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 They fight! They bite!

The Itchy and Scratchy Show is a Show Within a Show Within A Show on The Simpsons[1]. It passes itself off as a cat and mouse chase, based on the old cartoon shorts of Tom and Jerry and Herman and Katnip. The cartoons are usually aired during The Krusty The Klown Show.

The show was part of The Simpsons since the first season, including episodes directly involving the company that makes the cartoons. They even got their own Video Game or two as well as a short comic book series (which crossed over with BartMan in the When Bongos Collide story).

This Show in a Show provides examples of:

 Krusty: Wow! They'll never let us show that again, not in a million years!

  • The Movie: In-story, the show had a movie released in theaters and either had a sequel or rerelease at the start of The Simpsons Movie.
  • Nice Mice: Averted with Itchy.
  • Overly Long Tongue: Scratchy's isn't so much long as stretchy; at one point it gets tied to a rocket which reaches the moon before Scratchy even notices.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Poochie. Didn't go without Lampshade Hanging, of course.
  • Retool: Into a Lighter and Softer show. It was changed back when Marge Simpson, who protested against the show's violence, had a wholy different opinion on Michelangelo's David (which was on a coast-to-coast tour of the United States at the time).
    • The first cartoon in 1928, "That Happy Cat" only showed Scratchy walking down the street and whistling. Unsurprisingly, it wasn't a success, and the series only caught on when Itchy and violence were added (read: stolen from Chester J. Lampwick).
  • Retraux: Itchy and Scratchy are obvious homages to the violent cartoons from The Golden Age of Animation like Tom and Jerry and Herman and Katnip.
  • Sadist Show
  • Screwy Squirrel: Oh, Itchy...
  • Shoo Out the New Guy: A character named "Poochie", voiced by Homer, was introduced, gelled horribly with the show, and was dumped hastily out of the show.
  • Shoot the Television: The short "Little Barbershop of Horrors", "written" by Abraham Simpson, ends with Scratchy's head (now just a skull) going through a ceiling and into Elvis Presley's television set. Elvis promptly produces a revolver and shoots Scratchy's skull through the TV.

  Elvis: Aww, this show ain't no good! *BANG!*


  1. which itself was a Show Within a Show, from The Tracy Ullman Show
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