Saturday, May 26, 2012

Goodbye to Springfield's finest

The Simpsons is well and truly ended, sadly, but its legacy lives on in reruns and in the hands of webmeisters whose obsessions rival those of Comic Book Guy. This Tumbler person has begun to construct a repository of various homages to film scenes, to which we hoi polloi were probably mostly oblivious as they flashed by. I did get this one from Citizen Kane though:
The show's writers cheekily embedded many clever parodies of famous artworks into episodes, both subtly and blatantly:
 "American Gothic" revisited with Apu and Manjula
 "La Gioconda" showed up frequently; here in "Sprawl Mart" and behind the couch.
Homer, Marge, and Bart get a load of Picasso
Eduard Munch's "The Scream" appeared three times.
A dream of Homer engendered these iconic images
Both Krusty and Ned Flanders were Warholed
 Lisa contemplates a work by Joan Miro
Edward Hopper's "Nighthawks" gets the Simpsons treatment
Of course, there are the 300-plus "couch gags" that opened the show. Here is a collection of one German fan's favorites:

This site shows 10 of the greatest gags, including an appearance by The Flintstones. Will you miss the little yellow family and all of their friends/enemies? What did you think of the last episode with Lady Gaga?


  1. Nice collection, but where did you get the idea that the show was finished?

    1. Oops ... unreliable data source re actors negotiations with Fox. I see they got a reprieve. Thanks for the correction & the good news!

  2. Actually, I think Bart has it in his contract that he replaces Larry King if the latter ever has another heart attack.

  3. I'm the one who almost had a heart attack when I read this recent blog posting, until I did some research of my own!!! X-P

    Came in to comment and found that the updated news had already been reported..