Don Draper's Entire Backstory Was A Simpsons Episode (Which Nobody Liked)
Simpsons creator Matt Groening claims that only one episode in the history of the long-running show truly jumped the shark: "The Principal And The Pauper," in which it is revealed that Principal Skinner is an impostor. Fans generally agreed that the plot made for a terrible Simpsons episode. However, a decade later, everyone also agreed that it worked a lot better as the basis of a sexy prestige period drama.
In 2007, America met Don Draper, the successful ad exec and mysterious protagonist of Mad Men. As the first season goes on, we find out that Don Draper is in fact Dick Whitman, an orphan who lived in the most depressing parts of the Depression. When he ran off to join the army, he found himself serving in the Korean War under a lieutenant named ... Don Draper. Long flashback short, Dick accidentally gets the lieutenant killed, swaps dog tags with him, wakes up in a hospital with everyone thinking he's Draper, and never bothers to correct anyone.
Lionsgate TelevisionDick move, Whitman.
Ten years prior to Mad Men's pilot, The Simpsons' Principal Skinner did the exact same thing. At a party celebrating his 20th anniversary teaching, a man claiming to be the real Seymour Skinner shows up and accuses the principal of being an impostor. As it turns out, Skinner was once a young gutter rat named Armin Tamzarian (still a better name than Dick Whitman). Armin found himself fighting in the Vietnam War under a commanding officer named ... Seymour Skinner. After the real Sergeant Skinner was presumed dead, Armin took over his identity, and you know the rest. Anyway, that's how the least sexy character on The Simpsons inspired the most sexy character of the 2000s.
20th TelevisionGet it, Seymour.
The Hateful Eight Bears A Striking Resemblance To An Episode Of An Old Western TV Show
The Rebel was a low-budget cowpoke TV serial in the early 1960s which ran for only two short seasons. However, it clearly had a fan in Quentin Tarantino. Let us know if this sounds familiar: In an episode called "Fair Game," former Confederate soldier Johnny Yuma's horse dies in the wilderness, leaving him stranded. Luckily, he stumbles upon a stagecoach. Unluckily, inside that coach is a bounty hunter transporting an outlaw femme fatale. As darkness falls, the group hunkers down in a cabin until morning, all wary of each other. Then the bounty hunter is poisoned and the ex-Confederate has to solve the whodunit before he gets got as well.
The Weinstein CompanySurprisingly, both also feature scenes wherein Samuel L. Jackson gets his junk blown off.