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Sam Simon wrote a radio sitcom for Sirius’ “The Howard Stern Show” titled “The Bitter Half,” which offered a fictionalized look at the show’s stars, staff and spouses. It aired Oct. 25 and was far funnier than any new “Simpsons” episode I’ve seen in a decade. Why is “The Simpsons” no longer as it was? My personal prevailing theory is it no longer has Sam Simon. Before Homer and Bart made their leap from “Tracey Ullman Show” to their own half-hour series in 1989, Simon was one of the key creative forces behind “Cheers,” one of the funniest sitcoms every produced. About 12 years ago, Simon appears to have left the “Simpsons” to pursue other comedy opportunities; draw your conclusions. Season nine, which ran over 1997 and 1998 and is the last I’m likely to buy, begins with Barney Gumble parking Homer’s car between the towers of the World Trade Center. Later, principal Seymour Skinner is discovered to be an imposter named Armin Tanzarian, Homer joins the NRA, Homer replaces Ned as Bart’s Pee-Wee Football coach, Marge pretends to be Apu's wife, the skeleton of an angel is found buried under sacred ground, Lionel Hutz hires Marge as a realtor, Bart blames a burglar after he accidentally burns down the Christmas tree and all the presents, the family finds carnies squatting in their house, Springfield falls into the thrall of a religious cult (one of which Flanders and Lovejoy do not approve), the Springfield Elementary kids are marooned on a desert island, Homer’s new Internet company provokes the ire of Bill Gates, Krusty develops an edgier act, Homer and Moe perpetrate an insurance scam, Lisa fears a latent “Simpson gene” will make her as stupid as Homer and Bart, Homer captains a nuclear sub and nearly starts a war, Homer becomes a government mole, Lisa and Bart become news anchors, Homer runs for sanitation commissioner, Homer begins training at movie star Rainier Wolfcastle’s gym, and Homer and Marge start having sex in public places. Treehouse of Horror VIII, with teleplays credited to Ned Goldreyer, David X. Cohen and Mike Scully, parodies “The Omega Man,” “The Fly” and “The Crucible.”

ER: The Complete Sixth Season contains what I gauge to be the single most dramatic and moving episode of the series ever produced. The Valentine’s Day installment, “All in the Family,” portrays the bloody the aftermath of John Carter and Lucy Knight’s assault, and how Greene, Corday, Weaver, Kovac, Lockhart, Chen, Anspaugh, Benton, Romano and others struggle together to save their colleagues’ lives. I find it impossible to watch this episode without dissolving into a puddle of tears. Spoilers follow in invisotext. Discover that David Krumholtz, of “Numb3rs” and “Serenity” fame, played John and Lucy’s schizophrenic attacker and that 17-year-old Liza Weil, subsequently high schooler Paris Geller on “Gilmore Girls,” played the attacker’s wife. One of the deleted scenes from an earlier episode depicts Lucy’s unremarkable first meeting with her killer. And though last season is billed as George Clooney’s last, this season actually marks the last appearance of Dr. Doug. Extras include a gag reel and loads of deleted scenes from 14 of the 22 episodes.
Herc’s Popular Pricing Pantry: Only five more shopping days till Christmas, and the retailers continue to go nuts. You should too, because everything pretty much rockets back to its unfortunate normal price on Dec. 26. Next week's column will look very different from this one.

First off, it looks like the first season of “24” just fell to $23.49, which I believe is WAY cheaper than anyone has seen it new. I know for sure that a week ago this set was $43.49. It could be back there in a few hours. See what Kim looked like before the cougars ruined her looks. Feliz Gravitas.

$19.99 At $19.99, every episode of “Firefly” is 60% off! All the space-hookers are included.

The Prisoner is still 50%-off!! I don’t remember seeing the entire “Prisoner” series selling new for less than $90 until two weeks ago. (When I’m pretty sure it was $109!) It’s down to $69.97! It’s also one of the three best series ever aired. This price can’t last past Christmas.

For my money, these are the two funniest British shows ever forged, and they’re usually much more expensive at not-Christmas. Not-Christmas being just around the corner, I suggest you snap these up now-ish: $29.97 Fawlty Towers: The Complete Series $69.97 Monty Python: The Complete Series 16-Ton Megaset (45 episodes) And for those who have been away two weeks, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment still has a handsome selection of season sets ripe for the picking at 70% Off. Again, pretty sure the whole 70%-off thing disappears with Santa’s cookies late Saturday night, but for now:

70% Off Action includes: $5.99 Babylon Five: The Gathering/In The Beginning $11.99 Cheyenne: The Complete First Season $17.99 Smallville: The Complete First Season $17.99 Smallville: The Complete Second Season $17.99 Smallville: The Complete Third Season $11.99 V: The Complete Series $11.99 Wonder Woman: The Complete First Season

50% Off Action includes: The Adventures of Superman: The Complete First Season The Adventures of Superman: The Complete Second Season The Adventures of Superman: The Complete Third and Fourth Seasons The Adventures of Superman: The Complete First Four Seasons Kung Fu: The Complete First Season Kung Fu: The Complete Second Season Kung Fu: The Complete Third Season Kung Fu: The Complete Series Lois & Clark: The Complete First Season Lois & Clark: The Complete Second Season Lois & Clark: The Complete Third Season Smallville: The Complete Fourth Season Smallville: The Complete Fifth Season Smallville: The Complete First Five Seasons

70% Off Comedy $8.09 The Ben Stiller Show: The Complete Series $5.99 Blue Collar TV: The Complete First Season $11.99 Friends: The Complete First Season $11.99 F-Troop: The Complete First Season $8.39 The Jamie Foxx Show: The Complete First Season $8.39 MADtv: The Complete First Season $8.39 Murphy Brown: The Complete First Season $8.39 Night Court: The Complete First Season $8.39 The Wayans Bros.: The Complete First Season

50% Off Comedy Friends: The Complete Second Season Friends: The Complete Third Season Full House: The Complete Third Season Gilligan’s Island: The Complete First Season Joey: The Complete First Season

">70% Off Drama $8.39 ER: The Complete First Season $11.99 Knots Landing: The Complete First Season $8.39 Without A Trace: The Complete First Season

">58% Off Drama $24.49 Gilmore Girls: The Complete Second Season <--- NEWLY ENCHEAPENED!! $25.49 Gilmore Girls: The Complete Third Season <--- NEWLY ENCHEAPENED!!

">50% Off Drama Gilmore Girls: The Complete First Season Nip/Tuck: The Complete First Season Nip/Tuck: The Complete Second Season Nip/Tuck: The Complete Third Season The OC: The Complete First Season The OC: The Complete Second Season The OC: The Complete First Two Seasons The OC: The Complete First Three Seasons One Tree Hill: The Complete First Season One Tree Hill: The Complete Second Season One Tree Hill: The Complete First Two Seasons Veronica Mars: The Complete First Season Veronica Mars: The Complete Second Season Veronica Mars: The Complete First Two Seasons The Waltons: The Complete First Season The Waltons: The Complete Second Season The Waltons: The Complete First Two Seasons The Waltons: The Complete Third Season The West Wing: The Complete First Season The West Wing: The Complete Second Season The West Wing: The Complete Third Season The West Wing: The Complete Fourth Season The West Wing: The Complete Fifth Season The West Wing: The Complete Sixth Season The West Wing: The Complete First Six Seasons

70% Off Adult Swim $8.99 The Brak Show: Vol. 1 $8.99 Harvey Birdman, Attorney At Law Vol.1 $8.99 The Oblongs: The Complete Series $8,99 Robot Chicken: The Complete First Season $8.99 The Venture Bros.: The Complete First Season
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ER 6.x

Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels 1.x

Hogan's Heroes 5.x

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The Simpsons 9.x Next Week Airwolf 2.x Dane Cook's Tourgasm: The Complete Series Davey & Goliath: The Lost Episodes Girls Behaving Badly Vol. 1 The New Adventures of He-Man Vol. 1 The Simple Life 4.x Two-A-Days 1.x January 2 Martin 1.x January 9 MI-5 Vol. 4 A Pup Named Scooby-Doo Vol. 5 SpongeBob SquarePants 4.x Vol. 2 January 16 Allo Allo 6.x Doctor Who 28.x Doctor Who 27.x/28.x The King of Queens 7.x The Legend of Prince Valiant Vol. 2 My Hero 1.x The Royle Family 1.x Run's House 1.x/2.x Space Academy: The Complete Series January 23 Avatar: The Last Airbender 2.x Vol. 1 Walker: Texas Ranger 2.x The Waltons 4.x The Waltons 1.x-4.x January 30 The Big Valley 2.x Vol. 1 Dallas 6.x I Dream of Jeannie 3.x Law & Order Special Victims Unit 3.x Lucky Louie 1.x Murder She Wrote 5.x Three's Company: Jack's Favorites February 6

Anything But Love 1.x/2.x Baywatch Syndicated 3.x Ben 10 1.x Charlie & Lola Vol. 3 Charmed 7.x Mad About You 3.x Masters of Horror: Family Masters of Horror: Pelts Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fast Forward Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo February 13 All in the Family 6.x Beauty and the Beast 1.x Captain N The Game Master Emergency 3.x The Golden Girls 7.x The Hills 1.x Hustle 2.x Men Behaving Badly: The Complete Series Picket Fences 1.x Reno 911! Most Wanted Uncensored Sonic X: 6.x February 20 Alias Smith & Jones 1.x <--- NEW!! Curious George: Zoo Night <--- NEW!! Family Ties 1.x Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 2.x Vol. 2 What's New Scooby Doo 1.x February 27 Da Vinci's Inquest 1.x <--- NEW!! The Doris Day Show 4.x Ghostbusters Vol. 1 Girlfriends 1.x The Immortal: The Complete Series The Rockford Files 3.x <--- NEW!! Voltron Vol. 3 March 6 Doctor Who: The Invasion Doctor Who: The Sontaran Experiment Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends 1.x

Hawaii Five-0 1.x Moonlighting 5.x <--- NEW!!

Northern Exposure 6.x <--- NEW!! Sabrina The Teenage Witch 1.x SNL: The Best of Steve Martin 2 <--- NEW!! South Park 9.x Stargate Atlantis 2.x March 13 Baby Looney Tunes Vol. 3

Bosom Buddies 1.x I Love Lucy 7.x-9.x Loonatics Unleashed 1.x The Pretender: The Movies Without A Trace 2.x March 20 Batman Beyond 3.x JAG 3.x JAG 1.x-3.x
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  • Dec. 19, 2006, 1:16 a.m. CST

    Tom Hanks Hair

    by kurdt420

    Now thats's funny...I dont care who ya are

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 1:26 a.m. CST

    It's like Torture porn.

    by DerLanghaarige

    People complain about how bad The Simpsons are, but don't stop watching it.<br> And BTW, Cheers was like Friends: It was not really bad, but there was also no real reason, why it became so popular. Overrated!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 1:38 a.m. CST

    hawaii five-0

    by reckni

    Definitely snapping that one up, and the Monty Python looks a helluva lot cheaper than I've seen it before . . seems as though I'll be buying myself a lot of gifts this year. And Tom Hanks hair is greeaaat.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 2:01 a.m. CST

    Ah, Dr Abby

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    How beautiful you were, and how very mixed-up, and how sad it was when they turned you into a selfish little cow when you were going out with Dr Carter. God bless your pouty little mouth.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 2:12 a.m. CST

    "*Nucular*. It's pronounced *nucular*."

    by Ribbons


  • Dec. 19, 2006, 2:42 a.m. CST

    Nearly half those Simpsons episodes are unwatchable.

    by Flim_

    This is the last season with, well, I won't say great... Let's just say 'adequate' writing, and even that exists in only half the season. There have now been more shitty episodes of the show than memorable. <br>It's like watching a close friend in a loveless marriage.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 2:59 a.m. CST

    Yep, season 6 was the last year I watched ER.

    by Shermdawg

    I kinda wished I had stuck around for Mark Greene's brain tumor, and the, from what I hear, ridiculous turn of events involving Dr.Romano.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 3:02 a.m. CST

    I bought my mom the first season of Gilmore Girls.

    by Shermdawg

    And yes, I'm thinking about borrowing them. Sue me.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 4:03 a.m. CST

    yeah, the slide was really evident by season 9:

    by newc0253

    there were still several good episodes and a couple of moments of former greatness ('can i borrow your copy of swank, armin?'; 'you are not ganesh!'), but i agree that the shittiness was already plain in several episodes: especially the lord of the flies one & the kids as news anchors. i gave up watching after the racehorse ep a few seasons later.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 4:08 a.m. CST

    YOU GUYS R TALKING OUT OF UR ASSES!! Simpsons rules!

    by silentbobafett2

    It has never stopped being funny your anal pricks! Its fucking amazing up until every new episode! There are so many good ones past htis season I loose cunt! Infact - I find a lot of the newer ones funnier, simply ebcause I've seen the early ones so fraking much! I saw one the other week witha gerbil that Homer was gonna launch into space - I laughed so much I had kenco pouring out of my nose! Hoenstly, get over yourselves. Oh and Sam Simon leaving speaks for itself? Simpsons: from strength to streength and a new movie coming out soon, a new (was it 6 year?) contract etc Tell me ohmihgt Herc.... WHAT THE FUCK has Sam Simon done of note (other than teh Stern show) that has the same critical, commercial, international and fan based acclaim than the lowly Untalented staff of the Simpsons? Adult to baby talk: "Is this another one of your theories? Is it...coo coo... is it up there with every show after Lost is a Lost "rip off"??? coo...coo..." :-)

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 4:17 a.m. CST

    Bow down before McGarrett's hair!

    by OtisSpofford

    Is it not the Perfect Wave? Puny Hanks hair is no match for the Five-O Flip! 24 first season eps of Five-O AND the pilot movie - woo hoo! Thank you, Baby Jesus - I am there - book 'em!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 4:16 a.m. CST

    My So-Called Life for 230 - 310 bucks?

    by adeepercut2k

    I liked the show, but why so much, just not available any longer? I practically did a spit take on that price.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 4:19 a.m. CST

    Simpsons has gotten old and cranky...

    by OtisSpofford

    Just like Abe Simpson or Mr. Burns - time to shelve it, then make a new iteration like Star Trek... Hmmm - Simpsons, the Next Generation - just use the ep where Lisa married the Brit as a template... Laffs aplenty! (Yawn)

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 4:21 a.m. CST

    ER - Gilmore Girls - Dawson's Creek

    by OtisSpofford

    Shows I never watched - call me the AntiChrist, I don't care - I think I have healthier brain cells because of it - of course, I did watch an episode of Baywatch Nights - urk!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 4:41 a.m. CST

    Simpsons Season 9

    by conniebrean1

    The people who say that even season 9 is unwatchable clearly aren't familiar with the episodes in this particular season. 9 ranks among the best seasons in its political satire and social commentary and a good many of the episodes have grown to be classics. The Lord of the Flies and the Trash Man episodes are two of the most memorable in the show's canon. It may not be the genius of Season 8, but it's still damn good television. I would also argue that the departure of Sam Simon was a big loss for the show, but not its death knell. The reduced roll of David Mirkin is certainly to blame for some of the show's slide in quality over the years.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 4:48 a.m. CST

    season 9

    by lionbiu

    season 9 was fantastic.......some real gems, especially the NRA episode which is by far the best episode of The Simpsons EVER. HELL, IT'S ONE OF THE BEST EPISODES OF ANY COMEDY SHOW EVER!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 5:08 a.m. CST

    "The Lord of the Flies and the Trash Man episodes are"

    by newc0253

    shit, pure and simple. if they're memorable, it's only in the context of "i remember when the simpsons began to suck something awful".

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 5:28 a.m. CST

    Why the Simpsons has changed:

    by Flim Springfield

    It became the biggest show in the world, and had to accomodate a global audience. The subtle humour had to be lessened and the slapstick played up, because a groin-shot is funny in any culture. So it comes down to whether you're okay with "sharing" the Simpsons with the world or not.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 7:29 a.m. CST

    All In The Family...

    by maxwell's hammer actually my second favorite ER episode, after Mark Greene's final episode, "On The Beach", which has actually provoked tears the two times I've watched it.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:11 a.m. CST

    24 Season 1

    by Sammy Jankis

    I bought 24 Season 1 on sale for $14.99 in October of 2004 on Amazon, so this isn't the cheapest ever. It was some kinda crazy sale that lasted only a week.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:18 a.m. CST

    the simpsons is still good

    by BendersShinyAss

    personally, i like the scope of the show now. im not so sure about the feature thats coming.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:44 a.m. CST

    That Best of Steve Martin 2 DVD is a mistake...

    by DanielKurland

    For those people blinding buying this DVD, don't. It's not a "new" release. It's exactly the same as the previous best of Steve Martin disc, but with a handful of new sketches on it. If you own the previous one, I would not say this is justified worth buying, and it's definitely not a "2".

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Wasn't season eight the last one with Brad Bird?

    by Osmosis Jones

    If so, *there's* your reason why the show has gotten unwatchable since then. I'll admit to enjoying a few season 9 eps when they first sired, but there's also a whole lotta crap in there. I'm content with the perfect first eight seasons I have on my shelf.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9 a.m. CST

    Hey, Simpons faithful . . . I have a ?

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    Which season had the Scorpio episode? That was, by far, the funniest episodes of all Simpsons history. It also happens to be my favorite.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Why can't A&E package THE PRISONER decently?

    by SpyGuy

    The new "slimline" version still takes up the space of five regular DVD cases. For 17 episodes! And how about adding the option to skip directly to the main menu, you bastards?!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Scorpio ep ("You Only Move Twice") in season 8

    by Osmosis Jones

    Again: Last. Great. Season.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:44 a.m. CST

    the simpsons dont like right anymore

    by adzigjo

    something happened with the animation and the sound of that show. Nobody sounds right, Bart sounds way to much like a girl now. It all went down hill by season 10 maybe start of 11

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:44 a.m. CST

    the simpsons dont look right anymore

    by adzigjo

    something happened with the animation and the sound of that show. Nobody sounds right, Bart sounds way to much like a girl now. It all went down hill by season 10 maybe start of 11

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:48 a.m. CST

    scorpio episode was classic

    by adzigjo

    Hank: Don't call me that word. I don't like things that elevate me above the other people. I'm just like you. Oh sure, I come in later in the day, I get paid a lot more, and I take longer vacations, but I don't like the word "boss".

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Who remembers Anything but Love?

    by Borgnine JR

    But EVERYONE remembers Mr. Belvedere. Wesley, you insufferable sot. Christopher Hewitt Rules!!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 11:15 a.m. CST

    My Fav Simpsons Episode was Itchy and Scratchy Land

    by godzillasushi


  • Dec. 19, 2006, 11:23 a.m. CST

    I must be bored

    by Roook

    "Feliz Gravitas really made me laugh.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 12:02 p.m. CST

    What is it about Richard Lewis....

    by One-Eye Tigh

    ...that makes me want to punch him in the eye? And speaking of Lewises, where the hell are the Parker Lewis Can't Lose DVDs?

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 12:09 p.m. CST


    by jmyoung666

    In full disclosure I think seasons 3 and 4 were the pinnacle of writing on this show. I think the Monorail episode in season 4 was simultaneously one of the funniest episodes, period and the beginning of the end where flexible reality snapped and any heart was completely sacrificed on the altar of comedy. I also still watch it, because it is still funny if not as good as it once was. However, Season 9 was the season where there was a noticeable decline in quality. I wonder if this is when they began to work on Futurama? It seems that since Futurama debuted (during the Simpsons 10th Season?) any heart or real character was incorporated into Futurama. It may have been simply divided effort (ala the last and worst season of Buffy when Joss had two other shos on his plate), but when the Simpsons was at its nadir around the 9th-12th seasons, Futurama came in and started blowing it away in comedy and heart.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Season 9 onwards = flames on Optimus

    by photoboy

    Seriously, fuck you Michael Bay.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Monty Python is back up to $99

    by Creamery Butter

    But deepdiscountdvd has it for $59.97, so I know where I'll be going.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 1:23 p.m. CST

    I have to admit the latest Simpsons are getting better

    by Floyd_Dylan


  • Dec. 19, 2006, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Season 8

    by Coenbro

    That is the last season I have purchased. And it still has lots of crappy eps. I will never purchase the Simpsons again. The sad part is, most of season 9 is terrible, but it is still ten times better than whatever passes for the "Simpsons" these days. I've said this before, but I will say it again. It's like your grandmother in the late stages of Alzheimer's. They are just a former shell of themselves, and the most tragic part is that you can remember just how brilliant and amazing they used to be. And sadly, you just want them to die.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Have you watched THE SIMPSONS lately? It's been good...

    by SpyGuy

    I don't know if they brought in some new writers, but the last few episodes have been pretty solid. <p>"Marge, admit it, you just can't say no to anyone. That's why you have three kids."</p>

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 2:11 p.m. CST

    silentbobafett2: "I loose cunt" is funnier...

    by Childe Roland

    ...than anything on the Simpsons after season 8. Thanks for that.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Simpsons lately aren't that bad...

    by DanielKurland

    The writing and jokes are funny, they just have awful plots, which is obviously understandable after 350 + episodes where basically everything has been done.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Herc Prisoner is back up to $109

    by chase232

    I tried to order it this morning. Pisses me right off.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Another year without Wonder Years on DVD.

    by nofate

    Fucking sucks.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Simpsons commentary is 90% crap now

    by Baron Karza

    The commentary in the season 8 DVDs are garbage. Practically no insight to development and nobody can remember who wrote the jokes because many of the writers are gone! I used to buy, now I Netflix them.. sad.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 4:31 p.m. CST

    The funny thing about Season 8/Scorpio and all that...

    by Flim Springfield that was the year I first started checking out internet newsgroups, and people were complaining just as much as today that the Simpsons was terrible, it should be cancelled, it's gone downhill since Season X... Now that season is considered a "classic". The moral: Ignore internet whiners.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Simpson's ARE funny again...i tuned in lately and

    by future help

    founfd them to be more "old-school" funny again. Hell, even ALL of the town's characters have been showing up 10 fold.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 5:41 p.m. CST

    I've defended the simpsons every year...

    by PushTheButton

    But seasons 17 and 18 (thus far) are crap. Only about 10 good episodes in the bunch. I love seasons 9 and 10, don't care enough to buy 11-14 (but liked watching them every sunday). Def will get 15-16. These new eps are shockingly bad now though.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Twin Peaks etc.

    by Attempted Yorker

    Anyone else notice the $144.45 (US) price-tag on Twin Peaks series 1 (7 episodes, without pilot - that makes no sense whatsoever)... that is fucking ridiculous!! When is series 2 coming out? Oh and while the Simpsons is still watchable, (unlike most other shit on telly now), series 4 is possibly the greatest 10-odd hours of television ever made. Homer The Heretic... perfect.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Apu's octuplets, death of Maude, and sober Barny...

    by Billyeveryteen

    Was the end. Oh, and Clown College is the funniest.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:24 p.m. CST

    I grant you this...

    by Darkman

    Some s9 episodes are pretty bad ("I'm not the real Seymour Skinner"? Fuckin' spare me!), but, if only for "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson", this set belongs in everyone's collection.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 11:12 p.m. CST

    chase232 - Snooze and Lose - Sorry about that

    by gadlaw6

    I clicked on that link for the Prisoner set when I first saw it and it said they only had one left at that time. At Amazon they probably only did have the one for sale at that price. I thought I would never see that series on sale but there it was. Now it'll probably happen again.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 11:22 p.m. CST

    Monty Python and Fawlty Towers Regular Price

    by gadlaw6

    I just randomly checked the Monty Python and Fawlty Towers 'sales' and found them listed for regular prices so click with caution.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 2:04 a.m. CST

    Prisoner to HIGH PRICES

    by Veraxus

    $69.99 isn't bad, but I got mine from ebay - still factory sealed - for $50. Ebay is definately the place to buy box sets - not Amazon. Also, any word on if we'll get a re-release of Twin Peaks Season 1 when Season 2 hits in April? Maybe they'll include the pilot this time.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Fuckin A on the Twin Peaks pilot . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . Buying Season 1 was one of the hastiest mistake purchases I've ever made. Has anyone looked into what the deal is with it? Is it ever coming out???

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 10:27 a.m. CST

    The Angel episode and Cult episode arer classics

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    But there is some crap in that season too. You can see it really dropping off with the news anchor episode. And yes, the New York episode is a gem too "Kalkalesh" <p> In the UK they didnt show the New York episode for about 2 or 3 years after 9/11. Always though that was sad because it is not only a really funny episode but it also felt like they had won because we were censoring ourselves. Just a thought.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Oh yeah, forgot to mention. . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . Sam Simon's The Bitter Half was the most painful listening experience EVER. It was a complete inside joke to faithful Howard Stern listeners like me and I still thought it completely sucked beyond belief. My wife & I listened to it on a car trip and were actually embarassed for everyone involved. Come on now, Herc, I agree with you that The Simpsons have completely gone down hill, but the worst Simpsons episode slaughters the Bitter Half.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Simpsons: have they shown the actors...

    by Russman

    doing the voices yet? That's the one reason why I never really bought these DVDs. Seeing the voice artists work would be a HUGE bonus but they never show it. I remember some dork at Fox saying that they didn't want to show the actors because it would "ruin the magic behind the show". WTF??? It's a cartoon for adults - we know it's not real! There is no magic. Fox sucks.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 5:13 p.m. CST

    HBO Sale - Best Buy

    by JohnIan

    One day only, 50% off all HBO titles. December 24th, 7AM - 5PM. I'm thinking about getting "Gia: Unrated" and Bill Maher's comedy specials.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 5:48 p.m. CST

    A few things about The Simpsons...

    by omarthesnake

    1. They're still funny. No, maybe not as funny as the heyday of seasons 6-9, but really, the whining and bitching is way out of proportion. 2. They hold up much better in reruns than Family Guy or (especially) American Dad. 3. Remember that whining and bitching I mentioned earlier? It really does a damned good job of reminding the rest of us why we don't give a shit what you mewling basement-dwelling trolls say about the show, because you just love to hear your own hateful opinions and pretend you've got the authority to dictate whether a show is worthwhile or not. Don't like it? There are like 70 other channels you can pick from, and that's just on my basic cable. Watch. Something. Else. That said, the Skinner episode in season 9 does suck, but every show sucks once in awhile. Even Cop Rock.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 6:06 a.m. CST

    Simpsons Fans Took Down Futurama

    by shellfishh

    The sad thing about the Simpsons is that yes, you could argue that their episodes the last ten or so years, while better than a lot of what is on tv, suck so bad compared to the first ten or so years, that it is just sad to watch. And it is ranters like silentbobafett2 up above that really piss me off. I'm not even sure if he was serious or not, but it was Simpsons fans that should have been the natural audience for Futurama, but too many jagoffs got offended when people dared to say that Futurama was FUNNIER than the Simpsons, (WHICH IT WAS) and refused to watch Futurama. They killed Futurama! You bastards!

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 3:08 p.m. CST

    You can blame Sam Simon or Brad Bird

    by Mr_Boombista

    for the simpson's demise, but I think that it's just the amount of time that it's been on the air that's killed it. Look at the life of a typical sitcom. It's not usually for the first season or two, but it shows glimpses of greatness. Then it hits it starts to get funny a few seasons in, then really hit's it's stide in like season 6 or 7. Usually, it will then start to lose it, for whatever reason. Most good sitcoms know to end before it gets really bad (Seinfeld smartly bowed out after nine seasons, cheers after 11 I think) but the Simpsons has just kept going. I think when shows feel to comfertable with themselves, they just loose their edge or something. But who knows, maybe it will get it's second wind by season 20!

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 5:59 a.m. CST

    the simpsons jumped the shark with...

    by the_shogun_gunslinger

    the fake VH1 "Behinf the Laughter" episode....fucking killed it for me...i tried to watch the new ones...saw the one where bart becomes a drummer...when the episode was over...i was FURIOUS...SICKENED even...Simpsons is dead...face facts