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“Balzac.” – Marge Simpson
“No need for potty mouth just because you can’t think of one.” – Homer Simpson
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“Lisa, if I have five apples and I take away three apples, how many apples do I have left?” – Dr. J. Loren Pryor
“Two apples.” – Lisa Simpson
“Wait a minute . . . she’s right!” – Homer Simpson
This week we’ve got several links that note just how bad Zombie Simpsons is, including one that basically confirms the analysis I did for the mini-book. There’s also lots of lists with little to no Zombie Simpsons, countdowns that penalize the show for Zombie Simpsons, and even Zombie Simpsons making a list it isn’t even on! In addition to all that, we’ve got several excellent pieces of fan art (including two cool posters and a potential T-shirt that could use some votes), a Marge skateboard, Hitchcock, and plenty of substance abuse.
Kalkalash! Pinpointing the Moments “The Simpsons” became less Cromulent – Smooth Charlie’s Link of the Week is someone who agrees with us so completely that s/he may be my long lost twin or something:
For me, and most others, the latter episodes bear little resemblance to older ones. The current incarnation of the show is stale, and has been for a long time. I haven’t watched a new episode in over ten years, and don’t intend to any time soon. When did this decline begin? Was it part of a slow secular trend, or was there a sudden drop in the quality, from which there was no recovery?
To answer these questions I use the Global Episode Opinion Survey (GEOS) episode ratings data, which are published online.
I’ve never heard of GEOS, but it’d make a nice addition to Chapter 1, because it confirms pretty much everything we’ve been saying here for the last four years, right down to the stages of decline. Click through for the full data, which is presented in easy to understand graphical form.
5 Fitness Lessons I Learned from The Simpsons – A personal trainer discusses her profession through her love of the show. Plus you can see her kickass “Homer Defined” tattoo!
Olly Moss Pays Homage To The Simpsons With His “Stop The Planet of The Apes, I Want To Get Off” Musical Poster – Click this. It is awesome.
Simpsons Army of Darkness – Not sure of the original source here, but it is only slightly less awesome than the above. The tagline is perfect: “Trapped in Time. Surrounded by Evil. Low on Duff.”. Well done, somebody.
A Pocket Companion to Books from The Simpsons, by O. Lebrun – The things you find in Museum shops these days.
Score Marge Simpson – A Threadless T-shirt vote with six days left for Marge as a smoking, pissed off looking middle-aged woman.
Dial H For Hitchcock: An In-Depth Discussion About ‘The Master of Suspense’ – Someone who knows more about Hitchcock than I do has a list:
The Simpsons have constantly paid homage to Hitchcock over the years with references to The Birds, Rear Window, Sabateur, Psycho, Spellbound, North by Northwest and most recently, Strangers on a Train for their Halloween special, “Treehouse of Horror XX”. The segment was called “Dial M for Murder or Press # To Return To Main Menu” but had a plot that parodied Strangers on a Train and pushed a Hitchcock looking character off Mt. Rushmore, where Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint scramble for freedom in the film, North by Northwest‘s final scene.
That first link leads to Category:Hitchcock references in The Simpsons at a Hitchcock wiki. Warning: bit of a time suck.
The Simpsons’ Craziest Example of Drug Abuse – Hmm, I’m not really sure what would happen to a grown man taking estrogen pills, but I can’t imagine it would be fun:
The Simpsons’ Season 4 episode the “New Kid on the Block” contains what has to be the most insanely casual depiction of drug abuse in television history. In the episode, Homer goes through the neighbors’ trash, steals prescription medication, and binges on it while relaxing on the couch. Zero repercussions, repeat none, are shown or even implied by this unbelievably irresponsible behavior. All that happens is Marge barely registering her concern with Homer’s behavior and Homer remarking that he is not getting enough Estrogen.
I dunno, Fry’s “So I stayed home and got trashed on Listerine” in Futurama’s “A Head in the Polls” has always struck me as pretty casual.
Top Ten Alcohol Moments in Media- A Mexican Standoff – And while we’re on the subject of substance abuse, a list of TV drinking that, by necessity, includes Moe’s.
10 of some of the best classic Simpsons episodes (According to me). Emphasise on the word ‘SOME’, I know most have an episode that you hold dear in your heart, but considering the structure of most lists, I had to choose 10, which was a daunting task for me. It’s a daunting task for any kid who grew up with this legendary show. – Yes, that is the whole link, but it is a perfectly cromulent list, with nothing past Season 9.
The Top 9 ‘Treehouse of Horror’ Segments – There’s one from Zombie Simpsons (Season 13) here, but overall it’s a very solid list.
Top 10 Cameos in ‘The Simpsons’ (Round 1) – There’s also one from Zombie Simpsons here, but just one and there’s shakycam YouTube of Bette Midler’s aggressive environmentalism.
Best. Episode. Ever. (Round 18) – The elimination bracket continues. This one is “Treehouse of Horror IV” versus “Marge on the Lam”, which is a good example of why I will never do a favorite episodes list. How the hell do you pick between Homer selling his soul for a donut and Lionel Hutz babysitting? I feel conflicted just asking the question.
My Favorite Episodes of The Simpsons Part V: 20-16 – Still clean of Zombie Simpsons . . .
My Favorite Episodes of The Simpsons Part VI: 15-11 – . . . and this one has an animated .gif of Grimes killing himself.
Stuart’s Top 30 Sitcoms of All Time: Part 4 (#15 – #11) – The show checks in at #11 here, with Zombie Simpsons being an explicit penalty:
If they’d stopped around the 200 mark it would have been a strong contender for the top 5.
Ugh. Comedy Central did it again. I’m sure most people know by now, but Futurama is canceled. Again. By Comedy Central.
So is Ugly Americans.
I liked Ugly Americans. It never seemed to quite find it’s footing, but it could produce some pretty funny episodes.
Remember the (Awesome TV Day That Is) The Sabbath and Keep It Holy – In which an intrepid blogger describes how The Simpsons got him started on a lifelong habit of watching TV on Sunday.
The Simpsons: Tapped Out – Sadly, since I now almost exclusively watch ripped DVD copies on my computer, I’ve gotten pretty rusty at this:
Anyone who knows me will know I’m a pretty big Simpsons fan. I’m one of those people that will randomly quote it and crack myself up doing so and I can pretty much tell you which episode is playing after watching the first 30 seconds.
Back when only first few seasons were in syndication I could get a lot of them on the opening establishing shot alone. Ah, memories.
THE SIMPSONS – Hmm, art project or cassette release of “Do the Bartman”? I don’t know.
Marge Simpson Skateboard Deck – Pretty much what it says, and she’s definitely got the hair for it. I’m not a skateboarder, but it does look a little odd that the thing follows the shape of her head and hair rather than being the usual skateboard shape with an image.
Reverse product placement? whats that? – Some examples of fictional products that became real, including the license challenged Duff.
I Know It When I See It: Scrimshaw and Whale Bone Porn – Seems someone went Helen Lovejoy over some mildly racy ye olde tyme drawings, ignoring the real problem with scrimshaw: Sideshow Bob wants to revive it. And he’s an evil genius.
Burgos…. – Your 2010 World Cup champions drawn Simpsons style.
A Talking Cat?!…In 10 Words – The cat? What’s the point?
Candy Crush Saga…In 10 Words – Because, a lot of workers really like candy.
Yeardley Smith On Comfort, Style and Reinventing Women’s Shoes – An interview with Smith about her shoe line.
Universal Orlando Transformers readies to open as Summer approaches – There’s a Flickr slideshow here of the Simpsons area under construction. That is all.
‘Under the Dome’ to give ‘Simpsons’ shout-out – CBS is making a mini-series based on the Stephen King book about the town that gets trapped like carrots. It will contain a brief mention of the movie.
Style Inspiration: Marge Simpson – How to dress like Marge without it being a Halloween costume.
Found this so COOL.=) – A drawing of famous fictional female haircuts.
Moleman In The Morning. – I have no idea what this is or is going to be, but the subtitle is “A Simpsons blog about the agonizing pain in which I live every day.”. It’s got a good title, that’s for sure.
Cod aren’t coming back — yet – Moderate usage:
Under the sea
there’ll be no accusations,
Just tasty crustaceans.
— Homer Simpson
The baldheaded buffoon of the popular cartoon (The Simpsons) could have been talking about the Northwest Atlantic.
Homer actually calls them “friendly” crustaceans, but other than that it’s dead on.
5 Cancelled TV Shows That Got Given A Reprieve – Just another reminder that, fan wise, people don’t care about the continuation of Zombie Simpsons:
You know, I find it kind of humorous that Matt Groening has two shows that will appear on two separate lists on these kinds of websites. The Simpsons will frequently pop up on people’s lists of shows which need to be mercifully killed off. Then there will be Futurama, which will pop on lists like the one I’m writing here, about shows which were killed off and eventually brought back to life.
That’s how low Zombie Simpsons’ reputation has sunk, it’s cancellation gets mentioned even on lists it isn’t on.
“Bart, son, you want to play catch?” – Homer Simpson
“No.” – Bart Simpson
“When a boy doesn’t want to play catch with his old man something is seriously wrong.” – Homer Simpson
“I’ll play catch with you, son.” – Abe “Grampa” Simpson
“Get the hell out.” – Homer Simpson
“I’m gone.” – Abe “Grampa” Simpson
“And so, Springfield’s heatwave continues. With today’s temperature exceeding the record for this date, set way back four billion years ago when the Earth was just a ball of molten lava.” – Kent Brockman
It may be the summer doldrums, it may be something else, but it’s a short Reading Digest this week (and my apologies to the several of you who’ve e-mailed in and to whom I’ve not responded; been that kind of week). We do have an inordinate number of 10s this week though, a couple of lists and three entries from our old friend Galileo’s “In 10 Words”. There’s also some usage, one more review of “The Longest Daycare” that says it’s much better than Ice Age 4, and an awesome list of wildly stupid (potential) Zombie Simpsons plots.
10 Frequently Used Simpsons Quotes – Smooth Charlie’s Link of the Week is this excellent collection (with lots of YouTube) from our old friend ilmozart. The best part about it is, not only are there no Zombie Simpsons quotes, but many of them aren’t the ones you usually see on quote lists. Bravo.
Quote Hanger – A quote blog hits on some of Homer’s best advice to Bart. (Though since nits must be picked, Homer actually says “the three little sentences”, not just “three sentences”.)
The 10 Dumbest "Sports" of the Summer Olympics – Excellent usage:
Sure, trampolines are lots of fun. And as the character Todd Flanders once noted on The Simpsons, each leap on the spring-loaded canvas "brings us closer to God." But an Olympic sport? In 2000 the IOC agreed with young Flanders when — to the dismay of the pogo-stick and hulu-hoop lobbies — it vaulted trampoline jumping from backyard activity to the pantheon of the Olympic games.
Catch them, Lord, catch them!
Homer Simpson Beer Poses (20 Photos) – Lots of images of Homer (mostly with beer), some fan made, some not. The one of him alone on the couch is particularly well done.
The Dark Knight Rises…In 10 Words – There are a lot of Simpsons/Batman quotes, but there really was no way not to use that one last Friday.
Sally Ride…In 10 Words – How doth the hero, strong and brave, a celestial path in the heavens pave.
The Watch…In 10 Words – Now Ben Stiller is off to battle aliens in a far off galaxy. That sounds like a good movie. Yes, a movie, yes.
Flanders’ field – Everyone loves Harry Shearer, even cynical DJ members of Generation X.
Grampa Simpson by ~GreenDayFanGirl on deviantART – He’s even wearing Napoleon’s hat!
People Who Look Like Things… – The animated .gif.
Pro Community – A Community fan sees the torch of best show being passed from The Simpsons to South Park to Community.
Top 10 Novelty Songs – Pretty much what it says, with “Do the Bartman” checking in at #5.
Review: “The Simpsons: The Longest Daycare” – A long and thoughtful review of both Ice Age 4 and “The Longest Daycare” from a guy who has kids and thinks most daycare places suck.
Kickin’ Skulls Y’all – Excellent reference in a comic book review:
Zubkavich and Huang do very well together in marrying the four genres, though comedy is their priority. The above page conveys the hilarity of our heroes escaping the flaming scene of a crime with the same casual tenseness of a Simpsons “I left your present in the car” gag. Allow me to explain, without the aid of asterisk OR parenthesis, The Simpsons “I left your present in the car” gag. Often, a negligent character, like Homer J. Simpson, will have forgotten to buy a present for his wife, or one of his children. Upon being reminded of the birthday, anniversary, etc., he will then say that the present is…in the car…yeah, with appropriate hesitation and pauses, for comedic effect. The rest of the gag is pulled off via off screen audio, as we hear him slam the door, run to the car, start the car, and drive it away quickly. To see it in action, please view “Treehouse of Horror III,” which is in the fourth season of The Simpsons.
Even though both “candidates” run on a platform of enslaving people to build a ray gun capable of obliterating a distant planet, Americans still vote en masse for either Kang or Kodos due to their party affiliations. When someone raises the option of voting for a third-party candidate who has the best interests of humanity at heart, Kang responds with “fine, throw your vote away!”, implying that a vote for a third-party candidate is a waste. The people largely respond, putting Kang — and his platform of universal human enslavement — into office.
He actually says, “Go ahead, throw your vote away!”.
Let’s Play A Game: Your Best Hypothetical Late-Era Simpsons Synopsis. – And finally, I get to end the way I like, with someone who agrees with us:
Incredibly, "The Simpsons" has been shit-awful for more than twice as long as it was ever good (seasons one and two are a wash, with a couple exceptions in the second; seasons three to nine are among the Top Five Things Ever On TV; seasons ten through 23–23!–are varying degrees of total garbage).
I stand by every episode in Season 2, but if you showed me a list of the insane plots they came up with next to a list of the insane plots that will actually be in Season 24, I might have a hard time telling which is which. Thanks to reader Adrian for the tip!
“Bart was feeling mighty blue.” – Homer Simpson
“It’s a shame what school can do.” – Marge Simpson
“For no reason, here’s Apu.” – Apu Nahasapeemapetilon
Let me start by saying something nice. It was cool of them to use that one-man rendition of the theme over the end credits. It blew up on-line a few months ago and everybody loved it, and it’s heartening to see someone get recognition for a genuinely creative endeavor like that.
Unfortunately, the end credits were about the only part of the episode where there was any spirit of craftsmanship or care. Everything leading up to them (including the Game of Thrones intro which went on way too long) was a shoddy conglomeration of half considered ideas, time killing filler, and at least three different plot threads, not one of which managed to resolve itself or make any sense. Bart as a street artist? That’s not a terrible concept, but in the hands of Zombie Simpsons it turns into a gala opening that was apparently a police sting, except for the three million dollars in sales and post arrest autograph session. Homer and Apu fighting with tiny plastic cocktail swords? Another not-terrible idea. Any time those things are around it’s virtually impossible not to want to do that, but that doesn’t mean we want to see it played out seriously for a full minute. It gets boring faster than that even when you’re the person doing it.
Speaking of Apu, he was apparently in this episode, though to what purpose other than yelling incoherently remains unclear. In an episode about the Kwik-E-Mart closing, in which “Kwik-E-Mark” is in the title, there literally wasn’t a single scene set inside the store. Apu only had three scenes, the opening sword fight, a failed robbery, and then the redemption where he and Manjula repeated the word “monkey” at one another. (As is typical for Zombie Simpsons, Jan Hooks didn’t get to do the voice of Manjula.) I think that was supposed to be the B-plot, but the B-plot might also have been Homer’s suddenly hurt feelings and then the immediate redemption of said hurt feelings. Neither was on-screen long enough to make a compelling case, though Dan Castellaneta’s lungs did get a workout, as Jerkass Homer spent a great deal of screen time yelling and screaming.
Anyway, the numbers are in and they are wretched. Last night’s empty spray can of an episode was dejectedly shaken by a mere 5.17 million viewers. That’s good for seventh on the all time least watched list, and drags Season 23 further into uncharted depths in terms of average viewers. Excluding the post-NFL playoff episode, Zombie Simpsons hasn’t even come close to breaking six million viewers since December.