Richard Dawkins Will Appear on ‘The Simpsons’ This Sunday

I’m sure someone will jokingly say “South Park Already Did It,” but at least “The Simpsons” are getting the real thing: Richard Dawkins will play himself in this Sunday’s episode “Black-Eyed, Please.”

No word yet on *how* Dawkins will be featured in the episode or how many lines he’ll have, but I think we can all agree on one thing…

Please argue with Ned Flanders.

The Futon Critic has a description of the episode, which will also feature the voice of Tina Fey:

Flanders becomes jealous when his laid-back parents start to prefer Homer’s company over his and he faces unbearable guilt after punching Homer in the eye, as he desperately tries to reconcile with him. Meanwhile, Lisa is distressed by her new substitute teacher (guest voice Tina Fey), who bullies her for no apparent reason…

I’ve reached out to Dawkins to see what else he can tell us about the episode and I’ll provide an update if he responds.

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  • Mike

    I think “The Simpsons” is well past it’s shelf life, so the guest appearance of Dawkins may not amount to much.

    It would be comical to have Ned and Dawkins argue, however! I hate to say it, but Flanders would probably hold out longer.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Kevin_Of_Bangor

      They have already done a show where Flanders was the devil and Homer has proven God does not exist. Even Ned said it was air tight then he proceeds to destroy the evidence.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brian.westley Brian Westley

    Dr. Who AND The Simpsons, well color me jealous.

    • Raising_Rlyeh

      Well, Doctor Who was more of a reference with Dawkins being the head of a cult that believed in the existence of stars. I’d like to take that as stating that Dawkins is smart enough to notice and remember that there should be stars.

  • http://skepticink.com/dangeroustalk Dangerous Talk

    Sam Simon is a member of American Atheists, so I’m surprised Dawkins hasn’t been on already.

    • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

      I’d like to see Silverman on, but he doesn’t have the name recognition. Although maybe an episode on billboards. Where the main controversy isn’t the content of the sign but the the design.

      Ya, not a big draw.

  • Drew M.

    I didn’t even know The Simpsons was still on the air.

    • dorcheat

      Hard to believe The Simpsons have been on since late 1989. I remember watching it in college. Now I am 47 and my kids watch it.

  • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

    My bet is Dawkins will be investigating a previously unknown lineage in human evolution- a throwback to the ‘missing link’- a gene on the Simpson Y chromosome.

  • Mairianna

    Bulling AND Atheism in one episode? I would think they each deserve their own 22 minutes at least!

  • LesterBallard

    Dawkins will deconvert Ned. Or Ned will convert Dawkins . . .

  • http://twitter.com/Ro542124 Gideon

    Anyone feel like watching “Lisa The Skeptic”?

  • Jessica

    Tina Fey and Dawkins in one episode?
    I want to make out with it.

  • traveler0

    I wonder if Dawkins will tell Lisa to stop whining. It still sickens me to see that man get favorable press.


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