“Could Jesus microwave a burrito so hot that he himself could not eat it?” – Homer Simpson

Sadly, the promise of the end in “Behind the Laughter” was just a tease, though Season 12 really did have an episode setup by Lisa declaring “The Simpsons are going to Delaware!”. The quote above comes from a Season 13 episode called “Weekend at Burnsies”. For the most part it’s sclerotic and dumb, and the entire third act is a weak imitation of the notoriously bad 1989 comedy “Weekend at Bernie’s”. (Homer and Smithers think Burns is dead and use his supposed corpse as a marionette.) The episode does contain some decent medical marijuana jokes, but for the most part it’s a meandering, nonsensical mess. The same is true of everything since around that time.

An occasional episode will still stumble into an insightful quip or an interesting story, but by Season 12 the verve and heart and brains of The Simpsons had gone. Across all the seasons since, Zombie Simpsons has done many different stories, trips, and takeoffs, but they universally suffer from the same problems that began as the show declined: ham handed emotional treacle, wild plot twists, poor storytelling, Homer acting insane, and lots of self voiced celebrities. And while Zombie Simpsons has retained the standard sitcom ability to sometimes produce one or two decent jokes per half hour, it is no longer anything special. If it were launched as a new show (“The Thompsons”, perhaps), it would be indistinguishable from the other animated sitcoms on FOX.

The only thing that makes Zombie Simpsons different is its predecessor, which it now dwarfs in terms of episodes produced. Even if you count every episode through Season 9 as excellent (and most fans wouldn’t do that just for “The Principal and the Pauper” alone), that leaves Zombie Simpsons episodes outnumbering those of The Simpsons by nearly two-to-one.

That sad ratio will continue to grow as long as new episodes of Zombie Simpsons are produced. The current contract runs through 2014, and there is no reason to believe that it won’t be renewed beyond that. The only creative-side people who have the power to shut down the show are the six principal voice actors,36 and they have one of the sweetest gigs in show business. They only have to work a few hours a week and they aren’t even required to be in Los Angeles with the rest of the (non-animation) staff. They can record from anywhere. Unsurprisingly, they reportedly agreed to a serious pay cut to keep the series going in October of 2011.

And why shouldn’t they? The voice actors were paid peanuts for much of the early run of the show, and the six of them have done as much as anyone to make it the boundless money fountain it is today. They deserve to cash in. More importantly, the overwhelming majority of the animators, staff and hangers-on aren’t rich. It wouldn’t do them any good to end the show.

Of course, Zombie Simpsons will go off the air some day. At this point it looks as if there are only two things that can stop it, and neither of them can be avoided forever: money and death. On the money side, in 1996 The Simpsons predicted of itself that it would continue until “the time the show becomes unprofitable”. That’s probably true, but there are several ways to define “unprofitable”. At present, the income generated by The Simpsons comes in two categories, the show itself and the merchandise.

By all accounts, and despite the ever declining ratings, the production of new episodes of Zombie Simpsons remains profitable. It has persistently strong numbers with younger and supposedly more impressionable advertising targets, which certainly helps. For the 2009-10 season, Zombie Simpsons was the #61 rated network show in terms of total viewers, but it was #33 among the nuts and gum demographic.xvi Moreover, the show is the anchor of FOX’s long running animation bloc on Sunday night, and cancelling it would risk disrupting that valuable niche. Animation on Sundays has done very well for them, and networks never easily discard profitable timeslots. So while Zombie Simpsons may only score mediocre ratings these days, it’s still better than the potential catastrophe of a new program that could flop and spoil the whole lineup.

Far more important than the show is the merchandise.37 The Simpsons franchise reportedly generates News Corp $750 million ($750,000,000) per year for doing little more than cashing checks. That’s roughly twice the amount that comes from broadcasting and syndicating the actual show.xvii That number covers everything, from million-dollar amusement park rides to overpriced “collector’s” dolls, and it is not set to end when the show does. In other words, the money is unlikely to dry up any time soon.

If the show remains profitable, and FOX doesn’t believe its low ratings and widely acknowledge quality slide are damaging the far more important merchandising brand, then the only other things that can catch up to it are the same ones that crippled it: death and retirements. It’s a bit morbid to speculate about the former, but it’s also necessary. Phil Hartman, the man who voiced that prediction of unprofitability, died just two years after those words were first broadcast.

The list of people whose death or retirement would end the show is short. It’s just those same six people who do all of the irreplaceable voices. They are the only ones who’ve been in every episode,38 whom the audience can identify from the next room through more than two decades of familiarity. As long as they are willing and able to do the show, and as long as FOX will pony up the dough, Zombie Simpsons can go on.

It is a remarkable accomplishment. The only two forces on Earth powerful enough to take it off the air are the Grim Reaper and Rupert Murdoch’s accountant.39 That’s as good a compliment as any show in the history of television has ever gotten.

Even the inevitable end of new Zombie Simpsons episodes won’t spell the end of the Simpsons as a franchise. The show has been producing video games for two decades; it’s had characters slapped on every imaginable piece of merchandise; it’s a major ride at bi-coastal theme parks; and the movie adaptation was a blockbuster, raking in more than half a billion dollars. None of those things would’ve happened without the show’s success, but neither do they require its continuation.

For a decent approximation of what might happen to Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie and the rest of Springfield once the show finally does go off the air, just look at Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny and their various supporting casts. Mickey and Bugs are still with us long after their original creators and voice actors died. The copyright on their likenesses have been repeatedly extended40 and, since they are cartoon characters, the actual people needed to bring them to life, the animators and voice actors, can always be replaced should any of them be so selfish as to get old or die. There’s nothing stopping the Simpsons characters from following the footsteps of the mouse and the hare into indefinite cartoon Valhalla.

As any serious Disney fan can tell you, Mickey Mouse has gone through a number of iterations reflective of the times. He’s been kinda racist, he’s fought Nazis, he’s been an icon of wholesomeness. Mickey has almost no defined character, he is merely a recognizable symbol who can be made to do anything. Bugs Bunny is traditionally a bit more of a scamp but, like Mickey, he’s changed with the times. Bugs has appeared as everything from a baby to an elder statesman and shown up in any imaginable medium from movies and video games to lunch boxes and theme parks.

Under existing copyright law, The Simpsons are the protected property of FOX until 2082, ninety-five years after they were created. (Mickey’s first movie is set to go free in 2023, but don’t be surprised if it gets another reprieve from public domain, which would likely push the Simpsons even further into the future.) So unless FOX has a means of keeping Dan Castellaneta alive and working until he’s 125 years old, someone or something (never underestimate the power of computers)41 is eventually going to take over the voice of Homer. Just as Mickey outlived Walt Disney and Bugs outlived Mel Blanc, Homer will eventually outlive Dan Castellaneta, Matt Groening, and everyone else who made him the huge star he is.

Like the creators of The Simpsons, Disney and Blanc were giants and geniuses, and we rightly revere them, but audiences have accepted the need to replace them. The characters they played have gone on capering and will continue as long as there is popular interest. And if the sustained decades of popularity for Bugs and Mickey are any predictor, there will continue to be interest for new cartoons, new movies, and new stories about the Simpsons and the rest of Springfield. There’s no telling what will happen and what they will do, and whatever it is may have nothing to do with what we think of today as The Simpsons.

Before all that though, before the video games, t-shirts, movies, and poorly built alarm clocks, before even there was Zombie Simpsons, there was The Simpsons. That brief run of television, less than ten years, spawned all those other things. It remains unparalleled, having launched careers, paved the way for numerous other programs, reached every corner of the globe, inspired countless memes, and made household terms out of made up words like “yoink”, “cromulent”, and “d’oh!”.

Befitting its lordly status, it has also aged extraordinarily well. Kids who weren’t born until after the show began its decline will sit mesmerized by the antics of the Simpson family. Parents who grew up on the old episodes show them to their children. Innumerable individuals quote the show incessantly and repeat their favorite parts to one another.

That enormous attraction doesn’t endure because of amusement park rides or plastic lunch boxes, nor because of video games or all the mediocre seasons of Zombie Simpsons. Homer and Marge, their kids, and the rest of Springfield are still popular and relevant all these years later because The Simpsons was an unprecedented feat of modern culture. Reviewing the overlong episode of Zombie Simpsons FOX released as a movie in 2007, New York Times film critic A.O. Scott wrote:xviii

I have long been of the opinion that the entire history of American popular culture – maybe even of Western civilization – amounts to little more than a long prelude to “The Simpsons.”

Like the crappy merchandise, Zombie Simpsons is an outgrowth of that brilliance, and like them it will be quickly forgotten. The Simpsons, already twenty years old and still beloved, will be watched and enjoyed for as long as there are people who care about us, our culture, and our time.

Continue to Appendix A – A Note on the Term Zombie Simpsons

Notes and Sources

36. Obligatory footnote: Hank Azaria, Nancy Cartwright, Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Yeardley Smith, and Harry Shearer.

37. Yogurt was right.

38. Well, almost. Though he was in the vast majority of Season 1 and 2 episodes, Azaria wasn’t technically part of the regular cast until Season 3.

39. This assumes that they are not the same being.

40. Fuck you, Congress.

41. DJ 3000, anyone?

xvi. “Full Series Rankings for the 2009-10 Broadcast Season”, Nellie Andreeva, 27 May 2010, http://www.deadline.com/2010/05/full-series-rankings-for-the-2009-10-broadcast-season/

xvii. “Pressure is on ‘The Simpsons’ to capitalize on merchandise”. USA Today, 14 May 2009

xviii. “We’ll Always Have Springfield”. The New York Times, 27 July 2007, http://movies.nytimes.com/2007/07/27/movies/27simp.html


41 Responses to “Season 12 and Beyond – Zombie Simpsons”


  1. 26 May 2012 at 11:07 am

    Footnote #36 is a better joke than many of those in the Zombie Simpsons episodes being discussed here.

  2. 2 J-Spot
    26 May 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I’m a bit disappointing that your chronicling of the show’s devolution more or less stops at season 11 without delving into what Al Jean’s interminable run has contributed to the “zombification” of The Simpsons. The directions taken in seasons 10-12 may have been misguided, but they at least made some sense when you consider that they were trying desperately to come up with new ideas for a show that has run its creative course. There was a sense for awhile that they saw a light at the end of the tunnel and were just trying to keep the show on life support before it met its inevitable end. The Jean years brought a whole host of new problems, but chief among them is this acceptance of the show’s immortal status. Any changes to the status quo from previous seasons were done away with (except Maude’s death, of course), and they mostly traded the really outrageous and nonsensical plots for far more formulaic stories. Nobody involved in the show ever leaves anymore because it’s become a cushy 9-5 gig where everyone is on auto-pilot.

    • 3 ThisCannotBeTheFuture
      26 May 2012 at 6:27 pm

      I can never reconcile that Al Jean was both one of the originals AND the captain of the horrible pirate ship that is ZS. Is he known to have written any of the classic lines? Or was he always a hack? Or is he talented but doesn’t care to be the show runner for a piece of crap?

      • 4 J-Spot
        26 May 2012 at 9:56 pm

        I can only assume Mike Reiss was doing the heavy lifting during the time they were partnered up.

        • 5 Johnny
          3 September 2013 at 10:28 am

          Also, virtually none of the writers from the golden age are still around. A captain can make a good crew great, but he can’t make a bad crew good.

  3. 6 ThisCannotBeTheFuture
    26 May 2012 at 6:31 pm

    I’d like to hear what people think are the single most cringe-worthy moments in ZS history.

    I might have to say the episode where Homer (being “jerkass Homer”) meets Dan Castelnetta. That scene was just…awful. Completely unfunny. And while there may be even scenes even less funny in ZS history, no scene that I can think of reeks of desperation like this one. I mean, in The Simpsons’ world, there is no “The Simpsons.” So we’re supposed to believe that Homer knows Dan how exactly?! From the Tracy Ullman Show 20 years ago–like that made Dan some household name like Will Ferrell??!

    • 7 Joethefish
      26 May 2012 at 7:54 pm

      Worst ZS thing is Mr Burns

    • 8 Anonymous
      27 May 2012 at 6:39 am

      Hard to say, since ZS is so utterly forgettable. Of course, the fact that I stopped watching the show in 2002 doesn’t help (possibly the saddest day of my life-after two years of not laughing at the show, I reluctantly concluded that it was never going to get better). The only part of the ZS eps I watched that I can remember is Homer getting raped by a panda…which, yeah, was cringe-worthy for sure.

      I have tuned in to watch one new ep every few years, just on the off chance it actually got good again. Can’t really remember any of those eps, except the most recent one-which was the talking bar rag episode. For the first time, I couldn’t even sit through the whole episode. At the first commercial break, I changed the channel to some 30 year old Scooby Doo re-run (had Scrappy Doo, but was still much more tolerable). I don’t think I’ll even bother with occasionally checking in on ZS anymore. :/

    • 9 Patrick
      27 May 2012 at 8:10 am

      Oh yeah which would be the same reason Matt Stone and Trey Parker have never been shown in South Park (as they represent Kyle and Stan anyway) and how Seth Macfarlane hasn’t been shown on Family Guy (except briefly in the 2nd Star Wars spoof) and American Dad.

      • 7 March 2013 at 3:42 am

        crap, A Star is Burns WAS taken I’ll take Much Apu About Nothing Homer: Not a bear in sight. The Bear Patrol must be working like a charm.Lisa: That’s spucioas reasoning, Dad.Homer: Thank you, dear.Lisa: By your logic I could claim that this rock keeps tigers away.Homer: Oh, how does it work? Lisa: It doesn’t work.Homer: Uh-huh. Lisa: It’s just a stupid rock.Homer: Uh-huh.Lisa: But I don’t see any tigers around, do you? [Homer thinks of this, then pulls out some money]Homer: Lisa, I want to buy your rock.

    • 31 May 2012 at 7:46 pm

      WORST THING EVER:
      THAT 90’S SHOW.

      PERIOD.

    • 12 Jeff
      21 April 2013 at 9:53 pm

      I don’t know the episode title or season, but my least favorite was the one where the cats kept getting killed.

      I still watch Zombie Simpsons, but only because I live in a rural area, don’t have cable, and can only pick up one channel (the local Fox affiliate) with my antenna. (Well, actually I do get one other channel, but its one of those Jesus channels with nothing but preachers telling you to give them money.)

    • 14 cjfunkaschs
      22 January 2014 at 3:00 pm

      What episode did he do that?

  4. 16 Scott S
    27 May 2012 at 7:00 am

    I don’t know what else could really fill up a whole book. I read every section here in one go, and was really impressed that there didn’t seem to be any misspellings or the usual problems you find with most everything on the internet. I heard about the Zombie Simpsons on a podcast, and thought it was supposed to be a book, but after reading this I thought I must have been wrong, until the end when it told us to check out the book. Good read, but I’m not sure how much more fleshed out it could be than this excellent atcle I’ve read online.

    • 17 Scott S
      27 May 2012 at 7:08 am

      Going back to the first page I see that this must be the whole book, I was just lucky enough to read it at the end, when it had all been posted for free. Lucky me, I’m not one of those people who has moved into carrying around a convenient electronic screen to read from, I still read from paper, or more rarely sit at a desk and read from the internet (you’re lucky this was so interesting, I rarely want to sit and read this much from the computer screen.) I am, after all, one of those readers who watched the Simpsons from the beginning, I’m not entirely comfortable with these new-fangled booky devices.

  5. 18 Chad
    31 May 2012 at 8:55 pm

    So if The Simpsons as a broadcast show isn’t going to die in the next few years, what’s to be done? Is there anything the man behind the curtain can do here to save The Simpsons? Maybe fire all the writers? Bring in an old show runner? Call back a few old writers? Have all the new writers watch a marathon of seasons 1-9 a la Clockwork Orange? There has to be some sort of solution to bring back the characters that were so critical of society, so touching, and so hilarious for so many years. Seems as though you know everything about The Simpsons and how to run a show, how bout some solutions rather than problems, eh?

    • 19 Al Gore Doll
      3 October 2012 at 1:59 pm

      You can only do so many things with a show before it becomes a parody of itself. When has a show ever gone bad for twelve years only to miraculously get better?

    • 10 October 2013 at 12:44 am

      It’s hard to say. I don’t think The Simpsons can ever get even close to what it once was, even if it had good writers. As the early entries said, The Simpsons was revolutionary in part because it came at the right time and appeared in the right place. Mainstream broadcast television had few shows that were like The Simpsons. But nowadays with the internet, it’s easy for anyone in any part of the country to access anything. With more channels that more people have access to, there’s a wider range of shows. Again, the internet helps here. If there’s a potentially groundbreaking show airing but it doesn’t get attention right away, the internet can help it through word of mouth. (that’s how Breaking Bad got so big)

      But even with good or even great writing, few shows can go on for long periods of time, especially shows with unchanging premises, settings, and characters. The characters don’t age, and it’s unlikely that FOX would let that happen. The characters are so iconic, and they’ve been the same for so long that changing them would be too big of a risk.

      Some guy mentioned Doctor Who. Not really a good comparison. Doctor Who is a sci-fi show, where the writers can make changes and add things when they wish. The Simpsons, in contrast, takes place in a “real world” setting. Yes, cartoony and outlandish stuff does happen, but there is a certain limit. (outside of non-Treehouse of Horror episodes, anyway) There won’t be an episode where the family adopts a talking lion, or one where the town has to deal with a dragon infestation, or where refugee space aliens land and try to assimilate into life in Springfield. The writers of The Simpsons don’t have the same level of freedom that a sci-fi or fantasy series would have. The possibilities for The Simpsons aren’t as endless.

      • 10 October 2013 at 1:23 am

        I suppose if there was ANY chance of salvaging the show, it would be to put more focus on other characters in Springfield. Like, without the Simpson family always being involved. There’s this huge cast of characters to work with, they could all be given backstories and lives, resulting in different types of conflicts to deal with. Professor Frink could deal with all sorts of experiments gone wrong, there could be focus on the staff at Springfield elementary trying to get through the day, (with all the issues public education in our country is facing, there’s a TON of material on that alone) there could be so many crazy antics with Chief Wiggum and the other police officers being incompetent…

        Of course, this would only work if the show had good writers.

        • 23 jd
          4 March 2014 at 11:07 am

          I agree theres so much potential in the rich cast of other characters they have. I always liked “22 short films about springfield” and think it illustrates this point.

          No more celebrity cameos, use homer sparingly, no uneccesary new characters.
          But most importantly NO ZOMBIFYING OTHER CHARACTERS like what they did to Moe and Mr Burns.

          I miss the days when an episode would start out with a completely removed situation from where it would end up, often with stories intertwining cleverly.

          (p.s. I always thought the Hank Scorpio episode could have made a great movie if fleshed out…)

          (Great read by the way, only just came across it but so glad I did)

    • 24 shebakoby
      28 October 2013 at 7:18 pm

      I know I know! Crossover with Archer! XD

      I mean why not, Archer did it with Bob’s Burgers (both have the same voice actor, H. Jon Benjamin)

  6. 25 Wave
    29 November 2012 at 10:53 am

    The ‘nuts and gum demographic’ just about killed me. Just discovered the blog today; amazing and disheartening summation of the once-beloved show. Keep it up!

  7. 26 Wiley207
    13 May 2013 at 10:18 am

    I wouldn’t be surprised if some time in the future, Al Jean decides to add a seventh principal cast member, and I have a feeling I know who that’d be: Tress MacNeille. With her popularity of working on “Tiny Toon Adventures,” “Animaniacs” and “Futurama,” she has actually been in EVER episode of “Zombie Simpsons” so far (actually she’s been with the show since season one, but she began to be more prominent when Mike Scully took over.) Even if she just voices a few incidental females with one stock voice, she’s still in every episode, even more than Pamela Hayden or the “extras” like Karl Wiedergott and Chris Edgerly.

  8. 27 Mr Speaker
    16 August 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Although ZS is just a shadow of its former self, I don’t care like most seem to that it’s still running. I don’t watch it that much anymore, but a terrible episode of ZS still ranks as high as most sitcoms on TV these days.

    Let it run. I won’t watch it much, but I’m glad it’s there.

  9. 28 Anonymous
    16 August 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Just read the plot of That 90’s show episode, What the hell? So glad I stopped watching years ago.

  10. 29 Benceno
    6 September 2013 at 1:28 am

    Hello!

    First of all, I have to say it was a great book. I’d noticed, long ago, that something like this distinction between Zombie Simpsons and Simpsons was to be seen in the series, but never got around to putting it into words and with such extensive research. Thank you very much!

    Second. I wanted to argue about the point you raised in this chapter, that the only creative-side people who have the power to shut down the show are the six principal voice actors. I’m from Argentina, and we watch the latine dubbing (made in Mexico) of The Simpsons. I am of the opinion that the quality of the dubbing is excellent, despite some inaccuracies made in translations, some watering down of the jokes (mostly about church or gay people), and compared to what I’ve seen of The Simpsons with the Spanish (meaning Spain) or German dubbing (didn’t watch many of the episodes in the original English, sadly).

    Around Season 15, there was a conflict with the voice actors in Mexico. The show was to be dubbed at a different studio, and the old voice actors were not hired by this new studio. So, at once, the entire voice cast was changed. For me, it was a big shock, since I could not recognize the characters. That, most of all (and it’s a very common complaint here in Argentina if you ever get to discussing Simpsons vs. ZS), encouraged me not to watch ZS anymore. I still do, when I’m bored on Sunday evenings, but it’s very painful. Treehouse of Horror episodes, most of all.

    So, here the series could survive even without the same voices. So, I guess we’ll have to wait for Rupert Murdoch’s accountant…

  11. 10 October 2013 at 12:47 am

    At this point, I kind of doubt that the voice actors would be able to get the show cancelled by leaving. A lot of Zombie Simpsons viewers are young, and many of them probably haven’t seen much of the older episodes. In the different places I’ve lived, the local FOX networks would usually only air the more recent episodes, much to my disappointment. As such, ZS viewers might not have the same attachment to the original voice actors that older viewers would.

  12. 31 shebakoby
    28 October 2013 at 7:31 pm

    I liked simpsons a lot more back before season 9 (though for some reason I got a kick out of “Homer vs. Dignity” because of the “Financial Panther” throwaway joke.

    Mr. Simpson, you are a dollar overdrawn.
    Get him, Sheba! [Black panther leaps on the bank manager and mauls him]

    It was a bright spot in an otherwise wretched episode (Mainly because I have a puma character named Sheba). Overall, Zombie Simpsons’ biggest failing (besides the obvious and unignorable character decay) is its tendency to get too “preachy”. Lisa isn’t Lisa anymore, she’s like one of those kids from Captain Planet, all she needs now is one of those stupid rings. They need to SPOOF Captain Planet, not turn into it! Another problem I had was when Lisa turned vegetarian. Not because that is in and of itself bad, but because even though at the end of the episode Lisa was told by Apu that it’s wrong to be pushy and preachy and judgmental about it, she continues to be pushy and judgmental about things like that in future episodes. Also facepalmworthy was the fact that the producers wanted Paul McCartney’s voice so bad they agreed Lisa would be vegetarian forever, as per Paul’s conditions. That actually says more about Paul than it does about the Simpsons (revealing the quasi-evangelical nature of Paul’s vegetarianism, something that really has no place on the Simpsons as the Simpsons is supposed to be making FUN of that, not engaging in it), but it also says something about how desperate the producers were to get star celebrity guest stars.

    I was happy when they finally got Brent Spiner as a guest voice, in an episode with robots, but in my opinion that came about 14 years too late. They should have got Data’s voice actor as a guest long before then, back when Star Trek: TNG was still running.

    And you KNOW it’s Zombie Simpsons when they get *Seth Freakin’ MacFarlane* as a guest voice as Marge’s creepy stalker. SETH MacFARLANE! Nothing against the man, I love Family Guy and he’s a very talented voice actor and all, but he’s the Simpson’s biggest rival (and the sad part is Family Guy has been “simpsons-did-it-ing” and parodying things Simpsons did for quite some time now)!

  13. 32 Former Fan
    16 November 2013 at 10:13 am

    Doesn’t bother me that it’s still on air. What bothers me to no end is how it was ruined. Let it go on. I don’t watch it anyway beyond season 9. Zombie Simpsons is just another lame show on the level of King of Queens or Two And a Half Men that I ignore. Thank god for streaming.

  14. 33 Anonymous
    18 December 2013 at 5:40 pm

    ‘That 90s Show’ killed the show stone dead for me, I just don’t understand how that garbage even got made. I tried watching a few episodes recently and was ‘rewarded’ with seeing Justin Bieber and Seth freakin Macfarlane polluting Springfield, not to mention the dreadful ‘Saga of Carl’. Too many ZS low points to list but the mythical Loch Ness Monster becoming a real-life, sentient, shape-changing creature was way down there. The moronic fart jokes in ‘The Diving Bell and the Butterball’ and the cringeworthy ’69’ reference in ‘The Saga of Carl’ were sad illustrations of how my once favourite is now almost as bad as the dreadful Family Guy. Please end it before it sinks that low. R.I.P. Simpsons





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