TV Series | TV-14 | | Animation, Comedy
Mr. Burns was inspired by the famous William Randolph Hearst, and the lesser known Olav Thon, a Norwegian businessman who, when Matt Groening was young, reportedly took over a couple of industries in his town, and shut them down, leaving many people without work. Burns is also the ... ...
Dr. Nick Riviera:
Sure I'm a Doctor, baby, and I can prescribe anything I want!
Waylon Smithers was designed to be "Mister Burns' white sycophant," as it "would be a bad idea to have a black subservient character" putting up with the abuse that Burns doles out. (Quotes are from David Silverman, one of the show's main producers.) Ironically, Smithers is colored as an African-American in his first appearance The Simpsons: Homer's Odyssey, due to color stylist Gyorgyi Peluce's misinterpretation of the new character. The mistake was quickly caught and corrected starting with the immediate next episode The Simpsons: There's No Disgrace Like Home.
At the end of episode "Smart and Smarter" guest star Simon Cowell criticizes the people on the credits.
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