Follow TV Tropes

Following

Cowboy Bebop At His Computer / The Simpsons

Go To

  • An issue of Weekend magazine said that, in the episode "Treehouse of Horror X", Maggie was the daughter of Kang and Kodos rather than Kang and Marge. A double-offender, considering not only did they get the information wrong, but the title of the episode, too. It was IX, not X.
  • A book about the show was full of little mistakes that most fans would have known better than to print:
    • The book claims Maggie killed a man. Maggie shot a man, but that man is still alive.
    • Marge's sister Patty is gay, not Selma as stated in the book.
  • Advertisement:
  • Sky's listing for "A Hunka Hunka Burns in Love" (paraphrased) - "Mr. Burns hires Homer as a fortune cookie writer to prove a point." That's all wrong - while the first act was about Homer in that position, it's completely forgotten about after a while to make way for the title plot. Also, it's a Chinese restaurant that hires Homer to write fortune cookies, not Mr. Burns - later in the episode, however, Burns hires Homer as his "wingman" to go out on dates with him and Gloria. There's no "proving a point", either.
  • Sky One's synopsis for "Bart vs. Australia" (as well as every British TV guide published for the next 10 years or so) was simply "Bart gets his hand stuck down a toilet". There IS a scene with Bart sticking his hands in a toilet, but it's simply to set up a gag and lasts less than 5 seconds. They weren't stuck either!
  • Advertisement:
  • An official Twitter account stated the quote "Yes, eat all of our shirts!" was said by Seymour Skinner, when it was said by Ned Flanders.
  • TV Guide's "TV's Biggest Fools" article seems to believe Homer's "you don't like me, and I don't like you" exchange with his brain from "The Front" took place in "HOMR".
  • One could practically write a book on the various ways that writers have gotten the Simpsons wrong, usually in trying to talk about why it should be cancelled or why it's a horrible show that no family should watch. Focus on the Family (of course) decried "Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish", an episode in which Bart prays for the family meal with "Dear God, we pay for all this stuff ourselves, so thanks for nothing" as an example of how morally bankrupt the series was. The context was that the family was hosting Mr. Burns (who was running for governor) with a gaggle of TV reporters in tow, and Bart, being Bart, embarrassed the family. The episode was decidedly not praising Bart's mock prayer, and in fact has frequently shown belief in God to be a good thing.
  • Advertisement:
  • Moral Guardians have frequently suggested that the series glorifies oafish, drunken fathers and bratty children, describing both Homer and Bart as the "heroes" of the show, when in fact both are Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonists whose behavior usually gets them in trouble or causes them embarrassment. In no way is it meant to be glorified.
  • The official Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano once declared that Homer and Bart were Catholic, citing the episode "The Father, the Son, and the Holy Guest Star" as evidence. However, the plot revolves around them merely considering a conversion to Catholicism. By the end of the episode, Bart is swayed out of converting, and a response from Al Jean (who has been the executive producer of the show since the thirteenth season) says that Homer's not Catholic either.
  • Practically every content aggregation website would inevitably have a "Perfectly Timed Freeze Frames From The Simpsons" article, and among the images, more than likely, you'd find the following two images: Homer weirdly smiling with crazy eyes, and Lisa with Mr. Burns's face. These are not real Simpsons screenshots, obviously. The former is edited from this screenshot of Homer's forced smile from "Treehouse of Horror V", with the hooks removed and Homer's pupils moved around in an attempt to make the image look more ridiculous than it already was. The latter is a composite of this screenshot of Lisa commenting on Nelson's version of "Joy to the World" from "Lisa's Date with Density" and this screenshot of Mr. Burns in his flashback to how he met his son's mother from "Burns, Baby, Burns".
  • IndieWire, in an article on solar eclipse storylines on TV shows, primarily described the events of the episode "Gone Maggie Gone", adding, "This wasn't the first eclipse on The Simpsons. In the landmark 1993 episode 'Marge vs. the Monorail', it takes a solar eclipse to finally stop the runaway train." And it did indeed stop it... for about ten seconds, after which the monorail takes off again, with nobody able to get off in time.
  • The fifth issue of Australian magazine Krash featured an article about the criminal activities of Homer, Bart, and Sideshow Bob, though it got two of Homer's cases wrong. First, it claimed that the inflammatory song Homer wrote about Ned Flanders was called "Flanders is a Jerk", when it's actually called "Everybody Hates Ned Flanders". Also, the article noted that Homer claimed he was handicapped in order to get a helper monkey, but he never actually did (he even said he's not handicapped when asked). The truth is that he got his father a helper monkey, then promptly stole it from him.
  • The Den of Geek article about the show's various alternate future time periods wrote that in Don Hertzfeldt's Couch Gag, "'The Sampsans' is a surreal and seemingly mindless screensaver that still boils down to Marge loving Homer, while dishing out subliminal messages like 'All Hail The Dark Lord Of The Twin Moons' or 'Beam Epasode Now Into Exo-Skulls And Vigorously Touch Flippers.'" The point of "The Sampsans" is that Marge is no longer capable of expressing love for Homer, being a shell of her former self who does nothing but spout things like "All the animals can scream!"
  • Here's the common description of "22 Short Films About Springfield" in TV listings: "Homer mistakenly locks Maggie in a newspaper box; Apu shuts down the Kwik-E-Mart to romp at a wild party." It made it seem like the episode revolves entirely around those two events. Nothing about the Bumblebee Man's home life, Lisa getting gum stuck in her hair, Milhouse's eagerness to use the bathroom, Dr. Nick trying to redeem himself in the eyes of the malpractice committee, Principal Skinner serving "steamed hams" to Superintendent Chalmers, etc.
  • Listverse's "10 Predictions From The Simpsons That Weren't Predictions At All" claimed that in one episode, "the Simpsons visit Fox Studios so that Homer can make a movie". Actually, in the episode in question, it was Ron Howard who came to Fox, and he was trying to sell a half-baked movie pitch based on Homer's idea. The article also claimed that Al Jean "was a former showrunner on The Simpsons", except he's still running the show to this day, having done so since the thirteenth season.
  • TV Listings commonly give "Treehouse of Horror VI" the following description: "Advertising statues attack Springfield; the school janitor terrorizes children in their sleep; Homer creates a black hole." While the first two are accurate descriptions, the third description failed to note that the episode is actually about Homer getting lost in the third dimension.
  • The NRA condemned the Simpsons episode "The Cartridge Family" as anti-gun even though it depicts the NRA members in the show as such strong advocates of responsible gun usage that they kick Homer out when he shoots the cap off his beer bottle at a meeting. The staff wondered if they had even watched the show.
    • That being said, most of "The Cartridge Family" was entirely anti-gun - it depicted the NRA as a bunch of bloodthirsty maniacs and delivered an aesop via Lisa about the second amendment having no relevance in modern times. The pro-gun parts were all in the final minutes. The writers of The Simpsons were themselves divided on the issue of gun rights, which is why the show's message is so confused.
  • The description of "Treehouse of Horror XXVI" on Sling TV claims that Lisa, Bart and Milhouse got superpowers. Note that while the former and latter did get superpowers, Bart did not.
  • One popular image depicts Skinner with a serious expression, captioned "Pathetic." This is a screenshot from "Bart the Genius," and in the context of the episode, he's looking down at a can of spray paint Bart hastily threw in the trash can. He doesn't speak during the scene, either.
  • Another Simpsons meme is Lisa looking down at an empty plate, from "Bart Gets an F". It's often used as a reaction of shock/surprise, or just "oh okay", while in the episode it's right before Lisa says that she got a good grade on a history test.
  • Our friends at Cracked once again end up here with Dan Duddy's article drawing parallels between modern policing and Chief Wiggum's antics. In general, it isn't too bad, but at one point Duddy says, "In this video, a police officer tasers someone who is inside of their own car. There is no chance of escape, and if you watch the video, you'll see there is no reason to think they are dangerous. They are completely at the mercy of the police officer, but they are tased anyway because today's police are hardwired to respond to confusion with cruelty. It'd be like if you tasered someone who was stuck on their roof. Wait, where have we seen that before?" The video that follows is... a Dark Simpsons minisode where Wiggum torments Homer. Note that Dark Simpsons itself is a fan-produced series of videos editing and recontexualizing Simpsons clips to tell original stories. In the paragraph that follows the video, Duddy says, "Our officers know that Chief Wiggum isn't supposed to be a role model, right? Our reality is a cartoon, except when we wake up from getting tasered by the police, we don't have scorch marks on our clothes, but instead years of psychological trauma to deal with." Duddy is referring to the sequeince in the Dark Simpsons video where Wiggum pulls over Homer's car and breaks one of his tail lights ("Lisa's Date With Density"), then orders his men to get their taser ("'Round Springfield", during an Imagine Spot where Bart thinks about what he'd do if he reincarnates as a butterfly), then Snake appears dressed as a policeman ("Bart Gets an Elephant"), and Homer gets zapped and later found by the other Simpsons smoldering in the bushes ("Blame It on Lisa", with the original context being that Homer was trying to restore the house's phone service after the company shut it off when the Simpsons refused to pay $400 for a call to Brazil). Given that the point of the article is to show what Wiggum actually did in the show, the use of a fan edit to show something he never truly did is glaring. Even more bafflingly, Duddy later cites the exact same Dark Simpsons video for a scene where Wiggum demands Homer's license and registration in response to his gloating over nuclear plant's softball victory over the police. This in itself is a genuine Simpsons moment, and would be simple to find a video of the moment on its own rather than a fan-produced remix episode. Finally, Duddy ends the article with the tail light scene again, this time completely unaltered ("They are? Oh, no. Have they set a date?") instead of the Dark Simpsons edit ("He's crazy, boys. Get the taser."). All in all, a mess of half an article attempting to cite an incident on the show that never exactly happened with an edited clip.
  • In 2004, thesimpsons.com published some character bios (made in Adobe Flash). One bio reworded Ralph's quote "It's recess everywhere but in his heart" to first person and attributed it to Milhouse. Others featured quotes that weren't even from the show, such as "If aquarium gravel is so bad for you, how come it tastes so good?" for Ralph.
  • A radio spot for "Bart's Inner Child" made it sound as though the entire episode was about Homer looking through classified ads, even though it's only a small part of the first act. While it does mention that Homer finds "a bargain that makes him the most popular dad in Springfield", it neglects the entire main plot of a motivational speaker named Brad Goodman convincing Springfield to act as impulsive as Bart.
  • A radio spot for the first Treehouse of Horror episode only describes "Bad Dream House" and doesn't mention it as either just a story, a Halloween episode, or an anthology.
  • Similarly, the radio spot for the second Treehouse of Horror primarily describes Homer's dream, questioning if Homer will ever recover his brain from Mr. Burns. Thankfully, by the third episode, they'd start describing all three plots.
  • The official website once got the ending of an episode completely wrong. It says that "Little Orphan Millie" ends with Milhouse's parents being forced into slave labor and building a Chinese stadium. The real ending is that Milhouse's parents are living on an island and about to escape with a hang glider.
  • Another radio spot for "Rosebud" describes the episode's plot as Homer getting a job as a comedian for Mr. Burns. While he does perform comedy for Mr. Burns as a joke in the first act, the majority of the episode is focused on Mr. Burns searching for his long-lost teddy bear.
  • On Amazon, the episode "Black-Eyed, Please" is called "Blake Eyed Please".
  • A TV promo for "Two Bad Neighbors" promoted Ford as the ex-president who moves in next to Homer, instead of Bush.
  • The Disney+ description for "Homer and Ned's Hail Mary Pass" is "Homer encourages athletes to develop taunts and Ned Flanders is so outraged, he makes his own movie." Flanders' decision to make movies has nothing to do with Homer's activities, and Marge is the only person mad about it.
  • Official summaries for "Dangerous Curves" include the sentence "Bart and Lisa also reflect on happier times from their early childhood." Bart and Lisa don't have a major role in the episode (only featured as little kids twice in Homer and Marge's flashbacks), and while they get a minor subplot, it never gets its own reflection like other parts of the episode.
Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report