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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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2013-05-10 12:06:51 PM

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


You must not watch American Dad.
I swear they took their few good writers on Fox and pooled them together for American Dad. The show is gold. They dropped the "political" part of it pretty early on and focus on general absurdity now.
 
2013-05-10 01:53:10 PM

FeedTheCollapse: 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.


They got hit and miss around season 8. In my opinion, they started having episodes like the homer they fall, where the A story was 90% of the show. If it worked, great, if not... I remember in seasons prior to that when the A story was mediocre, the B or C carried the episode. The hit/miss ratio didn't go below 50% until around season 12.
 
2013-05-10 02:24:24 PM

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

You must not watch American Dad.
I swear they took their few good writers on Fox and pooled them together for American Dad. The show is gold. They dropped the "political" part of it pretty early on and focus on general absurdity now.


Which works great since unlike Family Guy the weird shiat that happens in American Dad can easily be explained by Stan being a CIA agent.
 
2013-05-10 05:29:41 PM

SockMonkeyHolocaust: 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.


So I have to admit a fondness for a lot of the old Hanna Barbara stuff. At least this way it takes advantage of its animated nature and doesn't try to present itself like a live action sitcom (mostly what I was thinking when I originally posted).

Even past its prime its still better than 95% of what else is on.
 
2013-05-10 10:32:16 PM

Fano: FeedTheCollapse: 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.

They got hit and miss around season 8. In my opinion, they started having episodes like the homer they fall, where the A story was 90% of the show. If it worked, great, if not... I remember in seasons prior to that when the A story was mediocre, the B or C carried the episode. The hit/miss ratio didn't go below 50% until around season 12.


I would say season 8 is when some of the more egregious flaws from later seasons would start to show up, but it's still a really good season.
 
2013-05-10 10:47:02 PM

FeedTheCollapse: Fano: FeedTheCollapse: 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.

They got hit and miss around season 8. In my opinion, they started having episodes like the homer they fall, where the A story was 90% of the show. If it worked, great, if not... I remember in seasons prior to that when the A story was mediocre, the B or C carried the episode. The hit/miss ratio didn't go below 50% until around season 12.

I would say season 8 is when some of the more egregious flaws from later seasons would start to show up, but it's still a really good season.


Yeah, I take it back. I think the only ones that got rated low at the time might have been the Canine Mutiny and the Secret War of Lisa Simpson.
I mean to say that the structural flaws began there. All of those episodes started to hinge on just one premise. That's great if it's You Only Move Twice, which by all rights should have been one of the "wacky" episodes I didn't care for but instead is one of my favorites. The problem was that at that point they started resting everything on the main premise, which meant that if you had an episode like the one where Krusty becomes a stand-up comic, if the bit fails, the episode is a waste. 9 is probably last great season; soon thereafter Futurama came out and it seemed to drain the talent from the Simpsons.
 
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