This page covers 1985 through the present.
For 1953 through 1984 please go to page 1


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.


The 1989 movie Honey I Shrunk The Kids features a Tektronix oscilloscope and plug-ins on a 200 series Scope-Mobile. We can't 100% identify the oscilloscope as it differs in the slightest way from standard models. The oscilloscope and right Scope-Mobile plug-in could be a 53/54A, 53/54B, Type A, or Type B as they are all nearly identical in appearance. The same plugin is on the right in the Scope-Mobile and on the left is a 53/54D or a Type D.


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 1994 movie Stargate features a 7704A 200 MHz oscilloscope at 23 minutes.


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.


The 1997 movie Steel features an Advantest R3265A (or R3365A, R3271A, or R3371A) spectrum analyzer on the top shelf at 57 minutes 37 seconds. While technically not a Tektronix product and is branded Advantest, it was sold by Tektronix and listed in the 1995 catalog.


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.


This scene from the 2004 Season 5 Episode 14 of Angel Smile Time is interesting. We can't see the front to identify the instrument but it appears to be either a 2200 or 2400 series oscilloscope. What is interesting is those are the feet that are on top so they are viewing it upside down!


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.


A Type 575 Curve Tracer appears at 17:22 in Warehouse 13, Season 1, Episode 7, Implosion which aired in 2009.


A Type 561B oscilloscopes appears at 40:58 in Eureka, Season 4, Episode 9, I'll Be Seeing You which aired in 2010. The plug-ins are possibly a 3A1 or 3A6 and 2B67 time base.

A few seconds later at 41:09 a 465/475 can be seen.


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.


The 2018 movie Mortal Engines features a 465/475 portable oscilloscope at 11 minutes 40 seconds on the middle shelf to the right.


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.


The 2019 movie Armstrong features this RM545 oscilloscope with a CA plug-in.

 


This 2021 Korean movie Space Sweepers scene shows a TLA5204 Logic Analyzer. Its nice to know that it's still running fine in the year 2092.

Apparently this TLA5204 logic analyzer has the "DNA" option installed.


The 2021 season 4 episode 10 of Young Sheldon features a Type 502A oscilloscope on a 200 series Scope-Mobile in several scenes. The 502A oscilloscope does not take plug-ins but there is a Type CA plug-in on the left and a Type D plug-in on the right in the Scope-Mobile.


The 2021 season 1 Resident Alien episode 7 features a 2400 series oscilloscope in this scene.


The 2021 season 3  Formula 1:Drive to Survive episode 2 Back on Track features this TDS3000 series oscilloscope.


The 2021 season 1 Murder Among The Mormans episode 2 features a 611 storage monitor at 32:15. This show is a three part documentary following one of the most notable forgers in history. A 300 year old document is sent to a lab in California for cyclotron testing and this image is from the footage taken at the lab. The lab is not named but likely at the University of California, Berkeley.


If you know of any other shows or movies featuring Tektronix products let us know and try to send in a screen capture or time.