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Sitcom Characters Who Spend An Episode Wearing A Toupee

One of the best treats we get at Halloween is neither a chocolate bar nor a sucker. It is the marathon of the “Treehouse of Horror” episodes of The Simpsons, the classic sitcom currently running on FXX.

Being a man with thinning hair, my favorite episode is found in the ninth season of Treehouse of Horror. The segment is called “Hell Toupee” after Homer is given the long locks of the recently executed long time criminal Snake Jailbird. The hair piece, in traditional Simpson fashion, of course then takes on a violent life of its own far beyond bumbling Homer’s control.

Other than The Simpsons, a treasure trove of classic sitcoms have featured episodes regarding toupees. Here are some of the shows and the characters who wore a hair piece in an episode, for better or worse.

George on Seinfeld

Jerry’s best friend and sometimes employee of the front office of the New York Yankees (played by Jason Alexander) had tried a rather malodorous hair restoration product from China in an earlier episode, but in a later one he purchased an unimpressive toupee.

Fester on The Addams Family

Gomez’s uncle (played by Jackie Coogan) covered his usually slick head with a hair piece that frightened even the extremely “creepy and kooky” clan the show was named after.

Emmitt on Mayberry RFD

After making several mysterious visits to the beauty parlor, Mayberry’s Mr. Fix It (played by Paul Hartman) makes an effort to look younger by donning a mess of fake follicles.

Kevin from The Office

Michael Scott and the Dunder Mifflin paper company were determined to reduce the median age of its staff, prompting Creed to dye his hair a deep black and this colleague from accounting to cover his bald top.

Alan from The Dick Van Dyke Show

The title character in the “Coast To Coast Big Mouth” episode is Laura (played by Mary Tyler Moore), who as a guest on a game show lets out that her husband’s boss Alan Brady (played by Carl Reiner) wears a toupee.

The Chief on Get Smart

“Operation Ridiculous” is the title of the episode where a fictional magazine called Weeknews sends a couple of young female reporters to cover the great work Maxwell Smart (played by Don Adams) and Agent 99 (played by Barbara Feldon) do at Control, so to make a good impression their boss the chief (played by Edward Platt) wears a toupee.

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