National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) Poster


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Followed by 

Hotel Hell Vacation (2010) (Video)
Vacation (2015)


American Adventure (2000) (TV Movie)
Hotel Hell Vacation (2010) (Video)


Family Feud (1976) (TV Series)
Asteroids (1979) (Video Game)
Magnum, P.I. (1980) (TV Series)

Referenced in 

Summer Rental (1985)
A man must overcome all difficulties to spend a vacation with his wife and sons. Also, John Candy appears in both films.
Siskel & Ebert: Who Framed Roger Rabbit/Aria/The Great Outdoors (1988) (TV Episode)
Gene Siskel says that "The Great Outdoors" (1988) was created to capitalize on the success of the two "Vacation" movies.
Growing Pains: The Return of the Triangle (1990) (TV Episode)
"Why does Chevy Chase keep going on vacation when only bad things happen?" "Okay. Okay. Well, then how come he never notices that he has different kids?"
Serial Mom (1994)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Married with Children: Spring Break: Part 2 (1996) (TV Episode)
'Mickey Jones', who plays the hillbilly mechanic Parley Wayne Rockefeller, also appeared as the extorting mechanic the Grizwolds encounter in National Lampoon's Vacation (1983). The opening credits from Married With Children features a sweeping distant shot of the Grizwold's "Family Truckster" station wagon hitting the highway lifted from the Vacation movie.
The Nanny: A Decent Proposal (1997) (TV Episode)
Fran mentions the movie by name.
Wadd: The Life & Times of John C. Holmes (1999)
"National Lampoon's Vacation" is mentioned during an interview.
Blink 182: The Urethra Chronicles (1999) (Video)
"She's still up watching Vacation"
The PJs: National Buffoon's European Vacation (2001) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Johnson Family Vacation (2004)
Family road trip
Cover Art: Jason Mraz: Blitzkrieg Bop (2005) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Jason.
Blink 182: Greatest Hits (2005) (Video)
"She's still up watching Vacation" (lyrics)
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
A grandparent dies accompanying a family on a cross-country trip, is wrapped in a bed sheet, and the familiy continues to harbor the corpse
Veronica Mars: Lord of the Pi's (2006) (TV Episode)
Veronica says, "The park is closed; the walrus out front should have told you."
The Sopranos: Soprano Home Movies (2007) (TV Episode)
Tony says "Whoa, National Lampoon's Vacation' when he sees Bobby in a shirt and shorts
Family Guy: Blue Harvest (2007) (TV Episode)
Chase and D'Angelo reprise their characters
Be Kind Rewind (2008)
Video case is shown.
Psych: Murder?... Anyone?... Anyone?... Bueller? (2008) (TV Episode)
just before he asks his dad if he can borrow his underpants for 10 minutes -- a reference to Anthony Michael Hall's character in "Sixteen Candles", Sean says "Good talk, Dad", a reference to Anthony Michael Hall's character speaking with Chevy Chase in National Lampoon's Vacation.
Starz Inside: Fashion in Film (2008) (TV Movie)
Still photo shown.
Yes Man (2008)
DVD is shown in a video store.
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Miss March/Race to Witch Mountain/Sunshine Cleaning (2009) (TV Episode)
Is No. 3 on the best Road Trip Romances of all time
Great American Road Trip: Pilot (2009) (TV Episode)
Erica Rico compares her husband Ricardo to Clark Griswold
Supernatural: Point of No Return (2010) (TV Episode)
Adam mentions the family truckster and going to wally world
Baby's Day Out Review (2010) (Video)
another comedy written by John Hughes
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: The Creeping Creatures (2010) (TV Episode)
The mom and dad in the station wagon in the teaser opening look exactly like Ellen and Clark Griswold, who drove that exact same car in National Lampoon's Vacation (1983). The mom is voiced by Beverly D'Angelo (who played Ellen in all of the Vacation movies), while the dad is voiced by a Chevy Chase soundalike (Chevy played Clark in all of the Vacation movies).
Hydro Thunder Hurricane (2010) (Video Game)
Announcer says, "This is crazy, this is crazy, this is crazy, this is crazy!"
Psych: Viagra Falls (2010) (TV Episode)
Chief Vick says that she has "put a hold on all vacations," and Shawn adds, "and 'Vacation' sequels; I think the Griswolds have been through quite enough."
Shameful Sequels: Christmas Vacation 2: Part 1 (2010) (TV Episode)
references Dana Barron having originally played Audrey here.
The Cinema Snob: Porno Midnight Heat (2011) (TV Episode)
"Good thing the movie slowed down just long enough so we could see the Griswolds drive by."
Shameful Sequels: Beethoven's 3rd (2012) (TV Episode)
"Suddenly Judge Reinhold thinks he's Clark Griswold..."
The Apprentice: Ad Hawk (2012) (TV Episode)
Paul Sr. mentions "Clark Griswold"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.138 (2012) (TV Episode)
When Amber Ettinger says that "Griswold" shot John Kennedy, Jay says that he went on a vacation to Walley World
Family Guy: Viewer Mail #2 (2012) (TV Episode)
Before going down the slide, Stewie says "This is crazy, this is crazy" just like Clark does before he dives in the pool.
The Cinema Snob: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2013) (TV Episode)
Snob plays "Holiday Road" in lieu of "Yakety Sax" for a chase scene
Supernatural: Remember the Titans (2013) (TV Episode)
Clark Griswold mentioned
The Cinema Snob: Heartbeeps (2013) (TV Episode)
"You caused Randy Quaid to start drinking, and he was supposed to be sober for his role as Cousin Eddie."
Honest Trailers: Independence Day (2013) (TV Episode)
Cousin Eddie is mentioned
The Awesomes: Robo-Therapy (2013) (TV Episode)
Prock drives a car that looks just like the Wagon Queen Family Truckster
Survivor: Rule in Chaos (2013) (TV Episode)
Colton mentions National Lampoon's Horrible Vacation
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.11 (2013) (TV Episode)
Drew Barrymore says she wants her family to be like the Griswolds going to theme parks
Saturday Night Live: Paul Rudd/One Direction (2013) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Jebediah Atkinson on Weekend Update
Parenthood: Promises (2014) (TV Episode)
Crosby says Adam goes all Clark Griswold on the sleepover.
Nostalgia Critic: Ghost Dad (2014) (TV Episode)
"...piece of shit Clark Griswold mobile..."
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 25 February 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
title mentioned during discussion of the death of Harold Ramis
Starters: Lavender Town: The Untold Story (2014) (TV Episode)
The episode opens up with the song holiday road
The Cinema Snob: Caddyshack II (2014) (TV Episode)
Snob encourages viewers to watch this as a proper tribute to Harold Ramis
Shameful Sequels: Vegas Vacation (2014) (TV Episode)
Mike praises this movie
Family Guy: Baby Got Black (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Batman: The Birth of the Modern Blockbuster (2014) (Short)
mentioned once/poster shown
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 23 December 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
Danny Kanell says he likes the entire National Lampoon vacation series, including the original
The Goldbergs: Van People (2015) (TV Episode)
Adam wears a Walley World t-shirt.
The Cinema Snob: The House by the Cemetary (2015) (TV Episode)
"...in this version, when Clark Griswold can't get into Wally World, he plugs the security guard's eyes out."
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Goes to School! (2015) (TV Episode)
Mr. Lefkovitz says that he has been a "'Fangelo' ever since 'Vacation.'"
Shameful Sequels: Dirty Movie (2015) (TV Episode)
"Long gone are the days of Vacation and Animal House..."
Blackcat Riffs: Chevrolet: What's New? (2015) (TV Episode)
"You may think you hate the 1958 model Wagon Queen Family Truckster, but wait till you drive it."
Vacation (2015)
There are several nods to the original film throughout. A picture of the original cast is seen Rusty's photo album.
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Ed Helms/Alison Bechdel/Fun Home/Brad Wilk (2015) (TV Episode)
Ed Helms talks about the predecessor to his new film Vacation
Midnight Screenings: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation/Vacation (2015) (TV Episode)
Brad says the original is better than the 2015 reboot
NCIS: Sister City, Part I (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by DiNozzo
Blackcat Riffs: And Now a Word from Our Public Domain Sponsors (2016) (TV Episode)
"The dog pissed on it and everything!"
Love: One Long Day (2016) (TV Episode)
Mickey asks Bertie if she's seen it
Robot Chicken: The Angelic Sounds of Mike Giggling (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Carnival Magic (2017) (TV Episode)
As a van drives down a road, Tom sings part of "Holiday Road."
Cine Terapia: Cine Terapia - Axel Kuschevatzky (2017) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by one of the characters.
Kathryn Upside Down (2017)
Inspired By

Featured in 

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Chevy Chase, David Sayh, Karin Salkin (1983) (TV Episode)
Chevy Chase introduces a clip from his movie
Siskel & Ebert: On the Sunny Side of the Screen (1994) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown as Roger Ebert briefly mentions the movie.
100 Years of Comedy (1997) (Video)
Clip shown.
I Love the '80s (2002) (TV Series)
I Love the '80s: 1983 (2002) (TV Episode)
The Family Truckster (2003) (Video)
20 to 1: Memorable Movie Characters (2006) (TV Episode)
Clips shown in a segment on Clark Griswold.
Best! Movies! Ever!: Hotels (2007) (TV Episode)
clips featured to illustrate the best movie hotel scenes
Best! Movies! Ever!: Road Trips (2007) (TV Episode)
clips featured to illustrate the best road movies
20 to 1: Sizzling Superstars (2009) (TV Episode)
Clips shown in a segment on Christie Brinkley.
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards (2010) (TV Special)
clip shown during John Hughes tribute
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.106 (2011) (TV Episode)
a clip of Christie Brinkley in the film is shown
20 to 1: Adults Only 20 to 1: Sizzling Supermodels (2011) (TV Episode)
Clips shown in a segment on Christie Brinkley.
Best of the Worst: Elves, Santa Claus, and Christmas Vacation 2 (2013) (TV Episode)
Mike and Jessi mention it. Also, footage of this movie is shown.
Nostalgia Critic: What You Never Knew About Christmas Vacation (2014) (TV Episode)
recalling the Griswolds' last run-in with the law and getting off scot free
The Cinema Snob: Slumber Party Massacre II (2016) (TV Episode)
"...they hop in the ol' Family Truckster and they're off to the slumber party."


Psycho (1960)
While Ellen is in the shower, Clark bursts in on her, jokingly imitating the shower scene.
Puckman (1980) (Video Game)

Spoofed in 

Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation (1992) (Video)
Hamton and Plucky share misadventures on there way to HappyWorldLand just as the Grizzwalds in National Lampoon Vacation shared misadventures on the way to WalleyWorld
Dumb and Dumber (1994)
Mockingbird song while driving
The Fast Show: Mixa (1996) (TV Episode)
A sketch is a trailer for a film called "Crazy Vacation" which spoofs this movie.
Johnson Family Vacation (2004)
Johnson Family Vacation is the blackifacation of National Lamphoon Vaction
Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story (2005) (Video)
When they crash the winnebago Brian gets a bloody nose like Rusty and Stewie has the airbag explode late like what happens to Clark
Family Guy: Boys Do Cry (2007) (TV Episode)
while the griffins are driving down the road, a girl in a red ferrari drives up beside peter and flirts with him until she is hit by a truck.
The Irate Gamer: Mario's Time Machine/Mario Is Missing: Part 2 (2010) (TV Episode)
Chris jokingly gives Mario is Missing an alternate title "National Lampoon's Luigi's Vacation" and the ending montage is accompanied by Holiday Road.
American Dad!: The Scarlet Getter (2011) (TV Episode)
Closing credits are a spoof of the film's closing credits
Family Guy: Amish Guy (2011) (TV Episode)
photo montage to same song at end of episode
The Cleveland Show: American Prankster (2012) (TV Episode)
Cleveland Jr. Says "This is crazy, this is crazy, this is crazy" while standing at the cliff, like Clark Griswold just before jumping into the pool.
Psych: Someone's Got a Woody (2014) (TV Episode)
The first line of the episode is Shawn saying, "This is crazy, this is crazy, this is crazy!" And is even seen making the same arm motions that Clark does.
Vacation (2015)
The film makes spoofs of the original, including: an animal and a person dying, the person dying causing the rest of the family to question if they should finish the trip, the Dad having a meltdown, as well as the fact that the plug-in for the car resembles the leash from the first film.
Taboo Family Vacation: An XXX Taboo Parody (2015) (Video)
The Jizzwall family is going to Bolly World while on vacation.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Vin Diesel/Shaquille O'Neal/Pitbull feat. Stephen Marley (2017) (TV Episode)
Various scenes spoofed in the opening sequence, including the convertible scene, a body tied to the top of the car, and the security guard confrontation

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