The Simpsons is an animated sitcom about the antics of a dysfunctional family called the Simpsons (surprise surprise). Homer is the oafish unhealthy beer loving father, Marge is the hardworking homemaker wife, Bart is the ten year old underachiever (and proud of it), Lisa is the unappreciated eight year old genius, and Maggie is the cute, pacifier loving silent infant. Written by
The Simpsons: Some Enchanted Evening (1990) was originally going to be the season premiere, however at the Gracie Films studio screening, producer James L. Brooks said of the animation "this is sh*t", which cleared the room and created a heated argument with Klasky-Csupo animation studio head Gabor Csupo, who countered with "maybe this sh*t isn't funny". An estimated 70% of the episode had to be redone which had several knock-on effects: There was major concern the show would be canceled if the next episode, The Simpsons: Bart the Genius (1990), came back in a similar state (luckily it did not), the Christmas episode The Simpsons: Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire (1989) was now to be the season premiere which in turn meant the show could not debut on Fox until December, and what's more the reordering of the air dates meant that Santa's Little Helper who now debuted in the "first" episode was mysteriously absent throughout most of the remainder of the season including this episode. There is also a noticeable difference between the old and new animation - perhaps most notably the scene where Marge is getting ready in front of the bedroom mirror talking to Lisa about Homer's dancing; Marge is hugely off-model and would be unrecognizable under normal circumstances. The delay had at least one positive effect however; it allowed time for Hank Azaria to overdub the original voice track for Moe (performed by Chris Latta), and by season two Azaria had become a regular member of the cast. Years later when Brooks and Csupo were both on-stage accepting an Emmy for "The Simpsons", Brooks jokingly whispered in his ear "maybe this sh*t isn't funny". The joke was taken in good humor as Csupo had long since admitted he was wrong about the whole affair. See more »
"In one episode they say this, but then in another episode they say that, and in yet another episode they say the other." As this is an animated comedy series, the emphasis is clearly on laughs rather than complete verisimilitude. Efforts are certainly made to create a vaguely consistent setting in which mostly consistent characters live and work, and many episodes refer to each other, but rigid consistency of every single detail in all episodes is unnecessary. In many episodes, the fact that something is inconsistent is the express point of a gag. Our general rule is that each episode is expected to be consistent within itself, but intra-episode inconsistencies are not being listed. There can be exceptions for unusually noteworthy matters, e.g., inconsistencies repeated in multiple episodes (such as the hair and skin colors of secondary characters, and the layouts of the main landmarks), drastic changes to a character's nature (such as Ralphie's school status, Jasper's abilities, or Milhouse's hair color), or something with an interesting anecdote behind it (such as Smithers' skin color). See more »
I suppose you could say I'd like to bring the Milhouse out in Nelson.
But I'm ALL Milhouse!
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On the Halloween specials starting with II and with the exception of VI, the theme is played on an organ. When the Gracie Films logo appears, the "Shh!" Is replaced by a sound bite of a woman screaming and the accompanying jingle is played on a pipe organ. See more »
The Simpsons is one of the best TV shows of all times. It is a perfect mirror of the American culture and has many memorable moments that will always be remembered . I don't know anybody who doesn't like this show, it's impossible not to be a fan of it. You could watch each episode 20 times and never get tired, you will always find a new funny thing every time you watch it
Unfotunatley the show is getting worse and worse with every new season, Maybe it's time to let "The Simpsons" die with dignity before the audience starts to hate it.
My rating: 11/10
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