Set in New York City in the mid-1950s, the musical explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The members of the Sharks from Puerto Rico are taunted by the Jets, a white working-class group. The young protagonist, Tony, one of the Jets, falls in love with Maria, the sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks.

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Order Room Service part of Shameless Season 3

Season: 3 / Episode: 11

Order Room Service

This Television Episode refers to West Side Story
When the homeless man tells Frank that, "This is my turf." Frank responds with, "What is this, West Side Story?"
White Hat/Black Hat part of Silicon Valley Season 2

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Season: 2 / Episode: 8

White Hat/Black Hat

This Television Episode refers to West Side Story
In a deleted scene, Jared makes reference to the standoff in Intersite's parking lot being like a gang fight between the Jets and the Sharks.

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