Casablanca is the 1942 Oscar winning film based in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II. Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, it has been widely considered one of the greatest Hollywood movies ever made.
- Similar artwork was used in a greeting card spoofing the film.
- The Miss Piggy Calendar 1980 also spoofs the movie with a pull out poster.
- In The Muppets Go to the Movies, Kermit and Piggy once again take on the lovers of Casablanca. This time, the two try to reenact one of the last scenes in the movie, and Kermit delivers Bogart's famous farewell. Miss Piggy is blown away, and Kermit yells after her, "Here's looking for you, kid!"
- A Ready To Learn segment features Grover (at the piano) and Cleo Lion (of Between the Lions) reminiscing of the "rhyming game".
- A Sesame Street segment, "Great Movie Classics," showcases a different version of the film: in this version, Rick keeps telling the pianist to keep saying the alphabet ("Say it again, Sam").
- Baby Natasha's parents, Humphrey and Ingrid, are named after the lead actors of the same first names.
- Lines from Casablanca are parodied in the Dinosaurs episode "Georgie Must Die." After gathering supplies for his mission, Earl bids farewell to Fran:
- Earl: "You know the troubles of two little dinosaurs don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. ... Oh! Almost forgot the beans. Half a dozen cans should do it. Maybe six. ... Well, farewell, Fran."
- Fran: "Oh, Earl, don't go!"
- Earl: "Frannie, I've got to go. If I don't, I'll regret it. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, maybe not for the rest of the week. But probably by the end of the month. Do you have a calendar?"
- Fozzie Bear performs an impression of Humphrey Bogart's role in Casablanca in Episode 107 of The Muppet Show. Rich Little later does the same in Episode 204.
- In the Dog City episode "Sick as a Dog," Eliot Shag, delirious from fever, spouts "I don't know any more, Rick. You'll have to think for the both of us."
- In his book Before You Leap, Kermit paraphrases one of the films most famous lines and makes note to save it for his next movie, "I'd regret it - maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of my life."
- In a Sesame Street sketch where Grover is a street musician, Mr. Johnson laments, "Of all the benches in all the parks in the world, I had to pick this one!"
- In a 1979 episode of Sesame Street, Oscar the Grouch remarks, "I think this is the beginning of a great friendship!" after Osvaldo, el Gruñón refuses Oscar's offer to join him for a stroll through the rain.
- In a 1985 episode of Sesame Street, after Oscar and the Grouchketeers witness the rainbow at the end of the Snuffleupagus trash heap led by Snuffy, Oscar tells him, "this could be the start of a beautiful friendship!"
- In a Sesame Street insert, Vincent Van Grouch (Danny DeVito) chooses Oscar in his trash can to be in the Metropolitan Museum of Trash. The scene concludes with Oscar saying, "Vinnie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."
- In a 1987 episode of Sesame Street, as Elmo and T.J. greet each other, Bob remarks "I think this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship."
- Just before Kermit starts singing "My Polliwog Ways", he says "play that piano, Sam!" Then, the first shot we see of the imaginary nightclub is a Fat Blue frog pianist meant to represent the famous saloon player from the movie.
- In Episode 2325 of Sesame Street, while performing in Hooper's Store, Don Music sings "You must remember this", the first line of "As Time Goes By" before jumping to a new tune.
- In Episode 2548 of Sesame Street, when Oscar witnesses his pet seagull, Stinky, retrieve a shoe thrown by him and intentionally drops it onto Luis and Uncle Wally's chess board, Oscar says, "This is definitely the beginning of a wonderful grouch friendship!"
- In Episode 3122 of Sesame Street, Oscar admits that Super Nanny isn't "so bad for a neatnik." Penny Pipkins returns the compliment and tickles Oscar, who asks her to keep it up. Oscar admits that "This could be the start of a beautiful mismatch!"
- In Stars and Street Forever!, as Ronald Grump and Oscar begin to bond near the end of the special, Ronald tells him, "This could be the start of a really rotten relationship."
- In the Sesame Street CD-ROM game, Elmo's Preschool, in the Face Treehouse location, when certain hair pieces are placed onto a face, Elmo will quip, "Hair's looking at you, kid!"
- In Episode 4056 of Sesame Street, Baby Bear starts to warm up to having his newborn sister, Curly around, and says to her, "I think this is the beginning of...something".
- In "Elmo's World: Eyes," a fish quips to scuba-diver Elmo, "Here's lookin' at you, kid."
- In Episode 4929 of Sesame Street, as Oscar starts a conversation with a sanitation worker (Allison Williams), Abby observes, "It looks like the beginning of a beautiful Grouchship".