Which episode made you quit the Simpsons? For me, it was Barting Over.
>In this episode, Bart discovers that he used to be a child star in commercials—and that Homer blew all the money he earned. In retaliation, Bart petitions the court to be legally emancipated and move out of the house.
I hadn't really been avidly watching the show for awhile, and just had it on as background noise. But after this one? I finally just stopped turning the show on.
Haven't watched a new episode or syndicated rerun ever since
I used to watch the fox Sunday lineup throughout HS even though the Simpsons were deep into being shit just because nothing else was on. Then I left for the Marines and didn't have access to it and just never felt the desire to go back and I've been a civilian again almost five years
That's the really sad thing about how awful the Simpsons has gotten. I don't even really watch reruns anymore. Most of the other shows that I've loved, or currently love, I'll watch reruns for if I have nothing better to do at the time. Not with the Simpsons, though. For some reason, I just never really have the desire.
I... liked that episode. I haven't watched The Simpsons regularly for quite a while, though. I also liked Ned getting married to Edna, the episode where the Asian girl kisses Bart, and I didn't hate the Lady Gaga episode. Those are about the only recent episodes I've seen.
What episode would you say is the absolute worst of the worst of modern Simpsons?
>What episode would you say is the absolute worst of the worst of modern Simpsons?
>In the episode, the Simpson family rescues a diving horse named Duncan from the abuse of his owner and keeps him as a pet. When the cost of keeping Duncan rises, Homer and Bart train him to be a racehorse. Duncan wins several races and, as a result, Homer is threatened with death by a group of jockeys. Meanwhile, Lisa is upset over her school unfairly losing the musical band competition at a state fair and writes a letter to U.S. President Bill Clinton in protest.
Awful episode(like that needed to be added).
Bart pranks Skinner or some shit, then he learns he's not the best prankster to ever go to school.
Cue him meeting Jonah Hill.
They become friends.
Bart eventually realizes he's a loser afraid of growing up.
He gets him a job at Krusty's show doing something.
Bart thinks he's going to sabotage himself by pranking Krusty.
He actually becomes a writer or some gay shit.
Isn't Blink 182 their actual name? Where's the joke? Is the Joke Barts a smug fuck who hastily corrected the band's typo?
I just......I've become so bitter.
Me too, that was where I realized it. That exact scene. That's when my childhood died and I realized the Simpsons could be and was shit.
It always seems like half the episodes that /co/ hates would be better if they were simply not The Simpsons. Like, I don't remember the Lisa subplot for this one, but I don't remember being too offended by this episode.
It's basically Lisa complaining about being cheated out of winning some music competition because the winners seemingly only won because they used glowsticks to make the American flag while using the same tired routine from before whereas she actually tried something new. In the end Clinton shows up and awards them the winner because he agrees. And the moral is so long as they complain they'll eventually get what they want. Marge says that's a crummy lesson. Clinton says he's a crummy president.
It's what happens before and after the horse storyline, that bit about Lisa's high school band competition where they lost because a rival school pulled out sparklers at the end of their set and one the contest, all of the jokes at the beginning and end of the episode failed miserably. It was so bad that I wouldn't be surprised if most of you only remembered the horse racing storyline.
I've been watching The Simpsons for a few months now, I started with the Tracey Ullman shorts and I'm on Season 9 now. I was gonna watch up to the point where they started to get terrible, and I'm thinking of stopping at 10 cause I really don't wanna watch all 25 seasons or episodes all about guest stars. What's a good stopping point? I've never really watched the series that well before.
There's an argument to be made for Homer's Enemy, but I think the 4 eps after it are worth watching. The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson is I think the tipping point of the Simpsons, so the first episode of season 9 is the last truly great episode. As you progress into season 10 you'll notice fewer and fewer good episodes as well. At about season 12 they stop all together.
That one episode where Homer and some others went to Rock camp or something. It was poorly written full of special guests who were all making fools of themselves. I mean seriously, compare that to Homerpalooza.
Yeah, that was pretty terrible, too.
I don't know when I dropped off, but I will never forget the first episode I didn't laugh at. The Last Temptation of Krust.
Overloaded with celebrity guests, virtually no Simpsons humour, and a feeling of emptiness hit me.
To quote Deus Ex: This isn't the end of the Simpsons, but you can see it from here
That time that Mr. Burns and Homer went to Loch Ness to find the Loch Ness Monster. Then they found him. Then the monster worked in Mr.Burns casino, then the episode just sort of ends.
Season 9 is a perfect time to stop. You've already started seeing the drop in quality with things like The Old Man and the Lisa and the one where Homer climbs the mountain.
A better use of your time would be to watch the earlier seasons again.
damn you all keep going back and back, there were so many episodes i forgot were really bad, the one i recall (by memory no fucking idea of the title) is that one were Homer spent all the saved money in a RV or something, it was a chapter going nowhere starting nowhere, just random stuff happening
I think the one that kind of tipped me off was the one where they do a documentary on Homer being rich, and we find out at the end that he's just squatting in Mr. Burns summer home.
The thing that struck me is that it felt… to quiet. Like, when characters talked the lines not only fell flat, it was like they were sucked away. There was no ambience to it. They just laid out the jokes, it felt like there was no progression.
>go to Wikipedia
>Go to Simpsons episodes
>go to season 12
>click on an ep
>scroll down to the Reception line
>Generally negative reviews
>Generally positive reviews
Oh my god, this is like watching my childhood die.
Well, there was an episode of Homer wetting the bed and the family goes into his dreams like in Inception. Anyways one of the kids' dream (Bart iirc) was in done in the style of the early seasons. It looked off to me.
I dunno, it was a gradual thing.
I think the last episode I saw was the one where Fat Tony died, his fit cousin came to town, got fat, and from then on was known as Fat Tony.
Honesty I can't even remember anymore. The only way I watch the Simpsons anymore if I check if it's season 1-9 first.
The celebrity influx was one nail in the coffin, but I wonder if there was a real solid killing blow
That episode was bad, but it's such bullshit when people put the fucking cat "dying" on the level of the Armin Tamzarian thing. Literally no one gave a shit about Snowball until that episode (male or female? who the fuck knows), and it seems like people are just trying to find even more reasons to hate the show when they make claims like that (like there aren't enough actual legitimate reasons already).
If it was the dog that'd be another story, but, well... it wasn't.
The problem isn't that it was Skinner or Snowball or Fat Tony.
The problem is that ha-ha, status quo joke guys, isn't this hilarious?
No, actually, it wasn't. That's the problem. That kind of thing can work once if done well (and the Skinner shit wasn't, if you're wondering). But not three goddamn times. Even the first time it shows formula fatigue and writers that try to pass self-referential comments on the show's status as comedy.
It goes without saying that the Fat Tony episode was worse, but the Snowball episode had them even referencing the Principal and the Pauper episode. They did know what they were going for there.
Sadly, The 500th episode. I was giving the Simpsons a second chance for the hundreth time and this episode came out. I sat there watching it, it didn't make me laugh, it didn't make me smile, and at the end of the pointless mess the writers stuck in some neeneer neener which basically amounted to
>We know this episode is shit and that you guys are going to complain, so we'll make some pass at our fans being crazy nerds like Comic Book Guy to cover our asses.
Based on imdb ratings, each different color is a season.
because I think like the vast majority of people thought the show was great then (it was getting complaints as far back as season 1 and 2 for not being like the shorts), they ignored it because those criticisms at the time were as close as you can get to objectively wrong. later there were actually legitimate points, but again, the show was still good enough that treating them like a joke didn't matter.
the problem is that now they still believe that everyone who casually bitches about a show on the internet is some sperg on usenet (or harry shearer) instead of the norm nowadays, and continue thinking they're amazing. despite what a lot of people say about current simpsons writers having grown up on the old show or some shit, pretty much all of them are middle-aged or older and extremely out of touch.
They've been pulling that shit since at least Season 12, and it chapped my ass back then, too. Who do they really think likes being told, "We know this is shit, but what the fuck are you going to do about it?"
Bart VS Lisa VS The Third Grade. Up until that point, even though I could recognize that it had none of it's former greatness, I could at least get a single laugh out of the episodes. That was the first episode I couldn't, and the last episode I watched as it aired. There may have been a few funny eps since then, the only one I can really think of that made me laugh was Lost Verizons.
Seasons 2-8 was the golden era as far as I'm concerned.
That fucking episode where Lisa had a restraining order on Bart and started stabbing him with a screwdriver-tipped pole to make sure he kept his distance. And she starts using it to make his life hell, and nobody really gives a shit even when Bart is stuck living outside and gets nerve damage in his arm. Marge gives the most half-assed attempt to get Lisa to stop being a cunt, but since Lisa is the pet character she's pretty much in the right because of reasons.
They keep increasing that a lot.
Funnily enough that episode's actually old enough that I remember watching it on TV. Sometimes I forget that some of the truly shit episodes were already airing before I stopped watching.
Shit you just brought up something I never thought of. How have Shearer's characters been portrayed over the course the decline? Obviously Skinner got more pussified, and Ned Flanders got Flanderized.
Well Mister Burns went from a shrewd black-hearted villain to a doddering old man and the shows regular target for right-wing jokes. Smithers went from a smarmy yes-man to being gay for gay.
Reverend Lovejoy had a book-burning joke at one point.
>The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson
That definitely is one of the best episodes, but for me the peak remains both episodes of Who shot Mister Burns. So many good gags and references.
> I sat there watching it, it didn't make me laugh, it didn't make me smile, and at the end of the pointless mess the writers stuck in some neeneer neener which basically amounted to
>We know this episode is shit
I feel the same if I accidently watch some new episodes. Or any Family guy episodes, ever.
Ya know, trolling isn't as simple a matter as you think.
JUST ASK THIS SCIENTICIAN!
Simpson Safari was the episode that pretty much killed it for me. I think I've only watched a handful of episodes since then.
I dropped it in grade 8, in 2005
I marathoned a few seasons in 2010, haven't cared
when i moved homeI got a DVR and i've been savind episodes, tried watching a couple, some aren't totally bad, but in general it sucks
I'm surprised seeing this many people on 4chan who would admit to watching past season 9
I pretty much only watch the show for the occasional appearance of Lisa's feet, and even then I never watch it new, always the next day online.
It's like, if you grew up with this childhood friend who was funny, witty and oddly insightful at times. But as you got older you saw that he was falling into bad habits.
Every now and then you'll check up on the guy to see if you can relive the glory days, but he just gets worse and worse, and is steadily becoming more and more of an asshole.
You want him to get better, to be like he used to be... but you steadily realise that'll never happen, and the idea of smothering him in his sleep becomes more appealing.
Lastly, more of the big Peter vs. Homer fight scene was shown, beginning with them growling at each other...
The two begin comically punching each other, both of them exactly mimicking both the punch itself and their head swinging back for a while. They then begin pummeling each other and rolling around on the street, before Homer finally grabs Peter by his throat and begins to throttle him… at which point Peter freaks out and leaps back.
Peter: “What the hell? That really hurts!”
Homer: “I do it to my son all the time!”
Peter: “No wonder he’s fat and stupid!”
Homer: “That’s your son!”
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Not the episode that did it - but it's one of the weirdest examples of The Simpsons trying to stay current.
What, you didn't at least smile at Jay Leno's interactions with Krusty?
>"Sorry son, how was I supposed to know you, Jay Leno and a monkey were bathing a clown?"
>Implying that this isn't Lovejoy's best scene
personally I feel Simpsons doesn't become truly unwatchable till Season 15, although the quality starts drooping noticeably after season 11, there's still the occasional decent or even outright good episode to be found
Pretty sure that episode was the breaking point for a lot of people.
I tink it had to do with the fact that it was the 300 ep. The episode was hyped as a signicant milestone for the show, but instead it highlighted what the show turned into.
I can't remember when I regularly watched the Simpsons, but the episode that made me stop watching altogether was when Homer and Marge had to flee Lisa and Bart in a Catch Me If You Can inspired scene. Then Homer fucked Marge as they went over Niagara Falls.
I just remember thinking I didn't enjoy a single moment and did not really like any of the characters any more. Haven't seen it since.
I'm 19, I use to watch the 6pm Simpsons (ausfag) that aired most of the old episodes when I was a kid.
Sometimes I watched the new ones but they kinda sucked.
That was around 2001-2005.
Stopped watching just after The Simpsons Movie that I thought was alright.
I slowly quit the Simpsons after they started airing in the evening (Germanfag here). It was from season 11 on. I was... 13 or 14 at that time. I remember the episode with the fairy jockeys and something with Moe and Maggie. Last funny thing I remember was a scene from the boygroup episode where they show a meeting of the MAD people and they apparently spent the night on a parody title.
>Writer 1: Why don't we call it, "Everyone Hates Raymond."
[the writers laugh]
>Writer 2: Well, we stayed up all night, but it was worth it.
Apart from that, I don't know much. It has probably been ten years now or so since I last watched any episode other than season 1-10.
That one episode were Homer gets caught up in the plan of a bunch of methheads while the rest of the family decides to make a blog about food.
Season 17 once it kicked into the HABF run made me quit.
Seasons 10-16 weren't classic tier, and certainly had some off moments, but I still found them watchable, and even a few gems here and there.
Also german here. It wasn't watchable anymore after they replaced the voice actor of Marge and her sisters (the old one died) with Engelke. Also Skinner got replaced and the new voices really suck ass.
>and I think you're a fucking faggot
I'm just glad my local stations kept it from Season 1 to 11. Say what you will about 11, but I can't help but love Trash of the Titans. Overall season 4 or 5 is the best. Cape Feare is my favourite episode, tied with Bart Gets an F because of how much I related to it as a kid.
I will never understand why this episode gets so much hate, aside from the "hurr muh timeline" faggots. For modern Simpsons, it was pretty damn funny.
For me it was either Kill The Alligator And Run or that episode where Homer's mother died and they used her ashes to stop a rocket from launching
The butthurt in this thread is incredible. Simpsons is NOT Golden Age anymore but it's still better than most things on tv. Certainly better than Failmly Gay, and less weird and creepy than American Dad or Bob's Burgers (though it's not as as good as those shows, mainstream audiences won't care because those shows are hipster).
"What could they possibly owe YOU? They've given you thousands of hours of free entertainment."
....WORST. SHOW. EVER.
You're fucking Comic Book Guys, the lot of you.
>Ray Patterson's remarks about how he is moving away from Springfield and the people can wallow in the mess they made by electing Homer was reference to a 1990 show in Las Vegas where Redd Foxx was billed. Twelve people were in attendance. Foxx was introduced via a band that played the theme music to Sanford & Son, whereupon an angry Foxx stated he would not perform for such a meager audience and walked off. The band, unsure of what to do, played the Sanford & Son theme music once again.
Lisa goes Gaga made me give up.
I hadn't been very enthusiastic about the show in a long time, but this was one episode that just put me off.
>but it's still better than most things on tv.
If this were back in 1999-2005 I'd agree with you.
But now? Not so much.
I hate Family Guy and have enjoyed it more than modern simpsons.
Catch 'em If You Can. I knew the Simpsons had gotten bad before then, but that episode was the tipping point. Homer and Marge are trying to go on vacation without the kids while Bart and Lisa try to ruin it for no goddamn reason. It was ridiculous, and I hated everyone.
Up until that point I considered the Simpsons just another stock show, unique though in that it had a great past that I loved as a kid. It was ok, I'd watch it if it was on and probably enjoy it.
Something about the Lady Gaga episode just made the whole thing seem foreign to me, like I was watching a show that I had never seen before and that it was kind of a shitty show.
I used to watch reruns of the old ones all the time as a kid, then when I was like 12 or so started watching new ones every Sunday around season 11. Back then I was just watching it because I liked The Simpsons. I didn't know anything about what seasons the episodes I liked were from or their titles.
And so it continued like that for a few years, then when I was 15 or 16 I decided to learn about that and was calling myself a fan of the show, so I started paying attention to upcoming episodes and their promotional art and I got swept up in it all.
Before I knew it I was preparing for season 19 when something clicked. It wasn't any particular new episode that set it off, it was a rerun, of any old one, don't even remember which, but it made me laugh. I genuinely laughed. It was then that I stopped. I didn't start hating on it, I just got it surgically removed from my life and I've never been happier. I did download the Lego episode out of curiosity (it wasn't good, stopped half-way) and one about Comic Book Guy getting married (just picked a random ep to see how the show is now, didn't finish) but other than that I've been clean for about 7 years.
>I think the last episode I saw was the one where Fat Tony died, his fit cousin came to town, got fat, and from then on was known as Fat Tony.
That actually sounds like the good meta humor that they used to do.
Episode 8F21, The Otto Show.
>The episode guest stars Michael McKean as David St. Hubbins and Christopher Guest as Nigel Tufnel. Harry Shearer, who is a regular Simpsons cast member, also starred in This Is Spinal Tap and reprises his role as Derek Smalls.
I couldn't believe it later when suddenly Harry Shearer of all people was bitching about how the show went to shit, dropping all characterization in favor of random humor, celebrity cameos and crossovers.
The stink that was kicked up by other people closely associated with the show about the Critic crossover years later is astonishingly hypocritical - here was an episode which simply rides the coattails of a bigger act just as a celebrity cameo or crossover would do, consisting of random humor and an A-story so weak that Shearer is forced to talk very slowly as Skinner over the end scene to pad it out. It's like the writers threw together a 21-minute show and said "fuck it, close enough."
Every weakness the show has, it has had since at least this episode. It's a vile piece of marketing sold as comedy, about as original as a clipshow, and somehow overlooked by former staffers who have been vocal in their disapproval of how the show has continued.
After that, I just never felt like it was must-see TV.
I kind of just phased out of the Simpsons before it got horrifically bad. I recently rewatched S3 and 4 and holy shit they're so good.
>all dem references to old movies
>all dem jokes about republicans and democrats
>Clinton was still president when the Simpsons went to shit
Better to be weird and creepy than totally humorless and bland. And at least American Dad has actually characters that have remained consistently written as characters since the show's inception
I can't understand why most of /co/ hates AD so much. Most episodes are very good, not to wierd, they have a recurrent theme and many over-the-top jokes. Rogers voice sucks imo, but I watch it in a different language, so no matter for me.
And gee, no one forces you to watch it.
/co/ doesn't hate AD. They love it a lot, but think it's decreased in overall quality the last couple seasons, having just reached the point of "slightly more bad episodes than good ones" last season.
American Dad has been far better than the Simpsons since its first episode. I know it's not a very high bar to breach, but...there you go. Not to mention that there are some episodes of American Dad that are just flat out amazing.
I just hate what Bart is.
Like every time it seems he is getting some character progression or learning from a mistake it has to get reset. He will also have to be that troublemaking prankster, maggie will never be anything other than the baby unless they age up and she starts talking, poor Lisa, Homer seems to get more stupid every time despite him being shown to be a really great father at times, and I don't know what to say about Marge because it seems like she has her ups and downs
>get urge to watch simpsons
>that one livestream that had a pool of good episodes going 24/7 is offline
Where do you guys go?
this pisses me off so much, they had a brilliant episode with Mother Simpson and they manage to fuck it up by having her come back like 3 goddamn times after
i hate that the writers seem intent on shitting on Bart at every opportunity. remember when Bart was gonna be the head justice of the supreme court? now every time they do a future episode Bart turns out to be a bum
I'm sick of him getting new girlfriends every other week.
Just be grateful that they didn't do that to Unky Herb. He's still pristine and perfect.
Yeah, that is irritating.
I'm just trying to take a 'it could be worse' attitude.
Like...look on the bright side. At least he's just poor again instead of becoming the new Sideshow character.
"And now introducing Sideshow Herb!"
I think there was one where Homer and Bart kicked out Reverend Lovejoy because they wanted a more interesting priest, then they wanted him back in even though Lovejoy was happy with his new job and everyone else was happy with the new reverend so they made a fake plague and chased out the overwhelmed new reverend to put Lovejoy back in.
It's almost comparable to the episode where Marge and Homer realize they need legal guardians for in case anything happens to them, so they appoint them, then they get jealous of how good they are at caring for their children after like several days of caring for their children and fire them.
Yeah. New Simpsons is just... WHY.
>i hate that the writers seem intent on shitting on Bart at every opportunity. remember when Bart was gonna be the head justice of the supreme court? now every time they do a future episode Bart turns out to be a bum
Aren't all future episodes canon, though? So Bart may appear to be a bum in some episodes but he still ends as head justice.
As someone who grew up in the 90's, I found this episode hilarious, the problem I had was that it erased a decade of continuity.
I started drifting away from the Simpsons, but gave up on them completely when I got rid of cable.
I did watch Christmas' of Futures Past, which I consider to be the canonical end of the series.
Remember when Moe wasn't suicidal and completey pathetic?
He was a jaded ex-boxer who wanted to make people happy, but lost his way.
Now, I don't even know what he it. (He'll marry Marge's straight sister.)
I don't usually watch Family Guy, and am not sure why people hate it so much, but I'm pretty sure I can remember a few episodes of it, or its sister shows that I laughed at.
Although then again, I don't know if people have possibly made the distinction between "new Family Guy" and "old Family Guy" when they talk about that show, like we currently do with the Simpsons.
You mean when Simpsons announced they really jumped the shark, right? Because there are way worse episodes than this one. Homer vs. Dignity is a good example of utter, blatant shit.
>>all dem references to old movies
>>all dem jokes about republicans and democrats
well, is the same humour now and then, the only exception "nostalgia google glass mass people" and everybody knows it
I'd actually say the Simpsons had an upswing after mid 2000s until like, 2010 or 2011 or so. That infamous Lady gaga episode feels like something from the 2000-2004 era, and that's sort of opened up the floodgates again.
Old simpsons could make references that were funny even if you never saw the original work. I'd hadn't seen Citizen Kane before that episode with Bobo but those scenes still left me in stitches.
Well see, it wasn't funny. You might need to get examined.
Anyway the Homer vs Dignity one was when I stopped caring about the show. Panda rape, in what used to be one of the better written shows on TV.
>My childhood died
What the hell did they do to Bart? Not only is he playing second fiddle to Lisa now, but he is paradoxically leaning towards homosexual, being camp in the very least, and yet somehow manages to pull an often older girlfriend every couple of episodes, all while entertaining a quasi-incestuous relationship with his sister.
>not hating the simpsons ever since The Principal and the Pauper
God its like you fags just want to join into a LEL NEW SIMPSONS ARE STUPID circlejery where as it was shitty well before then
Family guy is an extremely hit and miss show that can get pretty tiresome real fast unless they mix up their shit. They mixed it up too late and the hate train already gathered enough steam to exist on its own.
Personally I think it's pretty alright.
>all while entertaining a quasi-incestuous relationship with his sister
This really disturbs me, to be frank. The writers have turned Bart and Lisa in some kind of non-married old married couple along the time.
>"What could they possibly owe YOU? They've given you thousands of hours of free entertainment."
It's telling that this unironically made it into the show in season 8, right on the edge of the dip into zombie town. The writers used this attitude as an excuse to ignore all criticism because haterz.
Just because you're providing entertainment for free doesn't mean that people don't have a right to criticize. Or that they're wrong. Or that you're not a dick if you use this excuse to spite your fans and make fun to them. Or that you're not a lazy piece of shit if you knowingly shit out abysmally low quality over many years.
Anyway, I think the episode that first bothered me was the tennis one. I was a kid, but I knew something was wrong.
>The Principal and the Pauper
>Not Some Enchanted Evening
Sorry kid, the show's always been shit
I just hate the way Shawna is portrayed.
She would be a perfect perminant love interest for Bart and have them seperated by age and all that.
NOPE SHE'S A WHORE AND A BAD GURL LOLOLOL
This goes to the German anons earlier in the thread but, if you can understand English perfectly well, why not watch the show in its original language? Dan Castellaneta is wonderful in the role.
Dude, we live in an age where a certain band whose name will remain nameless but rhymes with craptallica can sue their fans and they'll be defended by other fans. Of course people will defend the Simpsons when they attack their own fans.
>People thinking it's nostalgia goggles
Here in a modern day episode where The Simpsons create a black hole - the only joke they can come up with to reference the movie named "The Black Hole" is... to have comic book guy throw a DVD into it.
That's not clever. It's not even talking about the quality of the film because it's considered a good movie from Disney's live action era. This is the kind of joke some hack writer out of college who looked up "black holes" on Wikipedia found under "Other things named Black Hole"
Oh god, I completely forgot about this episode. That was the turning point for me. I especially raged when Lisa asks Bart to name one good deed he ever did for her and they completely ignore the fact that Bart and Michael fucking Jackson serenade her for her birthday.
Not any of them, but the thing is that the dub voices are already part of the charm of the show because those are the voices some of us grew up with. I'm sure the original english voices are good, but it doesn't feel the same
I stopped caring for The Simpsons after this. It was a gradual process but I just couldn't follow The Simpsons anymore after that episode, despite I used to be a huge fan on my childhood
This reminds me of a friend I knew who was a 'hardcore' Simpsons fan. Every new episode he would bitch about how it was the worst thing ever and he would never watch the show again...Then he would watch the next episode and proceed to bitch about how it was the worst thing ever and he would never watch the show again. Rinse, Repeat, Re-do every week, etcetera, etcetera.
One time I decided to check episode reviews after his complaining and every single fucking review was "It's a good episode and it looks like a return to form for the Simpsons" followed by "Worst Episode Ever" And this would repeat for an entire seasons worth of episodes.
It was at this point I realized that most Simpsons fans are simply battered wives who complain about how much the show sucks and then run back to it to suck its cock for another half hour, just so they have something to complain about.
The proof is here with how much this same thread pops up on /co/ over and over and over and over again with no new ground being tread. funny story to top it off, I once hosted a stream of random Simpsons episodes where the chat was filled with people who would not shut up about how much they hate the new episodes and how much better it was in the "good old days". Just as an experiment I mixed a few new 2008 episodes in with the mid season stuff. Not only could no one tell the difference, but almost the entire chat was talking about the "new" episodes like they were older episodes with such comments as "this is when the Simpsons were good" and "alright! this was my favorite episode from back in the day, not like the new ones which suck".
>Not only could no one tell the difference, but almost the entire chat was talking about the "new" episodes like they were older episodes
You're not implying this is how it always is, are you?
There are actual concrete differences to understand.
That scene was bizarre. The entire episode was about how terrible Poochy was and how no one liked him and then suddenly the writers insert their huffy little rant into the middle of it
But he's America's sweetheart!
The episode where they get a Hybrid.
>Old pink station wagon breaks down
>Family gets a new Ford Hybrid, they all love it and it have no drawbacks or secretly bad things.
>At the end of the episode, Homer sees the pink clunker about to be sold off. He gets some last-minute regrets, and immediately abandons the new Hybrid for the Station Wagon, with no explanation.
I have always hated how nothing ever changes in animated sitcoms, and this has got to be my LEAST favorite trope. But that one just pissed me off.
I vaguely remember it but it had something to do with Bart dating Cletus's daughter or something like that, marge was mad at homer and at the end of the episode bart gathered up a bunch of males to apologize to their girls
fuck that episode
I remember an episode where the First Act that had nothing to do with the rest of the episode was about getting their Kitchen remodeled, and it looked really fancy and high-tech and it's never brought up like that again.
Did you ever see Married with Children? There was one episode where Al was taking the Dodge to get washed, and he needed to clear out the trunk first, but he wouldn't let anyone near it. No one had any idea what was in the trunk, but at the end of the episode, he opened it up, and the audience was shown a picture of the family that he kept back there, just for him.
It was a really sweet moment that was skillfully pulled off.
I'm guessing that the episode you're referring to is the opposite of that?
I just really hate this trope in general.
>Family gets nice thing to replace crappy thing
>New thing turns out to be evil/crap/bad in some other way.
>Other times, it makes their lives a lot better.
>At the end of the episode, family goes back to shitty old thing out of necessity or fondness.
EVERY episodic animated sitcome has done this, except for maybe Bob's Burgers. The only one that comes close is Gene's talking toilet, but that's because it belonged to some rich dude.
Also, MwC is a great episode.
>the principal and the pauper
Oh yeah. That's right. Al wanted to make sure that everything was accounted for, but he couldn't let on that he actually loved his family, so he couldn't come out and ask if the picture was in there.
>"What could they possibly owe YOU? They've given you thousands of hours of free entertainment."
The Simpsons was instrumental in the rise of pay to watch networks, and basically made FOX what it is today. Before that, it was a failing studio with no TV complement.
Just because it's not pay per view doesn't mean it's free.