The success of Sale of the Century has provided plenty of opportunities for various shows and movies to make parodies or have their characters make appearances on Sale as part of a (sub)plot.
Alfred Hitchcock PresentsEdit
This was featured in an episode called Night Caller (originally November 3, 1985) where Betsy Van Kennon (played by Linda Fiorentino) watches the opening credits of an episode to Sale on TV as its not indicated if it was from either the NBC or syndicated run.
Welcome to the BoomtownEdit
a brief footage of Sale appeared in the 1986 music video by the music group David & David. There is no certain if footage was from the NBC or syndicated run, but it definitely aired no earlier than May 1984 because Version 2.0 of the contestant podiums, which first appear in May 1984, were prevalent. The footage can be seen at about 1:49 in the video, and it appears the footage is from about the start of the match plus, two of the contestants' names are Steve and Sarah. It is possible that such footage was from Ep. S-114 (originally aired on October 3, 1985) about one year before this music video was release. Additionally this also featured a brief clip of The Price is Right during the showcase segment.
A scene from the film featured Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise) along with his girlfriend Susanna (Valeria Golino) were both coming in a room full of mentally handicapped people a brief clip of Sale could be seen playing on TV. Additionally, other game shows that were featured as clips on television were: Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy! & Pyramid.
In 2001, the magazine ranked Sale #41 as one of The 50 Greatest Game Shows of All Time then in 2013, it was ranked again as one of The 60 Greatest Game Shows of All Time.
In 2006, Sale was ranked #34 as one of The 50 Greatest Game Shows of All Time, the special in particular was hosted by Bil Dwyer. Interestingly enough, Sale (80s version) had not been on the schedule (save for a few clips in a special) until March 2013 when the network announced their acquisition of 65 episodes from the 1988-89 (final) season which began airing on April 1. The 1985-86 syndicated version began airing on the network in November. Those episodes aired on GSN until March 2015 when the network dropped Sale from their schedule. Buzzr later started broadcasting reruns from the 1985-86 syndicated version in September 2015.