History CouchGag / TheSimpsons

15th Sep '16 10:14:22 PM Premonition45
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* In "Trash of the Titans", where the eponymous Couch Gag would be, Homer, Marge, Lisa and Maggie end up running into Bart's classroom, where they find Bart writing, "I will not mess with the opening credits." (A similar gag was present in "[=MyPods=] and Boomsticks", except there, the setting was the living room, and Bart was writing, "I will not bring the chalkboard home.")

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* In "Trash of the Titans", the 200th episode, where the eponymous Couch Gag would be, Homer, Marge, Lisa and Maggie end up running into Bart's classroom, where they find Bart writing, "I will not mess with the opening credits." (A similar gag was present in "[=MyPods=] and Boomsticks", except there, the setting was the living room, and Bart was writing, "I will not bring the chalkboard home.")
20th Aug '16 8:24:11 AM WoodyAlien3rd
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* For "Dead Putting Society," Bart writes "I am not a 32 year old woman". Nancy Cartwright, Bart's voice actress, was about that age when the episode was made.
7th Jun '16 12:54:52 PM OnoderaTearer
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** "Beware My Cheating Bart," "Black-Eyed, Please," and "Married to the Blob," by Creator/BillPlympton.

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** "Beware My Cheating Bart," "Black-Eyed, Please," Please" and "Married to the Blob," by Creator/BillPlympton.Creator/BillPlympton



** "What to Expect When Bart Is Expecting" by [[http://michalsocha.com/ Michael Socha]]

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** "What to Expect When Bart Is Expecting" and "Orange Is the New Yellow," by [[http://michalsocha.com/ Michael Michal Socha]]



** "My Fare Lady," by Paul Robertson, sprite artist for the ''VideoGame/ScottPilgrim'' video game, ''VideoGame/{{Wizorb}}'', ''VideoGame/MercenaryKings'', and the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' one-off characters [=Rumble McSkirmish=] ("[[Recap/GravityFallsS1E10FightFighters Fight Fighters]]") and Giffany ("[[Recap/GravityFallsS2E5SoosAndTheRealGirl Soos and the Real Girl]]") and [[http://pug-of-war.tumblr.com/ Ivan Dixon]]

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** "My Fare Lady," by Paul Robertson, sprite artist for the ''VideoGame/ScottPilgrim'' video game, ''VideoGame/{{Wizorb}}'', ''VideoGame/MercenaryKings'', and the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' one-off characters [=Rumble McSkirmish=] ("[[Recap/GravityFallsS1E10FightFighters Fight Fighters]]") and Giffany ("[[Recap/GravityFallsS2E5SoosAndTheRealGirl Soos and the Real Girl]]") Girl]]"), and [[http://pug-of-war.tumblr.com/ Ivan Dixon]]



** "Fland Canyon" by Creator/EricGoldberg

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** "Fland Canyon" Canyon," by Creator/EricGoldberg
25th Apr '16 5:35:14 AM NESBoy
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IXTbPChutA "Barthood"'s Couch Gag]] is done by {{rotoscoping}}, done in the style of [[http://www.flatblackfilms.com/Flat_Black_Films/Rotoshop.html Rotoshop]] (the software used for ''Film/WakingLife'' and ''Film/AScannerDarkly'', two films directed by Creator/RichardLinklater). Homer fears that they'd be "Roto-Rootered" for the entire episode, and Bart complains about feeling sick from it, leading Lisa to write the gag off as "a noble experiment that failed".
24th Apr '16 6:13:02 AM NESBoy
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* "How Lisa Got Her Marge Back" has Principal Skinner writing "Never lose a bet to Bart Simpson" on the chalkboard while Bart watches.

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* "How Lisa Got Her Marge Back" has Principal Skinner writing "Never lose a bet to Bart Simpson" on the chalkboard while Bart watches.


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** "How Lisa Got Her Marge Back" has Principal Skinner writing "Never lose a bet to Bart Simpson" on the chalkboard while Bart watches.
* The Couch Gag for "A Test Before Trying" was [[RealTrailerFakeMovie done in the style of a movie trailer]], depicting [[MundaneMadeAwesome the family running to sit on the couch against all odds]].
22nd Apr '16 10:17:14 AM Kartoonkid95
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* "How Lisa Got Her Marge Back" has Principal Skinner writing "Never lose a bet to Bart Simpson" on the chalkboard while Bart watches.


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** "Fland Canyon" by Creator/EricGoldberg
14th Apr '16 4:49:06 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* Lisa plays a different solo on her saxophone. Since the show's switch to UsefulNotes/HighDefinition, some episodes have featured Lisa playing another instrument such as a trumpet or violin instead.

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* Lisa plays a different solo on her saxophone. The solos are often recycled across several episodes -- some were reused more often than the (in)famous "chorus line" couch gag. Since the show's switch to UsefulNotes/HighDefinition, some episodes have featured Lisa playing another instrument such as a trumpet or violin instead.



* The Gracie Films VanityPlate at the end of the episode sometimes undergoes a LogoJoke where it has different sound effects playing besides just the "shh" and the little jingle that plays.

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* The Gracie Films VanityPlate at the end of the episode sometimes undergoes a LogoJoke where it has different sound effects playing besides just the "shh" and the little jingle that plays. Once in a blue moon, the 20th Century Fox plate would also be affected.
19th Mar '16 3:30:01 AM NESBoy
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* "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS19E1HeLovesToFlyAndHeDohs He Loves to Fly and He D'ohs]]", the first episode after ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'' ran in theaters, had Bart writing, "[[SequelSnark I will not wait 20 years to make another movie.]]"
25th Jan '16 6:19:37 PM NegiSpongie
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* In "The Kids Are All Fight", featured Lisa writing on the blackboard, "I will not pay my sister to do my punishment" while Bart watches.
28th Dec '15 9:13:51 PM BananaPancakes
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** When the head of the Jebediah Springfield statue falls on Ralph's head, he will usually make a muttering noise, but sometimes he will actually say something, such as "[[CirclingBirdies I see stars!]]" or "It's dark!"

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** When the head of the Jebediah Springfield statue falls on Ralph's head, he will usually make a muttering noise, but sometimes early in the gag's tenure he will would actually say something, such as "[[CirclingBirdies I see stars!]]" or "It's dark!"



*** Similarly, the [[KieferSutherland army colonel]] from "G.I. D'oh" assigns everyone in the credits to "frontline infantry!"... except KieferSutherland himself, who is assigned to the Coast Guard.
** In "The Mansion Family", Homer crying about the people in the credits being rich (except for one name, for which Homer momentarily stops crying to comment, "Oh, he's poor."). At the Gracie Films logo, Homer angrily exclaims, "Don't shush me, you rich bastard!"

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*** Similarly, the [[KieferSutherland [[Creator/KieferSutherland army colonel]] from "G.I. D'oh" assigns everyone in the credits to "frontline "front line infantry!"... except KieferSutherland Creator/KieferSutherland himself, who is assigned to the Coast Guard.
** In "The Mansion Family", Homer crying about the people in the credits being rich (except for one name, for which Homer momentarily stops crying to comment, "Oh, he's poor.").poor"). At the Gracie Films logo, Homer angrily exclaims, "Don't shush me, you rich bastard!"



* When the show was first put into syndication in 1994, many episodes from Seasons 1 to 5 used the couch gag from "Rosebud" (where the Simpsons find duplicates of themselves already on the couch). All episodes afterward usually retained their original couch gags.
* On the original airing of "Springfield Up", the opening sequence is cut (among other edits) in order to fill up time for the premiere of a new trailer for ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie''. Subsequent airings use the couch gag from "Ice Cream of Margie (with the Light Blue Hair)" (wherein the family are depicted as cockroaches).

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* When the show was first put into entered syndication in 1994, many episodes from Seasons 1 to 5 the first five seasons used the couch gag from "Rosebud" (where the Simpsons find duplicates of themselves already on the couch). All Most subsequent episodes afterward usually retained their original couch gags.
* On the original airing of "Springfield Up", the opening sequence is was cut (among other edits) in order to fill free up time for the premiere of a new trailer for ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie''. Subsequent airings use the couch gag from "Ice Cream of Margie (with the Light Blue Hair)" (wherein the family are depicted as cockroaches).



* For the episode "To Surveil with Love", which first aired as part of the "FOX Rocks" line-up where every FOX show for the week was mandated to have a musical element, the opening credits were completely replaced by an animated music video set to "[[{{Kesha}} TiK Tok]]", though the gathering-on-the-couch gag still appears at the end.
* A live-action version of the sequence, originally made as a promo on British TV network Sky1 (which, perhaps not coincidentally, was also a [=NewsCorp=] property), was eventually used as an actual show opening on the season 17 episode "Homer Simpson, This Is Your Wife".

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* For the episode "To Surveil with Love", which first aired as part of the "FOX Rocks" line-up where every FOX show for the week was mandated to have a musical element, the opening credits were completely replaced by an animated music video set to "[[{{Kesha}} "[[Music/{{Kesha}} TiK Tok]]", though the gathering-on-the-couch gag still appears at the end.
* A live-action version of the sequence, originally made as a promo on British TV network Sky1 (which, perhaps not coincidentally, was also a [=NewsCorp=] property), was eventually used as an actual show opening on the season 17 episode "Homer Simpson, This Is Your Wife".Wife."



* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIZ_gDOrzGk A fan video]] recreating the opening in pixel art was eventually licensed for usage as an official show opening on the season 26 episode "My Fare Lady"
* If an episode is too short, a very long couch gag will start to play to fill time. Three noticeable examples include one where the family performs a chorus line while the living room turns into a circus,[[note]]This one was used more than any other as a way of filling time, with a total of eight uses -- and it still couldn't fill enough broadcast time when "Cape Feare" aired, hence the famous half-minute of Sideshow Bob [[OverlyLongGag constantly stepping on rakes]].[[/note]] one where the camera zooms out of their house and into outer space and keeps going until it zooms out of Homer's head again, and one where Homer is seen evolving from a single-celled organism.

Sometimes the writers enjoy meta-humor about the blackboard gags.
* In the episode "Skinner's Sense of Snow", Bart complains that he's written on the board so often that his wrist sounds like a cement mixer (and [[{{Squick}} rotates his wrist to prove his point]]).
* For "Thirty Minutes over Tokyo", the 10th-season finale, Bart writes "I'm so very tired."
* For "Simpsons Tall Tales", the 12th-season finale, Bart writes "I should not be twenty-one by now," which he would be if he had been played by an actual ten-year-old boy when the series began.
* For "The Parent Rap", Bart writes "Nobody reads these anymore."
* For "Bonfire of the Manatees", Bart writes "Does any kid still do this anymore?", as a reference to how WritingLines has gradually become a DiscreditedTrope.

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIZ_gDOrzGk A fan video]] recreating the opening in pixel art was eventually licensed for usage as an official show opening on the season 26 episode "My Fare Lady"
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* If an episode is too short, a very long couch gag will start to play to fill time. Three noticeable examples include one where the family performs a chorus line while the living room turns into a circus,[[note]]This one was used more than any other as a way of filling time, {{Filler}}, with a total of eight uses -- and it still couldn't fill enough broadcast time when "Cape Feare" aired, hence the famous half-minute of Sideshow Bob [[OverlyLongGag constantly stepping on rakes]].[[/note]] one where the camera zooms out of their house and into outer space and keeps going until it zooms out of Homer's head again, and one where Homer is seen evolving from a single-celled organism.

Sometimes the writers enjoy meta-humor about the blackboard gags.
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* In the episode "Skinner's Sense of Snow", Snow," Bart complains that he's written on the board so often that his wrist sounds like a cement mixer (and [[{{Squick}} rotates his wrist to prove his point]]).
* For "Thirty Minutes over Tokyo", Tokyo," the 10th-season tenth-season finale, Bart writes "I'm so very tired."
* For "Simpsons Tall Tales", Tales," the 12th-season twelfth-season finale, Bart writes "I should not be twenty-one by now," which he would be if he had been played by an actual ten-year-old boy had played him when the series began.
* For "The Parent Rap", Rap," Bart writes "Nobody reads these anymore."
* For "Bonfire of the Manatees", Manatees," Bart writes "Does any kid still do this anymore?", as a reference to how WritingLines has gradually become a DiscreditedTrope.



* "Half-Decent Proposal" had "I will not bite the hand that feeds me Butterfingers." Marge's crusade against refined sugar in "Sweets and Sour Marge," just two episodes earlier, sees Chief Wiggum disposing of the town's supply of Butterfingers in a fire, only for the fire to reject them. "[[LampshadeHanging Not even the fire wants them]]," comments Wiggum. This was an inside joke about the show's long history of ''Simpsons'' characters (particularly Bart) appearing in Butterfinger ads. This was written around the time the contract with Butterfinger ended; needless to say, the company did not offer to renew the contract.

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* "Half-Decent Proposal" had "I will not bite the hand that feeds me Butterfingers." Marge's crusade against refined sugar in "Sweets and Sour Marge," just two episodes earlier, sees Chief Wiggum disposing of the town's supply of Butterfingers in a fire, only for the fire to reject them. "[[LampshadeHanging Not even the fire wants them]]," comments Wiggum. This was an inside joke about the show's long history of ''Simpsons'' characters (particularly Bart) appearing in Butterfinger ads. This was written around the time the contract with Butterfinger ended; needless to say, it should come as no surprise that the company did not offer to renew the contract.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'' has Bart writing "I will not illegally download this movie."

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'' has Bart writing "I "[[DigitalPiracyIsEvil I will not illegally download this movie."]]"



* In "Barting Over," we see Bart writing "I will not ..." and then abruptly stopping before destroying the chalkboard with an axe.

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* In "Barting Over," we see Bart writing "I will not ..." not" and then abruptly stopping before destroying the chalkboard with an axe.



* In "Four Regrettings and a Funeral", as [[InMemoriam a tribute]] to the late Marcia Wallace (the actress who voiced Mrs. Krabappel), Bart writes "We'll really miss you, Mrs. K." exactly one time with a sad look on his face. [[TearJerker Grab the hankies]].

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* In "Four Regrettings and a Funeral", as [[InMemoriam a tribute]] to the late Marcia Wallace (the actress who voiced provided Mrs. Krabappel), Krabappel's voice), Bart writes "We'll really miss you, Mrs. K." exactly one time with a sad look on his face. [[TearJerker Grab the hankies]].hankies.]]



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** "[=MoneyBART=]", by {{Creator/Banksy}}
** "Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts", by Creator/JohnKricfalusi
** "Beware My Cheating Bart", "Black-Eyed, Please" and "Married to the Blob", by Creator/BillPlympton.
** "The Fabulous Faker Boy", by the ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' staff
** "Treehouse of Horror XXIV", by Creator/GuillermoDelToro
** "Diggs", by Sylvain Chomet, director of the animated films ''WesternAnimation/TheTripletsOfBelleville'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheIllusionist''
** "What To Expect When Bart is Expecting" by [[http://michalsocha.com/ Michael Socha]]
** "Clown in the Dumps", by Creator/DonHertzfeldt
** "My Fare Lady", by Paul Robertson[[note]]sprite artist for the ''VideoGame/ScottPilgrim'' video game, ''VideoGame/{{Wizorb}}'', ''VideoGame/MercenaryKings'' and the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' one-off characters [=Rumble McSkirmish=] ("[[Recap/GravityFallsS1E10FightFighters Fight Fighters]]") and Giffany ("[[Recap/GravityFallsS2E5SoosAndTheRealGirl Soos and the Real Girl]]")[[/note]] and [[http://pug-of-war.tumblr.com/ Ivan Dixon]]

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** "[=MoneyBART=]", "[=MoneyBART=]," by {{Creator/Banksy}}
** "Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts", Roosevelts," by Creator/JohnKricfalusi
** "Beware My Cheating Bart", Bart," "Black-Eyed, Please" Please," and "Married to the Blob", Blob," by Creator/BillPlympton.
** "The Fabulous Faker Boy", Boy," by the ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' staff
** "Treehouse of Horror XXIV", XXIV," by Creator/GuillermoDelToro
** "Diggs", "Diggs," by Sylvain Chomet, director of the animated films ''WesternAnimation/TheTripletsOfBelleville'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheIllusionist''
** "What To to Expect When Bart is Is Expecting" by [[http://michalsocha.com/ Michael Socha]]
** "Clown in the Dumps", Dumps," by Creator/DonHertzfeldt
** "My Fare Lady", Lady," by Paul Robertson[[note]]sprite Robertson, sprite artist for the ''VideoGame/ScottPilgrim'' video game, ''VideoGame/{{Wizorb}}'', ''VideoGame/MercenaryKings'' ''VideoGame/MercenaryKings'', and the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' one-off characters [=Rumble McSkirmish=] ("[[Recap/GravityFallsS1E10FightFighters Fight Fighters]]") and Giffany ("[[Recap/GravityFallsS2E5SoosAndTheRealGirl Soos and the Real Girl]]")[[/note]] Girl]]") and [[http://pug-of-war.tumblr.com/ Ivan Dixon]]



** "Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish": "It's potato, not potatoe."[[note]]Only used on a repeat airing on June 25, 1992, making fun of UsefulNotes/DanQuayle's infamous 'potatoe' blunder.[[/note]]
** "Dead Putting Society": "I am not a 32-year-old woman."[[note]]NancyCartwright was 32 at the time.[[/note]]

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** "Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish": "It's potato, not potatoe."[[note]]Only "[[note]]This was only used on a repeat airing on June 25, 1992, making fun of UsefulNotes/DanQuayle's infamous 'potatoe' blunder.[[/note]]
** "Dead Putting Society": "I am not a 32-year-old woman."[[note]]NancyCartwright "[[note]]Creator/NancyCartwright was 32 thirty-two years old at the time.time that episode first aired.[[/note]]



** "Secrets of a Successful Marriage": "Five days is not too long to wait for a gun."[[note]]The U.S. government had recently passed the highly controversial [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brady_Handgun_Violence_Prevention_Act Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act]], which required firearm buyers to hand over their money and wait five business days before they could receive their gun.[[/note]]

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** "Secrets of a Successful Marriage": "Five days is not too long to wait for a gun."[[note]]The U.S. government had recently passed the highly controversial [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brady_Handgun_Violence_Prevention_Act Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act]], which required firearm buyers to hand over their money and wait five business days before they could receive their gun. It expired ten years later.[[/note]]



** "The Trouble with Trillions": "I will not demand what I'm worth."[[note]]The show's voice cast was in a heated argument with Fox executives over pay disputes.[[/note]]
** "Natural Born Kissers": "I was not the inspiration for 'Kramer'."[[note]]This episode aired three days after ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'''s series finale.[[/note]]
** "D'oh-in' in the Wind": "No one cares what my definition of 'is' is."[[note]]This refers to UsefulNotes/BillClinton's mush-quoted statement to the grand jury during the Lewinsky trial.[[/note]]

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** "The Trouble with Trillions": "I will not demand what I'm worth."[[note]]The show's voice cast was in a heated argument with Fox executives over pay disputes.disputes at the time.[[/note]]
** "Natural Born Kissers": "I was not the inspiration for 'Kramer'."[[note]]This episode aired three days after ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'''s ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''[='=]s series finale.[[/note]]
** "D'oh-in' in the Wind": "No one cares what my definition of 'is' is."[[note]]This refers to UsefulNotes/BillClinton's mush-quoted much-quoted statement to the grand jury during the Lewinsky trial.[[/note]]



** "Little Big Mom": "I will not create art from dung."[[note]]A reference to the controversial "The Holy Virgin Mary" painting in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, which was a painting of the Virgin Mary created with elephant dung.[[/note]]
** "A Tale of Two Springfields": "I will not plant sublimin'''al''' messa'''gore'''s."[[note]]During the 2000 presidential election, Republican ads were being ran that highlighted the word 'rat' in 'Democrats.'[[/note]]

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** "Little Big Mom": "I will not create art from dung."[[note]]A "[[note]]This was a reference to the controversial "The Holy Virgin Mary" painting in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, which was a painting of the Virgin Mary created with elephant dung.[[/note]]
** "A Tale of Two Springfields": "I will not plant sublimin'''al''' messa'''gore'''s."[[note]]During the 2000 presidential election, Republican ads were being ran that highlighted the word 'rat' "rat" in 'Democrats.'[[/note]]"Democrats". ''The Simpsons'' is known to be relatively friendly to the Democratic Party.[[/note]]



** "The Squirt and the Whale": "''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''—we'd stand beside you if we weren't so scared."[[note]]The ''South Park'' episode "201" was heavily censored because of death threats from a Muslim extremist group, which led many to accuse Creator/ComedyCentral of being cowards. Reruns have changed the joke to "Je ne suis pas français" ("I am not French" — itself a reference to the punitive line "Je ne parle pas français" in "Girls Just Want to Have Sums").[[/note]]

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** "The Squirt and the Whale": "''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''—we'd "''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' — we'd stand beside you if we weren't so scared."[[note]]The ''South Park'' episode "201" was heavily censored because of death threats from a Muslim extremist group, which led many to accuse Creator/ComedyCentral of being cowards. Reruns have changed the joke to "Je ne suis pas français" ("I am not French" — itself a reference to the punitive line "Je ne parle pas français" in "Girls Just Want to Have Sums").[[/note]]
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