The Simpsons (1989– )

Sideshow Bob Roberts 

Sideshow Bob is released from prison and runs for Mayor of Springfield. When he wins the election, Bart and Lisa suspect foul play and are determined to expose Bob's corruption.


Mark Kirkland


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 6 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Man in Library / Mayor Quimby / Chinese Principal #2 / Grampa / Barney Gumble / Vampire / Rich Texan / Moose Mason / Krusty the Clown / Prisoner #2 (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Ralph Wiggum / Kearney (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Radio Announcer / Carl / Chinese Principal #1 / Old Jewish Man / Moe Szyslak / Prison Guard / Librarian / Prisoner #1 (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Lenny / Birch Barlow / Principal Skinner / Jasper / Mr. Burns / Smithers / Dr. Hibbert / Rainier Wolfcastle / Kent Brockman (voice)
Barry Hansen Barry Hansen ... Dr. Demento (voice) (as Dr. Demento)
Kelsey Grammer ... Sideshow Bob (voice)
Phil Hartman ... Lionel Hutz (voice)
Larry King ... Larry King (voice)
Marcia Wallace ... Edna Krabappel (voice)
Henry Corden ... Fred Flintstone (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... KBBL Jingle Singers / Mrs. McFearley / Jimbo Jones / Milhouse Van Houten (voice)


Sideshow Bob is released from prison, runs for mayor as a Republican, and defeats "Diamond" Joe Quimby in the election. But a "Deep-Throat"-type informant tells Bart and Lisa that he was fraudulently elected. It's up to them to find the evidence. Written by

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

9 October 1994 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Much of the episode is based on the Watergate scandal, as well as other real-life political events. The two Republicans who follow Bob around were based on H. R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman, two of Richard Nixon's closest advisors during Watergate. Sideshow Bob's campaign advert was based on the famous Willie Horton and Revolving Door political advertisements used by George Bush during the 1988 United States presidential election. Birch Barlow's question to Mayor Quimby about whether his stance on crime would differ if it was his family being attacked is a reference to Bernard Shaw's similar question to Democratic candidate Michael Dukakis during the 1988 presidential debates. Quimby's appearance during the debate parodies Richard Nixon's appearance during his first televised debate with John F. Kennedy during the 1960 presidential election. Nixon had recently recovered from a cold, and sweated considerably throughout, something that was detrimental to the impression he made in the debate. See more »


The plot hinges on a supposed act of voter fraud, and the evidence given is that Bob's campaign used the names of dead people and pets to vote for him. However, the polls showed 99 or 100% support for Bob anyway. So obviously, all the legitimate voters did actually vote for him, which means that the fraudulent votes did not make any difference. Bob really did win the election legitimately. See more »


Political Commercial Voiceover: Mayor Quimby supports revolving-door prisons. Mayor Quimby even released Sideshow Bob - a man twice convicted of attempted murder. Can you trust a man like Mayor Quimby? Vote Sideshow Bob for Mayor.
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References Matlock (1986) See more »


St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)
Written by David Foster and John Parr
Performed by John Parr
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