Daniel Greaney is an American television writer. He has written for The Simpsons and The Office. He was hired during The Simpsons' seventh season after writing the first draft of the episode "King-Size Homer",[1] but left after season eleven. He returned to the Simpsons staff during the thirteenth season.

Life and careerEdit

He attended Harvard College, where he was president of Harvard Lampoon and editor of the Harvard Lampoon's nationally distributed parody of USA Today. He also worked as an editorial assistant at The Boston Globe.[2][3][4][5] At Harvard Law School, he edited a student publication, competing against a rival publication edited by Barack Obama.[6] He graduated from Harvard in 1987.[7]

After college, he worked as a reporter for USA Today and co-authored a book entitled Truly One Nation with USA Today founder Allen H. Neuharth. He subsequently attended Harvard Law School and practiced law in New York for two years,[8] during which time he co-founded PME, a television and media company operating in Ukraine and several other former Soviet republics.

Greaney coined the word embiggen in 1996 for "Lisa the Iconoclast," an episode from season seven of The Simpsons.[9]

Greaney has worked on numerous film projects, most notably as composer on Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.

Greaney is credited with writing "Bart to the Future", an episode of The Simpsons from 2000 that presented the possibility of a Donald Trump presidency, which would be realized sixteen years later.[10]

Writing creditsEdit

The Simpsons episodesEdit

Greaney has written the following episodes:

The Office episodesEdit

Greaney wrote the following episodes:

Television pilots and seriesEdit

Greaney worked on the following pilots and short-lived TV series in his two-year break from The Simpsons:


  1. ^ Greaney, Dan (2005). The Simpsons season 7 DVD commentary for the episode "King-Size Homer" (DVD). 20th Century Fox.
  2. ^ Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein (2009-07-22). "An animated conversation". The Boston Globe. p. 14.
  3. ^ Fears, Darryl (1999-10-27). "Howard U. Works in Silence on Humor Magazine". The Washington Post. p. B1.
  4. ^ Hoffman, Barbara (1986-09-16). "A USA Today Of A Different Color". The Record. p. B05.
  5. ^ Dan Greaney (1984-05-27). "Today's Students Not Apathetic, Just Wiser". The Boston Globe.
  6. ^ Cavna, Michael (June 14, 2018). "Hi-diddily-ho, here's everything you've ever wanted to know about 'The Simpsons'". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 31, 2021.
  7. ^ Christ, Mary (September 1997). "Regarding Homer". Harvard Magazine. Retrieved 2010-02-14.
  8. ^ William E. Rehling. "Homer-palooza...from a Harvard perspective". The Harvard Crimson.
  9. ^ Oakley, Bill (2005). The Simpsons season 7 DVD commentary for the episode "Lisa the Iconoclast" (DVD). 20th Century Fox.
  10. ^ Addley, Esther (17 March 2016). "Simpsons writer says President Trump episode was 'warning to US'". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 November 2016.

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