Please Stop Making Me Hate The Simpsons

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I still think the Simpsons has had some good recent episodes; for me the quality is pretty unpredictable. I'm glad they brought Futurama back, though; it IS more consistently funny.

Wolfram01:
Everyone, start watching Community. AWESOME show.
Here's a couple examples, these are just from short skits they do at the end of the episodes, usually completely unrelated to anything.



(yes, that's Chevy Chase :D)

Some of the characters on that show are just the weirdest mix of funny and pure annoying though. Most of them have really weak singing voices, and a lot of the jokes fall flat. It's largely made up for by some really good deliveries once and awhile though. And Chevy Chase is hilarious in it with his subconscious racism and homophobia.

Wow, pal, seems like you know you won't ever like it, why ask anyone to try and explain the good points?! If you don't like it, tough, really. Don't watch it.

The rage is strong in this one.

Spoiler'd to avoid my "Wall of text" syndrome.

I do also second the notion of Community being one of the funniest shows ive seen in a while.That and Alison Bries char is cute enough to make ones head spontaneously explode.

I don't mind that The simpsons are still being aired... but I'm sad and angry that Firefly didn't get the chance it deserved to get.

If Fox actually comes out and apologizes for axing a hilariously brilliant and original show like The Tick, I might sum up the strength to forgive them for ruining The Simpsons.

However, nothing will save ABC from my wrath for the two episode airing and subsequent cancellation of one the greatest shows of all time.

Seriously.

All six episodes of Clerks: The Animated Series MURDER pretty much everything The Simpsons, Family Guy, and American Dad have to offer.

Ah it's about time someone said it! Note to the TV producers out there. Don't go to fox to make your shows

-M

I have to disagree. The Simpsons has been rather fantastic lately. And I fear that when the Simpsons is finally cancelled or just goes off tv, Fox sundays will turn into the Seth Macfarlane night. And I generally find his stuff to be just awful. Except Roger on American Dad. Roger is amazing. But I can't deal with anymore of Brian's bullshit grand standing, the complicate political issues being shown as a simple problem with liberalism ALWAYS being the best answer and anything questioning that to be evil and stupid. And the Cleveland Show is just sooooo bad.

To be honest, I haven't seen "The Simpsons" in years, as I got fed up of the constant reruns. I did go over to a friends and caught a newer episode and all I thought was "meh". I have never really that big of a fan of "The Simpsons" either. I prefer "Aqua teen hunger force", "Harvey Birdman: Attorney at law" and "Robot chicken".

I never really liked "Firefly" either. I watched the box set as a friend of mine had it on when I came over to visit and I couldn't really get into it, which my friend found funny as I can happily watch both seasons of "Twin peaks" back to back with no complaints. It's my second favourite show of all time after "Law & Order: Criminal intent"

After page 2 I realised how many pages there were and said "so when is FireFly *click* oh there we go" Im not a big fan, unlike my sis (yes I know you love Fillion now stop telling me how you would, errrrrggggg), but what little ive seen has been really good, gotta love Jeyne.

Futurama on the other hand, I own every episode/movie and can watch for hours on end, that show my friends IS EPIC.

"Jurrassic Bark" and "The Sting" were unbelievably heart wrenching and the scene where Bender gives his first born to the Robot Devil in "The Beast with a Billion Backs" is in my top 5 hardest laughs on TV.

Simpsons is not going to go away until the show stops making Fox money. The show has generated close to 3 billion dollars in the last 20 years.

As for Firefly, I'm glad its gone. I've seen all the episodes in supposedly the correct viewing order and I do not see the big fucking deal behind it. The plot suffers the same problems that all of Whedon's series have: He does not know where he wants to go in the series until episode 7 or 8. He spends that long fumbling around in the dark exploring different tangents until then. After that, the plot progression is rushed. He does not know how to pace his shows in an even manner.

Also, the dialog is not clever. It is basically what Tom Servo, Cambot, Crow, and Joel Hodgson would say to the movie on MST3K. Interesting, yeah. Funny, Not really. Clever, Absolutely not.

Ironically, I'm watching The Simpsons now, and when I saw the thread.

Personally, I like the Simpsons. Luckily, due to not having watched TV properly for years and prefer to download most of the shows I watch, I have yet to actually see any Simpsons beyond season 10, until my flatmate started buying the DVDs.

You know, I liked The Simpsons. I find that a good lithmist test to gage it against is the Treehouse of Terror episodes. With V being the best, I feel season six was the best season: A Star is Burns, 'Round Springfield, Sideshow Bob Roberts; pure gold. It started to decline at about 12, and then it hit rock bottom around 13.

I utterly despise the current seasons. Why? Season 21: "To Surveil with Love". The intro is De$ha's "Tick Tok". Any other season would've made fun of Ke$ha: how she's a vapid, talentless fake artist. How the music industry is churning out crap like this for a quick buck. But no: today's Simpsons would rather play it straight in order to make a quick buck and hopefully prove that they're still "with it" and relevant with the kids. I haven't seen a new episode since.

What's worse is that this has set precedence for the rest of the crap that Seth Rogen hath spawned: all we need is a dysfunctional family with a dumb dad, a longsuffering daughter, a dumb son, a sane but horny wife, and a talking animal. Repeat as necessary, and take up Sunday primetime in favor of other more original shows. To be honest, this is Fox's MO: from this to stealing Watchmen from Warner Bros. to the utter travesty that is Fox "News". As far as I'm concerned, Rupert Murdoch allready has a spot in the 9th circle reserved for him.

I am actually not upset about The Tick being canceled. As those 8 episodes went on, they were already becoming less entertaining. I am actually speaking from relatively recent memory since they are on Netflix, and the further they got into the series the less they focused on (and even showed) Tick. Besides, fish out of water stories never seem to last.

Angnor:

Quiet Stranger:
I agree, (i didn't read all of it, only up to the part where its first mentioned about season 10) this is just another person bitching and whining that "it was only good till a certain season". That just really pisses me off, what would you rather have? Less Simpsons and more Family Guy? No thank you!!!

Considering the article's author very specifically listed shows she'd rather have, I find your 'Family Guy' comment a little odd. And considering how you will find 'Family Guy', 'The Cleveland Show', and 'American Dad' all following the Simpsons, we already have far more 'Family Guy' than we need, really.

Or are we going to argue those three shows are distinct and unique entities?

That said, good article, and I enjoyed it. My one thought on it? While The Simpsons are cerrtainly past their prime Fox is guilty of far worse shows that continue to air. I'd cancel anything Reality before the Simspons.

I just feel that without The Simpsons, there'd probably be more air time for much worse shows like Family Guy

NameIsRobertPaulson:
Reminds me of the opening joke of season 4 of Family Guy

Dammit, Ninja'd.

Far too many good shows get cancelled willy nilly, even over here.

Good Vs. Evil, The Dresden Files, Profit (That was SO good), Space Above and Beyond, Jericho, Eerie Indiana, Being Human, Dead Like Me, Police Squad! (RIP Drebin), Father Ted (RIP Dermot), MAsquerade (RIP again), Tough Gig, Knightmare, Carnivale, Tru Calling, Birds of Prey, Daybreak, American Gothic, The fantastic remake of Randall and Hopkirk:Deceased, The Prisoner (RIP), Mutant X, Jake 2.0, Sledge Hammer...

All gone like tears in the rain. Time to buy...on Amazon.

My list:

Seasons 12 and under were the best episodes of the Simpsons. (10 and under being the best OF the best.)

Seasons 13-14 had some decent and good episodes and a few great episodes. This is probably when the show started going down, or maybe some time at the end of 11 or 12.

14-18 has a few good and even memorable episodes but this when the show really started going downhill for the older fans. Season 19 was meh and 20-22 was unbearable and whenever I watch it I try too hard to find it funny.

EDIT: There are actually some new episodes that make me laugh, but I prefer Family Guy at the moment even though it also is beginning to go downhill.

Arrested Development was horrible in my opinion. The Critic didn't really seem much better either. Firefly was quoted to being 'horrible, thats why its good.' Unless it's opposite day that just doesn't fly. Futurama was nothing more than The Simpsons... In the future. I've never seen The Tick so I can't really comment on it. Oh and by the way I really dislike The Simpsons. In my opinion there aren't really that many good shows on that aren't re-runs such as MASH, 8 Simple Rules, Stargate Atlantis, Emily of New Moon, etc.

Trucken:

Since Fox still has three seasons to apologize for, I give you the show that someone should be smacked in the head for cancelling:

Titus.

YES!

Everyone I've ever shown it to as absolutely adored it. My ex-roomie still spouts quotes every now and then. Sometimes I like to use the "W" word, wussy.

I've never agreed more with an article in my life.

The Simpsons needs to stop. It's peak was seasons 3-5, and it slowly drops off after that. Ideally, a show should end at it's peak, but I could've forgiven it for a few seasons of slowly dropping quality before calling it quits.

I disagree on one point, however. Watching reruns of "The Critic", almost 15 years after I first saw it as a small child, I can see it's not half as funny as I remember. But man, did it ever have potential. It was the first to pioneer the "cutaway joke"; a concept that Seth MacFarlane would soon steal and eventually butcher.

Forget Simpsons. I want to know how, after Family Guy was rightly canceled for being terrible, they decided to bring that crap back on board. What, was one show that had long since stopped being funny not enough for you? You need TWO shows that aren't funny?

What the hell is wrong with you, Fox?

Trucken:
Since Fox still has three seasons to apologize for, I give you the show that someone should be smacked in the head for cancelling:

Titus.

This show, that so many seem to have missed, had three seasons of comedy excellence. It was evil, raw, honest and outright hilarious. It didn't pull any punches ("Of course Erin can get pretty angry. She's got that Irish temper. But, she's Northern Irish, so we don't fight, she just puts a bomb in my car.") and offended everybody ("You built me a cop magnet! I might as well be a black guy driving a large powdered doughnut!"). But damn it, it was hilarious while doing so.

Holy shit yeah Titus was awesome. People at FOX need to pay dearly for that one.

I have no idea what anyone's talking about.

I watched some recent episodes of the Simpsons. I laughed. I enjoyed myself. I look forward to watching it every week on hulu.

cursedseishi:

Shoggoth2588:
I really miss The Tick...thanks for reminding me. Futurama is back and I never cared for any of those other shows...how about Greg the Bunny!?

Aye, I had the misfortune of missing it when it was aired (they never did actually try and garner attention for it), but while randomly looking through Patrick's wiki article (after a stint of boredom and curiosity about Venture Bros), I discovered it.

Those were the greatest 8 things I've ever seen. Casting was brilliant, Patrick Warburton made the big man in blue every bit as optimistic, naive, and lovable as his cartoon counterpart was. And Batmanuel is perhaps my most favorite parody of Batman.

Maybe one day, someone will make a live-action movie with the same cast, and become the second movie to rub Fox's stubby little nose in its own shitty mismanagement and lost opportunities.

"A secret message from my teeth!"-The Tick, biting into his fortune cookie. An funny line delivered hilariously.

As much as I've seen articles like this, I like this one for at the very least putting forth "Here's what would've been better." And I liked all the things that you listed and absolutely agree (though I would've given The Simpsons til season 10). The problem with Fox's current mentality is that they seem to expect every show that debuts to immediately be as popular as the Simpsons, forgetting that it took several seasons for the Simpsons to really catch on.

Dutchie_Diatribe:

Trucken:

Elizabeth Grunewald:
Please Stop Making Me Hate The Simpsons

Explain to me why everything good gets canceled, and the now-unfunny Simpsons marches on.

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Since Fox still has three seasons to apologize for, I give you the show that someone should be smacked in the head for cancelling:

Titus.

This show, that so many seem to have missed, had three seasons of comedy excellence. It was evil, raw, honest and outright hilarious. It didn't pull any punches ("Of course Erin can get pretty angry. She's got that Irish temper. But, she's Northern Irish, so we don't fight, she just puts a bomb in my car.") and offended everybody ("You built me a cop magnet! I might as well be a black guy driving a large powdered doughnut!"). But damn it, it was hilarious while doing so.

This ^ I freaking loved this show does anyone know if it's out on dvd?

Oh yeah. All three seasons. FOX needs to pay for canceling a show that got more HATE mail than other shows got mail.

I agreed with every cancellation except the Tick...that show was terrible. Are you high?

Seriously though, Television is stupid. I hope there comes a time when streaming internets of shows proves to be more lucrative and sustainable for shows and investors. then Television can just continue to be a pile of advertisement wrapped around drivel.

Futurama has been brought back, but is now airing on Comedy Central...

As for the Simpsons, it has one good episode every season after number 10, which is very, very poor. It should seek to make every episode enjoyable, rather than just put out a load of same-y blandness and the one good episode. I litreally cringe watching any new episode that airs now.

I've never watched any of the other shows you mentioned (except Futurama), but on the point of Family Guy which other people have brought up, that's gone down the toilet to. Apart from Road to the Multiverse, Brian & Stewie and a couple of others (plus the Star Wars spoofs) any recent episode is just boring. I think, like Matt Groening moved everything decent to Futurama, Seth McFalane moved every decent into American Dad! which is much funnier and deserves more credit than is given to it.

Back to the Simpsons, i think, due to Fox's terrible management, if they did cancel Simpsons, they'd have nothing to go on within a year, and would therefore crumble. It would be like Nintendo giving up on Zelda and Mario, or Sega giving up on Sonic. They're all due for retirement, but their creators litreally can't let them go.

If we want to get some new shows we would need to kill the big 3: Family Guy, The Simpsons, and South Park.

The Real Sandman:
If Fox actually comes out and apologizes for axing a hilariously brilliant and original show like The Tick, I might sum up the strength to forgive them for ruining The Simpsons.

However, nothing will save ABC from my wrath for the two episode airing and subsequent cancellation of one the greatest shows of all time.

Seriously.

All six episodes of Clerks: The Animated Series MURDER pretty much everything The Simpsons, Family Guy, and American Dad have to offer.

I remember watching those on adult swim. Great show, shame it didn't get the chance it deserved.

The Simpson's stopped being funny years ago, but you seriously want The Critic back? That show was awful the first time around.

Same reason no now wants to fix politics they think its untouchable due to speculation and just getting by day by day.

Ok, let me say a few things, yes the writing dropped in quality for the simpsons but saying "The simpsons suck, ban nao plz!!!!1!!!" isn't going to make us take you seriously, secondly, WTH is that clip from the tick, That's NOT from the tick, now THIS is from the Tick.

It's not very good if it gets canceled.

I think the moral of this story is that one shouldn't watch shows on Fox, because you will inevitably be disappointed, whether its due to them canceling a show prematurely or letting one go on for too long. I liked the Simpsons, back in the day. Now it just feels forced and repetitive.
I miss Firefly. I know it wasn't for everyone, but I think it would have been absolutely amazing had they let it run. Or if someone had picked it up. Or if they would have just told us what was up with the Shepherd. It was a full universe, not just a single story line.
And just because...
Wash: " this landing is gonna get pretty interesting."
Mal: "Define interesting."
Wash: "Oh god oh god we're all gonna die?"
Mal: "This is the captain. We have a...little problem with our engine sequence, so we may experience some slight turbulence and then...explode."

No love for Brimstone? :( That was another Fox, let's fuck with the show, runs.

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