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  • Feb. 16, 2012, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Has not been funny in 12 years!

    by TheManWhoCan

    FIRST

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Really unfunny

    by TheManWhoCan

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Its like its written now, by fanboys, with no background in comedy.

    by TheManWhoCan

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Reusing old jokes? Outback? Lame

    by TheManWhoCan

  • Kids still say "cool", right?

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 6:49 p.m. CST

    No.Simpsons havent been funny for years.

    by KilliK

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Post-Simpsons-movie there was an upswing in quality

    by Al

    I have all the DVD sets up to S12, I may get 13 but I have not much of an urge to get it, but to be fair the show has gotten better and I find it incredibly difficult to watch an entire simpsons episode and not laugh at least ONCE, y'know? And the movie was great, a nice throwback if not to the S4-9 heyday but close enough.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Just ONCE I would like to hear one famous person turn down a cameo.

    by TheManWhoCan

    Citing the reason being because the show is horrable now.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Very sad indeed.

    by TheManWhoCan

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Cue the Idiot Show Defenders in 3..2...1...

    by TheManWhoCan

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 6:57 p.m. CST

    Thank god for you guys!

    by LostCause

    That's what this world needs, the voice of douchebag elitists that feel the need stamp their unwanted and unintelligent opinions on things they say are shit and they dont watch, but obviosuly do in order to keep their commentary going.<BR><BR> If you don't like, don't watch, don't post. I've just spent my lunch hour reading up on movie and tv news and would love to JUST ONCE jump on a movie site without having unemployed and uneducated professionals ripping everything they see to pieces to give their life meaning. <br><BR> So again, I thank you on behalf of everyone for your brilliant input. Good day.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 6:58 p.m. CST

    In answer to your headline

    by jameskpolk

    Not really, no. I credit Jar Jar Binks for the line. Works for lots of occasions.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 7:03 p.m. CST

    When Phil Hartman died, so did The Simpsons

    by john

    "Yes they finally made a monkey... Yes they finally made a monkey!! Finally.......made...a...monkey...out of me!!!" Troy McClure.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Braniff...

    by xannibal

    Isn't that on the plane, in the video at the end of the South Park eps?

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 7:25 p.m. CST

    REALLY HERC?

    by JaredP

    WHO GIVES A FLYING FUCK ABOUT THE SIMPSONS ANYMORE?

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 7:30 p.m. CST

    lostcause thinks people hating on new simpsions are elitist!

    by TheManWhoCan

    No, we just have better developed sense of humour, therefore better educated than you for starters. Also I dont presume that everyone here is unemployed. I work . , just not at this time. Ill let you guess why. (hint:the way I spelled Humour, not Humor) you suggested that you are educated so im sure you can figure that one out. Not that being unemployed these days in any way reflects anyones personnel work ethic. Unless your "education" involves reading the works on Ayn Rand in which case your post makes perfect sense. Good night!

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 7:41 p.m. CST

    The talking rag episode

    by iceman199

    What was with that. Clearly ran out of ideas long ago. Just seemed so out of place.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 7:59 p.m. CST

    lostcause = Ian Maxtone-Graham

    by Chief Joseph

    When the quality started to dip and fans were pointing it out, that man insulted all of them. If only they had listened. But even if they had, I think it's impossible to stay funny after 22 years. (25 if you count Tracy Ulman Show.) "The thing is, there's nothing wrong with Itchy and Scratchy. It's as good as ever. But after so many years, the characters don't have the same impact they once had." - Lisa

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 8:07 p.m. CST

    The Simpsons jumped the shark back when Maggie shot Mr. Burns

    by ScuubyDuu

    I can't believe this show is still on. Matt Groening must have some compromising pictures of someone at Fox.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 8:08 p.m. CST

    lostcause

    by Rupee88

    You just don't like that people keep it real on this site. Shit gets called out as such and quality gets respect. You have low standards and like everything so you can't understand..you will never understand because your brain makes you incapable of doing so.

  • Seems to me like the "haters" are just full of shit. I barely watch it anymore, but its not because I dont think its funny - Im just not that interested anymore. If you can claim it hasnt been funny in years then you must be watching every episode...so you must be a fat, disgusting couch potato if you just have to watch every single show on TV.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 8:43 p.m. CST

    Simpsons Ratings have plunged this year

    by OutsideChance

    Season 23 is now a lock to be the least watched season in the history of the show to date. The only question is how low it can go in the future before Fox pulls the plug.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 8:47 p.m. CST

    How hard is it to get good writers?

    by HamburgerEarmuffs

    I know there is more competition now than there was during the golden years but damn it cant be that hard to outpay others for the best.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 8:53 p.m. CST

    I _HAVEN'T_ watched it in years.

    by Chief Joseph

    I suppose you'll use the "well then you can't judge the show then" card. As Bart would say, "You're damned if you do, and you're damned if you don't." I admit, I do check out the Halloween ep every year. Yeah, they're not very funny either.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 8:59 p.m. CST

    I'll wait for the 1000th episode.

    by ReportAbuse

  • I actually went back in time and killed Tracy Ullman's mother. Then I sired Tracy Ullman myself and made her create The Simpsons. But I realized the time travel thing was just done to death so I went back in time again and killed my own mother. But somehow I came back to the present and The Simpsons is still here so I don't know what happened but your father is a gay prostitute.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 9:15 p.m. CST

    The Simpsons = 90's show.

    by hank henshaw

    ALL the classic episodes were done in that decade. The only reason I can think of that it has been able to survive this long is because of the merchandising.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 9:17 p.m. CST

    I don't watch any episode that has a celebrity guest star

    by Nem_Wan

    I decide to watch based on the description on the DVR. When I see a plotline that doesn't involve a celebrity guest star I'll guess it's strong enough to stand on its own and watch. Seems like I never get to watch it because there's always a celebrity. Is that what the show is about now, building an episode around a guest star?

  • Family Guy has been plagued by Macfarlane's liberal propaganda

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Stopped watching circa 2000-2001

    by richardHarrisonsSteamedCrabs

    A new season started to air and something was off. The animation seemed different, the voice actors delivery seemed slower and sounded odd. Most importantly there wasn't one laugh to be had the whole episode. Just put it down to a one off bad ep and watched the next week and it was even worse. Gradually we just drifted away from the show. I do know I got really sick of celebs appearing as themselves and have never much liked the musical numbers which seemed to be coming more frequent. Used to love the show and I recently watched a couple of newer episodes on holiday and laughed a few times. Watched the Movie on a flight once and didn't care for it. They definitely lost something after Phil Hartman's death, his characters used to crack me up. It also bugged me when a celeb appeared as themselves and someone (usually Lisa) had to say who it was just in case we didn't get it EVERY SINGLE TIME! Aargh! Oh and I've never met anyone who liked the Halloween episodes all that much even though critics always seemed to cream themselves over them. Oh yeah and when animals did clever stuff or showed human traits, that was dumb (especially as on an episode commentary they said how if something wasn't feasible in real life then it didn't get in the show. Although the dumber Homer acted the more I liked it and they changed that too. Rant Over Much love and respect for the golden years and I may dip into it a bit more often in future to see how things are

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Looks great!

    by Stallion_Cornell

    The Simpsons is still funny and has been consistently so for 23 seasons. Yes, I still watch. I am uncool, I guess.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 9:44 p.m. CST

    My last post looks a bit off too! So many gaps!

    by richardHarrisonsSteamedCrabs

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 10:13 p.m. CST

    People "keep it real" on this site?

    by slone13

    Shut the fuck up. Anyone that actually uses the phrase "keep it real" is a fucking clown.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 10:15 p.m. CST

    Oh, and fuck all of you

    by slone13

    Most of you don't know the first thing about what's funny.

  • Looney toons is still around and not so funny so why can't the Simpsons.

  • Feb. 17, 2012, 1:56 a.m. CST

    Looney Tunes are played out, too.

    by Chief Joseph

    Yeah, I know, blasphemy and all that. But there's a reason they stopped making those in the '60s. The characters became stale and lost their edge. The real shame is that The Simpsons was so goddamn good in its prime. But now the shitty episodes outnumber the good ones 5 to 1. And when the kids tune in and see the Simpsons hanging out with Kid Rock and an alligator, they think The Simpsons have always sucked.

  • Bar the new "HD" title. You can tell if its worth watching by the time the family sit on the couch. If Homer says ,grunts of makes as much of a peep.. change the channel.

  • Hey! They're stealing my car! I like that...

  • Feb. 17, 2012, 4:47 a.m. CST

    I enjoyed episode 499 with the Mythcrackers.

    by higgledyhiggles

  • Feb. 17, 2012, 5:01 a.m. CST

    If you think The Simpsons is still funny...

    by FlandersBum

    ...you probably thought 'The King of Queens' and 'Last Man Standing' are hillarious also. Generic, boring and stale shows are your thing. Not that there's anything wrong with that...

  • Feb. 17, 2012, 10:27 a.m. CST

    meh

    by docbrown88

    I grew up watching the Simpsons and Seinfeld daily and both shows were favorites of mine in the 90s. I agree that post season 10 the Simpson went south QUICK but I also feel that in recent years the show has been getting better. The issue is, even with that, it is still nowhere near the quality it once was. Beyond that, there are a lot of shows on right now that are funny and are worth watching over even the best episodes of current Simpson. All in all, I hold too much nostalgia to dismiss the show entirely, and based on how many great episodes there once was, the show has earned too much of my respect for me to completely abandon it. But i think it is time to let this show go, let us remember the way it once was instead of driving it into the ground which is I fear is the path we're currently on.

  • Feb. 17, 2012, 10:49 a.m. CST

    I say it hasn’t been funny in 14 years.

    by frank

    Its decline can be traced back to 1998, imo. Not sure if they lost a bunch of writers that year or what, but it was the first season that I remember being disappointed in The Simpsons.

  • Feb. 17, 2012, 11 a.m. CST

    Nope.

    by MapMan

    But thanks for asking...

  • Feb. 17, 2012, 11:01 a.m. CST

    2000/01 was the period I too drifted away from The Simpsons

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    The episode with Homer getting raped by a panda was the breaking point for me...the show had NEVER done anything that tasteless before. The problem with the show now is that the writing staff when the show was in its prime brought their own pre-Simpsons pop-culture worldview to the show, which is why it satirized classic films like Citizen Kane and The Wizard Of Oz and far more obscure sources. Today's writing staff grew up ON The Simpsons, therefore the show has devolved into a non-stop series of wink-wink in-joke references to the early, classic seasons, instead of creating NEW classic moments. The X-Files was the same way by the time it hit its last two post-Mulder seasons.

  • Yeah, thanx...

  • Feb. 17, 2012, 11:07 a.m. CST

    lostcause

    by Triple_J_72

    You're welcome. :-)

  • Feb. 17, 2012, 12:08 p.m. CST

    What's Sad is that I may have missed more episoded than seen

    by slave to the one

    From the beginning till probably 1998 or 1999, there wasn't a single episode I missed. From '99 till 2001, my viewing became sporadic. from 2001 to present, i may catch 1 or 2 episodes each season with the hope that the Simpsons regain their footing. All the original writers are long gone and have been replaced by Will & Grace writers...and we all know how funny that show was!

  • Feb. 17, 2012, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Content unavailable?!?!?

    by darkgrafix

    Because we are not in the UK? Aren't you posting this from Austin or somewhere in the US? Why!?!?! Why would you do this?!?!? And I agree, who cares anymore. I stopped at season 12.

  • Feb. 17, 2012, 1:26 p.m. CST

    @nasty in the pasty

    by richardHarrisonsSteamedCrabs

    Reckon you might be right there mate

  • Feb. 17, 2012, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Seasons 2-8= Solid Gold

    by ZodNotGod

    I think the breaking was when Principal Skinner was revealed to be Armin Tasmarian. After that, they threw logic out the door and did what they wanted. What made the show brilliant in its early years was that it didn't act like a cartoon show. It was just a goofy sit-com that happened to be animated. Nothing they did, for the most part, was anchored to it being animated, not like South Park or even The Flintstones. Today, its just like every other generic animated heap. Cheap, pop culture references that are null and void in 5 years or less.

  • still watch every now and then and it still has its moments...but its not the same after season ten....troys greatest moment though..."i hate every chimp i see from chimpan-a to chimpan-z"

  • Feb. 17, 2012, 3:06 p.m. CST

    The Simpsons just lack...

    by Chris Moody

    ..."situational" situations. The stories are pieced together quite poorly. The show was at its best when it had a strong central "alpha" story and a lesser "beta" story. Unfortunately, the show turned into a satire of itself. Now, the stories are weak, fragmented and purposely offensive (like that stupid Family Guy show). The show does have hope, though. The writers should review the OLD episodes and tell a story. They can turn Krusty back into a celebrity that kids are excited to meet. They can satire life in a small town. They can write a story that is interesting and "comes together at the end" (ala SEINFELD and early SIMPSONS episodes). There are plenty of great stories to be written. Unfortunately, the show no longer satires regular life. It is likely that the group of writers are simply Hollywood leftist douchebags who aren't capable of realizing just how out-of-touch that they have become or biased they are in political and social matters. It would be great to see the show resemble the type of great show that it was during the first 12 seasons.

  • Feb. 17, 2012, 3:08 p.m. CST

    The Simpsons are simply lacking...

    by Chris Moody

    This would be a great store...if the store enforced an anti-loitering policy. Why? The store has a small group of guys waiting just outside the door (on the Lytton side). They sometimes ask customers for money, cigarettes or food. While the store is your run-of-the-mill 7/11 convenience store (sans gasoline), you can't help but "take notice" of your surroundings. As a result, we feel a little less inclined to stop and shop here. The parking lot of this store is small and crowded (people often park for the adjoining laundry mat), so your chances of actually finding a spot is low. The video vending machine is great -- but the lines are often extremely long. We have waited in line for 20-30 minutes just to return a DVD or Blu Ray. The line inside of the store is often long as well. So, this is actually a "not-so-convenient" store. As is true of most convenience stores, the selection is limited and the prices are inflated about 25-50% over grocery stores. By 2 PM, the donuts are already quite old. They continue to sell them all night long. I have purchased stale donuts in the morning that tasted as if they were delivered a day or two earlier. Palo Alto is typically a very safe place to shop and dine. However, you sense that this store resembles one that you would find elsewhere (like in a bigger city). The "fresh" food is often stale and "meh" while the parking lot is just too small for the area. The people who loiter in the parking lot cause some concern. If the parking lot situation was improved and the store actively cleared out the beggars in the parking lot, I would give the store four stars (better than average for a convenient store). Unfortunately, the store's location and atmosphere makes it viable only for pedestrians who aren't afraid of being approached by questionable characters in the parking lot.

  • Feb. 17, 2012, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Oops...

    by Chris Moody

    I was about to respond to someone who wrote the letter above in a message board. I copied it earlier. Weird.

  • Feb. 17, 2012, 3:12 p.m. CST

    I'd love to see Conan return...

    by Chris Moody

    ...at least as a guest writer. It would be great to see where he would take the show.

  • Feb. 17, 2012, 3:14 p.m. CST

    The Simpsons weren't as funny...

    by Chris Moody

    ...when they began breaking the fourth wall so often.

  • Feb. 17, 2012, 5:29 p.m. CST

    DA, DUN DUN DA DUN

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • Feb. 17, 2012, 7:09 p.m. CST

    The episodes in seasons 3-8 were works of genius..

    by Father

    ... but from season 9 onwards, the show just went down a slippery slope of gimmicky, lazy , cringe worthy writing, questionable character developments and bad ideas Its just painful to watch now.

  • Feb. 18, 2012, 1:03 p.m. CST

    @father Amen. But what really gets me...

    by Farrokh

    .. is all the people that think we ENJOY saying that. I hate the fact that the Simpsons has become what it has, not the show itself. Just like Star Wars, Indy, Transformers... it just makes me sad. :(

  • Feb. 18, 2012, 11:02 p.m. CST

    critical review of a Palo Alto 7-11

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    was more interesting and funny than most simpsons episodes

  • Feb. 19, 2012, 5:09 a.m. CST

    People still watch that show?

    by Capt. StrideR

    It died comedically in 1998. And yes, "comedically" is a perfectly crummulent word.

  • Feb. 19, 2012, 6:03 a.m. CST

    The Simpsons is the funniest show on TV!

    by slayme

    i know that's not true - suck it though talkback haters - it still has some good eps from time to time. :P

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 6:46 a.m. CST

    Know How I Know You're Not Watching?

    by DefyThis

    The person who mentioned the uptick in quality after the movie was spot on. To me it was the transition to HD, it seems to have inspired the writers (or they got new writers). They've actually produced some classic episodes again. Case in point: "Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts" and "The D'oh-cial Network" from this season, as well as the 500th episode last night (much funnier than the clip shown here implies). "How Munched is That Birdie in the Window?" is another gem from last season, as well as "Loan-a Lisa" and "Lisa Simpson, This Isn't Your Life" (two of those rare "Lisa" episodes that are entertaining).

  • Feb. 20, 2012, 6:48 a.m. CST

    And lets not forget

    by DefyThis

    Angry Dad: The Movie.

  • Last time I checked the weather around the "body politic" as it were in the "writers room" of 'The Simpsons', it was actually divided into two rooms: Those who were sycophants like Sakai and/or Smithers. Those Yeah Yeahs were nestled up to the festering ass nipple of Al Jean. The other room is filled with occasional talent who fills in when and where allowed. They write the needed joke, scenario and are occasionally thrown an entire episode's work as need be. From what I understand coming from several sources, only the network likes him.... and THAT is all that matters. Look at the History of this "Room" and whats happened to such great talent as Sam Simon. He hasnt been around since when? Season 6 or 7, but he still gets credit. I think only George Meyer, Al Jean and maybe James L. Brooks have been consistent in that room. Schwartzwelder has been basically a ghost the last few years too, not that he sticks around from what I understand. Then again, all I know is second and/or third hand knowledge, so its worth exactly what you pay for it.