Simpson Sunday: Citizen Burns…And Citizen Bob

Citizen Kane Orson Welles

Season 2, Episode 4: Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish + Season 6, Episode 5: Sideshow Bob Roberts

It’s no secret that Citizen Kane is one of the most celebrated American films of all time and it’s certainly been a favorite movie among writers for The Simpsons. Over the course of the series, there have been tons of Citizen Kane homages and parodies, but one scene they’ve gotten a lot of mileage out of is the scene where Charles Foster Kane is delivering a speech as part of his campaign for Governor. They first referenced this scene in the season 2 episode “A Car In Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish,” in which Mr. Burns (who has frequently been compared to Charles Foster Kane in the series) runs for Governor.

Mr. Burns Election

This scene was referenced again a few seasons later in the episode “Sideshow Bob Roberts,” in which Sideshow Bob runs for Mayor of Springfield after getting out of jail.

Sideshow Bob Election Speech