November 10, 2013 at 5:57 pm #452253
Seeing as how everyone is in an uproar over the newest Simpsons episode named “YOLO”, I ask myself why? I mean, I understand that that title connotates a saying that will be hacky and dated in another year most likely, but I am one of those people who watch the episode first before making judgements during the press release. I thought the episode was good, not the best of the season (mind you the season has only began…) but I found it to be watchable.
Which leads me to the next thing. There are two distinct fans of The Simpsons, those who watch the episode no matter what and think it’s funny and hysterical, and those who think the first 12 seasons are funny and that the following 13 are crap. Why that particular date? I am going to be honest with you, I see no difference in quality between the two time frames. Me and my sister laughed hysterically to a joke in the 23rd season of the show, a time in the show that many people believe has worn out its usefulness.
Some say it is the overuse of guest actors. In my defense, the show has always had a lot of guest stars. And also, if you think about it, the fact that the show is as popular as it is, and still is ridiculously relevant. Naturally, a lot of people, including celbrities, would have been fans in the 20+ years the show was on. Just saying ‘No’ to A-lists who want to be on the show seems kinda like a step backwards to me. If I was running a show, I would be priviledged that even a minor celebrity said ‘Yes’ to doing a guest spot on my show.
Some say they focus so much on guest actors, in fact, that they subsititute story in favour of it. The fans think that storylines like Homer and Marge getting into a fight, or with Bart being a daredevil are majorly been-there-done-that. But if you think about it, there are only really five original stories in the entire world and everyone just does variants thereof. It’s the job of the writer to change up that story and make them uniquely theirs. That’s why you always see these seemingly “unoriginal” plots. Put yourself in the minds of the writers, maybe.
Some say that the “new” writers don’t know how to write. I find that stupid because 80% of the people who worked on the show during the “glory days” (Al Jean, Matt Groening, Ian Maxtone-Graham, Matt Selman, David Mirkin, Mike Reiss, Mike Scully, etc.) are still working on the show. Albeit they may not be credited in episodes, but they are still involved in the show.
That’s just my run on it. Is there anything I missed? What is your opinion? I would really like to know.
FYC: Ready Player One. Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects, Original Score, Production Design, Director and BEST PICTURE (make it happen Oscars!!)November 10, 2013 at 6:49 pm #452255
Huh? “Hate” the Simpsons? In my entire life, I’ve met ONE person who hated the Simpsons; in particular, “Bart”. She’s an idiot btw.November 10, 2013 at 7:14 pm #452256
Huh? “Hate” the Simpsons? In my entire life, I’ve met ONE person who hated the Simpsons; in particular, “Bart”. She’s an idiot btw.
Well, maybe not “hate”, but more like “not like it as much as they used to”.
FYC: Ready Player One. Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects, Original Score, Production Design, Director and BEST PICTURE (make it happen Oscars!!)November 10, 2013 at 10:23 pm #452257
The Simpsons have worn out their welcome. And would likely be more popular today had the series ended ages ago. The fact it is still on is kind of exhausting.November 11, 2013 at 5:26 am #452259
The last really good season of The Simpsons was season 12. That was 13 years ago. So that’s why.
But a lot of people tend ot agree it was a near-perfect show for the first 8-9 years it aired. But since then, many changes happened in the writers room, the show started to replicate Family Guy gags to stay relelvant (which is weird, because Family Guy only got the initial point of those gags because of The Simpsons), and the voice cast stopped giving a shit, and well, it just got shitty. It had a bit of a revival season a few years ago where it had some very good episode like christmas in the future episode, but mostly, it plaes in comparison to the comedy juggernaut it used to be.November 11, 2013 at 5:30 am #452260
And the date is no coincidence either. The last truly great episode is considered to be “Behind the Laughter” which was on season 12. It’s also after season 12 that the structure of the episodes start to become more scattered, and that they start fucking up continuity in order to prolong the show. Every show also gets tired when it recycles the same basic plots time and time and gain, which is what the Simpsons have done countless times now. They managed to stay fresh for a long time, but they were not immune to fallign apart and becoming a parody of itself like it happens with every comedy.November 13, 2013 at 2:15 pm #452261
Occasionally there are good episodes after 2000, but they’re rare gems. For the past 6 months I’ve TIVO’d all Simpsons that air on all LA stations and I binge-watch them. I’ve given up on everything in 2013 and 2012. They’re all shit. If I see one of those episodes as the original air date, I don’t even bother. But, yes, per the discussion above, the masterpieces aired in the 1990s
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