Popular Culture Mentions

Many residents of Saginaw feel that Saginaw is too small of a city to be represented  in media. Because of that the people are often excited when they’re mentioned in popular culture. Here are some examples of these pop culture mentions.

Seinfeld (2:40 into the video)

Home Improvement


  • Bill Anderson and Don Wayne wrote a song entitled “Saginaw, Michigan” that has been covered by a dozen artists. Cowboy singer Lefty Frizzell was the first to perform it, with his version reaching number one on the country charts. Also popularly, it was performed by Johnny Cash. The song mis-situates the city on Saginaw Bay, about 15 miles to the north.
  • Saginaw was also referred to as “dreadful” by the bold character Miss Ferenczi in the short story “Gryphon” by Charles Baxter.
  • In an episode of the Disney Channel sitcom Even Stevens, the title family’s father Steven declares that he is a native of Saginaw.
  • In an episode of The CW Television Network’s television series, Supernatural, brothers Sam and Dean investigate a murder meant to look like a suicide in Saginaw.
  • Saginaw is referred to in the Simon & Garfunkel song “America”: “It took me four days to hitchhike from Saginaw, I’ve gone to look for America.”

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