The Last Temptation of Krust

"The Last Temptation of Krust" is the fifteenth episode of The Simpsons' ninth season. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on February 22, 1998. It was written by Donick Cary and directed by Mike B. Anderson. Comedian Jay Leno makes a guest appearance.[2] In the episode, Bart convinces Krusty the Clown to appear at a comedy festival organized by Jay Leno, but Krusty's old material does not go over well with the audience and he receives bad reviews. He briefly retires from comedy but returns with a new, better-received gimmick. He soon returns to his old ways, selling out to a motor-vehicle company.

The production team's decision to write an episode about stand-up comedy was influenced by comedy festivals. The writing staff initially had trouble getting Krusty's offensive bad jokes through network censors, but convinced them this was simply a way to emphasize his old and dated comedic material. The "Canyonero" sequence was modeled after Ford commercials and was given its own segment at the end of the episode because the production staff liked it so much. The episode was highlighted by USA Today in a review of The Simpsons' ninth season and received positive reviews in The Washington Times, the Evening Herald, and in books on The Simpsons.

"The Last Temptation of Krust"
The Simpsons episode
Episode no.Season 9
Episode 15
Directed byMike B. Anderson
Written byDonick Cary
Production code5F10
Original air dateFebruary 22, 1998
Guest appearance(s)
Episode features
Chalkboard gag"Pain is not the cleanser"
Couch gagThe family run in, with their behinds on fire and douse themselves on the waterlogged couch.[1]
CommentaryMatt Groening
Mike Scully
Ron Hauge
Donick Cary
Yeardley Smith
Mike B. Anderson
Jay Leno


Krusty is persuaded by Bart to appear at a comedy festival organized by Jay Leno. His old-fashioned and outdated material fails to impress the audience when compared with the more trendy comedians also appearing. After reading a critical review of his act in the press, Krusty decides to go on a "bender to end all benders" and a montage sequence shows him getting drunk. After Bart finds him passed out on Ned Flanders' lawn, he enlists the help of Leno to clean him up. Krusty holds a press conference to announce his retirement and in short order launches into a bitter tirade against modern-day comedians. The audience finds Krusty's rant hysterically funny and he subsequently announces his return to comedy.

Krusty is inspired to return to doing low-key events, where he structures a new image for himself as a stand-up comedian who tells the truth, criticizes commercialism, and refuses to sell out to corporate America. He also changes his appearance, sporting a dark sweater and tying his hair in a ponytail. Observing his newfound popularity, two marketing executives try to persuade Krusty to endorse a new sport utility vehicle called the Canyonero. Although he tries to resist, he eventually succumbs to the lure of money. After promoting the Canyonero at a comedy performance in Moe's Tavern, he is booed off stage by the patrons. He finally admits to himself that comedy is not in his blood and selling out is. The episode ends with an extended advertisement for the Canyonero, as Krusty and Bart leave Moe's tavern in Krusty's new SUV.


Mike B. Anderson by Gage Skidmore
Mike B. Anderson directed the episode.

In the DVD commentary for The Simpsons'  ninth season, writer Donick Cary stated that the inspiration for the idea of an episode about stand-up comedy came out of comedy festivals at the time.[3] Executive producer Mike Scully said that the writers had difficulty getting Krusty's offensive bad jokes through the network censors. The stereotypical jokes were allowed because the writers convinced the network censors that viewers would understand it was simply emphasizing Krusty's dated comedic material.[4]

Mike B. Anderson stated that at least three different acts of material were written and animated for Krusty's comeback stand-up appearance at Moe's Tavern. It was not until the editing process that the material used was decided upon. The episode was still being animated three weeks before it was due to air and the production process moved frantically shortly before completion.[5] The Canyonero sequence was originally planned to be displayed during the closing credits. The production team liked the scene so much that they did not want it to be obscured by the credits and gave it its own segment at the end of the episode.[4]

Cultural references

The episode title is a reference to the controversial novel (and later film) The Last Temptation of Christ. In addition to Jay Leno, other real-life comedians that portrayed themselves in the episode include Steven Wright, Janeane Garofalo, Bobcat Goldthwait, and Bruce Baum, whose appearance helped increase his popularity.[6][7][8] Krusty's "Krustylu Studios" is a spoof on the company Desilu studios, set up by Lucille Ball and her husband Desi Arnaz, where the series Star Trek was once filmed.[1] During Krusty's "bender to end all benders" montage, he is seen drinking out of and vomiting into the Stanley Cup. The National Hockey League sent a letter regarding this scene.[4] Mike Scully described it as a "kind of a cease and desist", but the production staff decided not to cut the scene from the episode.[4] Krusty attends the coffee shop Java the Hut, a reference to the Star Wars character Jabba the Hutt.[9] Additionally, Krusty's anti-commercialism and anti-corporate stances, along with styling his hair in a ponytail, is a reference to comedian George Carlin who styled his hair the same way later in his career and often had anti-capitalism, anti-consumerism and anti-commercialism overtones in his performance.


The "Canyonero" song and visual sequence was modeled after Ford commercials.[4] The sequence is a parody of a commercial for a sport utility vehicle and Hank Williams Jr. sings a song about the Canyonero accompanied by country guitar music and whip cracks.[10] The song "Canyonero" closely resembles the theme to the 1960s television series Rawhide.[1] This episode was the first appearance of the Canyonero, which again appeared in the season 10 episode "Marge Simpson in: "Screaming Yellow Honkers"".[10] The "Canyonero" song is included on the 1999 soundtrack album Go Simpsonic with The Simpsons.[11]

Chris Turner wrote positively of the Canyonero spoof piece in Planet Simpson: How a Cartoon Masterpiece Defined a Generation, calling it "a brilliant parody of an SUV ad".[10] In an article in the journal Environmental Politics Steve Vanderheiden commented that the Canyonero reflected an "anti-SUV" stance by The Simpsons.[12] Vanderheiden wrote: "Even the popular animated television series ‘The Simpsons’ joined the anti-SUV fray in 1998, featuring a mammoth vehicle called the ‘Canyonero’ (marketed with the jingle: ‘Twelve yards long, two lanes wide/Sixty-five tons of American pride!’), which promised to help the family transcend its mundane station-wagon existence but instead brought only misery."[12] The term "Canyonero" has since been used in the news media to refer critically to large trucks and SUVs.[13][14][15][16][17] In an article in the San Francisco Chronicle about SUV owners, Vicki Haddock wrote "SUV owners have become something of a punch line, succinctly captured in a "Simpsons" parody touting the apocryphal Canyonero".[18] In a 2006 article, Seth Jayson of The Motley Fool compared the wording in a Ford advertisement myFord Owner Magazine to this episode, writing: "the unholiest of unholies is the writing, which is so thick with absurd adspeak, you'd think it was written by the crew at The Onion or The Simpsons – especially that episode where Krusty starts shilling for the Canyonero."[19] In a 2004 article in the Chicago Tribune, Jim Mateja noted that people have pointed out a similarity between the GMC Canyon and the Canyonero.[20] When contacted, GMC responded that the GMC is a pickup truck, while the Canyonero is a parody of an SUV.[20] Joshua Dowling of The Sun-Herald described the philosophy of the Ford F-250 as "The Canyonero comes to life".[21]


Jay Leno said in the DVD commentary for "The Last Temptation of Krust" that he could not tell whether the writers were poking fun at him or complimenting him.

In its original broadcast, "The Last Temptation of Krust" finished 21st in ratings for the week of February 16–23, 1998, with a Nielsen rating of 9.7, equivalent to approximately 9.5 million viewing households. It was the fourth highest-rated show on the Fox network that week, following The X-Files, The World's Scariest Police Chases, and King of the Hill.[22]

In 2006, USA Today highlighted the episode in a review of The Simpsons ninth season.[23] In his review of the season nine DVD, Joseph Szadkowski of The Washington Times noted: "Among the 22-minute gems found in the set, I most enjoyed ... [Krusty's] work with Jay Leno."[24] Mark Evans of the Evening Herald wrote: "'The Last Temptation of Krust' is a winner for its title alone as Krusty the clown becomes a satiric 'alternative' comedian but then sells out by advertising the Canyonero SUV road hazard."[25] Alan Sepinwall wrote positively of the episode in The Star-Ledger, citing the Canyonero sequence as "the real reason to watch" the episode and that "It's an oversize vehicle that will create oversized laughs."[6] Some sources mistakenly refer to this episode as "The Last Temptation of Krusty".[7][26][27][28]

In the book I Can't Believe It's a Bigger and Better Updated Unofficial Simpsons Guide, Warren Martyn and Adrian Wood characterized the episode as "a good twist on the never-ending Krusty story" and suggested that while "Jay Leno turns in a nice cameo [...] the show is stolen by the advert for the Canyonero".[1] The authors also praised Krusty's "ponytail and black sweater" look.[1] In the DVD audio commentary for "The Last Temptation of Krust", Leno said that he believed the essence of comedy clubs was depicted very well in the episode and referred to Krusty's remodeled appearance as "[George] Carlin post-Vegas act".[29] He also appreciated Krusty's poke at Leno's use of news headlines on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and said that he could not figure out whether parts of the episode were making fun of him or complimenting him.[29] William Irwin's The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer references a scene from the episode as an example of Marge's passive resistance, her moral influence on Lisa, and her value as a role model for her children.[27]

See also


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  3. ^ Cary, Donick (2006). The Simpsons season 9 DVD commentary for the episode "The Last Temptation of Krust" (DVD). 20th Century Fox.
  4. ^ a b c d e Scully, Mike (2006). The Simpsons season 9 DVD commentary for the episode "The Last Temptation of Krust" (DVD). 20th Century Fox.
  5. ^ Anderson, Mike B. (2006). The Simpsons season 9 DVD commentary for the episode "The Last Temptation of Krust" (DVD). 20th Century Fox.
  6. ^ a b Sepinwall, Alan (August 20, 1998). "Primescan". The Star-Ledger. p. 68.
  7. ^ a b "The Last Temptation of Krusty". KASA-TV. February 22, 1998.
  8. ^ Freedman, Richard (February 5, 2004). "Baum lands at Pepper Belly's Comic's wild act, if not face, unique". Times-Herald.
  9. ^ Chernoff, Scott (July 24, 2007). "I Bent My Wookiee! Celebrating the Star Wars/Simpsons Connection". Archived from the original on October 6, 2008. Retrieved August 28, 2011.
  10. ^ a b c Turner 2005, p. 254.
  11. ^ Sepinwall, Alan (November 12, 1999). "ALL TV'Tooning in to animation CDs". The Star-Ledger. p. 39.
  12. ^ a b Vanderheiden, Steve (February 2006). "Assessing the case against the SUV". Environmental Politics. 15 (1): 23–40. doi:10.1080/09644010500418688.
  13. ^ Lennox, Graeme; Steele, Liz (June 22, 2003). "Drive a Survivor: Mums looking for safety first should check out Touareg". The Sunday Mail. p. 2.
  14. ^ McKeever, Jim (September 19, 2005). "Traffic Laws Don't Apply In Lots". The Post-Standard. p. B3.
  15. ^ Clark, Michael (May 26, 2006). "Right on Q. (Autos – Reviews)". Winnipeg Free Press. p. E1.
  16. ^ Staff (March 27, 2006). "Muzzle the guzzlers". St Louis Post-Dispatch. p. B8.
  17. ^ Deen, Munim (November 20, 2007). "Column: Hybrids overvalued". Oklahoma Daily.
  18. ^ Haddock, Vicki (March 12, 2006). "SUV owners have a champion on the Web; Road to acceptance for vilified vehicle owners is long, bumpy and winding". San Francisco Chronicle. p. E1.
  19. ^ Jayson, Seth (May 5, 2006). "'myFord' Makes Me Cringe". Motley Fool. Archived from the original on December 9, 2007. Retrieved May 27, 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  20. ^ a b Mateja, Jim (April 4, 2004). "Dealers let costs out of the bag". Chicago Tribune. p. 7.
  21. ^ Dowling, Joshua (September 30, 2001). "New Car Snapshot Ford F-250". The Sun-Herald. John Fairfax Publications. p. 3.
  22. ^ Associated Press (February 25, 1998). "Prime time Nielsen ratings". Associated Press Archive.
  23. ^ Clark, Mike (December 22, 2006). "New on DVD". USA Today. Gannett Co. Archived from the original on October 17, 2012. Retrieved October 24, 2007.
  24. ^ Szadkowski, Joseph (January 13, 2007). "Animated ninja figures learn all about warrior art". The Washington Times. p. C09.
  25. ^ Evans, Mark (January 27, 2007). "Simpsons Season 9". Evening Herald. Independent News & Media. p. 25.
  26. ^ "The Simpsons – The Last Temptation of Krusty". Yahoo! TV. Yahoo!. Archived from the original on May 17, 2011. Retrieved February 20, 2008.
  27. ^ a b Irwin, William; Conard, Mark T.; Skoble, Aeon J. (2001). The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer. Open Court Publishing. pp. 49, 53–54. ISBN 0-8126-9433-3.
  28. ^ "The Simpsons – 'The Last Temptation of Krusty' Episode Info". MSN TV. MSN. Archived from the original on June 7, 2008. Retrieved February 20, 2008.
  29. ^ a b Leno, Jay (2006). The Simpsons season 9 DVD commentary for the episode "The Last Temptation of Krust" (DVD). 20th Century Fox.


Further reading

  • Dobson, Hugo (February 2006). "Mister Sparkle Meets the Yakuza: Depictions of Japan in The Simpsons". The Journal of Popular Culture. 39 (1): 44–68. doi:10.1111/j.1540-5931.2006.00203.x.
  • Gray, Jonathan (August 2005). "Television Teaching: Parody, The Simpsons and Media Literacy Education". Critical Studies in Media Communication. 22 (3): 223–238. doi:10.1080/07393180500201652.

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== Series overview ==

=== Ratings ===

With its first season, The Simpsons became the Fox network's first series to rank among the top thirty highest rated shows of a television season. Due to this success, Fox decided to switch The Simpsons' timeslot in hopes that it would result in higher ratings for the shows that would air after it. The series moved from 8:00 p.m. on Sunday nights to the same time on Thursdays, where it competed with The Cosby Show, the number one show at the time.Many of the producers were against the move, as The Simpsons had been in the top ten while airing on Sunday, and they felt the move would destroy its ratings. Ratings wise, new episodes of The Cosby Show beat The Simpsons every time during the second season and The Simpsons eventually fell out of the top ten. At the end of the season Cosby averaged as the fifth highest rated show on television, while The Simpsons was thirty-eighth.The show continued in its Thursday timeslot until the sixth season, when, in 1994, it reverted to its original slot on Sunday. It has remained there ever since.

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Season 1–11 are ranked by households (in millions) watching the series.

Season 12–30 are ranked by total viewers (in millions) watching the series.

==== Notes ====

Until the 1996/97 television season, ratings were calculated over 30 weeks from September to mid April. Episodes that aired after mid April were not part of the overall average and ranking.

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The Simpsons Ride is a simulator ride featured at the Universal Studios Florida and Universal Studios Hollywood theme parks. The ride is based on the animated television series The Simpsons. It was first announced in 2007 and replaced Back to the Future: The Ride at both locations. The ride at Universal Studios Florida soft opened on April 23, 2008, and the official ceremonies took place on May 15. The ride at Universal Studios Hollywood opened on May 19, 2008. The Simpsons Ride was collaborated on by the producers of The Simpsons, and uses CGI animation, which was provided by Blur Studio and Reel FX. 2D animation was provided by Film Roman, along with AKOM and Rough Draft Studios. The ride uses state-of-the-art technology, including new projection and hydraulics systems produced for the attraction.

The ride itself is four and a half minutes long, but original footage for the ride can be seen in the queue, and there is also a pre-show video. In the ride, patrons are introduced to a cartoon theme park called Krustyland built by Krusty the Clown. Sideshow Bob, however, is loose from prison to get revenge on Krusty and the Simpson family. At least 24 regular characters from the series make an appearance, all voiced by their original actors. Along with the attraction is a gift shop modeled after the Kwik-E-Mart, which opened in late 2007.

On June 1, 2013, Universal Studios began selling a real version of Duff Beer at the expanded Duff Beer Garden in the new Springfield section of the park.

Trash of the Titans

"Trash of the Titans" is the 22nd episode of The Simpsons' ninth season. The 200th episode of the series overall, it originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on April 26, 1998. The episode, which was written by Ian Maxtone-Graham and directed by Jim Reardon, sees Homer Simpson run for the job of Springfield's Sanitation Commissioner. Steve Martin guest stars as Ray Patterson, the incumbent commissioner, while U2 play themselves after requesting an appearance on the show.Inspired by a friend's experience in politics, Maxtone-Graham decided to have Homer run for Sanitation Commissioner, although one draft of the episode saw him running for mayor. The staff also wanted the episode to be about trash, and created the concept of "Love Day" as a means of generating waste. The episode's resolution was discussed extensively by the staff, with one proposed idea being that Springfield would be raised up and the excess rubbish swept underneath it. The episode also features a parody of the song "The Candy Man" and an incident involving comedian Redd Foxx.

"Trash of the Titans" won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming One Hour or Less), something the staff believe was due to the environmental message at the end. Over 10 years after the original broadcast, an airing of the episode in the United Kingdom courted controversy when it was aired on Channel 4 in April 2008 before the 9pm watershed, with the word "wanker" left unedited.

The episode is dedicated to the memory of Linda McCartney, who appeared alongside her husband Paul in the episode "Lisa the Vegetarian."

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