"Little Barbershop of Horrors" is an episode of The Itchy & Scratchy Show. It was written by Bart and Lisa, in response to the low-quality episode "Dazed and Contused," but Roger Meyers rejected it out of hand solely because it was written by children, regardless of whether it was of high quality. Bart and Lisa then re-submitted it under Grampa's name and it was accepted.

Bart and Lisa also wrote the Itchy & Scratchy episode "Screams From a Mall," and it was also credited to Grampa.


Scratchy goes to Itchy's barber shop for a haircut. Itchy seats Scratchy in the chair, then pours barbecue sauce and flesh-eating ants onto Scratchy's head. The ants devour the fur and flesh from Scratchy's head, leaving only his skull. Itchy then uses the chair lift to propel Scratchy into the air, through the ceiling, and into Elvis Presley's television set in the room upstairs, where Elvis is watching TV. Elvis comments that "This show ain't no good," and shoots the TV.


  • This is the only episode so far to have an ending theme performed by an unknown singer, who sounds similar to the singer of the theme to Porch Pals.
  • The original plot was to have Itchy chop off Scratchy's head with a cleaver and dance in a fountain of blood coming from Scratchy's neck, but Bart decided that it was "too predictable."
  • The inspiration for the episode was an incident where Homer was trimming the hedges, accidentally sheared off the top of Marge's hair, and attempted to fix it by putting a stick on top of her remaining hair to put the cut-off hair back into place -- all while Marge, totally unnoticing, was reading a magazine.
  • The episode might also be a reference to homicidal barber Sweeney Todd. The Sweeney Todd movie didn't come out until 2007, but the musical on which it was based came out in 1979; the original play on which the musical was based, in 1973.
  • Elvis shooting the TV is a reference to a supposed real-life incident where Elvis Presley shot a hotel room TV because Robert Goulet appeared on it.