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(Deadline)   The Simpsons will finally get a cable syndication deal, meaning it will be fully conceivable that every hour of every day somewhere in the world an episode of the show will be airing on television   (deadline.com) divider line 105
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2013-07-29 11:40:54 PM  
I thought they were.

I don't have cable any more but when I did I counted eight episodes of the Simpsons a day. It wouldn't take a lot of cable systems to saturate TV time and space.
 
2013-07-29 11:49:51 PM  
FX
FXX

I'm holding out for FXXX.
 
2013-07-29 11:53:12 PM  
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2013-07-29 11:54:50 PM  
Bigger version of that image here
 
2013-07-30 12:03:37 AM  
I wish it was on Netflix Canada.
 
2013-07-30 01:26:13 AM  
The sun never sets on the Simpsons Empire.
 
2013-07-30 01:36:54 AM  
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Unimpressed.
 
2013-07-30 01:42:56 AM  

DanZero: In before

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I was going to say .... people still watch that show? LOL
Seriously, once it became uncool for bart to be so stupid and for homer to choke bart ....

sigh
might be time to rewatch the first couple of seasons
 
2013-07-30 01:54:19 AM  
So "The Family Guy" will get the same deal shortly afterwards. . .
 
2013-07-30 02:27:15 AM  
Is this like the Caine-Hackman theory?
 
2013-07-30 02:48:19 AM  

namatad: DanZero: In before

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I was going to say .... people still watch that show? LOL
Seriously, once it became uncool for bart to be so stupid and for homer to choke bart ....

sigh
might be time to rewatch the first couple of seasons


The only people who say this, haven't watch the show. Karl going to his homeland of Iceland to clear his family name was priceless.  The episode about the Norwegian immagrants was the best political satire for the longest time. they even had a "Future" show recently, that was as heartfelt as anything in the past.

So really. Live in the past. The Simpsons don't.
 
2013-07-30 04:24:24 AM  

Darth_Lukecash: The only people who say this, haven't watch the show.


I have yet to see anyone provide a half-decent rebuttal of anything Dead Homer Society (particularly their Compare and Contrast) has written.

Darth_Lukecash: So really. Live in the past. The Simpsons don't.


And there's this too.
 
2013-07-30 06:52:11 AM  
So...like The Brady Bunch reruns in the '80s, then?
 
2013-07-30 07:34:15 AM  
You know what's jumped the shark? "Simpsons Sucks Now, They Used To Be Better" arguments.

We get it already, the show is not as good as it used to be. But you know what? Simpsons Seasons ~2-8 (2-5, 3-7, depending on your opinion) are arguably some of the best TV ever created. Period, end of sentence. Not best comedy, not best animation, not "best TV before the Soprano's launched the new television cable drama Golden Age". Best. TV. Ever.

So OK, The Simpsons wasn't able to sustain world class television quality for 24 farking years. THE HORROR! Hell we all jerk ourselves off when Breaking Bad gives us 6 episodes in an 18 month time frame.

If you don't like New Simpsons then fine, don't watch it. Treasure the first 180-200 episodes or so and ignore the rest. Just stop whipping this "Simpsons Sucks" horse like it's going to somehow make the show better.
 
2013-07-30 07:47:47 AM  
I don't understand the headline.

We had Simpsons on at least one channel all day, every day about fifteen years ago up here. Probably one of the reasons I stopped watching, having seen "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" about three hundred times.
 
2013-07-30 07:53:01 AM  
I used to watch the Simpsons every week it was a great show, then I realized that I hadn't seen it in a while and when I did it wasn't as funny.  Is the Simpsons getting worse or am I getting older and out growing the humor?  I see a lot of comments about SNL or late night TV and I notice that people think the best age happened when they were in their late teens early twenties so did we just move past the Simpsons demographic.
 
2013-07-30 08:09:12 AM  
Can I do my thesis on this topic at PCU?
 
2013-07-30 08:09:57 AM  
Subby is at least a decade late on that headline.
 
2013-07-30 08:10:42 AM  

GreenAdder: Is this like the Caine-Hackman theory?


I'd watch A Bridge Too Far again.

Though the film gave short-shrift to the actual communications problems, which were more complex than simply not having the right crystals.

Oh, and I'm wearing the t-shirt of the band I'm going to go see.
 
2013-07-30 08:18:01 AM  
I guess this means it'll be another 10 years before they license it to Netflix then... I'd love to go binge on a ton of older Simpsons episodes but I guess there's no chance of getting streaming rights when they can potentially get a billion for the cable rights.
 
2013-07-30 08:18:09 AM  

Lokasenna: I don't understand the headline.

We had Simpsons on at least one channel all day, every day about fifteen years ago up here. Probably one of the reasons I stopped watching, having seen "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" about three hundred times.


We used to have it on at either 5pm or 6pm depending on when each Fox affiliate aired their news hour. It was always still on Fox though. The article is blocked for me since I'm at work, but I'm guessing this is cable syndication, not reruns on the same network.
 
2013-07-30 08:19:15 AM  
A Bridge Too Far. Caine and Hackman in the same movie together! "This is my thesis, man!"

/Obscure?
 
2013-07-30 08:20:30 AM  

Darth_Lukecash: So really. Live in the past. The Simpsons don't.


They have their moments, but there really is only so much one can do given the character setup. Time to just end on a high note and walk off quietly into the sunset.
 
2013-07-30 08:31:22 AM  

INeedAName: A Bridge Too Far. Caine and Hackman in the same movie together! "This is my thesis, man!"


Blow me where the pampers is
 
2013-07-30 08:38:04 AM  
It will subsequently turned into a hard core sex channel so gradually you won't even notice.
 
2013-07-30 08:40:57 AM  

jayhawk88: You know what's jumped the shark? "Simpsons Sucks Now, They Used To Be Better" arguments.

We get it already, the show is not as good as it used to be. But you know what? Simpsons Seasons ~2-8 (2-5, 3-7, depending on your opinion) are arguably some of the best TV ever created. Period, end of sentence. Not best comedy, not best animation, not "best TV before the Soprano's launched the new television cable drama Golden Age". Best. TV. Ever.

So OK, The Simpsons wasn't able to sustain world class television quality for 24 farking years. THE HORROR! Hell we all jerk ourselves off when Breaking Bad gives us 6 episodes in an 18 month time frame.

If you don't like New Simpsons then fine, don't watch it. Treasure the first 180-200 episodes or so and ignore the rest. Just stop whipping this "Simpsons Sucks" horse like it's going to somehow make the show better.



Well, to be fair, your counter-argument has also been made a million times, so we could say it has also jumped the shark.

That's, like, three shark jumps in a row. I'm not sure whether it is bad or not, because it sounds awesome...
 
2013-07-30 08:41:53 AM  
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My favorite episode: Homer at the Bat and I don't even like baseball.
 
2013-07-30 08:42:43 AM  

GreenAdder: Is this like the Caine-Hackman theory?


encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com It's the subject for his Masters.
 
2013-07-30 08:45:02 AM  

dittybopper: GreenAdder: Is this like the Caine-Hackman theory?

I'd watch A Bridge Too Far again.

Though the film gave short-shrift to the actual communications problems, which were more complex than simply not having the right crystals.

Oh, and I'm wearing the t-shirt of the band I'm going to go see.


encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com Don't be that guy.
 
2013-07-30 08:47:18 AM  

DanZero: In before

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I'm not convinced that the creator's intent is to inspire nerd-rage or not, but there are several things that are simply wrong about that picture.  Namely, at least one of the things shown to be not funny in the latter seasons actually occurred in the "good' seasons, the politics of the Simpsons has always been pro-gay rights, and he farking misspelled "loser."  Isn't it ironic?  Don't you think?
 
2013-07-30 08:56:21 AM  
the Simpsons were, to me, just never all that funny.  I am prime Simpsons demographic - I was a kid when they originally debuted on the Tracy Ullman show.  I remember the original skits when they aired on that show.  I watched the show when it first aired as its own thing.

It was just never all that funny to me.  From time to time, it would illicit a chuckle, but nothing serious and I can seriously not recall more than a few "stand-out" episodes - and I have seen TONS of the episodes up until probably 2000 or so when I said to myself "why am I watching this?  I don't really care for the show".

I remember when the Simpsons movie came out thinking "ok, Groening.  Here is your chance - show me I'm wrong, make me a fan".

And guys - the Simpsons movie is a pile of unmitigated shiat.  The ONLY funny thing was the "spider-pig" bit - and that was just a stupid throwaway line.

I have the same problem with Futurama.  It just isn't funny.  I have seen most episodes of Futurama.  NOT ONE episode stands out as memorable beyond the one with the sad dog waiting for Frye  - and that was pretty farking far from funny and was the only memorable part of the episode.  I have absolutely no idea what the rest of that episode is about - and I have seen it at least three times.

Am I alone in this?

/South Park has more "funny" in its first two seasons than Simpsons has had in its entire run.  I AM NOT TROLLING.
 
2013-07-30 08:58:37 AM  

frepnog: /South Park has more "funny" in its first two seasons than Simpsons has had in its entire run. I AM NOT TROLLING.


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2013-07-30 09:01:18 AM  

biyaaatci: DanZero: In before

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I'm not convinced that the creator's intent is to inspire nerd-rage or not, but there are several things that are simply wrong about that picture.  Namely, at least one of the things shown to be not funny in the latter seasons actually occurred in the "good' seasons, the politics of the Simpsons has always been pro-gay rights, and he farking misspelled "loser."  Isn't it ironic?  Don't you think?


"Looser" is the hallmark of derp, signifying purity.
 
2013-07-30 09:02:56 AM  

IdBeCrazyIf: frepnog: /South Park has more "funny" in its first two seasons than Simpsons has had in its entire run. I AM NOT TROLLING.

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not sure what that means but it made me laugh...  but truth is that Trey Parker is a comedic farking genius.  EVERY South Park episode is not amazing, but when he is firing on all cylinders NO ONE is funnier.  No one can skewer reality like he can.
 
2013-07-30 09:04:10 AM  

MagicBoris: That's, like, three shark jumps in a row. I'm not sure whether it is bad or not, because it sounds awesome...


The sequel to Sharknado....Crash Wendigo was a former world class water skier, fallen on hard times and forced to play a sad water carnival in Del Boca Vista. But when sharks invade the water carnival and show that they have learned to jump ramps....all hell breaks loose! Shark Jumper, this fall on SyFy.
 
2013-07-30 09:08:08 AM  

frepnog: not sure what that means but it made me laugh... but truth is that Trey Parker is a comedic farking genius. EVERY South Park episode is not amazing, but when he is firing on all cylinders NO ONE is funnier. No one can skewer reality like he can.


Its the eyeball stare to imply you're crazy

I agree that Trey does write good comedy but he writes comedy using a blunt object and is almost never subtle with his sarcasm. Where as Matt has always been much more subtle with his comedy.

Different strokes, different folks I guess
 
2013-07-30 09:20:14 AM  

IdBeCrazyIf: frepnog: not sure what that means but it made me laugh... but truth is that Trey Parker is a comedic farking genius. EVERY South Park episode is not amazing, but when he is firing on all cylinders NO ONE is funnier. No one can skewer reality like he can.

Its the eyeball stare to imply you're crazy

I agree that Trey does write good comedy but he writes comedy using a blunt object and is almost never subtle with his sarcasm. Where as Matt has always been much more subtle with his comedy.

Different strokes, different folks I guess


to me the difference is that Trey doesn't have to write comedy that can be seen as inoffensive to the average 12 year old.  The Simpsons must be, and has always been, a family show because it was and is a network television program.

Trey writes humor for grown ups.
 
2013-07-30 09:24:49 AM  

Cheron: I used to watch the Simpsons every week it was a great show, then I realized that I hadn't seen it in a while and when I did it wasn't as funny.  Is the Simpsons getting worse or am I getting older and out growing the humor?  I see a lot of comments about SNL or late night TV and I notice that people think the best age happened when they were in their late teens early twenties so did we just move past the Simpsons demographic.


Lots of comedies actually stay relatively the same over their run, but are perceived as less funny because the running jokes/style of humor are played out. There are plenty of good episodes over the years, but how many times can you hear D'oh! and continue to get the same enjoyment out of it?
 
2013-07-30 09:24:57 AM  

wikid one: Lokasenna: I don't understand the headline.

We had Simpsons on at least one channel all day, every day about fifteen years ago up here. Probably one of the reasons I stopped watching, having seen "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" about three hundred times.

We used to have it on at either 5pm or 6pm depending on when each Fox affiliate aired their news hour. It was always still on Fox though. The article is blocked for me since I'm at work, but I'm guessing this is cable syndication, not reruns on the same network.


It wasn't limited to Fox, but it was sold into broadcast syndication, meaning that only broadcast affiliates could purchase it.  For you, that was your Fox affiliate, for us, it was our NBC affiliate.  It just depended on your local area, but it was always a broadcast affiliate.

The problem with the original deal is that was set to last until the show got canceled, at which point a new deal would be negotiated.  But nobody thought that the show would run for 25+ years.  I'm not sure how they're getting out of the original deal, but this talk means they're either thinking of ending the show (unlikely) or maybe they're buying out the broadcast affiliates.
 
2013-07-30 09:31:48 AM  

rugman11: But nobody thought that the show would run for 25+ years.


and it never should have.  The Simpsons should be a nice piece of animated nostalgia - not a 25 year old program struggling to maintain relevance.

/old family guy is great - and should have stayed cancelled.  American Dad is the McFarlane show with legs.
 
2013-07-30 09:44:46 AM  

rugman11: wikid one: Lokasenna: I don't understand the headline.

We had Simpsons on at least one channel all day, every day about fifteen years ago up here. Probably one of the reasons I stopped watching, having seen "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" about three hundred times.

We used to have it on at either 5pm or 6pm depending on when each Fox affiliate aired their news hour. It was always still on Fox though. The article is blocked for me since I'm at work, but I'm guessing this is cable syndication, not reruns on the same network.

It wasn't limited to Fox, but it was sold into broadcast syndication, meaning that only broadcast affiliates could purchase it.  For you, that was your Fox affiliate, for us, it was our NBC affiliate.  It just depended on your local area, but it was always a broadcast affiliate.

The problem with the original deal is that was set to last until the show got canceled, at which point a new deal would be negotiated.  But nobody thought that the show would run for 25+ years.  I'm not sure how they're getting out of the original deal, but this talk means they're either thinking of ending the show (unlikely) or maybe they're buying out the broadcast affiliates.


The arrival says that this new deal won't have an affect on broadcast syndication.
 
2013-07-30 09:52:30 AM  

jayhawk88: We get it already, the show is not as good as it used to be. But you know what? Simpsons Seasons ~2-8 (2-5, 3-7, depending on your opinion) are arguably some of the best TV ever created. Period, end of sentence. Not best comedy, not best animation, not "best TV before the Soprano's launched the new television cable drama Golden Age". Best. TV. Ever.


That's what bugs me about complaints about the decline in quality of the show. I mean sure the show is not as awesome as it was in season 5. But is there any show that is currently on network TV that is as funny as Simpsons season 5. I mean the best Parks and Recreation episodes are but they aren't as consistent.

Plus like others have mentioned the show is pretty funny. The episode where the hipsters move to Springfield made me laugh a lot. And the one where it is explained why Homer doesn't like dogs was really well written.
 
2013-07-30 09:53:20 AM  

namatad: might be time to rewatch the first couple of seasons


I was in high school/college during what I consider the golden years. I swear I've seen the mid to late 90s episodes 40 times each (VHS, man, you had to be there). Dorks in bars try to out-Simpsons quote me, and with a spaghetti Western soundtrack playing in the background...I always win. Then I blow the smoke off my barrel.

My real point, though, is that sometimes I get a raging craving to watch earlier Simpsons. Like how your body craves a certain food or drink. Or maybe that band you used to love but stopped listening to for some reason. It usually ends up with me staying up for 8 more hours and being hungover for work, but it has to be done.
 
2013-07-30 10:03:43 AM  

HighOnCraic: So "The Family Guy" will get the same deal shortly afterwards. . .


Ummm...The Family Guy has already been syndicated on cable for years.  Where have you been?
 
2013-07-30 10:06:48 AM  
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Also unimpressed
 
2013-07-30 10:09:39 AM  

TimSTP: [www.emmytvlegends.org image 665x498]
Also unimpressed


that is one funny 30 minutes (well 22-26 depending) of television right there.  Classic Lucy, and the show generally holds up as funny.

/Lucy was over well before my time and yet - so many stand out episodes.
 
2013-07-30 10:09:59 AM  
It better include all the old episodes. Since the HD switch Fox hasn't put anything outside of the last two seasons in their re-run slots. What Homer thought that  was a good idea?
 
2013-07-30 10:28:36 AM  

frepnog: the Simpsons were, to me, just never all that funny.  I am prime Simpsons demographic - I was a kid when they originally debuted on the Tracy Ullman show.  I remember the original skits when they aired on that show.  I watched the show when it first aired as its own thing.

It was just never all that funny to me.  From time to time, it would illicit a chuckle, but nothing serious and I can seriously not recall more than a few "stand-out" episodes - and I have seen TONS of the episodes up until probably 2000 or so when I said to myself "why am I watching this?  I don't really care for the show".

I remember when the Simpsons movie came out thinking "ok, Groening.  Here is your chance - show me I'm wrong, make me a fan".

And guys - the Simpsons movie is a pile of unmitigated shiat.  The ONLY funny thing was the "spider-pig" bit - and that was just a stupid throwaway line.

I have the same problem with Futurama.  It just isn't funny.  I have seen most episodes of Futurama.  NOT ONE episode stands out as memorable beyond the one with the sad dog waiting for Frye  - and that was pretty farking far from funny and was the only memorable part of the episode.  I have absolutely no idea what the rest of that episode is about - and I have seen it at least three times.

Am I alone in this?

/South Park has more "funny" in its first two seasons than Simpsons has had in its entire run.  I AM NOT TROLLING.



See, this is the part where you fail to understand the difference between facts and your opinion. You're mistaking one for the other.
 
2013-07-30 10:30:39 AM  

frepnog: NOT ONE episode stands out as memorable beyond the one with the sad dog waiting for Frye - and that was pretty farking far from funny and was the only memorable part of the episode. I have absolutely no idea what the rest of that episode is about


That was so farking sad as to be utterly and completely out of place in that show.  I can't recall any other episode that went to those depths to be so totally depressing at the end.

/The rest of your post is crazystuffs :)
 
2013-07-30 10:32:41 AM  

frepnog: rugman11: But nobody thought that the show would run for 25+ years.

and it never should have.  The Simpsons should be a nice piece of animated nostalgia - not a 25 year old program struggling to maintain relevance.

/old family guy is great - and should have stayed cancelled.  American Dad is the McFarlane show with legs.


That's not really fair to Joe.
 
2013-07-30 10:42:15 AM  

hammer85: frepnog: rugman11: But nobody thought that the show would run for 25+ years.

and it never should have.  The Simpsons should be a nice piece of animated nostalgia - not a 25 year old program struggling to maintain relevance.

/old family guy is great - and should have stayed cancelled.  American Dad is the McFarlane show with legs.

That's not really fair to Joe.


You know what?  I agree.  Joe Swanson is a great character.

doczoidberg: See, this is the part where you fail to understand the difference between facts and your opinion. You're mistaking one for the other.


*sigh"  point conceded.
 
2013-07-30 11:06:41 AM  

DanZero: In before

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Even season 10 had its share of stinkers, but I'd have to agree overall. It's a shame. What I'd love to see (as opposed to new episodes) is visually refreshed versions of the older ones. Some of the early 90's episodes are really starting to show their age.
 
2013-07-30 11:13:40 AM  

MadSkillz: I wish it was on Netflix Canada.


http://www.unblock-us.com/
 
2013-07-30 11:49:12 AM  

wildstarr: HighOnCraic: So "The Family Guy" will get the same deal shortly afterwards. . .

Ummm...The Family Guy has already been syndicated on cable for years.  Where have you been?


Sorry, that was a joke about The Family Guy being somewhat derivative of The Simpsons.  I can't be the first one to make a joke like that...

(On Seth Macfarlane) "It's got to be difficult for him to do a roast, especially because The Simpsons haven't done it yet." (Gilbert Gottfried)

http://comedians.about.com/od/David-Hasselhoff-Roast/a/Top-20-Jokes- At -The-Comedy-Central-Roast-Of-David-Hasselhoff.htm
 
2013-07-30 11:51:47 AM  

MagicBoris: That's, like, three shark jumps in a row. I'm not sure whether it is bad or not, because it sounds awesome...


Try not to jump any sharks on your way through the parking lot!
 
2013-07-30 12:13:14 PM  

katerbug72: MadSkillz: I wish it was on Netflix Canada.

http://www.unblock-us.com/


It's not Netflix at all, so a proxy isn't going to help.

I wonder if it's because Fox won't license or if it's just too expensive. I imagine a combo of both, but with emphasis on the cost.
 
2013-07-30 12:22:16 PM  

DanZero: Bigger version of that image here


I agree. I still like the show, but I don't love it like I did in season 10 and earlier.

I am very sad that Futurama is going away again.  That was supposed to be the successor to the simpsons, although I think they did quite a bit of that already.
 
2013-07-30 12:36:37 PM  

DanZero: Bigger version of that image here


Thank you. I've never seen that. Suppose I should spend more time in my mom's basement. Hits the nail on the head though.
 
2013-07-30 12:53:37 PM  

DanZero: In before

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There are now more seasons that I haven't watched than seasons I have. And it appears I have lost nothing.
 
2013-07-30 12:56:09 PM  

MayoSlather: Cheron: I used to watch the Simpsons every week it was a great show, then I realized that I hadn't seen it in a while and when I did it wasn't as funny.  Is the Simpsons getting worse or am I getting older and out growing the humor?  I see a lot of comments about SNL or late night TV and I notice that people think the best age happened when they were in their late teens early twenties so did we just move past the Simpsons demographic.

Lots of comedies actually stay relatively the same over their run, but are perceived as less funny because the running jokes/style of humor are played out. There are plenty of good episodes over the years, but how many times can you hear D'oh! and continue to get the same enjoyment out of it?


How many goddamned jobs can Homer have every week before you lose interest?
 
2013-07-30 01:01:15 PM  

Cheron: I used to watch the Simpsons every week it was a great show, then I realized that I hadn't seen it in a while and when I did it wasn't as funny.  Is the Simpsons getting worse or am I getting older and out growing the humor?  I see a lot of comments about SNL or late night TV and I notice that people think the best age happened when they were in their late teens early twenties so did we just move past the Simpsons demographic.


Just the opposite, society outgrew the Simpsons. The sort of stuff that was shocking in the early years "Bart is an underachiever and proud of it" and sundry other things have gotten buried by the shocking vulgarity of Family Guy, South Park, and Venture Brothers. I mean, Homer is not going to make an explicit joke about cutting open a woman's corpse and having sex with the new orifice, and then shoving his hand in a mayonnaise jar to simulate the sound.
 
2013-07-30 01:01:29 PM  

HighOnCraic: So "The Family Guy" will get the same deal shortly afterwards. . .


Already has syndication.

It can be seen simultaneously on 3 different stations (none of which is Fox) at the same time four days a week in my area and channel lineup.
 
2013-07-30 01:07:57 PM  

YodaBlues: katerbug72: MadSkillz: I wish it was on Netflix Canada.

http://www.unblock-us.com/

It's not Netflix at all, so a proxy isn't going to help.

I wonder if it's because Fox won't license or if it's just too expensive. I imagine a combo of both, but with emphasis on the cost.


Oh, for some reason, I thought I saw it on there. Sorry.
 
2013-07-30 01:38:02 PM  

bopis: DanZero: Bigger version of that image here

Thank you. I've never seen that. Suppose I should spend more time in my mom's basement. Hits the nail on the head though.


Mind you, the ticket moments that we remember is because we watched it multiple times.  Saying that "The Simpsons meet ______" is the only meat to the new episodes is robbing the writers of what they're paid for.
Season 8: The Simpsons meet John Waters!  But, remember how awesome that episode was.
Season 7: The Simpsons meet Johnny Cash!  but, again, we don't remember the episode for that ("Space Coyote..?)

Point is: There were good episodes in the muck of it all, but we've all grown up and snarky and demand nostalgic!

Kid Rock episode is the 2nd worst episode ever, 1st being Bart becoming a faith healer (Sorry Don Cheadle)
 
2013-07-30 01:45:47 PM  
That no show is as good as the Simpsons in its glory years is not an excuse to keep Zombie Simpsons alive.
 
2013-07-30 01:52:52 PM  

Fano: Cheron: I used to watch the Simpsons every week it was a great show, then I realized that I hadn't seen it in a while and when I did it wasn't as funny.  Is the Simpsons getting worse or am I getting older and out growing the humor?  I see a lot of comments about SNL or late night TV and I notice that people think the best age happened when they were in their late teens early twenties so did we just move past the Simpsons demographic.

Just the opposite, society outgrew the Simpsons. The sort of stuff that was shocking in the early years "Bart is an underachiever and proud of it" and sundry other things have gotten buried by the shocking vulgarity of Family Guy, South Park, and Venture Brothers. I mean, Homer is not going to make an explicit joke about cutting open a woman's corpse and having sex with the new orifice, and then shoving his hand in a mayonnaise jar to simulate the sound.


yeah, it is far too tame.
 
2013-07-30 01:54:51 PM  

Mog32Kupo: bopis: DanZero: Bigger version of that image here

Thank you. I've never seen that. Suppose I should spend more time in my mom's basement. Hits the nail on the head though.

Mind you, the ticket moments that we remember is because we watched it multiple times.  Saying that "The Simpsons meet ______" is the only meat to the new episodes is robbing the writers of what they're paid for.
Season 8: The Simpsons meet John Waters!  But, remember how awesome that episode was.
Season 7: The Simpsons meet Johnny Cash!  but, again, we don't remember the episode for that ("Space Coyote..?)

Point is: There were good episodes in the muck of it all, but we've all grown up and snarky and demand nostalgic!

Kid Rock episode is the 2nd worst episode ever, 1st being Bart becoming a faith healer (Sorry Don Cheadle)


Hey, remember when the Simpsons met Dustin Hoffman and Michael Jackson and they were uncredited? Remember when guest appearances added to the plot, unlike the lampshade hanging appearance of Mark McGuire? Past season 11 it was clear that guest stars were added because everyone wanted to have been on the Simpsons as a badge of honor, and the episodes reflected that, with increasingly useless ways applied to shoehorn them in.
 
2013-07-30 02:10:56 PM  

cevarius: HighOnCraic: So "The Family Guy" will get the same deal shortly afterwards. . .

Already has syndication.

It can be seen simultaneously on 3 different stations (none of which is Fox) at the same time four days a week in my area and channel lineup.


Didn't I already explain that joke like two hours ago?
 
2013-07-30 02:13:24 PM  

HighOnCraic: cevarius: HighOnCraic: So "The Family Guy" will get the same deal shortly afterwards. . .

Already has syndication.

It can be seen simultaneously on 3 different stations (none of which is Fox) at the same time four days a week in my area and channel lineup.

Didn't I already explain that joke like two hours ago?


Try explaining it using your best "Stewie" voice... that usually works for me.
 
2013-07-30 02:26:07 PM  

Fano: Mog32Kupo: bopis: DanZero: Bigger version of that image here

Thank you. I've never seen that. Suppose I should spend more time in my mom's basement. Hits the nail on the head though.

Mind you, the ticket moments that we remember is because we watched it multiple times.  Saying that "The Simpsons meet ______" is the only meat to the new episodes is robbing the writers of what they're paid for.
Season 8: The Simpsons meet John Waters!  But, remember how awesome that episode was.
Season 7: The Simpsons meet Johnny Cash!  but, again, we don't remember the episode for that ("Space Coyote..?)

Point is: There were good episodes in the muck of it all, but we've all grown up and snarky and demand nostalgic!

Kid Rock episode is the 2nd worst episode ever, 1st being Bart becoming a faith healer (Sorry Don Cheadle)

Hey, remember when the Simpsons met Dustin Hoffman and Michael Jackson and they were uncredited? Remember when guest appearances added to the plot, unlike the lampshade hanging appearance of Mark McGuire? Past season 11 it was clear that guest stars were added because everyone wanted to have been on the Simpsons as a badge of honor, and the episodes reflected that, with increasingly useless ways applied to shoehorn them in.


I hate to admit it, but McGuire randomly coming out to ask everyone if they want to see him hit some dingers makes me laugh every time.

Every other random, throwaway ending, not so much.
 
2013-07-30 02:44:56 PM  

HighOnCraic: cevarius: HighOnCraic: So "The Family Guy" will get the same deal shortly afterwards. . .

Already has syndication.

It can be seen simultaneously on 3 different stations (none of which is Fox) at the same time four days a week in my area and channel lineup.

Didn't I already explain that joke like two hours ago?


Oh, that was a joke. That was ... funny.
 
2013-07-30 02:46:32 PM  

LonMead: HighOnCraic: cevarius: HighOnCraic: So "The Family Guy" will get the same deal shortly afterwards. . .

Already has syndication.

It can be seen simultaneously on 3 different stations (none of which is Fox) at the same time four days a week in my area and channel lineup.

Didn't I already explain that joke like two hours ago?

Try explaining it using your best "Stewie" voice... that usually works for me.



(On Seth Macfarlane) "It's got to be difficult for him to do a roast, especially because The Simpsons haven't done it yet." (Gilbert Gottfried)

/From the David Hasselhoff Roast.
 
2013-07-30 02:48:01 PM  

HighOnCraic: LonMead: HighOnCraic: cevarius: HighOnCraic: So "The Family Guy" will get the same deal shortly afterwards. . .

Already has syndication.

It can be seen simultaneously on 3 different stations (none of which is Fox) at the same time four days a week in my area and channel lineup.

Didn't I already explain that joke like two hours ago?

Try explaining it using your best "Stewie" voice... that usually works for me.


(On Seth Macfarlane) "It's got to be difficult for him to do a roast, especially because The Simpsons haven't done it yet." (Gilbert Gottfried)

/From the David Hasselhoff Roast.


Yeah, I know... I saw it too.
 
2013-07-30 02:48:02 PM  

EvilMonkeyBoy: Hey, remember when the Simpsons met Dustin Hoffman and Michael Jackson and they were uncredited? Remember when guest appearances added to the plot, unlike the lampshade hanging appearance of Mark McGuire? Past season 11 it was clear that guest stars were added because everyone wanted to have been on the Simpsons as a badge of honor, and the episodes reflected that, with increasingly useless ways applied to shoehorn them in.

I hate to admit it, but McGuire randomly coming out to ask everyone if they want to see him hit some dingers makes me laugh every time.

Every other random, throwaway ending, not so much.


McGuire's throwaway is definitely a change-up from most of the post 11 cameos.
-What about Lalapalooza?  All the artists, thats before 11 and ALL of em are protrayed and such.
-Krusty got Kancelled? Season 5, CRAPTON of cameos, even the ever-elusive Carson (who only did that and Sesame street ever in his life)

Sure, now its a badge of honor, but you're defending apples against other apples saying the other apples were better, solely because you remembered them that way.

I'm not saying the writing was as good, but I'm just trying to counter your argument with the logical fact that nothing but the writers changed about the simpsons from about season 5 to now, and because of that, we have some great seasons (4-10) and some just plain rotten seasons (12).  And most in between, 13/14 aren't terrible, but nothing to write home about.
 
2013-07-30 02:54:49 PM  
Will they finally cancel it? Please?
 
2013-07-30 02:58:16 PM  

Mog32Kupo: EvilMonkeyBoy: Hey, remember when the Simpsons met Dustin Hoffman and Michael Jackson and they were uncredited? Remember when guest appearances added to the plot, unlike the lampshade hanging appearance of Mark McGuire? Past season 11 it was clear that guest stars were added because everyone wanted to have been on the Simpsons as a badge of honor, and the episodes reflected that, with increasingly useless ways applied to shoehorn them in.

I hate to admit it, but McGuire randomly coming out to ask everyone if they want to see him hit some dingers makes me laugh every time.

Every other random, throwaway ending, not so much.

McGuire's throwaway is definitely a change-up from most of the post 11 cameos.
-What about Lalapalooza?  All the artists, thats before 11 and ALL of em are protrayed and such.
-Krusty got Kancelled? Season 5, CRAPTON of cameos, even the ever-elusive Carson (who only did that and Sesame street ever in his life)

Sure, now its a badge of honor, but you're defending apples against other apples saying the other apples were better, solely because you remembered them that way.

I'm not saying the writing was as good, but I'm just trying to counter your argument with the logical fact that nothing but the writers changed about the simpsons from about season 5 to now, and because of that, we have some great seasons (4-10) and some just plain rotten seasons (12).  And most in between, 13/14 aren't terrible, but nothing to write home about.


iit helps that FFlaming Moes was awesome, and having tons of guest stars was new then. Diminishing returns, and all that.
 
2013-07-30 02:58:33 PM  

TeddyRooseveltsMustache: Will they finally cancel it? Please?



    They'll Never Stop The Simpsons!
    Have no fears, we'll have stories for years, like
    Marge becomes a robot,
    Maybe Moe gets a cell phone, has Bart ever owned a bear?
    Or, how 'bout a crazy wedding?
    Where something happens and doo doo doo doo doo...
    Sorry for the clip show.
    Have no fears we'll have stories for years.
 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BViobexQnzw
 
2013-07-30 03:17:06 PM  
Those who want the Simpsons to be cancelled, that isn't likely to happen. The Simpsons will be one of those series that Ends it's "original Broadcast run". You can't just cancel a show that makes money.
Yes, in the more recent years the episodes don't hit the same quality as the earlier ones in the series, there still are certain moments that can be a highlight of an episode even when the episode itself wasn't very good. Besides I still find the Simpsons more entertaining than a lot the so called "reality" show that cable manages to crap out time and time again.

One more thing, How dare FOX cancel the Cleaveland Show! Sure it wasn't the greatest thing on T.V. but it was still better than a lot of other shows. They should have at least let it get too 100 episodes before pulling the plug!
 
2013-07-30 03:27:28 PM  
So help me god, there was literally a season where every episode Homer and Marge were on the verge of divorce. And no sea captain or bumblebee man episode?
 
2013-07-30 03:28:22 PM  
Uh, you're all a bunch of farking posers. Everyone knows the Simpsons hasn't been funny since Groening was taking the night off from writing the pilot and inexplicably started whistling the Mr. Plow song in his sleep.
 
2013-07-30 03:35:40 PM  
Those in the "Simpsons haven't been good since 1999 (or whenever)" camp have to fall into one of two categories

A) You still watch a show you hate 10+ years later, smart use of your life

or

B) You don't watch it and have no idea how good it is or isn't, but complain anyway
 
2013-07-30 04:02:38 PM  

LordOfThePings: FX
FXX

I'm holding out for FXXX.


Holy carp, I thought you were joking. They need to call it XOF, that would be funnier.
 
2013-07-30 04:46:40 PM  

brantgoose: I thought they were.

I don't have cable any more but when I did I counted eight episodes of the Simpsons a day. It wouldn't take a lot of cable systems to saturate TV time and space.


Back in the mid-90s on Sundays you could get 2 and 1/2 straight hours of the Simpsons on three separate channels. And we only had FIVE channels at the time.
 
2013-07-30 04:55:21 PM  

TDWCom29: Those in the "Simpsons haven't been good since 1999 (or whenever)" camp have to fall into one of two categories

A) You still watch a show you hate 10+ years later, smart use of your life

or

B) You don't watch it and have no idea how good it is or isn't, but complain anyway


Extremely good point, I'm actually catching up with the seasons I missed due to falling out with them.  Then when I came back from college with a newfound love of MJ, and my roommate's love of it and simpsons...hooked me back.

Stopped watching around 10-11 when I was a kid, now I've seen through 14.  12 was just awful.


/wonder who's gonna be on the next cover.
//Comin' up Milhouse! (I hope)
 
2013-07-30 05:10:42 PM  

Snatch Bandergrip: That no show is as good as the Simpsons in its glory years is not an excuse to keep Zombie Simpsons alive.


even worse is when people try to say SImpsons should keep going just because its currently better than other shows.  Sorry, but Simpsons is fairly easily surpassed by plenty of shows that aren't that great either.


frepnog: IdBeCrazyIf: frepnog: /South Park has more "funny" in its first two seasons than Simpsons has had in its entire run. I AM NOT TROLLING.

[s12.postimg.org image 103x91]

not sure what that means but it made me laugh...  but truth is that Trey Parker is a comedic farking genius.  EVERY South Park episode is not amazing, but when he is firing on all cylinders NO ONE is funnier.  No one can skewer reality like he can.


Eh, I find South Park to often has to spell out its satire for its audience and often is nothing deeper than "Derpty derp because DUMB!" Though people also praise the show for its quick topical turn-around, it very often feels very dated when viewed at a later date.
 
2013-07-30 05:31:16 PM  

Fano: Just the opposite, society outgrew the Simpsons. The sort of stuff that was shocking in the early years "Bart is an underachiever and proud of it" and sundry other things have gotten buried by the shocking vulgarity of Family Guy, South Park, and Venture Brothers. I mean, Homer is not going to make an explicit joke about cutting open a woman's corpse and having sex with the new orifice, and then shoving his hand in a mayonnaise jar to simulate the sound.


http://deadhomersociety.com/2012/01/25/a-thoughtful-but-demonstrably -d umb-defense-of-zombie-simpsons/

While some of the concepts the show parodied have faded from memory, the basic take on American life remains amazingly current and relevant.  To say, as Chipman does, that the show has become "less vital and certainly less relatable" (4:40) simply because the media landscape has changed is to let Zombie Simpsons off the hook.  There have been plenty of vital and relatable shows (pick a critical darling from the last decade) that, while never reaching the level of fame The Simpsons reached, don't come in for the same kind of routine criticism as Zombie Simpsons.  That's because they aren't dragging around twenty years of backstory, aren't constantly repeating things they've done better in the past, and aren't kept alive because FOX doesn't want to risk a profitable timeslot on a flop.

More than just being a cop out, however, saying a show has to get away from what made it great to stay alive sounds more like a reason to take it off the air than keep it on the air.  There are any number of familiar examples of this, silent movie stars who couldn't make the transition to sound, rim shot comedians in tuxedos who became dinosaurs after Lenny Bruce, hair metal bands embarrassed off the charts by grunge.  At some point, people stop caring about what you were doing, and if you can't change sufficiently, then you're going to become irrelevant, just as Zombie Simpsons has.

We can still appreciate classics from a bygone era.  Truly great books and movies often stay great, genuinely good music has a way of enduring, and those old seasons of The Simpsons have aged incredibly well because they still speak to so much of our lives.  But to keep doing what no one cares about anymore is the definition of malingering.


Just sayin'.
 
2013-07-30 05:31:54 PM  
On Comedy Network in Ontario, TeleToon in Quebec.

/at least it was on TeleToon when I went there a couple of years ago
 
2013-07-30 05:58:51 PM  

Mike_LowELL: Fano: Just the opposite, society outgrew the Simpsons. The sort of stuff that was shocking in the early years "Bart is an underachiever and proud of it" and sundry other things have gotten buried by the shocking vulgarity of Family Guy, South Park, and Venture Brothers. I mean, Homer is not going to make an explicit joke about cutting open a woman's corpse and having sex with the new orifice, and then shoving his hand in a mayonnaise jar to simulate the sound.

http://deadhomersociety.com/2012/01/25/a-thoughtful-but-demonstrably -d umb-defense-of-zombie-simpsons/

While some of the concepts the show parodied have faded from memory, the basic take on American life remains amazingly current and relevant.  To say, as Chipman does, that the show has become "less vital and certainly less relatable" (4:40) simply because the media landscape has changed is to let Zombie Simpsons off the hook.  There have been plenty of vital and relatable shows (pick a critical darling from the last decade) that, while never reaching the level of fame The Simpsons reached, don't come in for the same kind of routine criticism as Zombie Simpsons.  That's because they aren't dragging around twenty years of backstory, aren't constantly repeating things they've done better in the past, and aren't kept alive because FOX doesn't want to risk a profitable timeslot on a flop.

More than just being a cop out, however, saying a show has to get away from what made it great to stay alive sounds more like a reason to take it off the air than keep it on the air.  There are any number of familiar examples of this, silent movie stars who couldn't make the transition to sound, rim shot comedians in tuxedos who became dinosaurs after Lenny Bruce, hair metal bands embarrassed off the charts by grunge.  At some point, people stop caring about what you were doing, and if you can't change sufficiently, then you're going to become irrelevant, just as Zombie Simpsons has.

We can still appreciate classics from a b ...


Well said, but I stick to saying that the media has moved to a place where the Simpsons cannot go.
 
2013-07-30 05:59:03 PM  
"Bob's Burgers" is better than the Simpsons. There, I said it.
 
2013-07-30 06:01:46 PM  

Fano: Cheron: I used to watch the Simpsons every week it was a great show, then I realized that I hadn't seen it in a while and when I did it wasn't as funny.  Is the Simpsons getting worse or am I getting older and out growing the humor?  I see a lot of comments about SNL or late night TV and I notice that people think the best age happened when they were in their late teens early twenties so did we just move past the Simpsons demographic.

Just the opposite, society outgrew the Simpsons. The sort of stuff that was shocking in the early years "Bart is an underachiever and proud of it" and sundry other things have gotten buried by the shocking vulgarity of Family Guy, South Park, and Venture Brothers. I mean, Homer is not going to make an explicit joke about cutting open a woman's corpse and having sex with the new orifice, and then shoving his hand in a mayonnaise jar to simulate the sound.


Honestly, I really wish you were right.  The Simpsons should have always been "The Simpsons", and never tried to emulate the crass nature of South Park, Family Guy, etc.  There's value in having your own identity, and reaching your own audience.  Homogenize everything is great for the lowest common denominator, but "The Simpsons" was never LCD, and that's what we loved about it.
 
2013-07-30 06:04:21 PM  

TDWCom29: Those in the "Simpsons haven't been good since 1999 (or whenever)" camp have to fall into one of two categories

A) You still watch a show you hate 10+ years later, smart use of your life

or

B) You don't watch it and have no idea how good it is or isn't, but complain anyway


As much as I fall into Category B, I've also grabbed a random episode every now and again "just to see".  I'm generally disappointed.  Does it have a bright spot every now and again, sure?  Honestly, it's just not enough though.  Still, I'll keep an open mind ... toss out your top 5 from Season 10 or later, and I'll be happy to give it a go.
 
2013-07-30 06:08:14 PM  

xkenny13: TDWCom29: Those in the "Simpsons haven't been good since 1999 (or whenever)" camp have to fall into one of two categories

A) You still watch a show you hate 10+ years later, smart use of your life

or

B) You don't watch it and have no idea how good it is or isn't, but complain anyway

As much as I fall into Category B, I've also grabbed a random episode every now and again "just to see".  I'm generally disappointed.  Does it have a bright spot every now and again, sure?  Honestly, it's just not enough though.  Still, I'll keep an open mind ... toss out your top 5 from Season 10 or later, and I'll be happy to give it a go.


I'm with you. I would drop in and check out an episode, and realize that it's a chore to watch. A list of best episodes post season 12 would encourage me to try, I seem to always catch the awful ones.
 
2013-07-30 06:43:07 PM  

fusillade762: "Bob's Burgers" is better than the Simpsons. There, I said it.


I couldn't get into Bob's Burgers. Comes off like an abandoned Mike Judge project.
 
2013-07-30 07:21:53 PM  

fusillade762: "Bob's Burgers" is better than the Simpsons. There, I said it.



maybe not during Simpsons' peak, but yeah it's a definite highlight of Sunday night and is by far the best show Fox is airing on Sunday.
 
2013-07-30 07:38:01 PM  

FeedTheCollapse: fusillade762: "Bob's Burgers" is better than the Simpsons. There, I said it.

maybe not during Simpsons' peak, but yeah it's a definite highlight of Sunday night and is by far the best show Fox is airing on Sunday.


Agreed, I should have clarified: BB is better than The Simpsons currently. And I'd also agree that it's currently better than Family Guy or American Dad. And likely whatever they replaced The Cleveland Show with.
 
2013-07-30 07:56:13 PM  
frepnog:
/South Park has more "funny" in its first two seasons than Simpsons has had in its entire run.  I AM NOT TROLLING.

Interesting that you chose the first two seasons of South Park, when they weren't as clever and more about: "Haha, little kids are using filthy language!"
 
2013-07-30 10:16:49 PM  

browntimmy: frepnog:
/South Park has more "funny" in its first two seasons than Simpsons has had in its entire run.  I AM NOT TROLLING.

Interesting that you chose the first two seasons of South Park, when they weren't as clever and more about: "Haha, little kids are using filthy language!"


Agreed.  South Park has evolved into something kinda preachy sometimes, and called themselves out on it in the family guy episode.  Simpsons sucked the first one or two seasons as well but then hit a stride.  Then Phil Hartman was Chris Benoit'd by his wife, and Conan O'Brian did his own thing.  I am surprised Simpsons is still on.

The original commentators comment makes no sense to me.
 
2013-07-30 10:41:47 PM  

DanZero: In before

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The sad part is, they almost never run the older episodes on fox anymore. It seems as if they 'forgot' the show existed before the HD format.
 
2013-07-30 10:44:04 PM  

Darth_Lukecash: they even had a "Future" show recently, that was as heartfelt as anything in the past.


Some of their 'Future' shows have already come and gone.

Lisa Simpson got married to Hugh three years ago this Friday!
 
2013-07-30 10:52:21 PM  

fusillade762: "Bob's Burgers" is better than the Simpsons. There, I said it.


It depends on the characters they focus on in the episode.

 The kids?  Great.
Bob? Meh.
The wife? I'm turning the channel.
 
2013-07-30 11:23:29 PM  

frepnog: the Simpsons were, to me, just never all that funny.  I am prime Simpsons demographic - I was a kid when they originally debuted on the Tracy Ullman show.  I remember the original skits when they aired on that show.  I watched the show when it first aired as its own thing.


I'm not sure if kids were the prime demographic, particularly since it debuted as part of a fairly raunchy (for its time) show.  It's possible that some of the pop culture references weren't familiar to you.

/Haven't watch it regularly in almost ten years, so I can't say whether it's still good or not.
//Was in college when it debuted.
///Get off my lawn!
 
2013-07-30 11:40:02 PM  

HighOnCraic: frepnog: the Simpsons were, to me, just never all that funny.  I am prime Simpsons demographic - I was a kid when they originally debuted on the Tracy Ullman show.  I remember the original skits when they aired on that show.  I watched the show when it first aired as its own thing.

I'm not sure if kids were the prime demographic, particularly since it debuted as part of a fairly raunchy (for its time) show.  It's possible that some of the pop culture references weren't familiar to you.

/Haven't watch it regularly in almost ten years, so I can't say whether it's still good or not.
//Was in college when it debuted.
///Get off my lawn!


BTW, MikeLowell'slink destroys the idea that it's just childish nostalgia to remember the early seasons better - it was a hit with adults too. Just like Star Wars
 
2013-07-31 12:13:48 AM  

Fano: HighOnCraic: frepnog: the Simpsons were, to me, just never all that funny.  I am prime Simpsons demographic - I was a kid when they originally debuted on the Tracy Ullman show.  I remember the original skits when they aired on that show.  I watched the show when it first aired as its own thing.

I'm not sure if kids were the prime demographic, particularly since it debuted as part of a fairly raunchy (for its time) show.  It's possible that some of the pop culture references weren't familiar to you.

/Haven't watch it regularly in almost ten years, so I can't say whether it's still good or not.
//Was in college when it debuted.
///Get off my lawn!

BTW, MikeLowell'slink destroys the idea that it's just childish nostalgia to remember the early seasons better - it was a hit with adults too. Just like Star Wars


Ironically, my sister, who's very religious, wouldn't let her kids watch The Simpsons.  I remember watching TV with my nephew (who was around 12 or so at the time), flipping through channels, and he when I wanted to watch The Simpsons, he was adamant about the fact that he wasn't allowed to watch it, and while you'd think that a kid that age would be curious about a taboo show, he wouldn't stop complaining (politely) until I flipped to some other show.

/I'm old enough to remember prime-time cartoons like "Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home."
 
2013-07-31 05:16:13 AM  

frepnog: Trey writes humor for grown ups.


Nah, South Park has a lot of adult humor if you understand my meaning.  The Simpsons was (is?) filled with all manner of intelligent humor, pop culture references that kids wouldn't get, allusions to great art, literature and cinema, satire and political skewering.

frepnog: [Fano]:Just the opposite, society outgrew the Simpsons. The sort of stuff that was shocking in the early years "Bart is an underachiever and proud of it" and sundry other things have gotten buried by the shocking vulgarity of Family Guy, South Park, and Venture Brothers. I mean, Homer is not going to make an explicit joke about cutting open a woman's corpse and having sex with the new orifice, and then shoving his hand in a mayonnaise jar to simulate the sound.

yeah, it is far too tame.


This is a more apt description as compared with Family Guy et al.
 
2013-07-31 05:37:25 PM  

Rhames: Simpsons sucked the first one or two seasons as well but then hit a stride.


man, Season 2 seems to be the show's most under-rated season. I don't think season 1 is as bad as it gets made out to be, but Season 2 is a huge jump in quality; yet it gets lumped in with season 1 for some reason.
 
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