Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) Poster


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Edited into 

The Paul Behragam Talk Show: "Where's God When I'm Scared?" R&T Part 2 (2014) (TV Episode)
A cutout of Neal Page was seen in a short sequence.


Three Coins in the Fountain (1954)
Neal sings the song on the bus
The Flintstones (1960) (TV Series)
Del leads the passengers on the bus in singing the theme song
60 Minutes (1968) (TV Series)
The Out of Towners (1970)
When Neal tells a hotel desk clerk he has "been wearing the same underwear since Tuesday," Del says "I can vouch for that." That remark is made several times by Gwen to confirm George's version of events in the earlier film about travel difficulties.
Family Ties (1982) (TV Series)
The train passenger next to Neal Page is reading the March 23, 1987 issue of "US Magazine," which has "Why We Love Family Ties" as the cover story.
Quicksilver (1986)
Scene with Steve Martin racing Kevin Bacon for a taxi references scene from Quicksilver, which also featured Bacon

Referenced in 

Saturday Night Live: Steve Martin/Sting (1987) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned by Steve Martin during his monologue.
At the Movies: Who Framed Roger Rabbit/Aria/The Great Outdoors (1988) (TV Episode)
Gene Siskel says that John Candy has succeeded in the movies only this once.
At the Movies: The Dead Pool/Phantasm II/Midnight Run/Boyfriends and Girlfriends/Die Hard (1988) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Midnight Run" review.
At the Movies: Casualties of War/Rude Awakening/Uncle Buck/The Abyss/A Chorus of Disapproval (1989) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Uncle Buck" review.
There's Nothing Out There (1991)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Wings: Planes, Trains and Visiting Cranes (1992) (TV Episode)
The title is a reference to the title of the movie.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: City Limits (1992) (TV Episode)
Joel: "This is the end of 'Planes, Trains & Automobiles.'"
Bobby's World: Jets, Choo-Choos & Cars (1993) (TV Episode)
Title reference
At the Movies: Natural Born Killers/Blankman/Fresh/Wagons East/The Advocate (1994) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Wagons East" review.
Liberty Street: Planes, Kids and Automobiles (1994) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Home Improvement: Games, Flames & Automobiles (1996) (TV Episode)
title reference
Life with Louie: Mr. Louie's Wild Ride (1997) (TV Episode)
The train the Andersons ride breaks down in the middle of a field and they have walk, like Del and Neal
Mike's New Car (2002) (Video)
Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)
John Candy tells Steve Martin to put some oomph into it while pushing the car. In the Looney Tunes film, Steve Martin's character presented Mary describing it as little more oomph
Jersey Girl (2004)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Are We There Yet? (2005)
a airport terminal.
In the Strangest Places (2005)
homage scene recreates the Car Rental Desk scene
Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story (2005) (Video)
"what grinds my gears" line is from this movie.
The 50 Greatest Comedy Films (2006) (TV Special)
Makes the countdown, is talked about.
NCIS: Smoked (2006) (TV Episode)
Tony's girlfriend says her day like a cross between "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" and "The Muppets Take Manhattan".
Family Guy: Road to Rupert (2007) (TV Episode)
During the helicopter crash, Stewie appears as the Devil to Brian, as John Candy appeared to Steve Martin during the car crash in PT&A
Dinosaur King: Planes, Trains and Dinosaurs (2007) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Empty: Night Moves (2008) (TV Episode)
"Are you John Candy in Planes, Trains And Automobiles?"
Luke and Brie Are on a First Date (2008)
Darrell brings up a scene from the film
Stargate: Atlantis: Remnants (2008) (TV Episode)
Vanessa Conrad refers to the film. She claims that it is one of her favourite films.
Yes Man (2008)
DVD is shown in a video store.
Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust (2009) (Video Game)
A mission in Larry's Western dreamscape is called "Plains, Trains and Horses?"
American Dad!: Brains, Brains and Automobiles (2009) (TV Episode)
Episode title.
Nostalgia Critic: Home Alone 3 (2010) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by name; poster shown
Baby's Day Out Review (2010) (Video)
another comedy written by John Hughes
Richard Roeper & the Movies: Grown-Ups (2010) (TV Episode)
Roeper discusses comedy movies
Have I Got News for You: Episode #40.1 (2010) (TV Episode)
Jon Richardson mentions the film during a question about Eric Pickles and William Hague.
Due Date (2010)
Two men with opposite personalities meet and wind up spending several days on a cross-country odyssey together.
Richard Roeper & the Movies: Due Date (2010) (TV Episode)
Roeper says "Due Date" is not "Planes, Trains & Automobiles"
Total Drama: Planes, Trains and Hot Air Mobiles (2010) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Nostalgia Critic: The NeverEnding Story III (2011) (TV Episode)
In one scene the Critic uses the F-word as every other word very similar to Steve Martin in the infamous car rental scene
Family Guy: It's a Trap! (2011) (TV Episode)
In the AT-ST Walker, the song "Mess Around" by Ray Charles is played whilst the driver dances in his seat and the passenger sleeps like John Candy & Steve Martin in this movie
NCIS: Dead Reflection (2011) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by DiNozzo
No Plane, One Train & No Automobiles (2011) (Short)
Title reference
Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.13 (2011) (TV Episode)
a clip is shown of Roger Ebert's original 1987 review of the film
Modern Family: Planes, Trains and Cars (2012) (TV Episode)
title reference
Family Guy: Leggo My Meg-O (2012) (TV Episode)
Peter offers Meg's abductors 2 dollars and a Casio watch, like Del does with the motel clerk.
Workaholics: The Business Trip (2012) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Robot Chicken: DC Comics Special (2012) (TV Movie)
"Mine's between two pillows." "We've all seen the movie."
The Cinema Snob: Turkish Casper (2012) (TV Episode)
"I certainly hope this turns into Turkish Planes, Trains & Automobiles."
The Shakey Recovery (2013) (Short)
Referenced in the dialogue.
Awkward Thanksgiving (2014)
Character refrences the film
The Paul Behragam Talk Show: "Balto" R&T Part 2 (2014) (TV Episode)
The film's main theme "Red River Rock" was used in one scene of the episode.
The Paul Behragam Talk Show: "Balto" R&T Part 7 (2015) (TV Episode)
The theme of the film is being used for a short time during the episode.
500 Questions: Episode #1.1 (2015) (TV Episode)
correct answer in "'80s Films" category
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 16 June 2015 (2015) (TV Episode)
Song "Ba-Na-Na-Bam-Boo" is heard
The Paul Behragam Talk Show: Plans for Balto 4 & 5 Part 3 (2015) (TV Episode)
Referred to and poster shown.
Love: One Long Day (2016) (TV Episode)
Mickey asks Bertie if she's seen it
American Pickers: Planes, Frames and Automobiles (2016) (TV Episode)
Title reference
2 Broke Girls: And the Planes, Fingers and Automobiles (2016) (TV Episode)
title reference
Graceless (2017) (Short)
Neal and Del are named after the characters Neal Page and Del Griffith
Sonic Boom: Planes, Trains and Dude-Mobiles (2017) (TV Episode)
The title of this episode is a reference to Planes, Trains & Automobiles
Honest Trailers: Fate of the Furious (2017) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by narrator
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 15 August 2017 (2017) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Mike Golic
BoJack Horseman: See Mr. Peanutbutter Run (2017) (TV Episode)
Plans, Trans, A Man, A Canal, Panama? reboot mentioned by Princess Carolyn.
Deadpool 2 (2018)
Wade quotes Del Griffith in a speech to NTW with "I'm an easy target" and "I like me" then reads the same book Del is seen reading: The Canadian Mounted.
BoJack Horseman: Planned Obsolescence (2018) (TV Episode)
Yolanda's mother mentions the adult versions of John Hughes movies she appeared in.
Saturday Night Live: Seth Meyers/Paul Simon (2018) (TV Episode)
Title reference during 'Trees' rap.
Monkey in the Morning: #ThotAudit Taxing Boobs (2018) (TV Episode)
The movie comes up in a discussion about Christmas movies.
That Movie Show: Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) (2018) (TV Episode)
Review of the Film
iZombie: Bye, Zombies (2019) (TV Episode)
Chapter title: "Blaines, Pains and Automobiles"
Mr. Robot: 404 Not Found (2019) (TV Episode)
Darlene exposes her vulnerabilities to Tobias in the same fashion as John Candy's character does to Steve Martin's character near the end of the film. The same background score is used as well.
Green Eggs and Ham (2019) (TV Series)
Sam and Guy's characterizations were respectively inspired by Del Griffith and Neil Page.
Green Eggs and Ham: Here (2019) (TV Episode)
Guy missing the bus mirrors the scene where a bus leaves Neal stranded in the rental car lot.
Green Eggs and Ham: Car (2019) (TV Episode)
The scene where Sam takes the car off-road while Guy is asleep mirrors the scene where Del accidentally changes lanes while Neil takes a nap in the passenger seat.
Green Eggs and Ham: House (2019) (TV Episode)
The scene where Sam reveals that his mother abandoned him mirrors the scene where Del reveals that his wife has been dead for eight years.
Green Eggs and Ham: There (2019) (TV Episode)
The montage where Guy pieces together the clues about Sam's true identity mirrors the scene in 'PTA' where Neal pieces together the clues about Del's truth.
The Cinema Snob: ThanksKilling (2019) (TV Episode)
The Snob mentions it.
The Conners: Slappy Holidays (2019) (TV Episode)
Dan plans to watch this movie on Thanksgiving.
Council of Dads: Tradition! (2020) (TV Episode)
This movie is a holiday tradition for Larry.
AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: Who Asked For This? (2020) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue.
DVD-R Hell: Q*bert: Thanksgiving for the Memories (2020) (TV Episode)
Brad Jones mentions it and an image is shown.
Teen Titans Go!: Various Modes of Transportation (2021) (TV Episode)
In addition to the whole plot being a reference, when Cyborg and Robin go off the cliff, they are joined by Steve Martin's and John Candy's characters from the movie.
This Is Us: In the Room (2021) (TV Episode)
Randall refers to Kevin's adventure by this movie's title.
Celebrity Wheel of Fortune: Rachel Leigh Cook, Sherri Shepherd and Kevin Nealon (2021) (TV Episode)
Rachel Leigh Cook mentions the movie.
Journey Bound
Inspired by this film


Underdog (1964) (TV Series)
Del can be heard watching it in the motel room.
Airplane! (1980)
Shot of airplane exterior utilized in PT&A. Both are paramount pictures.
Galaga (1981) (Video Game)
Game appears in this film
She's Having a Baby (1988)
During the shared bed motel scene playing to Neal's wife on TV at home, audio is heard from the then-unreleased John Hughes fiilm, "I'd go barefoot!"

Featured in 

At the Movies: The Fugitive/The Meteor Man/Manhattan Murder Mystery/The Secret Garden/The Wedding Banquet (1993) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown in the teaser for the next week's show about Steve Martin.
At the Movies: Guarding Tess/Lightning Jack/The Hudsucker Proxy/The Ref/Belle Epoque/Germinal (1994) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown for the video recommendation.
Biography: To John with Love: A Tribute to John Candy (1995) (TV Episode)
Clips are presented.
The Sunshine Boys (1996) (TV Movie)
Woody Allen watches it on TV.
100 Years of Comedy (1997) (Video)
Clip shown.
Fuck (2005)
Features clip from the movie
The 50 Greatest Comedy Films (2006) (TV Special)
Clips are shown.
50 Most Shocking Comedy Moments (2006) (TV Movie)
Clips featured and discussed
Wanderlust (2006) (TV Movie)
A clip displaying the opening title is shown.
Best! Movies! Ever!: Rants (2007) (TV Episode)
clips are shown to illustrate the best rants in films
Best! Movies! Ever!: Airports (2007) (TV Episode)
clips are shown to illustrate the best airport scenes in movies
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
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards (2010) (TV Special)
clip shown during John Hughes tribute
Nostalgia Critic: Bio-Dome (2010) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown: "Here's a good idea: Have a point! It makes it so much more interesting for the listener!"
Cartoon Corner: The Cat in the Hat Review (2010) (TV Episode)
"Here's a good idea: Have a point, it makes it so much more interesting for the listener!"
Atop the Fourth Wall: Spider-Man: One More Day - 200th Episode (2012) (TV Episode)
Neil says to have a point.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Steve Martin Performances (2012) (TV Episode)
Neal Page is #2.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Funniest Movie Road Trips (2013) (TV Episode)
You're Going the Wrong Way is #4.
V.H.S. (2013) (TV Short)
A small scene is shown from an old VHS tape.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Amusing End Credit Scenes (2013) (TV Episode)
The end credit scene from Planes, Trains & Automobiles gets an honorable mention.
No Small Parts: Anne Ramsey (2014) (TV Episode)
Clip shown in opening montage.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Rants (2014) (TV Episode)
A Big F***ing Problem is #2.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Comedy Movies: 1980s (2014) (TV Episode)
Planes, Trains & Automobiles is #8.
Nostalgia Critic: What You Never Knew About Planes, Trains & Automobiles (2014) (TV Episode)
movie is the subject of discussion
The Paul Behragam Talk Show: "Balto" R&T Part 1 (2014) (TV Episode)
The scene when Neal was waiting for the taxis were briefly shown to show New York City's crowdedness. The scene when the taxi driver says "Come on!" was also used.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Embarrassingly Awkward Movie Scenes (2015) (TV Episode)
Those Aren't Pillows gets an honorable mention.
The Paul Behragam Talk Show: "Balto 3" R&T Part 4 (2015) (TV Episode)
A scene of Neal ranting was shown.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Surprisingly R-Rated Comedies (2015) (TV Episode)
Planes, Trains and Automobiles is #1.
The Paul Behragam Talk Show: "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" R&T Part 1 (2015) (TV Episode)
Clips were shown in its "Reaction & Tangent" video.
The Paul Behragam Talk Show: "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" R&T Part 2 (2015) (TV Episode)
Clips were shown in its "Reaction & Tangent" video.
The Paul Behragam Talk Show: "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" R&T Part 3 (2015) (TV Episode)
Clips were shown in its "Reaction & Tangent" video.
The Paul Behragam Talk Show: "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" R&T Part 4 (2015) (TV Episode)
Clips were shown in its "Reaction & Tangent" video.
The Paul Behragam Talk Show: "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" R&T Part 5 (2015) (TV Episode)
Clips were shown in its "Reaction & Tangent" video.
The Paul Behragam Talk Show: "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" R&T Part 6 (2015) (TV Episode)
Clips were shown in its "Reaction & Tangent" video.
The Paul Behragam Talk Show: "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" R&T Part 7 (2015) (TV Episode)
Clips were shown in its "Reaction & Tangent" video.
The Paul Behragam Talk Show: "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" R&T Part 8 (2015) (TV Episode)
Clips were shown in its "Reaction & Tangent" video.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies That Make You Feel Grateful (2016) (TV Episode)
Planes, Trains & Automobiles is #5.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Saddest Moments in Comedy Movies (2017) (TV Episode)
My Wife Likes Me is #1.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies with Famous Actors in Roles You Completely Missed (2018) (TV Episode)
Planes, Trains and Automobiles, which features Kevin Bacon, is #8.
Nostalgia Critic: Underworld (2019) (TV Episode)
A clip from the movie is used
The Goldbergs: Angst-Giving (2019) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown at the beginning of episode.
MsMojo: Top 10 Greatest John Hughes Movies (2020) (TV Episode)
Planes, Trains and Automobiles is #4.
Family Guy: Fecal Matters (2021) (TV Episode)
A brief clip of John Candy.

Spoofed in 

Bobby's World: Jets, Choo-Choos & Cars (1993) (TV Episode)
Similar plot
Nash Bridges: ManHunt (2000) (TV Episode)
Edie McClurg plays a car rental desk clerk almost identical to the car rental desk clerk agent she played in the film.
Family Guy: Baby Not on Board (2008) (TV Episode)
At the train station, Peter tells Lois that he bought some shower curtain rings that are filled with helium to make them light, a reference to Del Griffith in the PTA scene where he rips people off by selling his merchandise but telling everyone he is an earring salesman. Shortly after this, Lois yells at Peter, who proceeds to copy Del's monologue from the scene featuring Neal and Del's first night at the Braidwood Inn (even the music from the movie scene plays throughout).
Himmatwala (2013)
The 'those aren't pillows' scene is spoofed
Ted 2 (2015)
Ted drives the car and dances to "Mess Around" exactly like John Candy.
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Hearthbreakers (2015) (TV Episode)
Pony versions of Steve Martin and John Candy's characters are seen on the Friendship Express.
Robot Chicken: Robot Chicken Christmas Special: X-Mas United (2015) (TV Episode)
Del Griffith talks to the Nerd on the Polar Express.
Teen Titans Go!: Various Modes of Transportation (2021) (TV Episode)
The whole plot is a spoof of this movie, including the "Those Aren't Pillows" scene.

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