Best Albanian References in American Pop Culture


Quote of the Day: "Albania! Albania! You border on the Adriatic!" -- Song by Coach in Cheers

As an Albanian-American, born and raised in New York, I enjoy seeing references to my heritage in pop culture entertainment. Here are my favorites.

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Cheers -- Coach teaches Sam a little song to help him remember facts about Albania.

Wag the Dog -- America launches a fake war in Albania for propaganda purposes to avert a White House scandal.

The Simpsons -- Homer, Bart, and the rest of the Simpson family takes in Adil, a student from Albania, who's actually a spy stealing the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant's secrets.

Inside Man -- In this Spike Lee movie, starring Denzel Washington and Clive Owen, bank robbers use a recording of former Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha to throw off the authorities who are listening in.

King of Queens -- Trying to woo an Albanian beauty only leads to trouble.

Jimmy Kimmel Live -- Two celebrities of Albanian-American heritage, Jim Belushi and Eliza Dushku, appear together on late night television.

I'm sure there are many more, and my family and friends will let me hear about the ones I've missed.

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