", The show's writers admire Grammer's singing voice, and try to include a song for each appearance. Francesca Terwilliger with Sideshow Bob and the top of Gino's head. " Writer George Meyer commented that "writing for Kelsey is great, he can give the kind of purple, florid, melodramatic speeches that most of the characters would never give.  Adam Finley of TV Squad wrote that "that baritone voice, the Shakespearean delivery, and the ability to go from calm and collected to stark raving mad all within the same second make Sideshow Bob one of the best recurring characters on the show. Grammer, Mirkin says, is capable of perfect readings, but noted that the actor dislikes performing Sideshow Bob's evil laugh. Pinafore in "Cape Feare" was later included on the album Go Simpsonic with The Simpsons, and the song "The Very Reason That I Live" from "The Great Louse Detective" was included on The Simpsons: Testify.  Alf Clausen, the primary composer for The Simpsons, commented that "[Grammer] is so great.  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. Commentary for "Brother From Another Series", in, Oakley, Bill.  In December 2009, Robert Canning of IGN ranked the ten episodes to feature Bob that had aired at the time. 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. Francesca Terwilliger (née Vendetto) is Sideshow Bob's second wife. She and Gino, along with Sideshow Bob's mother, father, and brother attempted to have Bart incinerated to get revenge. , In "Day of the Jackanapes" (season 12, 2001), Bob discovers that Krusty has erased all of the early shows featuring Sideshow Bob as Krusty himself is declaring his fifth and final retirement after being annoyed with the network executives.  His last name was first revealed in "Black Widower" while his middle name was first mentioned in "Sideshow Bob Roberts". , Bob's intelligence serves him in many ways. He also tries to "manipulate the tastes of the masses" by becoming a criminal mastermind. 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. In addition to his recurring role in the series, Sideshow Bob has made several appearances in other Simpsons media. The Simpsons: Tapped Out Terwilligers content update was released April 14, 2015 and has several references to the Simpsons episodes with Sideshow Bob. He changes the content of that show to present readings of classic literature and segments examining the emotional lives of pre-teens. , 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.  His wife, Bob's mother, is Dame Judith Underdunk, "the finest classical actress of her generation." Commentary for "Black Widower", in, Jean, Al. Bob replies that it is German for "The, Bart, The"; members of the board are impressed by his reasoning. Commentary for "Brother From Another Series", in, Groening, Matt. Bob follows them to their hideout, a houseboat on Terror Lake, and, after subduing the family, prepares to kill Bart. 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.  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. Pierce commented, "Normally, I would not do something like this.  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. He represents high culture while Krusty represents low culture, and Bart, stuck in between, always wins out. 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.  Despite these challenges, however, creators of The Simpsons usually look forward to "Sideshow Bob episodes"; the writers consider them enjoyable to write, and former director Dominic Polcino describes them as "a treat" to work on. In the same episode, Bob agrees to perform the operetta H.M.S. "The Italian Bob" In The Simpsons: Tapped Out, a city-building game released in February 2012, Sideshow Bob occurs as a bonus.  Believing that "nobody who speaks German could be an evil man", they release him. Black 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! Commentary for "Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming", in, Jean, Al.  In 2006, Grammer won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for his role in "The Italian Bob"; he had previously won four awards in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series category for his portrayal of the title role on Frasier.  Arnold writes that "Bob's own conscience and morality are clearly unaffected by the high culture he represents."  Mahoney portrayed Martin Crane, the father of Grammer's and Pierce's characters in Frasier.  Arnold believes that this is most apparent in "Sideshow Bob Roberts", wherein he rigs the election to become the mayor of Springfield. His plans often involve murder and destruction, usually targeted at Bart or, less often, Krusty, though these plans often involve targeting the entire Simpson family.  The sequence has become known as the "rake joke" and was described by Entertainment Weekly as showing "genius in its repetitive stupidity. "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. He, his wife and son swear a vendetta on the Simpsons.  Following the re-design, animators tried to redraw his scenes in "The Telltale Head", but had insufficient time before the show was produced. When she does become aware, she helps Bob try to kill the Simpsons family. The episode "Brother from Another Series" (season eight, 1997) reveals that Bob only received the job after his younger brother Cecil failed an audition, because Krusty considered Bob to be a perfect comic foil.  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. , 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. Sideshow Bob started out as the mute sidekick of children's show host Krusty the Clown. , Bob's prisoner number is often 24601, which is Jean Valjean's prisoner number in Les Misérables.  For Bob's voice, Grammer performed an impression of theatre actor and director Ellis Rabb. Commentary for "Cape Feare", in, Mirkin, David. At first, she knew nothing of her husband's multiple murder attempts. Sideshow Bob appears in the 31st season in Bobby, It's Cold Outside in where he plays Santa Claus at a theme park. 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. Grammer, who based Bob's voice on that of actor Ellis Rabb, has been praised for his portrayals of the character. Francesca is also the "Finger-Pointing Blame Shifter" type of mom you meet at the PTA. Commentary for "Krusty Gets Busted", in, Bird, Brad. " 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. Commentary for "Brother From Another Series", in, Polcino, Dominic. When the mystery is solved, he returns to murder Bart. 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. Bart again foils the plan and Sideshow Bob returns to prison. (2005). Bob is discharged from prison into the care of his brother Cecil, who is Springfield's chief hydrological and hydrodynamical engineer. , 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.  In "Black Widower", Sideshow Bob notes that he is a "life-long Republican". After an attempt is made on Homer Simpson's life, Bob is released from prison to help find the culprit. 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. Commentary for "Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming", in, Keeler, Ken.  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. In addition to regular roles in the television series, Sideshow Bob has made several appearances in other Simpsons media. (2005). (2001). He noted that only "The Italian Bob" and the ninth ranked "Funeral for a Fiend" were "the only ones I'd consider clunkers. To appease things, Krusty sings himself a song on Bob's behalf, and being touched by this, Bob decides to abort his plan of attempted murder and reconciles with Krusty, although he is returned to prison for it. (2001).  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. Ride with the Simpsons", "Flash!  While most official and unofficial Simpsons guides spell the character's middle name as "Underdunk", writer Bill Oakley has stated that he intended for it to be spelled "Onderdonk", the name being taken from American bishop and composer of hymns Henry Ustick Onderdonk. , In "Black Widower" (season three, 1992), Bob's first major appearance after framing Krusty, he is released from prison and marries Bart's aunt Selma Bouvier. When she does become aware, she helps Bob try to kill the Simpson family. Voiced by  IGN considers it the best episode of the fifth season.  In the following season, Bob takes advantage of the prison's work release program, and appears to be genuinely redeemed. " 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". To fill time, the writers added nine consecutive iterations of the same joke in quick succession. He decided to incorporate elements of Grammer's other show into the character of Sideshow Bob, and designed Cecil to resemble Grammer's brother on Frasier. This too is thwarted, and Bob returns to prison. (2006).  Grammer usually joins the show's "table readings" (wherein cast members read each script together for the first time), and former executive producer David Mirkin described working with Grammer as very pleasant, due to his lively sense of humor.  His first major appearance was in season one's twelfth episode "Krusty Gets Busted", written by Jay Kogen and Wallace Wolodarsky. In "Krusty Gets Busted" (season one, 1990) Bob disguised himself as Krusty and framed him for armed robbery of the Kwik-E-Mart.  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.  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. ", Kelsey Grammer has consistently received praise for his voicework, and has been described as "brilliant", "inimitable" and "a feast of mid-Atlantic anglophilia". Episodes in which he is a central character typically involve Sideshow Bob being released from prison and executing an elaborate revenge plan, usually foiled by Bart and Lisa. 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. In "Brother from Another Series", Reverend Lovejoy declares him a changed man and recommends him for a work release opportunity.  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. After Krusty is arrested, Bob takes control of the show, introducing children to elements of high culture. Bob is released from prison and develops a plot to kill Krusty using Bart as a suicide bomber during Krusty's retirement special. Commentary for "Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming", in, Weinstein, Josh. Just as Bob was to succeed, he overhears Krusty publicly holding himself responsible for turning Bob into a criminal, expressing his regret of mistreating Bob during his years as Sideshow. Son: Gino TerwilligerFather-in-Law: Robert Terwilliger Sr.Mother-in-Law: Dame Judith UnderdunkBrother-in-Law: Cecil TerwilligerCousin-in-Law: Bobby TerwilligerMarital Nephew: Neil Terwilliger.  The entire Terwilliger family returns in "Funeral for a Fiend" (season 19, 2007) in which Bob's father, Robert Terwilliger Sr., and mother, Dame Judith Underdunk, make their first appearances. Pinafore in its entirety as a last request for Bart. (2009). Bob also has a wife named Francesca (voiced by Maria Grazia Cucinotta) and a son named Gino, both of whom were introduced in season 17 episode "The Italian Bob" and returned for "Funeral for a Fiend". After writer Ken Keeler was assigned to write an episode featuring Sideshow Bob, he drew inspiration from episodes of Frasier. It is based on the score of the film Cape Fear, composed by Bernard Herrmann. They have a son named Gino Terwilliger. The tactic stalls Bob long enough for the police to arrest him. , Bob has no lines of dialogue during the first half of "Krusty Gets Busted"; the character's only communication takes the form of a slide whistle. He allows a final request, however, and Bart asks to hear Bob sing the entire score of H.M.S. 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. The remaining episodes are all quite fun. However, after he is provoked into a fight, he realizes that he has become a crude monster and jumps off the Springfield Dam, surviving because the gills he gave himself allow him to survive in the lake. (2005). However, towards the end of the episode, he appears again, in a panning shot of a crowd, with his familiar hairstyle.  Ben Rayner of the Toronto Star listed "Cape Feare", "Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming" and "Brother From Another Series" among the best episodes of the series, writing "forget Frasier, these are Kelsey Grammer's best roles.  Weinstein describes Bob's dialogue as difficult to write, due to his unique and refined style of speaking. Springfield just wouldn't be the same without him. Robert Terwilliger (aka Sideshow Bob) began his career as \"Sideshow Bob\", a non-speaking sidekick on Krusty the Clown's television show. "Cape Feare" is generally regarded as one of the best episodes of The Simpsons and placed third on Entertainment Weekly's 2003 list of the show's top 25 episodes. Bob has made a brief appearance in "Gal of Constant Sorrow", grunting in annoyance as he wipes off Bart's graffiti from Hettie Mae Boggs' promo poster on the wall along with Snake Jailbird and other inmates.  Sideshow Bob plays a lead role in The Simpsons Ride, which opened at Universal Studios Florida and Universal Studios Hollywood in May 2008. His design was relatively simple compared to later incarnations, and his hairstyle was rounded. Kelsey Grammer recorded several Sideshow Bob lines for The Simpsons Movie, but the scene was cut. The character of Sideshow Bob began his career as the non-speaking sidekick on Krusty the Clown's television show.  For "Black Widower", director David Silverman updated the character model to reflect the animation of director Brad Bird.  Bob's aid is sought by Springfield police in "The Great Louse Detective" (season 14, 2002).  Cecil was drawn to resemble David Hyde Pierce, while retaining a visual similarity to Sideshow Bob. 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. Without it, Bob wasn't nearly as entertaining, and the episode didn't result in a whole lot of laughs." ", The episode "Brother from Another Series" introduces Bob's brother Cecil. Itchy For Fun? Despite Lassen's offer to get him out, Bob rejects the idea that they team up as Lassen thought that they would take turns gutting Bart. Bob returns to Springfield and moves into the house next to the Simpson family, assuming Walt's identity. (2003).  In a 2007 interview, Simpsons executive producer Al Jean listed Grammer as one of his favorite guest stars (second only to Phil Hartman), saying "his voice is so rich.  Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly wrote that "Kelsey Grammer's grand voice-performance as Sideshow Bob is Frasier pickled in arsenic. , Fictional character from The Simpsons franchise, Jean, Al. (2004). 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". According to director Pete Michels, it was difficult to draw Bob and Cecil standing together, because of their comically oversized feet. (2005).  The episode "Brother from Another Series" (season eight, 1997) reveals that Bob only received the job after his younger brother Cecil failed an audition, because Krusty considered Bob to be a perfect comic foil. 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! He's just amazing. CriminalHousewife Maria Grazia CucinottaTress MacNeille (KABF01) 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. 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.  Bob escapes from prison for the first time in "Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming" (season seven, 1995), and threatens to blow up Springfield with a nuclear bomb unless the city stops broadcasting all television shows. 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. But how often do you get a chance to work with an actor like Kelsey Grammer and, more importantly, play his brother? He is voiced by Kelsey Grammer and first appeared briefly in the episode "The Telltale Head". He and Lisa bond over their interest in Walt Whitman, but Bob soon reveals that he has also genetically modified himself to give himself various superhuman abilities, intending to acquire DNA from the relics of various historical figures stored in the Springfield Museum to make himself a superhuman dictator. Bob appeared in the 29th season in Gone Boy when he tries to track down the whereabouts of Bart Simpson. In each appearance thereafter, Bob has assumed the role on The Simpsons of an evil genius. She sports the same curly spiked hair as her two sons. Francesca Terwilliger (née Vendetto) is Sideshow Bob's wife. They are foiled by Lisa and the rest of the Simpson family and sent to prison. Commentary for "Sideshow Bob Roberts", in, Reiss, Mike.  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. (2001). Husband: Robert TerwilligerSon: Gino TerwilligerFather-in-Law: Robert Terwilliger Sr.Mother-in-Law: Dame Judith UnderdunkBrother-in-Law: Cecil TerwilligerCousin-in-Law: Bobby TerwilligerMarital Nephew: Neil Terwilliger Now honestly, what is that?  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. Hair  Frustrated by his early role as the target of "Krusty's cheap gags", Bob frames Krusty and takes over the show. 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. The plan was foiled by his arch-enemy, Bart Simpson, and Sideshow Bob was sent to prison. (2003). 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). Bob made his second major appearance in season three's "Black Widower"; the writers echoed the premise of the Coyote chasing the Road Runner by having Bob unexpectedly insert himself into Bart's life, threatening to disrupt—and sometimes end—it. In a later update to the game, Sideshow Bob also has a stand in Krusty Land, where players get to pop balloons for a chance to win donuts and Krusty tickets. In 2006 IGN listed him as the second-best "peripheral character" on The Simpsons, commenting that Bob is "a man of contradictions; his goofy appearance, complete with palm tree like hair, doesn't seem to match up to the well spoken and even musically talented maniac. Pinafore. 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". Do they give a Nobel prize for attempted chemistry? Commentary for "Krusty Gets Busted", in, Grammer, Kelsey. " Several of Frasier's producers were asked to review the original script and provide feedback. Francesca Terwilliger Sideshow Bob first appeared in "The Telltale Head", the eighth episode of season one. You need me, Springfield!" The Simpson family, in Italy to retrieve a car for Mr. Burns, encounters him by chance. Voiced by Grammer, he is the main villain in the ride, having escaped from prison to get revenge on the Simpson family..  Sideshow Bob appears in the 1991 The Simpsons Arcade Game, on the fifth level where he is pulling a cart containing a roast chicken health pick up. , Cecil returns in season 19's "Funeral for a Fiend", which introduces the brothers' previously unseen father, Dr. Robert Terwilliger, played by John Mahoney.  Bob briefly appears in "At Long Last Leave" (season 23, 2012), where he attends a town meeting to decide if the Simpson family should be banished from Springfield, and is one of many who express their desire for it to happen. Bob fakes his own death and locks Bart in the coffin, which he attempts to cremate at the otherwise empty funeral home as all the Terwilligers laugh maniacally. Most of the event action takes place at Monsarno Research and Opera House. Sex 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. Status In 2006, he won an Emmy for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for his work in the episode "The Italian Bob". 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.. He believes that by exposing the kids to high culture he will improve their lives. Occupation Eventually, Bob and the kids discover the true culprits, Patty and Selma.. However, the scheming Cecil, still smarting over his failed audition for Krusty, tries to frame Bob by sabotaging the Springfield Dam.  Cecil is voiced by David Hyde Pierce, who portrayed Frasier Crane's brother Niles. (2006). Kelsey Grammer initially expected Sideshow Bob to be a one-time role, and calls him "the most popular character I've ever played".
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