I doubt any sitcom in television history has employed as many movie references as The Simpsons, or been as clever about it. It's been a staple of the series throughout its run, and catching as many of them as possible is a bit of an obsession for some, including Bryan Menegus, who did us all the wonderful favor of cutting together every movie reference from the first five seasons of The Simpsons into one video. You can watch the whole video after the cut, but I should say that it's about 20 minutes long and pretty much impossible to stop watching once you've started. You've been warned.


It's amazing how many films they managed to reference in just the first five seasons, from the obvious (Star Wars, The Godfather) to the completely random ("I got the idea from that movie Sliver; what a delightful romp!"). If I had to guess before watching this which movie was referenced the most, it would have been a coin toss between The Graduate and Gone With The Wind, or maybe even Citizen Kane, but by unofficial count I think the winner is The Wizard of Oz.



I'm not exactly being unique in saying that I was a huge fan of The Simpsons in the '90s, and my head is still full of far too much useless trivia from the show (I often forget my parents' anniversary, but for some reason I know that Wiggum is Matt Groening's mother's maiden name). I've seen all of these episodes a dozen times, and I can honestly say I can't think of a single reference he missed. So if anyone out there caught one that escaped Menegus' notice, you get the equivalent of a ComicsAlliance No-Prize. As soon as I figure out what that is, I'll let you know.
And while all of these are great, and it's nearly impossible to choose a favorite, it's pretty hard to beat a bunch of 10-year-old boys in the back of a pick up truck chanting "Barton Fink! Barton Fink!" There will never be a point in my life where that doesn't make me laugh.