The Best Times ‘The Simpsons’ Took Shots at Other TV Comedies

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When he’s not busy destroying Mecha-Streisand with his “Robert Punch,” The Cure frontman Robert Smith can be found chowing down on refried beans and marveling at the magnificence of the Casa Bonita cliff divers.

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s passion project, the eleven-figure rehab of the beloved Denver area Mexican restaurant and entertainment megaplex Casa Bonita, is still some indeterminate distance away from opening its doors to the general public — though some A-listers are already basking in the magnificence that only hard work, passion and $40 million can achieve. 

Not every comedy series can achieve the level of satirical excellence that The Simpsons once enjoyed — especially not those shows made by Seth MacFarlane.

Television has always played an important role within the universe of The Simpsons. After all, the sadly discontinued intro sequence famously ends with Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie all crowding together on the couch to watch TV together before being sucked into a black hole, turning into butterflies or getting crushed to death by Rick and Morty. And, since the show prided itself on holding up a playful, yellow, four-fingered mirror to American society and pop culture, it inevitably had to playfully jab the other comedies on TV that were inferior to what Matt Groening and his writers had cooking.