5 Stages in Popular Media

The “5 Stages” concept is extremely well-ingrained within society and popular media. The Stages and references to Dr. Kübler-Ross are used on a daily basis throughout television, feature films, video clips, radio, cartoons, music, and more.

  • 30 Rock - YouTube video clip - 5 stages mentioned in two episodes
  • After Life w/Ricky Gervais - On Netflix
  • American Dad - YouTube video clip
  • Blackadder - Season 3
  • Breaking Bad
  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Season 6, Episode #1 (Named after 3rd stage)
  • Castle
  • Dead Like Me - YouTube video clip
  • Community
  • Dead Like Me
  • Dr. Who - Episode "The End of Time"
  • Frasier - Season 6, Episode #1
  • General Hospital - Drew Cain (Billy Miller) goes through stages after son dies.
  • Grey’s Anatomy - YouTube video clip
  • Jimmy Kimmel - Used in multiple episodes incl. this one, YouTube video clip
  • House
  • Law and Order
  • Monk
  • The Nanny
  • Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide
  • New Girl - YouTube video clip
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Popular
  • Pushing Daisies - Season 1, Episode #7
  • OC - YouTube video clip
  • On My Block (Netflix) - Season 2
  • One Tree Hill - YouTube video clip
  • Rizzoli & Isles - YouTube video clip
  • Roswell, New Mexico - Episode 7, Liz talks about the 5 stages.
  • Scorpion
  • Scrubs - YouTube video clip
  • Sesame Street - "Good-Bye Mr. Hooper" episode
  • Sorry For Your Loss, played by Elizabeth Olsen
  • Star Trek, Next Generation
  • Star Trek Voyager - "Imperfection" episode
  • Stephen Colbert, used Multiple shows
  • The Simpsons - YouTube video clip
  • Supernatural - "In my Time of Dying" episode
  • Teen Titan Go! - YouTube video clip
  • Tenacious D
  • That 70’s Show - YouTube video clip
  • The Flash, Season 6
  • Wings
  • A Simple Favor
  • All That Jazz
  • Deadpool 2
  • The Bucket List
  • In This Life by Bat-Sheva Guez
  • Inside Out - YouTube video clip link
  • Janaan - YouTube video clip link
  • Lenny
  • Look Both Ways
  • Love and Honor
  • Maps to The Stars
  • Man Up?
  • The Penguins of Madagascar
  • The Rundown
  • "Kübler-Ross" on Hollow Voices by Chuck Wilson
  • "Elisabeth Kubler-Ross" on Amateur Sketches of Famous and Important People by Dominic Moore
  • "Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Has Died" on II by the Gnomes
  • "Kübler-Ross Model" on Rotten Soup - Single by Unexpected Fidelity
  • "The Kübler-Ross Model" on Kaapin by Kaapin
  • "The Kübler-Ross Model" on Howling Songs by Matt Elliott
  • "Victims of Victimless Crimes" on So Low Remixes - Single by Kübler-Ross (A Swedish Band)
  • "Kübler-Ross" on Christian House of Girls by Elephant Rifle
  • "Kubler Ross" on Good Grief by Mic Lanny & James Rock
  • "Kübler Ross" on The Colour of Television by Rhutz
  • "Five Stages of Grief" on Shape of Things to Come by Perfect Pill
  • The 5 Stages of Grief" on The Burning by Nick Vasallo
  • "Dealing With It: Five Stages of grief (Quintet)" on Realized by Henny Kupferstein
  • "The Five Stages of Grief" on Grey Sky Town by Erdpol
  • "The First of Many Dreams About Monsters" (Elisabeth Kübler-Ross actual voice used three times within song) by Spring Offensive
  • "The Five Stages of Grief: A Composition For Brass Ensemble" by Christopher R. Hango
  • "5 Stages" on Sunday by Ryan from Sunday
  • "5 Stages" on Grief by Crux
  • "5Stages" on OverManUnderGod by Relix the UnderGod
  • Umair Jaswal, Chal Raha Hoon, from Coke Studio 12, sings about stages of grief
  • Kübler Ross - EP (each song is named after a stage) by Centego
  • Album, Five Stages of Grief by Leonard Hummer
  • EP Album, The Five Stages of Grief by Miss Myi
  • EP Album, The Five Stages of Grief by Sheevaa
  • EP Album, The Five Stages EP by Skittish
  • EP Album, 5 Stages of Grief by Fritof
  • EP Album, The Five Stages of Grief by Himlens Solitudevej
  • EP Album, Love Me With Me by Sahre Gure
  • Album, VII Stages of Loss and Grief by Time Loss
  • Album, Wheel of Life by Sadao Watanabe
  • Album, Love & Fear by Marina Diamandis. Idea for record came from musicians admiration of EKR theories.
  • Album, Sta7ges by FRANKIE
Plays
  • 'Death Valley: A Love Story'
  • Night Mother, Rogue Theater Company Production
  • 'The Five Stages of Grief'
  • 'The Girl From Dubuque'
  • 'The Shadow Box' - By Michael Christofer, starring: Marlo Thomas & Mercedes Ruehl
  • 'Stages'

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The Five Stages in Assorted Popular Media