Television didn’t exist in Lincoln’s time, but that hasn’t prevented the 16th President from becoming one of the most familiar, iconic characters in pop culture—as ubiquitous as, say, Batman or the Beatles. Over the years, he’s appeared in everything from episodes of The Twilight Zone and Star Trek to Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons, helped sell everything from insurance to soda pop, dissuaded students from dropping out of high school, and even done a turn as a Chippendales-style dancer. Here are 10 of Lincoln’s greatest hits.
In this 1961 episode of The Twilight Zone, Rod Serling’s anthology series about the supernatural, ghostly Union and Confederate soldiers are joined on the road by a ghostly Lincoln, the war’s last casualty.
“The Savage Curtain”
In this 1969 Star Trek episode, Lincoln joins forces with Captain Kirk, Spock and Surak to fight four notorious villains from history.
“You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere Without That Sheepskin”
In this award-winning 1971 public service announcement for the College Level Examination Program, viewers see how tough it would be for Lincoln, with his lack of formal education, to impress a modern executive recruiter.
“Abe Lincoln and His Time Machine”
In this skit from a 1992 Saturday Night Live special, Lincoln builds a time machine and tries to go back into the past and assassinate John Wilkes Booth.
In this 1993 episode of The Simpsons, Lincoln builds his street cred as a rapper and peddles Duff Beer.
"Hat Full of Waffles”
In this 2001 episode of the sitcom Dharma and Greg, a waffle-munching Great Emancipator appears in a dream sequence.
“Was Abe Lincoln Honest?”
In this 2010 Geico commercial, Lincoln is forced to answer Mrs. Lincoln’s question about whether a dress makes her posterior seem too large.
“Batman and Lincoln vs. John Wilkes Booth”
In this 2011 episode of the children’s animated series Batman: The Brave and the Bold, the caped crusader goes back in time and tries to prevent Lincoln’s assassination.
“A Message from the USDA’s Founder”
In this 2012 public service announcement for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Lincoln plants a variety of tomato named in his honor.
“Sexy Abraham Lincoln”
In this 2012 commercial for Mattel’s Apples to Apples board game, Honest Abe gets to display his booty-shaking side.