Pop Culture’s Most Memorable Encounters with Scientology

Hulu’s The Path, which debuts its first two episodes today, centers on a religion that is obviously based on Scientology and whose resemblance to Scientology will never be admitted publicly. This is exasperating, of course, but given a legal history that could best be described as “trigger happy,” it’s also understandable. And it’s an approach that has also been taken by several other depictions of the faith over the years. Despite the institution’s own best efforts, it’s proven an enduring object of fascination in the culture, earning straightforward takedowns and indirect examinations alike. We’ve collected the most interesting results of culture’s enduring fascination with Scientology, arranged from oblique to winking to impressively blatant.