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Krusty Gets Busted 

Homer witnesses a robbery at the Kwik-E-Mart, where the culprit is a man dressed like Bart's hero, Krusty the Clown. But there's more than meets the eye?


Brad Bird


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 5 more credits »




Episode credited cast:
Dan Castellaneta ... Krusty the Klown / Homer Simpson / Scott Christian / Judge Snyder (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson / Patty Bouvier / Selma Bouvier (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Juror (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Scratchy / Sketch Artist / TV Announcer / Kent Brockman / Rev. Lovejoy / Attorney / Krusty Souvenirs Salesman / Merchandiser #2 / Security Guard / Eddie (voice)
Kelsey Grammer ... Sideshow Bob (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Apu / Chief Wiggum / Krusty's Attorney / Director / Merchandiser #3 / Lou (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Brittany / Merchandiser #1 (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Humberto Vélez Humberto Vélez ... Homero Simpson (Spanish)


While shopping at the Kwik-E Mart, Homer is caught in the middle of an armed robbery. The suspect is dressed like Krusty the Clown, Bart's television idol. Homer confirms the identity and is arrested, tried and convicted (under the pretense that he was trying to recoup gambling losses). Bart is convinced that he is innocent, with Lisa's help, eventually deduces that someone was trying to frame him. Tying information together from news reports, their own knowledge and logical reasoning, Bart and Lisa expose Krusty's sidekick, Sideshow Bob as the culprit. Bob, it seems, had grown weary of being the butt of Krusty's physical gags and being part of an inane show, and with Krusty out of the way he could reshape the show into his more scholastic vision. Bob is arrested and swears revenge, while Krusty is freed. Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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Animation | Comedy


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Did You Know?


The line "The Day the Laughter Died", shown during the newscast, is a reference to the Andrew Dice Clay album released the previous month. See more »


It is revealed that Krusty is illiterate. However, at the end of the episode, Bart is seen hanging up a picture that is signed by Krusty and reads "To my best pal Bart". He couldn't have written this if he was illiterate. See more »


Krusty the Clown: Hey, kids. Who do you love?
Kids: Krusty.
Krusty the Clown: How much do you love me?
Kids: With all our hearts.
Krusty the Clown: What would you do if I went off the air?
Kids: We'd kill ourselves.
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Spoofs The Prisoner (1967) See more »


Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K.525: I. Allegro
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Used as the theme for "The SIde-Show Bob Cavalcade of Whimsy"
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Not my personal favourite from Series One, but it's still a classy episode
3 March 2020 | by studioATSee all my reviews

I can't agree with those saying that this is the best of S1, because there are so many good episodes from this year, and I preferred others.

It is though a very good episode, with lots of good moments, and marks the proper introduction of Krusty and Sideshow Bob, voiced brilliantly for the first time by Kelsey Grammer.

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Release Date:

29 April 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Krusty va a la carcel See more »

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1.33 : 1
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