- “Release the Hounds!”
- ―Mr. Burns' catchphrase
The hounds are Mr. Burns' dogs. He continuously releases them on trespassers and people who irritate him. Mr. Burns has a button in his office for releasing them. Mr. Burns mostly releases them on his low level employees from the Power Plant, including Homer Simpson. Mr. Burns has released them on almost every member of the Simpsons family including Homer and Bart. There are 5-20 dogs in the group of both genders. One of the longest serving dogs is named Crippler. They have become a trademark and symbol of Mr. Burns' hate and power. In the episode Dog of Death, Santa's Little Helper was for a short time, one of the hounds. Although he generally releases them on people he hated, at times, especially if he was in a very pleasant mood, he only releases one hound to chase his guest out. One example of Mr. Burns only releasing one hound is in Thursdays With Abie.
They also appear in The Simpsons: Tapped Out when Mr. Burns walks them.
- In "Simprovised" Mr Burns instructs Smithers to release the Therapy Hounds instead of the regular hounds. This is due to Homer Simpson being traumatized. The therapy hounds consist of gentle poodles. This is shortly followed by the regular hounds being released.
- In "The Princess Guide" Mr Burns replaces his hounds with small and gentle poodles due to bankruptcy from a previous episode.
- In "Frink Gets Testy", Mr. Burns instructs Smithers to release the Comforting Hounds on himself, which are shown to be three giant English Sheepdogs who whimper and lick him. Mr. Burns then orders Smithers to turn them into rugs.
- Episode – "There's No Disgrace Like Home" (mentioned)
- Episode – "Bart Vs. Thanksgiving"
- Episode – "Dog of Death"
- Episode – "Team Homer"
- Episode – "Grift of the Magi" (mentioned)
- Episode – "Dude, Where's My Ranch?"
- Episode – "The Last of the Red Hat Mamas"
- Episode – "Springfield Up"
- Episode – "The Fool Monty"
- Episode – "Them, Robot"
- Episode – "To Cur, with Love"
- Episode – "Brick Like Me"
- Episode – "The Musk Who Fell to Earth"
- Episode – "Holidays of Future Passed" (deceased)
- Couch gag – "A Christmas Carol couch gag"[src]
- Video game – The Simpsons: Tapped Out