I still watch The Simpsons
mainly due to muscle memory that forces me to
change the channel to Fox every Sunday night at 8. It's arguably the most influential
television show of all time and is still going (not so) strong. It's easy to
see its influence on today's cartoons like South Park and Family Guy that have
all had their "SIMPSONS DID IT!" moments. But even a show that's been on TV
for 21 years can't be fresh all the time, can it? Of course not. Here's a list
of 6 times The Simpsons has ripped itself off.
Note: I left out the episodes where the family gets a horse as it's referenced
in the episodes themselves.
1.Homer Gets Fit
King of the Hill (Season 9) vs. Homer
the Whopper (Season 21)
King of the Hill- After embarrassing Bart during a game of
capture the flag, Homer decides to get in shape to regain his son's respect.
After late night training sessions with movie star Rainier Wolfcastle and "Powersauce" energy
bars, Homer attempts to climb the "Murderhorn" Springfield's tallest mountain.
Homer the Whopper- Homer is asked to star as "Everyman," a
superhero in an upcoming movie. The studio hires a personal trainer, and Homer
is sculpted into appropriate superhero physique. The transition doesn't last
long, though, and Homer immediately regains all of the weight after being left
alone at the craft food table for a few moments. The movie is shut down shortly
2. Lisa Becomes a Dancer
Last Tap Dance in Springfield(Season 11)
vs. Smoke on the Daughter (Season 19)
Last Tap Dance in Springfield- After watching a dance movie,
Lisa is inspired to take up the hobby. The "Simpson Gene" rears its ugly head,
causing Lisa to discover she's terrible at dancing. Luckily, Professor Frink
is available to make her a pair of automatic tap-dancing shoes.
Smoke on the Daughter: Lisa's perfect posture causes a ballet
instructor to snub Marge in favor of her. Again, she finds herself less than
adept and looks for a way to get ahead. Rather than some special shoes, it's
plain ol' cigarette smoke that helps her this time.
3. Marge Befriends a Criminal
Pokey Mom (Season 12) vs. I Don't Know
Why the Caged Bird Sings (Season 19)
Pokey Mom- The family takes a trip to Aprison Rodeo,where
Marge meets inmate Jack (Michael Keaton). She discovers his talents as an artist
and after he's released, gets him a job at Springfield elementary. However,
once Skinner insults his new mural, Jack gets revenge by burning Skinner's
I Don't Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings- Marge meets
a gentleman in a line at the bank, who is soon revealed to be a thief preparing
for a stick-up. Marge promises to visit him in prison if he gives himself in,
which he does. When Marge doesn't show, he takes her hostage, causing him to
be captured again.
4. Bart Almost Gets Married
Little Big Girl (Season 18) vs.Apocalypse
Cow (Season 19)
Little Big Girl- Bart steals the family car and meets Darcy.
After they begin a relationship, Darcy tells Bart that she is pregnant and
they drive to Utah to get married. After being pursued and found by their parents,
the families agree for Bart and Darcy to separate, and Darcy's baby to be passed
off as a twin with her mother's new baby.
Apocalypse Cow- Bart enlists the help of one of Cletus' daughters,
Mary, to help him raise a cow. To save it from slaughter, he presents it to
Mary as a gift, which Cletus mistakes for a proposal. Homer and Marge save
the day, and the cow is shipped to India.
5. People Think the World is About to
Lisa the Skeptic (Season 9) vs.Thank God
It's Doomsday (Season 16)
Lisa the Skeptic- After Lisa finds the supposed skeleton
of an angel on an archaeological dig, it becomes a town-wide sensation. It
goes missing, and is found on the top of a hill bearing the message "The End
Will Come At Sundown." Springfield prepares for the worst, and when the moment
of truth arrives, it's revealed the whole thing was a twisted marketing ploy
by a newly-opened mall.
Thank God it's Doomsday- Homer becomes obsessed with Armageddon
after seeing a film based on it. He manages to predict the end of the world
and when the day comes
nothing happens. When he realizes he miscalculated
and the rapture is instead coming the next day, he attempts to warn everyone
again, who are tired of his claims. The world does end, and when Homer realizes
he's the only one in Heaven because he's the only one who believed, he begins
to trash Heaven. God then subdues him by reversing the rapture.
6. Homer Smuggles Illegal Goods
Homer vs. the 18Amendment
(Season 8) vs. Sweets and Sour Marge (Season 13)
Homer vs. The 18th Amendment- After a St.
Patrick's Day debacle leaves Bart wasted, the town realizes that alcohol has
been banned in Springfield for over 200 years. Homer goes against prohibition
and begins to smuggle alcohol to keep his beloved Moe's afloat, adopting the
guise of the "Beer Baron." He lets himself be caught, however, to help Chief
Wiggum get his old job back.
Sweets and Sour Marge- Marge gets sugar banned in Springfield
after it is named America's fattest town. An upset Homer gets involved in sugar
smuggling, leading to a disastrous boat chase. The ban is soon after repealed.