Smartline is a late-night panel discussion show aired on Channel 6 and hosted by Kent Brockman. This is a parody of the TV show Nightline, which premiered on March 24, 1980 on ABC, and was originally hosted by Ted Koppel from 1980 to 2005. It is one of the more highbrow programs on Channel 6, particularly when compared to Eye on Springfield, the opening sequence of which features semi-naked women winking at the viewer. Nevertheless, it usually displays obvious bias toward a particular perspective, and is often presented in a very condescending manner. The show invites numerous guests from the local area, each of whom have strong opinions about a certain issue, and has them to participate in debate. Brockman often presents the show in a manner biased to one side of the debate.
At one point, an incident occurred where Kent Brockman had to interview Homer for winning the 1,000,000th Ice Cream Cone, a decision he was not too happy with because he was intending to get into a heated debate over Iraq, and only did it because the show was sponsored by the same Ice Cream Parlor that he won the cone from. During the interview, he, while already irritated, ended up lashing out after Homer, while attempting emphasis, ended up accidentally knocking Brockman's coffee cup onto his lap, and caused Kent Brockman to shout out one of America's worst swears. Brockman then attempted to apologize on the air, and fully expected to face repercussions for his actions, although he was surprised when he learned that no one actually saw his interview. Although it was not immediately discovered by the populace aside from the Simpson family, It was eventually discovered by Ned Flanders, who sent it to a Christian group he belonged to, which eventually found its way into the FCC.
- Episode – "Itchy & Scratchy & Marge"
- Episode – "Last Exit to Springfield"
- Episode – "Bart's Friend Falls in Love"
- Episode – "Homer the Vigilante"
- Episode – "Lisa the Skeptic"
- Episode – "Midnight Rx"
- Episode – "There's Something About Marrying"
- Episode – "You Kent Always Say What You Want"
- Episode – "There Will Be Buds"
- Video game – The Simpsons: Hit and Run