05
Apr
17

Scrounging for Praise

“This is your great uncle Chet. Go ahead, Chet, tell her what you do.” – Homer Simpson
“I run an unsuccessful shrimp company.” – Chet Simpson
“Oh. But you run it, right?” – Homer Simpson
“Oh yeah.” – Chet Simpson

I’m aware that there was a new Zombie Simpsons this week, but I’m out here in the desert helping a friend put a roof on his (second!) kickass, off-the-grid solar house. That’s it in the above picture, and as you can probably guess by the remoteness, internet access here is spotty at best. So I’m probably not gonna get to “Caper Chase”.

Despite my relative isolation, I did catch this tweet from Al Jean the other day:

As you can see from the above, the linked article contains quite a few sign gags, which I’ve long said are about the only thing the show still manages to sometimes do somewhat well. But what really caught my attention was the introduction:

The Simpsons is the longest-running sitcom of all-time – now at 27 seasons (and counting). And, as most “classic Simpsons” fans will attest, the show lost its footing around season 10 and 11 and never recovered, turning into a pale imitation of itself.

They go on to say that Zombie Simpsons is “pretty hilarious”, which I obviously think is a massive overstatement. But I can’t help but find it funny that Jean is willing to twitter brag about an article whose very premise is that Zombie Simpsons isn’t nearly as good as The Simpsons.

Ultimately, this is obviously very minor, but I enjoy the way that the bar has been so lowered for Zombie Simpsons that “pale imitation” is now considered a kosher description by the people who put out the show.


5 Responses to “Scrounging for Praise”


  1. 1 Milpool
    5 April 2017 at 8:14 pm

    Believe me, you don’t want to get to Caper Chase. Just enjoy the blissful solitude you have with your spotty internet, knowing that you have no iota what that episode tried to scrappily parody, and failed spectacularly at too.

  2. 2 Ryan
    6 April 2017 at 7:03 am

    Ugh, those jokes were bad. I remember that molecule joke. It would have been smile-worthy if it ended at “everyone, three molecules at a time”. But once they have a funny idea, they love to push it.

  3. 4 Sarah J
    7 April 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Bleh. Having a few good jokes doesn’t make an episode or a TV series good. The Simpsons is a comedy, I should be chuckling all the way through. If it can only get one, maybe two laughs out me per episode, it’s not doing a good job. Top 15 later season jokes? A single episode of classic Simpsons would have more than 15 funny jokes.

  4. 5 Anonymous
    10 April 2017 at 12:57 pm

    The classic series would never get this desperate for praise, because they were rolling in it and it was well deserved. Nowadays they cling to even the most pathetic of lukewarm reviews claiming the show doesn’t suck as much as people say it does. How far they have fallen.


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