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Cape Feare 

After being released from prison on parole, Sideshow Bob plots to murder Bart.


Rich Moore


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Grampa Simpson / Blue-Haired Lawyer / Laughing Cop / Ernest P. Worrell / Wolves / Santa's Little Helper (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson / Patty Bouvier / Selma Bouvier (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Nelson Muntz / Exercise Video Girl / Girls (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Chief Wiggum / Lou / Moe Szyslak / Snake Jailbird / Obengruppenfuhrer Wolfcastle / General Krelm / Parole Board Officer / FBI Man #2 (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Ned Flanders / Scratchy / McBain / Jasper Beardly / Radio DJ / Parole Judge / Persuasive Man / First FBI Man / Football Announcer (voice)
Kelsey Grammer ... Sideshow Bob (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten / Anya / Girls (voice)


An anonymous letter writer makes ominous threats to Bart. The Simpsons discover they were sent by Sideshow Bob who, when released from prison, harasses the Simpsons and then attempts to kill Bart with a machete. But Bob's vanity foils him yet again. Written by Tiff Banks

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

7 October 1993 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode was the inspiration for the 2012 play "Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play" by Anne Washburn. The play concerns a band of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world who recreate classic episodes of The Simpsons (1989), changing the stories as they pass along from one generation to another. By the play's final act, the episode has been transformed into an epic Gilbert and Sullivan-style opera in which Bart must defeat Mr. Burns (who has replaced Sideshow Bob as the story's villain) and Itchy and Scratchy, who are now his minions. See more »


Bart tells Homer and Marge, "I saw Sideshow Bob, and he threatened to kill me!" But Bob didn't threaten to kill Bart during the encounter in question. See more »


[Sideshow Bob ties up the rest of the Simpsons, then goes to Bart's room to kill him. All of the Simpsons struggle against their bonds except Homer, who is snoring and drooling on the deck]
Lisa: Oh, no! Dad's been drugged!
Marge: [annoyed] No, he hasn't.
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Alternate Versions

The episode "Cape Feare" has been banned from broadcast in Germany because it shows McBain's announcer in full Nazi regalia. See more »


Spoofs A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) See more »


I'm Called Little Buttercup
Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Performed by Kelsey Grammer
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Not only my favourite Sideshow Bob episode, but quite possibly my favourite Simpsons episode
17 June 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I will say I love the Simpsons, but like a vast majority of people I do prefer the early episodes to the newer episodes. Cape Feare as I have said, and I have to say I completely agree with the other reviewers here, is not only my favourite Sideshow Bob episode but I think it is my favourite Simpsons episode.

For one thing I love the character of Sideshow Bob, he is sinister and funny at the same time, and is just a recurring character I enjoy watching. Kelsey Grammar is perfect as the character, bringing the right touch of the dark comedy and the sinister. The other voice acting is top notch as well, especially Nancy Cartwright as Bart. The animation is superb, very colourful and lively, and the music is wonderful-the jaunty theme tune, Sideshow Bob's theme and of course HMS Pinafore which is my favourite part of the episode.

The story is well-written and interesting, the sight gags are clever and inventive, especially the one with the rake and the dialogue is just hilarious constantly, there are times when Bob actually upstages Homer in the humour department and for me this is one of the most quotable Simpsons episodes. The part I laugh most hysterically at is:

Homer: Hey, kids! Want to drive through that Cactus patch?

Bart: Yeah!

Lisa: Yeah!

Sideshow Bob(who happens to be underneath the car): No!

Homer: Well two against one. (and he drives through the cactus field anyway)

Sideshow Bob: Ow, ow, ow, ow!

Overall, I love this episode, there is so much to recommend it, and it reminds me strongly of the days when The Simpsons was brilliant in alternative to good. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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