Bask In The Warming Glow Of The 30 Best Golden-Era ‘Simpsons’ TV References

By: 07.30.14  •  24 Comments
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Despite all evidence to the contrary, maybe the Family Guy/Simpsons crossover episode will turn out not-embarrassing…possibly? As hard as I try, though, I can’t help but assume the worst about the “stupid tie-in cartoon,” which is why I’m glad it’s TECHNICALLY a Family Guy episode. Even during the lean seasons, The Simpsons has always been very good at referencing other TV shows, whether it’s episode-length homages (24) or cold open tributes (Breaking Bad) or even just brief mentions. There’s a real appreciation to what’s being spoofed, especially during the so-called Golden Era, which for the purposes of this article, I’m saying lasted from seasons 1-10 (DEBATE). Let’s have a look at some of The Simpsons‘ greatest references to other TV shows, not including MacGyver and The Twilight Zone.

There are too many references to both to keep track of.


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Episode: “Bart Sells His Soul”

Alfred Hitchcock Presents



Episode: “Treehouse of Horror III”

All In the Family

Episode: “Lisa’s Sax”


Episode: “Rosebud”


Episode: “Mr. Plow”

Beavis and Butt-head

Episode: “D’oh-in’ in the Wind”


simpsons blossom


Episode: “Summer of 4 Ft. 2” (“AND SHE LOOKS LIKE BLOSSOM!”)


Episode: “Flaming Moe’s”

The Cosby Show

Episode: “Round Springfield”

The Critic

Episode: “A Star Is Burns”

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