Canadian Connections in the show
Canadian articles about the show.
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More Canadian Connection in other shows.
This section is for only the truly
nerdy. No one in there right mind should actually care this much.
Two Degrees of Canada (Indirect References)
Eight Misbehavin' - Apu's wife gives birth to octuplets, and they are
put out for public display at a zoo. Much like the Dion quintuplets in
Courtesy Bryan McIntosh
AABF12 - Watertank Girl - "The Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats is played on
the radio. The radio announcer suggested they change their name to Men Without Jobs.
1F05 - Bart's Inner Child - Bart is sitting in class and the teacher asks, "The
wireless was an invention by Gugliemo Marconi, who can tell me what his first message
was?.". Marconi was an Italian born physicist celebrated for his development of
wireless technology who did most of his work in Canada's East Coast. In 1901 at Signal
Hill Newfoundland he received the world's first radio transmission, sent from Cornwall.
This event is feature in one of those Canada Post history vignettes you see on television,
"Though the air for the first time ever..."
Courtesy Nicholas Reithmeier
2F01 - Itchy and Scartchy Land - Band plays "Auld Lang Syne" in the tradition
of Guy Lombardo. ("Auld Lang Syne" was not written by Guy Lombardo (who is from
London, Ontario) but he started the tradition of playing it on New Year's eve.)
2F02 - Sideshow Bob Roberts - Lisa plays "Man In Motion" on
car radio, the theme from St. Elmo's Fire, which was written about Canadian Rick Hansen, by
another Canadian, David Foster.
2F14 - Homer vs. Patty & Selma - The ballet teacher sees Bart and ask if he
"is a young man who thinks he can be the next Baryshnikov." Baryshnikov was a
Russian dancer and choreographer who defected to the West, via Canada in 1974.
Courtesy Nicholas Reithmeier
8F05 - Like Father Like Clown - Lois Pennycandy, Krusty's assistant is
named after James Bond's Miss Moneypenny and the Toronto actress Lois Maxwell who played
9F12 - Brother From The Same
Planet - They show a Ren & Stimpy
cartoon. Ren & Stimpy where created by a Canadian.
8F18 - A Streetcar Named Marge - The director of the play, Llewelyn Sinclair, is
based on a high School drama teacher named Lluellyn Jones at O'Niel Colligate Vocational
Institute in my hometown of Oshawa, Ontario.
Courtesy Terrance Balazo
Canadians spoofed, mentioned, or
seen in the show, but that did not star.
- William Shatner spoofed several times :
- Lisa mentions that William Shatner is Jewish [8F05 "Like Father Like
- Star Trek movie with old William Shatner in it [9F03 "Itchy &
Scratchy: The Movie" ]
- William Shatner auditions for the role of Monty Burns [2F31 "A Star
is Burns" ]
- William Shatner's book Tek War Seen [2F19 "The PTA Disbands"]
- Picture of William Shatner in turtle-neck and sport jacket seen in
alcove. [4F14 "The Brother from Another Series" ]
- Nerds are on the computer and they say "Some guys at MIT are sending
us reasons why Captin Picard is better than Captin Kirk" other nerd responds
"Hah! they're out of there minds". Of course Captin Kirk was played by William
Shatner [ 1F02 "Homer Goes to College" ]
- Bart uses Gordie Howe's picture when sending Mrs. Krabappel a love letter [8F16- Bart the Lover]
- Lisa and Hugh go on a date to "40 classic films starring Jim
Carrey" [2F15 "Lisa's Wedding" ]
- Lorne Michaels mentioned by Krusty in Tuesday Night Live [9F12 "Brother From The
Same Planet" ] also Homer's decides not to read an article about him in his
'Playdude' [9F01 "Homer The Heretic" ] and is seen and heard at a meeting of
Springfield's players [AABF09 "Homer to the Max"]
- Tragically Hip/Tragically Ludicrous mentioned [4F11
"Homer's Phobia" ]
- Homers tells his mom he looks like Dan Aykroyd [3F06 "Mother
- Canadian talk show host Alan Thicke is seen. [9F07 "Mr. Plow" ]
- Homer pretends to be all of Mike Wallace, Morley Safer, and Ed Bradley,
complete with ticking watch. (Morley Safer is Canadian) [2F03 "Treehouse of Horror
- Marge says about Homer: "Here he is: Rex Harrison and Paul Anka
rolled into one." [2F07 "Grandpa vs. Sexual Inadequacy" ]
- District Attorney looks like Perry Mason (who was played by late Canadian
actor Raymond Burr) [7F12 "The Way We Was" ]
- David Letterman is doing a Top Ten List on The Top Ten People I Am
Currently Running Into The Ground, and Dave says "Number One, Homer
Simpson" and you hear what is supposed to be Paul (who is Canadian) play the keyboard
in the background. [2F06 "Homer Badman"]
Possible Character Naming and Its Canadian Connection
The Burns/Smither Connection. In Northern British Columbia, Canada, there is an area of
the province called "Bulkley Valley-Lakes District", though it also goes under
the name "Burns Lake/Smithers" (after the two neighbouring cities Burns Lake and
Courtesy Haynees Lee
Arman Tamzarian's name may have came from a Canadian sports writer of the same name.
Courtesy Haynees Lee
Punned titles with a Canadian twist
Maybe ... Maybe Not
Canadian Bacon is a food not a reference to Canada.
The food is a reference to Canada. In my opinion anyway.
- AABF12 - Watertank Girl - In the watertank Lisa hallucinates and sees a sandwich with
bacon, Canadian Bacon, and Mexican Bacon.