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(Deadline)   Simpsons have officially jumped the shark. Not because Seth MacFarlane will guest star in this season's finale, but because Marge meets Seth's character in an online Swingers chatroom   (deadline.com) divider line 106
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2013-05-09 08:10:01 AM  
Every Simpsons lately has ended with something insultingly retarded happening to undo any iota of character development.
 
2013-05-09 08:13:36 AM  
Why does Bart even CARE who is preaching at church?! WHY DOESNT MOE JUST BUY ANOTHER DAMN SUIT?!
 
2013-05-09 08:14:01 AM  
Oh please. Some of you people can't be online for 15 minutes without ending up in a swingers chatroom. The Simpsons held out for 24 years.
 
2013-05-09 08:15:30 AM  
How dare The Simpsons do something so convoluted!
 
2013-05-09 08:19:44 AM  
Yet it'll still be funnier than everything Seth MacFarlane has produced in the last five years.
 
2013-05-09 08:19:47 AM  

xjakk: Why does Bart even CARE who is preaching at church?!


That was explained really clearly in the episode you're referencing.  Frankly if you didn't get THAT, it's not the Simpsons' fault.
 
2013-05-09 08:20:20 AM  
Right. NOW they've jumped the shark?

Really?
 
2013-05-09 08:23:52 AM  
I thought he didnt get along with Al Jean.
 
2013-05-09 08:26:27 AM  

WTF Indeed: Yet it'll still be funnier than everything Seth MacFarlane has produced in the last five years.


The simpons hasn't made me laugh in a decade. DECADE.

Now that's not an endorsement of MacFarlane at all.

I am just saying the Simpsons aint been funny for a LONG time.
 
2013-05-09 08:30:09 AM  
I am watching season 2 of Bob's Burger on netflix and it really does capture a lot of the simpson's old magic. I think it should be the last HARROWED DAD AND HIS WACKY FAMILY HAVE WACKY ANTICS cartoon for adults with no discerning taste, though, because that formula is kind of played out now.
 
2013-05-09 08:30:31 AM  
The Simpsons jumped the shark when Mr. Burns was shot.
 
2013-05-09 08:34:56 AM  

Jim from Saint Paul: The simpons hasn't made me laugh in a decade. DECADE.

Now that's not an endorsement of MacFarlane at all.

I am just saying the Simpsons aint been funny for a LONG time.


Even though this argument happens during every Simpson's thread, lets start it again.

The show has been on for 24 years and has done every joke from every angle possible. When that happens you can only go three ways; end the show, go for insane storylines with over-the-top low brow jokes, or go for more subtle high brow jokes. Simpsons' decided to go for option three and MacFarlane went for option two.
 
2013-05-09 08:37:48 AM  
I don't even remember what year it jumped the shark, that's how long ago it was.
 
2013-05-09 08:38:15 AM  
I haven't seen new episodes of the Simpsons going on a decade now, but still, WTF?
 
2013-05-09 08:44:57 AM  
I feel like the Simpsons is that friend from college that you had a lot of great times with, but you don't see anymore.  You kinda feel bad, but the last few times you did get together it was a little awkward because you've gone in different directions, and eventually you just gave up trying.
 
2013-05-09 08:52:20 AM  
I thought they nuked the fridge with Skinner-isn't-really-Skinner episode like 16 years ago. It didn't kill the series, though, since about half the episodes of that season were good to great. Season 10 only had a handful of good episodes and even worse stinkers. For me season 11 was when it really Armand'd the Tanzarian. Looking through the episode summaries I could recall only a few, but I remember clearly it was the episode when Maude died when I said "Meh" and stopped watching regularly.

Purely for research I should watch the latter half of the series and see if it's really that bad. I caught a few here and there and the tone was just too far off from the first 6-7 seasons, which for me is why I love the early stuff.
 
2013-05-09 08:52:53 AM  

Marley'sGirl: I feel like the Simpsons is that friend from college that you had a lot of great times with, but you don't see anymore.  You kinda feel bad, but the last few times you did get together it was a little awkward because you've gone in different directions, and eventually you just gave up trying.


In both instances, copious amounts of booze can sometimes do the trick.
 
2013-05-09 08:52:54 AM  

HMS_Blinkin: xjakk: Why does Bart even CARE who is preaching at church?!

That was explained really clearly in the episode you're referencing.  Frankly if you didn't get THAT, it's not the Simpsons' fault.


Homer was happy and productive and this angered Bart for some reason and Flanders demonstrated that he only cares about his own self-righteousness and place in the moral hierarchy over the spiritual betterment of his fellow man, and that everything in this world plays out like an Ayn Randian wet dream where The Secret is an infallible sacred text.  All stereotypes applicable and absolute, all cliches are written into the laws of physics, and conformity to a alzheimered snapshot in time is worth more than evolving towards any betterment or hope for the future.  The children will stay young forever, the old and sick will continue to suffer, and when they die the world ends.
 
2013-05-09 08:53:09 AM  

Marley'sGirl: I feel like the Simpsons is that friend from college that you had a lot of great times with, but you don't see anymore.  You kinda feel bad, but the last few times you did get together it was a little awkward because you've gone in different directions, and eventually you just gave up trying.


Natalie, is that you? Listen, now that you're popping out kids left and right with your military hubby, you've gone from fun, idealistic, inner city teacher to super Republican stay-at-home babby manufacturing depot. We just don't have much in common anymore. Plus, your tits have gone to hell...

I hope we can still be friends, though.
 
2013-05-09 08:53:14 AM  
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2013-05-09 08:55:08 AM  

IwasKloot: Purely for research I should watch the latter half of the series and see if it's really that bad.


I tried that, I got to season 14 before it came to turning the TV off or sticking my head in the oven.
 
2013-05-09 08:57:28 AM  
Oh boy, a thread about a new Simpsons Episode and Seth MacFarlane.  A FARK Entertainment tab's dream.
 
2013-05-09 08:59:08 AM  
Bart Simpson is about 33 years old now, right?
 
2013-05-09 09:02:23 AM  

Marley'sGirl: I feel like the Simpsons is that friend from college that you had a lot of great times with, but you don't see anymore.  You kinda feel bad, but the last few times you did get together it was a little awkward because you've gone in different directions, and eventually you just gave up trying.


You understand and express my feels better than I do.
 
2013-05-09 09:02:44 AM  
I guess I meant to say 'Armand Tanzarian'd the Skinner'. At least they negated the whole thing at the end of the episode.

thurstonxhowell: IwasKloot: Purely for research I should watch the latter half of the series and see if it's really that bad.

I tried that, I got to season 14 before it came to turning the TV off or sticking my head in the oven.


I'm getting good at preventing the bad output from the shows, artists, etc that I like from ruining the good. This may be the hardest yet. Challenge accepted.
 
2013-05-09 09:05:28 AM  
Simpsons jumped the shark either

A) when Conan O'Brien left as a writer for the show

or

B) when Phil Hartman died.

It's one of those two.  Can't decide which point was the real death of the series.  In any case, it's shambled on for years, zombie-like, long after its death.
 
2013-05-09 09:09:35 AM  
The Simpsons jumped the shark a long, long time ago. I used to be such a big fan. Every series eventually runs out of steam and needs to just go. Hopefully they can all gut it up and bring in a good final season this fall.
 
2013-05-09 09:15:55 AM  

IwasKloot: I thought they nuked the fridge with Skinner-isn't-really-Skinner episode like 16 years ago. It didn't kill the series, though, since about half the episodes of that season were good to great. Season 10 only had a handful of good episodes and even worse stinkers. For me season 11 was when it really Armand'd the Tanzarian. Looking through the episode summaries I could recall only a few, but I remember clearly it was the episode when Maude died when I said "Meh" and stopped watching regularly.

Purely for research I should watch the latter half of the series and see if it's really that bad. I caught a few here and there and the tone was just too far off from the first 6-7 seasons, which for me is why I love the early stuff.


pretty much this. Even though I enjoyed the episode, I would say "The Principal and the Pauper" is the sharkjump moment in that it was an episode that sort of foretold where the show's writing would go when they ran out of stories: reboot a character's backstory.  (Though, IIRC, Principal and The pauper was intentionally farking around with a character, it seems like every revision to when Homer met Marge has felt more like "fark, we need another episode...")

I guess the show has gotten better since season 12 in that it's a bit more consistent, but it's rarely as funny and it feels like the show frequently crams in modern reference haphazardly.
 
2013-05-09 09:18:43 AM  

Marley'sGirl: I feel like the Simpsons is that friend from college that you had a lot of great times with, but you don't see anymore.  You kinda feel bad, but the last few times you did get together it was a little awkward because you've gone in different directions, and eventually you just gave up trying.


Fitting, since I haven't watched an episode since I graduated college.
 
2013-05-09 09:22:29 AM  

WTF Indeed: Jim from Saint Paul: The simpons hasn't made me laugh in a decade. DECADE.

Now that's not an endorsement of MacFarlane at all.

I am just saying the Simpsons aint been funny for a LONG time.

Even though this argument happens during every Simpson's thread, lets start it again.

The show has been on for 24 years and has done every joke from every angle possible. When that happens you can only go three ways; end the show, go for insane storylines with over-the-top low brow jokes, or go for more subtle high brow jokes. Simpsons' decided to go for option three and MacFarlane went for option two.


Has there been a bumblebee man or captain McAllister centric episode? No? The defense rests.
 
2013-05-09 09:27:44 AM  

WTF Indeed: The show has been on for 24 years and has done every joke from every angle possible. When that happens you can only go three ways; end the show, go for insane storylines with over-the-top low brow jokes, or go for more subtle high brow jokes. Simpsons' decided to go for option three and MacFarlane went for option two.


I guess Simpsons did go for option 3, though I would add that the show doesn't pull off the jokes nearly as well as they used to.
 
2013-05-09 09:33:23 AM  

WTF Indeed: Jim from Saint Paul: The simpons hasn't made me laugh in a decade. DECADE.

Now that's not an endorsement of MacFarlane at all.

I am just saying the Simpsons aint been funny for a LONG time.

Even though this argument happens during every Simpson's thread, lets start it again.

The show has been on for 24 years and has done every joke from every angle possible. When that happens you can only go three ways; end the show, go for insane storylines with over-the-top low brow jokes, or go for more subtle high brow jokes. Simpsons' decided to go for option three and MacFarlane went for option two.


The way I read option 3, I would need to be a contration Fark hipster to find the Simpsons funny again.

"Subtle" is occasionaly a codeword for "non-exsistent".
 
2013-05-09 09:34:21 AM  
An episode of Family Guy autoplayed on Hulu the other day and Homer made a cameo. The Hills and Jay Sherman have both been on The Simpsons. This is nothing new.
 
2013-05-09 09:35:00 AM  
I think the Simpsons is still a good show.
 
2013-05-09 09:42:12 AM  
Zombie Simpsons. Pretty much says it all.
 
2013-05-09 09:53:13 AM  
American Dad is still funny but holy shiat Family Guy farking sucks. I haven't watched the simpsons since I've been a teenager.
/Archer superior to all of them.
 
2013-05-09 10:01:16 AM  
If you pretend that The Simpsons ended with the "Behind the Laughter" episode, it's a much more enjoyable way to remember the show.  Sure, there have been good episodes here and there, but they're far and few between compared to the dynamite of the mid-90s.
 
2013-05-09 10:11:59 AM  
I think it's sad that you people know the names of episodes of a farkin' CARTOON
 
2013-05-09 10:13:02 AM  
It gets pretty hard to say it's your favorite show when there are now more episodes you hate than ones you like.
 
2013-05-09 10:13:21 AM  
You know Marge is a freak.

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-05-09 10:15:38 AM  
Am I the only one who thinks that in the last few years, particularly when they switched the to "cleaner" animation style, that the dialog on The Simpsons started to become very awkward and disjointed? I feel like it doesn't flow naturally anymore and sounds more like they just had each individual voice actor record their bits completely divorced from the material or any other dialog then put tacked it all together in editing.
 
2013-05-09 10:15:52 AM  

xjakk: Every Simpsons lately has ended with something insultingly retarded happening to undo any iota of character development.


Hasn't that been the shtick of the show since its debut?

/Futurama did it
//Single Female Lawyer FTW
 
2013-05-09 10:18:05 AM  

md4606: I think it's sad that you people know the names of episodes of a farkin' CARTOON


Please list 3 favorite TV shows, movies, books, etc you find enjoyable so we may understand better what we SHOULD be watching/reading.
 
2013-05-09 10:21:41 AM  

md4606: I think it's sad that you people know the names of episodes of a farkin' CARTOON


In episode 2F09, when Itchy plays Scratchy's skeleton like a xylophone, he strikes the same rib twice in succession, yet he produces two clearly different tones. I mean, what are we to believe, that this is some sort of a magic xylophone or something? Boy, I really hope somebody got fired for that blunder.
 
2013-05-09 10:27:54 AM  

Jim from Saint Paul: WTF Indeed: Jim from Saint Paul: The simpons hasn't made me laugh in a decade. DECADE.

Now that's not an endorsement of MacFarlane at all.

I am just saying the Simpsons aint been funny for a LONG time.

Even though this argument happens during every Simpson's thread, lets start it again.

The show has been on for 24 years and has done every joke from every angle possible. When that happens you can only go three ways; end the show, go for insane storylines with over-the-top low brow jokes, or go for more subtle high brow jokes. Simpsons' decided to go for option three and MacFarlane went for option two.

The way I read option 3, I would need to be a contration Fark hipster to find the Simpsons funny again.

"Subtle" is occasionaly a codeword for "non-exsistent".


I thought it meant if you really loved the emperor when he was a boy, and you squinted hard enough, it would look like he was wearing clothes instead of an acrid sheen of sweat.
 
2013-05-09 10:31:16 AM  

EvilMonkeyBoy: An episode of Family Guy autoplayed on Hulu the other day and Homer made a cameo. The Hills and Jay Sherman have both been on The Simpsons. This is nothing new.


When I read the headline I remember that they shiat on the idea of a crossover with the Critic, even though it was a great episode.
 
2013-05-09 10:33:59 AM  
The Simpsons is just endorsed fan-fiction at this point.
 
2013-05-09 10:35:43 AM  
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for me "jumping the shark" means overcoming your greatest fear and looking cool while doing it
 
2013-05-09 10:35:58 AM  

Fano: EvilMonkeyBoy: An episode of Family Guy autoplayed on Hulu the other day and Homer made a cameo. The Hills and Jay Sherman have both been on The Simpsons. This is nothing new.

When I read the headline I remember that they shiat on the idea of a crossover with the Critic, even though it was a great episode.


www.wigglyeyed.com
 
2013-05-09 10:37:00 AM  
For me the Simpsons Jumped the Shark moment was the panda rape.

Looking up the episode it was from the 5th ep of Season 12, which is a little late as I found almost all of Seasons 10-11 to be weak (but had its moments), I'm still going to use that as the definitive demarcation point separating generally-good Simpsons eps with in-all-likelihood-bad Simpsons eps.
 
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