A Heartwarming Tale of Friendship Overcoming Zombie Simpsons

Itchy and Scratchy and Marge7

“You know, some of these stories are pretty good.  I never knew mice lived such interesting lives.” – Homer Simpson

If the only thing the dull eyed, undead colossus of Zombie Simpsons cost the wider world was half an hour on FOX every Sunday, it wouldn’t be a problem.  There are a lot of television channels these days, and wasting one more timeslot on a mediocre show that fades from your mind as soon as the credits roll isn’t the least bit meaningful.  In the context of the entertainment panoply of the early twenty-first century, everything from movies on demand to the inexhaustible firehose of fun that is the internet, a show as consistently meh as Zombie Simpsons shrinks to near total insignificance.  Unfortunately, that stumbling wreck of a television program does more than fill airtime almost no one watches, it dissuades people from watching The Simpsons, a show that, twenty years later, remains brilliant, biting and laugh out loud funny.

All over the world there are people who, given the chance, would laugh until they cried upon seeing the ambulance hit the tree, giggle to the point of bladder hostility at the look on the wolf’s face when Krusty announces the secret word, and smile uncontrollably whenever they thought of “sacrilicious”.  Instead of that, many of them take a look at two decades of episodes and come to the perfectly reasonable conclusion that they don’t want to wade through it all.  Life is short, and there are an enormous number of other things to do.  When watching it would take so long, why not leave The Simpsons alone?

That is precisely the logic invoked here by WordPress blogger mekkalekkah (whose “Heavy Metal” profile picture indicates that she’s favorably disposed toward subversive cartoons):

When that show premiered, I worked at night and I never had a chance to watch it.  By the time I had a regular schedule, it had been on for so many years I felt like I was way behind.  Now it’s been on for so long, there seems no point in starting to watch it now.  I have Googled most of the pop culture references such as I, for one, welcome our robot overlords so I can figure out what’s going on if people talk about it.  I wish that someone would just make a Best of Simpsons DVD so I could consume it in an unhealthy binge weekend.

Ordinarily, this is where I’d shake my fist at Zombie Simpsons and lament that they already made a “Best of Simpsons DVD” and it was called Season 2.  Then they did it again and called it Season 3.  Seasons 4, 5 and 6 followed in course, and while Seasons 7 and 8 miss in a place or two, they’d be the pinnacle of almost any other program.  Happily, I don’t have to do that.  WordPress blogger thethousandbookproject did it for me in the comments:

I bet I can give you a list of Simpsons episodes to watch on a binge. Basically you want to avoid the past ten years.

You’ve got that right, mekkalekkah then replied:

Yeah, if the Simpsons is on Netflix streaming I’d be up for a list! I feel like I missed out on a lot of funny stuff.

Sadly, it isn’t available on Netflix streaming, but you can have Netflix send you literally any disc from the seasons I mentioned above and be completely safe.  “I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords” is on Disc 3 of Season 5 (along with a ton of other great stuff, everything from James Woods at the Kwik-E-Mart to “Nuts and Gum: Together at Last!”).  The single digit seasons are your friend.  Oh, and a great big thumbs up to the author of thethousandbookproject (which itself looks pretty cool).

16 Responses to “A Heartwarming Tale of Friendship Overcoming Zombie Simpsons”

  1. 20 June 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Thanks for this recommendation! I promise that right after I write this comment, I will add Disc 3 of Season 5 to my Netflix queue, and will make my way through the single digit seasons eventually.

    • 2 Charlie Sweatpants
      20 June 2011 at 11:45 pm

      I can also recommend Disc 3 of Season 3. I wouldn’t quite call it a favorite, but there’s a nice diversity to it. Some other people here might have some recommendations as well.

  2. 3 Joe C.
    20 June 2011 at 10:26 pm

    It pains me to see the neglect that The Simpsons get at the expense of ZS. We fans of The Simpsons need to reach out to the online community and invoke the spirit that we have for the glory years on those who are not so fortunate to have lived through or seen the early seasons.

    It also sickens me that FOX canceled America’s Most Wanted, yet kept ZS and ZFG or whatever MacFarlene shows there are nowadays. Instead of going on a manhunt for a convicted rapist and murder, let’s kill off our brain cells with a good helping washed-up cartoons!

  3. 4 kokairu
    21 June 2011 at 1:12 am

    Disc 3 of season 4 :)

  4. 7 Chris
    21 June 2011 at 1:35 am

    Charlie Sweatpants already mentioned my “holy grail” DVD, season 3 disc 3. I love every episode on there.

  5. 8 Stan
    21 June 2011 at 8:27 am

    Really, I don’t see why people make so much ado about it. So there was a show some twentish years ago. So it was great. So they enjoyed it. Today it sucks ass. So what? Life goes on, there are (will be) plenty of great shows along the way, of course they are all prone to fade eventually ’cause that’s just how it is. But we come to love them anyway and we accept that some shows die, while others are born. To me it’s like losing old relatives, and knowing that their children give birth to other children and so on.

    What I see as a pertinent hobby is bitching ZS and, basically comparing them to the original show (or other current sister shows). What I find irrelevant is praising the original Simpsons to that point. Frankly, I just think it’s a … timewaste?

    No offense though.

    • 9 kokairu
      21 June 2011 at 9:30 am

      Why is praising the classics a timewaste and yet continually bitching about the state the show is in now a valuable past time?

      • 10 Stan
        21 June 2011 at 6:44 pm

        Because there is a chance in a million that we spot something fresh in a 20-year-old masterpiece more that we spot something fresh in today’s puke-of-a-show. See, it’s not because ZS sucks so much that the Simpsons are so fucking great. I mean, moderation is the word, people. Don’t you ever get enough of watching the Simpsons? I think even Matt has his own share sometimes.

    • 11 Joe C.
      21 June 2011 at 12:39 pm

      Pray tell…this website is dedicated to exposing the truths of ZS. What is your point of posting on here if you don’t care to share your opinions (or lack thereof) of ZS?

  6. 12 Member of the Bonerland Medical Association
    21 June 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Your ideas intrigue me and I’d like to subscribe to your newsletter.

  7. 13 Stan
    21 June 2011 at 5:50 pm

    All I was saying is “maybe it’s time to move on”?

    I been reading this blog for a little more than a year now. At first I liked how it was well in ideas of older episodes, for example, how funny jokes were brought from the earlier seasons and quoted here again, because no other website (that I know of) ever did that. It was as if I relived that period again.

    But let’s face it: you live it, then it’s stored back in the shelves where it came from for another what, five years? It’s like a wedding video. Plus, the nineties are waaay over and many of those jokes just… don’t work anymore. They were great at the time, sure, everyone lolled, but that’s it. It’s not worth more than a chuckle and a good “ahhh yes back in the time…” today.

    Honestly, maybe I just speak for myself, but the more I read this blog, the more I get the idea that it’s posters are so hardcore into the original show, they could probably quote whole dialogues of Homer and Marge by heart should you ask them in mid-sleep. I mean come one, isn’t there something else going on in life? Something more interesting to do than chewing on 20-year-old newspapers? So ZS sucks ass, so The Simpsons are gold, so we get it. Okay?

    I honestly think if the owners of this blog want to bring in new people to read them, they should much more compare ZS to other today’s shows, like Family Guy and American Dad. You don’t stand a chance constantly comparing this shit to the original Simpsons ALL THE TIME… Well, not for me, I guess.

    Unless you want to become a zombie blog yourselves.

    • 14 Joe C.
      21 June 2011 at 6:14 pm

      Fair enough. While I may not be as hardcore as some of the other posters here, it’s still amuses me that daily quotes and whatnot gives me that nostalgic feeling. I’m fine with the creators doing the same thing of rambling about ZS and reliving the good old days, but if they feel like watching/comparing MacFarlene’s shows to ZS then by all means I (and I’m sure most people here) would be interested in it.

      Plus, this is the only website that I can rely on to make sure that I am not crazy and the only person who pretty much hates ZS. Go onto websites like nohomers.net or imdb and see how many people still think ZS is fresh and funny. I enjoy this blog and appreciate the effort that goes into it. If the owners want to try some different things, then I would certainly not be against it.

  8. 15 Mr. Incognito
    21 June 2011 at 9:05 pm

    As a reader, I’m fine with keeping the DHS as-is…but I (as a reader) would be open to switching things up, such as comparing Zombie Simpsons to different (mostly modern, and mostly animated) shows such as Family Guy, Futurama, American Dad!, Seinfeld, South Park, The Office, etc. Even the episodes that viewers deem as the worst of each series can be paired up with ZS…hell, you could even bring in The Cleveland Show (IMO it’s bad) and just show how TCS at least contains some structure.

    I wonder what will happen once the good seasons run out for the long beer marathons. Do them again (The Simpsons is deep, after all), or focus on certain themes (Marriage, the Plant, etc.) and view corresponding episodes from different seasons, or focus on (mainly supporting cast) characters. Perhaps take the best of the 8-11 stretch and do them? Anyways, I’ve hit the point of just throwing out ideas now.

    But, there’s plenty of years ahead of us DHS followers, as Summer Crazy Noises has at least another 8 years, Lies Make Baby Jesus Cry has about 4, (going through Season 18 and off the top of my head), and we’ve barely begun Spews Truth from Every Oraface. Hopefully, we won’t be seeing the well get that dry, but we can always hope.

    • 16 Stan
      22 June 2011 at 12:20 am

      Well, in this case, it’s just me. Because while I enjoy plenty comparisons (although there aren’t so many themes left to compare now), everything else, except for low ratings on episode posts and quotes, with all due respect to both the show and the authors of this blog, to me reeks of the Simpsons. I mean, as an example, it’s good to know that some actor did something cool in early Zombie seasons and it got cut yada yada, but when we get to things like “this was spectacular, that was fantastic, and the rest simply amazing”, either I’m too of a modern XXI century guy to ask to share the thought, or we’re simply hitting the bottom of the barrel here so hard we have to scratch for contents.

      Just for a challenge, and I’m just saying it like that, spose you don’t like MacFarlane stuff. It’s okay, but just for the challenge, why not take a couple of Futurama episodes from the same epoch and simply compare let’s say season 10 Simpsons to season 1 Futurama. You’d probably say it’s not doable as characters diverge? Well, you guys bitch a lot about punchbag Homer, then why not compare him the always half-witted Zoidberg, for example? And Marge vs. Sex theme – why not compare it to dialogues Fry and Leela share about sex? I think you’ll get a lot more potential there than just going over 1980s-90s TV shows, sport events, economics, pop stars and so on…

      Of course that wouldn’t change my mind so fast =) I’m most likely staying a silent reader here until we get fresh Zombie to blow the brains off upcoming Fall Season.

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