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2013-10-04 10:18:32 PM

LisaNeedsBraces: (Yes, I'm one of the "The Simpsons Was Greatest From Season 1-12" crowd, but I'm not telling those who like today's shows to not watch it. Just stating my own preference.)


the simpsons "was good from season x to x" crowd sounds like the "snl was only good when x was in the cast" crowd
 
2013-10-04 10:19:06 PM

Bondith: I made a Simpsons reference in class today.  Punk kids didn't recognise "That's not a knife, this is a knife." "Hey man, that's a spoon."

This is after last year's rugrats didn't realise Homer had climbed (most of) the Muderhorn.

Kids today with their Facepage and their Ciley Myrus...


I made mine watch the episode where Homer becomes the union rep (dental plan...Lisa needs braces) when we were studying the rise of unions during the Gilded Age. They may not have appreciated Howard Zinn, but they all know what to do when I say the words "dental plan" now...so gimme five bees for a quarter?
 
2013-10-04 10:24:14 PM
Ullman shorts, Christmas show,
Marge's fling, Homer's bro,
Bart in well, Flanders fails,
Whacking snakes, Monorail.
Mr. Plow, Homer space,
Sideshow Bob steps on rakes,
Lisa's future, Selma's hubby,
Marge not proud, Homer chubby.
Homer worries Bart is gay,
Poochie, U2, NRA,
Hippies, Vegas and Japan,
Octuplets, and Bart's boy band.
Marge murmurs, Maude croaks,
Lisa's Buddhist, Homer tokes,
Maggie blows Burns away,
What else do I have to say!
They'll never stop The Simpsons,
Have no fears, we've got stories for years, like:
Marge becomes a robot,
Maybe Moe gets a cell phone,
Has Bart ever owned a bear?
Or how about a crazy wedding?
Where something happens, a-do-do-do-do-do.
Sorry for the clip show.
Have no fears, we've got story for years
 
2013-10-04 10:24:20 PM

puckrock2000: LesserEvil: Uzzah: "This groundbreaking series is not only the longest-running scripted show in television history..."

[wormholeriders.net image 850x330]

"Excuse me?"

/Longest-running prime time show, maybe.
//by age, of course. "Gunsmoke" had 630 episodes in 20 years, compared to "The Simpsons" 500-something in 25 years.
///"Guidling Light" was around even longer than GH, although it's off the air now.

Doctor Who is running 33 seasons (or 'series' in UK parlance) for 798 episodes and still going.

Television history includes a lot more than American programming.

Indeed -  Zenigata Heiji has been broadcast in Japan in various incarnations with over 1200 episodes since 1952.


It's farily obvious that this was based around American standards.  That being said, Zenigata Heiji is disqualified because it has not been a continuous running, except for that run from '66-84, it's all been a year or two here or there. And while the 18 year run did rack up more episodes (888), it's still shorter than the Simpsons continuous run.  Dr. Who has also had less than a 20 year continuous run, though both the episode count and the years run sum to greater than the simpsons as well.

Dunno. I don't even LIKE the simpsons any more (or family guy, though for some reason American dad, the derivative copy of both shows, I find funny), I was just wiki-searching.
 
2013-10-04 10:25:51 PM

SundaesChild: Cake Hunter: I still like it, which is amazing because I started watching it when I was 10.

I used to watch the shorts on the Tracy Ullman show before there ever was a Simpsons. I guess I would have been 15, 16? Something?


I also watched the tracy ulman show shorts, and remember watching the premier episode/christmas episode with my then girlfriend

I was 14 years old.

I'm 39 years old this year...
 
2013-10-04 10:28:42 PM
When the season 30 headline comes about and everyone talks about how good it is, I'm just going to talk about how I used to not watch the Simpsons back when it wasn't good 15 years ago.

/go banana!
 
2013-10-04 10:40:24 PM

Cerebral Knievel: SundaesChild: Cake Hunter: I still like it, which is amazing because I started watching it when I was 10.

I used to watch the shorts on the Tracy Ullman show before there ever was a Simpsons. I guess I would have been 15, 16? Something?

I also watched the tracy ulman show shorts, and remember watching the premier episode/christmas episode with my then girlfriend

I was 14 years old.

I'm 39 years old this year...


I'm 3 years older.
 
2013-10-04 10:45:57 PM

Uzzah: Just think: a year from now, people will be complaining that the 26th Season isn't nearly as good as the 23d was.


I've never seen anyone refer to anything beyond season 10 as the good old days.
 
2013-10-04 10:46:04 PM
You know how some people don't get Seinfeld? That'd be me with this show. But hey, if you like it, go nuts.
 
2013-10-04 10:50:16 PM
I pretty much stopped watching when Fox got football.  The episodes were delayed or not shown so many times it just wasn't worth it to look for them.

Still watch the Treehouses though.
 
2013-10-04 10:54:33 PM

SundaesChild: Cerebral Knievel: SundaesChild: Cake Hunter: I still like it, which is amazing because I started watching it when I was 10.

I used to watch the shorts on the Tracy Ullman show before there ever was a Simpsons. I guess I would have been 15, 16? Something?

I also watched the tracy ulman show shorts, and remember watching the premier episode/christmas episode with my then girlfriend

I was 14 years old.

I'm 39 years old this year...

I'm 3 years older.


then you are not my former girlfriend, as she was a year younger than me. ..
 
2013-10-04 10:55:03 PM

SundaesChild: Cerebral Knievel: SundaesChild: Cake Hunter: I still like it, which is amazing because I started watching it when I was 10.

I used to watch the shorts on the Tracy Ullman show before there ever was a Simpsons. I guess I would have been 15, 16? Something?

I also watched the tracy ulman show shorts, and remember watching the premier episode/christmas episode with my then girlfriend

I was 14 years old.

I'm 39 years old this year...

I'm 3 years older.


Oh yeah, well I'm 12 years old and I don't like Justin Bieber but like the Simpsons and can't believe no one else at school does so like this comment if you hate Justin Bieber.

/logs out of Youtube
 
2013-10-04 10:59:35 PM
The Simpsons land at Universal is pretty cool. They have a Moe's Tavern and a Krusty Burger, They could use a Comci Book Guy Store though.
 
2013-10-04 11:10:24 PM
images2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-10-04 11:11:34 PM

Cerebral Knievel: SundaesChild: Cerebral Knievel: SundaesChild: Cake Hunter: I still like it, which is amazing because I started watching it when I was 10.

I used to watch the shorts on the Tracy Ullman show before there ever was a Simpsons. I guess I would have been 15, 16? Something?

I also watched the tracy ulman show shorts, and remember watching the premier episode/christmas episode with my then girlfriend

I was 14 years old.

I'm 39 years old this year...

I'm 3 years older.

then you are not my former girlfriend, as she was a year younger than me. ..


I thought I probably wasn't, since 17 year old me would not date a 14 year old.
 
2013-10-04 11:13:26 PM
Last one I bet. They renewed it too early, just for the record.
 
2013-10-04 11:14:09 PM

Fox10456: [static.giantbomb.com image 287x385]

As long as it's still a wholesome family show it can stay on forever.


i3.kym-cdn.com
 
2013-10-04 11:51:46 PM

www.redcarpetcrash.com


On the air since 1947.
 
2013-10-05 12:07:28 AM

HempHead: [www.redcarpetcrash.com image 850x330]
On the air since 1947.


And just as fictional.
 
2013-10-05 12:23:19 AM
Yo, Simpsons, I'm really happy for you, Imma let you finish, but Hallmark Hall of Fame has one of the longest primetime scripted runs of all time... OF ALL TIME!

(60 seasons, and a great trivia question too: What's the only tv show to air on ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS?)
 
2013-10-05 12:26:36 AM

Somaticasual: Honestly, just let the simpsons die in peace.  It's great that it's been a wide success, and yes future generations should have access to it, but it has long since run it's course as an original.  Let it die before it's the animated equivalent of keeping a comatose grandpa alive on a ventilator..


That sounds unchristian. I'm going to have to ask the Florida government to make a decision here, based on WWJD.
 
2013-10-05 12:51:36 AM

ThatDarkFellow: Last one I bet. They renewed it too early, just for the record.


The Simpsons was the 6th most expensive show in the US to sponsor in it's 2012 season, so it is still raking in a buttload of cash for Fox. It cost commercial sponsors $286,131 per 30 second spot. That is $32,000 more than it cost in 2011. There is no way The Simpsons is going anywhere any time soon.
 
2013-10-05 12:54:56 AM

BadReligion: ThatDarkFellow: Last one I bet. They renewed it too early, just for the record.

The Simpsons was the 6th most expensive show in the US to sponsor in it's 2012 season, so it is still raking in a buttload of cash for Fox. It cost commercial sponsors $286,131 per 30 second spot. That is $32,000 more than it cost in 2011. There is no way The Simpsons is going anywhere any time soon.


The problem is that Fox cannot split up the syndication rights like most shows (some sort of weird, in perpetuity clause w/ the local Fox affiliates getting first dibs at a discount). Once they actually stop showing new episodes, a countdown begins and they can auction off the syndication rights to the highest bidder, which would make them a lot more money. And that's free money, no need to pay actors or writers anything other than royalties.
 
2013-10-05 12:55:07 AM
The Simpsons is going to be the Matlock of retirement homes for people of my generation (now in their mid-thirties) and younger.
 
2013-10-05 01:06:01 AM

Trocadero: BadReligion: ThatDarkFellow: Last one I bet. They renewed it too early, just for the record.

The Simpsons was the 6th most expensive show in the US to sponsor in it's 2012 season, so it is still raking in a buttload of cash for Fox. It cost commercial sponsors $286,131 per 30 second spot. That is $32,000 more than it cost in 2011. There is no way The Simpsons is going anywhere any time soon.

The problem is that Fox cannot split up the syndication rights like most shows (some sort of weird, in perpetuity clause w/ the local Fox affiliates getting first dibs at a discount). Once they actually stop showing new episodes, a countdown begins and they can auction off the syndication rights to the highest bidder, which would make them a lot more money. And that's free money, no need to pay actors or writers anything other than royalties.



Fox doesn't seem to be in any big hurry to do that, considering they are getting a 26the season.
 
2013-10-05 01:27:11 AM

js34603: Man a Fark thread where most of the people LIKE the Simpsons?

What parallel universe did I wake up in?

/still watch it...is it as good as the classics? Nope
//is it still better than about 95% of what's on? Yep. Hope they run it forever, last thing we need is another reality show or Family Guy Spinoff 4


You woke up in the universe where the Cleveland Browns are in first place and Pittsburgh sits at 0-4.  So yeah, you woke up in Bizarro world!
 
2013-10-05 01:53:59 AM
God, I wish I still had my Spuds McKenzie t-shirt so I could sell it to some hipster with more money than sense.

Know what I DO still have? A 1989 Fox promotional Simpsons poster signed by Matt Groening. Got it in New Orleans during a collegiate journalism conference that he spoke at in advance of the launch of "The Simpsons" as its own entity outside "The Tracy Ullman Show." Only it was personalized to me. So unless you've ever gone by some variation of the nickname "Skippy," you probably don't want it.
 
2013-10-05 02:58:45 AM

Confabulat: I remember when I went to college at UF no one had Fox so we would gather at bars to watch The Simpsons. Now I'm the one wearing an onion on my belt. I'm glad it's still around; it's pretty much a television institution now, why get rid of it? The voice actors will die one day.


Or they'll make the mistake of asking for too much money.
 
2013-10-05 04:05:52 AM

Tom_Slick: All right another Treehouse of Horror.  That is my favorite episode every season. I wish they would release a DVD of just those episodes.


I know there were a couple.  We stocked them when I worked at Toys R Us, but that was almost a decade ago.  IIRC, we carried 2 DVDs, each with 5-6 episodes.
 
2013-10-05 05:01:21 AM

Somaticasual: Honestly, just let the simpsons die in peace.  It's great that it's been a wide success, and yes future generations should have access to it, but it has long since run it's course as an original.  Let it die before it's the animated equivalent of keeping a comatose grandpa alive on a ventilator..


I remember that episode, it referred to the Cosby Show! Homer said, to Bart, "run it into the ground son, run it into the ground."


Good reference! Simpsons did it! Lol!
 
2013-10-05 06:13:18 AM
Dave Lee Roth's show - Cat Crap Fever & lsd - has been on for about 40 years on Channel 9 here in Houston.
 
2013-10-05 06:36:14 AM

Fox10456: [static.giantbomb.com image 287x385]

As long as it's still a wholesome family show it can stay on forever.


I'll be in my bunk.
 
2013-10-05 06:41:10 AM
i was really hoping they'd pull the plug after 25 years.  25 is a nice round number, a quarter of a century.  because i don't know anyone who actually still likes the show.  all of the old-school simpsons fans who love the show and grew up with it stopped watching it ten years ago.  i know it still gets ratings, but the people who watch it would probably watch almost anything in that time slot.  watching the show now is just a sad reminder of how great it used to be.
 
2013-10-05 08:05:30 AM

NakedReporta: God, I wish I still had my Spuds McKenzie t-shirt so I could sell it to some hipster with more money than sense.

Know what I DO still have? A 1989 Fox promotional Simpsons poster signed by Matt Groening. Got it in New Orleans during a collegiate journalism conference that he spoke at in advance of the launch of "The Simpsons" as its own entity outside "The Tracy Ullman Show." Only it was personalized to me. So unless you've ever gone by some variation of the nickname "Skippy," you probably don't want it.


You're damn skippy we don't want it.
 
2013-10-05 08:16:12 AM

enderthexenocide: i was really hoping they'd pull the plug after 25 years.  25 is a nice round number, a quarter of a century.  because i don't know anyone who actually still likes the show.  all of the old-school simpsons fans who love the show and grew up with it stopped watching it ten years ago.  i know it still gets ratings, but the people who watch it would probably watch almost anything in that time slot.  watching the show now is just a sad reminder of how great it used to be.


Just because "you don't know anyone who actually still likes the show" doesn't mean people aren't watching it.

Wow. Sample size: You.
 
2013-10-05 09:08:03 AM

LisaNeedsBraces: thecpt: Simpsons did it

Exactly what I find myself saying whenever I catch any of the newer episodes.  (Yes, I'm one of the "The Simpsons Was Greatest From Season 1-12" crowd, but I'm not telling those who like today's shows to not watch it.  Just stating my own preference.)

/if yer gonna be on my lawn, ya better be mowin' it.
//did that sound dirty...?


How can they repeat their own plotlines? (Marge and homer on the verge of a divorce? Say it ain't so!) When there isn't a bumblebee man or sea captain episode? Why don't they mine the comics instead of "homer hangs out with the celebrity of the week."
 
2013-10-05 09:28:47 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtgYY7dhTyE

This might be one reason the show keeps going strong.
 
2013-10-05 09:41:43 AM

quizzical: The Simpsons is going to be the Matlock of retirement homes for people of my generation (now in their mid-thirties) and younger.


I'd move that up a decade. many of us in our mid-40's also loved the show....

/ note the past-tense...
 
2013-10-05 09:46:28 AM
I watched the premier of the new season.  twice.

i still could not tell you what it was about.

and that right there is my problem with the show.  simpsons are ok, i used to watch it regularly 15 years ago, but even then I would watch an episode and an hour later could not tell you what it was about.  it just doesn't grab me, and it doesn't stay in my head long.

compare that to the new season of South Park.  Seen both new aired episodes.  Now, they were neither very good (other than BOO, BOO Wendy Testaburger) but they stuck with me and I could tell you the plot of both episodes.

Simpsons are like eating a twinkie -  yellow, inoffensive, enjoyable enough at the time but just doesn't create any lasting memories.
 
2013-10-05 09:49:05 AM

parkerlewis: Does it really make people upset that The Simpsons was renewed for another season?  Grrrr!!!!  A cartoon hasn't been cancelled yet!  I must rage!!!!


I haven't watched it regularly in years. But for as much enjoyment the show has brought me when it was at it's peak, I don't begrudge the show's longevity in the slightest.

I don't dislike the later seasons, but I watching an episode only makes want to go back and binge one on of the first ten seasons.

Fun fact: when the show was on season 6, there were angry people on the internet saying, "this show has sucked since season 2.
 
2013-10-05 11:00:10 AM

quizzical: The Simpsons is going to be the Matlock of retirement homes for people of my generation (now in their mid-thirties) and younger.


Woohoo! I'm 51 and if I'm in a home in 30 years, doing nothing but drooling, napping and watching The Simpsons that would be fine.
 
2013-10-05 11:58:51 AM
Know what else was on for 26 seasons?  All of classic Doctor Who.
That one blows my mind.
 
2013-10-05 12:04:21 PM

catzies


Woohoo! I'm 51 and if I'm in a home in 30 years, doing nothing but drooling, napping and watching The Simpsons that would be fine.


Why wait? If that's what you want, by golly you go out there and get it!


LOL old people. :-)
 
2013-10-05 12:04:32 PM
Still waiting for Fox to become a hardcore porn channel.

/remembers when they aired Animal House uncensored the first year the network was on the air.
 
2013-10-05 12:07:21 PM
They announced last season that they're planning to sell simpsons into syndication (cable syndication not off-network, that is).

I'm not sure if it still has to wait until the series ends (I think it does for off-network)... but regardless, FOX is sure to make an absolute fortune on it.
 
2013-10-05 12:14:20 PM

LesserEvil: Uzzah: "This groundbreaking series is not only the longest-running scripted show in television history..."

[wormholeriders.net image 850x330]

"Excuse me?"

/Longest-running prime time show, maybe.
//by age, of course. "Gunsmoke" had 630 episodes in 20 years, compared to "The Simpsons" 500-something in 25 years.
///"Guidling Light" was around even longer than GH, although it's off the air now.

Doctor Who is running 33 seasons (or 'series' in UK parlance) for 798 episodes and still going.

Television history includes a lot more than American programming.


This thread is about an American TV show on an American TV station, so fark off.
 
2013-10-05 12:34:35 PM

fusillade762: Confabulat: I remember when I went to college at UF no one had Fox so we would gather at bars to watch The Simpsons. Now I'm the one wearing an onion on my belt. I'm glad it's still around; it's pretty much a television institution now, why get rid of it? The voice actors will die one day.

Or they'll make the mistake of asking for too much money.


If the VA's die, they'll simply swap them out.  It'll be a little different, but there are more than enough people familiar with the roles that they could swap the entire cast, and provide the new VAs with voice samples to practice.
 
2013-10-05 12:35:21 PM

LesserEvil: Uzzah: "This groundbreaking series is not only the longest-running scripted show in television history..."

[wormholeriders.net image 850x330]

"Excuse me?"

/Longest-running prime time show, maybe.
//by age, of course. "Gunsmoke" had 630 episodes in 20 years, compared to "The Simpsons" 500-something in 25 years.
///"Guidling Light" was around even longer than GH, although it's off the air now.

Doctor Who is running 33 seasons (or 'series' in UK parlance) for 798 episodes and still going.

Television history includes a lot more than American programming.


Umm - if they were 33 consecutive seasons - you might have a point.

That's like counting all of the Star Trek TV series as the same show, and counting years when they released zero new episodes.
 
2013-10-05 01:05:02 PM
It would we cool if the characters aged. Like have Bart be a 30-something deadbeat, and Maggie be in college, and Homer and Marge be middle-aged. That would be cool.
 
2013-10-05 01:23:48 PM

Fark_Guy_Rob: LesserEvil: Uzzah: "This groundbreaking series is not only the longest-running scripted show in television history..."

[wormholeriders.net image 850x330]

"Excuse me?"

/Longest-running prime time show, maybe.
//by age, of course. "Gunsmoke" had 630 episodes in 20 years, compared to "The Simpsons" 500-something in 25 years.
///"Guidling Light" was around even longer than GH, although it's off the air now.

Doctor Who is running 33 seasons (or 'series' in UK parlance) for 798 episodes and still going.

Television history includes a lot more than American programming.

Umm - if they were 33 consecutive seasons - you might have a point.

That's like counting all of the Star Trek TV series as the same show, and counting years when they released zero new episodes.


26 consecutive seasons, followed by a break, then 7 more seasons... and I didn't count the years Doctor Who made no new episodes.
 
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