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    episodes you believe ripped off an episode of another tv show

    How the Test Was Won comes to mind for me because the subplot involving Homer trying to prevent injuries at his home until an insurance payment clears had been done before in an episode of King of the Hill "Mutual of Omabwah" and also Malcolm in the Middle "Health Insurance".
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    Hungry Are The Damned totally ripped off The Twilight Zone.
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    Father Knows Worst ripped of the simpsons

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    the simpsons is all about "ripping off" things from other things. don't complain about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by biffwestwood View Post
    How the Test Was Won comes to mind for me because the subplot involving Homer trying to prevent injuries at his home until an insurance payment clears had been done before in an episode of King of the Hill "Mutual of Omabwah" and also Malcolm in the Middle "Health Insurance".
    ... only those episodes were a lot funnier than HtTWW. There are a boatload of rip-offs from the Simpsons, but most of them are actually better than what they ripped it off from.

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    Many THOH episodes ripped off the twlight zone.

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    anyway come to think of it I think "mom and pop art" is a little too similar to the doug episode "doug's a genius" in that both doug and homer's accidental mishaps are mistaken for works of art by a bunch of phonies

    but I don't think the basic concept (hurrr modern art is bad) is unique to doug. it's rather hacky in both instances

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    Ironically, the Simpsons actually seems to be the one who copies South Park.

    Christian Rock Hard - The boys get in trouble with the FBI for piracy
    Steal This Episode - Homer gets in trouble with the FBI for piracy

    Casa Bonita - Butters goes missing after ending up in a bunker and a searching party is organized
    Gone Boy - Bart goes missing after ending up in a bunker and a searching party is organized

    Make Love, Not Warcraft - The boys become addicted to an online role playing game
    Marge Gamer - Marge becomes addicted to an online role playing game

    The Jeffersons - An episode about Mr. Jefferson acting like a child when he is a grown man
    Bart's New Friend - An episode about Homer acting like a child when he is a grown man

    Still love all those Simpsons episodes though
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    It's a parody show.
    They don't rip anything off.

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    Not a full episode, but the old THOH segment where Homer becomes the grim reaper was very similar to an early Family Guy episode that aired a few years before it. Of course, I imagine the concept of "filling in for Death" had been done before Family Guy did it (though I can't name any specific examples). It strikes me as a story that a lot of writers may come up with though, without wanting to rip something else off or even knowing about another work doing a similar story; a case of parallel development. Still, given how soon it came after that Family Guy episode, perhaps there should've been more awareness of it.

    Funnily enough, in that segment Marge advises Bart to "run like the wind", pronouncing "wind" to rhyme with "find" (thus changing its meaning and botching the expression). A later episode of Family Guy has Carter make the same mispronunciation for what is basically an identical joke. I've wondered if that was an intentional dig by ripping off a joke from that segment, or a similar case of parallel development with the further coincidence of copying a Simpsons segment that was possibly itself a case of parallel development.
    A little less Generic than before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by biffwestwood View Post
    How the Test Was Won comes to mind for me because the subplot involving Homer trying to prevent injuries at his home until an insurance payment clears had been done before in an episode of King of the Hill "Mutual of Omabwah" and also Malcolm in the Middle "Health Insurance".

    There are a few episodes of The Simpsons that remind me of King of the Hill episodes.

    I'm not saying one show ripped off the other, but here are similar episodes with their original air dates:



    A Firefighting We Will Go (KOTH - early '99): One of the best episodes of the series, it has Hank and his friends serve as volunteer firefighters.

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0620190/?ref_=ttep_ep10


    Crook and Ladder (The Simpsons - mid '07): Homer, Apu, Skinner and Moe become volunteer firefighters.

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1017618/?ref_=ttep_ep19


    The King of the Hill episode is definitely better in this case, although I don't mind the similar Simpsons episode.


    Escape From Party Island (KOTH, early '99): Hank drives his mother and her friends around during Spring Break.

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0620220/?ref_=ttep_ep17

    Kill the Alligator and Run (The Simpsons, mid 2000): The Simpsons visit Florida during Spring Break.

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0701143/?ref_=ttep_ep19


    I'd give the King of the Hill episode the edge here, although I don't particularly like either one.


    Death and Taxes (KOTH, mid '99): Peggy is tricked into believing that a convict is a former student of hers.

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0763466/?ref_=ttep_ep22

    Pokey Mom (The Simpsons, early 2001): Marge helps a convict get a job, only for him to torch Skinner's car.

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0701197/?ref_=ttep_ep10


    I'd say these episodes are about equally good. They're both okay... neither is anything too special.


    It's Not Easy Being Green (KOTH, early 2001): Hank, Bill and Dale try to prevent Boomhauer from finding out that they had drowned his car in a local quarry years ago.

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0620249/?ref_=ttep_ep17

    The Blunder Years (The Simpsons, late 2001): Homer finds out what horrifying thing he had seen in a quarry many years ago.

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0701226/?ref_=ttep_ep5


    I prefer The Blunder Years out of these two.


    Livin' on Reds, Vitamin C and Propane (KOTH, late 2003): Hank gets to live his dream of being a trucker when he has to transport his mother's furniture to Arizona; he takes bobby with him and his friends sneak along for the ride.

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0620260/?ref_=ttep_ep7


    Maximum Homerdrive (The Simpsons, early 1999): Homer decides to deliver a deceased trucker's cargo and takes Bart with him.

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0781979/?ref_=ttep_ep17


    Both are solid to good episodes. I like the KOTH one a bit more.


    If it seems like I like King of the Hill more than The Simpsons, that's mainly because the Simpsons episodes from these sets are Scully or post Scully era episodes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HitoftheMillennium View Post
    Livin' on Reds, Vitamin C and Propane (KOTH, late 2003): Hank gets to live his dream of being a trucker when he has to transport his mother's furniture to Arizona; he takes bobby with him and his friends sneak along for the ride.

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0620260/?ref_=ttep_ep7


    Maximum Homerdrive (The Simpsons, early 1999): Homer decides to deliver a deceased trucker's cargo and takes Bart with him.

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0781979/?ref_=ttep_ep17


    Both are solid to good episodes. I like the KOTH one a bit more.
    Except The Simpsons did the "trucker" plot BEFORE that King of the Hill episode aired.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homer Samson View Post
    Ironically, the Simpsons actually seems to be the one who copies South Park.

    Christian Rock Hard - Steal This Episode

    Casa Bonita - Gone Boy

    Make Love, Not Warcraft - Marge Gamer

    The Jeffersons - Bart's New Friend

    Still love all those Simpsons episodes though
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    Kill the Alligator and Run ripped off an All in the Family episode when Archie took a similar life expectancy test. It also ripped of the King of the Hill episode about the whooping crane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ComicBookGal View Post
    Eat.Pray,Queef- Bart vs Itchy and Scratchy
    They both are about feminism but they are totally different episodes
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    Quote Originally Posted by friz View Post
    Hungry Are The Damned totally ripped off The Twilight Zone.
    The Raven is just a play version of Edgar Allen Poe's poem starring Simpsons' characters.
    What makes it a "rip-off"?

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