With the much-hyped Mayweather-Pacquiao fight on our minds, this seems like a good time to look at some of the best sitcom episodes that have added a bit of the sweet science to their comedy stylings. From the nearly “un-knockoutable” Homer Simpson to Lois Griffin’s rage-based pugilism on Family Guy, the top contenders for the title of best boxing episode are all assembled.
The Simpsons – “The Homer They Fall” – Original Airdate: November 10, 1996
In this episode, Homer becomes a professional boxer after he learns that he cannot be knocked down. He then beats a seemingly infinite number of anonymous hobos before his overnight success convinces Moe, his manager, to believe he might stand a chance against Drederick Tatum, the show’s Mike Tyson facsimile (“I think Homer’s a good man, but I will make orphans out of his children”). Naturally, Homer’s ability to not get knocked down doesn’t work as well against a world champion fighter who can punch relentlessly without getting tired, so Moe rescues Homer by stealing The Fan Man’s fan just as he’s about to get knocked out. Considering that Homer’s career ended with just one defeat at the hands of a world class fighter, though, you’d have to say that his boxing career was a huge success.
Martin – “Guard Your Grill” – Original Air Date: February 27, 1994
In this classic Martin episode, Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns hits on Gina a little too aggressively, causing Martin to take offense. Naturally, he then challenges the unwanted gentleman caller to a boxing match. As we can see in the above clip, things do not go particularly well for him. In the end, though, it doesn’t matter; Gina still loves him, and is grateful that he went out of his way to defend her honor. Still, Martin’s boxing career proves to be thankfully short-lived. Which is fine, since he’s taken so well to a less traditional fighting style.