The McLaughlin Group was a PBS political discussion show, created and produced by John McLaughlin, who also moderated. The show ran from 1982 until 2016 (canceled after McLaughlin's death) and was noted for the frequent squabbling of its panelists and McLaughlin's crisp, brisk style of addressing topics ("Issue 1") and moderating.
- In the Dinosaurs episode "Network Genius," as an example of intellectual programming, Earl Sinclair screens Full Spectrum, a political discussion show spoofing The McLaughlin Group. The moderator is the terse John McGlutton, who asks his panel to debate such issues as "Should the rich eat the poor?" One of the panelists is named Jack (referencing longtime panelist Jack Germond).