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The Walking Dead

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The Walking Dead is a multimedia horror/drama franchise created by Robert Kirkman. It tells the stories of groups of survivors in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse.

The Walking Dead franchise began with the black-and-white comic book series, which ran from 2003 to 2019 for a total of 193 issues. The comic book series built a substantial fanbase and won several awards, and in 2010 AMC began airing a television series based on the comic book. The franchise has since spawned diverse other media, including:

  • A companion TV series, Fear the Walking Dead, which began in 2015.
  • Several web series that expand on the stories of characters and situations seen in passing on the TV shows.
  • An aftershow, Talking Dead, which began in 2011 and airs in conjunction with new episodes of The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead.
  • Numerous books, both original novels and compilations of the comic book.
  • Video games, board games, and tabletop (miniatures-based) games.

The Walking Dead distinguishes itself from other entries in the zombie genre in that it can be considered character-based drama as well as horror. Robert Kirkman has said on several occasions that in the Walking Dead universe, fellow human survivors should be considered just as great a threat as the undead.

The Walking Dead has been referred to several times in various Simpsons media.



Picture Season Episode number Episode name Reference
The Wander Years A Guide to Finding the Walking Dad.png 24 512 "Gone Abie Gone" When Grampa went missing, Homer read the book The Wander Years: A Guide to Finding the Walking Dad for ideas on how to find him. The book's title is a pun on both The Wonder Years and The Walking Dead.
Krusty the Clown TV shows.png 30 647 "Krusty the Clown" The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead are two of the shows shown on the TV screens. Also, one of Homer's TV show "recap" reviews is "Too much walking, not enough dead. C-plus.", which could refer to either The Walking Dead or Fear the Walking Dead.


Picture Comic issue Story name Reference
The Walking Ned.png The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror #20 The Walking Ned Punned in the title and parodied throughout the story. Also, the typeface for the title is the same as the one used for the title on the covers of the comics.
The Strolling Dead.png Simpsons Comics #214 Worst Con Ever! When the Simpsons attend the Bi-Mon-Sci-Fi-Con, Homer (literally) runs into an exhibit for a TV show called The Strolling Dead, an obvious reference to The Walking Dead. There are also a number of Strolling Dead cosplayers in attendance; their costumes resemble characters from The Walking Dead TV show.
The Walking Ned Stretch Bob and Sideshow Clobber.png The Simpsons Summer Shindig #9 Stretch Bob and Sideshow Clobber! While Sideshow Bob is in the hospital, Chief Wiggum offers him a copy of the latest issue of The Walking Ned. In addition to being a pun on the franchise, the magazine's title is in the same typeface as the one used for the title on the covers of the comics.
Wassailing Dead.png Simpsons Winter Wingding #10 Fright Before Christmas Homer, Bart, Lisa and other Springfieldians appear in a zombie-themed Christmas special called Wassailing Dead. The TV program's title is a reference to The Walking Dead and to the program's holiday setting (a zombie attack on Christmas Village).


Picture Book Reference
The Grapes of Wrath.png Homer Simpson's Little Book of Laziness In his reviews of comic book adaptations of works of classic literature, Comic Book Guy says that the adaptation of The Grapes of Wrath is "like The Walking Dead with the Great Depression standing in for the zombie apocalypse".


Account Date Tweet
ComicBookGuy July 23, 2011 Frank Darabont completely ignored the brilliant "Walking Dead" question I shouted to him at the hotel swimming pool. Diva.
HomerJSimpson November 8, 2011 That show "The Walking Dead" is so dumb. NOT having to walk is the main reason I look forward to death!
HomerJSimpson May 15, 2016 Supernatural, because The Walking Dead reminds me too much of Grampa.
(In reply to "Supernatural or The Walking Dead?")

Common cast and crew[edit]


Picture Name Role in The Walking Dead franchise Role on The Simpsons
Jim Lau.jpg Jim Lau Guest-starred in one episode of Fear the Walking Dead. Voiced the Hong Kong doctor in the Season 7 episode "Bart on the Road".


Picture Name Role in The Walking Dead franchise Role on The Simpsons
Dan Hiland Re-recording mixer for the first five seasons of The Walking Dead, plus the first two episodes of the sixth season. Re-recording mixer for two episodes, "Lady Bouvier's Lover" and "Secrets of a Successful Marriage", both in Season 5.
Peter Rotter Music contractor for the first through eighth seasons of The Walking Dead. Music contractor for The Simpsons Movie and for the album The Simpsons Movie: The Music; conductor and contractor for Seasons 29 and 30 of the show.

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