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

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.


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”


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”

The Flintstones

Episode: “Marge vs. the Monorail”

Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.

Episode: “Bart Gets an Elephant”

The Gong Show

Episode: “$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)” (Homer and Barney got “more gongs than the break-dancing robot that caught on fire”)

Hard Copy

Episode: “Homer Badman”

Hee Haw

Episode: “Colonel Homer” (featuring Yodelin’ Zeke, Butterball Jackson, Freddy-Boy and Yuma, Cloris Mozelle, Big Shirtless Rod, Orville and Hurley, Kathy Mae, Pip Diddler, Rudy, and the Ya Hoo! Recovering Alcoholic Jug Band)

Home Improvement

Episode: “Deep Space Homer” (“I’ve killed Wilson. Looks like it’s back to jail for me.”)

I Dream of Jeannie

Episode: “The Last Temptation of Homer”

King of the Hill

Episode: “Bart Star”

Knight Rider

Episode: “And Maggie Makes Three” (“Go, Knightboat, go!”)

Lost in Space

Episode: “Fear of Flying”

Married… with Children

Episode: “Deep Space Homer”

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Episode: “And Maggie Makes Three”


Episode: “Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy” (“Get to Matlock! Maaatlooock!”)


Episode: “Scenes from the Class Struggle in Springfield” (“But Sipowicz does it!”)

The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show

Episode: “Treehouse of Horror V”

Schoolhouse Rock

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Episode: “The Day the Violence Died”

Soul Train

Episode: “Radio Bart”

Twin Peaks

Episode: “Who Shot Mr. Burns?” (“Did you have that same backwards-talking dream with flaming cards?”)

The X-Files

Episode: “The Springfield Files”

The Wonder Years

Episode: “Three Men and a Comic Book”