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  • Sab227
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    The Simpsons in my opinon is a timeless series and one of the all time best series! Its more recent seasons have been fairly average but still have stand out episodes. I want to know your opinons on the show, is it as strong as it once was or is it  weaker and ran long enough?

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    I’ve been a lifelong fan of the series. While I do agree that it has it’s ups and downs when it comes to seasons (Seasons 22 and 23 were great, 24 was bland and 25 is good), I don’t think there is anything that The Simpsons will do that will stop me from not watching the show. I suppose I just love the show, and always will.

    Also, the main actors should’ve won non-voice acting Emmys, IMO.

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    It didn’t get much traction, but Tyler made a similar thread last November. 

    http://www.goldderby.com/forum/topics/view/6350

    I tend to think of “Behind the Laughter” as the ultimate series finale for the show, though there were some laughs in Seasons 13-18. Liked the movie well enough too, but after that, there really wasn’t much point for me to continue watching.  

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    I don’t follow the Simpsons anymore. I might catch a new episode here
    and there, but mostly not intentionally. But nonetheless I still love
    the Simpsons to death. It’s one of those shows that I grew up with. My
    brother introduced them to me and I became just as much a fan of them as
    he was. That was during the early 00’s, and consequentially those
    seasons (ca. 11-15), their themes, structure and humour are the best to
    me. People mostly praise the early seasons, and I appreciate those, but
    they are so heavy sometimes and not the light and ridiculously hilarious
    comedy that I got accustomed to and still love today. I could watch
    “Skinner’s Sense of Snow” (to name one example) again and again, but do I
    feel a need to watch that episode when Bart gets caught shoplifting a
    videogame? Not really… Maybe there was more meaning to the earlier
    episodes but the lighter comedy is just way more enjoyable, and I really
    am a fan of Homer becoming dumber.

    Those most recent seasons
    however I do not even care about anymore. It seems like the charm what
    made the simpsons so special is completely missing by now, the episodes
    are repetitive, and the humour is mostly replaced by gimmicky guest star
    appearances like in that Lady Gaga episode. They should have ended the
    series by now. But I guess that will only happen once the main voice
    actors no longer want to continue.

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    I haven’t been as critical as others on recent seasons, but this current season is just awful and made me stop watching.

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    I am a huge Simpsons fan – like really really huge fan, and because of that, I am also very critical of the show.
    Yes, the show has lost a lot of the spark that it once had. It has had pointless plots and meaningless “flavor of the month” guest stars like Justin Bieber. It is nowhere close to being the show it was in the 90s and early 2000s.

    BUT…as bad as it has become, it is nowhere close to being as bad as shows like Glee and Modern Family, who started out excellent and then proceeded to become worse and worse and worse until they are almost unbearable (at least Glee makes changes and are smart enough to see when things aren’t working). Remember – it took The Simpsons around 15 years to become a shadow of what they once were – it took Modern Family three years to become progressively worse.

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    Does anyone actually think that it is still good?

    The fact is that S4-6 is the greatest peak of any show, any genre, of all time. And that the Emmys snubbed S4 and 5 and sent them back to animation island is a shame on par with their treatment of The Wire. 

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    People – quite a few fans of the show among them – have been saying that “The Simpsons is past its prime” (I believe the trope is “not as funny as it used to be”) for years.  One of the problems is, the plots tend to repeat themselves – “Yet another Homer and Marge’s Marriage Is In Trouble episode”, “Yet another Lisa Takes Up A Liberal Cause episode”, “Yet another Bart Has Issues With (choose: Nelson, Principal Skinner, Lisa) episode”.

    There was a time when I would have said, “The show will continue until one of the three main male voice actors leaves the show” (I singled out the males because the three main females don’t do that many voices, so they would be easier to replace – it shouldn’t be that hard to find someone else that can do the Lisa voice).  However, when Marcia Wallace died and they decided not to replace her, it became somewhat obvious that if any of the six stars leave, that pretty much ends the show.  (They could go the “Hey, let’s turn Homer into a single parent; that ought to be good for a few episode plots” route if Julie Kavner leaves, but I don’t see that happening.)

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    People – quite a few fans of the show among them – have been saying that “The Simpsons is past its prime” (I believe the trope is “not as funny as it used to be”) for years.  One of the problems is, the plots tend to repeat themselves – “Yet another Homer and Marge’s Marriage Is In Trouble episode”, “Yet another Lisa Takes Up A Liberal Cause episode”, “Yet another Bart Has Issues With (choose: Nelson, Principal Skinner, Lisa) episode”.

    There was a time when I would have said, “The show will continue until one of the three main male voice actors leaves the show” (I singled out the males because the three main females don’t do that many voices, so they would be easier to replace – it shouldn’t be that hard to find someone else that can do the Lisa voice).  However, when Marcia Wallace died and they decided not to replace her, it became somewhat obvious that if any of the six stars leave, that pretty much ends the show.
    (They could go the “Hey, let’s turn Homer into a single parent; that
    ought to be good for a few episode plots” route if Julie Kavner leaves,
    but I don’t see that happening.)

    No, I don’t
    think they would ever do that or even consider. The Simpsons have become
    THE iconic figure of family on American Television. They have established
    such a strong family image emphasizing many traditional family values, that they would never let Marge die, let
    alone divorce Homer and leave the kids with him. This would probably cause a big media outcry.

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    I was thinking about this. As much as people want the show to end, how the hell can you end this juggernaut? I mean you have like 200-some-odd characters, each with their own story, that you have to wrap up, and, when that time comes, it’ll probably be like two hours long, getting massive ratings, contain like 50 guest stars, the critics would fall all over themselves and maybe, just maybe, would The Simpsons contend in Best Comedy Series instead of Animated Series and win the category as a final goodbye hug to this phenomenal series, and make history in the process. And also have the six main actors get nominated for the Acting categories instead of Voice Acting. Just spitballin’ here…

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    No voice actor will ever leave – they get paid for minimal work. Its a very easy gig (not super-easy, but compared to some people who make their living performing eight nights a week on Broadway, voice acting isn’t at all stressful) 

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    No voice actor will ever leave – they get paid for minimal work. Its a very easy gig (not super-easy, but compared to some people who make their living performing eight nights a week on Broadway, voice acting isn’t at all stressful) 

    True dat. Plus how can you replace Gods? That’s what those six main actors are; comedic Gods. Marcia Wallace’s death was a wake-up call to me, it reminded me that these six guys are mortal, and that soon they will die. If one of those six dies in the time that the show is still on the air, then yes, The Simpsons will finally recede into the night.

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    That Don Guy
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    [quote=”EmmyFan123″]No voice actor will ever leave

    No voice actor (at least, none of the stars) will ever leave voluntarily.  Phil Hartman and Marcia Wallace didn’t have much say in the matter.

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    I agree that the series should have been nominated and won for Comedy Series multiple times, and that the voice actors should have been nominated in the acting categories and won!

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