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Between the holiday, the end of the television season, and the fact that it’s now basically summertime, the Simpsons had a pretty sparse week on-line. All those things also mean that it’s time for my annual solicitation for guest posts. If you’ve got something you’d like to say about the show, send it in. We accept rants, cranky letters to the editor that end with “I am not a nut”, well thought out analyses, and just about anything else. Pictures and images are welcome, and we’ll be happy to link back to your Twitter account, blog, or what have you. String a few sentences together, and a tiny slice of internet fame can be yours. You’re certainly welcome to send in something completed, but if all you’ve got is an idea, I’m happy to help you think it through and flesh it out a little.
As for this week’s actual links, we’ve got a beaded Bart, memories of Phil Hartman, a Lisa inspired music video, a couple of lists, and one of the junior Murdochs being such a ridiculously callous business executive that I could almost believe he was just trolling poor, hapless Variety. Almost.
Anyway, enjoy, and get thee to a keyboard if you want to publish a guest post.
What HiFi stereo system is in The Simpsons house? – Stereo geeks take a guess at what kind of system the Simpsons have. Perhaps a Pioneer C-5600?
Dear Phil – A nice remembrance for Hartman:
I still hear your voice, you know. It’s one of the most soothing sounds in life. Seriously!!! Hahahaha and not disembodied as I go through my day – though it does happen from time to time. Picture it: I’ll see something funny on the subway, and you’re narrating it like Troy McClure. It just takes the hilarity to a whole new level.
WWLSR – What Would Lisa Simpson Read Project – Now this is a project idea:
since I have been so involved in book clubs recently I thought it would be fun to read the books that Lisa reads on the show, in the order that she reads them. There is a Lisa Simpson book club out there in Tumblr land, but their reading list is missing a few titles, and is also not in chronological order. I’m a little OCD, so I’m rewatching all the episodes from se01ep01 to the current season so I can make a complete list of books read or referenced by Lisa Simpson. I’ve created a group on the Goodreads website (find it here!) but will also post about it and include my screenshots (Yes, I am ridiculously thorough). This post covers seasons 1, 2 and most of season 3.
That’s gonna be a lot of reading, and don’t forget that at the end of Season 3 she finally gets a copy of Ethan Frome to call her own.
: in remembrance : – Aw:
That’s my dog, his name was Bart. Together, we were Bart and Lisa. You know, The Simpsons?
He was one of the world’s great dogs and we were inseparable.
Sexism in Springfield – On the less than stellar dialogue of Tapped Out.
D is for diorama – Pretty sure I learned that word from the show, too:
but it is only down to The Simpsons that I knew what was expected when Child 3 came home announcing she needed to make a diorama. I first heard the word in this context in the episode Lisa’s Rival (1994), where Lisa fears another girl’s diorama will be better than hers and plans to sabotage it.
James Murdoch on Cord-Cutting, ‘Fault in Our Stars’ and ‘Simpsons’ Syndication – I forget which one of Murdoch’s kids he is, but he has certainly mastered the content-free timbre of corporate speak:
“We are in an environment of really extreme plurality for customers … you have to have things that are differentiated,”
What does that even mean?
“Over the next three-to-five years we see a lot of really attractive filmic product coming through,”
Ooh, I love “filmic product”!
“The challenge for us is how do we monetize that video?”
Fry, get back to the office, shift some paradigms, revolutionize outside the box!
Classic Album Covers Get The Pop-Culture Parody Treatment – You’ll have to scroll through a few, but the Homer/Radiohead one is pretty good.
Family guy the quest for stuff – Uh-oh, dedicated Tapped Out players are migrating to Quahog.
The Simpsons: 10 Best Episodes Focusing On Minor Characters – Serious pageview whoring on this list, but at least there’s no Zombie Simpsons.
The Simpsons: 10 Greatest Movie Spoofs – Same as above, except there is some Zombie Simpsons.
Bonita Pietila, a name familiar to every Simpsons fan, was in Finland this week to accept an award for Expatriate Finn of the Year from the Finland Society.
Congratulations! I always assumed that name was Spanish of some extract, guess not.
Wolf Alice – ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’ – Musical usage:
The video stars Ellie Roswell, who explained the video in a statement: “‘Moaning Lisa Smile’ was inspired by our favorite 8 year old girl, Lisa Simpson. We wanted to create a Lisa-type character and follow her in a pursuit to happiness. Although faced with obstacles in the shape of some nasty bitches, Lisa soon finds the group who make her feel like she belongs.”
The video’s pretty good, and certainly has a more coherent story than any episode in the last decade.
Perler Beads : Bart Simpson – Just what it says. Well done (and the skateboard is a nice touch).
WATCH: Wisconsin police officer escorts ducks across busy road – Excellent usage:
You may remember a scene from “The Simpsons”, when Apu (in his role as a volunteer firefighter) is racing to the scene of a fire – only to be halted by a mother duck and her ducklings, lazily strolling across the road.
“You ducks are really trying my patience!” Apu complains. “But you’re SO cute!”
There are likely a few commuters in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, who can appreciate that sentiment.
Dining to the Oldies at Stewart’s Busy Apron – I’m not quite sure what it means in context, but it’s a great reference:
The blinds are always down at Stewart’s Busy Apron in Anaheim, but not to keep out the sun. This is the diner version of that sign on The Simpsons outside the retirement home announcing to visitors, “Thank You for Not Discussing the Outside World,” for here is a museum piece.
Duff beer labelled dangerous by Australian Medical Association – Expect more like this as Duff spreads around the globe.
Variety bash team takes on Dave’s obession with The Simpsons – While we’re on the subject of Australia, remember that Simpsons car from a couple of weeks ago? Here’s the team, complete with Duffman and Duffwoman costumes.
Aaaah, so that’s how you ruin The Simpsons. #PicOfTheDay – Still of what I assume is some kind of Korean game or lottery show with people dressed as Bart, Marge and Homer. I’d say the weird french fry looking thing on Bart’s head is the oddest part, but the white circles around Homer and Marge’s eyes aren’t far behind.
Music From The Simpsons – Spinal Tap – Lotta good YouTube, here, including the immortal, “These go to eleven.”.
Round 115: Trilogy of Error vs. The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show – “Trilogy of Error” is possibly the best episode in Season 12, it just happens to not really be funny at all, which is a bit of a handicap if you’re going up against Season 8.
de kooning – groening – Can you see Bart with “woman lips” in that? I kinda can.
D’OH Boy – I think there’s like four puns in there, and I maybe get two of them.
Best Summer Vacation TV Episodes – “Summer of 4 Ft. 2″ naturally makes the grade.
Bacon Bourbon Pecan Pie & Maple Bacon Ice Cream – Yet more good food with Simpsons YouTube and a .gif of Homer trying to eat pie with his eyes closed.
Memorial Day: Which pop culture cookout would you crash? – And speaking of summer themes lists desperate for pageviews, here’s one that manages to list both “Lisa the Vegetarian” and Bad Boys 2.
“Aren’t you going to watch the rest of your cute cartoons?” – Marge Simpson
“Nah, come on Lis.” – Bart Simpson
“Maybe there’s something else to do on this planet.” – Lisa Simpson
Thank Jebus, most of the Lego hoopla has fallen down the internet memory hole and we’ve got a full set of great links for what feels like the first time in forever. There’s crazy people driving a Simpsons car across Australia, tons of cool fan made stuff (everything from Homer as a serial killer to a nice Malibu Stacy cross stitch), some fun lists, several people who agree with us, and the most bizarre Bart(ish) statue I’ve ever seen. Better yet, even though the season finale is two days away, nobody seems to care in the least. A few people linked to the typically lifeless preview video, and that was it. Even the recently announced (and sure to be godawful) Family Guy crossover didn’t get any internet love outside of the dutiful stenography of the entertainment press.
Are Weezer The Simpsons of the Music World? – Smooth Charlie’s Link of the Week is this excellent comparison of two faded 90s icons that completely agrees with us:
When looking at the latest Weezer song or the latest Simpsons episode, what’s maddening is that they come off as imposters of their past selves – almost like a cover band or bad fan fiction.
Worth the click.
Part I: The End of Easter – There is much discontent in virtual Springfield:
It is no secret that the Easter event was met with a variety of negative emotions; including disappointment, anger, stress, and frustration.
Part II: What Went Wrong – And it’s well justified:
Investing your time was the priority, as it should be. Players who stick with something for years are more likely to buy something down the road, as oppose to this event which clearly just wanted players to invest their money, because there was never going to be enough time to win all of the prizes through regular game play.
Part III: Economic Voices – But not unexpected:
If you truly don’t like these types of events, you’ll have to break the Pokémon mentality (i.e. “Gotta catch ‘em all!”) and accept that you’re not going to be able to earn certain prizes, no matter how often you play the game. Of course this is easier said than done.
Much easier said than done, deliberately so.
Malibu Stacy – Fan made cross stitch with quote. Bravo, Chloe.
Dan LuVisi – Cartoon Heroes As Serial Killers – Very impressive fan made art of just what it says. Homer and Yoshi are particularly cool.
For My Bucket List: With gratitude to The Simpsons – A second “to do before death” list inspired by the family.
Round 109: Lisa’s Wedding vs. Treehouse of Horror XIV – Welcome back, Nebel. (Oh, and Season 6 obliterates Season 15, but you knew that already.)
Losing the Why and How for the What: A Case for Spoilers – There is no such thing as “overfamiliartiy” when it comes to the show:
While I can’t speak to the specifics of the original Dallas story line (as neither was I born, nor have I ever watched Dallas), I have a fair understanding of the story entirely based on my familiarity (some say overfamiliarity, I say go fuck yourself) with The Simpsons episode.
Wishlist – This is (partially) about collecting the Lego minifigs, but it’s also worth clicking for the awesome Milhouse blog header.
Return of Bartzilla! – We must flee!
From the extended edition. – From the same blog as the above, Marge would’ve made those much better movies.
umm That ain’t me kid. – One more. Heh.
The Zombie Simpsons Family – Not sure of the source, but it’s a black and white image of the family as zombies.
cape_town – Reader Frank C. sent in this picture of a statue in Cape Town, South Africa writing simply “Don’t know what it means, but here you go”. Well put:
In Defense Of Zac Efron: We’ve Rounded Up Some Of TV’s Worst Neighbors – You know who’s #1:
The Simpsons — Homer Simpson
Offenses: Uh, let’s see. Being indirectly responsibly for the death or your first wife. Getting you married to a Las Vegas hooker. Not returning borrowed household items. To list them all would require more time than this writer has.
Bad Neighbor Rating: 10.0
The episode where Maude dies sucks, but “War Rocks” always gets me.
List O’ the Week: 20 Worst episodes of The Simpsons (Classic era) – Part. 1 – Oof, picking bad episodes out of Seasons 3-8 seems basically impossible to me, but to each their own.
Scanning the Simpsons – Scanner pictures of the Simpsons Lego characters. Cool.
It Was A Simpsons Sky – Fan poem. Neat.
Why ‘The Simpsons’ Is the Best TV Show Ever – A long love note to the great years of the show.
The Simpsons! – Cool fan made sketch of the family. But how come Maggie’s head isn’t being vomited out by someone else?
It’s The Simpsons! – A handy fan made fact sheet, including the depressing fact that FOX owns the show until 2082.
Tuesday “News:” 90s-Related Media I Discovered Last Week – The 90s Project rolls on.
Simpsons – Gun Accessories – Big screen grab of Homer’s gun purchase.
BREAKING: Beloved TV series eerily predicted Hank Scorpio’s takeover of the eastern United States – A lot of people wrote up that goofy story about Syria’s government blaming the show for something. This one is the best I’ve seen:
OK, first of all, “New Kids on the Blecch” is a mediocre effort at best. The boy band parodies are OK but too on the nose, and the navy stuff is just flat. Second of all, say whaaaaaa?
Toy Review – LEGO Simpsons House (71006) – Serious minded review of the Lego set:
I also really like the items the family gets. Not just the things like the couch and a kitchen table, but they also get a piano, and accessories for every bedroom. It also may be the first product to feature an official LEGO toilet.
If that’s not a ringing endorsement, I don’t know what is.
GAME REVIEW: The Simpsons – Bart vs The World – A review of the second Simpsons game. Bonus points for using the Sega Master System version instead of the NES one. Don’t see that much.
A “Simpsons” and “Family Guy” crossover episode is coming whether you like it or not – Oh, relentlessly positive corporate PR, don’t ever change:
Fox chairman Kevin Reilly was delighted to share the news, saying, “Generations of fans will be talking about this one.”
What was I laughing at now? Oh, yes, that crippled Irishman.
Yeppoon trio ready to drive The Simpsons through the bush – Some rather awesome people are going to drive a Simpsons themed VW Bug around Australia. That license plate is fantastic.
Chomet the way to Springfield: Sylvain Chomet on turning TV’s favourite family French and the virtues of hand-drawn animation – A little more about how that couch gag came about:
The 50-year-old can trace his relationship with The Simpsons back to when he had a studio in Scotland while working on The Illusionist. “We had this actor, Harry Shearer, who does a lot of voices for the show, including Mr Burns,” he explains. “He said ‘you know they [Groening and long-time Simpsons producer Al Jean] really like your work’.”
Even in its senile years, Harry Shearer does what he can to brighten Zombie Simpsons. Also, that would be the animated 2010 The Illusionist, not that crappy 2006 Edward Norton movie.
The 10 Worst Simpsons Episodes of All Time – A perfectly cromulent list:
With that in mind, we present the 10 worst episodes in The Simpsons’ history. Unsurprisingly, none of these episodes come from the peak of the show’s run, when it was considered nigh universally great. Perhaps surprisingly, they all come from a period in the show’s run even later than the time when you most likely stopped watching. (You’re such a quitter.)
I kinda thought the talking bar rag would be higher, and there’s no Lady Gaga, but those were all certainly terrible and forgettable.
Product Launch – AUS: Duff Beer – The real Duff soon won’t just be for Aussies and tourists at Universal Studios:
Duff has only been available previously through counterfeits and imitations.
“Australia as a beer-loving nation felt like the perfect place to launch the official Duff Beer,” a spokesperson told just-drinks.
A global roll-out over “the next few years” is planned, the spokesperson added.
I’ll bet it is.
The Simpsons x Johnny Cupcakes – The merchandising has now reached the frosted arts.
THE SIMPSONS x CONVERSE JAPAN JACK PURCELL SLIP-ON JP – Also, more shoes.
The Simpsons 25th Anniversary 5″ Celebrity Guest Stars Action Figure – Series 03 – And more collector crack.
Brief thoughts on the Simpsons – This is far gentler on Zombie Simpsons than I’m willing to be, but this is a pretty cool story:
When I was five my family was called by the Nielsen people wanting to know what we were watching on television, it just so happened that we were watching a very early episode of the Simpsons. While I might not have fully understood what I was watching, I knew that I liked the show. I can remember my mom telling the woman on the phone that we enjoyed the show and hoped to see more of it.
Crossover: The Simpsons x Family Guy – I smell another cheap cartoon crossover.
The Simpsons: The first year – Our old friend Stefan Grasso does an epic writeup of the entirety of Season 1. He concludes:
25 years later, the show’s producers had betrayed Groening’s original vision, causing The Simpsons to become the same mainstream trash that Groening didn’t want to make, and that’s where The Simpsons had gone wrong. Unfortunately, by the time Mike Scully’s reign of terror ended, the damage had already been done.
I maintain that Scully attracts way more blame than he deserves, but there’s no arguing that when he stepped down the show was kaput.
Nielsen Infographic: How Long It Takes To Binge Watch Popular TV Shows – Uh, Nielsen? I think you’re missing one there.
The Simpsons Sucks Now – And finally, I get to end the way I prefer, with someone who epically agrees with us:
We have been sucked dry by the series and have little to show for it aside from distant memories. The Simpsons sucks now.
Gone are the detailed plots that show the shenanigans of the town. There is no longer a running story. The episodes now are simply a one and done experience. We are hit over the head with “guest appearances” and it is painful. It legitimately upsets me how little the writer’s care about the loyal fans who have been keeping up with the show for the 20 plus seasons.
Preach, brother. Preach.
“Take a letter, Miss White. Dear valued viewer, thank you for taking an interest in the Itchy and Scratchy program. Enclosed is a personally autographed photo of America’s favorite cat and mouse team to add to your collection. In regards to your specific comments about the show, our research indicates that one person cannot make a difference, no matter how big a screwball she is. So let me close by saying . . .” – Roger Meyers Jr.
“And the horse I rode in on? I’ll show them what one screwball can do!” – Marge Simpson
Happy birthday Alex Rocco! (Well, he’s a Leap Day baby, but close enough.)
“Hi, kids! . . . What the . . . is this Saturday?” – Krusty the Klown
I’m still going to do Behind Us Forever for this week’s episodes, but the last two days have not been kind in terms of free time. In the interim, how about a little ratings schadenfreude?
Sunday’s episodes both scored dismal ratings, with the first one (“The Saga of Carl”) coming in at just 4.01 million viewers, and “Dangers on a Train” bumping up a bit to 4.52 million. The former is good for #2 on the all time least watched list, with even the higher rated second episode coming in at #10. Here is the current bottom twenty in terms of viewers:
|1||23-21||13-May-12||4.00||Ned ‘N Edna’s Blend|
|2||24-21||19-May-13||4.01||The Saga of Carl|
|3||24-20||12-May-13||4.05||Fabulous Faker Boy|
|4||24-17||14-Apr-13||4.07||What Animated Women Want|
|5||24-12||10-Feb-13||4.19||Love Is a Many-Splintered Thing|
|6||23-13||12-Feb-12||4.33||The Daughter Also Rises|
|7||24-8||16-Dec-12||4.41||To Cur With Love|
|10||24-22||19-May-13||4.52||Dangers on a Train|
|13||23-20||6-May-12||4.75||The Spy Who Learned Me|
|14||23-22||20-May-12||4.79||Lisa Goes Gaga|
|16||23-18||15-Apr-12||4.86||Beware My Cheating Bart|
|17||24-16||17-Mar-13||4.89||Dark Knight Court|
|18||23-16||11-Mar-12||4.96||How I Wet Your Mother|
|19||22-18||10-Apr-11||5.00||The Great Simpsina|
|20||23-19||29-Apr-12||5.00||A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again|
Of those twenty, nineteen are from Seasons 23 or 24, with the lone exception being from Season 22. Every single episode broadcast since February of this year has made the list. And not a single episode in all of Season 24 was viewed by more than 10 million people, the first time that’s ever happened. (The only one even close came after an NFL playoff game.)
In terms of average viewership, Season 24 ran away with the title of least viewed ever. After bumping along in the low seven million range from Season 20 through 22, last season fell down to just 6.13 million viewers on average. Season 24 sunk even further, averaging just 5.47 million viewers over its twenty-two episodes.
Now, the usual caveat about these ratings: these are just the overnight numbers. When there are significant changes to them (usually because a sporting event runs long), I make those updates, but these are not the fancy pants final numbers that take into account demographics, DVR viewers, and whatever else advertisers complain about. Nielsen only makes very limited data available to the public (at least, as far as I can tell), so these are the numbers I use, but don’t try reading anything into these in terms of “Will the show get cancelled?”.
The thousand monkeys at a thousand Blackberries who run FOX will be looking at those more detailed ratings as well as factoring in all kinds of things like whether or not a replacement would provide the same lead-in numbers for the rest of the Sunday lineup, how expensive said replacement would be, and how much Jean and company react when feces are thrown at them during meetings. (MacFarlane doesn’t even flinch.) Given the production lead time, we should be hearing something about a renewal beyond the current contract (on which there are 29 episodes left) sometime in calendar 2013, but that’s about all that can be said right now.
[Update 6:45pm EDT: Just saw this: CBS Takes Key Ratings Crown for First Time in 21 Years. FOX lost the battle for the nuts and gum people to CBS this year and their overall viewers were third at 7.0 million. No idea what the monkeys will think of losing to the old people network and having Zombie Simpsons dragging down their overall number, but it seemed worth mentioning.]