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2012-12-10 02:21:24 PM
i have my doubts about this best episode in a while business. i've heard it before...

/is it better than the cape fear episode? then and only then will i watch it.
 
2012-12-10 02:39:57 PM

talulahgosh: i have my doubts about this best episode in a while business. i've heard it before...

/is it better than the cape fear episode? then and only then will i watch it.


That premiered 19 years ago (1993), so it doesn't fall within the "More. Than. A. Decade." of suckiness that they've been suffering from.

Last night's episode was ok (had it on while cooking). 

/"Cape Feare" was 19 years ago?!
//Now I feel old
 
2012-12-10 02:50:54 PM

scottydoesntknow: talulahgosh: i have my doubts about this best episode in a while business. i've heard it before...

/is it better than the cape fear episode? then and only then will i watch it.

That premiered 19 years ago (1993), so it doesn't fall within the "More. Than. A. Decade." of suckiness that they've been suffering from.

Last night's episode was ok (had it on while cooking). 

/"Cape Feare" was 19 years ago?!
//Now I feel old


19 years ago was most certainly more than a decade ago.
 
2012-12-10 03:02:31 PM
Better than the Hellfish Episode?
 
2012-12-10 03:15:11 PM
I wont be watching the SImpsons again until they can get it back to Mr Plow like quality
 
2012-12-10 03:17:18 PM
I've noticed a funny thing on Fark when The Simpsons come up.

So many people reference early seasons as being the best, say seasons 2-4.

Do you not all realize that there were a string of good seasons between 1995 and 2001?

Like a lot of great episodes came from that time period. Did you all fall asleep in 1993 and wake up in 2009?

How is this possible?
 
2012-12-10 03:21:17 PM

Rev.K: I've noticed a funny thing on Fark when The Simpsons come up.

So many people reference early seasons as being the best, say seasons 2-4.

Do you not all realize that there were a string of good seasons between 1995 and 2001?

Like a lot of great episodes came from that time period. Did you all fall asleep in 1993 and wake up in 2009?

How is this possible?


No, not everyone on Fark feels that way. Season 6-9 are personally my favorite seasons. I mean, City of NY v Homer Simpson is a farking classic. Even later on in season 11, Behind the Laughter, is most def on everyones top 10 list.

A lot of people prefer earlier episodes because of the novelty. Early Simpsons was witty, had excellent writing. Then, somewhere along the way, they nuked the fridge. Now every single damn Simpsons episode requires some sort of Guest Star to make it anywhere near good.
 
2012-12-10 03:28:43 PM

cman: Rev.K: I've noticed a funny thing on Fark when The Simpsons come up.

So many people reference early seasons as being the best, say seasons 2-4.

Do you not all realize that there were a string of good seasons between 1995 and 2001?

Like a lot of great episodes came from that time period. Did you all fall asleep in 1993 and wake up in 2009?

How is this possible?

No, not everyone on Fark feels that way. Season 6-9 are personally my favorite seasons. I mean, City of NY v Homer Simpson is a farking classic. Even later on in season 11, Behind the Laughter, is most def on everyones top 10 list.

A lot of people prefer earlier episodes because of the novelty. Early Simpsons was witty, had excellent writing. Then, somewhere along the way, they nuked the fridge. Now every single damn Simpsons episode requires some sort of Guest Star to make it anywhere near good.


Exactly. The first three seasons or so were a little rocky as they found their footing, then it was solid gold for nearly a decade. I'd rather watch any of those episodes that I've seen a hundred times than a new episode. I don't doubt that last night's episode was the best in a decade, but that doesn't set the bar very high.
 
2012-12-10 03:34:42 PM

Rev.K: I've noticed a funny thing on Fark when The Simpsons come up.

So many people reference early seasons as being the best, say seasons 2-4.

Do you not all realize that there were a string of good seasons between 1995 and 2001?

Like a lot of great episodes came from that time period. Did you all fall asleep in 1993 and wake up in 2009?

How is this possible?


i felt it peaked in seasons 7-9. I was pleasantly surprised with last night's episode. i definitely laughed when homer called 9-1-1 over missing donuts (ragging on the trend of people calling 9-1-1 to report mcdonalds out of chicken nuggets, etc) and then the next scene is the entire Springfield police department scouring the city for donuts, using helicopters and K-9 units.
 
2012-12-10 04:25:30 PM

SlothB77: Rev.K: I've noticed a funny thing on Fark when The Simpsons come up.

So many people reference early seasons as being the best, say seasons 2-4.

Do you not all realize that there were a string of good seasons between 1995 and 2001?

Like a lot of great episodes came from that time period. Did you all fall asleep in 1993 and wake up in 2009?

How is this possible?

i felt it peaked in seasons 7-9. I was pleasantly surprised with last night's episode. i definitely laughed when homer called 9-1-1 over missing donuts (ragging on the trend of people calling 9-1-1 to report mcdonalds out of chicken nuggets, etc) and then the next scene is the entire Springfield police department scouring the city for donuts, using helicopters and K-9 units.


Yea Season 9 was when it started to slip. Still some gems in it (New York vs. Homer, The Joy of Sect, Das Bus, The Cartridge Family, The Trouble With Trillions), but it also gave us one of the most universally reviled episodes: The Principal and the Pauper.

Seasons 4-8 are the golden years, with some of Season 9 sprinkled in it.
 
2012-12-10 04:40:48 PM

Rev.K: I've noticed a funny thing on Fark when The Simpsons come up.

So many people reference early seasons as being the best, say seasons 2-4.

Do you not all realize that there were a string of good seasons between 1995 and 2001?

Like a lot of great episodes came from that time period. Did you all fall asleep in 1993 and wake up in 2009?

How is this possible?


Simple: the Simpson you watched in College/High school was the best ever. After you left college- it sucked.

The fact is that the Simpsons is constantly funny.
 
2012-12-10 04:46:38 PM
These whole last couple seasons have been great, except the 'Lisa episodes'.
 
2012-12-10 05:20:41 PM

scottydoesntknow: That premiered 19 years ago (1993), so it doesn't fall within the "More. Than. A. Decade." of suckiness that they've been suffering from.
/"Cape Feare" was 19 years ago?!
//Now I feel old


i refuse to believe the cape fear episode was that long ago!!

/fuuuuuuuu
 
2012-12-10 05:24:20 PM

scottydoesntknow:

Yea Season 9 was when it started to slip. Still some gems in it (New York vs. Homer, The Joy of Sect, Das Bus, The Cartridge Family, The Trouble With Trillions), but it also gave us one of the most universally reviled episodes: The Principal and the Pauper.

Seasons 4-8 are the golden years, with some of Season 9 sprinkled in it.


Yup. I watched a lot of the seasons recently and 1-3 haven't aged well. 4-8 you can just let the discs play but I'd go as far as 11. Yea, season 9 was when the episodes started getting a little spaced out but the good ones pick up the slack. 12 was when it started getting there were more bad episodes than good.

/ eye of the beholder, all that jazz
 
2012-12-10 05:51:11 PM

Darth_Lukecash: The fact is that the Simpsons is constantly funny.


It's funny, but mainly as a dumb sitcom. It isn't breaking ground or packing major emotional punches anymore. There's just nothing left for the family to do. The characters have been developed as far as they'll ever go.

/probably the 100th time I've said that
 
2012-12-10 05:57:11 PM

FishyFred: It's funny, but mainly as a dumb sitcom. It isn't breaking ground or packing major emotional punches anymore. There's just nothing left for the family to do. The characters have been developed as far as they'll ever go.

/probably the 100th time I've said that



Breaking ground?! What ground did it break that was a well tramped path?

And maybe I'm jaded but I can't think of an emotional Simpsons
 
2012-12-10 05:58:02 PM

Darth_Lukecash: Rev.K: I've noticed a funny thing on Fark when The Simpsons come up.

So many people reference early seasons as being the best, say seasons 2-4.

Do you not all realize that there were a string of good seasons between 1995 and 2001?

Like a lot of great episodes came from that time period. Did you all fall asleep in 1993 and wake up in 2009?

How is this possible?

Simple: the Simpson you watched in College/High school was the best ever. After you left college- it sucked.

The fact is that the Simpsons is constantly funny.


Like rock and roll?
 
2012-12-10 06:01:50 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus:
And maybe I'm jaded but I can't think of an emotional Simpsons


You are jaded.

img.ffffound.com

This episode always gets me.
 
2012-12-10 06:47:12 PM
The show is still clever but the funny now lives 3,000 years in the future.
 
2012-12-10 06:50:34 PM
So what episode is the "Fade backwards into the bushes" GIF from?
 
2012-12-10 06:53:03 PM
I loved last night's episode.


/Am wearing a belt with an old school seat belt buckle right now!
 
2012-12-10 06:53:57 PM

scottydoesntknow: The Stealth Hippopotamus:
And maybe I'm jaded but I can't think of an emotional Simpsons

You are jaded.


Mr. Bergstrom agrees.

sites.duke.edu
 
2012-12-10 06:54:47 PM

meyerkev: So what episode is the "Fade backwards into the bushes" GIF from?


1F14, Homer Loves Flanders
 
2012-12-10 06:55:33 PM

Ed Finnerty: The show is still clever but the funny now lives 3,000 1,000 years in the future.


FTFY
 
2012-12-10 06:57:06 PM

Uzzah: scottydoesntknow: The Stealth Hippopotamus:
And maybe I'm jaded but I can't think of an emotional Simpsons

You are jaded.

Mr. Bergstrom agrees.

[sites.duke.edu image 300x225]


images1.wikia.nocookie.net

Mona Simpson would also agree
 
2012-12-10 06:57:48 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: And maybe I'm jaded but I can't think of an emotional Simpsons


The ending of "Saturdays of Thunder" where they play "Wind Beneath My Wings". Totally cheesy but the father/son moment gets me every time.
 
2012-12-10 06:58:43 PM
The show started to suck precisely with the episode Homerpalooza. From that episode onward, guest stars became the norm instead of the exception. Soon, guest celebs were in almost every new episode, forcing writers to shoehorn the celebs into the story, usually ruining the entire thing. I don't know if they still do that. I gave up on the simpsons about 4 years ago.
 
2012-12-10 06:59:10 PM

cman: I wont be watching the SImpsons again until they can get it back to Mr Plow like quality


You mean Krusty the Klown Kollege, don't you?

/Burn that seat
/I put all my money on the tenor
 
2012-12-10 06:59:50 PM

scottydoesntknow: Uzzah: scottydoesntknow: The Stealth Hippopotamus:
And maybe I'm jaded but I can't think of an emotional Simpsons

You are jaded.

Mr. Bergstrom agrees.

[sites.duke.edu image 300x225]

[images1.wikia.nocookie.net image 384x300]

Mona Simpson would also agree


That episode always got to me... Like I remember being a kid and crying. Homer Simpson didn't have a stable family life.
 
2012-12-10 07:00:15 PM
I like Mr. Plow.
 
2012-12-10 07:00:53 PM

scottydoesntknow: Uzzah: scottydoesntknow: The Stealth Hippopotamus:
And maybe I'm jaded but I can't think of an emotional Simpsons

You are jaded.

Mr. Bergstrom agrees.

[sites.duke.edu image 300x225]

[images1.wikia.nocookie.net image 384x300]

Mona Simpson would also agree


big time THIS

was watching this ending once and they cut it into the corner and started blasting the "Channel 25 Super Extreme Action New Team" b.s. over it; had to get up and go walk around the block to avoid throwing something at the TV
 
2012-12-10 07:01:44 PM
I can barely make it through most of season 8. Still some gems but that was the season for me when the bad started to outweigh the good.

That being said Ive seen a few recent ones that made me laugh. The Waverly Hills one with anton chigurh as the guy checking school correct residency had me cracking up.
 
2012-12-10 07:03:27 PM
Simpsons did it.
 
2012-12-10 07:06:17 PM

scottydoesntknow: images1.wikia.nocookie.net

Mona Simpson would also agree


That episode crushed me.

Specifically, the ending credit sequence.


swankywanky: big time THIS

was watching this ending once and they cut it into the corner and started blasting the "Channel 25 Super Extreme Action New Team" b.s. over it; had to get up and go walk around the block to avoid throwing something at the TV


God, I hate that.

Comedy Central and Sci-Fi used to do that to MST3K all the bloody time.
 
2012-12-10 07:08:18 PM

scottydoesntknow: Ed Finnerty: The show is still clever but the funny now lives 3,000 1,000 years in the future.

FTFY


Thank you. I guess part of my brain was thinking 3,000AD and the other part 1,000 years.

In any case, it won't really matter come the year one-million-and-a-half.
 
2012-12-10 07:08:39 PM
Yaknowz what killed the Simpsons??? Well do ya Punk??? It was that dastardly villain known as 'political correctness'. Remember that horrid episode of 'Bart has a tea party with mommy'?(Bart wearing a bicycle helmet, plus some other stupid shiat). That was the end of watching any new Simpsons episodes. The definite line for the end of watching was 'high def'.

/4 fingers means its a cartoon ya stupid writers.
//Cartoon rules are in effect with 4 fingers.
////'Rescue Heroes' was disturbing with them all having 5 fingers and those massive feet violating the laws of nature.
////Excuse me while I go out and gets a new onion for my belt.
 
2012-12-10 07:14:43 PM
Last night's was the best I've seen in quite a while.

One problem about the end: why didn't hipster neighbor dad just pull his donut cart out of the driveway?
 
2012-12-10 07:20:30 PM
i haven't watched the simpsons in years but watched last night cause of patton oswald. You know what? it was actually quite bad
 
2012-12-10 07:20:58 PM
 
2012-12-10 07:22:54 PM
So do you need to be a hipster who wears skinny tight jeans that they never wash to get it?
 
2012-12-10 07:24:11 PM
Don't watch The Simpsons regularly, but I'll have to catch this one. The Decemberists are my favorite band (thank you, Barack Obama).
 
2012-12-10 07:26:31 PM
As a current Portland resident I found it hilarious. Specifically:

"The cool people are everywhere. Somehow they even made the weather rainier."

"Portland just got too played out. The city use to be real. You know, there are now restaurants with two locations."

/obligatory Voodoo donuts is played out and touristy comment
 
2012-12-10 07:27:26 PM
The Simpsons began its run as the best show ever with Blood Feud at the very end of season 2 and probably ended sometime in the eighth season, maybe with The Itchy and Scratchy and Poochie Show. For three seasons it started to gradually get worse. After the brilliant 11th season closer Behind the Laughter it had officially gone on too long.

Can't believe that was twelve years ago.
 
2012-12-10 07:28:06 PM
I farking love the Simpsons but can't really remember anything about last night's episode. But then again, I was sloshed.
 
2012-12-10 07:28:12 PM
I would say it was when Phil Hartman died.

Show hasn't been very consistently funny since probably because he had some of the best characters.
 
2012-12-10 07:30:16 PM
It's amusing to see all the farkers go at great length to describe what seasons were good and what seasons were bad.

It's like the old joke where the punchline is, "It tastes like crap and the portions are too small."
 
2012-12-10 07:32:08 PM
For some odd reason the go to for immediate laughter off the top of my head with the Simpsons was when Apu made love to his wife.

"Oh Apu take me now!"

*Two eyes in the dark* "Oh Calcutta!"

*Next scene Apu is cooling his balls off on the ice cream*
 
2012-12-10 07:36:25 PM
The Tomacco episode is probably my fave (1999)

The new stuff is hit or miss.
 
2012-12-10 07:46:25 PM
Yes, I'm sure the satire devastated Portland, Brooklyn and towns you've never heard of.

/thought it was awkward
 
2012-12-10 07:49:05 PM
I liked the New York episode this season greatly. Especially the beginning and the one awful waful double take away line.
 
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