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"Podcast News"
The Simpsons episode
Episode no.Season 32
Episode 6
Directed byMatthew Faughnan
Written byDavid X. Cohen
Production codeZABF22
Original air dateNovember 15, 2020 (2020-11-15)
Guest appearance(s)
  • Morgan Fairchild as Vivienne St. Charmaine
  • Stellan Skarsgård as himself
  • Christine Nangle as Tabitha Shingle
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"Podcast News" is the sixth episode of the thirty-second season of the American animated sitcom The Simpsons, and the 690th overall. It aired in the United States on Fox on November 15, 2020.[1] The episode was directed by Matthew Faughnan, and written by David X. Cohen.[2]

Morgan Fairchild, Christine Nangle, and Stellan Skarsgård all guest-star in the episode.[1] In the episode, Grampa Simpson is accused of murder, and Kent Brockman creates a podcast about it.

It also received generally positive reviews, and was watched live in the United States by 3.50 million viewers.

This episode was dedicated in memory of Alex Trebek.


While Marge and Lisa become addicted to true crime podcasts, Homer and Bart go to visit Grampa Abe at the Springfield Retirement Castle and find that Abe has a new girlfriend named Vivienne St. Charmaine, a former TV star.

Later, the family finds out that Vivienne is dead, and that Abe–-who doesn't remember what happened-–is the top suspect. To try and stay relevant, Kent Brockman decides creates a podcast called "Guilty Grampa" that convinces Springfield, the family, and even Abe himself that he is guilty of the crime. Abe confesses, and get locked away in jail.

During a live taping of the "Guilty Grampa" finale, Dr. Hibbert reveals that Vivienne did not die, but she instead fled to a Mexican resort.

In the final scene, Abe encounters his old girlfriend, who reminds them that he was supposed to meet her in Mexico with the insurance money, but apparently he forgot. The pair decide to hide out in a place where they'll be completely ignored and unnoticed: Springfield Retirement Castle.


The episode marked the first time that David X. Cohen had written an episode of the series since 1998.[3] Morgan Fairchild and Christine Nangle appeared in the episode as Vivienne St. Charmaineas and Tabitha Shingle, respectively, while Stellan Skarsgård appeared as himself.[1] Series regular Yeardley Smith, who voices Lisa Simpson, also appeared in the episode as herself hosting a podcast called Small Town Dicks.[3] She is the second regular cast member to appear in animated form, the first being Dan Castellaneta who guest starred as himself in the episode Homer Simpson, This Is Your Wife.


Viewing figures[edit]

In the United States, the episode was watched live by 3.50 million viewers.[4]

Critical response[edit]

Tony Sokol with Den of Geek said, "'Podcast News,' named for the comedy drama Broadcast News, is a good parody of the podcast craze. In spite of its similarity to 'Bad Homer,' the episode is very current, a little tricky, and comes at us from a different kind of angle. The Simpsons have given us stories about Abe’s shady pasts. He's been around almost longer than anyone but Monty Burns, so he has a lot more past to shade. It's to his credit, Abe can bear the weight of the blame, especially at his age. The most frightening concept of the episode, however, is the level of personal information can be gleaned from colonoscopy technology. Filled with singularly funny one liners, 'Podcast News' manages to keep a sense of tension throughout, and ends on a satisfying morally ambiguous note." He also gave the episode four out of five stars.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "(SI-3122) "Podcast News"". The Futon Critic. October 22, 2020. Retrieved October 23, 2020.
  2. @AlJean (December 13, 2019). "Podcast News by David X. Cohen" (Tweet). Retrieved October 23, 2020 – via Twitter.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Swift, Andy (November 13, 2020). "Simpsons First Look: A True Crime Story Brings the 'Real' Lisa Simpson to Town". TVLine. Retrieved November 16, 2020.
  4. Metcalf, Mitch (November 17, 2020). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 11.15.2020". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved November 17, 2020.
  5. Sokol, Tony (November 16, 2020). "The Simpsons Season 32 Episode 6 Review: Podcast News". Den of Geek. Retrieved November 16, 2020.

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