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A 1942 painting by Edward Hopper, showing a couple of people in a diner at night and illustrating their loneliness and despair.

Since it is one of the most recognizable paintings, it's often a case of Art Imitates Art.

Appearances in Media:


  • In Transmetropolitan Spider and his assistants hang out in a diner based on Hopper's painting. It's called "Hopper's", just to drive it home.
  • "Hopper's" diner in Batman: Year One.
  • Parodied in the first issue of The Tick.


Live Action TV

  • Dead Like Me homaged the painting in the episode appropriately titled "Nighthawks" (season 1, episode 12, if anyone is interested).
  • That 70s Show lampshaded this with Kitty and Red in a diner, in the roles of the woman in the red dress and the suit-clad man sitting next to her.
  • CSI, in one of the promo posters.


  • Tom Waits' album Nighthawks at the Diner is an homage.
  • The cover of Orchestral Manoeuvres' album Crush is done is in a Hopper-esque style and shows the corner on which the diner is situated, but from a different angle.

Newspaper Comics

  • One of the Pearls Before Swine collections is titled Nighthogs in an obvious reference. The cover is a Shout-Out to the painting as well.
  • A Peanuts Sunday Strip has this in its first panel, with Woodstock and three other birds. See page 75 of Around the World in 45 Years.

Video Games

  • You can buy a decorative painting in The Sims 2 that closely resembles it.

Western Animation

  • The Simpsons recreated the scene in one of the eighth-season episodes.
  • Invader Zim.
  • In the 90s, Cartoon Network aired a commercial that took place here.
  • The Veggie Tales sing-along video "The End of Silliness?" takes place in an ice cream parlor modeled after this painting. The actual recreation of the painting can be seen in the title shot.
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