Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

If 'The Simpsons' Ends Will You Care?

The last great season of "The Simpsons" was the seventh, which ended back in 1996. There is no disputing this. It is not even the fault of the makers of "The Simpsons"; seven years is probably about as long as anything can go before it starts to feel stale and repetitive, a problem the show itself acknowledged with the "Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie" episode of the mediocre eighth season. (This problem can occasionally be avoided; a good example is "Cheers," which essentially got a fresh start in its sixth season, and bought itself a few more years of creativity.) So the news that the show may finally be near the end feels a little overdue, no? They should have wrapped it up before they did that stupid Rodney Dangerfield episode.

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I would be sad, but it's time for it to go unfortunately. I knew it was over, finally, when Mr. Burns said "stand back, bitches" a few seasons ago.

South Park, by the way, is going strong as ever at 15.

oudemia (#177)

I would be sad, not because I've watched it any time in the last decade, but because it came on the air while I was in college*, and thus functions as my portrait in the attic. When it is off the air, I will shrivel up and blow away.
*At the time, it seemed like the two most popular tv shows were from David Lynch and Matt Groening, which was just fucking weird. At the time.

melis (#1,854)

Oh this bait. Oh this obvious bait you're using to give me a small stroke. While I'll grant you "Burns, Baby Burns," I hardly think it's significantly worse than season 7's "Homerpalooza." And I don't want to live in a world where the season that gave us a spirit coyote voiced by Johnny Cash, the X-files episode, and Frank Grimes isn't considered great. I'll kill myself and all of you, but I won't live in that world.

melis (#1,854)

It also gave us REX BANNER. I am awaiting your Public Apology.

laurel (#4,035)

@melis: "I'm just a memory, Homer. I can't give you any new information."

oxla (#12,069)

@melis i think its an important distinction that is being made between what can be classified as a "great season" and what are "great episodes." there were great episodes after 7, but as far as seasons go…reasonable people can disagree, but this is hardly as contentious as the nut debate.

@melis "You're out there somewhere, Beer Baron! And I'll find you." "No you won't!"

melis (#1,854)

"Arr, matee, narry a warning light to be seen. Clear sailin' ahead for our precious cargo."
"Uh, would that be the hot pants, sir?"
"Aye. The hot pants."

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

@oxla The point, though, is that reasonable people can't disagree about the number of great episodes in season 8! In addition to the ones melis has already mentioned, you've got Hank Scorpio, the mountain retreat, the John Waters episode, the military school episode…I feel like I'm taking crazy pills, this post is so crazy!

And whether you agree or not, Season 8 deserves honorary enshrinement for giving us the Greatest Line in TV History: "To alcohol: the cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems."

@boyofdestiny Hank Scorpio is infallible in its greatness. Warren? Hank offering Homer cream? THE HAMMOCK DISTRICT?!?!

Tuna Surprise (#573)

@Benjamin Birdie@twitter
Hank Scorpio: By the way, Homer, what's your least favorite country? Italy or France?
Homer: France.
[Scorpio adjusts a giant laser cannon pointing towards the sky]
Hank Scorpio: Heh heh heh. Nobody ever says Italy…

@Tuna Surprise People talk all this mess about Drive being Albert Brooks' best performance….

Lemonnier (#14,611)

@melis In your face, space coyote!

young preeezy (#44,987)

@melis I loved the Homerpalooza episode.

"Did somebody order the London Symphony Orchestra? Hello, somebody ordered the London Symphony Orchestra…. possibly while high…. Cypress Hill, I'm looking in your direction…"

HiredGoons (#603)

@prizzzle: the greatest Simpsons episode is, in fact, 'A Fish Named Selma' THIS IS NOT A DISCUSSION.

C_Webb (#855)

@HiredGoons et al: "HE BIT ME WITH MY OWN TEETH!" Also, Season 8 is worth it just for the sound the stolen whale makes when Moe tries to hide it from Mulder and Scully.

Ham Snadwich (#11,842)

@HiredGoons Incorrect, the greatest Simpsons episode is Boy Scoutz N the Hood.

Are you bonkers? The Rodney Dangerfield episode is an all time classic. It has the best Homer reaction ever in his response to Marge's "You know how I feel about hoaxes."


9 is the last great season. That is the indisputable fact.

melis (#1,854)

@Benjamin Birdie@twitter There you're on your own. I'm not going to stick my neck out for the trillion-dollar bill or shopping-mall angel episodes. City of New York vs. Homer Simpson was pretty great, though.

@melis City Of New York is all you need! You can't cut off an arm with a finger that good!!

melis (#1,854)

@Benjamin Birdie@twitter It's just a little airborne! It's still good! It's still good!

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

@melis Benjamin Birdie is right. That's my all-time favorite episode, which is terrible, because it's so rarely shown in reruns, for obvious reasons.

@boyofdestiny Hey, ZZ Top!! You guys ROCK!!

I also assure potential NYC visitors that our city is not "just pimps and CHUDs" to this day.

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

@Benjamin Birdie@twitter And I still reject things by saying "Blech. I'll take the crab juice."

@boyofdestiny That's actually how I always react to Mountain Dew. Because it is the correct reaction.

@boyofdestiny You said it to me just yesterday!

Ham Snadwich (#11,842)

@melis See, City of New York signalled the end for me. Season 8 is, in fact, the last great season. Season 4 is the first.

Will White@twitter (#131,513)

I agree with this in every particular.

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

@Will White@twitter Please don't encourage him.

jfruh (#713)

The problem with looking at declines in retrospect is that at last you need perspective to see where the rot began setting in, but it also means that you can get forget some of the pleasure you blissfully enjoyed when the rot was festering under the surface. Which is a roundabout way of saying that sure seasons 8 and 9 were on the downward slope, but that doesn't mean you gotta hate on "Burns, Baby, Burns." To this day whenever I think of Yale I think of some Yale development flunkie telling a rich alum that "Yale could use an international airport."

jfruh (#713)

@jfruh (Contrawise, though, Simpsons episodes are so jam-packed with jokes that even terrible episodes have very funny moments! Like I watched some episode a couple years ago sort of by mistake and was shocked by how dire and bad it was, but it still had an exchange that my wife and I quoted at each other for weeks, viz., Bart: "Mom, Lisa's bothering me! She tried to cast a witch's spell on me!" Lisa: "It's called 'wicca' and it's empowering."

C_Webb (#855)

@jfruh There's also this … MARGE: It's like reality TV, without the cameras! LISA: You mean reality?

PropSword (#2,870)

The worst episode from the depths of the worst season of The Simpsons (probably somewhere in the mid teens) is still better than most of the crap on network TV. And the last couple of seasons have had some great episodes here and there – ones with more than a touch of the golden age in them.

dado (#102)

Everything you people say is either obvious or wrong.

melis (#1,854)

@dado Or both, if we're lucky.

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