The plot traces the relationship between recent college graduate Anastasia Steele and manipulative billionaire Christian Grey. Steele is required by Grey to sign a contract allowing him complete control over her life. As she gets to know him she learns that his sexual tastes involve bondage, domination and sadism, and that childhood abuse left him a deeply damaged individual. In order to be his partner she agrees to experiment with BDSM, but struggles to reconcile who she is (a virgin who has never previously had a boyfriend) with who Christian wants her to be: his submissive to do with as he pleases in his "Red Room of Pain."

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine:
Season:  2  / Episode:  20 
AC/DC

This Television Episode refers to Fifty Shades of Grey written by E.L. James part of Fifty Shades
Jake convinces Sgt. Jeffords to let him continue working on his case, even though he is injured, and not yet cleared to return to duty. The Sergeant agrees, but tells Jake that he has to be tied to his desk. Jake responds with, "Tied to my desk? Mr. Grey will see you now.".

How I Met Your Mother:
Season:  8  / Episode:  13 
Band of DJ?

This Television Episode refers to Fifty Shades of Grey written by E.L. James part of Fifty Shades
Robin is about to accept her dad's Facebook friend request, but the group stops her. Marshall tells Robin that she doesn't want to see what's behind that door. When Robin asks what he's talking about, Ted says, "I'm talking about my mom's 2,000 word review on 'Fifty Shades of Grey'.".

Orange is the New Black:
Season:  1  / Episode:  7 
Blood Donut

This Television Episode refers to Fifty Shades of Grey written by E.L. James part of Fifty Shades
During the first WAC meeting with Mr. Healy, one of Taystee's concerns is getting a copy of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' in the prison library.

Parks and Recreation:
Season:  5  / Episode:  3 
How a Bill Becomes a Law

This Television Episode refers to Fifty Shades of Grey written by E.L. James part of Fifty Shades
The Parks Department has implemented a new 311 program for Pawnee citizens to call for help with trouble spots in the community. Instead of answering phones, Donna is instead busy reading 'Fifty Shades of Grey'.

Veep:
Season:  4  / Episode:  1 
Joint Session

This Television Episode refers to Fifty Shades of Grey written by E.L. James part of Fifty Shades
"The speech is 50 shades of great."

Weeds:
Season:  8  / Episode:  4 
Only Judy Can Judge

This Television Episode refers to Fifty Shades of Grey written by E.L. James part of Fifty Shades
Silas is referred to as "Christian Grey without the money".

The Office:
Season:  9  / Episode:  18 
Promos

This Television Episode refers to Fifty Shades of Grey written by E.L. James part of Fifty Shades
Everyone in the office is disturbed with Phyllis' new hobby - listening to audio books while sitting at her desk. They are upset because she is working her way through the book, 'Fifty Shades of Grey'.

Family Guy:
Season:  14  / Episode:  12 
Scammed Yankees

This Television Episode refers to Fifty Shades of Grey written by E.L. James part of Fifty Shades
Peter mentions 50 Shades of Grey in his memoir while stuck in prison

The New Normal:
Season:  1  / Episode:  12 
The Goldie Rush

This Television Episode refers to Fifty Shades of Grey written by E.L. James part of Fifty Shades
Shania goes to school wearing a red business suit, following the advice her Nana gave her on how to make the mean girls be nice. The red suit doesn't work, however. One of the girls tells Shania, "My mom used to dress like that before she read 'Fifty Shades of Grey'.".

The Middle:
Season:  4  / Episode:  7 
The Safe

This Television Episode refers to Fifty Shades of Grey written by E.L. James part of Fifty Shades
Frankie tells her Dental Assistant school teacher that she is a lifelong quitter, saying that she only got to "Twenty Shades of Grey". Frankie informs her instructor that she only quits on her own terms, so she will not be quitting Dental Assistant school that particular day.

Orange is the New Black:
Season:  3  / Episode:  7 
Tongue-Tied

This Television Episode refers to Fifty Shades of Grey written by E.L. James part of Fifty Shades
Taystee says that Suzanne's erotica is worse than "Fifty Shades".

Orange is the New Black:
Season:  3  / Episode:  9 
Where My Dreidel At

This Television Episode refers to Fifty Shades of Grey written by E.L. James part of Fifty Shades
Taystee tells Cindy that she told the Rabbi that she is related to Drake, in an effort to prove that she is Jewish. Cindy replies by saying that Taystee is 50 shades darker than Drake. Taystee responds by telling Cindy that she's "Fifty Shades of Dray".

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Scary Movie 5
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Jody Sanders reaches for this book.

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Fifty Shades of Grey
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Aldi Commercial - Aldi Christmas Conclusion ft. Kevin The Carrot 2017

This Television Commercial parodies Fifty Shades of Grey written by E.L. James part of Fifty Shades
Katie, mama carrot, opens her Christmas gift, which is a copy of the book 'Fifty Shades of Grapes', a parody of the E.L. James book, 'Fifty Shades of Grey'.
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Avocados From Mexico Commercial for Super Bowl LI 2017

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One of the conspiracies is that there are only 49 shades of gray

Best Buy Commercial

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Amy asks the Best Buy employee if the e-reader will read 'Fifty Shades of Grey' to her in a sexy voice. When the Blue Shirt tells her no, Amy asks him if he will.
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