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(NPR)   30 years ago today, The Tracey Ullman Show unleashed a kwyjibo and family on us all. D'OH   ( npr.org) divider line
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2017-04-19 08:38:06 AM  
Yes, the Simpsons have come a long way since an old drunk made humans out of his rabbiatcharacters to pay off his gambling debts. Who knows what adventures they'll have between now and the time the show becomes unprofitable?
 
2017-04-19 08:45:28 AM  

IgG4: Yes, the Simpsons have come a long way since an old drunk made humans out of his rabbiatcharacters to pay off his gambling debts. Who knows what adventures they'll have between now and the time the show becomes unprofitable?


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2017-04-19 08:58:25 AM  
I've always wondered if Ullman gets a cut of that sweet, sweet Simpsons money.
 
2017-04-19 08:59:24 AM  

nekom: IgG4: Yes, the Simpsons have come a long way since an old drunk made humans out of his rabbiatcharacters to pay off his gambling debts. Who knows what adventures they'll have between now and the time the show becomes unprofitable?

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RIP Simon
 
2017-04-19 09:02:53 AM  
I came here to see hardcore nudity.
 
2017-04-19 09:18:30 AM  
Sounds interesting.
 
2017-04-19 09:21:03 AM  
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2017-04-19 09:24:33 AM  
Life in hell, FTW
 
2017-04-19 09:27:38 AM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: [img.fark.net image 640x480]


Makes me think about my observation that people who create names for medications do so from awful Scrabble tile racks...

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2017-04-19 09:29:46 AM  
I predict this show will be on long after we're gone. Our greatx10 grandchildren will still be watching it.
 
2017-04-19 09:32:40 AM  

texdent: I predict this show will be on long after we're gone. Our greatx10 grandchildren will still be watching it.


And what seasons are the best will still be determined by your age.
 
2017-04-19 09:35:58 AM  
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2017-04-19 09:39:00 AM  
My daughter is 9 and already has a Simpsons quote for nearly any situation. I'm very proud of her.
 
2017-04-19 09:41:06 AM  
The real question is, does Tracey Ullman get a taste of that sweet sweet Simpson's moolah?
 
2017-04-19 09:42:51 AM  

CarnySaur: I've always wondered if Ullman gets a cut of that sweet, sweet Simpsons money.


Nope.  When The Simpsons first started she sued to get a cut of the royalties.  She lost.
 
2017-04-19 09:50:36 AM  
Let's not forget a shout out to all the hard working Korean animators
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2017-04-19 10:04:32 AM  

texdent: I predict this show will be on long after we're gone. Our greatx10 grandchildren will still be watching it.


The Simpsons: Opening Couch Gag in the Future (The Year 10,535)
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/I AM SIMPSON
 
2017-04-19 10:13:07 AM  

Khellendros: texdent: I predict this show will be on long after we're gone. Our greatx10 grandchildren will still be watching it.

And what seasons are the best will still be determined by your age. seasons 3-5


FTFY, it had to be done. Seriously though, look at the episode list for season 4. Outside of the clip show, it's amazing
 
2017-04-19 10:30:35 AM  

TheManofPA: Khellendros: texdent: I predict this show will be on long after we're gone. Our greatx10 grandchildren will still be watching it.

And what seasons are the best will still be determined by your age. seasons 3-5

FTFY, it had to be done. Seriously though, look at the episode list for season 4. Outside of the clip show, it's amazing


You I like.  Selma's Choice is my all-time favorite episode.  It's almost completely quotable.  Best part is quoting it in Disneyland...and hearing people behind you giggle on It's A Small World ride as you tell one friend to shut up & the other one to drink the water :)
 
2017-04-19 10:31:53 AM  
I suppose my appreciation for certain seasons is revealed by my Fark handle alone...
 
2017-04-19 10:32:45 AM  

Khellendros: texdent: I predict this show will be on long after we're gone. Our greatx10 grandchildren will still be watching it.

And what seasons are the best will still be determined by your age.


No, it's still 3-9, same as it always was.
 
2017-04-19 10:37:50 AM  

GanjSmokr: texdent: I predict this show will be on long after we're gone. Our greatx10 grandchildren will still be watching it.

[YouTube video]

/I AM SIMPSON


I am Bender.  Please insert girder.
 
2017-04-19 10:45:57 AM  
LisaNeedsBraces:
You I like.  Selma's Choice is my all-time favorite episode.  It's almost completely quotable.  Best part is quoting it in Disneyland...and hearing people behind you giggle on It's A Small World ride as you tell one friend to shut up & the other one to drink the water :)

Every time I go to Disney somebody in the family says we should take the monorail and I never forget to say "I hear those things are awfully loud."  For my money though, You Only Move Twice is the absolute best episode, without question.
 
Ant
2017-04-19 10:50:53 AM  

detonator: Life in hell, FTW


I remember reading that in The Rocket, a Seattle-only (as far as I know) magazine from the 80s.
 
2017-04-19 10:51:21 AM  

Fano: No, it's still 3-9, same as it always was.


And you're how old?  Because if you find someone roughly 10 years younger than you, you'll find that preference slips. And if you talk to someone who is a teenager who goes back and watches the old episodes, they'll find ones after 2005 or so to be the most solid, etc.  There are exceptions, of course, but that's the way of things.

Much the same with music and movie era preferences, its about what reached you and was most relevant to you during a time of greatest mental malleability and mental growth.  For those who have watched the show since the beginning (or close to it), they aim at the same era..... which creeps forward as the audience grows younger.
 
2017-04-19 10:55:23 AM  
I pretend to myself that the show after Who Shot Mr. Burns is in fact a completely different one.  Like AfterMash.

/44 in a couple of weeks.
 
2017-04-19 10:57:53 AM  
Good choices for favorites, certainly, but c'mon -- A Streetcar Named Marge?  The opening chorus, Apu's solo, the happy choral ending ("You can always depend on/the kindness of strangers . . .") interspersed with Maggie's Great Escape from The Ayn Rand Daycare, topped with a shout out to Hitchcock as the family takes her away ("Don't Move, kids.  . . . Babies!")  I wouldn't mind that one on an endless loop.
 
2017-04-19 11:05:46 AM  

Khellendros: Fano: No, it's still 3-9, same as it always was.

And you're how old?  Because if you find someone roughly 10 years younger than you, you'll find that preference slips. And if you talk to someone who is a teenager who goes back and watches the old episodes, they'll find ones after 2005 or so to be the most solid, etc.  There are exceptions, of course, but that's the way of things.

Much the same with music and movie era preferences, its about what reached you and was most relevant to you during a time of greatest mental malleability and mental growth.  For those who have watched the show since the beginning (or close to it), they aim at the same era..... which creeps forward as the audience grows younger.


Wait, which episode from season 13 on was the one with the useless celebrity showing up as themselves as the whole plot and Homer and Marge nearly get divorced?
 
2017-04-19 11:13:36 AM  

joepennerlives: Good choices for favorites, certainly, but c'mon -- A Streetcar Named Marge?  The opening chorus, Apu's solo, the happy choral ending ("You can always depend on/the kindness of strangers . . .") interspersed with Maggie's Great Escape from The Ayn Rand Daycare, topped with a shout out to Hitchcock as the family takes her away ("Don't Move, kids.  . . . Babies!")  I wouldn't mind that one on an endless loop.


When I think of the Simpsons the first thing to come to mind is the Beer Baron.
 
2017-04-19 11:14:52 AM  
Marge selling pretzels and Homer using the mob to take out her competition.
 
2017-04-19 11:15:46 AM  

Ant: detonator: Life in hell, FTW

I remember reading that in The Rocket, a Seattle-only (as far as I know) magazine from the 80s.


It was the LA weekly originally and was syndicated from there.
Groening would draw these one panel cartoons with a huge crowd of characters and sure enough Jeff and Akbar would be in the background with black flag t shirts on. Around 1983 or so...
 
2017-04-19 11:16:14 AM  

LisaNeedsBraces: I suppose my appreciation for certain seasons is revealed by my Fark handle alone...


now do 'classical gas'
 
2017-04-19 11:16:55 AM  
LisaNeedsBraces

Dental plan!
 
2017-04-19 11:17:42 AM  

Ant: detonator: Life in hell, FTW

I remember reading that in The Rocket, a Seattle-only (as far as I know) magazine from the 80s.


Btw I miss gorilla gardens
Great venue
 
2017-04-19 11:18:48 AM  

GanjSmokr: texdent: I predict this show will be on long after we're gone. Our greatx10 grandchildren will still be watching it.

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/I AM SIMPSON


Krusty retorts.

Krusty the clown - What the hell was that?
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2017-04-19 11:32:44 AM  
I think we can all agree that the Simpsons is a perfectly cromulent show that has its ups and downs.

/Release
//the
///hounds
 
2017-04-19 11:35:21 AM  

nekom: For my money though, You Only Move Twice is the absolute best episode, without question.


top three, to be sure, depending on the time of day and mood.  and traffic in the hammock district.
 
2017-04-19 11:55:46 AM  

epyonyx: Marge selling pretzels and Homer using the mob to take out her competition.


God I love that episode.  I was just thinking about its ending last day.  Just popped into my head.  Chuckled to myself.
 
2017-04-19 11:58:02 AM  
I've been listening to the Talking Simpsons podcast. They're currently in season 5, when David Merkin takes over. They bring up some interesting points where you see influences from Chris Elliot's character in Merkin's previous show Get a Lifemake their way into Homer's character. For example, in "Bart's Inner Child" when Homer's racing to get the free Tramampoline! Trambomboline! and sees a car pulling out of the driveway and rams them: "Oh no you don't! That trampoline is mine!".

You also see Merkin's disdain for sitcoms creeping in. Like the ending of the vampire treehouse segment ends in a Charlie Brown xmas spoof. In the episode mentioned above, at the end the Simpsons are trying to figure out the lessons learned but conclude that everyone is fine the way they are and start to watch TV.

That reminds me that I want to watch Get a Life. Never have!
 
2017-04-19 12:16:07 PM  
I'm aware the Simpsons is still a thing but, I switched to family guy around 2000 and haven't watched much simpsons since.  I had a roommate who threw temper tantrums if he couldn't watch the Simpsons so I quit watching it completely to avoid him.  Maybe Seth ripped off the Simpsons but, I just prefer the Griffins I guess.
 
2017-04-19 12:34:44 PM  
Anyone else remember exactly where they were 30 years ago when they first watched The Simpsons?

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2017-04-19 12:37:39 PM  
I am unable to say "Ouch" without immediately saying "Quit it"
 
2017-04-19 12:43:56 PM  

epyonyx: Marge selling pretzels and Homer using the mob to take out her competition.


Hall of Famer Whitey Ford pleading with the crowd for, for some sense of sanity.

This is a black day for baseball.
 
2017-04-19 12:44:57 PM  

LisaNeedsBraces: TheManofPA: Khellendros: texdent: I predict this show will be on long after we're gone. Our greatx10 grandchildren will still be watching it.

And what seasons are the best will still be determined by your age. seasons 3-5

FTFY, it had to be done. Seriously though, look at the episode list for season 4. Outside of the clip show, it's amazing

You I like.  Selma's Choice is my all-time favorite episode.  It's almost completely quotable.  Best part is quoting it in Disneyland...and hearing people behind you giggle on It's A Small World ride as you tell one friend to shut up & the other one to drink the water :)


Hey, Surly only looks out for one guy - Surly!

Mm, sorry, Surly.

Shut up.
 
2017-04-19 12:52:15 PM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: Anyone else remember exactly where they were 30 years ago when they first watched The Simpsons?

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I remember asking my parents what "pornography" was after that episode....then going to look it up in the dictionary afterwards because they wouldn't tell me.

/meh
 
2017-04-19 12:53:26 PM  

elvisaintdead: nekom: For my money though, You Only Move Twice is the absolute best episode, without question.

top three, to be sure, depending on the time of day and mood.  and traffic in the hammock district.


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/"Nobody ever says Italy"
 
2017-04-19 12:54:22 PM  

Burr: I remember asking my parents what "pornography" was after that episode....then going to look it up in the dictionary afterwards because they wouldn't tell me.

/meh


These days kids have it much easier.  They can look it up on google to find out the definition.  With illustrated examples, too
 
2017-04-19 12:54:44 PM  
Now, a moment for that other Tracey Ullman Show legacy.
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2017-04-19 12:55:05 PM  

idrow: Let's not forget a shout out to all the hard working Korean animators
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Simpsons
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2017-04-19 12:58:37 PM  

nekom: IgG4: Yes, the Simpsons have come a long way since an old drunk made humans out of his rabbiatcharacters to pay off his gambling debts. Who knows what adventures they'll have between now and the time the show becomes unprofitable?

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I say it the exact same way when I want my family to leave my office while I am working.

/minus the revolver
//but not the whiskey
 
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