Our 8 favourite literary references on The Simpsons

Updated: Friday, Sept. 26, 2014

The Simpsons are looking good for their age.

America's favourite cartoon family are about to embark on their 26th season of hijinks this weekend. The sitcom, which debuted in 1989, has evolved from a show about a rambunctious, spiky-haired youth and his eccentric family to a hugely influential satire known for its witty takes on pop-culture, art and literature, history, and what's happening in the global zeitgeist.

Season 26's opening episode teases the death of one of Springfield's residents, as well as the retirement (again) of Krusty the Clown after he's offended by a cable comedy channel roast dedicated to him. And some funny stuff happens to Homer, we're guessing.

To mark this massive achievement (the show continues to lead the way as the longest running primetime program in U.S. television history), we'd like to bring back our feature highlighting our favourite literary references made in The Simpsons.