The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror
- 3 Seasons
The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror is a special episode shown each year that The Simpsons have been doing every Halloween since their second season. These special episodes are split up into three different stories each of which have the family in different scenarios that usually involve something scarier and are often much more violent than their usual episodes. These three different stories within each show are always written by different writers which gives them each a unique feeling. During these special episodes they even add something frightening to the names in the credits. While the opening to the Treehouse of Horror episodes has a different opening skit than the normal Simpsons episodes, the writers tried to keep at least one thing similar and that is the couch bit that has been done at the beginning of every episode since the beginning of the Simpson family. The couch bit in the Treehouse episodes was set to the same them as the rest of the show however, by having the family dressed different Halloween related costumes. Two common characters in the Treehouse of Horrors episodes are Kong and Kang the green space aliens. In one of their episodes it is discovered that Maggie is really their child, not Homer and Marge's, and she even starts to grow tentacles. Kong and Kang have become a staple of the Treehouse of Horror episodes and have appeared in every one since they were first introduced even if it is only a small appearance. Many of these special episodes have been based on spinoffs from shows like the Twilight Zone or books by Stephen King, giving them an extra little kick. Several of the segments have also been based on Sci-Fi movies like the Amityville Horror and The Exorcist. Many times these episodes will feature guest voices from horror classics such as Robert Englund who was Freddie Kruger in, A Nightmare On Elm Street. In one of the more popular episodes, which is based on the movie The Shining, The famiy becomes the caretakers of an estate in the middle of nowhere that is owned by Mr. Burns. In this episode Homer becomes insane just like what happened to the father in the movie.