This page covers 1985 through the present.
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A Tektronix 4051 appears in this scene in the 1985 movie D.A.R.Y.L.

This scene features a number of Tektronix products including the 4051, a 7000 series oscilloscope, and TM500 and TM5000 instruments.

This March 28, 1986 TekWeek features an article on D.A.R.Y.L.


Tektronix oscilloscopes were featured in the 1985 movie Real Genius staring Val Kilmer.  This scene at about 28 minutes in the film shows a T922 15 MHz oscilloscope.

This second scent at about 72 minutes shows a 555 30 MHz dual beam oscilloscope with a Type A vertical plug-in on the left and a Type L vertical plug-in on the right.  The two horizontal plug-ins are a Type 21 and 22.  Virtually both were always bought with Type 555 mainframe.


A number of Tektronix oscilloscopes were seen in the 1988 TV show Probe.  The show ran only a pilot and 6 episodes.  This scene shows a 530 or 540 series oscilloscope.


Maniac Mansion was a TV family comedy that ran for three seasons from September 1990, to April 1993. It was about a dim-witted Professor (Joe Flaherty of Second City TV) and his eccentric family. Tektronix oscilloscopes appear in many episodes. These scenes shows a ~1961 515A oscilloscope.


The 1996 movie Chain Reaction features a Type 545B oscilloscope near the end of the movie.


The 1997 movie Contact featured a Tektronix four channel TDS420 oscilloscopes.


A TLA704 Logic Analyzer and TDS784 oscilloscope appeared in the 1997 science fiction action film Face/Off staring John Travolta and Nicholas Cage.  In addition, the film was edited on a Tektronix Lightworks non-linear editing system.  Its editors were Christian Wagner and Steven Kemper, both of whom have lengthy lists of film credits.  Two other just released films utilizing Lightworks editing systems are ConAir and Batman & Robin. This July 11, 1997 TekWeek describes the film and these products.


A number of Tek scopes were featured in the 2000 Australian film The Dish about the Parkes Observatory's role in relaying live television of the Apollo 11 mission in 1969.  These scenes are from about 15 minutes into the movie.

This scene shows rack with three Tektronix oscilloscopes - a RM561A oscilloscope with a 3A6 vertical and 3B3 time base plug-in at the top, a RM564 storage oscilloscope with a 3A6 vertical and 2B67 time base plug-in in the middle, and a RM561 oscilloscope with a 3A74 vertical and 67 time base plug-in at the bottom.

This scene shows a close-up of the bottom oscilloscope, a RM561 with a 3A74 vertical and 67 time base plug-in.

This scene shows a closeup of the middle oscilloscope, a RM564 with a 3A6 vertical and 2B67 time base plug-in.


The 2002 movie Deep Freeze features a Type 503 as their "radio" at about 39 minutes.

A deranged individual destroys the "radio" with his shotgun. You can see the microphone plugged into the 503 as the smoke clears.


This 3054 oscilloscope appears just about 3 minutes into the 2003 movie The Core.


Two Tektronix oscilloscopes are featured in this scene from the 2005 Lost episode "The Hatch". On the left is a 531A oscilloscope on a 500 series Scope-Mobile and on the right is a 502 oscilloscope on a 200 series Scope-Mobile.


A Type 5223 oscilloscope appears in the 2008 movie Doomsday at about 24 minutes. The movie takes place in 2028 and production for the 5223 ended in 1988, so this product enjoyed a 40 year life.


A 2400 series oscilloscope appeared in season 12 episode 4 of the British television detective drama Midsomer Murders "The Glitch" in 2009.


"The Americans" is an American spy thriller series that premiered in 2013. In season 2 (2014) Episode 10 these scenes appear at 45 minutes showing a Tektronix 1502 Time Domain Reflectometer (TDR).


The 2016 film Ghostbusters has several Tektronix products.  These two scenes show a TDS220 in the lab.

Also in the lab on the table to the right we believe is a 7623A oscilloscope and on the cart is the rear of a letter series plugin.

It also appears as a partial side view in this scene.

This Type 551 dual beam oscilloscope appears in the Ghostbusters All Trailer and Clips (2016) but we cannot find this scene in the movie.  Let us know if you find it.


A 500 series oscilloscope and cart appear in the 2016 movie Hidden Figures about the early days of NASA.  A 500 series oscilloscope would be correct for this time era.  We believe this to be a Type 545B with a G plug-in.  This scene appear at about 59 minutes in the movie showing the oscilloscope in the computer room.

This scene shows a cable connected to the External Trigger input which was a typical setup when viewing computer data or address lines.

This vintageTEk video shows this scene using the 545 oscilloscope.


The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a web TV series that premiered in 2017 on Prime Video. Season 3 Episode 7 features this 1957/58 Tektronix 524AD oscilloscope in a radio station control room.


 

This 555 dual beam oscilloscope appears at about 80 minutes in the 2018 movie A Quiet Place.  The horizontal plug-ins are Type 22.  The left vertical plug-in appears to be a Type D.  The right vertical plug-in is the Type O operational amplifier.  The scope-mobile has a Type K plug-in on the left and a Type H on the right.


The June 2018 Public Broadcasting System (PBS) program Nature featured a TDS 2024C oscilloscope in the “Sex, Lies and Butterflies” episode.  The TDS 2024C is a portable oscilloscope that has been rack mounted and is used to visualize the return signal from a radar system employed tracking migrating Painted Lady butterflies.  We can’t resist pointing out that during WWII Howard Vollum twice received the prestigious Legion of Merit Award for his work on optimizing radar oscilloscopes in England and the United States.  Radar was probably the most important use of scopes in the war for targeting weapons and defense.  And now it’s following butterflies.


This scene from the 2019 Avengers: Endgame features a Tektronix 2336 oscilloscope on a Type 200 series Scope-Mobile. Without giving away the plot, this oscilloscope appears 12 years before it was introduced.


If you know of any other shows or movies featuring Tektronix products let us know!