Reading Digest: The Show Will Go On, The DVDs Will Not Edition

Lisa the Skeptic6

“Come on, who wants to complain with me?” – Lisa Simpson

The obvious big news this week was the renewal.  For those of us who were paying attention, it wasn’t the least bit surprising.  For the overwhelming majority of people who have the good sense not to be paying attention, it was big news.  So the Simpsons signal-to-noise ratio went bonkers and, as is always the case when that happens, this is a pretty short Reading Digest.  We’ve only got one renewal link, and that was just because it has a marvelous headline.

In other not-news news, there will be no more Simpsons DVDs.  Once again, we have a lone link because there just isn’t much here.  When they did that cash grab Blu-Ray/DVD release of Season 20 (sans extras or commentaries) back in 2009/2010, I joked that they were probably never going to catch up because at the rate they were doing them, Season 20 on DVD wouldn’t be coming out until like 2018, and does anyone really think people are going to be buying DVDs in 2018?  Well, it turns out there are some people who thought that, and they are upset about this.  We have an outraged YouTube video from one of them, but I only made it about a fifth of the way through the fifteen minutes runtime.  I have long experience caring about things most people don’t care about, but there are limits.

But, hey, we’ve also got some fan art, more cross stitch, an excellent piece of usage from a financial analyst (of all people), and more.


MR BURNS – Fan made drawing of Burns and Smithers in what I assume is one of Smithers’ favorite positions.  (NOTE: It’s not as dirty as I just made it sound.)

Etsy: Moe Szyslak Cross Stitch – The Moe cross stitch has been completed.

The Simpsons go to the boards in Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play – Backstory on the play coming to Toronto.

128th-Final, Round 8: Homie the Clown vs. Bart’s Girlfriend – Oof, that’s tough, though that is a great screen grab of Homer and Flanders from “Homie the Clown”.

Lisa’s Subsitute – This:

-I like Skinner explaining, in excruciating detail, how Lyme Disease works…to a second-grade class.

Meanwhile, Hoover’s standing there getting queasier and queasier.  The Simpsons: making malignant spirochetes funny.

Round 1, Battle 11 – (S.3 Ep.13) Radio Bart vs (S. 9 Ep. 22) Trash of the Titans – That’s “Radio Bart” by knockout in the first so hard that the sanctioning body should be ashamed of itself.

Round 1, Battle 13 (S. 9 Ep. 18) This Little Wiggy vs. (S. 5 Ep. 15) Deep Space Homer – Going against Season 9 again, for sure.

Round 1, Battle 14 – (S.4 Ep. 9) Mr Plow vs (S.4 Ep. 14) Brother From the Same Planet – But this one is too close to call.

The Simpsons First-Impression Matrix – Su-san from the country club would probably scoff at this.

‘The Simpsons’s Nancy Cartwright Made A Bartman Statue Out Of Clay – That Bart statue from last week was actually made by Cartwright.

Postmodernity in ‘The Simpsons’ – Always one of my favorite aspects of the show:

Metanarratives play a key role in the structure of ‘The Simpsons’. Authority and authoritative figures are ever-present in Springfield and are almost always cast in a negative light.

And people wonder why kids who were born after the show went south still love it.

Twenty Quotes from The Simpsons That Prove This Show is THE GREATEST – One from Zombie Simpsons, but other than that it’s a great list (and quite original, too, don’t often see some of these on quote lists).

No More “The Simpsons” DVD Sets – I have a hard time caring about this, but that is an inspired .gif choice.  In related DVD news, reader Dastardly Devious sent in this YouTube rant about the DVDs.  I stopped at the three minute mark when he said he wasn’t addressing people who are capable of admitting the show sucks now, but if you seriously care about Zombie Simpsons DVDs and teevee DVDs in general, I guess you might like it.

Deutsche Bank Bart Simpson ASX chart – Excellent financial/visual usage:

Morgan noted a chart he’d seen which attempted to show recent market tops on the S&P500 were spread 1897 days apart and showing we’re now at the end of the next point in that cycle. Which prompted this:

I usually put this sort of analysis in the same bucket as astrology and tarot card reading, but I had a technical look at our own market and was also alarmed with what I saw. Do you see what I see in there? A Patrick Star gave way to a half-Batman and then yielded to a full Bart Chart. Janet Yellen is right – there is nowhere to go but down from here.


It’s even the Michael Keaton Batman!  Well done.

Bart’s Nightmare Review (A Doug Walker Tribute) – No, it was not a great game.

Fox Renews THE SIMPSONS, Water is Wet – Old news, but great headline.

Guessin’ Ages – Heh.

New trending GIF tagged the simpsons dad bod… – Heh.

New trending GIF tagged the simpsons awkward laughing… – Troy McClure catching himself laughing from “138th Episode Spectacular”.

Arctic Characters and Character Arcs – Excellent usage:

This is partially a legacy issue. The original crucible for the characters was in the form of short stories, almost like a TV anthology series, where each episode ended with the characters back in the position they were in at the start.


In the words of philosopher and influential third-wave feminist Lisa Simpson:

“Don’t worry, Bart. It seems like every week something odd happens to the Simpsons. My advice is to ride it out, make the occasional smart-alec quip, and by next week we’ll be back to where we started from, ready for another wacky adventure.”

It is the nit pick of nit picks, but Lisa does say “an occasional” not “the occasional”.  Still, that hardly matters.  Great quote and very apt.


Parleok Baut – And knockoff but kinda looks like high end Simpsons clothing.  No idea what language that is, though.


16 Responses to “Reading Digest: The Show Will Go On, The DVDs Will Not Edition”

  1. 1 Noah P
    8 May 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Thanks for the link! Also, I think today is the first time I’ve ever seen the phrase, “making malignant spirochetes funny”.

  2. 8 May 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Thanks for linking to my site and glad you enjoyed the headline haha.

  3. 3 Anonymous
    8 May 2015 at 3:40 pm

    So what if the DVDs aren’t going to be released. All the episodes are available on FXX and the streaming site, and most people are probably going to be watching the episodes from season one to around season nine, maybe 11 if they think that the show should have ended after “Behind the Laughter” (I personally don’t. “Summer of 4’2”, “The Old Man and The Lisa,” “Homer’s Enemy,” “Trash of the Titans,” the 138th episode spectacular, or the one where Mr. Burns finds his long-lost teddy bear are better finales. Behind the Laughter just shows that the writers have given up and from here on in, The Simpsons might as well be called “Family Guy with Jaundice”.)

  4. 8 May 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Btw there is a UK political map that looks like Maggie Simpson.

  5. 7 Sarah J
    8 May 2015 at 7:01 pm

    I don’t really care about the DVD thing, since, aren’t all the episodes not on DVD available on streaming? DVDs, especially TV shows on DVD, are a losing market right now. They need to make good sales to justify them. Buying a 20-episode season of a show on a DVD is usually a bit expensive, (considering the amount of time, $40 is a good deal, but it’s not impulse buy money, not for me, anyway) most people won’t do it unless they really like the show. Zombie Simpsons has its defenders, but it doesn’t seem to have lots of hardcore fans.

    • 8 Joe H
      9 May 2015 at 2:19 pm

      I wonder if the Family Guy DVD sets will eventually surpass Simpsons DVDs in seasons? Also, it looks like South Park DVDs will continue from Season 18 and beyond, so it’s not just a format/home video thing.

      In light of this, it looks like more like a ZS-sucks-and-only-a-tiny-amount-of-diehard-actually-want-to-own-it thing.

      • 9 torbiecat
        9 May 2015 at 4:11 pm

        You would had thought that a nuclear war had broken out the way a lot of members at the No Homers Club had reacted to the news of no more DVDs. I agree with you that pretty much everyone else doesn’t give a shit considering that all of the good seasons are available on DVD.

      • 10 Anonymous
        9 May 2015 at 10:42 pm

        The Family Guy DVDs are up to the previous season where Brian the dog was killed for all but two episodes (which is season 12), so yes, Family Guy is going to surpass The Simpsons in terms of DVD releases. And South Park is up to season 17 in terms of DVD releases, so either MacFarlane, Parker, and Stone didn’t get the memo that DVD releases for TV shows are dying or The Simpsons is lying about the DVD market and stopping the releases because no true fan is going to shell out money for terrible episodes when they can just pay their cable, satellite, or Internet bill and watch the bad episodes on TV or online.

        • 11 Sarah J
          10 May 2015 at 3:56 am

          Yeah, I don’t buy the whole “DVD market is doing this poorly”, because I’m still seeing a ton of shows getting released. Now, I’m sure the DVD TV market probably isn’t doing as well as it used to, but I still see lots of shows getting released, and not just mega hit shows either. Shoot, Legend of Korra had weak ratings but it managed to get all four seasons on DVD and Blu-ray.

          Also consider that most people who buy DVD seasons/series sets are probably fairly dedicated fans who would want to watch the show whenever they feel like it. Like I said, these sets aren’t usually at impulse buy price for most people. I’ve mentioned before that ZS doesn’t seem to have lots of hardcore, dedicated fans. Mostly it’s the “I watch it when I can” type, not really people who set aside time to watch it. People watching it only when they have nothing else to do, it’s not something they look forward to.

  6. 12 Stan
    8 May 2015 at 11:55 pm

    Happy Victory over fascism 70 years ago for all those whose family has suffered!

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