The King and I (1956) Poster


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Followed by 

Anna and the King (1972) (TV Series)

Version of 


Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
The opening song from Arsenic and Old Lace is featured in The King and I during the introduction of Anna to the head wife, Lady Thiang when she demonstrates her mastery of English by singing "There is a Happy Land".

Referenced in 

The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour: The Celebrity Next Door (1957) (TV Episode)
The film is mentioned by name.
The Jack Benny Hour (1959) (TV Special)
Jack mentions the film in a rant about Academy Award winners.
A Scent of the Matterhorn (1961) (Short)
The Mike Douglas Show: Episode #6.33 (1966) (TV Episode)
Features a song from this film.
Petticoat Junction: The Valley's New Owner (1970) (TV Episode)
Bobbie Jo mentions the movie by name.
M*A*S*H: Hawkeye (1976) (TV Episode)
Hawkeye talks about seeing "The King and I" on Broadway.
The Muppet Show: Julie Andrews (1977) (TV Episode)
Julie Andrews performs "I Whistle a Happy Tune."
More Than Friends (1978) (TV Movie)
Stockard Channing in Just Friends: The Boy in the Band (1979) (TV Episode)
Susan sees the play; numerous references.
Saturday Night Live: Jamie Lee Curtis/James Brown/Ellen Shipley (1980) (TV Episode)
Gail sings 'I Whistle A Happy Tune' in "he Attack of the Terrible Snapping Creatures"
Mama's Family: The Mama Who Came to Dinner (1983) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Mrs. Thelma Mae Crowley Harper a.k.a. Mama
A Country Practice: Tug of War: Part 1 (1984) (TV Episode)
Esme broaches it as she is talking to Shirley at the medical clinic.
Once Bitten (1985)
Russ dresses as Yul Brynner for the Halloween dance.
Memories of Videodisc (1986) (Video)
Saturday Night Live: Valerie Bertinelli/Robert Cray Band (1987) (TV Episode)
referenced in On Broadway
Valerie: The King and I (1988) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Perfect Strangers: The 'King' and I (1989) (TV Episode)
title reference
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Mighty Jack (1989) (TV Episode)
"Run Elisa Run"
E.M.U. TV: Episode #1.7 (1989) (TV Episode)
Rod introduces a musical called "Kiss me Carousel for Seven Brothers and I West Side"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Legend of Dinosaurs (1989) (TV Episode)
Joel sings part of "Getting to Know You."
Billy Joel: We Didn't Start the Fire (1989) (Video)
Mentioned in the song
The Cosby Show: Shall We Dance? (1989) (TV Episode)
Song in title in movie
The Cosby Show: Getting to Know You (1989) (TV Episode)
Song in title in movie
Northern Exposure: Brains, Know-How and Native Intelligence (1990) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Maurice during a KBHR radio broadcast.
The Golden Girls: Wham, Bam, Thank You, Mammy (1990) (TV Episode)
The film is mentioned by name.
Twin Peaks: Episode #2.6 (1990) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Mr. Tojamura.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Amazing Colossal Man (1991) (TV Episode)
"Etc. Etc. Etc."
Full House: The King and I (1991) (TV Episode)
episode title
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera vs. Zigra (1991) (TV Episode)
"We struck like Yul Brynner in The King and I"
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: The Big Four-Oh (1991) (TV Episode)
Uncle Phil: "You look just like Yul Brynner in 'The King And I'."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Castle of Fu Manchu (1992) (TV Episode)
Tom (as King Mongkut): "Etc., etc., etc."
Keeping Up Appearances: The Commodore (1993) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by name.
The Making of 'The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy' (1993) (Video)
Referenced by Martin Benson
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Village of the Giants (1994) (TV Episode)
Crow: (as Yul Brynner) Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.
Home Improvement: Reel Men (1994) (TV Episode)
One of three movies Jill rents to watch with her friends
The Making of 'My Fair Lady' (1995) (Video)
picture shown
The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror VII (1996) (TV Episode)
The first segment's title is a pun on the name of this film.
NewsRadio: Rose Bowl (1997) (TV Episode)
Jimmy bought a wig he thought Yul Brenner wore in this film
Caroline in the City: Caroline and the Secret Bullfighter: Part 1 (1998) (TV Episode)
Contessa: "I once had a torrid affair with Yul Brynner... and the irony of it is that my husband at the time was the real King of Siam."
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Phil Hartman (1998) (TV Special)
referenced in On Broadway
Friends: The One with Joey's Big Break (1999) (TV Episode)
Chandler, teasing Rachel: "How much did I love 'The King and I'."
SeaChange: If Fish Could Fly (1999) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Angus Kabiri when Karen Miller is dancing on a table top
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999) (TV Movie)
Spaced: Beginnings (1999) (TV Episode)
"Getting to Know You" plays
Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 2 (1999) (TV Special)
"Hollywood Screen Tests, Pt. 2" features many movies and tv shows in reference to the stars featured.
Family Guy: The King Is Dead (2000) (TV Episode)
Peter wishes this musical was more like The Jerry Springer Show
The Simpsons: Homer vs. Dignity (2000) (TV Episode)
Mr. Burns says, "Why not write a musical about the common cat or the king of Siam?"
Flick (2000)
Reba: The King and I (2002) (TV Episode)
title reference
That '70s Show: Hey Hey What Can I Do (2003) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Eric in the "bald bad guy" conversation.
7th Heaven: Getting to Know You (2003) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Shall We Dance (2004)
Miss Mitzi mentions a song reminding her of the movie
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Alec Baldwin (2005) (TV Special)
Mentioned in the Bill Brasky skit
Two and a Half Men: Humiliation Is a Visual Medium (2006) (TV Episode)
A song from the movie is played in a scene montage.
Four Kings: Tale of the Tape (2006) (TV Episode)
Ben says he watched the movie on prom night.
Confetti (2006)
discussed as a possible theme for the Hollywood Musical wedding
Destroy All Humans! 2 (2006) (Video Game)
In Bay City, Crypto is told by someone, "I loved you in The King and I!"
Homestarrunner.com: Everything Else, Volume 2 (2006) (Video)
In "3 Times Halloween Funjob", Homestar knocks on Marzipan's house's door to the rhythm of "Shall We Dance"
Doctor Who Confidential: Alter Ego (2007) (TV Episode)
Russell T. Davies mentions the film while talking about the dance sequences.
The IT Crowd: The Dinner Party (2007) (TV Episode)
Jessica sings part of "Getting to Know You."
Good Eats: The Wing and I (2008) (TV Episode)
Title Reference
College Road Trip (2008)
"Getting To Know You" is sung by Doug and Wendy
Come Dine with Me: Episode #1.11 (2008) (TV Episode)
Wendy thinks bald David would compare himself to Yul Brynner's role.
Come Dine with Me: Ipswich: Angie (2009) (TV Episode)
Angie names one of her dishes after the movie.
Dancing with the Stars: Round Two (2009) (TV Episode)
Tom Bergeron refers to the film after Kathy & Tony dance to "Shall We Dance?"
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.47 (2009) (TV Episode)
Incorrect guess on the Final Jeopardy! clue in the category "Movies & Dance"
Hollywood's Top Ten: Musicals (2010) (TV Episode)
Honorable mention for the top movie musicals
Table at Luigi's (2010)
Ben and Teri remake Anna and the King under Chef's spell
Pair of Kings: The King and Eyes (2011) (TV Episode)
The title is a parody of the 1956 film, The King and I, based on a popular stage musical first performed on Broadway in 1951.
The Iron Lady (2011)
Maggie is seen holding DVD-cover
Psych: Autopsy Turvy (2012) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Grace
Rewind This! (2013)
It is referenced on the back cover of a video movie.
The Game: Getting to Know All a Butt You (2013) (TV Episode)
Episode title references a song from the film.
The Venture Bros.: The Devil's Grip (2013) (TV Episode)
The Monarch: "That's too 'King & I'."
AniMat's Classic Reviews: The King and I (2013) (TV Episode)
AniMat admits he hasn't seen this adaptation.
Hollywood Game Night: Orange Is the New Game Night (2014) (TV Episode)
Donald Faison mentions this movie by name as King and I during the game I Love a Charade
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls (2014) (Video Game)
Achievement titled "The King and I"
Chelsea Lately: Episode #8.55 (2014) (TV Episode)
The phrase "the King and Brown I" is used in reference to a story about William and Kate meeting with a bare-assed Maori in New Zealand.
EastEnders: Episode dated 3 July 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
Alfie says Terry looks like a young Yul Brynner from the film The King and I.
Cantinflas (2014)
Cited as one of the top films of 1956.
30 for 30 Shorts: Our Tough Guy (2014) (TV Episode)
Referenced by an interviewee
Rules Don't Apply (2016)
Shown on the Grauman's Chinese marquee in rear projection footage.

Featured in 

Precious Images (1986) (Short)
Yul Brynner: The Man Who Was King (1995) (TV Movie)
clips and pictures shown
20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (1997) (TV Movie)
Dance scene with Brynner and Kerr
Hidden Hollywood: Treasures from the 20th Century Fox Film Vaults (1997) (TV Movie)
Hidden Hollywood features scores of scenes from past movies, some in passing reference and many clips from various movies.
Hidden Hollywood II: More Treasures from the 20th Century Fox Vaults (1999) (TV Movie)
Hidden Hollywood II features scores of scenes from past movies, some in passing reference and many clips from various movies.
Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 1 (1999) (TV Movie)
Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 1 features many clips and references from movie and television history.
The King of Queens: Arthur, Spooner (2002) (TV Episode)
The song "Getting To Know You" is played in a montage of Frank and Doug socializing.
The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) (TV Special)
The 100 Greatest Musicals (2003) (TV Movie)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Songs: America's Greatest Music in the Movies (2004) (TV Movie)
The song "Shall We Dance" is #54 on the list.
The Ultimate Film (2004) (TV Movie)
number 92
My Favorite Things: Julie Andrews Remembers (2005) (Video)
During a montage of previous movies based on Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals
Keopi peurinseu 1-hojeom: Sixth Cup (2007) (TV Episode)
clip is shown
American Masters: Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About (2009) (TV Episode)
The movie is shown as Jerome Robbins first Broadway to big screen translation.
Sons of Anarchy: The Push (2010) (TV Episode)
Gemma and Clay are watching the movie, volume off.
John Bailey on Boris Kaufman (2011) (Video)
The Iron Lady (2011)
Watch it on TV.
Out of My Dreams: Oscar Hammerstein II (2012) (TV Movie)
Scenes are shown.
Nostalgia Critic: The King and I (2013) (TV Episode)
Critic mentions the original film version
Secret Voices of Hollywood (2013) (TV Movie)
Clips seen and discussed

Spoofed in 

The Girl Can't Help It (1956)
Makes fun of the Bryner's constant repeating of "etcetera, etcetera, etcetera"
Married with Children: The Egg and I (1992) (TV Episode)
Title spoof.
It's Tough to Be a Bug (1998) (Short)
The song "Hello Dung Lovers" is a parody of "Hello Young Lovers"
Family Guy: The King Is Dead (2000) (TV Episode)
Peter creates a sci-fi version of this musical
The Simpsons: Lisa with an "S" (2015) (TV Episode)
Copies of the "Don King & I" playbill are shredded.

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