“Stole, made up, what’s the difference?” Bojack Horseman and The Simpsons

Kidding! The minds behind Flim Springfield have been enjoying the hell out of Netflix original cartoon Bojack Horseman. Its unique blend of heart-wrenching drama and adult humor plus its unflinching look at life with depression have made it a favorite in our household. We recently binge-watched all of season 3 in one night! What’s more, we have noticed that some of the jokes have made us laugh in the past…when they were used on the Simpsons. Now, we’re not saying that the Simpsons invented all of these jokes, but we’d bet that there are some Simpsons fans making the doughnuts at Bojack Horseman.

  1. Season 2, Episode 9: “The Shot”“Don’t make me laugh!” Richard Nixon says, before making a garbled choking sound. When he realizes that this noise does not pass for human laughter, he says “You know what laughter sounds like!” Are Richard Nixon and Rex Banner…the same person?
  2. Season 3, Episode 4: “Fish Out of Water” While at a film festival in an underwater hotel, Bojack spies Kelsey Jannings, the no-nonsense director he got fired from the Secretariat movie. To avoid a confrontation with her, he picks up a nearby magazine to obscure his face, but it ends up doing more harm than good. Sound familiar?
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  3. Season 3, Episode 1: “Start Spreading the News” When newly minted TV executive Pinky the Penguin tells Mr. Peanutbutter about his recent promotion, Mr. PB inquires about Wanda, his predecessor. wandaTheir exchange is extremely reminiscent of a gag the Simpsons did a few times.
  4. Season 3, Episode 6: “Brap Brap Pew Pew” In this episode, Diane and Mr. Peanutbutter visit “Planned Parrothood” so that Diane can get an abortion. A sign in the waiting room shows what must be a too-common meal for some Hollywoo residents.brappew
    Of course, we’ve seen the California Cheeseburger before on a field trip to Springfield’s Museum of Crime, from the Simpsons, season 8, episode 25: “The Secret War of Lisa Simpson.”
    calicheeseI’m sure there are more that I forgot to note here, but since there will be another year before we get more Bojack, we will be rewatching the first three seasons and can add to this list. If you caught some we didn’t mention, please let us know!

Addendum: I know this has nothing to do with the Simpsons, but I wanted to put it somewhere. You know that Jellybean book that Kelsey wanted to make into a movie starring Bojack?


Yeah, that one. I have read that book. It’s not really about jellybeans, it’s Weird Girl and What’s His Name by Meagan Brothers and it’s about a girl and her friend who love The X-Files. Potato, potatto, right?


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3 Responses to “Stole, made up, what’s the difference?” Bojack Horseman and The Simpsons

  1. Pingback: “Does Marge Have Friends?” A Poem by Raphael Bob-Waksberg | Flim Springfield

  2. WIlliam Sanderson says:

    Thanks for this! Odd question, but what episode is the Principals World joke from? Cant place it and the internet doesn’t seem to have answers.


    • flimspringfield says:

      It’s from Fear of Flying, when the family is at the therapist’s office for Marge’s appointment. Skinner is there for an appointment too and attempts to hide from Bart.


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