The Simpsons namechecks our little friends

by bedbugger on December 13, 2007 · 11 comments

in bed bugs, bed bugs in the media, fun, tipping point

(by hopelessnomo)

NYJammin watched The Simpsons last Sunday. She, unlike the rest of you, gentle readers, who could have called the Bedbugger hotline but inexplicably chose not to, shared the joy:

Marge was putting baby Maggie to bed. En route to Maggie’s crib, Marge was saying goodnight with the baby to some of the stuffed animals. Last toy was a Krusty Klown doll…

and then…

And then it happened. A bona fide bed bug cultural reference on the teevee!

No, not the fake night, night bed bugs of pre-resurgence days, but 2007 bed bugs:

Bed Time Krusty Doll: Don’t let the bed bugs bite! Krusty’s anti-bed bug spray sold separately; may contain poison.

A neat and simple joke. That everyone can get. Thank you, Stephanie Gillis and colleagues!

Midnight Towboy originally aired on October 7.

And let me offer you a special treat. For Midnight Towboy was not the first episode to treat of scary bed bugs. From The Tracey Ullman Show days where The Simpsons began as shorts and available from Simpson Crazy, do take a minute to watch the first short in the series, Good Night, wherein Marge tells Lisa to sleep tight…

1 Doug December 14, 2007 at 8:57 am

Watch the episode on On Demand Episodes. Here is a link

2 Doug December 14, 2007 at 9:55 am

Great episode!

Anybody know where I can order some Krusty the Klown Anti-Bed Bug Spray?

3 nobugsonme December 14, 2007 at 10:06 am

Doug, I don’t think they have any data on its effectiveness yet. 😉

4 parakeets December 14, 2007 at 5:01 pm

Wow, the Simpsons is a real measure of contemporary culture. If bedbugs made it to the Simpsons, it’s a major tipping point. Good catch, Nyjammin.

5 nobugsonme December 14, 2007 at 6:16 pm

I love the difference between the Tracey Ullman Show / Simpsons bed bugs and the current bed bugs–they are real now. It’s so subtle and so nicely done. Thanks to nyjammin for the catch and to hopelessnomo for the post!

6 nobugsonme December 14, 2007 at 6:24 pm

The King of Queens was–appropriately, non?— the first contemporary television show I know of to deal with bed bugs. You can read about it on Bugged Out, here:

7 hopelessnomo December 14, 2007 at 9:27 pm

Jammin’s got her eyes peeled, that’s why! I’m so glad she told us. 🙂

Thanks for the link, Doug.

Hey, that King of Queens episode was called Buggie Nights, February, 2006! If only I’d seen that, the dime would have dropped a lot sooner.

8 Lex Luthor December 8, 2009 at 3:25 pm

If u actually look around you’ll find allot of shows are featuring bed bugs. Including an the dave letterman show.

9 nobugsonme December 10, 2009 at 12:38 am

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