The great philosopher Homer once said, “Like Mozart and Johnny Knoxville, my genius can not be stopped.”
The “Homer” in this instance is not the Greek epic poet. He’s the yellow-skinned star of “The Simpsons.” His quote will be as true as ever as the animated comedy reached its 500th episode (8 p.m. Sunday, WTNZ, Channel 43).
How does a series mark such an occasion? In this case, it’s business as usual
The episode will be about the Simpson family being asked to leave Springfield after the city cannot contain its frustrations with them any longer.
Through 500 episodes, “The Simpsons” has attracted a huge array of guest stars and touched on just about every subject — including our fair city.
Knoxville was once the setting for the 1996 episode “Bart on the Road.”
It even inspired a local website title “The Sunsphere is not a Wigshop” (www.notawigshop.com).
In it, Bart goes on a road trip to Knoxville but is dismayed to discover the World’s Fair had ended 14 years earlier. The Sunsphere was turned into a warehouse for wigs, and the whole setting looked fairly bleak.
Even worse: The Sunsphere topples after a small rock hits it.
Another episode featured Sevier County native Dolly Parton. She provided her voice and likeness to the 1999 episode “Sunday, Cruddy Sunday,” the 12th episode of the 10th season. It first aired after Super Bowl XXXIII.
© 2012, Knoxville News Sentinel Co.
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