Dear Abby is a syndicated newspaper advice column which debuted in 1956. Readers send in letters to "Abigail Van Buren" (pseudonym of Pauline Phillips until 1995, and then her daughter Jeanne Phillips), who provides counsel on relationship matters, ettiquette concerns, and other issues. The column was adapted as a radio series from 1963 until 1974.
Pauline (Abby) passed away on January 16th 2013.
- In the March 19, 1964 broadcast of The Jimmy Dean Show, Rowlf finds himself in need of expert advice. He writes to Dear Abby to discuss his relationship with Jimmy Dean, who has fallen into the habit of comparing him to various fruits.
- In The Great Muppet Caper, when irate editor Mike Tarkanian asks his new staffers (Kermit, Fozzie, and Gonzo) which newspaper they'd buy (the ones covering the Lady Holiday robbery, or "Identical Twins Join Chronicle Staff"), Fozzie Bear replies, "I'll read the one that has Dear Abby."
- The presentation booklet used to pitch Fraggle Rock described Marjory the Trash Heap as sounding "a little like Dear Abby on a bad day."
- Muppet Magazine regularly featured Ask Miss Piggy, Piggy's own advice column, in the Dear Abby mold.
- In a 1998 episode of Sesame Street, Telly brings grouch advise-giver Dear Crabby to help Ruthie be more like a grouch.