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  • An advert for Beechams Powders Capsules from 1990 features a parody of The Simpsons called "The Symptoms".

Comic Books

  • Urbanus:
    • In "De Geforceerde Urbanus" mother Eufrazie has a dream where her son has different kind of heads. The first head is that of Bart Simpson.
    • In "De Zabberlipgekte" the story is told from different points of view, clearly inspired by the Simpsons episode "Worst Episode Forever" in the way it is set up. This is lampshaded by the characters to, who watch "The Simpsons" on TV at one point and say that the Halloween episodes are the very best.
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  • When Ms Marvel first got her Sizeshifter powers, she developed a habit of vocalizing what she wanted her powers to do. Since that point, "EMBIGGEN!" has become her semi-official Catchphrase.
    Ms. Marvel: "Embiggen" is not a magic word. It's just a thing I say.
    Spider-Man: No, I get it. It's a perfectly cromulent word.

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Film - Animation

  • The LEGO Movie: Milhouse makes a cameo appearance as a Master Builder.

Film - Live Action

  • My Own Private Idaho: The characters watch a scene from the first "Treehouse Of Horror" episode on TV, more specifically the moment where the family is being beamed up by Kang and Kodos.
  • Three Kings: In one scene a Bart Simpson doll is seen attached to their jeep. Special attention is brought towards it when the car drives up close to the camera.
  • Basic Instinct: A secondary character owns a keyring with a Bart Simpson figurine attached to it. It is shown several times throughout the movie and becomes a key element to explain a murder.
  • We're the Millers: While David is sitting outside his apartment trying to devise a plan to smuggle marijuana out of Mexico, a man and his family drive up in an RV. The moustached driver explains that he's lost and cheerfully asks David for directions, to which David responds with "Fuck off, real-life Flanders."
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze: The glass the Professor uses to mix the mutagen antidote has a picture of Bart Simpson on it.


  • In A Boy Made of Blocks, Alex watches fifteen episodes of The Simpsons in one sitting to kill time after he's laid off. Later, he thinks of his friend Matt as "like a sort of intelligent Homer Simpson."
  • Ryan from Harmony (2016) is an eleven-year-old autistic boy obsessed with The Simpsons who has a quote for every conceivable situation.
  • In the Doctor Who New Adventures novel Godengine, two settlements on Mars in Roz and Chris's time are Springfield and Shelbyville.
  • There's More Than One Way Home has Science Matt, a children's party entertainer who dresses like Professor Frink.
  • In I Think I Love You, Carrie tells Petra that Marge had a crush on Bobby Sherman, to Petra's disbelief.

Live-Action TV

  • 1000 Ways to Die: Two deaths are titled "Dill D'oh!" and "Dough!!!", referencing Homer's catchphrase, and the victims in the death "Choke-A-Lot" are named Carl and Lenny.
  • The Cosby Show
    • The episode "Same Time, Next Year" opens with Olivia greeting Cliff while wearing a Bart Simpson mask, to which Cliff responds "Now cut that out." This was a jab at FOX scheduling The Simpsons opposite The Cosby Show on Thursday nights, and was a way of Cosby accepting the ratings challenge.
  • Full House:
    • In "Silence is Not Golden", Jessie breaks up a fight between DJ and Stephanie, calling them Itchy and Scratchy.
    • Jesse tells his girlfriend he wants to marry her in an Elvis-themed wedding. Cue to a dream sequence where they both look like Elvis and Priscilla Beaulieu on the day of their wedding. Back to reality Jesse's girlfriend protests: "I don't want to marry with hair like Marge Simpson!"
  • Married... with Children:
    • In the "Mr. Empty Pants" episode, Al is annoyed that Peg has made a pathetic cartoon character about him that has led to international fame and wants her to discontinue it. She doesn't agree.
      Peg: So come on, Al. Be like Homer Simpson and say "D'Oh".
      Al: Hey, I am not a cartoon character! I am almost a human being, dammit!
  • Mythbusters did an entire episode dedicated to The Simpsons, specifically testing Bart's cherry bomb toilet prank from "The Crepes of Wrath" and Homer clinging to a wrecking ball to save the home from being demolished in "Sideshow Bob Roberts".
  • Portlandia: Matt Groening sues Spike for making an unlicensed Bart Simpson, called Bart Ska-mpson, T-Shirt.
  • Saved by the Bell:
    • In "The Break Up", Screech is undecided on who to go as at a school costume party:
      Screech: Now should I go as Bart Simpson and shave my head, or as Al Bundy and shave my back?
      Lisa: Why don't you go as Barf Bundy and put your head in a paper bag?
    • In "No Hope With Dope", when famous movie star Johnny Dakota invites the gang to a Hollywood party, Screech questions if the Simpsons will be there.
    • In "Rockumentary" after a music producer, Brian Fate, discovers the Zack Attack playing a song in their garage and wants to sign them to his label, Zack is skeptical:
      Zack: Can you really make us famous?
      Brian Fate: Does Bart Simpson have animated zits?
    • In "The Fight" when Zack and Slater are comparing the same girl they both unwittingly like to her hotness, the former says that "she makes Madonna look like Bart Simpson".
  • Saved By The Bell: The College Years: in an episode where Leslie has Screech pretend to be her annoying boyfriend to aggravate her parents, he suggests that they should name their children Itchy and Scratchy.
  • Spitting Image: One sketch of the early 1990s had a cartoon segment where Prince Philip was portrayed as Homer and Prince Charles as Bart.


  • MAD Magazine: Naturally the magazine has taken potshots at the series many times.
    • A 1990 cover features Alfred E. Neuman mowing down Bart's spiky hair with a lawnmower. In the same issue a "behind the scenes" peek is taken in the Simpsons studios. One of the better jokes is the crew receiving a plaque from the Hanna-Barbera studios. When Matt Groening asks whether it is to honor them for being the first succesful sitcom since "The Flintstones?" the man answers: "No, because ever since we came along "Hanna Barbera" no longer has the worst animation on television." note 


  • George Michael: In the music video of "Shoot the Dog", clones of George Michael appear at one point dressed up like the Simpsons family.
  • Bloodhound Gang: Their song "Ralph Wiggum" from "Hefty Fine" is comprised entirely of quotes from the show, mostly from Ralph.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic: The song "Phony Calls" has a sample from Bart making a prank call to Moe in the episode "Blood Feud".
  • Fall Out Boy: Their band name is a reference to the character Fallout Boy, the sidekick of Radioactive Man.
  • There's actually a heavy metal band called "Okilly Dokilly" where all the members are dressed like Ned Flanders.

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  • In Arthur, King of Time and Space, one of Space!Merlin's time travel friends is Homer, who resembles that other Homer apart from having a beard and being blind. He even has noticeably sallow skin.
  • Sabrina Online: In a November 1999 strip, as Amy goes into labor, she and Thomas realize the baby's going to be born out of wedlock since they're not married. The scene then cuts to a dog resembling Flanders reacting to their loud profanity from afar, referencing a gag from "Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part One)".
  • Many in El Goonish Shive:
    • The title to the strip was apparently loosely inspired by a line in The Simpsons about "hired goons".
    • When George is complaining about midichlorians, he says they are "to quote Flanders, an 'answer to a question no-one asked.'"
    • Noah's social isolation is illustrated when Elliot suggests they talk about TV shows, and he's not sure if The Simpsons is something other people have heard of or not.
    • In The Rant to this strip, Dan says he put too much thought into designing one-shot characters who have to go now because their planet needs them.

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Western Animation

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987): In one episode the Turtles have to fight a gigantic bull. One of them jokes: "Don't have a cow, man", whereupon another one corrects him: "Eh... wrong show.".
  • The Fairly Oddparents: The movie Channel Chasers has Timmy entering a Simpsons parody. He writes on the chalkboard "This is the sincerest form of flattery."
  • Family Guy has made many, many jabs at the show, given that they share a night and networknote .
    • Stewie's Villain Song in "Lois Kills Stewie" has him naming the kinds of people he hates; one of them is "That guy who watched The Simpsons back in 1994, and won't admit the damn thing isn't funny anymore."
    • "Movin Out (Brian's Song)" features a scene where Marge appears in a miniature promo for the show at the bottom of the screen, where she gets raped by Quagmire. They are then shown (offscreen) having sex in the Simpson house, where the family walks in on them and Quagmire kills them all.
    • In "The Juice is Loose", an angry mob is confronting O.J. Simpson, and Mayor West says "Get out of town, Simpson! We don't love you like we did back in 1993!" As a Bait-and-Switch, the scene them cuts to Homer Simpson, who says "D'oh!"
    • In "New Kidney in Town", Peter skips out on dialysis treatment, resulting in his skin turning yellow. He remarks that he could "go on for another 20 years".
    • In "Ratings Guy", when Peter goes to the TV network to help him fix television, Homer comes in asking them to help him with the same problem. Peter then taunt that his show finally did a plot The Simpsons hasn't done.
    • When Peter loses his memory in "Big Man on Hippocampus", he tries to remember what his catchphrase is. He then exclaims "D'oh!" before deciding that it doesn't seem right.
    • "Cool Hand Peter" has Peter and his friends jailed on phony charges, and Peter notes that he should have known this would happen when he saw their jury. The resulting Cutaway Gag shows several Simpsons characters making up the jury.
    Peter: At least it's a jury of our peers.
    Joe: I don't think they see it that way.
    • This all cultivated in the crossover special "The Simpson Guy".
  • Comic Book Guy cameos in The Cleveland Show, in which he tears apart Cleveland's superhero comic at a convention before leaving and remarking "Worst! Cameo! Ever!".
  • Mona the Vampire: When her teacher asks her who Homer was, Mona replies "Isn't he that funny cartoon dad?"
  • Futurama
    • In "A Big Piece of Garbage", Fry finds a bunch of Bart Simpson dolls in the garbage ball. Bender complies with the doll's order to eat its shorts and mutters "Mmm...shorts."
    • "The Tip of the Zoidberg" has Fry afflicted with Simpson's Jaundice, which turns his skin yellow.
    • And eventually, there was the crossover episode "Simpsorama".
  • Garfield and Friends: The episode "The Automated, Animated Adventure" has Garfield's design being altered Duck Amuck-style when he's scanned into a cartoon computer.
    Garfield: This is about as as bad as I could possible look. (his design becomes that of Bart Simpson) I was wrong. This is worse.
  • Goof Troop: In the Christmas Special, Pistol says "Don't have a cowbell, man." This doubles as an Actor Allusion, as she's voiced by Nancy Cartwright, who also voices Bart.
  • South Park
    • In "Ike's Wee Wee", Mr. Mackey is fired for allegedly possessing marijuana, and is taunted by a man who says "Hey, what does Homer Simpson say? Dope!"
    • The episode, "The Simpsons Already Did It" is a satirization of The Simpsons using so many plots in its long run, that's become difficult to come up with original ideas. This culminates in Butters having a mental breakdown causing him to see everyone as Simpsons characters.
    • The "Cartoon Wars" two-parter has Cartman teaming with a Bart Simpson expy in helping him get Family Guy off the air.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures:
    • In the short, "It's All Relatives" (from the episode, "Pledge Week"), Babs does a rapid-fire series of imitations for her grandmother, among them Marge, Bart and Maggie.
    • The episode, "Weekday Afternoon Live" features a purple-skinned guest host called "Blard Simpleton". He would later cameo in the Spring Break special as one of Elmyra's pets.
    • In the Direct-to-Video movie, "How I Spent My Vacation", Elmyra gives a lion a haircut resembling Bart Simpson's.
  • Spongebob Squarepants:
    • The title card for "The Sponge Who Could Fly" is a parody to the title screen of the The Simpsons opening sequence.
    • Possibly coincidental. In "Spongebob's Last Stand", Patrick says that his great-uncle is Cletus Spuckler, the Slack-Jawed Yokel.
  • Duckman:
    • In the pilot episode, "I Duckman" Duckman watches old movies of his past life, where all the scenes are done in an old cartoon style. The first being Mickey Mouse, the second Popeye, the third Yogi Bear and the fourth The Simpsons. Duckman watches a number of old home movies, one of them depicting the Simpsons living room. His eldest son, Ajax, is also seen, dressed like Bart Simpson. Duckman is listening to the TV, on which the announcer lists the winning lottery numbers. When he realizes he won the lottery, Duckman shouts "Woo-hoo!" His younger sons, being only babies, then crawl over and eat the lottery ticket, to which Duckman cries "D'oh!" His wife is also seen, dressed like Marge Simpson.
    • In another episode, "Duckman and Cornfed in Haunted Society Plumbers" Homer Simpson has a special cameo near the end, done with permission of the Simpsons studios and Dan Castellaneta actually performing the role.
  • Space Ghost Coast to Coast:
    • In the pilot episode, "Spanish Translation", Space Ghost at one point yells "D'oh!", after Zorak yells at him "YOU EEDIOT!".
    • In another episode, "Glen Campbell", Space Ghost and Zorak watch the show. Said episode also features Matt Groening as special guest.
  • The Real Ghostbusters:
    • In "Guess What's Coming to Dinner", the Grungy family resembles Homer, Marge, Bart, and Lisa.
    • In "Stay Tooned", the front cover of the TV Guide that Winston looks through says, Slimsons.
  • The Critic
    • During an interview with Geraldo Rivera, Jay Sherman is asked about talking over the heads of his audience and does just that in his answer. An annoyed family watching changes the channel to The Simpsons, where Homer — after stepping on a rake — exclaims, "D'oh!" and Bart replies, "Ay caramba!" The family's father comments, "Now, this I understand."
    • In "Dukerella", Jay and Alice go to a costume ball dresses up as Homer and Marge
    • A Fox network executive calls Jay and asks him to emulate Bart, Homer, Marge, and Maggie in "From Chunk to Hunk".
    • In "A Song for Margo", the children at the Oliver Twist preschool are making Simpsons merchandise.
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show episode "My Shiny Friend" has Stimpy flipping through TV channels, and one of which is of a snippet of Homer from the end of "Treehouse of Horror II" whining, "Ohhh, I hate having two heads!"

Real Life

  • The most famous instance was President George H. W. Bush's speech at the 1992 Republican Party Convention where he claimed American families should be "a lot more like The Waltons and a lot less like the Simpsons." The same week the show replied by having the Simpsons watch this clip on their TV and Bart saying: "Hey, we're just like the Waltons. We're praying for an end to the depression too."

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