Lobo…Lobo…bring back Sheriff Lobo! — Homer, “Rosebud”
The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo (rebranded plain ol’ Lobo for its second and final season) was an hour-long adventure/comedy program that ran on NBC from 1979 to 1981. The show was a spin-off of B.J. and the Bear, another NBC offering. Here’s IMDb’s synopsis of B.J.:
A trucker and his pet monkey travel the highways of America, getting into various adventures and misadventures along the way.
Sheriff Elroy P. Lobo, played by hemorrhoid treatment spokesperson Claude Akins, was evidently popular enough on B.J. to get his own show, and hilarity ensued.
The labyrinthine narratives and complex character portraits painted by the first season of Lobo could easily be the topic of their own blog (as soon as my work here is done…), but NBC shifted gears after noting the show had failed to pick up an audience in “urban areas”. They consequently engineered a totally outrageous paradigm that brought Lobo and his deputies to the big city:
And that was that. Though I haven’t personally seen any of the 36 Lobo episodes, the Simpsons writers evidently did. The good sheriff is referenced in “Marge In Chains”, “Lisa’s Sax”, and the aforementioned masterpiece that is “Rosebud”. History is a fickle mistress.