Author Archives: Tom Williamson

Episode 7 – Call of the Restoration of Diplomatic Relations Between the UK and Argentina

This week on the show we discuss Call of the Simpsons, the one where Homer buys an RV and eventually gets mistaken for Bigfoot. The discussion ends up meandering into a rant about Mr Blobby, so look out for that! For the history we talk about the UK and Argentina restoring diplomatic relations, but really… Read More »

Episode 6 – Moaning Mandela

This week Tom and Garreth talk about Tom’s favourite episode from Series 1 of the Simpsons, “Moaning Lisa”, an episode which deals with important topics such as video boxing and Lisa Simpson going through an existential crisis. It was first aired on the day Nelson Mandela was released from prison, so naturally the history bit… Read More »

Episode 5 – Bart the First McDonald’s in Moscow

Join your hosts Tom and Garreth for another episode of Retrospecticus! On this show we talk about the episode “Bart the General” and discuss the opening of the first McDonald’s in the Soviet Union. Tom corrects himself on some Panamanian flagwrong from the previous episode, Garreth tells us about a conspiracy theory on the existence… Read More »

Episode 4 – There’s No Disgrace Like Manuel Noriega

In this episode of the show Garreth tackles the rather strange Simpsons episode “There’s No Disgrace Like Home”, the first to be penned by legendary Simpsons writers Al Jean and Mike Reiss. For the history, Tom tells the story of the roller coaster ride that was the life of Manuel Noriega, former military leader of… Read More »

Episode 3 – The Morris Worm’s Odyssey

Things take a fairly dark turn this episode as we discuss Homer’s Odyssey, which begins with Homer Simpson tying a boulder around his waist and going to a river to commit suicide. Garreth tells us about the legend of John Henry, the steel-driving man. Tom lightens the mood with the story of Robert Tappan Morris,… Read More »

Episode 2 – Bart the Storming of the Stasi HQ

It’s our first episode with a special guest! We take a look at the Simpsons episode “Bart the Genius”. Tom has a revelation about the “Staphylococci virus”, Garreth tells us about all things banana related, and we are joined by Simon Singh, author of “The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets” to talk about the maths… Read More »

Episode 1 – Simpsons Roasting on a Romanian Revolution

In the first proper episode of Retrospecticus, we take a look at “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire”, the first full episode of The Simpsons and the only one to be broadcast in the 1980’s. For the modern history, we tell the story of the Romanian Revolution that overthrew Nicolae Ceausescu. If you’d like to… Read More »

The Pilot Episode

Welcome to the very first episode of Retrospecticus, a Simpsons history podcast! In this pilot episode, your hosts Tom and Garreth give a taster of what to expect from the upcoming series. Garreth tells the story of how the Simpsons came into existence via the Tracey Ullman show, and Tom gives a brief overview of… Read More »

Welcome to Retrospecticus

Hello there! Welcome to the home of Retrospecticus, a Simpsons History podcast. In each episode, your hosts Tom and Garreth will reminisce over an episode of the Simpsons, before going over an important historical event that occurs on or around the time of the show’s original air date.