Over the past three decades, the opening couch gag on “The Simpsons” has become a television institution, and to be referenced or parodied in the sequence is an honor few of us will ever get experience in our lives. Sigh. Although the thought of never being immortalized as an animated zinger is a bit depressing, the couch gag for Sunday’s Season 28 premiere should lift out spirits.
The sequence pays homage to “Adventure Time,” mirroring the opening of Cartoon Network’s massively successful series. Here, The Simpsons and the other residents of Springfield serve as stand-ins for The Land of Ooo’s most notable citizens. Montgomery Burns replaces the Ice King, and we’re introduced to a “Bart the boy” and “a dog named Homer.”
Check out the video below to try spotting all the references impressively packed into about 30 seconds.
The 28th season of “The Simpsons” kicks off Sunday with “Monty Burns’ Flying Circus,” in which Springfield burns to the ground, and the Simpsons turn to Mr. Burns to fund its rebuilding. He agrees, but with one condition: He gets to stage a variety show at the Springfield Bowl. Amy Schumer guest stars.
“The Simpsons” airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.
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