Old Simpsons References Explained in New Ways


“Who are you?” – Homer Simpson
“Homer, I’m your guardian angel.  I’ve assumed the form of someone you would recognize and revere, Sir Isaac Newton.” – Guardian Angel
“Sir Isa Who-ton?” – Homer Simpson
“Oh, very well.” – Guardian Angel
“Colonel Klink!  Did you ever get my letters?” – Homer Simpson

Anyone reading this site has probably had the experience of watching The Simpsons and realizing that something (a scene, a joke, or just a quick image) is a parody while not quite knowing what’s being referenced.  Sometimes, even if you do know the source, you don’t know it well enough to understand it completely.  There are a lot of ways to look these sorts of things up nowadays, and the episode capsules on SNPP and elsewhere are often informative.  But can’t someone else do it?  Yes, someone else can.

The Springfield Historical Society is a new Simpsons blog that takes old references from the show and explains them using all the video and image tools that weren’t available back when people were swapping text over 1200 baud modems on Usenet.  For example, take The Love-Matic Grampa segment from “The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase”, sure you know it’s based on bad television concepts of yore, but here you can watch YouTube of My Mother the Car, a mid-60s sitcom starring one of the lesser Van Dykes.  His wife sends him out to buy a station wagon and he comes back with an old jalopy inhabited by the spirit of his dead mother.  Hilarity ensues (they made thirty episodes of this).

Here’s one I’d never noticed before, in “The Way We Was”, teenage Marge stares plaintively into a mirror.  Despite the fact that I’ve seen the Norman Rockwell painting on which it’s based, I never put two and two together.  Here they’re right next to each other.  New posts go up Monday-Wednesday-Friday, and there are already articles on topics ranging from Morganna the Kissing Bandit and Sheriff Lobo to Billy Beer and the execrable Studs.  The whole thing is highly recommended.

9 Responses to “Old Simpsons References Explained in New Ways”

  1. 1 fudge
    23 July 2011 at 11:12 am

    god I lvoe this site. despite the well written/informative articles (though I’m still holding out for an article about your “favorite” zombie episodes — rather, episodes you don’t hate as much — I think that would make for a great read; even if the show was no longer perfect, it did as you acknowledged have some humor still. I LOVE Burnsie’s and HOMR, at the very least. Anyway, love all your reoccuring articles, especially CRAZY NOISES.

    I bookmarked the HISTORICAL SOCIETY page, I love stuff like this. I’m sure you already know about the Simspons Gallery with its long list of references (though incomplete, of course; there’s just too much stuff to wade through!). Every time they referenced Twin Peaks — my favorite show ever next to Simpsons season 1-9 — I got a big smile on my face:


  2. 2 Thrillho
    23 July 2011 at 11:37 am

    This site is wonderful, and a complete lack of Zombie Simpsons makes it even better.

  3. 23 July 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Thanks for the hat tip, Charlie!

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