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Postby jellydonut25 » Thu Aug 02, 2012 9:11 am

metal_bryan wrote:From your reviews it surprises me that the show has stayed on TV this long. It has some crazy supportive fans, but you'd think they'd care about the quality if it's really that bad for >50% of the show's history.
I haven't watched much over the past 8 years or so, but for me, the show took a nose-dive in quality somewhere around season 13, 14, or 15...I couldn't pinpoint that, honestly...

it's since come back up to a better level, but I think the issue isn't so much that it's THAT BAD for a long time, as much as it is that seasons 3-11 are really quite excellent, which in and of itself is a huge feat, for a show to be awesome-sauce for that long...and nothing since has come up to that particular level of quality (except for the movie, which is actually really good). I've watched some recent-ish episodes, and I remember thinking "Hey, this is better than season 15...but not as good as season 6"

i think at this point, considering how good the movie was, i think it would actually be best if they just stopped the show and did one movie a year.


I can tell you one thing...if/when The Simpsons finally ends, I'll be watching the series finale.
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Postby Dr Kain » Thu Aug 02, 2012 3:11 pm

Well, here is a webpage I created this morning on my feelings of the entire series. The page itself is still a work in progress (I might add more, I keep checking for any grammatical and spelling errors), so if you have any ideas to help me spice it up, let me know.

http://archivaria.com/DrKain/TheSimpsons.html
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Postby jellydonut25 » Thu Aug 02, 2012 3:49 pm

I like Saddlesore Galactica and There's Something About Marrying.

anyway, add some pics to break up the wall of text.
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Postby Dr Kain » Thu Aug 02, 2012 5:02 pm

jellydonut25 wrote:I like Saddlesore Galactica and There's Something About Marrying.

anyway, add some pics to break up the wall of text.


I hated both of those. However, I think there is an episode I find worse than that one, I just cannot think of what it was right now.

I'm adding some pics now.
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Re: The Simpsons

Postby mr.negativity » Sat Feb 14, 2015 2:00 am

This Crazy 'Simpsons' Theory Actually Makes A Lot Of Sense
The theory is that Homer Simpson has actually been in a coma for most of the series. Yes, it sounds hard to believe, but there is actually a lot of evidence.
Bill Bradley wrote:There's a "Simpsons" theory making its way around the Internet, and, if true, it would completely change everything you thought you knew about the show. The theory is that Homer Simpson has actually been in a coma for most of the series. Yes, it sounds hard to believe, but there is actually a lot of evidence.

The theory

According to redditor Hardtopickaname, it all starts in the 1992 episode "Homer the Heretic." During a conversation with God, Homer inquires about the meaning of life. Homer is insistent that he can't wait until he's dead to find out, and God says, "You can't wait six months?"

Six months later in the April 1993 episode "So It’s Come To This: A Simpsons Clip Show," Bart's April Fools' Day prank sends Homer to the hospital:

Homer goes into a coma, waking up later and choking Bart. However, the theory proposes that Homer never actually woke up from the coma, and everything from that point on is occurring in his head.

But could this really be the case?

The evidence

The redditor first points to how plots before the April 1993 episode seemed to include more mundane things such as Bart cheating on an IQ test, Homer trying to give up drinking and Lisa having a crush on her teacher. After the episode, there were wackier plots. These later stories include things like Homer traveling to outer space, Principal Skinner being revealed as an impostor and Bart and Homer discovering the secret land of jockeys.

The redditor says these fantastical plots prove the point:

This is clearly Homer’s imagination running wild. With no real world restrictions, Homer’s mind is able to dream up scenarios of him and his family in fantasies.


Other evidence includes the celebrity appearances, which could be chalked up to Homer hearing references to celebs while in the coma, and the characters remaining the same age in the series. The Simpson patriarch is said to be subconsciously aware of time passing, which could explain why the characters remain the same age but technology changes.

The case against

"Simpsons" did have some zany plots before Homer went in a coma. For instance, this theory all stems from an episode where Homer is talking with God. In addition, other "Simpsons" theories, such as one that claims Springfield operates outside of time and space, could explain things like the characters staying the same age.

HuffPost Entertainment reached out to "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening for his thoughts and will update this post if and when a response is received.
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Re: The Simpsons

Postby DannyBeane » Wed Feb 18, 2015 3:05 pm

THese fan theories are always its a dream, they were in a coma or they were dead/dying. Maybe if they were to come up with something original like each simpson's episode is its own alternate universe timeline where they eventually crossover.
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Re: The Simpsons

Postby jellydonut25 » Wed Feb 18, 2015 3:54 pm

At one point I loved this show so dearly you'd never ever have been able to convince me that there'd come a time where I wouldn't watch it.

But aside from usually watching some Halloween episodes every year, I almost never watch The Simpsons anymore. Not even the DVDs I have. I still love those old episodes, but I dunno, maybe I just need some time away from them, maybe it's got something to do with it STILL running...like, yeah the old stuff exists and is awesome but for some reason nobody is satisfied with that old stuff and they're cranking out new crap...I dunno.

I kinda can't wait for the show to end at this point. A series finale feels like the only thing that could get me to watch the show one more time, and would probably kickstart me into revisiting old stuff nostalgically.
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Re: The Simpsons

Postby lhb412 » Sat Feb 21, 2015 11:55 am

^And yet the protests in Bolivia (because a channel changed The Simpsons' time slot) sell why that's not likely to happen:

http://io9.com/watch-bolivians-protest- ... 1685454870

The Simpsons is money-making, worldwide brand, and nothing keeps the brand going more like new product - even if everyone knows it's a shell of its former self.
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Re: The Simpsons

Postby Dr Kain » Sun Feb 22, 2015 2:54 am

I've barely watched anything these past two seasons because after doing a marathon of all 508 episodes that had aired at the time in the Summer of 2012, I came to despise what happened to the show. The THoH episodes aren't even Halloween/Horror themed stories anymore.

As for the whole Homer in a coma thing, that is just so down right stupid.
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Re: The Simpsons

Postby O.Supreme » Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:03 pm

ok...so I'll admit, the show has been bad for years, but I still watch it. I feel obligated to watch until the bitter end.... Also I know being that the show has been on for 28 years (season 29 just started Sunday...but I missed it D'oh!), the Simpsons has oddly, seemingly predicted a lot of things, but when you have 620 episodes and counting, that's bound to happen...

I'm not one of those weird theorists however I did find this odd that one of my favorite episodes (S9E05 The Cartridge Family) has themes relevant for Today 1- Gun Laws (Yes I know this always is a hot button topic any time there is a massive tragedy like what occurred in Las Vegas)..but the kicker is...you add in Tom Petty, who's song "The Waiting" features in the episode, which aired 11/2/97 (just one month short of 20 years ago...) . Predicted, No, but unique and unusual, absolutely.
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Re: The Simpsons

Postby Dr Kain » Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:12 am

The season premier was god damn f***ing awful. I didn't laugh a single time. I almost laughed at the part where the Ents appeared and then they were turned into ladders, but then it kept going. The stuff with Krusty was utterly disgusting and not in a funny kind of way.

What was this even supposed to do? It felt more like the writers were showing their love to the fantasy genre rather than actually satirizing it. What the f***ing hell was this?

I usually hate it when someone compares The Simpsons and South Park, but this is the only time I will ever say South Park did a vastly superior fantasy spoof because they actually made fun of the genre while showing their love for it. UGH!!! Excuse me while I go rinse my mouth out.
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Re: The Simpsons

Postby O.Supreme » Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:53 am

I blazed through the first 3 episodes last night.

Yeah, the first was pretty bad. I guess if I was more into magic/Fantasy titles I'd probably think it was hilarious. I've never watched a single episode of GoT, never seen Harry Potter etc... I did get some of the LotR references, and seeing Toothless' head from HttYD was a little sad on the tavern wall. The Aslan running joke was a little mean spirited...but whatever

The other episodes were just meh...The one where Lisa and Marge developed a comic together almost had some funny moments, but , yeah it just seems flat. Its kind of sad that there was a time where every episode could make me laugh. now I may get 2-3 laughs in a whole 22 episode season. I think they are just trying to get to season 30 for the sake of saying they did it, and be done. This was my favorite show, and I'm glad it had such longevity, but when it goes, I don't think anyone will be petitioning to bring it back.
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