'The Simpsons' Pay Touching Tribute to Stephen Hawking

The famed theoretical physicist died on March 14 at age 76.

March 19, 2018

The Simpsons paid a touching tribute to famed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, who passed March 14 at the age of 76. The episode aired Sunday and featured a card of Hawking that was a still from the 1999 episode “They Saved Lisa’s Brain!” The still marked Hawking's first guest appearance on the show alongside the main characters.

The still features Stephen Hawking flying over Springfield with Lisa Simpson on his lap with the caption, "In Loving Memory of Stephen Hawking". The still was later shared by executive producer Matt Selman on Twitter. Hawking was a known fan of The Simpsons having appeared as a guest four times between 1999 and 2010. The physicist would record his lines through the computer, which allowed him to speak in the show.