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Springfield's Most Wanted

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Springfield's Most Wanted
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Special Information
Original Airdate: September 17, 1995
Special Guest Voices: John Walsh (host)
Daryl Gates
Dennis Franz
Courtney Thorne-Smith
Kevin Nealon
Chris Elliott
Andrew Shue
Elizabeth Hayes
Written By: Jack Parmeter & Bob Bain
Directed By: Bill Brown

Springfield's Most Wanted was a TV special hosted by John Walsh, host of America's Most Wanted. The special aired on September 17, 1995, at 7:30 P.M. ET before the premiere of "Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part Two)", the seventh season premiere. A parody of Walsh's television series, this special was designed to help people find out who shot Mr. Burns, by laying out the potential clues and identifying the possible suspects. It features opinions from former Los Angeles police chief Daryl Gates and predictions from Dennis Franz, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Kevin Nealon, Chris Elliott and Andrew Shue. It was released as a special feature in the season six DVD boxset.


The special was criticized for taking the publicity of the episode too far. Several critics said the special tainted host John Walsh's credibility and was described as gimmicky,[1] tacky[2] and "blatant groveling for viewers".[3]

International broadcasts[edit]

Sky1 first broadcast Springfield's Most Wanted on September 25, 1995 at 6:30pm. During the late 1990s, it aired between showings of Part One and Part Two of "Who Shot Mr. Burns?".


  1. Tim Cuprisin. "A Simpsons 'pseudo show' keeps him off edge of his seat"Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, p. 3. Retrieved on 2008-02-09. 
  2. Walt Belcher. "Fox gimmick triggers round of criticism"The Tampa Tribune, p. 3. Retrieved on 2008-02-09. 
  3. Tom Hopkins. "Walsh joins 'Simpsons' hype"Dayton Daily News{{{date}}}, p. 11B. Retrieved on 2008-02-09.