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moanthebairns

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82 months

Morningside

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113 months

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We could perform a surgery and remove the crayon from your brain. It could vastly increase your brain power. Or it could possibly kill you.

Homer: Hmm ... increase my killing power, eh?



mat777

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DukeDickson

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Tallow said:
Marf said:
Hi, I'm Troy McClure. You might remember me from such self-help videos as "Smoke Yourself Thin", and "Get Confident, Stupid."
Hi, I'm Troy McClure. You might remember me from such driver-ed films as "Alice's Adventures Through the Windshield Glass" and "The Decapitation of Larry Leadfoot."
What really makes that bit is the comedy music accompanying the educational film that follows (IIRC).

Smanks

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Tallow

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DukeDickson said:
What really makes that bit is the comedy music accompanying the educational film that follows (IIRC).
"It's funny 'cos I don't know 'em"

maxxy5

385 posts

48 months

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"That's the funniest anecdote I've ever heard! Now you tell one"

moanthebairns

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BigS

855 posts

57 months

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Wednesday 19th September 2012 quote quote all
Homer - Okay Mr. Burns Here are your messages: "You have thirty minutes to move your car." "You have ten minutes to move your car." "Your car has been impounded." "Your car has been crushed into a cube." "You have thirty minutes to move your cube."
[Phone Rings] Hello?
Mr. Burns - Is it about my cube?

moanthebairns

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCVKNRbq_Go

"i know you can read my thoughts boy, meow, meow, meow, meow....."

Morningside

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113 months

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Marf

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moanthebairns

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it really makes me wonder how the hell have the simpsons became so bad when they were crammed full of funny bits.

this thread features very little new simpsons its sad

Tallow

448 posts

45 months

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I'm seeing double - four Krusties!

Tallow

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moanthebairns said:
it really makes me wonder how the hell have the simpsons became so bad when they were crammed full of funny bits.

this thread features very little new simpsons its sad
There is the occasional good one, but I think we've all also become a bit desensitised by it over the years. Maybe.

moanthebairns

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Tallow said:
moanthebairns said:
it really makes me wonder how the hell have the simpsons became so bad when they were crammed full of funny bits.

this thread features very little new simpsons its sad
There is the occasional good one, but I think we've all also become a bit desensitised by it over the years. Maybe.
some actually make me cringe.

the plots are useless now and so far fetched just so they can get a certain guest in or topic.

it really is piss poor now I wish they would just stop making them as i dont even watch them anymore

Marf

22,907 posts

125 months

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moanthebairns said:
it really makes me wonder how the hell have the simpsons became so bad when they were crammed full of funny bits.

this thread features very little new simpsons its sad
Conan o Brien wrote loads of the really funny ones. You can see the drop off in laughs after he left.

Phil Hartman's death had an impact too.

Negative Creep

12,678 posts

111 months

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Marf said:
moanthebairns said:
it really makes me wonder how the hell have the simpsons became so bad when they were crammed full of funny bits.

this thread features very little new simpsons its sad
Conan o Brien wrote loads of the really funny ones. You can see the drop off in laughs after he left.

Phil Hartman's death had an impact too.
It might sound an odd thing to say, but The Simpsons became too much like a cartoon over time, with surreal storylines and oversimplistic moralising. There was also a definite shift to left wing views, whereas previously they'd attack both sides with equal vigour ("you can't keep the Democrats out of the White House forever, and when they get in I'm back on the streets with all my criminal buddies!"). Celebrity appearances seem done more out of contractual obligation than what they might actually add to the story.

Having grown up with the original episodes, the reason they worked so well was that they nailed how both kids and adults think. As a child you'd love Bart's pranks, and could relate to how he hated school or struggled with his homework. The as you grow up you'd begin to see how Homer and the other adults struggle with work, marriage, money etc.

I have series 1-9 on DVD, but am in no rush to buy any of the later ones. The first season they were still finding their feet, but there is still a lot of great stuff there and the building blocks are clear. Series 2-4 are where it absolutely took off, and whilst 5-8 maybe lacked the heart, they didn't lack the humour. When future generations look back on early 90's culture, I honestly think this would be the perfect example and will be regarded in the same was a Buster Keaton or Laurel & Hardy.

Season 9 is where the decline inexorably began. There's still some great episodes, but average ones are starting to creep in. In retrospect they jumped the shark with the first episode The Principal and the Pauper, where Skinner is found to be an imposter, but at the end they agree to pretend he's telling the truth and the real Skinner never happened. They'd always had what they called a "rubber band reality", but in a way that moment confirmed it, and gave the writers carte blanche to do what they wanted

Morningside

18,630 posts

113 months

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I agree about becoming too cartoon like.

Why do they seem to have a lot of OTT gay chariture types?

Marf

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Morningside said:
Why do they seem to have a lot of OTT gay chariture types?
Gays are always OTT in cartoons, look at Family Guy, American Dad, SouthPark.

They're always depicted as stereotypical mincing queens.
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