Goes D'oh - Connections Between Rugrats and Simpsons
This page is dedicated to my observance of connections between the
Simpsons and Rugrats (the latter of which I haven't seen since 1991). Most
of this page's content is taken from the Unofficial
Rugrats Online, but the connections are mine. Thanks goes to Steve
Mindykowski (the Unoffical Rugrats Online's maintainer) and the Simpsons
Archive for providing me with some of the episode names. Note: some
of the links to the Simpsons Archive
may not work, because there is no capsule for that particular episode yet.
Similar Episode Titles
The Alex Trebek Connection
Alex Trebek appeared on both series as a game show host. On both series,
mommy goes on to the game show. The details, however, differ as follows:
||Game Show Didi
||Miracle On Evergreen
||"Super Stumpers" host Alan Quebec
||"Jeopardy" host Alex Trebek
||Didi beats her opponent, Edmund Haynes. As Homer would say, WOO-HOO!
||Marge ends in the red.
||None (actually loses money)
Solidifying the connection between Game
Show Didi and Jeopardy is this quote (gleaned off the Unofficial
Rugrats Online's episode guide):
Alan Quebec (Alex Trebek): This automotive tool is used to tighten
Didi (buzzes in after a brief pause): What is a torque wrench?
Alan: You're absolutely right, and Didi, you don't have to answer
in a form of a question.
On Jeopardy, you do have to answer in a form of a question.
Deja Vu - Over and Over Again
Topics covered by both shows:
Let's Get Ready For Some Football!
||Simpsons Bible Stories
(1999); covered in the 2nd segment, the 1st featured Adam and Eve,
the 3rd featured Solomon and in a separate story, David and Goliath.
|Bombed Money Making Scheme
||Oh Brother, Where
Art Thou? (1991)
Car of Homer's design (called the Persephone) bankrupts his brother's
car company. It's too expensive. BTW, don't confuse the ep title with a
certain Coen brothers comedy.
|Chuckie is Rich
...because his father Chazz has just won some sweepstakes. However,
Chazz's wealth goes down quickly after investing in Drew's ear wax removal
device. It causes ear wax build up. Interesting fact: Drew and Chazz
are both voiced by Michael Bell.
|Earning Money from Fat
||Lard Of The Dance
||Stu Gets A Job
|A Glimpse of Everyone Grown Up
||Lisa's Wedding (1995)
In this ep, Maggie (in spite of being grown up) does not get a single line
in the whole ep (she gets pre-interrupted 3 or so times).
||All Growed Up
(2001) In contrast, grown up Dil has more lines in this ep than in his
2 years of Rugrats.
There were two episodes in each series in which a professional football
game (and a bowl game, to boot!) is involved:
Simpsons eps involving the Super Bowl: Lisa
The Greek (1992) and Sunday,
Cruddy Sunday (1999)
Rugrats eps involving the Ultra Bowl: Touchdown
Tommy (1991) and The
Stork (1993, though apparently just a brief mention)
And in another coincidence, Lisa
the Greek and The
Stork have one thing in common: the game that's mentioned featured
Buffalo vs. Washington. (That is, if you watched the "original" 1992 airing of Lisa
the Greek. The 1993 airing of the episode was redubbed to pick Dallas
over Buffalo, which was right.)
You might be asking, how can the dreidel give a connection? Well, here
In the Rugrats ep Chanukah
(1997), Angelica broke some guy's "shin," or to be more precise, one
of the four Hebrew letters on the dreidel. In Lisa
the Greek, when it is announced that an Israel TV station is broadcasting
the game, the station name is announced as: "W Gimel Aleph Nun in Tel Aviv".
The other three letters on the dreidel are "gimel", "aleph", and "nun".
Obviously, they were thinking about the dreidel when they thought up the
TV station name.
On both series there is a character named Stu and he has some major
connection with disco:
Rugrats: Their Stu is confident that disco will become popular again,
and he also had a disco suit, which got sold at a garage sale. Plus,
All Growed Up had
him go to a disco contest.
Simpsons: Their Stu is a DJ at a disco. You can read about him here.
Viva Las Vegas... and Paris Too!
Both series have had an ep set in Las Vegas:
(1997) (everybody goes)
Simpsons: Viva Ned
Flanders (1999) (just Homer and Ned) Also, whereas Bart's alone on
his trip to Paris in Crepes
of Wrath, everyone's going in the Rugrats' theatrical release "Rugrats
Sheila Broslofski Won't Like This
The show also has characters whom viewers found out in one ep were Jewish.
There was Didi on Rugrats (revealed to be Jew in Passover),
and Krusty the Klown on the Simpsons (revealed to be a rabbi's son in Like
Father, Like Clown). And ever noticed they sort of have the same hair
The Simpsons isn't the only TV series that has coincidences with Rugrats.
Click here for some coincidences with As Told By Ginger.
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