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The Shining

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Not to be confused with the segment of "Treehouse of Horror V", The Shinning.

The Shining is a 1977 horror novel written by Stephen King that spawned a 1980 film directed by Stanley Kubrick. Both the novel and the film have been parodied and referred to on The Simpsons.

The Shining was also made into a television miniseries which aired in 1997. However, the miniseries has not been referenced on The Simpsons, except for plot elements which it has in common with the novel and/or the 1980 film.

References to The Shining in The Simpsons[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Picture Season Episode number Episode name Reference
The Shining THOH.png 2 16 "Treehouse of Horror" In the "Bad Dream House" segment, the house drives the Simpson family members to try to kill each other with knives, similar to the Overlook Hotel's influence on Jack Torrance.
TrabPuKcip.png 4 73 "Brother from the Same Planet" During the scene where Homer is trying to remember to pick up Bart from soccer practice, Milhouse writes "TRAB PU KCIP" ("Pick up Bart" backwards) on the wall and then says it, a reference to Danny Torrance writing and saying "REDRUM".
The Last Temptation of Homer - chalkboard gag.png 5 90 "The Last Temptation of Homer" During the chalkboard gag, Bart repeatedly writes "All work and no play makes Bart a dull boy", similar to Jack Torrance's repeatedly typing "All work and no play make Jack a dull boy" in the movie.
The Shining Homer and Apu.png 94 "Homer and Apu" At the Monstromart, Barney accidentally knocks over a display of cranberry juice bottles, creating a tide of cranberry juice that rushes down the aisle, similar to the scene in the movie with the blood pouring out of the elevator.
Otto-Bus-ShiningThing.png 101 "The Boy Who Knew Too Much" Otto picks up the kids in a prison bus. When Bart asks about it, Otto snaps, "The regular school bus broke down, so take a seat before I blow your heads off!" However, he then quickly apologizes and explains, "This bus and I have sort of a Shining thing going on", referencing the effect the Overlook has on Jack.
Here's JOHNNY! - Treehouse of Horror V.png 6 109 "Treehouse of Horror V" "The Shinning" - The movie is punned in the title and parodied throughout the segment, with Homer in a role similar to Jack.
  • Groundskeeper Willie and Moe are parallels of the characters Dick Halloran and Lloyd the bartender, respectively.
  • Maggie spells "REDRUM" with her blocks when Homer tries to watch the TV.
  • Analogous to Jack Torrance endlessly typing "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy", Homer writes "No TV and no beer make Homer go crazy" all over the walls. The only thing Homer types is "Feelin' fine", which briefly reassures Marge, until a lightning flash reveals the writing on the walls.
  • After Marge discovers that Homer has written "No TV and no beer make Homer go crazy" all over the walls, Homer bursts through a door, scaring her, and asks what she thinks of his book. In The Shining, Jack sneaks up on Wendy and asks her what she thinks of his play.
  • Homer does a "Heeeere's Johnny!" scene similar to Jack Torrance, but Homer breaks into two wrong rooms before finding the family.
  • Marge defends herself from Homer with a bat and later locks Homer in a dry food cellar, similar to what Wendy does to Jack.
Redrum Richard Sakai - Treehouse of Horror VI.png 7 134 "Treehouse of Horror VI" In the opening credits, producer Richard Sakai's name appears as "Redrum Richard Sakai".
All Work and No Play.png 8 163 "The Springfield Files" The line "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" appears repeatedly across the screen at one point.
Todd Says Red Room.png 9 187 "Realty Bites" Todd Flanders repeatedly says "Red room" after the Flanders family move into the Murder House, similar to Danny Torrance saying "redrum" after the Torrances move into the Overlook. Todd also bends his finger in the same way that Danny does when he (Danny) talks with "Tony".
THOH IX The Shining.png 10 207 "Treehouse of Horror IX" Homer knocks a hole in the door with the mallet, like Jack Torrance with the axe.
You Repeat the Words Screw Flanders.png 11 229 "Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner?" When Homer writes his first restaurant review, he has a hard time getting to 500 words, so he pads it out by typing the phrase "Screw Flanders" over and over again at the end (much to the editor's consternation), similar to Jack Torrance repeatedly typing "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy".
Billy Carter's ghost.png 243 "Bart to the Future" Bart talks with Billy Carter's ghost at a bar, similar to the scene with Jack Torrance and Lloyd the bartender at the Overlook.
The Shining.png 12 251 "Insane Clown Poppy" The novel is seen at Stephen King's stand at the Festival of Books in Springfield.
Robin Williams.png 23 502 "How I Wet Your Mother" In Homer's dream, Robin Williams says that Stanley Kubrick wanted him to star in The Shining.
THOH XXIV Blackboard gag-Stephen King.jpg 25 532 "Treehouse of Horror XXIV" In the chalkboard gag, Bart writes "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy", then turns to see a maniacally-grinning Stephen King, who has written the same thing all over the classroom walls (a reference both to The Shining and to the show's parody of it in "Treehouse of Horror V").
THOH XXVII end credits - Dan Castellaneta shining.png 28 600 "Treehouse of Horror XXVII" In the end credits, Dan Castellaneta is credited as "Heeeere's DANNY!".
29 625 "Haw-Haw Land" Homer says the STEM Conference hotel bar is beautiful, just like the one in The Shining.

Video games[edit]

Picture Game Reference
Tapped Out Sherri and Terri Trick-or-Treating Costume.png The Simpsons: Tapped Out During Treehouse of Horror XXV, Sherri & Terri's Trick-Or-Treat costume is of Grady's twin daughters.
Tapped Out The Shining.png In the "The Kids Are All Fight" episode tie-in, Bart mentions that the clown bed is scarier than The Shining.

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