Would you turn off that rock n’ rock music? — Father dinosaur
Hey, don’t have a stegosaurus, man. — Son dinosaur, “Black Widower”
I’m not sure it’s fair to say that Dinosaurs was a Simpsons rip-off, as the concept of documenting the zany exploits of a nuclear family led by an ordinary, blue-collar slob isn’t exactly reinventing the wheel, but certain similarities can’t entirely be ignored.
One notable difference is that Earl … the dinosaur wore a red shirt while Homer’s is generally white. Also, there’s the issue of whatever this thing is, plucked straight from the Eraserhead set, no doubt:
Deeply upsetting. It’s worth noting that the Dinosaurs writers returned the above-quoted jab in an episode aired a few months after “Black Widower”:
Earl: This is why TV stinks. One show’s a hit — they make fifty more like it with the same characters and the same premise.
Baby: Don’t have a cow, man!
Check and mate. Dinosaurs was cancelled in 1994.