Sideshow Bob Roberts

Sideshow Bob Roberts

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"Sideshow Bob Roberts" is the fifth episode of The Simpsons<nowiki>'</nowiki> sixth season, and it originally aired on October 9, 1994. Kelsey Grammer returns as villain Sideshow Bob, who, in this episode, wins the Springfield mayoral election through electoral fraud. The episode was written by Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein, and directed by Mark Kirkland. Oakley and Weinstein drew inspiration for the episode from the Watergate scandal, and included many cultural references to political films, as well as real-life events. These included the film All the President's Men and the first televised debate between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy during the 1960 United States presidential election.

The episode was referenced in a course at Columbia College Chicago titled: "The Simpsons as Satirical Authors". It received favorable reception in the media, including a positive mention in I Can't Believe It's a Bigger and Better Updated Unofficial Simpsons Guide and Green Bay Press-Gazette. A review in Press & Sun-Bulletin placed the episode as the seventh best of the series.


In Springfield Prison, Sideshow Bob calls local right-wing talk show host Birch Barlow and complains of being unfairly imprisoned. Barlow and Springfield's residents pressure Mayor Quimby into releasing Bob. Bob is soon unveiled as the Republican Party candidate for the Springfield mayoral election. Determined to keep Bob from becoming mayor, Bart and Lisa decide to...
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