SCOTS have reacted with a mix of glee and amusement to a clip from a forthcoming episode of the Simpsons set in Scotland.
The episode AE Bonny Romance is the eighth in the 35th series of the Simpsons. It aired in the US on December 3 and is due to be shown in the UK in the new year, but clips have been leaked to social media as Scots react to how the country is being portrayed.
Writer Daniel Jackson shared a clip of Lisa on X/Twitter walking up the Royal Mile in Edinburgh as she visited the Fringe Festival. He called it “upsettingly accurate”, with Lisa calling the festival a “celebration of theatrical irony and self-awareness”, going on to call one of the acts “so clever without being good”.
The Simpsons visit Edinburgh and it’s upsettingly accurate. pic.twitter.com/x3fV7UUNTb
— Daniel Jackson (@danieljksn) December 5, 2023
Another social media user called the latter quote the “most accurate assessment of 90% of the Edinburgh Fringe I’ve ever heard”, while another added: “Absolutely skewered - love it.”
The upcoming episode from season 35 of the smash-hit American animated sitcom will see Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie cross the Atlantic to visit Scotland.
It will feature a storyline with Groundskeeper Willie – the Scottish character who came out in support of independence in a 2014 video.
The Simpson family follows Willie to Scotland amid concerns that he has been “kidnapped”, but finds that it was all a ruse to have them attend his wedding to a girl named Maisie.
Maisie is voiced by the first of the major Scottish stars in the show – the Inverness-born Karen Gillan.
The Avengers actress is joined by Dr Who star David Tennant and Paul Higgins, known for his appearances in hit shows including The Thick of It and Line of Duty.
And the Scottish band Belle and Sebastian have also been immortalised as Simpsons characters for the episode.