By Matt Dolloff, CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) — The iconic Simpson family doesn’t venture outside their hometown of Springfield terribly often, let alone travel to real-life American cities. But Sunday, Oct. 9 brings a new episode of The Simpsons that will hit extremely close to home.

Titled “The Town,” the newest Simpsons episode will follow the family as they go on a trip to Boston, a trip which Homer Simpson apparently calls a “hate-cation.” Here’s how the episode description reads, via FOX:

After Homer catches Bart rooting for Springfield’s football rival, the Boston Americans, he plans a family “hate-cation” trip to Boston in an attempt to show Bart that Boston is a terrible city in the all-new “The Town” episode.

As if there were any doubt, yes, the “Boston Americans” are a direct parody of the Patriots, complete with caricatures of Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and Rob Gronkowski.

(Photo credit: FOX)

(Photo credit: FOX)

(Photo credit: FOX)

(Photo credit: FOX)

(Photo credit: FOX)

(Photo credit: FOX)

The episode description implies that Homer will discover that Boston is indeed not as terrible a city as he imagined. Executive producer Al Jean told Entertainment Weekly that New England’s time-honored tradition of candlepin bowling will win him over, which is not surprising given the producers’ long-time fascination with old-timey American customs.

But surely, this will garner plenty of reasonable, measured, rational reactions from Boston’s more protective citizens. Joking aside, hopefully most of us can handle a few harmless jokes at our expense.

Boston’s own Bill Burr is listed as a guest star on the episode as “Townie,” as well as Lexington, Mass. native Rachel Dratch as “Doctor.” The episode airs Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET, after the Patriots play the Cleveland Browns at 1 p.m. and the Red Sox face the Cleveland Indians at 4 p.m..

Matt Dolloff is a writer for His opinions do not necessarily reflect that of CBS or 98.5 The Sports Hub. Have a news tip or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff and email him at


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