[58] Whereas in Frasier, Mahoney played the "down-to-Earth, average guy" to Grammer's and Hyde Pierce's "uppity snobs", Robert Terwilliger Sr. was portrayed as equally highbrow as Bob. Francesca Terwilliger Commentary for "Krusty Gets Busted", in, Bird, Brad. The first five Bob episodes took up the top five, with "Cape Feare" being ranked first. [45] Despite these challenges, however, creators of The Simpsons usually look forward to "Sideshow Bob episodes"; the writers consider them enjoyable to write,[46] and former director Dominic Polcino describes them as "a treat" to work on. He began his career as a sidekick on Krusty the Clown's television show, but after enduring constant abuse, Bob attempted to frame his employer for armed robbery in "Krusty Gets Busted". Bob, Bart, and Lisa together stop Cecil and save the town, and both brothers, despite Bob's genuine innocence, are sent to prison. When accused of election fraud, he rants, "Your guilty consciences may force you to vote Democratic, but secretly you yearn for a cold-hearted Republican who'll cut taxes, brutalize criminals, and rule you like a king! Pierce commented, "Normally, I would not do something like this. They are foiled by Lisa and the rest of the Simpson family and sent to prison. He noted that only "The Italian Bob" and the ninth ranked "Funeral for a Fiend" were "the only ones I'd consider clunkers. Bob abusively went through an act that involved being shot out of a cannon by Krusty himself, all the while being deemed hilarious to the child audience.Finally having enough, Sideshow Bob disguised himself as Krusty and robbed the Kwik-E-Mart and framed him, resultng in the clown being arrested and Bob being made the new host of his show. To fill time, the writers added nine consecutive iterations of the same joke in quick succession. Commentary for "Brother From Another Series", in, Polcino, Dominic. (2005). [46] Cecil was drawn to resemble David Hyde Pierce, while retaining a visual similarity to Sideshow Bob. [33] Grammer usually joins the show's "table readings" (wherein cast members read each script together for the first time),[48] and former executive producer David Mirkin described working with Grammer as very pleasant, due to his lively sense of humor. "[54], The episode "Brother from Another Series" introduces Bob's brother Cecil. During the episode "Cape Feare", for example, the parole board asks Bob why he has a tattoo that says "Die, Bart, Die". [42] For "Black Widower", director David Silverman updated the character model to reflect the animation of director Brad Bird. Bob was also included as a level boss in the 1991 video game Bart vs. the Space Mutants. [73] In December 2009, Robert Canning of IGN ranked the ten episodes to feature Bob that had aired at the time. [18] In "The Man Who Grew Too Much" (season 25, 2014), he was revealed as a Chief Scientist for a genetic engineering company named Monsarno, having received the position after he was selected as a test subject and published the results of the experiments to which he was subjected. Sideshow Bob shares some personality traits of Grammer's character Frasier Crane from the sitcoms Cheers and Frasier, and has been described as "Frasier pickled in arsenic". Sideshow Bob endured much as it was to be expected from being clown sidekicks, suc… Bob briefly appears in "Clown in the Dumps" (season 26, 2014), where he offered his condolences to Krusty after the death of his father, Rabbi Krustofsky. He allows a final request, however, and Bart asks to hear Bob sing the entire score of H.M.S. The remaining episodes are all quite fun. [57] Mahoney portrayed Martin Crane, the father of Grammer's and Pierce's characters in Frasier. [68] Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly wrote that "Kelsey Grammer's grand voice-performance as Sideshow Bob is Frasier pickled in arsenic. In addition to regular roles in the television series, Sideshow Bob has made several appearances in other Simpsons media. Commentary for "Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming", in, Keeler, Ken. [47] In "Black Widower", Sideshow Bob notes that he is a "life-long Republican". Commentary for "Brother From Another Series", in, Groening, Matt. Relatives "[35], The show's writers admire Grammer's singing voice, and try to include a song for each appearance. [19] Sideshow Bob has made regular appearances in the monthly Simpsons Comics,[20] and several of Kelsey Grammer's singing performances have been included in The Simpsons CD compilations. The Simpson family, in Italy to retrieve a car for Mr. Burns, encounters him by chance. [4] Several parallels have been explicitly drawn in The Simpsons between Bob and Frasier Crane—Bob's brother Cecil and his father were played by David Hyde Pierce and John Mahoney, respectively, echoing the roles they played in Frasier. Bob is discharged from prison into the care of his brother Cecil, who is Springfield's chief hydrological and hydrodynamical engineer. [43] Another rule established by the show's writers mandated Bob's return to prison at the end of each episode, although this pattern was abandoned in later episodes like "The Great Louse Detective" and "The Italian Bob".[43]. [52], Bob's prisoner number is often 24601, which is Jean Valjean's prisoner number in Les Misérables. In "Krusty Gets Busted" (season one, 1990) Bob disguised himself as Krusty and framed him for armed robbery of the Kwik-E-Mart. Commentary for "The Telltale Head", in, Silverman, David. [30] A rule for earlier episodes featuring Bob called for a recap of his evil deeds; this was dropped after season eight's "Brother from Another Series" when the chronology became too lengthy. [15] Bob briefly returns in the season 20 episode "Wedding for Disaster", when Bart and Lisa initially suspect Bob of kidnapping Homer to prevent him from attending his second wedding with Marge (due to a keychain they found had an 'S' and a 'B'), but Krusty provides him with an alibi, explaining to the kids that Bob was with him the whole day. [10] Competing theories as to the origin of his name exist; some sources say he was named after the character Dr. Terwilliker, a megalomaniac outwitted by a boy named Bart in the film The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T by Dr. Seuss, but others say he was named after Terwilliger Boulevard in Portland, Oregon. Sideshow Bob appears in the 31st season in Bobby, It's Cold Outside in where he plays Santa Claus at a theme park. [79], Fictional character from The Simpsons franchise, Jean, Al. [48] The sequence has become known as the "rake joke" and was described by Entertainment Weekly as showing "genius in its repetitive stupidity. Kelsey Grammer initially expected Sideshow Bob to be a one-time role, and calls him "the most popular character I've ever played". (2001). [9], Bob is released from prison once again in "Sideshow Bob Roberts" (season six, 1994), and runs for Mayor of Springfield as the Republican Party candidate. After Krusty is arrested, Bob takes control of the show, introducing children to elements of high culture. In The Simpsons: Tapped Out, a city-building game released in February 2012, Sideshow Bob occurs as a bonus. However, by the seventh season Bob had already been the focus of four stories, and writers were having trouble developing new ways to include him. "[61] Also that year, Wizard magazine rated Bob as the 66th-greatest villain of all time. [79] Believing that "nobody who speaks German could be an evil man", they release him. The tactic stalls Bob long enough for the police to arrest him. "[51] Clausen composed Sideshow Bob's theme, which is played whenever Bob gets out of prison or is about to commit a sinister action, and was first used in "Cape Feare". His performance of the H.M.S. He is elected mayor of the village of Salsiccia in Tuscany and marries a local woman named Francesca, with whom he has a son named Gino. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Bob is a self-proclaimed genius who is a graduate of Yale University, a member of the Republican Party, and a champion of high culture. "[63], Kelsey Grammer has consistently received praise for his voicework, and has been described as "brilliant",[64] "inimitable"[65] and "a feast of mid-Atlantic anglophilia". [22] The producers modeled the song after "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah", but were forced to remove the song from the episode when they were unable to obtain the rights to it. [77] Arnold writes that "Bob's own conscience and morality are clearly unaffected by the high culture he represents." Her design may be based on her voice actress, Maria Grazia Cucinotta. In 2015, however, during the "Treehouse of Horror" segment, "Wanted: Dead, Then Alive", Bob finally gets his wish of killing Bart, commenting that he spent 24 years trying to kill a ten-year-old child; however, he becomes bored with Bart dead, so he brings him back to life so that he can repeatedly kill Bart over and over again.[1][2][3]. Bart again foils the plan and Sideshow Bob returns to prison. (2006). [9] However, his love of high culture is sometimes used against him. "[4] In her book My Life as a 10-Year-Old Boy, Nancy Cartwright (who performs the voice of Bart Simpson) wrote that "Kelsey Grammer scores big-time by injecting caustic, bitter, contemptuous and deliciously vile energy into his rendition of Sideshow Bob. (2005). [25] Sideshow Bob plays a lead role in The Simpsons Ride, which opened at Universal Studios Florida and Universal Studios Hollywood in May 2008. (2003). [14], The character of Sideshow Bob and Grammer's voicework have received many accolades. Francesca Terwilliger (née Vendetto) is Sideshow Bob's second wife. [67] In 2008, Grammer was included in Entertainment Weekly's list of the sixteen best Simpsons guest stars; Hyde Pierce was also included in that list. He defeats Democratic Party incumbent Joe Quimby in a landslide, but Bart and Lisa discover that Bob rigged the election, leading to another incarceration. CriminalHousewife (2003). Grammer, Mirkin says, is capable of perfect readings, but noted that the actor dislikes performing Sideshow Bob's evil laugh. [35] His last name was first revealed in "Black Widower"[8] while his middle name was first mentioned in "Sideshow Bob Roberts". However, Bob's reign is short-lived; Bart Simpson exposes him as the robber, Krusty is released, and Bob is fired and sent to jail. First appearance Now honestly, what is that? [48] Alf Clausen, the primary composer for The Simpsons, commented that "[Grammer] is so great. In "Krust… Itchy For Fun? He exploits this to make his latest attempt to kill Bart legally over state lines, but is foiled again and gets taken away by state police. Status [76] Frustrated by his early role as the target of "Krusty's cheap gags", Bob frames Krusty and takes over the show. The plan was foiled by his arch-enemy, Bart Simpson, and Sideshow Bob was sent to prison. Commentary for "Brother From Another Series", in, Oakley, Bill. [13], It is revealed in "The Italian Bob" (season 17, 2005) that Bob has moved to Italy to make a fresh start. Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein, the showrunners for the seventh and eighth seasons, believed that every season of the show should contain an episode starring Sideshow Bob. His younger brother, Cecil, was actually the one who was auditioning for the role, which Krusty was not impressed by and saw Bob as the ideal comic foil who would be ridiculous and never stand him up. Commentary for "Cape Feare", in, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, "The Simpsons scoop: Sideshow Bob to finally kill Bart this fall", "Comic-Con 2015: The Simpsons Panel Teases New "Treehouse of Horror, "Simpsons' 'Treehouse of Horror XXVI': First Look and details on Sideshow Bob killing Bart and more", "Primetime Listings (March 21 – March 28)", "Dozens Of 'Simpsons' Songs Bundled For 'Testify, "The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants", "Simpsons ride features 29 characters, original voices", "Woo Hoo! [53] Another trademark for Bob is a visual gag of stepping on a rake and being struck in the face with its handle; this joke first appeared in "Cape Feare". [8] After being paroled from prison in "Cape Feare" (season five, 1993), Bob targets Bart directly, threatening him repeatedly and forcing the Simpsons into hiding as part of the Witness Relocation Program. New characters, skins and costumes include Sideshow Bob, Cecil Terwilliger, Gino Terwilliger, Francesca Terwilliger, Dr. Robert Terwilliger Sr., Judith Underdunk, Captain Bob, and Opera Krusty. [29] Bob's design was updated for "Krusty Gets Busted"; as the episode's animation style evolved, director Brad Bird made the character of Sideshow Bob sleeker and more refined, to fit Grammer's voice technique. [59] His wife, Bob's mother, is Dame Judith Underdunk, "the finest classical actress of her generation." She is Italy. Bob returns to Springfield and moves into the house next to the Simpson family, assuming Walt's identity. A lover of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, Sideshow Bob is also known for his singing voice; several of Grammer's performances have been included in The Simpsons musical compilations. He also made a brief appearance on "Blazed and Confused" (season 26, 2014), where he meets Mr. Lassen, Bart's former teacher, who was now reduced to working in prison as a guard after Bart's actions got him fired. [41], For season three's "Black Widower", the writers echoed the premise of Wile E. Coyote chasing the Road Runner from Looney Tunes cartoons by having Bob unexpectedly insert himself into Bart's life and attempt to kill him. The character of Sideshow Bob began his career as the non-speaking sidekick on Krusty the Clown's television show. As part of a scheme to inherit money she has invested in the stock market, Bob attempts to blow Selma up during their honeymoon. "[74], The character's line in "Sideshow Bob Roberts", "Attempted murder? Pinafore in its entirety as a last request for Bart. [56], Cecil returns in season 19's "Funeral for a Fiend", which introduces the brothers' previously unseen father, Dr. Robert Terwilliger, played by John Mahoney. Pinafore. After writer Ken Keeler was assigned to write an episode featuring Sideshow Bob, he drew inspiration from episodes of Frasier. Grammer, who based Bob's voice on that of actor Ellis Rabb, has been praised for his portrayals of the character. [66] In the book Leaving Springfield, David L. G. Arnold comments that Bart is a product of a "mass-culture upbringing" and thus is Bob's enemy. [75], In Planet Simpson, author Chris Turner writes that Bob is built into a highbrow snob and conservative Republican so that the writers can continually use him as a strawman and pincushion. But how often do you get a chance to work with an actor like Kelsey Grammer and, more importantly, play his brother? The character of Sideshow Bob began his career as the non-speaking sidekick on Krusty the Clown's television show. "The Italian Bob" was ranked tenth, with the explanation that "All the things we love about a Sideshow Bob episode—the vengeance, the familiar settings and characters, the elaborate scheming—were missing from this half-hour. Commentary for "Krusty Gets Busted", in, Grammer, Kelsey. He appears in the Simpsons Comics, cameos in the 2007 video game The Simpsons Game, and stars as the main antagonist in The Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios' theme parks. Bob reappears again in the episode "The Bob Next Door" (season 21, 2010), where he switches faces with his prison cellmate Walt Warren. He is thwarted when he finds out that the bomb itself is a dud, then kidnaps Bart and flies the Wright Brothers' plane in an attempt to kill himself, Bart, and Krusty (who is hiding inside a shack, improvising a performance on the Emergency Broadcast System). Popping up every couple hours, the players are given a chance to tap on him to receive a small sum of money, and "send" him to jail. Bob replies that it is German for "The, Bart, The"; members of the board are impressed by his reasoning. She is Italian and has a son named Gino. Bob welcomes them with hospitality on the condition that they not reveal his felonious past; however, a drunken Lisa jokes about Bob's criminal deeds, alienating Bob from his citizens. After an attempt is made on Homer Simpson's life, Bob is released from prison to help find the culprit. Her design may be based on her voice actress, Maria Grazia Cucinotta. Sideshow Bob first appeared in "The Telltale Head", the eighth episode of season one. [23], In The Simpsons Game, released in November 2007, Bob has a speaking cameo appearance at the end of the chapter titled "Invasion of the Yokel-Snatchers" in which he was working with Kang and Kodos. [6] After repeated instances of abuse, including being shot from a cannon and hit constantly with pies, the Yale-educated Bob became angry at Krusty and resentful of the clown's success. Francesca is also the "Finger-Pointing Blame Shifter" type of mom you meet at the PTA. When she does become aware, she helps Bob try to kill the Simpson family. He represents high culture while Krusty represents low culture, and Bart, stuck in between, always wins out. [48] The musical score for "Cape Feare" earned Clausen an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Dramatic Underscore – Series in 1994. He's just amazing. In Treehouse of Horror XXVI segment "Wanted: Dead, then Alive", Bob successfully kills Bart, but finds his life so meaningless in Bart's absence that he creates a machine to bring Bart back to life so that he can keep killing his enemy over and over, until the other Simpsons rescue Bart and Bart uses the resurrection machine to turn Bob into a twisted amalgamation of creatures. As of December 2019, Bob has had speaking appearances in 22 episodes and been featured in 14; the most recent of the latter, "Bobby, It's Cold Outside", aired during the 31st season. Kelsey Grammer recorded several Sideshow Bob lines for The Simpsons Movie, but the scene was cut. He considers himself a member of the social elite, and happily uses Machiavellian methods to acquire and maintain power. Commentary for "Day of the Jackanapes", in, Moore, Rich. Commentary for "Sideshow Bob Roberts", in, Reiss, Mike.
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