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: “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”
Episode: “A Star Is Burns”