Floating in pop culture

Warning: if you enter a float tank, you will certainly experience every one of these things shown below, probably simultaneously.  As is well known, TV is invariably accurate, scrupulous, and truthful in every respect. To sign up to be experimented upon have a soothing spiritual experience, join our mailing list.

This may happen to you.
(Mermaid tank, by John Leonard)

The Simpsons, Make Room For Lisa, Episode S10E16, 20:32.  Lisa takes Homer to a float center; Homer’s tank goes for a ride (starting from 13:20).

Fringe, Pilot, Episode S1E01, 2:08.  “This will rip open your consciousness.” “I still think this is deeply irresponsible.”  Walter just makes everything more complicated than it needs to be.

Fringe, “Amber 31422”, Episode S3E05, 3:13.  “In the isolation tank, you will be freed from sensory distractions, and so the part of your brain that enables you to travel between universes should be more accessible.  And we will be helping the process along with psychotropic drugs.”  Our tanks are not this awesome.

Ricky Gervais Show, Floatation Tank/Munchies, 9:07.  If you can still enjoy the basic things in life, then you can’t go wrong.

Absolutely Fabulous, Iso Tank, Part 1, 10:00.  Edna and Patsy get a tank shipped from LA.

Altered States, the Tank, 0:55.  Floating is just like in Altered States, but you’re not submerged in water, you don’t eat ritualistic mushrooms, and only a small percentage of floaters turn into proto-human monkeys.

If you know of any others I’ve missed, drop me a line or leave a comment.

About colin

Cofounder, FLOAT. Colin has been an astronomer and a software developer. He's watched the sun set from Angkor Wat and rise over the Arctic Circle, and believes that life is much too important to take seriously.