The Simpsons: Season 8, Episode 24

The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase (11 May 1997)

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Troy McClure introduces three "potential spin-offs" of The Simpsons. The fictional pilots include: "Chief Wiggum, P.I. (Wiggum and Principal Skinner are detectives in New Orleans, and must contend with the evil Big Daddy, who kidnaps Ralph); "The Love-Matic Grandpa" (a spoof of the failed 1960s-era sitcom "My Mother the Car," where Grampa's ghost inhabits a Love Tester machine at Moe's Tavern); ... See full summary »

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Homer Simpson (voice)
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Marge Simpson (voice)
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Bart Simpson (voice)
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Lisa Simpson (voice)
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Troy McClure (voice)
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Himself (voice)
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Big Daddy (voice)
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Troy McClure introduces three "potential spin-offs" of The Simpsons. The fictional pilots include: "Chief Wiggum, P.I. (Wiggum and Principal Skinner are detectives in New Orleans, and must contend with the evil Big Daddy, who kidnaps Ralph); "The Love-Matic Grandpa" (a spoof of the failed 1960s-era sitcom "My Mother the Car," where Grampa's ghost inhabits a Love Tester machine at Moe's Tavern); and "The Simpson Family Smile-Time Variety Hour" (the Simpsons - along with a teen-aged "Lisa" - star in a comedy-variety show, much like the Bradys did in 1977).

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Kent Brockman introduces The Simpson Family Smile-Time Variety Hour as live. The clock behind him reads 8:20, the approximate time its watched in Pacific and Eastern time zones. See more »

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Chief Wiggum: Oh, man, what a day. It's no cakewalk being a single parent, juggling a career and family like so many juggling balls... two, I suppose.
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I Want Candy
Written by Bert Berns, Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein and Richard Gottehrer
Performed by The Strangeloves
(from "The Simpson Family Smile-Time Variety Hour" segment)
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This should have been the series finale.
14 October 2006 | by (Lund, Sweden) – See all my reviews

It is very sad to see how The Simpsons has dwindled in quality following season 8. Weird, daft stories and increasingly annoying characters has replaced the brilliance and wit of yesteryear.

"The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase" is a clever satirical take on how TV-producers, who allow their creations to live well beyond their expiry date, invariably will produce cheesy spin-offs in lame attempts to cash in on previous success.

Therefore, it is ironic that the creators of The Simpsons didn't heed their own warning, but have instead been "kicking the dead horse" ever since the awful "The Principal and the Pauper"-episode of season 9.

Mr. Groening should have quit while he was ahead, and quite frankly this episode represents the cusp of the series development.

Hold on tight, it's all downhill from here...


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