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(LA Times)   The Simpson's 500th episode ends with the line: All we ask is that you go out and get some fresh air before logging on the internet and saying how much this sucked"   (latimes.com) divider line 252
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2012-02-20 08:48:06 AM
The Simpsons should have ended about 5 years ago.

The storylines are completely ridiculous. I bet very few remember when the plots (yes, they had actual plots) were related to real-world occurrences with which humans could empathize.
 
2012-02-20 09:42:19 AM
Ah yes, the exact same joke from "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show" in season 8.
 
2012-02-20 10:05:36 AM
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2012-02-20 10:48:10 AM

thelordofcheese: The Simpsons should have ended about 5 years ago.

The storylines are completely ridiculous. I bet very few remember when the plots (yes, they had actual plots) were related to real-world occurrences with which humans could empathize.


I remember when arguments that the Simpsons were bad were good argument. Now all we got is this shiat
 
2012-02-20 11:02:53 AM
BEST. CATCHPHRASE. EVER!
 
2012-02-20 11:04:25 AM
How do people know the Simpsons suck if they stopped watching years ago because it sucked?
 
2012-02-20 11:05:20 AM

thelordofcheese: The Simpsons should have ended about 5 years ago.

15 years ago

/ftfy
 
2012-02-20 11:07:14 AM
(GaryColemand-whofarkingcares.jpg)

I'll watch new ones, I'll watch repeats - some are good, some not so good, but is it really necessary to biatch about when the show stopped being good?

/worst rant ever
 
2012-02-20 11:07:49 AM

9beers: How do people know the Simpsons suck if they stopped watching years ago because it sucked?


I stop by occasionally to check it out. It's been 12+ years since I've been able to stick around for more than 5-7 minutes. Maybe I'm just coincidentally stopping by at the worst times.

More likely, it just plain sucks ass.
 
2012-02-20 11:08:09 AM

Lionel Mandrake: thelordofcheese: The Simpsons should have ended about 5 years ago. 15 years ago

/ftfy


This. Could even say 12ish, but vast majority of episodes since about the year 2000 have sucked.
 
2012-02-20 11:09:14 AM
Are you kidding me? They are still creating new episodes of that show?

Has it run longer than M*A*S*H at this point?

The Simpsons came out when I was in college, which was pre-Netscape.
 
2012-02-20 11:10:34 AM

Lionel Mandrake: thelordofcheese: The Simpsons should have ended about 5 years ago. 15 years ago 20 years ago.

/ftfy


/ftfy
 
2012-02-20 11:11:32 AM

lostcat: Are you kidding me? They are still creating new episodes of that show?

Has it run longer than M*A*S*H at this point?

The Simpsons came out when I was in college, which was pre-Netscape.


Let me tell you about "Gunsmoke" *adjusts onion*...
 
2012-02-20 11:12:16 AM
"After 500 shows, there are still stories to tell"

No really, there arent
 
2012-02-20 11:13:05 AM
Some of the recent episodes were good. Hell in one recent episode Homer took the kids to E3 then Marge and the kids became foodies and Homer ended up hanging out at a meth lab.
 
2012-02-20 11:15:18 AM

Egoy3k: Some of the recent episodes were good. Hell in one recent episode Homer took the kids to E3 then Marge and the kids became foodies and Homer ended up hanging out at a meth lab.


Totally relatable.
 
2012-02-20 11:15:30 AM
Each year makes it that much more unlikely that another show will catch up to it. 500 episodes is quite an accomplishment. I'd like to see it go for 600 or more before they give it up. That being said, I don't really watch the show anymore, but I'm still glad it's out there.
 
2012-02-20 11:15:50 AM

Lionel Mandrake: thelordofcheese: The Simpsons should have ended about 5 years ago. 15 years ago

/ftfy


So, you were tired of it before it was cool?
 
2012-02-20 11:16:14 AM
I still watch when I'm home on Sundays. Even reruns from time-to-time. I'm not even going to pretend that it is as good as it once was ... but I will maintain it is still better than most of the alternatives. I watched last night and thought it was fine. I don't get the hate ... are there places where people are forced to watch this at gunpoint?

/"Maybe, just once, someone will call me 'Sir' without adding, 'You're making a scene...."
 
2012-02-20 11:18:00 AM
I'm not big on TV, but the Simpsons is still one of the few shows i'll watch if it's on.

Even the bad episodes are better than pretty much anything else.
 
2012-02-20 11:18:13 AM

Jensaarai: Egoy3k: Some of the recent episodes were good. Hell in one recent episode Homer took the kids to E3 then Marge and the kids became foodies and Homer ended up hanging out at a meth lab.

Totally relatable.


I wasn't aware that the Simpsons needed to be relatable. One of the best episodes of all time features Homer working for a Bond style supervillian and another great one features him working for NASA.
 
2012-02-20 11:18:18 AM
Have no fears, we've got stories for years. Like, Marge becomes a robot, maybe Moe get's a cell phone, has Bart ever owned a bear or, how 'bout a crazy wedding, where something happens, and do-do do-do do?
 
2012-02-20 11:19:03 AM
exactly how many times have the simpsons been kicked out of springfield now?

i have come to the conclusion the show will only end when the voiceover talent for enough main characters is unable to continue their duties through disability or death. marge sounds like she is about 95 now.
 
2012-02-20 11:19:23 AM

Wasilla Hillbilly: Each year makes it that much more unlikely that another show will catch up to it. 500 episodes is quite an accomplishment. I'd like to see it go for 600 or more before they give it up. That being said, I don't really watch the show anymore, but I'm still glad it's out there.



Yup.
 
2012-02-20 11:19:27 AM

linc654: I still watch when I'm home on Sundays. Even reruns from time-to-time. I'm not even going to pretend that it is as good as it once was ... but I will maintain it is still better than most of the alternatives. I watched last night and thought it was fine. I don't get the hate ... are there places where people are forced to watch this at gunpoint?

/"Maybe, just once, someone will call me 'Sir' without adding, 'You're making a scene...."


Family Guy is better now. So is the Cleveland Show. That is how bad the show is now.
 
2012-02-20 11:20:10 AM
I don't watch it as religiously as I once did. But when I do catch the new episodes, I can count on some good laughs for the episode, or at least mild amusement, which is way more than I can say "Big Bang Theory" can accomplish.
 
2012-02-20 11:20:57 AM

Jensaarai: Egoy3k: Some of the recent episodes were good. Hell in one recent episode Homer took the kids to E3 then Marge and the kids became foodies and Homer ended up hanging out at a meth lab.

Totally relatable.


You honestly watch the Simpsons because its relatable?
 
2012-02-20 11:21:16 AM
You people do know that it's just a tv show, right?
 
2012-02-20 11:21:43 AM
Moe gets a cell phone? I chuckle just thinking about it.
 
2012-02-20 11:22:28 AM

linc654: are there places where people are forced to watch this at gunpoint?


I've often wondered the same thing. I still watch it because it still amuses me. If it didn't, I wouldn't and that'd be the end of it.
 
2012-02-20 11:24:04 AM
"Paging Mike_LowELL ... Mike_LowELL to the latest Simpsons thread."
 
2012-02-20 11:24:23 AM
So...DID you guys go outside before posting in here?
 
2012-02-20 11:25:19 AM
If they really wanted to be accurate, they would say 'we know you're not watching, because we're now just wallpaper for the 8pm slot.' Nice to see the 'we're meta because we know we suck' meme is aging nicely enough to be trotted out every year still. Good they know that yet do nothing about it.
 
2012-02-20 11:25:29 AM

lithappens: I don't watch it as religiously as I once did. But when I do catch the new episodes, I can count on some good laughs for the episode, or at least mild amusement, which is way more than I can say "Big Bang Theory" can accomplish.


That's because The Simpsons actually uses nerd humor.
 
2012-02-20 11:25:37 AM
The Simpsons jumped the shark when they started doing those shorts on The Tracy Ullman Show. It was funny back when Matt Groening first drew those crude, hasty sketches of them while he was waiting outside James L Brooks' office. Too bad they didn't leave it at that.
 
2012-02-20 11:25:37 AM

Wasilla Hillbilly: Each year makes it that much more unlikely that another show will catch up to it. 500 episodes is quite an accomplishment. I'd like to see it go for 600 or more before they give it up. That being said, I don't really watch the show anymore, but I'm still glad it's out there.


That's pretty much the only reason the show still exists... to hit some arbitrary milestone. 20 years, 25 years, 138 episodes, 500 episodes, etc.
 
2012-02-20 11:28:25 AM

thelordofcheese: The Simpsons should have ended about 5 years ago.

The storylines are completely ridiculous. I bet very few remember when the plots (yes, they had actual plots) were related to real-world occurrences with which humans could empathize.


Like that time a flim-flam man came to my hometown and sold us a monorail, and my dad saved the day by stopping it with an anchor lodged in a giant doughnut sign?

Or that other time a famous sidekick got busted for trying to frame his boss for murder, and my sister and I solved the case Hardy Boys style, and now the killer breaks out of prison every year trying to exact his revenge?

Or that time I caught a three eyed fish, and my dad's boss came over for dinner while running for governor and my mom cooked the fish for him?
 
2012-02-20 11:30:42 AM

thelordofcheese: The Simpsons should have ended about 5 years ago.

The storylines are completely ridiculous. I bet very few remember when the plots (yes, they had actual plots) were related to real-world occurrences with which humans could empathize.


Like when Homer was sent into space? Or when they were able to enlist the help of A-list celebrities to resurrect the career of a TV clown? Or when two grade school kids brought down a corrupt mayor/attempted murderer? Or when a kid was extradited to Australia over an unpaid phone bill? Or when aforementioned attempted murderer took the town hostage with a stolen nuclear weapon? Man, I sure miss those realistic, day-in-the-life stories.
/You're making up a show that didn't exist
//Objectively, plots of new episodes are rarely that much crazier than the "classic" ones.
 
2012-02-20 11:30:54 AM
We may be nerds who all need to leave their parents' basements, but that fact won't make The Simpsons become less terrible.
 
2012-02-20 11:31:08 AM
I rarely saw a new episode from somewhere around '98 til the last couple of years. The new ones seem like an entirely different show. I still feel Seasons 3-6 were the prime (maybe 2.5 - 7/8) and no other seasons can compare to those.

I remember talking to a friend a Sunday night while I was at work around 2000 or so that had to rush home. I asked why and they replied: "The Simpsons, duh!" I said it wasn't worth racing home for anymore and they thought I was crazy, but no episode has taken me in like the earlier seasons.

Then there was a period that seemed like all the writers were on drugs and made each episode end with the family getting farked up in some way. It seemed to get better a couple years after that, but still not very entertaining.

Pull the plug.

Also, no grammar police going to comment on subby's use of the apostrophe?
 
2012-02-20 11:31:18 AM
I see there are multiple bags of pooh wearing Buddy Holly glasses in this thread.
 
2012-02-20 11:31:24 AM
Yes, the Simpsons have come a long way since an old drunk made humans out of his rabbiatcharacters to pay off his gambling debts. Who knows what adventures they'll have between now and the time the show becomes unprofitable?
 
2012-02-20 11:31:46 AM
*shakes fist at jayhawk88*
 
2012-02-20 11:32:29 AM
I liked the 500th episode. There. I said it.
 
2012-02-20 11:32:38 AM
It's a cartoon show, so we should really judge it for the depth of it plots and how it has evolved over the years. People that put so much thought into an argument for this are the reason why I am starting to hate humanity.
 
2012-02-20 11:32:46 AM

9beers: How do people know the Simpsons suck if they stopped watching years ago because it sucked?


I watch it every Sunday so I can say for certain that it sucks.
 
2012-02-20 11:35:20 AM
"After 500 shows, there are still stories to tell"

No there aren't. Not when no one ages. If you let the characters change, you'd have new stories. Stop making crap and I'll stop telling you it's crap.
 
2012-02-20 11:35:34 AM
Can we talk about something a little more significant? Like the fact that Raylan didn't wear his Stetson ONCE in last weeks episode of Justified!
 
2012-02-20 11:36:33 AM
The Simpsons does the same crap that Family Guy does, lots of disconnected jokes and themes in a 23ish minute show.

I can't remember the last time I saw a Simpsons where the way it ended had some connection to the way it started ie., had a plot.
 
2012-02-20 11:38:13 AM

thelordofcheese: The Simpsons should have ended about 5 years ago.

The storylines are completely ridiculous. I bet very few remember when the plots (yes, they had actual plots) were related to real-world occurrences with which humans could empathize.


OMG, the Simpsons have like totally had crazy plots since day one.

I could totally list some examples here if I wanted to you know.

/OMG
 
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