Here are a couple posts I pasted from another message board:
First, I finished Season 13 and my god, the episode where Homer and Marge are accused of murder, making jokes of it, and then it turning out to be a reality tv show was an insult to not only the viewer, but the writer's should be ashamed of that episode. It had some decent ideas going on in it, but that ending just completely left a sour taste in my mouth. I am never rewatching Season 13 again just because of that episode. As for the season finale, I liked it better when it was called "Homer the Vigilante."
Then I watched the first disc of Season 14. Seriously, what is up with the reality tv show jokes? We have ANOTHER episode where they are doing one like 5 episodes into the season. And what a boring episode it was. The best episode on the disc was the Sideshow Bob episode, but his antics in the end also ruined that one. Sideshow Bob was my favorite Simpsons character, but Season 12, 14, and 17 have turned him into a joke.
I also finished Season 17 yesterday and once again, it was lame. While it was a better season overall than 16, the show got extremely boring towards the end that I was just happy to have it over with. I mean, they are really repeating the same plotlines over now, and doing a poor job at it. In fact, I cannot even remember the majority of the season anymore, and I watched the majority of it yesterday. The only episodes that I found to be anything redeemable was the one where the cemetery was put next to Lisa's room ("The Girl Who Slept Too Little") and the outsourcing one ("Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" or something). However, I need to make mention that this season contains what I have determined to be the worst Simpsons episode ever. Even worse than the one from Season 13. It is the one where Abe might not be Homer's dad. It is hands down the most painful and insulting episode in the entire series that I could not even watch it. The entire concept does not make any sense and I stopped watching it the moment Homer read that letter from his mom. I have sat through countless garbage episodes, episodes that were okay but ruined by their random endings, and episodes that had nothing worthwhile to them, but this takes the cake. This episode just spits over anyone and everyone watching the show and Al Jean should have been fired just for allowing this episode alone. In fact, the more I think about it, Season 11, 13, and 16 are down right dreadful, but I might just place this as the worst season of them all just for that one. Moving on though...
Finally, I have also watched the first 7 episodes of Season 18 today and it is driving me nuts. The one with Fat Tony's son was not terrible, but outside of the drunk driving joke in "Moe n Lisa" and the White Stripes chasing Bart in the jazz episode, the season has been just down right boring. The episode where Homer joins the army was over the top and ridiculous, and it was nothing new. I nearly fell asleep during this episode. I guess I should just be thankful I haven't run into an episode as insulting as the one I refuse to mention, but I cannot wait until I get to "24 Minutes," because unless something has changed since I last watched it, that is one of the best episodes of all time.
I finished the rest of Season 18 and it was by far better than the last several seasons. There are some really bad episodes to it, such as "Kill Gil" and the one with Abe and Selma was just down right disgusting. However, the Helm's Deep parody with Bart and Lisa and the UPS guys was awesome and the only redeeming factor in that episode. Even the one with Nelson and Bart was not bad, and as I said before, "24 Minutes" is one of the best Simpsons episodes ever. I have never watched the show 24, so that might also be why I found this episode to be very original and the best since "Trilogy of Error." "Homerazzi" was quite enjoyable as well as the Kent Brockman episode. Oh, and who can forget about the awesome "Marge Gamer" episode? That one is just down right hilarious since it makes fun of Warcraft. It is unfortunate that there is no way to just get the episodes I find to be the best of Seasons 11-19 onto an official Blu-Ray, because I really only want a season's worth of episodes between the 9 seasons (The Debarted, 24 Minutes, Homerazzi, Trilogy or Error, HOMR, Catch'Em If You Can, The Girl Who Slept Too Little, Hello Gutter Hello Fadder, Simple Simpson, Marge Gamer and a few others). Overall though, the season was an improvement over the last several seasons, but it still could have been a lot better. Nevertheless, I may end up buying this season when it does eventually come out on BD (in like 4 more years) just for "24 Minutes" if nothing else.
Well I finished Seasons 14, 19, and 20 over the last few days and I do not know what to say.
Season 14 was almost as bad as 11 and 13. In fact, unlike Season 12, it did not even have a single redeeming episode that makes me want to keep the BD I bought outside of the fact that it has HD versions of Tree House of Horror V and VI. Those two episodes are the only reasons I will keep it, at least until Seasons 6 and 7 see BD releases. "Moe Baby Blues" was not horrible, and part of the episode with Sideshow Bob was decent, but that is about it. The Marge episodes of this season were down right terrible (especially the real 300th episode, never understood the incorrect numbering during that season even though it was fixed for the 400th), but the worst has to go to that reality tv show episode. In fact, the problem with this season was not that it was down right dreadful, it was the fact that the episodes were just boring to watch. That might even be the problem with all of the following seasons, being boring more than anything else.
Anyway, moving on to Season 19, this one had some good stuff in it, but the majority of it was not memorable at all. As I said a few posts ago, "The Debarted" an excellent episode and a great parody of The Departed. I also could not believe how great "Eternal Moonshine in the Simpson Mind" was, as I vaguely remember it, but not that much. I've already given my opinion on "That 90's Show," but I will admit it did not leave as much of an impression on me now as it did back then. I still don't think it messed up continuity at all since there is a 6 year gap between them graduating high school and Bart being born, but I will admit that the series itself was already mocking pop culture during its run in the 90s, so this episode was pretty much useless. It was like the guys said, "Hey, you know what we forgot to mock during the golden age of the show..." and ran with it. On the other hand, what is up with the constant episodes where Bart gets a new girlfriend that is voice by a movie actress each season? We have had Amy Pohler, Reese Witherspoon, Natalie Portman, and this season gives us Zoey Duschandel (or however it is spelled). Not to mention Season 20 then has Anne Hathaway. Do we really need this plot done over and over? The only other highlights I can give this season belong to Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, as their parts were great. The rest of the season and guests appearances were meh. Overall, after Season 18 showed promise, this season went right back into the dumpster, but at least it is better than 11, 13-17.
And now of course, I have to mention Season 20. Oh what a crapshoot this season was. It tried to be better than its predecessors, and yet, it fails because almost every episode plot was already done before and better. I mean, yay, we have another Lisa enters some type of contest episode. We have another Lisa vs Mr Burns episode. Lisa buys an iPod episode, Lisa gets a psychotic friend, Lisa this, Lisa that. What was up with all of the Lisa focus in the first half of the season? There is nothing really worth mentioning for the first half, but then when the show goes all HD, "WOW, that opening was awesome, I cannot wait to see how revitalized the show gets!!" We get a decent what if episode, followed by a pretty enjoyable episode with Skinner taking the low kids away from the school, and then another okay episode. However, the highlight of the season comes with an incredible parody on The Davinci Code, and I have to say, "Gone Maggie Gone" is fantastic. Its jokes, animation, plotline, over the top puzzles that annoy Lisa, and its ending with Bart are all down right incredible to watch. This episode showed that the writers can actually come up with something as awesome like they did with "24 Minutes" in Season 18 and "Trilogy of Error" in Season 12. So how do they top it off? By making the eight following episodes lackluster. Like the one where Lovejoy finds out he was not a minister during the time he remarried Marge and Homer TWELVE SEASONS AGO!!! That was incredible lame and is almost as bad as Homer not thinking Abe was his father. The remaining episodes pretty much sucked.
Sadly, I have also watched the first 6 episodes to Season 21 and outside of the first Halloween episode segment, they have also been pretty lackluster. I am just so thankful that I am almost done with the series. Only 61 more episodes to go, and if I play my cards just right, I will be done with the show by the end of the week.