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Ah yes, everybody's favorite cartoon family for about 10 years (let's forget years 2000-now, shall we?). Not only were they hilarious, they expanded my film horizons. Here are some Criterion examples.
Forever immortalized as Martin Prince's arcade game of choice, with options like "'Tell Me More,'" "Trenchant Insight," and "Bon Mot."
The band was treated like real guest stars on the S3 episode, "The Otto Show," which makes it all the more tragic when their tour bus is crashed into.
As "Timmy O'Toole" reminds trapped in a well, a carnival breaks out on the scene, just like in this film. This is certainly one of the obscure references, and it just goes to show how smart the show was at its prime.
"You liked Rashomon."
"That's not how I remember it."
In one of the greatest episodes the show has ever done ("Marge vs. the Monorail"), Mr. Burns is wheeled out to court muzzled and straight-jacketed, not unlike Hannibal Lector.
The S9 episode "Das Bus" is a riff on the film and the book it's based on, though I don't think William Golding intended to end his story with a deus ex machina.
When the Stonecutters decide Homer is the "Chosen One," the ceremony reduces him to childlike glee not unlike Puyi's, although Puyi had the defense of being three.
Grampa's breadroll dance might have won the heart of Mrs. Bouvier, but it also earned the wrath of copyright lawyers, who demanded he stop for legal reasons.
Of course, not all late-period Simpsons episodes are bad. The episode "Any Given Sundance" (which also has Criterion favorite Jim Jarmusch as a guest star) has Nelson's autobiographical film, which ends on an ambiguous close-up of Nelson's face.
In the all-time classic "Cape Feare," Sideshow Bob attempts to recreate Robert Mitchum's famous tattoos, though with only three fingers to write on, his read "Luv" and "Hat."