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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 10:38:33 AM

Jim from Saint Paul: 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.


Not necessarily disagreeing with your point, but shouldn't you have stopped watching a show, ostensibly a comedy, that hasn't made you laugh for a decade (DECADE)?  Is there not anything else on that might be more worthy of your time?
 
2013-05-09 10:41:33 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.


"Don't cry for me, I'm already dead"
 
2013-05-09 10:49:23 AM

yeegrek: Not necessarily disagreeing with your point, but shouldn't you have stopped watching a show, ostensibly a comedy, that hasn't made you laugh for a decade (DECADE)? Is there not anything else on that might be more worthy of your time?


I haven't enjoyed a new Simpsons episode in years but I still turn them on just as background noise while I'm doing something else. I couldn't even tell you the last time I actually sat and just watched an episode of the Simpsons that wasn't a rerun from 90s.
 
2013-05-09 10:56:02 AM

comhcinc: I think the Simpsons is still a good show.


I think it is, too.

Want to sit together in the lunchroom?
 
2013-05-09 11:02:16 AM

yeegrek: Jim from Saint Paul: 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.

Not necessarily disagreeing with your point, but shouldn't you have stopped watching a show, ostensibly a comedy, that hasn't made you laugh for a decade (DECADE)?  Is there not anything else on that might be more worthy of your time?


I purposley will randomly watch one or two episodes each season to see if it's picking up. If it IS great, i am obviously missing the quality episodes.

Now the retort to THAT of course is "Well how can you know it if you aren;t watching the show?"

And we go in circles.
 
2013-05-09 11:02:18 AM
So Futurama is getting cancelled, and this abortion of my childhood is allowed to continue?
 
2013-05-09 11:05:19 AM

skozlaw: yeegrek: Not necessarily disagreeing with your point, but shouldn't you have stopped watching a show, ostensibly a comedy, that hasn't made you laugh for a decade (DECADE)? Is there not anything else on that might be more worthy of your time?

I haven't enjoyed a new Simpsons episode in years but I still turn them on just as background noise while I'm doing something else. I couldn't even tell you the last time I actually sat and just watched an episode of the Simpsons that wasn't a rerun from 90s.


Hear you.  God knows I'll always make time for Snake Whacking Day or the Monorail episodes when they re-run.  These days.  I usually check the reviews of the episode, and see if it's worth watching.  There's still some decent ones here and there.  Still, I really would like to see the whole thing shut down.. If I had to guess, they'll wait until the 25th anniversary next year (again just a guess).  Seems like a nice round number to end on.
 
2013-05-09 11:09:24 AM

Cletus C.: comhcinc: I think the Simpsons is still a good show.

I think it is, too.

Want to sit together in the lunchroom?


Sure as long as you don't mess up my brooding loner vibe (in reality my creepy loser vibe)
 
2013-05-09 11:10:43 AM

skozlaw: yeegrek: Not necessarily disagreeing with your point, but shouldn't you have stopped watching a show, ostensibly a comedy, that hasn't made you laugh for a decade (DECADE)? Is there not anything else on that might be more worthy of your time?

I haven't enjoyed a new Simpsons episode in years but I still turn them on just as background noise while I'm doing something else. I couldn't even tell you the last time I actually sat and just watched an episode of the Simpsons that wasn't a rerun from 90s.


I watch the show, but mostly because I'm waiting for Bob's Burgers to come on.


skozlaw: 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.


I think the writing has been weak for quite some time. I don't think they've quite accustomed themselves to the 4-act format either.
 
2013-05-09 11:11:14 AM
I really miss The Simpsons. I wish I could still watch it.

My job requires me to be up at three AM every day, though. I'm in bed by seven most days.

God, I miss everything....

This sucks.
 
2013-05-09 11:12:23 AM

comhcinc: Cletus C.: comhcinc: I think the Simpsons is still a good show.

I think it is, too.

Want to sit together in the lunchroom?

Sure as long as you don't mess up my brooding loner vibe (in reality my creepy loser vibe)


Moe?
 
2013-05-09 11:24:03 AM

Doc Daneeka: 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.


Conan was only there until '93, so I'd have to say B.


Though I think the negativity towards the later seasons is a bit overboard.  They definitely don't have the quality and consistency of the show in its prime, but I've caught some quality episodes over the past few years.
 
2013-05-09 11:26:22 AM

SockMonkeyHolocaust: 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.


Season 2 is streaming???
 
2013-05-09 11:36:50 AM
People who are old enough to have been adults when the Simpsons started and have ossified:

www.globalnerdy.com

Overlaps with circle of people who think snl was only funny in season one.
 
2013-05-09 11:38:41 AM

Broktun: SockMonkeyHolocaust: 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.

Season 2 is streaming???


Yessir, they just added it the other day.
 
2013-05-09 11:38:48 AM
Some say "What was the greatest thing since sliced bread before there was sliced bread."  Sometimes, I wonder "What was the point at which a sitcom was doomed to failure before that episode of Happy Days?"
 
2013-05-09 11:40:25 AM

IwasKloot: 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.


Or maybe even 'Armin'. Whatever, episode stunk.
 
2013-05-09 11:44:50 AM

BafflerMeal: People who are old enough to have been adults when the Simpsons started and have ossified:

[www.globalnerdy.com image 400x300]

Overlaps with circle of people who think snl was only funny in season one.


I would be genuinely interested if anyone under the age of 20 is interested in any of the newer seasons. As near as I can tell, the only people watching the show are long-time fans randomly checking in or passing time. If it weren't for the show's reputation in its early years, I don't think anyone would really give a shiat about the show now and it would've been cancelled long ago.
 
2013-05-09 11:45:53 AM
1) Show jumped the shark when Maggie shot Mr Burns.

2) I vowed to NEVER watch another episode of this show after the Ke$ha musical intro. Never again.
 
2013-05-09 11:48:32 AM

keepitcherry: 1) Show jumped the shark when Maggie shot Mr Burns.


I think it's amazing how many people missed out on the joke involving Who Shot Mr Burns. It was a giant pisstake on TV cliffhangers and mysteries.
 
2013-05-09 11:54:55 AM
Marge is a freak. She'll drink a bunch of wine during the day if bored and she has had a great acid trip or two.

The cabinets are melting again! (turkey flies out of the oven)
 
2013-05-09 12:00:33 PM
Wait, Marge and Homer are swingers now?
 
2013-05-09 12:05:47 PM
I'll watch the simpsons until I'm dead.
 
2013-05-09 12:29:27 PM

JasonOfOrillia: The Simpsons jumped the shark when Mr. Burns was shot.


Happy Days jumped the shark.  The Simpsons shot the Burns.
 
2013-05-09 12:42:38 PM
I would give anything if that were the series finalé- I stopped watching it a decade ago, and even then, it was past its prime.  It was absolutely brilliant when it seemed to have some real moral to the story (even if it was dumb).  Now it's just a series of random things and how many guest stars they can cram into an episode.  My favorite episodes were in the first 4 seasons, my favorite being the camping trip- and when I realized the magic was gone, I just stopped watching.
 
2013-05-09 12:49:16 PM

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


1/10

Lost points for lack of originality, one response, and lack of follow up effort.

/would not troll again.
 
2013-05-09 01:21:48 PM

FeedTheCollapse: keepitcherry: 1) Show jumped the shark when Maggie shot Mr Burns.

I think it's amazing how many people missed out on the joke involving Who Shot Mr Burns. It was a giant pisstake on TV cliffhangers and mysteries.


I got the joke. It wasn't entertaining nor funny.
 
2013-05-09 01:40:52 PM

Cletus C.: comhcinc: I think the Simpsons is still a good show.

I think it is, too.

Want to sit together in the lunchroom?


I still like it too, can i sit with you guys?
 
2013-05-09 01:45:25 PM

IwasKloot: Broktun: SockMonkeyHolocaust: 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.

Season 2 is streaming???

Yessir, they just added it the other day.


Awesome
 
2013-05-09 01:55:35 PM
What made the Simpsons work was its balance of wackiness and humanity. The humanity has long since been stripped from it, and all of the characters are now detestable extremes of their archetypes. I'll watch a show filled with depressing, awful people, but not one where they're the husks of characters I used to enjoy.
 
2013-05-09 02:00:32 PM

BafflerMeal: Overlaps with circle of people who think snl was only funny in season one.


The problem there being that SNL was never funny. Not even in season one.
 
2013-05-09 02:17:42 PM
The Simpsons ceased being funny when Homer discovered the crayon up his nose that made him retarded.
 
2013-05-09 02:19:43 PM
The Simpsons stopped being funny when they left the Tracy Ullman show and went to the half-hour format.
 
2013-05-09 02:49:34 PM
I've watched the Simpsons for nearly 20 years and though there was a dip (maybe even a double dip) the last few seasons have been pretty good. They're funny and witty.

Homer's take on Van Halen is appropriate here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJ-5dI5NEYE

/The Portlandia episode is pretty damn funny. Maybe it's because I live in Austin and it felt like home
//Not a hipster
///Still DVRs episodes
 
2013-05-09 03:23:38 PM

skozlaw: BafflerMeal: Overlaps with circle of people who think snl was only funny in season one.

The problem there being that SNL was never funny. Not even in season one.


The Carvey/Myers/Hartman/Jackson/Meadows/Farley/Sandler time period was consistently good IMO.

http://www.saturday-night-live.com/snl/castsbyseason/1985_1995.html
 
2013-05-09 03:26:32 PM
While there were still some very good episodes in the few seasons after, the Simpsons should have ended immediately after the "Spin-off Showcase" episode in Season 8.  The week before, Frank Grimes (or Grimey, as he liked to be called) showed up to point out everything we already knew about Homer, and subsequently kicked off the "Jerkass Homer" phase of the show.
 
2013-05-09 03:52:08 PM

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


Hey, it's called "Animated Sitcom"!

/and Hillbillies like to be called "Sons of the Soil"
 
2013-05-09 03:57:37 PM

xjakk: Why does Bart even CARE who is preaching at church?! WHY DOESNT MOE JUST BUY ANOTHER DAMN SUIT?!


Bart cares because his dad is not longer the cool guy he hangs out with and does childish things with.  he didn't try to put things back the way they were for anyone but himself.

Can't help you with the Moe thing.
 
2013-05-09 04:02:27 PM

Phil Moskowitz: I don't even remember what year it jumped the shark, that's how long ago it was.


Wasn't there a shark in the tank that Murdock jumps in "Bart the Daredevil"?
 
2013-05-09 04:12:14 PM

lexslamman: So Futurama is getting cancelled, and this abortion of my childhood is allowed to continue?


you'll get over it.
 
2013-05-09 05:27:12 PM

biyaaatci: 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.


A wizard did it.
 
2013-05-09 05:55:58 PM
Saddlesore Galactica was the episode where it was evident that the show had permanently gone off the rails.
 
2013-05-09 06:03:48 PM

SockMonkeyHolocaust: 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.


No love for American Dad? Granted it rocks due to how much it steps away from the formula (any show with Avery Bullock in it needs to stay on the air).
 
2013-05-09 09:39:33 PM
The last funny Simpsons ep I saw was Krusty's Klown Kollege back in season 6 or something like that. I watched the show regularly until about season 13, when I realized I hadn't laughed at it in 7 years. Occasionally I'll try checking out a show to see if it has improved, but it always seems to get worse.
 
2013-05-09 10:59:56 PM

Crotchrocket Slim: No love for American Dad? Granted it rocks due to how much it steps away from the formula (any show with Avery Bullock in it needs to stay on the air).


I think American Dad is less organic and owes more to the Hanna Barbera formula of group of humans + gimmicks = hijinks ensue. the first five or six seasons are pretty great, though.
 
2013-05-10 12:08:19 AM
I wonder how Tracy Ullman is doing these days. Does she just sit at home counting her money?
 
2013-05-10 06:31:52 AM
This is a really stupid idea, like that time when Mitt Romney decided to go to a juggalo festival.
 
2013-05-10 07:43:51 AM

dmc001: The last funny Simpsons ep I saw was Krusty's Klown Kollege back in season 6 or something like that. I watched the show regularly until about season 13, when I realized I hadn't laughed at it in 7 years. Occasionally I'll try checking out a show to see if it has improved, but it always seems to get worse.


you didn't like seasons 7 or 8? what hell's wrong with you?
 
2013-05-10 11:08:30 AM

FeedTheCollapse: dmc001: The last funny Simpsons ep I saw was Krusty's Klown Kollege back in season 6 or something like that. I watched the show regularly until about season 13, when I realized I hadn't laughed at it in 7 years. Occasionally I'll try checking out a show to see if it has improved, but it always seems to get worse.

you didn't like seasons 7 or 8? what hell's wrong with you?


Yeah, I'm in agreement with many that season 9 was the last of its great years. But even that one had a few dud episodes.
 
2013-05-10 11:38:22 AM

browntimmy: Yeah, I'm in agreement with many that season 9 was the last of its great years. But even that one had a few dud episodes.


I would say Season 9 is the last overall good season. There's quite a few good episodes, but it's a noticeable drop in quality from previous seasons.
 
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