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Treehouse of Horror XV

Cultural References

  • The title of the episode is a play on the name of James L. Brooks' 1987 film, Broadcast News. Brooks is also a co-developer and producer of The Simpsons. Gracie Films Produced Broadcast News. And There was another Parody of the Tittle Called Broadcast Nudes in The Season 2 Episode Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment
  • The Squeaky-Voiced Teen jumps off Geezer Rock, depressed due to the cancellation of Futurama, a show that was created by Simpsons creator Matt Groening, though Futurama would later be syndicated and brought back with new episodes on Comedy Central.
  • The collapse of Geezer Rock is a reference to when the Old Man of the Mountain collapsed in 2003.
  • The quote by Mr. Burns to thin the people with smallpox infected blankets referenced what the British did to a native american tribe after the French and Indian War.
  • The title of the Itchy and Scratchy short, What's Nuked, Pussycat? is a play on What's New, Pussycat?
  • This is the second episode of the series to have the hit song from the Spice Girls, Wannabe to be played, the first was from Maximum Homerdrive.
  • The band Blood, Sweat, and Tears plays one of its songs during Geezer Rock's birthday, although Mayor Quimby made a comment that indicated that Sweat had died recently.
  • Everybody printing their own newspaper resembles todays social media landscape where everyone has an opinion and a place to express it, though it wasn't quite as prevalent in 2004 when this aired.


  • Mr. Burns is shown to be physically weaker than an ant in this episode.
  • The UK syndicated version censors Groundskeeper Willie's comment about the new tractors being "shite." In America, the same line is edited, only "shite" is bleeped out (as opposed to the UK version where the line is just cut down to "I finished reviewing the new tractors.") The full line is: "I finished reviewing the new tractors - they're all shite!"
  • The promo image for the episode parodies the headline "Ford to City: Drop Dead", a headline from a 1975 edition of the New York Daily News covering President Gerald Ford's refusal to bail out a near-bankrupt New York City.
  • This was the last Simpsons episode to be broadcasted by the BBC, because two years before they lost the broadcasting rights to Channel 4.


  • When the astronaut is shown reading the Red Dress Press during a space walk, the shot is reversed, with Florida and Cuba shown on the west coast of North America.
  • In Skinner's flashback, he is captured in 1968. However, in I Love Lisa, he is shown to be a free soldier in 1969.

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