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On the subject of contemporary music, film, television, and (to a lesser extent) sports, television characters can comfortably mention all kinds of people, expecting that most, or at least enough, of the audience will know whom they're talking about. On most other matters, however, their world becomes very small; TV producers fear any comment that might ever go over anyone's head, and thus only the most obvious and world-renowned people and things are allowed a mention.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })It's worth noting that a major work of pop culture can completely turn one subject around and make it a free-for-all. For instance, before Jurassic Park, many people had only heard of maybe three or four types of dinosaur. Afterwards everyone could suddenly discuss velociraptors and dilophosaurs as though they'd known about them since childhood. note  Ironically, Velociraptor had indeed been around since their childhoods, and then some, its skeleton having first been discovered in Mongolia in the 1920s; but since it was an Asian dinosaur, it went unnoticed in the West for decades except among paleontologists and hardcore dinosaur fans. Toronto's NBA franchise even named their team "Raptors", signaling that the species was there to stay on the pop-culture radar. The works of Leonardo da Vinci got a similar treatment thanks to Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })What is obscure varies depending on time and place. Shows from the '70s and '80s assume that people will know about figures like Augusto Pinochet and Leonid Brezhnev, but one can't assume the same anymore, while references to certain American personalities in Family Guy or Robot Chicken will fly over the heads of viewers from elsewhere. Yet, while due to his antics, a lot of Americans probably know Rob Ford is the mayor of Toronto (or at least was until his death), they'd be hard pressed to name the Prime Minister of Canada (at least when it was Stephen Harper; Justin Trudeau, who took over in 2015, is pretty well-known to most Americans).
One notable case where all these qualms about obscurity get thrown out the window is the Celebrity Star. It's much easier to get a guest who's "famous" than one who's actually well known. If a band makes an appearance, most of the characters will suddenly become fans, no matter how obscure or washed up the band really is — which can also lead to such hilarious situations as the City Mouse suddenly liking country music or the wholesome, mostly white, Dom Com family all loving a rapper who is not normally known for being family friendly. Likewise, B- and C-list actors are all suddenly big stars when they walk onto a TV show and everyone will know them by their real names.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); })Musical examples of these are often used as Standard Snippets.
A Super-Trope to Nothing but Hits, Small Taxonomy Pools, Geek Reference Pool.
A Sister Trope to "Weird Al" Effect, Public Medium Ignorance, Cultural Cross-Reference, Popcultural Osmosis, Eiffel Tower Effect, Everybody Knows That. Depending on how small the reference pool is, this can sometimes lead to certain works being a Shallow Parody of the genre or medium they're referencing.
Contrast Genius Bonus.
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