AUDIO ONLY TV APPEARANCES
Two songs from Starfish were used in episodes of the American TV series Miami Vice (1984-1989) on NBC. "Blood Money" was used in the episode titled Heart Of Night (Season 5, Episode 3 - Aired Nov. 18, 1988) and "Under The Milky Way" was used in Asian Cut (Season 5, Episode 7 - Aired Jan. 13, 1989).
"Under The Milky Way" was used in the episode titled The Rager (Season 2, Episode 19 - Aired April 14, 2005) of the American TV series The O.C. (2003-2007) on FOX. It starts about 27-1/2 minutes into the episode and played for 1 min. and 38 sec., mostly during a scene in a bar.
"Under The Milky Way" was used in the episode titled Family (Season 3, Episode 1 - Aired Sept. 25, 2005) of the American TV series Cold Case (2003-2010) on CBS. It starts about 9 minutes into the episode during a flashback scene in a high school in 1988. The song played for 1 min. and 40 sec.
"Under The Milky Way" was used in the episode titled Map 1213 (Season 2, Episode 5 - Aired Sept. 18, 2006) of the American TV series Prison Break (2005-2009) on FOX. It starts just over 3 minutes into the episode, as if played over a radio while a fugitive and his driving partner were holed up in a motel. It plays for about 55 seconds, though it is hard to hear in parts.
"Under The Milky Way" was used in the episode Charades (Season 1, Episode 14 - Aired Jan. 18, 2015) of the American TV series Scorpion (2014-2018) on CBS, playing for 3 minutes and 14 seconds at the very end of the show.
"Under The Milky Way" plays over the last 20 seconds and the end credits of the episode Yes (Season 1, Episode 8 - Aired Apr. 1, 2018) of the short-lived American TV series Here And Now (2018) on HBO, playing for 2 minutes and 14 seconds. The beginning and ending of the song have been seamlessly edited together for this appearance. This show was cancelled after one 10-episode season.
"Under The Milky Way" was briefly used in the episode Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream (Season 1, Episode 7 - Aired May 14, 2018) of the short-lived American sci-fi TV series The Crossing (2018) on ABC. It starts about 19 minutes into the show during the scene when the little girl character "Leah" enters a Port Canaan, Oregon, gift shop and is given a postcard on which is written a message in the mysterious "APEX" language. The song plays for only about 25 seconds. This TV series was cancelled by ABC during its debut season 3 days before this episode aired.
In 1985, Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV aired a news segment about the debut of the compact disc. The beginning and end of the segment featured record and now CD collector Frank Maiale and his freaky mullet. And at the beginning of the segment you get to hear about 21 seconds of "Maybe These Boys" (of all things) as he plays The Church's Remote Luxury EP on his fancy but now "outdated" turntable.
On Jan. 28, 2004, Church fan Chris Barrus heard CNN Headline News use a guitar line from "Tristesse" in the bumper music coming out of a commercial break. In addition, the bumper music coming out of the following commercial break was "Under The Milky Way."
COVER SONG TV APPEARANCES
A cover of "Under The Milky Way" was used in the episode titled Time Has Come Today (Season 3, Episode 1 - Aired Sept. 21, 2006) of the American TV series Grey's Anatomy (2004- ) on ABC. It was played about 36 minutes into the show, when Dr. Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) recalls when he first met Meredith (Ellen Pompeo). This cover was by Grant-Lee Phillips, from his album Nineteeneighties.
Reportedly a cover of "Under The Milky Way" performed by
Michael Andrews was used in the
Israeli TV series Parashat Ha-Shavua (2006-2009),
in the episode titled Pkudey (Season 2, Episode 12 - Aired Mar. 15, 2008).
A cover of "Under The Milky Way" performed by Bobby Flynn appeared in an episode of the Australian TV series Underbelly: The Golden Mile. The song was featured at the very end of Episode 2, The Crucible, as Kim (Emma Booth) embraces her new life as an escort and starts a thrilling new career in Kings Cross. This episode first aired on April 11, 2010.
A portion of a banjo cover of "Under The Milky Way" performed by Ian Simpson and John Kane appeared in an episode of the Australian TV series Doctor Doctor (aka The Heart Guy). The song was featured in episode 8 of season 2, which first aired on October 4, 2017. It begins around 24 minutes into the show and plays for just under 50 seconds.