Posts Tagged ‘Homerpalooza


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“All is well on tour with America’s most popular alternative music festival.” – Homer Simpson


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“Before we start, we have a lost child here. If she’s not claimed within the next hour, she will become property of Blockbuster Entertainment.” – DJ Muggs


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“Music is none of my business.” – Marge Simpson
“That’s fine for you, Marge, but I used to rock and roll all night and party every day. Then it was every other day. Now I’m lucky if I can find half an hour a week in which to get funky.” – Homer Simpson

Happy birthday, Alf Clausen! 


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“Now, Grand Funk Railroad paved the way for Jefferson Airplane, which cleared the way for Jefferson Starship. The stage was now set for the Alan Parson’s Project, which I believe was some sort of hovercraft.” – Homer Simpson


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“Homer, I’m sorry, there’s nothing worse than a yellow-bellied freak, unless that’s his act. I expect your letter of resignation on my desk.” – Pageant of the Trans-Mundane Guy
“You have a desk?” – Homer Simpson
“I mean the hood of my car.” – Pageant of the Trans-Mundane Guy


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“Dear parents, due to yesterday’s unscheduled field trip to the auto wrecking yard, the school bus will be out of commission for two weeks. By reading this letter out loud, you have waived any legal responsibility on our part in perpetuity throughout the universe.” – Marge Simpson


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“Dear Lord, if you keep Homer from embarrassing us today, we promise to build several churches in your honor.” – Bart Simpson
“Bart, no!” – Lisa Simpson


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“Hello, bands! Who is playing with the London Symphony Orchestra? Come on, people! Somebody ordered the London Symphony Orchestra . . . possibly while high . . . Cypress Hill, I’m looking in your direction.” – Hullabalooza Stage Manager
“Hey, man, did we order an orchestra? . . . What’s up with this orchestra, man? . . . Where’d the orchestra come from? . . . I don’t know, man. . . . They didn’t tell me about this. . . . We gotta do something. . . .” – Cypress Hill Whispering
“Uh, yeah, yeah, we think we did.” – B-Real

Happy 20th Anniversary to “Homerpalooza”! Original airdate 19 May 1996.


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“You don’t scare me, doc, cause dyin’ would be a stone groove. Got any messages for Jimi Hendrix?” – Homer Simpson
“Yes. Pick up your puppy.” – Veterinarian


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“It makes no sense.  I haven’t changed since high school and suddenly I’m uncool.” – Homer Simpson


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“Dad, do you wear boxers or briefs?” – Bart Simpson
“Nope.” – Homer Simpson


Reading Digest: Excited Edition


“This is so exciting.  Last time I got to go backstage was when Bart ripped his pants at the Christmas play.” – Marge Simpson
“Mom!” – Bart Simpson
“Ha ha.” – Eric “Bobo” Correa

The torrent of new Simpsons merchandise continues this week, and what I’ve noticed isn’t so much the amazing breadth of the products (clothing, ice cube trays, figurines) as the way that every single company describes themselves as “excited” to be selling crappy Simpsons stuff.  They all do it, and the consistency is terrifying.  On the subject of merchandise, they announced the date of the long ago promised Lego crossover episode this week and repetitions of that press release clogged my inbox from better stuff as a result, so this week’s link collection is a little thinner than usual.  However, we do have excellent verbal and visual usage, several people completing projects ranging from computer wallpapers to embroidery, a list of Groening’s favorite episodes from Seasons 1-11, an article about John Swartzwelder, some Bacon Day leftovers, and a new book that mashes up pop culture and classical politics.  


The reclusive genius behind the funniest episodes of ‘The Simpsons’ – There’s nothing terribly new here, but it’s a nice writeup of Swartzwelder that includes a YouTube of that time he may or may not have been on one of the commentaries.

Richard Hinds on baseball great and Simpsons icon Don Mattingly – Damn hippie:

Even in the US, where “Donnie Baseball’’ is a Yankees’ legend, Mattingly is still reminded about his animated likeness.

“I spent my whole career in New York but when I came to LA I was getting a lot of people saying, ‘Hey Mattingly, shave off those sideburns’,’’ he says.

EXCLUSIVE: We Take A Look Inside ‘The Simpsons’ World – An Australian writer took a trip to the new Simpsons area at Universal Studios and made note of some of the omissions:

– I’m slightly sad that the gift shop has no Bort licence plates – a golden opportunity missed.

– The statue of Jebediah Springfield doesn’t have the plaque with the town’s motto.

– The Flaming Moes on sale look amazing but contain neither alcohol nor cough syrup.

– You can’t get a Krusty Partially Gelatinated Non-Dairy Gum-Based Beverage with your burger (although there are shakes there from memory).

Shakes, you don’t know what you’re getting.

Hands-on: Lego The Simpsons House review – Just what it says, including some more pictures.

Ranking all 24 episodes of The Simpsons, season 3 – Now this is how you do a list:

The third season of The Simpsons is so great that I didn’t even bother eliminating any episodes and instead, I just fit them into categories ranging from “All Time Classics,” “Good Examples of Season 3″ and “Just a Good Ol’ Fashioned Simpsons Episode!”.

“Dear ‘Life in These United States,’ a funny thing happened to me…” | Where in the World is Sideshow Bob? – Lots of people do travel blogs, especially when they do study abroad.  Not once, though, have I seen someone write the blog with Springfield’s favorite attempted murderer at their side though.  Great idea.

Round 100: Separate Vocations vs. Das Bus – Holy crap, round 100!

VIEW: New forecasts, same delusions for Port Mann Bridge – Excellent usage:

I’m old enough to remember the episode of The Simpsons when Homer Simpson, after 22 minutes of serial idiocy, wraps up the show by proudly declaring: “Marge, my friend, I haven’t learned a thing.”

Well, it seems that British Columbia’s transportation officials are now treating The Simpsons as an instruction manual.

LegD’oh! – The big news this week was that the long ago announced Lego episode of Zombie Simpsons will be broadcast on May 4th.  If they fail to include a Star Wars joke I will not be surprised.

Beechdean Group to launch The Simpsons ice cream products – The barrage of merchandising, which is only loosely connected to this December’s upcoming 25th anniversary, continues unabated:

Beechdean Ice Cream Group has signed an exciting new licensing deal with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products to become the UK’s ice cream and frozen desserts category partner for The Simpsons and is kicking off with two ice cream split products.

The 85ml products will be produced using Beechdean’s newly acquired lolly machine and moulds, are available in Raspberry and Strawberry flavours with an RRP of 90p.

I’m starting to think that one of the standard clauses in FOX’s merchandising contracts mandates use of the word “excited” or a variation thereof in the announcement:

Andrew Howard, MD, Beechdean Ice Cream Group says: “We are incredibly excited about introducing our next generation of licensed products inspired by The Simpsons.

They all say it.

Special Lego Episode Coming to The Simpsons – See?  Every single time (bold mine):

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Fox during the 25th anniversary year of The Simpsons,” said Jill Wilfert, VP of licensing and entertainment at The LEGO Group states. “We know our fans will love the challenge of building the Simpsons’ family home in great detail and the ability to collect quintessential characters in LEGO minifigure form will let them showcase their love of the show in a whole new way. We are also excited that The Simpsons will be created in LEGO form, truly bringing this partnership to life.“

Gotta be in the contract.

The Simpsons 25th Anniversary 5″ Celebrity Guest Stars Action Figure – Series 02 – Here are some more celebrity figurines.  Meh.

JOYRICH X THE SIMPSONS : SPRING/SUMMER 2014 COLLECTION – Hats and jackets, more more more.

Matt Groening 10 Favorite ‘Simpsons’ Episodes – Happily there’s no Zombie Simpsons.  Unfortunately, that’s because he originally came up with this list during Season 11.

Reality versus fiction: concept of space and time in architecture – Pictures from the real Flintstones and Simpson houses.  Dick Clark clearly had more money to spend on his Bedrock replica than whoever ordered that Simpson home giveaway.

Animated Review: Another Companion To Books From The Simpsons In Alphabetical Order – A French artist likes to alphabetize things from the show.

What Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About Politics – Wisconsin public radio on a new book called “Homer Simpson Ponders Politics” with lots of essays about pop culture’s connection to the art of the possible.  This is an interview with the editors, and the word “Aristotelian” features prominently.

Holiday Film Reviews: The Simpsons – “I Love Lisa” – Both reviewers give it three and a half hearts out of four.

The Dr. Nick ‘coloured-in’ embroidery job – This went up too late for last week’s Bacon Day post, but if this isn’t love, what is?:

So I started seeing a guy called Nick with a PhD in Chemistry. His mates call him “Dr Nick” for fun, so this is what I whacked together for his Christmas present.

Click through for the awesome finished result.

The Simpsons Homer Ice Cube Tray – Hmm:

Only $9.38 from Hot Topic.

Most of what I know about Hot Topic came from the “Ungroundable” episode of South Park, so I’m not really sure what to make of that.

Drunk Texting – Scroll to the bottom for a sweet sketch of Lisa telling off those fucktards at misspelled Chick-Fillet.  (Also, good luck with “The Boy”.)

Simpsons Effect Wallpaper – In other finished fan art, the Simpsonized version of Mass Effect we’ve been linking is done.  Cool.

Random Simpsons Screencap of the Day 2/16/14 – He’s 31 years old!

Footage of Finnish Celebrating Big Win – Heh.

The East Asian Studies Department Tackles Orientalism in Modern Television – Damn Zombie Simpsons:

The event screened two recent episodes of The Simpsons and How I Met your Mother, both of which have stirred controversy in how they depicted the Eastern World, particularly East Asia, as constructs of a Western Orientalist perspective.

Both episodes discussed at the event featured Asians as stereotypes. For example, The Simpsons depicted sexualized Asian women

Are You a 50 Year Old Kiss Virgin? Do You Even Kiss? – Breaking down various kiss types to the point of absurdity, including:

Kiss # Three. The Simpsons Kiss.

Step 1: Pout so hard that not only are you doing the duck face, you are a duck.

Step 2: Find someone who is willing to look as stupidly fowl-like as you.

Step 3: Loudly smack you lips against the outstretched lips of the other person (or duck), as if you’re chastising them for being tardy.

Step 4: Keep going until you die of exhaustion.

Step 5: Or at least until you become yellow.

An Unusual Source of Inspiration – YouTube of Lisa encouraging Homer with crisatunity.

Mini Marge Simpson Cross Stitch – Just what it says.  And it can apparently be done in a single ferry ride.  Bravo.

I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY SIMPSONS CLIPS ARE SO HARD TO FIND ON THE INTERNET. – Somebody got a Choo-Choo-Choose valentine, which was nice.  To answer the title, however, you simply need to remember that FOX is run by assholes.  Big ones.

I Choo-choo-choose Mr Pigalina – Here the card finds a happy home on the fridge next to infamous nevernude Tobias.

Choo-Choo-Choose This Printable Valentine – For the belated Bacon Day recipient in your life, or to save for next year.  (Also, that blog is titled The Feminine Miss Geek.  Ha!)

Are refugee advocates out of touch? – Excellent visual Skinner usage.

The 100 Best Classic Simpsons Quotes – The good news: no Zombie Simpsons and all the quotes are subtitled screen grabs.  The bad news: it’s Buzzfeed.

Watch The Simpsons In 7 Different Languages, But Homer Is Still “D’oh!” – Speaking of Buzzfeed, here’s a genuinely clever YouTube video of parts of “Mr. Plow” and “Marge vs. the Monorail” dubbed into six other languages.

Of hardship and heroin – And on the topic of foreign language voices, the guy who does the French Canadian voice of Krusty is in a play in New Zealand as Jean Cocteau.

Everyone is a MUA these days. – Animated .gif of Homer’s makeup shotgun.

The Simpsons Tapped Out- Award For Outstanding Achievement In The Field Of Excellence – And finally, I get to end the way I like, with someone who agrees with us.  From a review of Tapped Out:

Tapped out is the perfect game because it refers back to episodes of The Simpsons that were actually good, although I do have a tendency to become attached to characters and despite of my growing lack of interest will stick through with a show until the bitter end, I gave up on The Simpsons long ago. I understand what is special about it, and it truly is impressive how long it has stayed on the air. It taught me a significant amount of life lessons as I repeatedly watched episodes of it growing up. It still remains one of my most quoted and referenced TV shows, but I gave up probably after season 11.

That was a good time to quit.


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“Hey, wait!  I’m okay today!  My mom bought me deodorant!” – Milhouse van Houten


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“Looks like your uncool Dad scored tickets to Hullabalooza!” – Homer Simpson
“Bart, these look real.” – Lisa Simpson
“Check the authenticator spot.” – Bart Simpson
“This is an authentic Hullabalooza ticket.  For authentic refreshment, eat Clark bars.  And for totally outrageous class rings, it’s Jostons; go Jostons.” – Authenticator Spot


Reading Digest: Audio Visual Club Edition


“The hometown show’s the big one, Homer.” – Jimmy Chamberlin
“Yeah, people who called you a weirdo in high school get to see what a successful freak you’ve become.” – James Iha
“Hey, I wasn’t a weirdo.  I was in the audio-visual club.” – D’arcy Wretzky  
“Really?  Me too.  But I got kicked out cause of my views on Vietnam . . . also, I was stealing projectors.” – Homer Simpson

Happy Whacking Day everybody!  This week we’ve got two links to those cool geeks at the A.V. Club, and while both take specific episodes (“Homer’s Enemy” and “Lady Bouvier’s Lover”) as their starting points, they also both end up in broader discussions of the show and television in general.  In addition to that, we are positively swamped with cool fan made stuff this week, from arts & crafts projects to drawings to a simple Star Wars/Simpsons sketch that I can’t believe someone hasn’t turned into a painting yet.  And, of course, we’ve also got the usual assortment of lists and random stuff, from usage to the widely linked obituary for Groening’s mom. 


Wacking Day! – Smooth Charlie’s Link of the Week (Whacking Day Special Edition) is this fantastic fan knitted . . . you know what?  Just click the damn thing.  It’s not quite hat, it’s not quite a scarf, but it is damned cool.

Works In Progress: “Portraits Of Awesomeness” solo show. – This is just some sketches, but scroll down for the one of Chief Wiggum, as Darth Vader, telling Luke/Ralph that he’s his father.  I’m going to have Mark Hamill’s voice screaming, “That’s unpossible!” in my head for the rest of the day.  Bravo.

Don Draper vs. Principal Skinner – I put this on Twitter yesterday, but it’s worth linking twice.  (And when you think about it, one of Draper’s early sexual conquests could’ve been Agnes.)

The Simpsons, the Welsh designer and the new book celebrating Pembrokeshire – Josh Weinstein has a Kickstarter set up for a Welsh kids book:

Sir Benfro’s Big Adventure by Tim Fishlock & Josh Weinstein

For £15 you get a signed copy of the book.

D’oh(nt) Cancel Them Just Yet – Take this as a sign of just how low Zombie Simpsons has sunk on the pop culture totem pole.  This is a defense of the show, and even it contains this:

I know, of course, that the show is not as good as it once was. And ratings are showing this. Season 2 of the show, brought highs of 33 million viewers, whereas season 24 brought lows of 3 million.

I’ve got the current all time low at a flat 4.00 million (for that vile episode where Flanders and Krabappel start dating), but the point stands.

The Simpsons Season 9: The Beginning of the End. – A detailed breakdown of Season 9, including best, worst and one underrated episode.

FULL MCBAIN MOVIE HIDDEN THROUGHOUT ‘THE SIMPSONS’ – Hey, that McBain mashup is back from copyright hell.

Today in Period #3 (Wednesday, May 8) – You can’t discuss Tennessee Williams without Llewellyn Sinclair:

We finished reading/watching/discussing A Streetcar Named Desire – there will be a final quiz on the entire play tomorrow.

We also discussed parody and how an episode of the The Simpsons (“A Streetcar Named Marge”) so effectively parodied the play.

Was The Simpsons Arcade the best of all? – Some nostalgia for the arcade game includes YouTube of the ending that I never even got close to seeing in the arcade.

Maggie Simpson | Hama Bead Patterns – The whole family done in those little beads, with guidelines on how to make them yourself.

Style Inspiration: Homer and Bart Simpson – From the same blog that brought you how to dress like Marge without it being Halloween, here’s Bart and Homer (provided you’re a lady).

Springfield is about to E X P L O D E – Bartkira rolls forward.

15 Common Struggles For Music Lovers (As Told Through Simpsons GIFs) – Pretty much what it says, and except for the first one there isn’t any Zombie Simpsons.

Homer Simpson’s Thought Bubbles: A Collection – Also what it says (and most of them are .gifs).

27 Things "The Simpsons" Taught Us About Love – Buzzfeed does good with a Zombie Simpsons free list.  Some good animated .gifs here as well.

This Week in Music History (May 8th-May 14th) – I like how this is important enough to count as music history:

5/13- On this day in 1993, Fox aired the season 4 finale of The Simpsons, “Krusty Gets Kancelled”. Guest voices on the show included the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Barry White and Bette Midler.

Patented Skinner Burgers – Heh.

Movie 99 Plump Fiction (1997) – Apparently Castellaneta was in a Pulp Fiction spoof so atrocious that it’s currently #98 on IMDb’s Bottom 100.  This is a rather amusing write up of it.

10 marvelously funny cartoon scenes – Just some screen grabs and .gifs from various cartoon shows.

Peaceful Tuesday – A tale of ditching cable includes this excellent reference:

Also, don’t you just think that the very idea of stating things like “I’ve got to catch up on my shows” not only sounds like its work, but also kinda like “I’ve gots to get ma dialin’ wand” or “I wash ma self wit a rag on a stick.” And yes, those are both references to The Simpson, where Homer gets really fat and wears a muumuu.

I haven’t had regular TV in a while, and I really can’t complain.

A classic Simpsons episode explores the universality of being Frank Grimes – A long A.V. Club discussion of “Homer’s Enemy”, including how dark it is or isn’t and how it makes Homer relate to the real world. 

Play It Again – Westworld – Agreed:

The malfunctioning robots at Itchy & Scratchy Land in The Simpsons prove to be more entertaining than their aged source material, Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi western Westworld.

I hadn’t seen Westworld until a couple of years ago, but it definitely hasn’t aged well.

TV – The Top 15 episodes of “The Simpsons” (Part 1) – Nary a trace of Zombie Simpsons at spots 15-11.

Everything I Need to Know, I Learned From Marge Simpson – Ten things Marge taught us, with little to no Zombie Simpsons used as examples.

Bringing The Simpsons to North Korea – Presumably kids getting taught by an Aussie aren’t among the nation’s downtrodden, but still:

From 2010 to 2012, Lone, a history professor at the University of New South Wales in Australia, traveled every six months to North Korea to teach high-school boys (and occasionally girls).

“I wanted to explain that there is a variety of experiences,” he said. “My experiences were different.”

For instance, when Lone brought an English-language comic book of The Simpsons for his classroom, he was surprised to learn that everybody was already familiar with the American cartoon.

Whacking Day…In 10 Words – No, it says here Larry White.

Iron Man 3…In 10 Words – Professor Frink has really pulled himself together. 

Nancy Grace…In 10 Words – Of course, this is just a television show, which is not legally binding, unless proposition 304 passes, and we all pray it will.

I’m pretty selfish – Kicking off a new travel blog with some excellent usage:

As it’s a self-confessed obnoxiousness, I’m reminded of Troy Mcclure:

Selma: Is this a sham marriage?
Troy: Sure baby, is that a problemo?
Selma: But… don’t you love me?
Troy: Sure I do! Like I love Fresca. Isn’t that enough? The only difference between our marriage and any one else’s is: we know ours is a sham.

And so too is the difference between this and other travel blogs: we know this one is obnoxious.

The quote’s had some stuff excised from the middle, but it’s dead on, so that’s excellent usage.

Matt Groening’s mom dies; maiden name Wiggum, she inspired Marge Simpson – She was 94 years old, and the on-line guest log has filled up with fan tributes from around the world.  Condolences.

Maggie as a Teenager – Maggie Simpson Fan Art (653742) – Pretty much what it says.  Well done.

Rafa Benitez refuses to be drawn into discussing Simpsons characters in press conference – Heh:

When asked about The Simpsons character to whom Luiz is so often compared, Chelsea interim manager refused to divulge any knowledge of him.

From PA Sport:

Asked if he was aware who Sideshow Bob is, Benitez said: "I’m aware David Luiz is one of the best players in the Premier League, by miles – miles away from a lot of players. He’s one of the best, without doubt.

According to the Telegraph’s Ben Rumsby a Sky Sports reporter even produced a picture of Sideshow Bob to show Benitez, which is just a bit weird.

That’s right, professional soccer coaches are being belittled with pictures from The Simpsons

homer simpson – An animated .gif of Homer doing the shifty eyes thing from “Beyond Blunderdome”.

Dag 089 – Another vintage Homer t-shirt. 

“Lady Bouvier’s Lover” – And finally, this A.V. Club writeup includes a summation of why The Simpsons was so damned good:

That’s the thing I find when I return to these old episodes of this show. They’re crammed with gags, yeah, but they’re also crammed with gags I remember incredibly well and maybe even think about in my day-to-day life. I wouldn’t call “Lady Bouvier’s Lover” one of the finest half-hours the show ever produced—unless we’re going wide-scale and pulling in every episode ever, in which case it’s in the top 100 or so just by dint of being in this season—but it’s got so many jokes in it I didn’t even know were part of this particular episode that I’m sort of in awe of it. For instance, I remembered that the “Play It Cool” sequence between Homer and Grampa was here, because it was directly related to the plot, but not, for instance, the bit about Homer imagining the kids as looking what we might perceive as “normal.”

That was the genius of The Simpsons—likely my favorite TV show ever made—when it was on a roll. The show did lots and lots of jokes, yes, but it also did many different kinds of jokes. The slapstick of Bart getting punched in the face bumps up against Grampa lifting wholesale from old movies (and getting trouble from legal departments representing the Charlie Chaplin and Jimmy Durante estates), which bumps up against a surrealistic cutaway gag like Homer’s imagination running wild. I’ll occasionally read sniffing from people who don’t like early Simpsons saying that it’s “just” a bunch of pop-culture gags, like, say, Family Guy (and even if it was that, the pop-culture gags draw from so many varied sources that they’d win just based on sheer scope), but even a less instantly classic episode like this one gives the lie to that notion. In addition to strong, heartfelt stories, the show packed in gags as far as the eye could see, then made sure that they hit so many different targets that there would be something for everyone to laugh at. I don’t suppose I need to make the argument here that The Simpsons was the birth of what we think of as much of “modern” TV, but it sure seems that way to me, and that idea gets reinforced every time I go back and look again.



Reading Digest: Tapped Out Is a Bottomless Money Pit Edition


“And to think, Smithers, you laughed when I bought Ticketmaster, ‘Nobody’s going to pay a hundred percent service charge’.” – C.M. Burns
“Well, it’s a policy that ensures a healthy mix of the rich and the ignorant, sir.” – Mr. Smithers

The Tapped Out game continues to be a runaway hit for FOX and EA.  Freemium games that dribble out content in exchange for cash have proven to be goldmines, and the Simpsons one is at the head of the pack, which means that there’s quite a bit of internet discussion about it.  We’ve got a review of the latest expansion, an interview with an EA executive, and an article about the sneaky nature of freemium.  In addition to those, we’ve also got a couple of links to ye olde Simpsons video games, some great fan made stuff, excellent usage, and discussion of television pets and gimmicks.


National Library Week!! – Excellent:

In the meantime, I did a few Instagrams through some old translucent Simpsons trading cards, at a local library. I now share here, to better show how some of us (represented by familiar cartoon icons) relate to our libraries.

Click through for the pictures.  They’re quite clever. 

The Simpsons Season 24 Review "What Animated Women Want" – This is a pretty fair summary of last week’s episode:

It’s a real feat for the late-era The Simpsons to feel even lazier than usual, but, alas, sometimes we still get episodes like “What Animated Women Want,” which rests largely on Lisa acting completely out of character, and a hacky Fifty Shades of Gray reference. It just all felt shapeless. Each side of the episode even got a guest star, neither of whom did much of anything.

Well put. 

The Simpsons’ Cupcake Mistake – And this is just a great way to describe Zombie Simpsons:

I have a habit of spotting continuation mistakes in TV programs, especially ones that are so blatant and sometimes it happens in cartoons/animation, but those aren’t so obvious… unless you’re the increasingly unfunny, hipstertastic Simpsons.

Heh, “hipstertastic”.  And that would explain all the sushi restaurants.

The ‘Malibu Stacy with new hat effect’. – Excellent usage:

Chiefly, what I’m going to pick on is Apple here, as they are the brand I am most familiar with that is guilty of producing these kinds of displays.

Drawing from that endless pool of Simpsons’ analogies, do you recall an episode where Lisa endeavours to make a doll that does not conform to female stereotypes? Shortly before this doll  (Lisa Lionheart) was released, a stand of dolls from monopoly brand Malibu Stacy is wheeled out, diverting the crowd of crazed girls.

“Look, cries one girl, “it’s Lisa Lionheart!”Another encourages them, “Keep running!  We’re almost there!”

They almost make it, except an employee pulls a cart full of Malibu Stacy dolls “with NEW hat” in their path.  They all stop: “They changed Malibu Stacy!” one exclaims.  “She is better than ever!” says another. Lisa tries to point out that the only difference is her stupid cheap hat. “She still embodies all the awful stereotypes she did before!” Smithers is quick to point out, “But she’s got a new hat.”

Perfectly quoted and very astute. 

Uruguay – U R GAY – Lots of people noted this connection when Uruguay went for marriage equality last week, but this one has YouTube. 

Feature: Retro Vault: Castle of Illusion and Bart vs The Space Mutants – Check out this awesome 1992 print ad for Bart vs. The Space Mutants on Genesis.  The copy is . . . unsubtle:

So help me save the earth!  BUY MY GAMES!  Thanks, man.

Month of Nostalgic Video Game Reviews 2 – The Simpsons: Bart’s Nightmare – Speaking of games from the early 90s:

Man, The Simpsons: Bart’s Nightmare was probably the first Simpsons game I played and was the strangest one. When I was younger this game used to freak me out a little, I think it was due to the strange nature of the dream universe that Bart was cruising through, some of the locations in the mini games were right weird and the music didn’t help either.

Email Roundtable #21 – No One Likes the Monkey – A Crazy Noises style discussion of TV pets which naturally includes lots of Simpsons discussion, everything from Blinky to Mojo. 

The Simpsons: Tapped Out and the popular world of currency hacks – This is about right:

Many free-to-play games these days do suffer from “unseasonable design.” The Simpsons: Tapped Out is an offender of this. EA only gives away a negligible amount of donuts as a reward for raising your level. This generosity is offset when EA raises the amount of donuts needed to complete a task. Some things can take six donuts to complete instantly. When the game first released, two donuts could be used to speed up the majority of tasks. The Simpsons: Tapped Out is not a player-friendly game. It’s a money pit that takes advantage of Simpsons fans.

Indeed it is. 

We talk to EA about The Simpsons smartphone game and mobile gaming in general – From an interview with an Australian/New Zealand EA executive:

One of EA’s biggest hits recently has been The Simpsons: Tapped Out. What do you think has enabled the game to become such a hit?

MF: There have been a number of contributing factors to The Simpsons: Tapped Out success. The game has been popular as it let new and old fans connect with the show; create their own Springfield with such a great history of characters; receive monthly content updates with tie-ins to episodes and iconic events like Treehouse of Horrors; and it is free to play. The Simpsons is an extremely popular show and has been over its 23 and counting year run on television. Everyone has a favourite episode.

Which episode of The Simpsons is your favourite one?

MF: Personally, mine is the eight episode of season four [“New Kid on the Block”] where Homer gets thrown out of the All-You-Can-Eat Seafood restaurant.

Well, he’s got good taste in episodes, and his ability to switch from execu-speak in the first question to normal English in the second is pretty impressive.

The Simpsons Tapped Out: Whacking Day – About the latest update:

Premium items are pretty bland this time, consisting of mainly vanity items.  There’s a basket of snake eggs, which won’t benefit you, but also an elite Whacking License (up to 10 snakes per friend).  Lumpy is also up for sale at 55 doughnuts, but I’m not sure if he/she/it is a character that just walks around or will be an inanimate object.

Why Bart Simpson Drives the Venezuelan Authorities Nuts – Click through for the picture:

Consider the little-known case of Miguel Ángel Hernández Souquett, a 51-year-old Venezuelan auto mechanic.

On February 5, 2010, at a baseball home game between Venezuela and Mexico, Hernández was arrested by agents of Venezuela’s military for the alleged crime of "offenses against the head of government." His crime? Hernández was wearing a short-sleeved T-shirt emblazoned with the cartoon character Bart Simpson, depicted with his trousers down and exposing his buttocks. Printed in black capital letters it read "Hugo, I shit on your revolution."

Ha.  Well done, sir.

Harry Shearer’s Radio Show Taken Off Air – Lame:

The funnyman has been hosting Le Show on Santa Monica’s Kcrw-Fm since 1983, but station executives have now decided to ditch the programme as part of a massive scheduling overhaul.

Bosses hope to continue distributing the programme as a podcast and for national radio syndication, but Shearer is angry he will no longer be heard on the station which launched the show.

He has even appealed for another local station to take him on, writing in series of posts on, "Any radio station in La want to carry Le Show?… Well I guess that’s the end of my Kcrw affair."

Shearer goes on to encourage fans of Le Show to express their thoughts to station bosses, adding, "Thjx (thanks) to La Le Show listeners for weighing in on Kcrw decision. If you haven’t yet, now’s the time."

Should you be so inclined, this is their contact page and this is their Twitter account.

Our Favorite Simpsons Episodes (with Pics) – A touch of Zombie Simpsons here, but nothing past Season 12.

Do You Only See Homer? – A college student writing about media crams in an impressive number of citations in just a few paragraphs, including this, which I’d never seen before:

As Turner muses, The Simpsons ‘‘has become the new repository of the West’s common metaphors’’ (Turner via Smith 2005).


Full Faith and Credits* – A post about the ways shows modify their opening credits, which naturally includes “the real grand-daddy of the constantly changing credits has to be The Simpsons”.

Best. Episode. Ever. (Round 10) – The 256 episode Simpsons bracket continues.  Here “Lady Bouvier’s Lover” beats “There’s No Disgrace Like Home”.  Elsewhere, “Sideshow Bob Roberts”, “Homer and Apu”, and “The Trouble With Trillions” all advance.   “The Homer They Fall” beat the undisputed king of Zombie Simpsons, “Eternal Moonshine of the Spotless Mind”:

I don’t want to be mean-spirited. I really do think “Moonshine” deserves praise, for its creative plot, elaborate animation and a few good jokes (like the “Ice Age” parody). But this tournament was set up to determine my favorite episode of my favorite TV show, and there are things here I just can’t overlook. The voice acting bugs me, too many of the jokes don’t land, the gimmicky plot is not strong enough to distract from its many holes.

That episode is way more inventive than typical Zombie Simpsons, but it definitely still sucks.

Here’s Conan O’Brien And A Bunch Of Old Writers Talking About The Simpsons – This is just a link to the O’Brien discussion from earlier this week, but it does contain a rather awesome animated .gif of O’Brien and Bart dancing before Bart is told to sit perfectly still.

“The Simpsons” Writers Reunion – Serious Jibber Jabber on Team Coco – This gets it about right:

It’s basically an extra-long DVD commentary (over 80 minutes long!) but for geeks of the show, it’s never dull.

I think Jean was relieved not to have to shoulder the entire discussion like he often has to on the Zombie Simpsons commentaries. 

Video: “The Simpsons” Writers Reunion on Serious Jibber-Jabber w/ Conan O’Brien – I had no problem watching it all the way through:

This may not get too many views and few will sit through the entire 80-minute video (I did) but this is up simply because it’s awesome. For fans of The Simpsons, the world of comedy, and the process and history behind legendary works in entertainment, this is gold.

It is.  (There’s a YouTube version at the link, if you want it.) 

The Simpsons Top 10- Number 9-Mr Plow – Lots of good YouTube here.

Doctor Who Monday: Cold War…In 10 Words – I sure could go for a hundred tacos right about now.

42 (movie)…In 10 Words – I never realized how boring this game is.

Scary Movie 5…In 10 Words – Instead it’s been weird and scary like that movie Police Academy. 

A 10 Word Tribute to Pat Summerall – He was always better than Brent Gunsilman. 

Today Calls for Some of This – Heh:

Yes, it’s Colonel Kwik-E-Mart’s Kentucky Bourbon.

Enjoy responsibly.

The Raven | Dec. 30, 1334 – Even I wouldn’t go quite this far:

A nostalgic read, reminding me of my days at Worthing Sixth Form College studying A-level English literature and great for me to pick-up anytime I want to read a short horror story or poem. It contains the poem The Raven as made famous by The Simpsons.

It was famous before the show, though it does seem that no one can talk about it now without mentioning “Treehouse of Horror”. 

50 most influential TV shows: Coronation Street and Columbo in, but no Mad Men or Sopranos – Unsurprisingly, The Simpsons makes the list.

15. Marge and Homer Simpson on The Simpsons – This is from a clickbait article on the “25 Most Sexual Sitcom Couples”.  That is all.

Homer and Marge Simpson: Greatest TV couple ever – The staff at gushes over Homer and Marge.  That is also all.

Journey to Double Jaw Surgery – This sounds terrible, but there is relief to be had:

Despite the horrendous nature of my recovery, it was brightened by having movies, lots of The Simpsons to watch, and Legend of Zelda to keep me busy

At least no one can drive her around the South and charge two bits a gander. 

Five Reasons Tina Belcher is the best thing to happen to Animated Televsion in Years – Yeah:

Let’s face facts: Animated Television for grownups is a bit of a barren landscape. Sure, Archer is still going strong into its fourth season and Adventure Time, while not strictly a grownup show, has real emotional moments underneath its absurd hilarity, but The Simpsons is a fraction of the shadow of its former self it used to be

A very small fraction. 

Does Sideshow Bob constitute true artistic excellence? – And finally, I get to end with someone who concisely agrees with us.  Asked for “true artistic excellence”:

Guante, hip-hop artist and educator, went back in time: "Honestly, what comes to mind right away — one of the reasons I am such a big critic of everything — is because I remember Seasons 3 through 10 of ‘The Simpsons,’ which is so well-written and well-constructed and incredible that it is hard to like anything else."



Quote of the Day


“What religion are you?” – Bart Simpson
“You know, the one with all the well meaning rules that don’t work out in real life, uh . . . Christianity.” – Homer Simpson


Season 7 Marathon: 25 Episodes, 25 beers, 9h:32m:18s


“Anyway, get ready beer belly, we’re gonna show Springfield what we’re made of!” – Homer Simpson

Good morning and welcome to the seventh and final Simpsons-Beer Marathon.  Today I get to spend my whole Saturday watching Season 7, and it is going to be awesome.  As with previous marathons, I will be using the pause and reverse buttons to get a quote down or take a screen grab, but the fast-forward button is strictly verboten.  Since I was way too drunk by the end of the Season 6 marathon (I blame Dave) to comment intelligently on “Who Shot Mr. Burns?”, I’m going to start with Part 1 instead of Part 2.  And with that, let’s get going.

1. Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part One)

  • “Ah, poor fellow, crushed by his own water bottle.”
  • I really need to start using the word “dunderpate”.
  • The whole candy box scene, where Burns remembers Maggie, Bart, and Santa’s Little Helper, is another exhibit for why this show should’ve ended not too long after this. 
  • The statues outside the animal hospital are a nice touch.
  • Great animation when Homer’s pupils contract as he realizes Burns didn’t thank him.
  • “Hey, if you guys are getting loaded off them fumes, I’m gonna have to charge you.”
  • Not sure if it counts as animation or directing, but the way Grampa falls out of the shot during the earthquake is really well done.
  • They just don’t write Burns dialogue this evil and insane anymore: “Since the beginning of time, man has yearned to destroy the Sun.”  That’s batshit crazy and completely hilarious. 
  • Heh, “blubberpot”, lotta good words in this episode. 
  • There may never be a funnier delivery of “You bastard” than the one by Old Jewish Guy at the meeting. 
  • I screwed up with my VCR when this one was first broadcast so I couldn’t rewatch it to figure out who did it (my guess was the dog), but it is always fun to see the little clues they left: Smithers pointing to the sundial, Maggie being the only one who doesn’t look away, the rolled down window on the car.  Even by the Himalayan standards of The Simpsons, this episode is crafted with outstanding care for detail. 

2. Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part Two)

  • Fantastic delivery by (I think) Azaria on “Speedway Squad, in color!”
  • Great subtle joke, the crappy hospital is the Veterans one.
  • There aren’t a lot of shows where a father can lovingly say that he considers his children potential murderers.
  • Speaking of great Azaria delivery, Dr. Colossus everybody.  “When is my lawyer coming?”
  • “And with the prime suspect cleared and found completely innocent, we must now ask ourselves: Who could possibly be as bloodthirsty as Waylon Smithers?”
  • The Tito Puente song alone was worth buying that CD.
  • The oyster guy and the guy at the condom machine are great.
  • This episode is rife with great little scenes, especially Moe and the lie detector. 
  • Only on The Simpsons can you bribe lab techs with cigarettes.
  • I haven’t seen The Fugitive in a long time, so I’m not sure how well it’s aged, but that escape scene was cool as hell in 1993. 
  • “You chose fruit, you live with fruit.”

3. Radioactive Man

  • It’s partly just, but this show was way ahead of the times on internet movie fans.
  • The Scoutmaster!  If you’ve never actually bothered to watch any of the Adam West Batman show, this is exactly what it was like.  It was on in reruns constantly when I was a little kid and even then I knew it was terrible. 
  • Great sign at the hospital: “Our Extra Patients Make Patient Extras”.
  • Another sign this show should’ve ended soon after this: Nelson “ha ha”ing himself in the mirror.  It’s great here, but it’s also what you do when something is starting to get played out.  This will happen again in seven hours or so when we get to “22 Short Films About Springfield”.
  • “You’re right, Lis, I can suck up to him, like the religious people suck up to God.”
  • Fantastic animation on the full power X-ray machine.
  • It’s great that the town is scamming the movie so hard that even Quimby is ashamed of it.
  • Goggles, people!
  • Also, the whole acid scene is beautifully drawn.
  • The spirograph guy is great.
  • Great guest voice by Mickey Rooney.  Every line.  He bounces back and forth between pathetic Hollywood shill and wise old  man beautifully.

4. Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily

  • Homer’s monocle is a fantastic double gag.  It’s a terrible prop, one that only Homer would think makes him look rich . . . and it works! 
  • “See ya in hell, you wingless bloodsuckers!”
  • The shrieking of the lice and showing Bart’s ass for no reason other than just to do it are yet more nice touches.
  • Speaking of which: the child welfare van crushing that bike.
  • I can’t put a fresh roll of toiler paper in without thinking about “improper overhand fashion”.
  • The kids being taken from Homer and Marge is a genuinely wrenching scene, and they move it along at the perfect pace.
  • Rod and Todd aren’t just traumatized by Itchy & Scratchy, they’re actually paler. 
  • “The number you have dialed can no longer be reached from this phone.  You.  Negligent.  Monster.”
  • Brilliant character touch to have Flanders not quite be able to say “Jesus” as he goes back and forth between blasphemy and being incredulous at Bart’s answer. 
  • Lovejoy’s exasperation with Flanders never gets old.
  • Homer falling down the hill is them still knowing how to hurt him without it being overdone or stupid.
  • The Godfather musical cues during the baptism are pitch perfect.
  • Maggie may be an almost entirely silent baby, but they use her really well here by having her want to stay with the Flandersesses until she sees Marge. 

5. Bart Sells His Soul

  • Iron Butterfly sounds pretty good on an organ.  Just sayin’.
  • Milhouse’s idea of what a soul is and can do feels appropriately kid like. 
  • Great animation on the “natural light” as Hibbert and company come into Moe’s.
  • More great animation on Bart’s imagining of the giant sponge dinosaur.  It’s exactly as blocky as it should be.
  • And again on Bart’s face getting squished on the automatic door.  Man, this one has a ton of great animation.  Never noticed that before.
  • The way the Space Needle crashes into Scratchy’s eyeball always cracks me up.
  • Ditto Homer getting stuck in the stairs. 
  • “Why isn’t anybody helping?”
  • Never understood what’s with Moe’s gap tooth look in this one.  It’s not bad or anything, just kinda odd.
  • Crazy crap on the walls remains the best description of all those mid-range chain restaurants.
  • “Aw, look at all the cute little minors.” – He’ll always be a sleazy bartender.
  • Moe’s hapless attempt at a real haircut also adds to the way he’s plainly uncomfortable doing anything but handing out booze to alcoholics. 
  • Cartwright shines in this one.  Nothing really specific, but Bart goes through a lot of shit here, and she knocks it out of the park every time, whether he’s excited, scared, sad, whatever.
  • Milhouse’s grandma’s apartment is dead on perfect.
  • When did Comic Book Guy become a Red Sox fan?  He is a self absorbed douchebag, I just never noticed that before.

6. Lisa the Vegetarian

  • The sound effects at Story Town Village (the broken speaker on Mama Bear, the creaking cottage with the three little pigs, the way mother goose gets decapitated) are outstanding.
  • Lord Thistlewick Flanders.  I wish that was my XBox gamertag.
  • “You might say the extra ingredient is salt.”
  • The Independent Thought Alarm is straight genius.  As a man who went to an incompetent and authoritarian school, I will always love that joke.
  • Great work when Scratchy’s headless torso falls onto the table.
  • Scientician.
  • Lisa the Vegetarian8
  • “Go back to Russia!”
  • “It’s still good, it’s still good!” is a wonderfully useful quote.
  • Lisa admitting she’s going to marry a carrot is another perfectly kid type moment.
  • It’s a very good thing that they got through all three (at the time) surviving Beatles when the show was still awesome.  Can you imagine the shitshow it would’ve been if they’d had McCartney on in Season 14 or something?
  • “Then you must think I’m a monster.”  “Yes, indeed I do think that.”
  • Has anyone ever run the credits backwards to see if there is a lentil soup recipe there?  I can hear the odd sounds, I’ve just never tried it.

7. Treehouse of Horror VI

  • “Dude, you’re huge!”  No idea why, but that gets me each time.
  • Gotta love the malevolent glee on Lard Lad’s face when he gets the donut and then proceeds to smash stuff and kick that dog.
  • “Remember the story, we’re newlyweds on our way to Earth Capital.”
  • Skinner is great in the second segment.  He couldn’t help “monitoring” their conversation. 
  • Two spaghetti meals in one day. 
  • Skeleton Willie is awesomely creepy.
  • All the dream sequences are animated with just the right amount of shine compared to the usual.
  • Movies, teevee and such started getting crazy with computer graphics in the very early 1990s (Terminator 2 had a lot to do with it).  Most of them looked like shit immediately or very shortly thereafter.  Well done, they can still look great even years later, and this segment does exactly that.
  • There’s a wonderfully simple terror to Frink’s chalk drawing of the “doomed individual”.

8. King-Size Homer

  • Smithers and the hired goons dragging Homer out of the john is wonderful misdirection. 
  • “Hey, where’s Charlie, how’d he get out of this?”  I stayed home all day drinking beer, thank you very much.
  • Assal horizontology.
  • In the annals of Shakespeare gags that take less than one second, Much Ado About Stuffing has to be up there.
  • Is “the subway ran over my hat” a Superman joke?  I’ve never been clear on that.
  • Of all Smithers’ descriptions of Homer, “chair moistener” might be the best.
  • “Oh no, the corn, Paul Newman’s gonna have my legs broke.”
  • Castellaneta’s reading of “Flanders?” when Homer knows things are fucked it brilliant.
  • Gotta love the fear in the ice cream man when Homer hijacks his truck.
  • Burns’ Yale sweater is a nice touch.
  • Though Homer driving on the side of the cooling tower is an ill omen.

9. Mother Simpson

  • “The Profit People”
  • The quick shot of the empty hammock is perfectly funerary.
  • Glenn Close fucking rules.  That is all.
  • I inherited a lot of 60s/70s toys from my older siblings, and Homer’s room is full of them.  We had a flip open kid record player that looked exactly like the one in his room.
  • That the Super Bowl once needed support is just hilarious.
  • The Spiro Agnew clock is excellent.
  • Kenny Brockelstein.
  • Phrenology, add that to list of things I found out about because of this show.
  • “Do I know what rhetorical means?”
  • Nothing’s quite like Bart(!) reciting right wing slogans in a tie-dyed t-shirt.
  • ABBA and Wagner, hells yeah.
  • The image at the end is great, but the music is just as gutting. 

10. Sideshow Bob’s Last Gleaming

  • So far we’ve had Homer’s mom, Bart selling his soul, Lisa becoming a vegetarian, Burns getting shot, on and on and on, and now it’s time for a Sideshow Bob episode.  The consistent genius of this show is unbelievable. 
  • Remember when this show actually made fun of Rupert Murdoch and FOX? 
  • “dollar intensive ordinance delivery vector”
  • “Sweet Enola Gay, son!” – R. Lee Ermey is also awesome. 
  • When I used to have to watch these on syndication, the part where Bob hits the bump with the bomb always got cut off.  Thank Jebus for DVD (and ripping all the DVDs to .avi).
  • Tyrannovision.
  • Gotta love Frink in the Strangelove glasses.
  • Only Brockman and Channel 6 could lump together the end of the Soviet Union and premium ice cream price wars.
  • The static-y look of Krusty’s emergency broadcast is just right.
  • Chattering cyclops, that’s every inch as good as “vast wasteland”.
  • Krusty jumping back after he drops the scorpion takes a tiny fraction of a second.  That’s the kind of attention they put into this show.

11. The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular

  • “America’s favorite non-prehistoric cartoon family.”
  • If they tried to do a montage of modern couch gags like the opening of this one, it’d take an hour and a half.
  • 138th Episode Spectacular4 
  • It’s relatively gentile satire, but Groening as a tequila swilling lunatic is a great joke.
  • The unused clips are hilarious: “I can ride a bike again!”
  • The robotic Richard Simmons, it’s a testament to how densely awesome “Burns’ Heir” is that this didn’t make it.
  • Old time video technology alert: on the alternate ending where Smithers shot Burns, you can see the VCR distortion at the bottom of the frame.
  • Hard core nudity!

12. Team Homer

  • That’s right, Lunchlady Doris is the Squeaky Voiced Teen’s mom.
  • Skinner’s ’Nam flashbacks and remembrances saw the show toeing a very fine line, and it was great.
  • Even Ether Burns is more evil than Zombie Simpsons Burns.
  • As a storytelling move, not showing Otto pick up the 7-10 split while the rest of them are cheering is brilliant.  We already know what’s going to happen, so why bother showing it?
  • Springfield Police Framers, fantastic team name.
  • “They were the suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked.”
  • Love the one gay “Home-Wrecker”.
  • The shots where the bowling ball is right on the edge of the gutter are very well drawn.

13. Two Bad Neighbors

  • No Parcheesi Sets, Please.
  • SCUBA squishy machine repair!
  • Oh, Disco Stu, why couldn’t you have remained as a one or two off character?
  • Mrs. Glick’s old person insistence that her candy dish be used for nothing else is one of those things that seems like it came from real world old people experience.
  • Great aside joke with the guy who says “yes” to the Ayatollah.
  • We used to laugh at the Bushes, then it was less funny for awhile, and now it’s funny again.  Things are better when it’s funny.
  • “Just happy to be here among good, average people, with no particular hopes or dreams.”
  • Homer’s “my taxes paid for that horn” line is wonderfully layered.  It’s not just wrong, it’s also a stereotypically dumb complaint about anything. 
  • “And since I’d achieved all my goals as President in one term, there was no need for a second.”
  • Two Bad Neighbors6
  • “Grover Cleveland spanked me on two non-consecutive occasions.”
  • The green, CNN-Live-From-Baghdad glow to the fireworks explosion is wonderfully subtle.
  • Ah, if only Bush the Younger had stayed a cardboard cutout, not that Zombie Simpsons had anything to say about that.
  • Blowback!
  • Gerald Ford, president of football and nachos.  Fuck and yes.

14. 1Scenes From the Class Struggle in Springfield

  • “We can’t afford to shop at any store that has a philosophy.”
  • Sorny! 
  • The rich women are awesomely over dressed, under brained (except for Sus-an), and generally clueless.
  • “We microwaved our own soup!”
  • Tom Kite is another well used, unobtrusive, sensible, and still awesome guest voice.  “You can keep the shoes."
  • You can tell they’re paying exquisite attention to story here because while Lisa bugs Marge before she fucks up the Chanel, that isn’t why it get ruined.  Marge can’t and doesn’t need to blame Lisa, it’s entirely her fault because it’s entirely Marge’s story. 
  • “Peppery” is the nicest possible way to describe that atrocious dress
  • Gotta love that the rich people really were going to let the Simpsons in before they walked away.

15. Bart the Fink

  • I doubt that Castellaneta’s fake-sad delivery while mourning for Aunt Hortense could be done any better.
  • Cayman Islands Offshore Holding Corporation! 
  • Leave it to Krusty to think that his legal problems might be about popcorn that wasn’t bought “fair and square”.
  • “Avoison, it’s a crime, look it up.”
  • Thirty-two cartons of pornography, ah the days before internet porn.
  • The side shadows on the scene where Bart and Krusty talk on the sidewalk are really well done.  They’re consistent, and Krusty really looks like a blossoming degenerate drunk.
  • Great that Sideshow Raheem and Luke Perry are at the funeral.
  • There’s no getting around a headstone that says “See Ya Real Soon Kids!”.  Not a lot of shows will put up a message that basically says: Children, You Will Die.
  • Newhart’s eulogy denigrates Krusty and fails to praise him.  It’s awesome.
  • Call me back, Ishmael.
  • Handsome Pete!
  • Scrap iron has never seemed so romantic.

16. Lisa the Iconoclast

  • Cromulent, embiggens, land cow?  This episode rules.
  • “Here’s Johnny Cakes!”
  • Donald Sutherland owns this episode from start to finish.  It takes a rare talent to read the term “Emancipation Retraction” with the requisite old-white-guy gravity. 
  • “I support most any prejudice you can name, but your hero-phobia sickens me.”
  • All good meetings end with someone digging up a corpse.
  • In Springfield, George Washington strangles men with his bare feet.  Hell yeah!
  • Sutherland wins forever: “I’m an antiquarian, damn it!”
  • Only in Springfield would there be a police sniper who comes *this close* to killing a little girl before the mayor decides to see what she has to say.
  • And then we let the lie continue.  This show is the best.

17. Homer the Smithers

  • For anyone who’s never been to a drag race, this is a fair approximation.
  • Well, except for the funny way the drivers eye each other after Burns tells them to slow down. 
  • Casually letting the water out of the water cooler is a great Burns move.  He won’t let Smithers drown, but he’s not going to expend any emotion or energy saving him either.
  • This episode is very good in general, but it’s also the beginning of the Burns who’s incompetent and useless instead of evil and effective.
  • Great delivery from Kavner on “If he’s alive.”
  • “We’re going to have to put a steel rod where your spine was.”
  • Burns’ Mom has a wicker wheel chair.
  • Great ending:

18. The Day the Violence Died

  • “hilarious atrocity” – awesome.
  • Kirk Douglas, for the win.
  • Manhattan Madness is fantastic, as is Milhouse’s bloodlust.
  • The first scene with Lampwick in the kitchen is just him poking through every cabinet and then the cat fucks off at light speed.  It’s wonderful.
  • This is one of the last great Hutz episodes: “If I hear ‘objection’ and ‘sustained’ one more time today, I think I’m going to scream.”
  • Roger Meyer Jr’s rant is awesome.
  • And it ends in Ghost Mutt.
  • Amendment to be!

19. A Fish Called Selma

  • “People don’t do that type of thing with fish.”
  • Hartman totally channels his inner Heston with “you wouldn’t ask a handsome man like me to wear glasses?” rant.
  • Patty’s disgust at Selma’s infatuation is almost too funny for words. 
  • “Jury duty is work”, well done, Jeff Goldblum.
  • Leper in the Backfield
  • Stop the Planet of the Apes, say what you will about Hollywood’s insistence on remaking and rebooting everything, but it does make a lot of old Simpsons jokes contemporary again.
  • “Gay?  I wish!” Jebus, I miss Hartman.
  • McBain 4: Fatal Discharge, heh.
  • “Like how we built that snowman together in that Newport ad?  Remember how alive with pleasure they said we were?” Seriously, Hartman was uniquely fucking good at everything.

20. Bart on the Road

  • Hell yeah, cracker factory. 
  • They did like staplers spewing staples this season.
  • Despite my current inebriation, I do like the way Bart, Milhouse and Nelson quietly push away their beers when Barney, of all people, tells them to join the party, exposing the basic patheticness of drinking this much.
  • “That’s it, back to Winnipeg!”
  • “Well, I didn’t think I was rehabilitated, but I guess they needed the extra bed.” – Drifter
  • Andy Williams!

21. 22 Short Films About Springfield

  • “Don’t worry, I’ll tell everybody you were untouchable.”
  • “If I remember my Heloise, the trick to getting out gum is peanut butter.”
  • “Now pump those scrawny chicken legs, you stupors funker!”
  • “Holy smokes, you need booze!”
  • “Goodbye student loan payments!” – Snake
  • “Good Lord, what is happening in there? . . . Aurora borealis. . . . Aurora borealis, at this time of year, at this time of day, in this part of the country, localized entirely within your kitchen? . . . Yes. . . May I see it? . . . No.”
  • Cheesy Does It
  • “McDonald’s restaurant, I never heard of it either, but they have over two thousand locations in this state alone.”
  • “Ay, naranjas en la cabeza!”
  • “We gotta swap insurance info!
  • “Do your dirty, sinful business.”
  • “Hey, what’s going on on this side?”
  • “You may purchase this charming Hamburgler adventure, a child has already solved the jumble using crayons, the answer is ‘fries’.”
  • “Oh my gosh, sorry, mister.”
  • “You keep squirming, there’s going to be a little bald girl with no lollipop.”
  • “Everyone needs to drive a vehicle, even the very tall.” (Like I said back during “Radioactive Man”, this is how a joke ends.)
  • “That monkey is going to pay.”

22. Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in "The Curse of the Flying Hellfish"

  • A Low-Cost Outing for Seniors
  • Damned Kaiser.
  • Burns’ rolodex is fantastic.  Who else would have an entry for Zoroastrians?
  • Nod to continuity: the senior home has the same big screen TV bought in “Old Money”.
  • It is best not to “obstruct” “probes” from J. Edgar Hoover.
  • No way around it, this episode is a bit weak.  There’s just too much poorly handled weirdness.
  • Grampa and Bart at the cemetery is really well animated, though.  There’s even a fresh grave for Asa.
  • Flanders giving up his boat is hilarious, though.  
  • Plot goofiness aside, it is funny when Bart won’t take the rebreather from Grampa.
  • The German baron is fantastic.  Body-control.

23. Much Apu About Nothing

  • Stupid “Impson” family.
  • Mustache parades tend to offer a lot of catchy slogans.
  • No one shall argue against the essentiality of the Bear Patrol B-2.
  • Grandpa’s insane immigrant remembrance contains approximately fifty immigration cliches in just thirty seconds or so, and it includes a statue head full of garbage to boot.
  • Charles Norwood is awesome (if somewhat painful for Buffalo Bills fans); also, “adultivity”.
  • “Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman staring at me from Entertainment Weekly with their dead eyes!” – The “dead eyes” quote makes crappy supermarket tabloids so much easier to mock.
  • “From now on I’m only marrying for love, and possibly once more for money.”
  • Bear Patrol Steps up Bombing Campaign
  • Just say slavery.
  • When Homer’s giving his soliloquy at the picnic, Lovejoy has Buzz instead of Duff.  Well done. 

24. Homerpalooza

  • “In perpetuity throughout the universe” – The Simpsons, saving lawyers time since 1996.
  • For an episode that gave us the best ever generational quote “weird and scary”, it’s funny to see their “new bands” be horribly out of date. 
  • Homer’s rejection in strobe light is awesome.
  • “For authentic refreshment, eat Clark bars.”
  • Register Not to Vote does need to be next to Bungee Jump Against Racism.
  • Peter Frampton is a great guest voice: self parodying and game for lines that involve Pink Floyd’s yard sale.
  • “Are you being sarcastic, dude?” “I don’t even know anymore.”
  • Rover Hendrix!
  • Pretty sure I’ve said this before, but I’d pay decent money for an album authored by Cypress Hill and the London Symphony Orchestra.
  • “It’s a policy that ensures a healthy mix of the rich and the ignorant, sir.”
  • There’s nothing better than youth oriented product positioning.

25. Summer of 4 Ft. 2

  • “Was President Lincoln okay?”
  • In terms of being believably kid-like, this episode is as good as it gets.  Lisa, for all her adult capacity, is a real kid in this episode.
  • “He actually wrote ‘diddly’.”
  • Gotta love how suspicious Christina Ricci is when she says “Are you in to books?”, like it’s some kind of plague. 
  • “Hey, he looks just like you, poindexter!”
  • I’m not going to even try to describe Homer trying to buy fireworks.  Text does it no justice. 
  • It is awesome the way Marge just turns around with the rice crispy squares and tang.
  • Speaking of things that are indescribable, Homer panicking after lighting the M-320.
  • At the Grammar Rodeo, Lisa’s holding a sign that just says “Gerund”.  I hate grammar, but that’s funny.
  • A hermit crab in a Buzz cola can, that’s a great out. 

And that’s it, folks.  Thanks for reading, try not to watch Season 24.  Barring a level of miraculous improbability equal (or greater) to the meteor the killed the dinosaurs, it’s gonna suck. 


Quote of the Day


“Sir, I run Hullabalooza’s Pageant of the Trans-Mundane . . . the freakshow, and I’ve been looking for a big fatso to shoot with a cannon.  I’d like very much for you to be that fatso.” – Freakshow Guy


A Thoughtful (But Demonstrably Dumb) Defense of Zombie Simpsons

Lots of Hearsay and Conjecture

“Why do we need new bands?  Everyone knows rock attained perfection in 1974.  It’s a scientific fact.” – Homer Simpson

Back at the end of December, reader Brian sent in a link to a video at The Escapist modestly titled “The Simpsons Is Still Funny – Pt. 1”.  It’s about five minutes long, and you can view it at the link.  The second part, “The Simpsons Is Still Funny, Part 2”, came out a week later.  These are the kind of internet videos where there’s a fast talking voiceover accompanied by a series of pictures, memes and other low cost imagery.

These particular Zombie Simpsons defenses are narrated by a guy named Bob Chipman, who usually does movie videos.  Obviously I don’t agree that what FOX puts out on Sundays is still funny.  (I don’t even think it should be called “The Simpsons”.)  But Chipman makes some plausible but easily falsified assumptions that come up every once and a while, and they’re worth rebutting in detail.

The tagline of the first video is “The Simpsons isn’t bad, you just grew up”, and that’s a reasonably accurate summary of the video.  The Simpsons came out when Chipman was a kid, and he grew into an adult during the single digit seasons which are widely considered to be the best ones.  His basic theory is that since he and others like him became more sophisticated fans as the show was at its peak, people have a nostalgic need for those seasons to be remembered as the best ones.  Unlike He-Man, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Transformers (all of which he specifically invokes), The Simpsons was a childhood love that could still be loved by adolescents and adults without any of that icky irony.

I’m going to quote his conclusion at some length here (this begins at the 4:05 mark):

We might have moved on from thinking that cherry bombs and graffiti and “Ay Carumba” were the coolest things on Earth.  But now we could groove on, you know, incisive showbiz satire, everyday working class annoyances, and the existential ennui of being a smarty-pants trapped in a dumbed down world, all punctuated by a rotating staff of extremely talented comedy writers.  That was the real miracle of The Simpsons’ golden age, thanks largely to a parody of the bad-little-boy sitcom archetype briefly becoming an actual phenomenon with kids and winning a massive grade school audience for a show that was originally intended for an older, primetime viewership, it was able to become for those same kids one of the few precious entertainments of their childhood that was still just as awesome, if perhaps in a different way, as they grew up through their teens and into young adulthood.  That, my friends, is how something goes from being simply a good TV show to a full blown, unassailable pop culture institution.  And since the timeline of that quote-unquote “institutionalization” roughly coincides with the first nine to ten years of the series, guess which seasons tend to be remembered as “the best ones”?  So, yeah, from where I sit, that is how The Simpsons earned a legacy of such high standard that even The Simpsons couldn’t live up to it anymore.

The gist of all that is that The Simpsons simply isn’t as good as you remember it being, you just love it because you loved it as a kid and it’s still highly watchable now that you’re an adult.  The big, flashing problem with this is that most fans didn’t grow up with the show the same way he did.  He’s mistaking a very narrow age bracket of people as everyone.

This is all based on a wildly incorrect and myopically self centered assumption back at the 2:20 mark of the video:

“It seems to me that a certain majority of disappointed, hard core Simpsons fanatics are also, unsurprisingly, ground zero Generation 1 fans roughly in my relative age bracket.”

A “certain majority”?  Outside of Chipman’s immediate friends and acquaintances, is there any evidence for that rather narrow age restriction whatsoever?  He certainly doesn’t provide any, instead just assuming it to be true.  But it isn’t true.  In fact, it isn’t even remotely true.  Chipman was a kid when the show came out, so he probably knows a lot of other people who were kids when it came out too.  But the show, while popular with kids, was never just for kids.

That is all the more remarkable when you remember that there was a complete lack of adult animation at the time (at least in this country).  Before it even premiered, people knew kids would watch it.  After all, it was a cartoon and it was on at 8:00pm, the long protected “family hour”, when kids were expected to be watching television.  But adults latched on to it just as hard and as quickly.

To be sure, most of those adults were probably on the young side, members of that sweet, sweet 18-34 demographic.  But “Bartmania” wasn’t a children’s fad the way Pokemon would later be a children’s fad, or the way the Ninja Turtles and Transformers had been children’s fads a few years before.  It was a general cultural storm that encompassed not only kids, but millions of adults as well.  Two quick quotes from John Ortved’s book should serve to illustrate this.  Here’s current show writer Tim Long (p119):

“When the show started, I was a sophomore in university.  I remember thinking, This is the fasted, funniest show ever.  I cannot believe this show is on the air.  It just felt like a miracle.”

This was a common sentiment among people his age bracket, and he was born in 1969.  Ask a fan roughly Long’s age sometime and you’ll get stories about The Simpsons being something people watched in college bars or at home in groups.  During the early years of the show, new episodes were an event for a lot of people long past puberty.

Here’s Robert Cohen, who was a production assistant during the first couple of seasons (p120):

And for me in particular, the first “holy crap” moment was during the Hollywood Christmas parade, which is this dopey parade that goes down Hollywood Boulevard, and stars of yesteryear wave from convertibles; it’s this very weird parade.  It was the second season, and they’d asked the Simpsons to be in the parade, so they hired some dancers to put on costumes and Jay Kogen and I wore our Simpsons crew jackets.  We piled into this car called the Gracie-mobile, which was this big old El Dorado convertible painted with the Gracie logo.  The plan was that we would drive the Simpsons down the street in the parade.  When we pulled out on to the street and it was parade time – I was at the wheel – the people mobbed us to the point that the car could go only about twenty yards.  The sheriff’s department had to veer us outta there because it was like a riot.  And they weren’t interested in us.  They were interested in these actors in Simpsons costumes.  Obviously they weren’t even the real Simpsons.  That’s when I realized, Holy crap.  This thing’s outta control.  Because it was just hundreds of people mobbing stinky felt costumes that represented the show.  I knew the show was popular, but I didn’t realize how popular until that moment.

Those hundreds of people were not all ten year olds.  Moreover, right about the time those anonymous people in costumes were escaping that mob, this was on newsstands all over the country:

Time Magazine Cover (31 Dec 1990)

This was when the cover of Time was among the most important cultural markers in America, and it’s not about a children’s obsession, it’s “The Best of ’90”, period.

The Simpsons was never a kids show, so when Chipman compares people obsessing over its “golden age” to the way people have kitschy attachments to He-Man or Transformers, he’s conflating two very different things, his personal experience and that of the wider audience.  The idea that the show declined noticeably isn’t restricted to people born from roughly 1975 to 1985.  It’s a widely held opinion among people of disparate ages, and plenty of people followed the entire arc of the show from Season 1 to Season 9 or so as adults.  No pre-pubescent nostalgia is needed to say that the show has gone to hell.

As if to underscore how weak this argument is, the second video drops this concept completely.  It doesn’t support this contention and barely even mentions it.  Instead, it focuses on the way the culture and the media environment have changed around the show.  Chipman gets to his point quickly (1:00):

The Simpsons was an absurdist parody.  My contention, then, is that the reason it’s different now is less because the show itself has changed, but that the world around it has changed to the extent that almost everything it first existed to skewer, satirize and parody doesn’t exist anymore.

He continues from there to discuss how many of the situations parodied on The Simpsons were universally recognizable because there were only three networks and everyone was at least aware of the family sitcom tropes the show liked to make fun of.  Nowadays, with hundreds of channels and the bottomless pit of the internet fracturing the culture into a bunch of tiny niches, he thinks the show had to become an exaggerated parody of itself to survive.

The problem with this is that while there’s a superficial truth to it, it misses the fundamental aspects of American life The Simpsons got at.  The police on The Simpsons are fat, incompetent and often drunk on their own power.  Whatever the quality of your local force, that overall perception remains very much with us.  Springfield Elementary is perpetually underfunded and doesn’t do many of its kids a whole lot of good.  Sound familiar?  Corrupt local politicians, annoyingly pious neighbors, gossipy church ladies, and evil plutocrats are still a recognizable part of the American landscape.  Self help scams, niche conventions, and painfully dumb awards shows haven’t gone anywhere either.

While some of the concepts the show parodied have faded from memory, the basic take on American life remains amazingly current and relevant.  To say, as Chipman does, that the show has become “less vital and certainly less relatable” (4:40) simply because the media landscape has changed is to let Zombie Simpsons off the hook.  There have been plenty of vital and relatable shows (pick a critical darling from the last decade) that, while never reaching the level of fame The Simpsons reached, don’t come in for the same kind of routine criticism as Zombie Simpsons.  That’s because they aren’t dragging around twenty years of backstory, aren’t constantly repeating things they’ve done better in the past, and aren’t kept alive because FOX doesn’t want to risk a profitable timeslot on a flop.

More than just being a cop out, however, saying a show has to get away from what made it great to stay alive sounds more like a reason to take it off the air than keep it on the air.  There are any number of familiar examples of this, silent movie stars who couldn’t make the transition to sound, rim shot comedians in tuxedos who became dinosaurs after Lenny Bruce, hair metal bands embarrassed off the charts by grunge.  At some point, people stop caring about what you were doing, and if you can’t change sufficiently, then you’re going to become irrelevant, just as Zombie Simpsons has.

We can still appreciate classics from a bygone era.  Truly great books and movies often stay great, genuinely good music has a way of enduring, and those old seasons of The Simpsons have aged incredibly well because they still speak to so much of our lives.  But to keep doing what no one cares about anymore is the definition of malingering.

As always, this is somebody’s opinion and they’re perfectly entitled to it.  But the specific arguments Chipman is making here simply don’t hold water.  They’re riddled with factual inaccuracies, somewhat contradictory (so the show did change?), and generally sloppy.  Saying that people’s love of the original seasons is based on nostalgia may be true for a few individuals, but there’s no evidence for that among the general population of fans.  Saying that that the world evolved around it is true, but in no way changes the fact that plenty of other shows have found ways to not suck in the era of http.  Think Zombie Simpsons is funny all you want, but don’t try to back up your opinion with things that aren’t true and don’t make sense. 


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