The Simpsons will air its annual “Treehouse of Horror” special on Sunday, one of two Halloween-themed episodes this year. “Treehouse of Horror XXVI” will have Sideshow Bob finally killing Bart and Frank Grimes returning as a zombie, as well as segments about Lisa, Bart, and Milhouse gaining the power of telepathy and “Homerzilla.” It’s a sort-of sequel “King Homer” from “Treehouse of Horror III,” and the episode’s most obvious pop-culture parody.
The pop-culture spoof is a time-honored “Treehouse” tradition, dating all the way back to season two’s “Bad Dream House.” Below, you’ll find the complete collection of every TV show, movie, and book that The Simpsons has paid direct late-October homage to (I say direct, because, for instance, “The Fright to Creep and Scare Harms” claims to parody The Terminator, but the only real connection is time travel; that doesn’t count). I only included the segments themselves, not individual jokes in them, otherwise this post would reference The Twilight Zone 4,248 times. You’ll have to settle for 1,824 times.
Treehouse of Horror
–The Amityville Horror
-“To Serve Man” from The Twilight Zone