‘The Honeymooners’ Famous Lines Appeared in Both ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ and ‘The Wonder Years’

by Joe Rutland
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When a show like “The Honeymooners” gets mentioned in movies and TV shows, then you’ve become more than a national treasure.

The 1977 movie “Smokey and the Bandit” and an episode of “The Wonder Years” have show references bringing smiles to people’s faces.

In “Smokey and the Bandit,” Jackie Gleason, who played Ralph Kramden on “The Honeymooners,” stars in the movie, too.

Fans of the film recognize Gleason as Sheriff Buford T. Justice, out to take the Bandit, played by Burt Reynolds, back to a Texas jail.

Burt Reynolds Talks Like Norton From ‘The Honeymooners’

Reynolds and Gleason had genuine respect and friendship for one another. It grew stronger from the movie, which sees Reynolds say the line “Bye, bye baby.”

He does it speeding away from Justice. It’s said in a style reminiscent of Ed Norton, played by Art Carney on “The Honeymooners.”

On “The Wonder Years,” a 1990 episode, “The Powers That Be,” finds Grandpa Arnold, played by David Huddleston, causing problems.

He gives Kevin, played by Fred Savage, a puppy, which pits him against his son Jack, played by Dan Lauria. When Grandpa Arnold mentions Ralph Kramden, it leads to Jack saying, “To the moon, Alice!”

‘Seinfield’ Gives Elaine A Chance To Say Line From Show

There are numerous other TV shows and movies that find spots to insert lines from “The Honeymooners.”

Now one show which kind of makes sense for a line to appear is “Seinfeld.” The sitcom is based in New York City; “The Honeymooners” was based in Brooklyn, a borough of New York City.

In “The Truth,” George, played by Jason Alexander, goes through a bad breakup with Patrice, played by Valerie Mahaffey. That leads to a bunch of tax issues for George to deal with throughout the show.

Elaine, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, finds herself saying, “It’s a riot, Alice.” That is a line Kramden would often use toward Alice, saying, “You’re a riot, Alice, a regular riot.” It was said in a mocking way after Alice would talk back to Ralph.

‘Saved By The Bell’ Puts Classic Line To Good Use

Would you believe that “Saved By The Bell” also has room for a line from the show? Well, it did. In a 1989 episode called “The Mamas and the Papas,” mock marriages are formed.

Zack, played by Mark-Paul Gosselaar, and Kelly, played by Tiffani Thiessen, are one couple. Slater, played by Mario Lopez, and Jessie, played by Elizabeth Berkley, are another couple. Screech, played by Dustin Diamond, and Lisa, played by Lark Voorhies, are the third couple.

Slater and Jessie have problems. Slater suggests ending the pair-up before he “sends her to the moon.”

These and other examples are found like golden nuggets from a show which is part of television’s “Golden Age.”