The Simpsons is staying topical with this week's new episode, which is a parody of the expanding true crime genre. The first installment of a two-part story features send-ups of Fargo, No Country for Old Men, Blood Simple, A Simple Man and Raising Arizona, among others. It is titled "A Simple Flanders."
The Simpsons' new episode had fans howling over its wide-ranging references to America's obsession with violent crime. It took on some movies which are over a decade old as well as the general true-crime phenomenon itself. It features guest stars Brian Cox, Cristin Milioti and Timothy Olyphant, among others, and gets Ned Flanders (Harry Shearer) tied up in criminal affairs.
This is only part one of the true-crime parody, with the other part premiering on Sunday on Fox. Judging by the reactions on social media, fans can hardly wait. Here's a look at what they're saying.
Fans had a blast tallying up the references in the episode, both vague and specific. Some shared screenshots side by side with their inspiration.prevnext
Guest star Cristin Milioti was an instant fan favorite, and some hoped she'd be there to stay.prevnext
I love The Simpsons today’s episode was so graphic. I know that’s a part of that show itchy scratchy, Halloween episodes like the offbeat humor. I just don’t know about this one.🤔— Dealvarez (@Dealvarez17) November 8, 2021
For some fans, this week's episode was too graphic and violent, while for others it was an exciting change of pace.prevnext
You’ve made me an offer I can’t refuse. I love Fat Tony!— Andy Pelipiak🇨🇦🦃🦃🌮 (@apelipiak) November 5, 2021
When actor Joe Mantegna teased his appearance on the show this weekend, that was enough to draw some lapsed viewers in. His fan-favorite character was an obvious choice for this crime-themed episode.prevnext
help i didn’t even know the simpsons was still running— evaluna 🧣is in her RED TV era (@cullensbabymama) November 8, 2021
The episode also caught the attention of Taylor Swift's die-hard fandom, although some were surprisingly out of touch with the animation world.prevnext
Why does every episode need a guest star? Remember in the 90s when the show was about character and relationships?— Tyree 🎃 (@whoopsy_doodle) November 7, 2021
Some fans criticized the show for relying on guest stars in more and more episodes over the years.prevnext
A Drake pun at the Winter Markets? Oh yah, you betcha!
Also, Dan C's delivery on "When you bought all the orphans in town, i thought you were a FOOL" is one of my favorite lines in this ep. pic.twitter.com/ji0PcZoMZo— 😬 (@CesarWeGetIt) November 8, 2021
Finally, fans hurried to be the first to point out subtle, hidden jokes in the episode, including several visual gags. The Simpsons returns on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. ET for "A Simple Flanders Part 2."prev