“Look, there’s only one thing worse than being a loser. It’s being one of those guys who sits in a bar telling the story of how he became a loser, and I never want that to happen to me.” – Homer Simpson
“Please, Homer.” – Barney Gumble
“Yeah, come on, Homer.” – Moe
“Well, okay.” – Homer Simpson
We’ve got three links about Season 2 this week, and not just “here’s a thing that happened in this episode”, but lots of love for the whole season. Excellent. In addition to that, Hank Azaria got a new part, there’s some cool fan art, further evidence that old sitcoms were atrocious, a new ebook about the show, and a cool retrospective on Julie Kavner’s non-Simpsons career.
An alternative Simpsons timeline – I don’t agree with everything in Smooth Charlie’s Link of the Week, but it is a very thoughtful overthinking of what the show could’ve been if it had aged the characters and gone off the air before the Fall.
More early rough sketches and drafts from David Silverman – I love the one of Homer ridiculing Marge from “Blood Feud”. They don’t even attempt that kind of expressive animation anymore.
The Hollywood Bowl’s 2014 summer season includes Beatles, ‘The Simpsons’ tributes - The weekend of September 12-14 there will be three concerts at the Hollywood Bowl celebrating the 25th anniversary of the show with fireworks. Sounds fun, but tickets don’t go on sale until May.
Marge Simpson’s Julie Kavner Is a National Treasure - Indeed she is. Click through for a recounting of her career and a picture of her from what looks like her mid twenties.
Fashion Spotlight: Big Trouble Mixes The Simpsons and Big Trouble in Little China – Fan made mashup image of the two. I especially like Burns as Lo Pan with Blinky on his forehead.
Scripting (Comedy): The Simpsons, Season 2 – Oh, nothing, just some quotes from the first seven episodes of Season 2.
Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? – Episode #028 – Ash is down on this one:
Infuriated, Herb hops on a bus but before leaving he hisses to Homer that he has no brother. As Lisa said, “his life was an unbridled success until he found out he was a Simpson.” I guess all Simpsons are meant to have bad luck in their lives.
It’s more than just luck, it’s that they’re inherent losers who expect defeat and keep going anyway.
Robert & Homer Simpson: When Composers and Comedians Share a Name… - As even the post itself admits, there isn’t much at this link. There is, however, a cool drawing of Homer playing a guitar with the lines coming out of some sheet music.
My 14 Favorite Episodes of The Simpsons, season 2 – It’s just a Season 2 kind of week:
This was a tough list to make as the second season of The Simpsons doesn’t really have any bad episodes.
Proof of that is a list of favorites that covers nearly 2/3 of the season.
The Simpsons’ Hank Azaria Lands Major Arc on Ray Donovan - It’s a Showtime show, so he’ll probably get to say “fuck”:
The actor – who most notably lends his voice to several characters on The Simpsons – will play James Cochran, the ambitious head honcho of the Los Angeles FBI who becomes a thorn in Ray’s (Liev Schreiber) side.
Tim Doyle Teams Up With Spoke Art For His Third Solo Show And The Continuation Of His Uber Successful: “UnReal Estate” Series – Yet more of those pop culture paintings, including one of the First Church of Springfield (complete with one of the best signs they ever did).
So, Bob Dylan Made A Super Bowl Commerical (and the Broncos Lost 43-8) – Was it a Canyonero moment? Also, excellent usage:
In the words of Principal Seymour Skinner: “The times they are…becoming quite different.”
Week 4: What Cartoons Did I Watch Growing Up? – The Simpsons, of course, especially good old Lisa.
Ugggh Broncos! – Marge just doesn’t know about football.
Round 99: Kiss Kiss Bang Bangalore vs. Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious – Hey, that’s not Season 17, that’s footage of Kent Brockman interviewing the Pope!
Round 98: The Old Man and the Lisa vs. ‘Scuse Me While I Miss the Sky – You could write this about a lot of Zombie Simpsons:
I remember liking this episode when it first aired, but it really doesn’t hold up. Compared to “The Old Man and the Lisa” the script’s flaws and gaping plot holes become obvious, and the few jokes and gimmicks that might have made you chuckle at first don’t offer anything worth revisiting.
Round 97: A Milhouse Divided vs. King of the Hill – Most of Season 9 isn’t going to be able to hang in late rounds. There are some great episodes in there, but the rot had clearly set in by that point.
No, The Simpsons Did Not Predict The Super Bowl Nine Years Ago - Headline says it all. Also, it’s Zombie Simpsons.
Sitcom sports: Classic episodes featuring skating or hockey - “Lisa on Ice” is here, as well as this excellent reason to never watch “Leave It to Beaver”:
“Leave It to Beaver” (“Beaver’s Ice Skates,” 1961) Beaver (Jerry Mathers) is too embarrassed to tell his parents that a salesman pressured him into buying ice skates three sizes too big.
Meet the real-life ‘Simpsons’ kids in a 1969 film made by Matt Groening’s father, Homer - This is old but was making the general internet rounds again this week. Basically, Matt Groening’s father made short nature documentaries, and one of them had his kids in it. It’s six minutes and you can watch it at the link.
Simpson Effect [WIP#2] – The slow but steady progress of a fan made Simpsons/Mass Effect combination.
Simpsons or family guy?-One month on – No surprise:
One month(And a week) ago,we asked you whether you liked The Simpsons or Family Guy,since then, we have had a lot of voters. So I am pleased to announce the results:
2nd-Family Guy and Both-20% each
New HUGE Art Bust Statue – Homer Simpson as Batman, The Dark Knight! – However you look at it, this giant Homer/Batman head is a pretty cool eBay find.
Why Channel 4 officially sucks – Shame on you, Channel 4:
I only ever bother going to Channel 4 for episodes of The Simpsons, but even then…
They censor some episodes of The Simpsons
The nail in the coffin, however, is that they’re apparently big enough wusses to censor certain episodes of the Simpsons, even if some of that censorship doesn’t exist on Sky 1.
As with almost everything, the billboard allows for a golden era Simpsons reference. Hopefully the Royals will have as much success with their new billboard as Springfield-area English Muffin advertisers.
This year, get her Kansas City Royals tickets, whatever you say, Mr. Billboard!
Yungaburra & Cairns Shop-a-thon – Scroll all the way down for further evidence of the global reach of cheap merchandise: Simpsons flip flops in Australia (where they are apparently called “thongs”).
The Twilight of Charlie X – A little background on, among other things, the Twilight Zone episode that was the basis for the Bart the Monster segment of “Treehouse of Horror II”.
15 Best Guest Voices Of The Simpsons’ Golden Era – This is a promotional list for a new book about the “Golden Era” of the show. (Pro tip: You can just say Simpsons, everything else is Zombie Simpsons.) Anyway, it inherently agrees with us and have some good YouTube, but what I’d really like to point out is that only three of these are for celebrities voicing themselves. The book is five bucks on Kindle.