Toppa Top 10: The Simpsons’ Best Caribbean References

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September 11, 2014

Words by Richard “Treats” Dryden/Illustration by Knotti Chris


The West Indiesโ€”specifically Jamaicaโ€”and its language, music, and fashion have played a part in The Simpsons, the TV’s longest-running sitcom ever, since its inception 25 years ago. The showโ€™s creator Matt Groening has a well-known appreciation for Jamaican culture, having started his career as a music journalist covering reggae. He even named one of the show’s most beloved reoccurring characters, Dr. Julius Hibbert, after Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals. Meanwhile, Groeningโ€™s other sitcom, Futurama, featured a Jamaican main character, Hermes (albeit one with a horribly deficient attempt at a yardie accent).

On the heels of the FXX channel’s recent marathon airing of all 522 Simpsons episodes, and with the show’s 26th season set to kick off Sept. 28, here’sย  a look back at some of the greatest Caribbean moments in The Simpsons‘ illustrious history.

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