History of the World: Part I (1981) Poster


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Edited from 

The Vikings (1958)


Hollywood Hotel (1937)
"Hooray for Hollywood" is played during Comicus' performance in the Roman Empire.
The Twelve Chairs (1970)
The Vorobjaninov Theme is heard in the scene with the Viking funeral.
The Godfather (1972)
The Three Musketeers (1973)
References king's human chessboard in royal garden
Young Frankenstein (1974)
During the Inquisition segment and associated song / dance number, Torquemada is told to "Walk this way", and then proceeds to mimic the walk of the dancers. This is a reference back to the Mel Brooks film "Young Frankenstein".

Referenced in 

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Angie Dickinson/Dom DeLuise/Tommy Lasorda (1981) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Johnny as he introduces Dom DeLuise
Paper Heart (1982)
The poster of the film is put on the wall of a cinema
An Audience with Mel Brooks (1983) (TV Special)
Title mentioned.
Spaceballs (1987)
Cassette tape on the Mel Brooks video shelf
Larry King Live: Episode dated 27 July 1993 (1993) (TV Episode)
Brought up by Larry King, Mel Brooks elaborates
Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
Mel Brooks said his favorite line "It's good to be the King."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Outlaw of Gor (1993) (TV Episode)
Tom: "It's good to be the king."
Saved by the Bell: The College Years: Marry Me (1994) (TV Episode)
Dean McMann says, "It's good to be the dean."
Law & Order: Jeopardy (1995) (TV Episode)
Rey says "Who says it's good to be the king"
Boy Meets World: Quiz Show (1997) (TV Episode)
Topanga says, "It's good to be queen."
Orgazmo (1997)
Duke Nukem: Time to Kill (1998) (Video Game)
The X-Files: The Rain King (1999) (TV Episode)
The quote "It's good to be the king".
Melrose Place: Asses to Ashes (1999) (TV Episode)
"It's good to be the Chief of Staff"
Waiting (2000)
"It's good to be the king"
Scrubs: My Super Ego (2001) (TV Episode)
J.D. often says to himself "It's good to be the king"
Kung Pow: Enter the Fist (2002)
The movie is followed by a preview for a sequel which the writers never intended to make, much like nearly every Mel Brooks movie since "History".
The Fairly OddParents: Boys in the Band/Hex Games (2002) (TV Episode)
"It's good to be queen."
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)
Young Vivi says the line, "Don't get saucy with me, Bernaise."
Kim Possible: Royal Pain (2002) (TV Episode)
"It's good to be royalty."
Flesh for the Beast (2003)
dialog: "It's good to be the king!"
Angel: Just Rewards (2003) (TV Episode)
Spike: It's good to be the king, isn't it?' is a line from the Mel Brooks movie.
Floris (2004)
Pi uses a cloud of weed to disorient a batalion of soldiers
Stargate SG-1: It's Good to Be King (2005) (TV Episode)
The episode title is a reference to the catchphrase of one of Mel Brooks' characters.
The Naked Archaeologist: Biblical Food (2005) (TV Episode)
Quotes the famous line from the movie "It's good to be king"
Danika (2006)
DVD seen in The Good Guys store
Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006)
"It's good to be the king!"
Spring Break 24/7 (2007) (Video)
"It's good to be the king."
Veronica Mars: I Know What You'll Do Next Summer (2007) (TV Episode)
"It's good to be the king"
Everybody Wants to Be Italian (2007)
"It's good to be a monger."
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Drops' Out (2008) (TV Episode)
Nicky remarks, "It's good to be the king, I suppose", a line repeated several times in the movie.
An American Carol (2008)
Accidentally breaking the ten commandments joke
Spaceballs: The Animated Series: The Skroobinator (2008) (TV Episode)
Scroob says: It's good to be the President.
Robot Chicken: Two Weeks Without Food (2009) (TV Episode)
The Wizard of Oz says, "It's good to be the wizard!"
ER: I Feel Good (2009) (TV Episode)
"It's good to be the king"
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.121 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of an $800 clue in the category "20th Century Fox History"
Mad: Cliffordfield/Big Time Rushmore (2010) (TV Episode)
In "Big Time Rushmore", George Washington says, "It's good to be king!"
The Super Hero Squad Show: So Pretty When They Explode! (2011) (TV Episode)
Thor says 'This good to be an Asgardian.'
Hop (2011)
Carlos says, "It's good to be the king!"
Nostalgia Critic: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (2012) (TV Episode)
"I felt closer to finding God in History of the World: Part I than this movie."
Californication: In the Clouds (2013) (TV Episode)
Referenced in dialogue
Burning Love: Blindfolded Singing Contest (2013) (TV Episode)
Simon says, "It's good to be the prince."
Mel and His Movies (2013) (Video)
poster shown
Scandal: It's Good to Be Kink (2015) (TV Episode)
Title reference to "It's good to be the king" quote
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 30 August 2016 (2016) (TV Episode)
mentioned as a film by Mel Brooks, who collaborated often with Gene Wilder
Jeopardy!: Episode #33.28 (2016) (TV Episode)
Alex quotes the film's line "It's good to be the king"
Inspector Gadget: Cuckoo for Talon/Fayre Game (2017) (TV Episode)
King says "T'is good to be the King".
Campo Santo Slammed by Grassroots Response for Assaulting PewDiePie: Good! (2017) (Video)
Styx mentions the film in a discussion of Mel Brooks.
Mel Brooks Attacks Political Correctness, Claims It Is Anathema to Comedy (2017) (Video)
Styx mentions the film in a discussion of Mel Brooks.
Judd Apatow: The Return (2017) (TV Special)
'The Inquisition' song mentioned.
America: The Motion Picture
One of the main inspirations for this movie.


Lipps Inc.: Funkytown (1980) (Video)
Song played anachronistically on a boombox.

Featured in 

Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) (TV Movie)
Moses (Mel Brooks) delivers the 15, no 10, commandments from the Lord, and as King Louis XVI, and the "Big Ending" scene.
I Love the 80's 3-D: 1981 (2005) (TV Episode)
in the 1981 episode
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Year One/Whatever Works/The Proposal (2009) (TV Episode)
Clips shown when Brett calls "Year One" a remake of this movie.
Musical Mel: Inventing 'The Inquisition' (2009) (Video)
documentary about the making of the film
Making History: Mel Brooks on Creating the World (2009) (Video)
documentary about the making of the film
Brows Held High: The Devils (2012) (TV Episode)
"Please tell me Mel Brooks has seen this movie" and a clip is shown.
Mel and His Movies (2012) (Video)
clips shown, film discussed
Atop the Fourth Wall: Youngblood #5/Star Wars 3-D #1 (2013) (TV Episode)
recalling Jews in Space
American Masters: Mel Brooks: Make a Noise (2013) (TV Episode)
Multiple clips are featured.
When Comedy Went to School (2013)
Clips shown
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mel Brooks (2013) (TV Special)
film clips shown
Music Movies: The Producers (2014) (TV Episode)
"It's good to be the king."
Bloodworks: Critters, Killer Klowns & More with the Chiodo Bros (2014) (TV Episode)
Charlie Chiodo describes working with Magic Lantern on the "Jews in Space" sequence from Mel Brooks' History of the World Part 1 while scenes from the movie play onscreen.
Scope (2017) (Video)
clips shown
History Buffs: Rome Season One (2017) (TV Episode)
clip shown


Roman Scandals (1933)
The entire roman episode is built around gags and characters from the earlier film
Road to Morocco (1942)
Mel Brooks and Gregory Hines sing "Road to Judea" with the same music from "Road to Morocco."
Quo Vadis (1951)
Much of the material in The Roman Empire segment of the Mel Brooks film references Quo Vadis, including names, personalities and some events.
Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)
Spoofs water candle ballet
The Ten Commandments (1956)
Moses coming down from Mt. Herob, upon which he breaks five of the "original" 15 Commandments, and when Moses parts the water while being robbed are spoofs from the Cecil B. DeMille epic.
Oedipus Rex (1957)
Ben-Hur (1959)
Spartacus (1960)
Comicus and Josephus's gladiator fight is a spoof of Spartacus's.
King of Kings (1961)
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
Last supper sequence
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
The opening scene, which is narrated by Orson Welles, is a parody of the opening scene in "2001," in which we witness the birth of our "ancestors."
Battlestar Galactica (1978) (TV Series)
A sequence at the end spoofs the space battles in "BSG"
Caligula (1979)

Spoofed in 

Come Away Home (2005)
Lampoons a character from that film
American Dad!: It's Good to Be the Queen (2006) (TV Episode)
The episode title spoofs a line repeated several times by King Louis XVI (Mel Brooks): "It's good to be the king."
Codename: Kids Next Door: Operation S.P.I.N.A.C.H./Operation M.E.S.S.A.G.E. (2007) (TV Episode)
The musical number about the Spinach Inquisition is a spoof of it.
About a Boy: About a Slopmaster (2014) (TV Episode)
"Suck it, king. It's good to be the slopmaster."
The Royals: Stand and Unfold Yourself (2015) (TV Episode)
Truman quotes "It's good to be the King"

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