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The Simpsons

Premiered on FOX - December 1989

Created by: Matt Groening

Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson/...
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson/...

Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson/...
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson/...
Hank Azaria ... Chief Wiggum/...
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten/...
Kelsey Grammer ... Sideshow Bob

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Debuting on the FOX Network in 1989, this critically acclaimed animated series created by Matt Groening became economically very successful, The Simpsons helped to define the satirical edge of prime-time television in the early 1990s and was the single most influential program in establishing FOX as a legitimate broadcast television network.

Raiders of the Lost FridgeVideo box cover.

The Simpsons' household consists of five family members. The father, Homer, is a none-too-bright safety inspector for the local nuclear power plant. His wife Marge, recognized by a huge blue hairdo, is often the moral center of the program. Their oldest child is Bart, a 10-year-old and borderline juvenile delinquent. Lisa, the middle child, is a gifted, perceptive-but-sensitive saxophone player. Maggie is the voiceless toddler, observing all while constantly sucking on her pacifier.
Besides The Simpsons clan, other characters include Moe the bartender; Mr. Burns, the owner of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant; and Ned Flanders, The Simpsons' incredibly pious neighbor.

Two of the most striking characteristics of The Simpsons are its social criticism and its references to other cultural forms including literature, music and cinema.
Every episode contains at least 1 reference to a classic film. These references can vary from episode titles, dialogue, visual images to scenes ,sub-plots or even full episodes modeled after a film. A popular example are The Simpsons' Halloween episodes. Many homages to Star Wars and yes, even an interesting amount of references to Indiana Jones... some unmistakable, others debatable.

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When Flanders Failed - 7F23
Possible Temple of Doom reference when Homer picks up Bart from karate school and asks:
Homer: "Hey, boy! How was class?"
Bart: "Today, we learned how to rip a man's heart out and show it to him before he dies!"


Bart's Friend Falls in Love - 8F22
The music and events in this opening scene parodies the opening sequence of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

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Mr. Plow - 9F07
The melting snowmen look very much like the melting Nazis after they have opened the Ark in Raiders of the Lost Ark.


Duffless - 9F14
Homer finds his way through a dangerous tunnel with the help of cryptic instructions. See the three challenges at the end of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.


The Last Temptation of Homer - 1F07
At a certain moment an Indian boy says "the refuge of the damned". Not a direct quote from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom but the boy and atmosphere are certainly a reference.


The Boy Who Knew Too Much - 1F19
Bart cuts a rope bridge with a knife. Similar to Indy in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.


Homer the Great - 2F09
Homer's underwear get dropped into an ark looking identical to the one from Raiders. And then ghosts fly out!


The Curse of the Flying Hellfish - 3F19
The light in the hellfish's eye pointing exactly
where to dig for the treasure shows similarities with the map room scene in Raiders.


Lisa the Skeptic - 5F05
During the students’ archeological dig, there is a shot of an orange sky with the sun filling most of the screen and silhouettes of diggers; very similar to a shot in Raiders of the Lost Ark.


Thirty Minutes over Tokyo - AABF20
You may be thinking about the famous bridge scene from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom when you see a scene at the end of this episode.

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E-I-E-I (Annoyed Grunt) - AABF19
A reference to Raiders of the Lost Ark when a swordsman wages an attack, and the other guy just calmly pulls a gun on him.


Beyond Blunderdome - AABF23
In this episode Homer helps Mel Gibson with his new film. The film becomes a big critical failure and at the end of the episode Homer asks Gibson:
"What about Indiana Jones? Does anyone own the rights to that?"


Kiss Kiss Bang Bangalore - HABF10
Homer is dressed like villain Mola Ram and his
Indian Power Plant workers chant for him in a way that must be an homage to Temple of Doom when the Simpsons and Mr. Burns find him in India.
And in a different scene; Burns mentions being served dinner in a "scooped-out monkey's head".


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