outside of the episode, one wonders if the promo was done with the show producers blessing, or if the approval was more grudging in nature. Regardless, the show’s online designer team did themselves proud by pointing the domain to a full “Under Construction” promotional mockup of an off-shore gambling haven created by web magnate Barney Stinson (see also StinsonBreastReduction.com, LinsonBreastLawsuit.com, and BroBibs.com). The bro-chure site (see what I did there?) includes testimony from Barney’s fellow poker players and descriptions of poker game variations such as online strip poker and Barney favorite Xing Hai Shi Bu Xing.
Unfortunately, while the domain is still registered to 20th Century Fox, the site itself is no longer active. Archive.org’s last snapshot of the site took place in December 2014, and it doesn’t appear with the other HIMYM sites in the official How I Met Your Mother archive website. The domain itself is subject to change, but you can still view the archived version of the site and current information about the domain in the Archive.org and other links in the reference section below.
Mixing political fact with funny similar to what 30 Rock did with BWLTruth.com, Arrested Development gets in a not-so-subtle dig in at Halliburton with HalliburtonTeen.com.
In Borderline Personalities [S02E12], George Bluth Sr. goes to home construction competitor Stan Sitwell in an attempt to sell his business shares to pay his wife’s legal bills. Reminding George that he dumped the last batch of stock he owned, Stan mentions his new project as a potential moneymaker. A sure thing, Stan claims that it will be bigger than Halliburton, or at least a Halliburton subsidiary like HalliburtonTeen.com. Cut to shots of the site (shown below pieced together) – a successful Abacrombie and Fitch-like retailer that serves the youth and lifestyle market alongside a re-branding of the overall penitentiary, rendition system, deep water drilling, and frozen goat cream consortium.
Real Life Use:
HalliburtonTeen.com was not registered by the show’s producers for any use, and caution should be used when visiting this or any other unaffiliated 3rd party website.
Use of this domain is subject to change, current information about HalliburtonTeen.com can be found via the 3rd party links in the Reference section below.
An earnest attempt to raise awareness and funds for cancer relief goes awry in the show Breaking Bad and in real life, both at SaveWalterWhite.com.
In Phoenix [S02E12], Walter White Jr’s family is facing growing expenses in the form of his new baby sister and his father’s medical bills. Unaware of his father’s profitable side business, he decides to contribute by creating a simple and heartfelt plea for help at SaveWalterWhite.com to ask the Internet for donations. Meanwhile, Walt Sr. has money from a huge meth deal but can’t spend it without raising questions. Going through options with his lawyer Saul Goodman, Walt Sr. vents about his family resorting to cyber-begging when Goodman looks at the site and sees it as an excellent opportunity to launder White’s ill-gotten gains.
In ABQ [S02E13], Saul’s strategy is put into play as Walt Jr. calls his parents into his room where the “donations” are rolling into the site. Walter Senior inwardly seethes as his wife and son’s attention and excitement keep pace with the rapidly growing tally on the site, and having to maintain yet another lie that adds to a house of cards that collapses by the end of the episode.
Real Life Use:
Similar to the series it came from, SaveWalterWhite.com has a cancer-related connection to drama. Registered by the show’s producers during pre-production, by the time the Phoenix episode aired they had a fully realized version of the site seen on-screen live at SaveWalterWhite.com. However, instead of being pointed to PayPal and used to launder ill-gotten meth money, the Donate button linked to the National Cancer Coalition website which raised over $125,000 directly through the site from well meaning fans.
Unfortunately, in August 2013 the producers removed the link after the organization ranked 21st in a national study listing America’s worst charities, with the percentage spent in fundraising costs far exceeding most other charities. The donation button was kept, but the link was updated to go directly to the Breaking Bad show page on the main AMC website.
The site is still live, but use of this domain is subject to change. Up to the moment information about SaveWalterWhite.com can be found via the 3rd party links in the Reference section below.
In ‘Bart Gets a “Z” [S21E02], Bart plots revenge with his classmates after teacher Edna Krabappel confiscates their cell phones. Looking to his dad for inspiration, he suggests they loosen her up by ‘irishing’ up her morning coffee with booze. While they gather liquor from a variety of sources, Bart’s contribution is a case of bottom shelf Absolut Krusty brand vodka purchased via online retailer EBooze.com. But when Mrs Kernoppel’s drunken antics get her fired, Bart has to come up with a plan to get her job back from substitute teacher Zachary Vaughn aka ZackAttack(.com).
Real Life Use:
eBooze.com was registered by a private 3rd party long prior to the air date of the episode, and there is no evidence that the show had plans to register the domain at any point in time. Show fans should exercise caution when visiting this or any other 3rd party website.
Use of this domain is subject to change, current information about eBooze.com can be found via the 3rd party links in the Reference section below.
In the episode ‘Fat Man and Little Boy’ [S16E05], Homer is fired from his job at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant for sleeping while wearing a sarcastic t-shirt, and attempts to make the best use of his time off by helping Lisa with her science fair exhibit. Running into problems with his DIY reactor, he looks up Nuclear-Secrets.com for tips and needed ingredients. Marge makes him get rid of the resulting leaky reactor, but not before he uses it to get Bart’s hard earned T-Shirt money back from an unscrupulous businessman.
Real Life Use:
Nuclear-Secrets.com was registered by Matt Groening Productions, but there are no screenshots of it being used for anything other than a domain registrar parking page. As always, show fans should exercise caution when visiting this or any other 3rd party website.
Use of this domain is subject to change, current information about Nuclear-Secrets.com can be found via the 3rd party links in the Reference section below.
BetterThanTV.com is an video content website specializing in animated shorts, used across multiple episodes. This domain has the distinction of having the longest period between uses that I’m aware of (9 seasons).
In the episode ‘I Am Furious Yellow’ [S13E18], Bart is inspired by an animator who in a guest lecture at his school presents his occupation as mainly comprised of doodling and goofing off. Creating a comic character of his own with guidance from Stan Lee, Bart finds his voice in the character of ‘Angry Dad’ based on Homer.
Instantly a hit in the schoolyard, Bart is signing copies when he’s approached by a man from ‘the internet’ who wants to turn it into a series. The Internet turns out to be BetterThanTV.com, a flashy start-up specializing in internet-only animated cartoons. The cartoon is hugely popular online, but despite that the company goes down in flames soon afterwards.
In ‘Angry Dad: The Movie’ [S22E14], BetterThanTV.com gets a 9 SEASONS LATER callback when the creator/owner of Better ThanTV’s intellectual property shows up at Bart’s house wanting to know if Bart wants to make a movie from his former series. Alas, the domain isn’t shown again in the episode.
Real Life Use:
Unfortunately for a domain used across such a wide span of time, BetterThanTV.com was registered by a private individual or company well prior to the air date of the episode it was originally used in, and is not affiliated with the show in any way. Show fans should exercisecaution when visiting this or any other 3rd party website/domain.
Use of this domain is subject to change, current information about BetterThanTV.com can be found via the 3rd party links in the Reference section below.
In ‘Homer and Ned’s Hail Mary Pass’ [S16E08], Ned Flanders captures Homer’s humiliating dance antics on video at a local charity fair. When Comic Book Guy aka Jeff Albertson (trivia alert!) asks if he can post it to his website. Ned agrees, and later at his school’s computer lab, Bart’s classmates find the video posted under the title ‘Big-Ass Baryshnikov’ on Dorks-Gone-Wild.com where it quickly goes viral.
Humiliated at first, Homer is able to cash in on the video’s popularity when athletes ask to buy the rights to his dances for scoring celebrations.
Real Life Use:
Dorks-Gone-Wild.com was registered by the show’s producers prior to the air date, and was used to point to a version of the site shown in the episode according to Archive.org screenshots (below). However, it no longer appears to be in use.
Use of this domain is subject to change, current information about Dorks-Gone-Wild.com can be found via the 3rd party links in the Reference section below.
In the episode Homer Goes To Prep School [S24E09], a traumatic incident at a children’s gym leads Homer to embrace the disaster prepper lifestyle. His inattention on the job at the nuclear plant while watching survival videos on streaming site MyTube.com causes an EMP that accelerates his apocalyptic paranoia and leads the Simpson to a prepper camp where they question their place and morals at the end of the world.
Real Life Use:
MyTube.com was already registered by a private individual or company prior to the air date of the episode, and is not affiliated with the show in any way. Show fans should exercise EXTREMEcaution when visiting this or any other 3rd party website/domain.
Use of this domain is subject to change, current information about MyTube.com can be found via the 3rd party links in the Reference section below.
In the episode Dangers on a Train [S24E22], Homer and Marge are both trying for anniversary gifts that cater to each other’s desires. While Homer works on recreating the romance of their early marriage by restoring the kiddy train they conceived Lisa on, Marge attempts to order Homer’s favorite cupcakes online. But instead of Dolly Madison, she mistakenly logs into SassyMadison.com, a dating site for married couples. With all her personal information online for the most through baked goods order ever, she starts getting chat messages from Springfield’s large population of lonely losers, all of which she feels compelled to reply to and let down gently in the name of politeness.
But when she misinterprets a call and Homer makes her think he forgot their anniversary to throw her off the scent of his plan, Marge gets drawn into growing temptations with user ‘Ashamed but Interested‘ that threaten their anniversary and marriage.
Real Life Use:
SassyMadison.com was registered by the show’s producers by the air date of the episode, but does not appear to have been used. Show fans should exercise caution when visiting this or any other 3rd party website/domain.
Use of this domain is subject to change, current information about SassyMadison.com can be found via the 3rd party links in the Reference section below.
BuyThisTreasure.com is an auction site/Ebay clone used in Dexter to sell police evidence, the examples below feature the full domain.
In the episode A Horse of a Different Color [S06E04], a “collector” calls Miami PD forensic analyst Vince Masuka to confirm the authenticity of a prosthetic hand used by the Ice Truck Killer currently for sale. Puzzled then frantic because it’s supposed to be in police evidence, Vince goes to auction site BuyThisTreasure.com to confirm and buy it. Unfortunately, the hand is sniped by another buyer at the last minute. Sold by Rollergurl185, he immediately deduces that the seller is his attractive intern, who confirms that she took and sold the hand to make money. Firing her, Masuka still needs to come up with a way of getting the hand back.
In the episode The Angel of Death [S06E05], Vince Masuka enlists the help of his new intern Louis Green who has a reputation as being good with computers and shows him the completed auction on BuyThisTreasure.com. After Masuka explains what could happen to the department’s reputation and his job if the theft and sale is discovered, Greene offers his skills to try to make the problem ‘go away’, not telling Masuka that he’s the collector that purchased the hand to add to his collection.
Real Life Use:
BuyThisTreasure.com was registered by the show’s producers a couple of months prior to the original air date of this episode and pointed to a functional front-end mockup of the BuyThisTreasure.com website with items for sale by Rollergurl185 who is apparently still having trouble with her rent. Not the prosthetic hand since that was sold (duh!), but clicking on other items with such as shirts, posters, and a “thumb” drive adds those items to your shopping cart in the official Showtime store page.
Use of this domain is subject to change, current information about BuyThisTreasure.com can be found via the 3rd party links in the Reference section below.
Beginning-Of-The-End.com is the personal and professional website of Professor Geller, a source of information on a series of end times themed murders and ultimate suspect. The website is used in several places in season six of Dexter, the examples below are from when the site domain was clearly visible.
In the episode A Horse of a Different Color [S06E04], a series of apocalypse-themed murders has the Miami homicide squad looking for leads in the Book of Revelations. After a preacher interviewed by Detectives Quinn and Batista refers them to Revelations expert Professor James Geller, detective Allen mentions that he also found the professor during a Google search for ‘Revelations Expert’ and brings up Geller’s site Beginning-Of-The-End.com.
In the episode Get Geller [S06E09], Dexter is after Professor Geller after finding his cohort Travis Marshall who convinced him that Geller was the one that actually killed their victims. Meeting to compare notes , Dexter mentions to Travis that the Professor updated his blog. Travis immediately opens Beginning-Of-The-End.com, where there’s a message from Geller to Marshall telling him not to follow false profits, meaning Dexter himself.
Real Life Use:
Beginning-Of-The-End.com was registered by the show’s producers a couple of months prior to the original air date of this episode and went briefly to an empty Tumblr page before being redirected to Dexter’s “Kill Room” on the Showtime network’s official Dexter site.
Use of this domain is subject to change, current information about Beginning-Of-The-End.com can be found via the 3rd party links in the Reference section below.
In the episode Dress Code [S08E07], Dexter is drugged and dumped on the side of the road by his murderous ex-girlfriend Hannah. Determine to track her down, he uses traffic cam footage to find her rental car and the owner Vista Marina Car Rentals. Finding their site at MiamiVistaMarina.com, he uses the listed contact information to call and get the address and name Hannah rented it under to track her down.
Real Life Use:
MiamiVistaMarina.com was NOT registered by the show’s producers by the air date of the episode. Show fans should exercise caution when visiting this or any other 3rd party website.
Use of this domain is subject to change, current information about MiamiVistaMarina.com can be found via the 3rd party links in the Reference section below.