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Reading Digest: Weak Defenses of Zombie Simpsons Edition

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“I think Lisa needs to feel a little special tonight.  How about letting her ride up front too?” – Marge Simpson
“Eh, I tried.” – Homer Simpson

As was inevitable as soon as FXX decided to run the marathon consecutively, instead of something more humanitarian like banishing Zombie Simpsons to the unemployable alcoholic angry loner hours, there have been some defenses of Zombie Simpsons cropping up in the last few days.  To start things off, we’ve got three of those, followed by another overflowing pile of other great stuff.  We’ve got several links to fan art, lots of people reminiscing about the show, a woman who kept her Maggie doll for twenty-four years, and lists and lists and lists of episodes, most of which wouldn’t don’t even mention Zombie Simpsons.

Enjoy.

To start, here are three professional defenses of Zombie Simpsons, in decreasing order of both quality and defensiveness of Zombie Simpsons (that’s not a coincidence):

Extend Your Simpsons Marathon Buzz With These Videos: Gothamist – This one is very solid and is also Smooth Charlie’s Link of the Week despite citing some truly awful episodes as “gems”.  For starters, there is a metric ton of good YouTube here, including that great Conan O’Brien discussion with the old writers, The Longest Daycare, and some other stuff.  Closer to my heart is this:

Despite our reservations, we have truly enjoyed this chance to catch up a bit on the so-called “Zombie Simpsons” era, the not-so-affectionate term Simpsons aficionados use for the show post-season 12.

They didn’t give us a link, which I was a little miffed about at first.  Especially because the author goes on to inadvertently cite the two big reasons the show went to hell (writer turnover and that march of time) before basically agreeing with the central premise of “Zombie Simpsons”, namely that it and The Simpsons aren’t the same show:

The show is certainly not the same as it used it (which you can blame on changes in the writing room, or just a byproduct of the inexorable march of time and commerce upon an hit animated television show), and the later seasons don’t touch the first decade (they don’t exist in the same universe, truly)

But then it occurred to me that it’s actually better that we’re not linked because that means the term is catching!  Everything is falling into place and all I have to do is take the ice scraper, road maps, and jade monkey out of my glove box before the next full moon.

Sorry haters, The Simpsons is still really good – Thanks to the five or so people who sent me this misleadingly headlined Vox article.  Why misleading?  Well, try this:

Yes, the show repeats itself a fair amount, but it would be hard for it not to. And, yes, the show has sort of lost a point-of-view character, as its writers have aged past first the Simpson kids and then even the Simpson parents. Many stories in its later years tend to be along the lines of “Can you believe things are this way?!” and have the tone of a particularly perturbed anecdote in the “Life in These United States” feature in Reader’s Digest.

There’s more tepid praise and “to be sure” type statements at the link, so “Sorry haters” isn’t exactly justified by the actual text.

It’s also worth pointing out that the two videos he embeds are about as far from your run of the mill Zombie Simpsons episode as it’s possible to get.  One was the Guillermo del Toro opening, which they had basically nothing to do with.  The other was from the Lego episode, which was their most lovingly produced and hyped episode in a very long time, and still sucked worse than Season 11.

The Simpson’s Maude Flanders Isn’t as Good as She Seems – And finally, we come to our old friend MovieBob, last seen around these parts making wild assumptions without any evidence to back them up.  Well, matters haven’t changed much.  He spends half his post coming to the realization that Maude was kind of an authoritarian and praising her character for being better than he remembers, then noting that she dies in Season 11 . . . you know, when Zombie Simpsons finally took over.  More amusing, is this:

It also helps put to lie the “Zombie Simpsons” fallacy — the notion of a seismic downward-shift in quality. There are good episodes as recently as last season, and entries from the infallible “classic” era that don’t really hold up. (Mr. Burns sexually-harassing Marge in Marge Gets a Job, Season 4 Episode 7? Not really that funny outside of the let’s-kidnap-Tom-Jones business at the end.)

First of all, this word “fallacy”, it requires some evidence to back it up.  MovieBob doesn’t cite a single episode that he thinks is good.  He’s welcome to think what he likes, of course, but not even naming a single one doesn’t do his argument any favors.  Instead, he takes a quick dump on “Marge Gets a Job”, an episode I cannot recall anyone else ever calling bad.  Who doesn’t like Troy McClure’s Half-Assed Guide to Foundation Repair, The Spruce Caboose, and, of course, the Angel of Death on funny hat day, to name but a few?  Just as importantly, it ranks dead in the middle of the stellar Season 4 on IMDb’s episode guide.  That’s called “evidence”, and if you’re going to use the word “fallacy” it helps to have some.  (Thanks for the link, though.)

TV Legends Revealed | Did No ‘Simpsons’ Fan Correctly Guess Who Shot Mr. Burns? – Interesting backstory and a reminder that 1-800-Collect was a strange, strange thing.

Bart Club street art on a San Diego corner. – Some great pictures of various Bart versions on things.  The four-eyed banana Bart is particularly memorable.

The 20 Greatest Musical Moments On The Simpsons – These are songs the show created not band guest appearances, so there’s no Zombie Simpsons.

Cropping The Simpsons and The Wire – The genius of the standard #Slatepitch article has always been its ability to generate responses.  (Also, too, please don’t fuck up The Wire.)

Why We Love The Simpsons’ Music So Much – The marketing for next weekend’s show at the Hollywood Bowl is ramping up, and this L.A. Weekly article has a nice little story about when Elfman met Groening and how Elfman wrote the theme:

“As soon as I saw the sequence, I heard the ‘bah-bah-bah-BUM-bah-bah-bah…’ ” he says. “I drove home really fast because I didn’t want to lose it. I ran down the steps of my studio and I made a cassette, and sent it out the same day. That demo was, essentially, The Simpsons theme. There is some great cosmic irony that it’s the quickest and most easily conceived job of my life, and it became probably the most famous thing I ever wrote.”

Growing Up with Bart Simpson – Yet another appreciation of the show, this one at Newsweek Jr., that walks right up to the line of saying the show sucks now before backing off.  Of course, all examples cited are from early seasons.

Homer Simpson’s 10 Most Memorable Non-Power Plant Jobs On ‘The Simpsons’ – Our old friend John Hugar cites no examples from past Season 10.  Bravo.

Favorite “Simpsons” episodes – One from Season 12 makes the cut, but nothing after.  It’s almost like nobody likes Zombie Simpsons.

Repost: In honor of the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon my list of the Best.Episodes.Ever – There are 126 episodes on here, and almost no Zombie Simpsons.

Infographic: A Statistical Break-d’oh-n Of The 25 Types of “Simpsons” Episodes – That’s a pretty cool graphic, but since it basically shows that there never were any “Bart” years, you’d think the intro wouldn’t repeat that fallacy.  (See what I did there?)

The Glue – There’s only a small bit in this Phil Hartman article about the show, but it is a great read.  I didn’t know he was the oldest rookie cast member of SNL ever.

D’oh! It’s Throwback Thursday. – There’s a lot of stuff this week, I know, but this picture of a girl with her precious Maggie doll in 1990 and of her still with it in 2014 is pretty damned cool.  Excellent.

10 Facts About The Best ‘Simpsons’ Writer Ever, John Swartzwelder – Mostly culled from Twitter, but are pretty good.

(b)Art Critic – The Simpsons Class it up With Art Show – There is some great stuff here, especially the Itchy & Scratchy Land movie poster.

It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times: Celebrating ‘The Simpsons’ at 25 – Yet another retrospective with plenty of reasons why the show was great.

#EverySimpsonsEver: Steve Sax remembers his appearance on ‘Homer At The Bat’ – Heh:

[I thought], “We’ve arrived.” You get to do The Simpsons, man. Let me tell you what. I get to do speaking, right. I speak at different places all over the country. When the question-and-answer period comes up, it’s not about, “Hey, what was it like hitting against Clemens?,” or, “What was it like in the World Series?” It’s like, “Hey, man, was it fun on The Simpsons?” That’s what everybody asks me still. I get more acclaim for The Simpsons than anything.

The Simpsons… – Simpson family heads done in Lego.  Maggie and Homer are great.

WWLSR: Seasons 10-12 – Lisa’s books from the last good years.

A Bomb in the Lasagna: How Will We Remember “The Simpsons?” – An interesting question:

Will The Simpsons be a show defined by specific eras, or will it be taken as a whole; as one massive, culture satirizing and culture defining megalith?

My guess would be that as long as Zombie Simpsons is still on the air, it will be thought of as a contemporary show, for the simple reason that they can always plug in the latest pop culture fad/star/whatever.  Once the show finally ends, however, much of that will fade as the references become stale and all we’ll be left with are the ones that don’t lean on contemporary pop culture (you know, The Simpsons).

11 ‘Simpsons’ marathon episodes you should watch this week – These episodes are atrocious and not worth watching, but the existence of a list like this in Entertainment Weekly is yet another piece of evidence that they are two vastly different shows.

I Caught Yellow Fever: My 12 Days Through FXX’s Simpson’s Marathon – I suppose burnout is one reason to stop paying attention as the marathon got into double digit seasons.  Of course, that there really weren’t any old favorites left to view might have had something to do with it as well.

DJ and His Every Simpsons Ever Marathon – Good point:

And one of my biggest fears was watching those older episodes, but FXX’s promo for this, and accompanying commercial extensions catering to the series and their supporting cast of characters (like this amazing piece of work) drew me towards breaking my old episode trepidations. One of the underrated, yet important occurrences found during this was the how much I laughed. I wasn’t expecting to get as many laughs as I did, perhaps given I’m watching at the age of 24 compared to watching a lot of these episodes (seen before or not) at 12, 13 or 14. There are a plethora of moments I literally laugh out loud at by myself when I’m either walking around at work or at the the grocery store, like this absolute gem.

A few characters from The Simpsons – Cool fan made CGI renderings of some characters, with great tented fingers on Burns.

The Simpsons: The 10 Simpsons episodes worth tuning in for – And no Zombie Simpsons, because why would there be?

Couch Potato: My Favorite “The Simpsons” Episodes! – Also contains no Zombie Simpsons, and puts “Homer Badman” as the all time favorite.

20 Mr. Burns-Centric ‘Simpsons’ Episodes Everyone Should Know – No Zombie Simpsons?  Why?  Because Zombie Burns is an incompetent softie.

A Blind Spot the size of “The Simpsons” – Of all the Simpsons reminisces I’ve read the last couple of weeks, this one might be the most dense in terms of references.  Well done.  Also, co-sign:

About ten years ago I stopped watching The Simpsons. I think it was the episode where they went to Africa and a giraffe was hiding in a prairie dog hole where I realized that they’d gone way off the rails.

Correlation Does Not Imply Causation – Excellent usage, tiger repelling rock and all.

How I am watching #EverySimpsonsEver without cable – God bless DVDs (or DVD rips, whatever).

Will “The Simpsons” ever be good again? – No.  This has been simple answers to simple questions.

Thoughts on Barkira – High praise from someone who loves the original Akira.

Springfield, USA: A Part of us All – Some thoughts on what makes Springfield so relatable.

The Simpsons 1987 Styley – A fan made wheel of Simpsons family members, done in the old way.

6 Things I Learned From The Simpsons Marathon | The Further Adventures of Douchebag Batman – And finally, I not only get to end with one of the many people who agrees with us, but who points out what is often overlooked, it happened quick:

The Downfall in Quality Was Fast
So what I’ve been doing is picking and choosing which episodes to DVR and watch later. I’m sure plenty people are using the same method of watching the show. What’s I find interesting is how quickly I lost interest in the series. By season 10 I’ve only been recording the Treehouse of Horrors and the occasional episode. This is a sharp contrast compared to Saturday when I would record hours of the show and still miss some I wanted to see. Given I knew that by season 11 I had lost interest in the show; I’m hardly the only person to feel this way. I thought it was because I was heading into high school but no, it’s just kind of boring.

It is.


28 Responses to “Reading Digest: Weak Defenses of Zombie Simpsons Edition”


  1. 5 September 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Thanks for linking to my blog! I’m a big fan of the site, and I agree 100% with your assessment of the decline in Simpsons quality.

  2. 2 Jack
    5 September 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Oh, man, MovieBob. He speaks with great intelligence about a lot of things, but when it comes to The Simpsons he just… doesn’t.

    Those “The Simpsons Is Still Funny” videos were among the first videos of his I saw, and they pretty much put me off. Not only was the main thrust of his defense incoherent nonsense (at one point he genuinely switched tracks from “The Simpsons is still funny” to “It’s not the writers fault that The Simpsons is no longer funny”), but he somehow managed to get through both parts without (a) addressing any common, legitimate complaints about the show, or (b) saying why he still finds the show funny. The closest he got was saying that he liked “Bart vs. Lisa vs. The Third Grade”, which at the time was NINE YEARS OLD. Frankly, the whole thing was more “How Everyone But Me Might Be Wrong About This” than “The Simpsons Is Still Funny”.

    Three years on, and he still hasn’t evolved on the subject. He rambles on Twitter about how unfairly chastised ZS is, but always stops short of explaining why he likes it so much. He even predicted that the FXX marathon would cause loads of people to have revelations about how surprisingly good the newer episodes are, as if he comes from a parallel universe where they weren’t already given more than a fair chance to find their audience.

    Despite all this, I still find it hard to imagine him sitting down to watch The Simpsons every Sunday.

  3. 3 Al Jean
    5 September 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Well, the ratings are in…and they are spectacular. The highest numbers were for the latest episodes, on the final day of viewing. With popularity like this The Simspons could easily last another…oh, I guess you don’t do that part any more. Cheers! Al Jean

  4. 8 torbiecat
    5 September 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Ugh. There are commenters of that MovieBob article that seriously think that the characters have been subjected to character development during the Zombie era. Drastic changes in personality often do not equate development.

    • 9 torbiecat
      5 September 2014 at 11:28 pm

      And MovieBob also concludes that discussing how Maude wasn’t exactly a paragon of virtue makes a more interesting article than discussing how Apu has become less of an ethnic caricature with addition of more India-specific traits. I can’t say that I agree considering that I thought the reality of Maude’s personality was pretty damn obvious, and I’m actually wondering what his rationale is regarding the undiscussed topic.

  5. 10 Joe H
    6 September 2014 at 1:47 pm

    I can understand willingness to try and defend the early ZS episodes (Scully era, first season or 2 of Jean) but once the show gets closer to season 20+ its pretty much indefensible to where even the most devoutly apologist fans do little more than passively shrug it off.

    Sure, there might be one decent episode once in a blue moon to fool the more optimistic viewers that the show isn’t a complete loss, but that doesn’t show that the show is still good let alone it was as good as it once was. Might as well call The Cleveland Show as good as The Simpsons was by that standard.

    • 11 Sarah J
      7 September 2014 at 12:44 am

      Agreed. The people who defend the much later episodes tend to do so half-heartedly. These episodes aren’t funny and they aren’t memorable. ZS defenders must know this deep down, considering that the way they speak about the episodes. It’s always “I catch it when I can” and their descriptions of episodes tend to be littered with “for some reason” or “it doesn’t make sense”. I mean, The Simpsons was a show that people were excited to watch every week, and the next day they liked to talk about the episodes with each other and quote their favorite lines. I don’t see a whole lot of that with self-proclaimed ZS fans.

      There are forums where small groups will talk about episodes after they air, but after that, they move on. People don’t really talk about ZS episodes from years ago. Meanwhile, shows that are actually popular have long-running discussions, quotes, they spawn memes both within and outside of the fandoms, and sometimes even start academic discussions and inspire essays. The Simpsons is a show that has done this and still does this. Zombie Simpsons, MUCH less so. It’s hard to discuss the nature of satire with a show that does a poor job of it. It’s hard to discuss influence on culture with a show that not many people even pay attention to. You can’t really analyze or interpret characters when said characters are never really consistent. (they’re always changed to fit the story, rather than making a story that fits them)

      People know the shows are different even if they can’t always explain it. For a long time, I knew I didn’t like Zombie Simpsons but I had trouble articulating why. Even if they still insist that the show is good, you can tell by their statements and actions that deep down, they don’t REALLY feel that way.

  6. 12 Joe H
    6 September 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Also just realized that the Futurama crossover is coming in November. I actually hold slightly more promise with that than the Family Guy crossover, if only because there is a plot instead of “Griffins go to Springfield and shit happens.”

    However, I have a major issue with putting The Simpsons universe in the same timeline with Futurama. Makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

    • 13 phillyfoodie85
      7 September 2014 at 1:53 pm

      The Futurama/Simpsons crossover is supposed to be like the first Terminator movie where the Futurama cast travels to the past (the Simpsons’ present), so I don’t know if you’d call it the same timeline if time travel is involved.

      • 14 Jack
        7 September 2014 at 2:44 pm

        The problem isn’t that The Simpsons and Futurama exist at different periods of history, it’s that they exist in different UNIVERSES. Consider:

        – Futurama’s opening was at the turn of the millennium and it flashed back to then and earlier a number of times. The world of Futurama, even circa 2000, is not populated by yellow people.
        – Futurama is a fiction within the universe of The Simpsons. (Guest appearances by Matt Groening as “the creator of Futurama”, Squeaky Voiced Teen attempting suicide after saying “Why did they cancel Futuramaaaaa… ?!” and so on.)
        – The Simpsons is a fiction within the universe of Futurama. (In ‘A Big Piece of Garbage’ they find a mountain of Bart Simpson dolls, and Bender eats the shorts off one.)

        Of course, the Futurama and Simpsons comics have crossed over numerous times already, and they justified it with whatever contrivance would suit. In the first crossover, if I recall correctly, the Brain Spawn trapped the Planet Express crew in a Simpsons comic they found (the story was in a Futurama comic that time, so Leela and co. got the privilege of being the “real” ones), which is an incredibly clever way of making it work, because it relies on established continuity. I bet the TV episode won’t be nearly as creative.

        So it really doesn’t matter that much whether it makes sense, it only matters if it’s funny. Unfortunately, this is still Zombie Simpsons we’re talking about, so it almost definitely won’t be.

        I can’t be the only one who’s bummed out by the idea that the last ever appearance by the Futurama cast on TV will be a crappy Simpsons crossover…

        • 15 Joe H
          7 September 2014 at 5:23 pm

          Yeah, I meant universe timelines. As in Fry’s past in the 20th century has people with normal skin tones. I’m sure David X Cohen and Matt Groening purposely included that sort of stuff early on to make certain these were separate universes and ensure they’d never be crossed over. Of course ZS destroys any such notions of creative integrity the logner it goes on…

          I forgot about the comics. In those, they sort of crossed into alternate realities similar to the alternate “worlds” DC superhero comics are well known for. Futurama had one episode involving parallel universes, so they could have easily expanded upon that to have a parallel world that connects to The Simpsons “reality”

          • 7 September 2014 at 5:47 pm

            In fairness, skin tone (and even animation style) was gleefully disregarded when it came to the Critic crossover without it being an issue. It would be enforcing an egregious double standard to criticize the Futurama crossover for ignoring similar incongruities.

            Just to clarify, if we end up getting skin mismatch in the Futurama crossover episode – which I guess is probably likely since it’s what they’re doing with the Family Guy one – rather than doing the colour swap they did with Jay Sherman, then it will be stupid. All I’m saying is that the point above, which is that two cartoons with differing skin colourization can/should never crossover, is something not even The Simpsons adhered to.

            • 17 Joe H
              7 September 2014 at 6:06 pm

              In that case, I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt. However, I am expecting them to go the lazier Family Guy crossover route.

  7. 18 Sarah J
    7 September 2014 at 12:50 am

    I’m willing to bet that most of the people who defend Zombie Simpsons are young and grew up watching new ZS episodes, so there’s something of a nostalgia factor for them.

    • 7 September 2014 at 10:52 pm

      it also feels like the people who defend zs, probably don’t watch that much of the simpsons in general. one guy i argued with was trying to say that people who say the simpsons sucks now, are blinded by nostalgia. i asked him how much of the show he watches and he told me only a few episodes here and there. those type of zs defenders seem to not share the same love for the show as the people who bash zs. if they did, they would at least understand than try to defend something that even they don’t seem to be the biggest fans of.

      • 20 Sarah J
        8 September 2014 at 10:45 pm

        That’s another thing I find weird about ZS defenders. I understand people getting defensive about shows they really love, stuff they get excited to see every week, and can’t wait to talk to other people about the new episodes. There really aren’t a lot of ZS defenders like that, though. Like you say, for most of them it’s “I catch it when I can” or “I see it once in a while”. That doesn’t sound like someone who loves a show. That sounds like me when I would watch the show while waiting for American Dad to come on and I had nothing else to do. Hence why I maintain much of it is nostalgia for the ones they watched as kids and teenagers. Try to criticize anything nostalgic, people will always get upset even if it does suck.

    • 21 phillyfoodie85
      8 September 2014 at 9:13 am

      Yeah. Kind of similar with the viewers of the older episodes, though I remember watching The Simpsons as a kid and even some of the older episodes they had weren’t very good (whether it was because they just sucked or because I wasn’t old enough to understand the humor. I remember not liking “Homer Goes to College” until I actually went to college. The ending’s still weak, but everything else is hilarious. Compare that to, say, “War of the Simpsons,” which I still hate to this day, but I do still like the B-story of Lisa and Bart tricking Grampa into letting them smoke cigars, eat ice cream, and have a house party).

      • 22 Sarah J
        8 September 2014 at 10:39 pm

        I think most people would agree that the first season is pretty weak. Sure, there was some funny stuff, but it’s kind of slow and weird, it’s clear that the show hasn’t fully figured itself out yet. (this is pretty common for TV shows) Second season is where things get good.

        • 23 Sarah J
          8 September 2014 at 10:48 pm

          (oop, my mistake. I mixed up War of the Simpsons for a season 1 episode, didn’t realize it was season 2) Yeah, I agree it is a weaker episode, but nothing egregious in my opinion. (unlike Zombie Simpsons, which makes the same damn mistakes over and over) Had lots of funny jokes, and like you say, the B-plot was pretty good.

          • 24 Jack
            9 September 2014 at 2:48 am

            Yeah, essentially, the worst that classic Simpsons did is the best that Zombie Simpsons can do – and that’s if I’m being generous.

            It’s weird how so many ZS defenders – including MovieBob – think that naming one recent half-decent episode and one sub-par classic episode is enough to prove that the two eras are equal.

        • 25 Sarah J
          8 September 2014 at 11:04 pm

          Plus I guess since Simpsons is a long-running cultural juggernaut, people are afraid to leave it behind. With live-action shows, they knew it was inevitable and accepted it, but since ZS is animated, they think it can, and should, go on forever. But what does ZS provide? It has almost no influence on culture. The only attention the show gets these days is when the internet goes “hey look at this cool new couch gag!”, almost never accompanied by information on the episode it’s from. The Simpsons was a big deal because it was different. Zombie Simpsons is just the same crap that’s already all over TV. We don’t need the show any more.

        • 26 torbiecat
          9 September 2014 at 1:26 pm

          I while I can understand complaining about the first season, I think what amazes me is how many people bitch about how weak the second season. While there were a couple of things about that season I didn’t like (I think the ending of “Itchy & Scratchy & Marge” could have been better–it was stupid that Marge was made out to be a hypocrite even though I think that violence and nudity (and sexuality) are a matter of comparing apples to oranges; I also think it was dumb that Homer and Marge felt guilty about punishing Bart in “Bart vs. Thanksgiving.”), I think a lot of people get confused about which episodes were made when or simply hadn’t watched a lot of these episodes since they were younger to realize exactly how well-written they are.

          • 27 Sarah J
            10 September 2014 at 7:40 pm

            Oh, tell me about it. A lot of people list the golden age of The Simpsons as being seasons 3/4-8, but season 2 is pretty great. That’s when the show really gets good, and it has some of my favorite episodes. “Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish” I consider a classic, and I love “Itchy and Scratchy and Marge” and “Lisa’s Substitute” and “Brush With Greatness”.

            Regarding “Itchy and Scratchy and Marge”… I don’t think it was so much exposing Marge as a hypocrite as it was bringing up the question of what’s okay to censor and what’s not. Marge finds the violence offensive and wants it off the TV. She is okay with the Statue of David, which offends some of her followers and they want it banned. I think the episode was trying to say that there are lots of things that different people will consider offensive while others find it okay, so how do we decide what’s okay to censor and what’s not? It’s true that violence and sex and nudity are different matters, but Marge being a hypocrite is more in the sense of “she wants to ban the stuff she finds offensive and not the stuff others find offensive!”, rather than “she’s okay with nudity but not violence!”. But yeah, Homer and Marge feeling guilty was BS.

            I definitely agree with people not realizing how well-written the older episodes are. A number of local networks airing reruns tend to favor the newer episodes over the older ones. Until I came across Dead Homer Society and started watching some of the older episodes (thanks to cheap DVDs) I really did forget that the older episodes used to be great, because I hadn’t seen them in YEARS. Same probably goes for a lot of people.

  8. 28 ecco6t9
    8 September 2014 at 1:37 am

    I guess us critiquing Zombie Simpsons is fine since we actually sit through it week in and week out to pick it apart.

    I remember 12 years ago thinking “This will probably be the last season so just watch it and you can honestly say that you watched every episode.” I honestly did not see the show being on through 2015.


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