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Will “The Simpsons” Ever be Good Again?

Salon: "Remember when “The Simpsons” was good — about a week ago? The ongoing “Simpsons” marathon on FXX began with a bang, running through the unsteady early couple of seasons quickly, then getting to hit after hit after hit. It was like living through the 1990s on warp-speed. With its earthy frankness about family life, the challenges of growing up, and the socioeconomic squeeze the American family was undergoing, it was hard to believe that this “Simpsons” had ever been made at all, let alone that it’s technically the same show that’s wrapping up its marathon this weekend and still airs on Fox every Sunday night. If FXX had really wanted to build anticipation and interest for this marathon, they should have run the episodes in reverse order; it would have been an inspiring story of a show that was mediocre for 15 years or so, then suddenly got great."

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Soldierone669d ago

Oh man I totally agree it should have gone in reverse. I say that because I tuned in on the second day or so and I went "Oh crap, I forgot the old ones were great!" Then it became too late and now it's episodes I don't really care about.

Glad it's coming to an end though, that channel plays great movies and I'm glad it's coming back to normal. Id like to see the ratings as the episodes progressed, did it get worse? That'd prove Simpsons now sucks.

ajax17669d ago

NOPE! Everything past season 8 sucks

slate91669d ago

Funny, cause everything past season 8 in south park sucks too.

ajax17669d ago (Edited 669d ago )

Yeah, I mostly agree. There are only two good episodes of South Park after season 8: "Tsst" and "Make Love, Not Warcraft" both from season 10. They were great imo.

Damn it! I have to keep on editing! There are more than those two. Just a handful of standout episodes, but for the most part, you're spot on with South Park after season 8.

franwex669d ago

Yeah agree. There are a few here and there that are good though.

360ICE668d ago

Wow, I disagree with that. Imaginationland? Fishsticks? Make Love, not Warcraft? The Dog Whisperer-episode?

If anything, the show got better after season 8, in my opinion. The first seasons are not that good in retrospect, it was mostly just edgy at the time, and seasons like 12, 13 and 14 are some of the best runs they've had!

In my opinion, anyway.

Mr Marvel668d ago

NO WAY!!! Season 9 onwards are the best seasons by far imo.

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Deadpool616668d ago

Once The Simpson started to have continuity between various episodes is when it officially died. Things like Apu being a father of 8, Maude Flanders dying, it all went to the crapper.

slate91668d ago

There are a few gems past season 8. But each season only had 1-3 "Good" episodes. I feel like prior to season 8, every single episode was awesome. Every-single-one.
In my opinion it has something to do with the fact they stopped focusing on the towns-people and stopped creating unique stories within 'South Park.' Almost every episode past season 8 had either a plot twist/conspiracy with the government, or was the eric cartman show with him going against the other 3. The supposed 4th graders are now adults in their 40s with rational thinking and reasoning. I could go on and on... *sigh* :(

StarWarsFan669d ago

They should think of injecting a new co-producer and a fresh selection of writers.

ArtificiallyYours669d ago

I only watched the marathon up until the end of season eight. That should tell you where the disassociation is now.

Pillsbury1669d ago

After season 8 = jumped the shark.

TheSaint668d ago

*Nuked the fridge* is the usual term now, they changed it because that film and that moment was so bad..

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