There was no mention of Bitcoin throughout the rest of the episode. Peter Griffin, the father from Family Guy, met Homer Simpson, the father from The Simpsons, and had hilarious lines of dialogue.
At one point, the two were drinking beer together. Laden with subtle hints of criticism that Family Guy is just a rip off, the conversation turns to the differences between Duff beer and Pawtucket Ale. It turns out that both are the same beer after peeling off the label of Pawtucket Ale to find a Duff logo.
Homer Simpson – “This beer tastes exactly like Duff!”
Peter Griffin – “It may have been inspired by Duff, but I like to think that it goes in a different direction.”
While The Simpsons / Family Guy episode was odd, it was a hit. Fox had been marketing the episode for weeks, along with their Futurama crossover, so there’s a reasonable possibility that a huge audience saw the Bitcoin gag.
The Simpsons joke isn’t the first time Bitcoin has hit television. In 2012, Bitcoin was a centerpiece for CBS’s legal show The Good Wife, starring guest star Jason Biggs. Biggs is an information rights lawyer who refuses to reveal who Satoshi Nakamoto is to the Treasury Department and lands in trouble because of it. The entire episode revolved around Bitcoin, and it explained the protocol fairly well according to many in the Bitcoin community; although casual viewers reportedly didn’t end up understanding.
Others might remember the last time that Bitcoin was mentioned on the Simpsons. Krusty the Klown told Lisa that he had lost some money on the Bitcoin markets. Hah! Classic Krusty.
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Last modified: September 30, 2014 07:57 UTC