Springfield's Most Wanted was a TV special hosted by John Walsh, who became the host of America's Most Wanted in 1988. The special first aired on the Fox network in the United States on September 17, 1995, at 7:30 PM eastern time before the seventh season kicks off.

A parody of Walsh's television series, who has been on the air since 1988, this special was designed to help people find out who shot Mr. Burns, by laying out the potential clues and identifying the possible suspects.

It features opinions from former Los Angeles police chief Daryl Gates and predictions from Dennis Franz, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Kevin Nealon, Chris Elliott and Andrew Shue. Although it aired with Part Two during the seventh season, it was released with the season six DVD box set.

The special was criticized for taking the publicity of the episode too far. Several critics said the special tainted host John Walsh's credibility and was described as gimmicky,[1] tacky[2] and "blatant groveling for viewers".[3]


  1. Tim Cuprisin. "A Simpsons `pseudo show' keeps him off edge of his seat", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,, p. 3. Retrieved on 2008-02-09. 
  2. Walt Belcher. "Fox gimmick triggers round of criticism", The Tampa Tribune,, p. 3. Retrieved on 2008-02-09. 
  3. Tom Hopkins. "Walsh joins 'Simpsons' hype", Dayton Daily News,, p. 11B. Retrieved on 2008-02-09. 
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