The Simpsons Producer Teases “Thanksgiving of Horror” Special Full of Black Mirror Nods

Usually famous for its Halloween episodes, the long-running cartoon is doing things a little differently this Turkey Day.

By Chris Morse

Forget the Treehouse of Horror, The Simpsons is getting ready to deliver some additional scares in its upcoming “Thanksgiving of Horror” trilogy special, set to air on November 24th at 8 PM. The fine folks over at EW shared a preview of the episode earlier today, featuring some teases from executive producer Matt Selman. We are even going to see a whole bunch of Black Mirror references in this one.

The three-part episode follows a “past, present, and future” structure with the first act involving invading Pilgrims and innocent turkeys, the second bringing in Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker to voice a “Nosedive”-like app, and the third heading off to space to celebrate the final Thanksgiving while escaping a dying planet in a spaceship.

“We love ‘Treehouse of Horror’ so much that, like Thanksgiving itself, we are greedy for a second helping of horror,” said Selman. “Thanksgiving is a scary holiday from unwanted political discussions to not knowing what time the food is being served. There’s a lot of fear there.”

As an added bonus, the producer dropped 10 hints to tease some moments and Black Mirror references from the upcoming special, which has a nearly 25-minute runtime, the longest-ever for an episode of The Simpsons. See below for the full list.


Once again, The Simpsons’ “Thanksgiving of Horror” trilogy special will air on Fox this Sunday, November 24th at 8 PM local time. Will you be tuning in?

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Chris Morse

Programmer by day, writer by night. Having grown up surrounded by plenty of horror movies and video games, it only made sense for Chris to combine all of these passions into one place: Dead Entertainment. Whether he's working on designs, tinkering with the platform, or just writing up the latest horror news, he's sure to be hard at work keeping the wheels turning on this website no matter what time of day it is. When not coding or gaming, you can find him donning a Cheesehead and heading to the Midwest to cheer on his favorite NFL team, the Green Bay Packers. #GoPackGo