No Right Answer: The Simpsons vs Futurama

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RandV80:
I don't know, taking user suggestions is great and all but I don't find the show as entertaining when it's basically two good choices in which you both can agree either way. Originally the direction "No Right Answer" was that the topics discussed were so absurd there isn't really a right answer to it. Rather than watching a discussion that's been done to death like who's better Batman vs Superman, the show was great cause you took crazy questions like Green Lanter greatest weakness: wood vs the colour yellow. Or if it is a more common topic chosen then it's still good when you at least have a strong contrasting opinion.

Expanding on what we do does not eliminate the original founding principles. We still have absurd topics lined up. Don't worry, there will be debate.

I liked this episode of "Matt Groening's best series".

But of course this can only lead to one direction.

"Jim Henson's best series"

That's right: "The Muppet Show vs. Sesame Street"

I wish I could take credit but it was something I found in a "who would win in a fight" website.

denseWorm:
This is like comparing coke with coke zero. It's the original masterpeice vs. the half-assed, barely necessary spin off.

No contest! The simpsons.

Given how many people here have said "No way, it's Futurama!", it may be a better contest than you think.

Personally, I think Futurama. Simpsons is great, but Futurama's more nerdy, quirky style of humor appeals to me more, to say nothing of how sad it can be.

I prefer Futurama by far but in terms of notoriety and cultural impact and recognition, The Simpsons wins in that respect. Both great shows and while I feel that Treehouse of Horror should have been compared to the Anthology of Interest episodes, I still think Treehouse was better overall.

The first Treehouse of Horror taught me that poetry doesn't have to suck and introduced me to Edgar Allan Poe. Whatever sins The Simpsons may commit, they will always be forgiven for that reason.

Futurama gets my vote. Also this is my first time watching this series so you got a viewer out of this discussion.

Simpsons pretty much stopped being "good" to me about 4-5 years ago. Sure, there'll be an occasionally good joke or two, but it's worse than Family Guy when it comes to finding a "gem" each season. Futurama, despite having a bit of a rocky resurrection, since it wasn't until "The Late Philip J. Fry" that that really returned to full glory, has managed to stay in the zone that Simpsons was once in. Being a balance between great humor and drama, with neither being too overpowering (never too sad that it depresses you/never too silly you can't help but say "this is stupid").

Firefilm:
The Simpsons vs Futurama

Dan actually went to the same high school that Matt Groening went. In fact, he had the same teacher for economics that Matt based Mr. Burns on. Dan is afraid of that teacher. Matt, however, has gone on to bigger and better things, but which is bigger and better, the Simpsons or Futurama?

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I can easily forgive them for Firefly as I didn't enjoy the show at all.

Simpsons really contributed to the modern adult animated sitcom. So many shows, for better or worse, owe the brilliant and fortuitous events and people that led to such a great and inspiring long running series. That said, I'm a bigger fan of Futurama. Simpsons bigger, Futurama better.

I laughed quite a few times at recent Simpsons episodes, so they've still got the goods imo.

There most certainly is a right answer to this question. Futurama is the greatest TV show of all time...of ALL TIME, therefore it is better than The Simpsons. And anyone who suggests otherwise can bite my shiny, metal ass.

I will counter 'Jurassic Bark' with 'Stark Raving Dad.'
Both still have the ability to make me tear up.
In a manly way, of course.

Futurama has its sweet moments - Luck of the Fryrish, The Sting and Devil's Hands come to mind. But The Simpsons have had these moments too. Four words: Do It For Her. That was a sweet moment. Or Bart and Lisa embracing on the ice - equal at least to Luck of the Fryrish. The first and last episode with Mona Simpson also pretty heavy - the first probably more effective as it ended on that sad note but the last had an impact due to Homer's inability to make up with his mother before her death.

Jurassic Bark probably still tops the podium for saddest cartoon moment.

It's a hard call, they are both great shows. I think Matt has more of himself in Futurama than The Simpsons - I believe The Simpsons was a quick concept he drew up in a waiting room because he didn't want to lose the rights to his 'Life In Hell' series while Futurama would have had more thought behind it. I think The Simpsons does win though just because of the incredible impact it has had on popular culture and culture in general. "Better"? We'll that's still subjective isn't it.

I gotta say, it's a close one, though I'd personally go for Futurama for one reason.

Both shows have dramatic episodes.
Bender is a character that's never taken seriously, so that even when the author feels like being dramatic, he can still be funny without anyone breaking character.
However, the Simpsons doesn't have a character like that, and when an episode has dramatic content, you either have to forgo humor all-together or break character.

Superior Mind:
Futurama has its sweet moments - Luck of the Fryrish, The Sting and Devil's Hands come to mind. But The Simpsons have had these moments too. Four words: Do It For Her. That was a sweet moment. Or Bart and Lisa embracing on the ice - equal at least to Luck of the Fryrish. The first and last episode with Mona Simpson also pretty heavy - the first probably more effective as it ended on that sad note but the last had an impact due to Homer's inability to make up with his mother before her death.

Jurassic Bark probably still tops the podium for saddest cartoon moment.

It's a hard call, they are both great shows. I think Matt has more of himself in Futurama than The Simpsons - I believe The Simpsons was a quick concept he drew up in a waiting room because he didn't want to lose the rights to his 'Life In Hell' series while Futurama would have had more thought behind it. I think The Simpsons does win though just because of the incredible impact it has had on popular culture and culture in general. "Better"? We'll that's still subjective isn't it.

Oh I got one that can beat all these moments for you, and I love these moments.
The second season finale of Moral Orel and the entirety of its third season.
I have never seen anything as emotionally moving and depressing on TV ever.

If you've seen the first season and wrote it off as a smug atheist show, I wouldn't blame you, but if you ever have the chance watch season 2 and 3, which takes the show in a dramatically different direction

Hannibal942:
I'm honestly split by this one. The Simpsons have some truly great moments, but it's a show that should have ended a long time ago. Yet even then, I just can't quite compare the best of the Simpsons to Futurama. Consider me neutral.

Good sir, you lose 1 internet for not posting this:

OT: I have to lean towards Futurama on this one, although I do agree that Simpsons is more influential to pop-culture.

This really is a case where there's "No Right Answer."

Futurama has always been the tighter show, but owes that in no small part to the fact that groenig had a decade or so of experience with the Simpsons going into it.

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Futurama is pure brilliance, but Simpsons was very well argued,so I'll accept its wrongful win.

But... this is a legitimate comparison. You guys stopped drinking or what?

Futurama

I used to like the simpsons but then I took an arrow to the knee..

but serously,
no contest simpsons may of been king in the 90's but now its old and senile now and needs to retire

also they missed somthing why didnt they mention this clip and the meme it has spawned

Another one of these that I wasn't too happy with the outcome of, but it's not as bad as Die Hard Vs Lethal Weapon :P

Right, without the Simpsons, there can be no Futurama - that much we are sure of. Groening made Futurama better because when they started, they knew what they were doing with the development process. The 3D is fantastic and the jokes are of a higher level than most of the stuff you catch on the Simpsons.

Simpsons ran well for the first 10-12 seasons. It has been a corpse kept alive by FOX pushing the fluids around the body artificially, in the hope that they can extract every last cent out of the franchise, before they finally commit it for burial and re-runs.

Yes, FOX have made some horrendous decisions, regarding the Simpsons franchise - this has allowed FOX to stay on the air and out of Rupert Murdoch's pockets. It will not last forever, yet Futurama is fantastic and no-one really seems to care what Groening does on the better show, while Simpsons continues to run, as property of FOX.

Futurama <3

This is a tough one. I love Futurama, it's a fantastic show, but at the same time, The Simpsons is great too. (I've only watched the first ten seasons, and that doesn't include any of the first season either.) The Simpsons just has so many brilliant gags. Some of the best comedy writing I've ever seen. I love how often the jokes subvert audience expectations.

So in the end, even considering that I'm quite the sci-fi fan, I guess I probably would have to say The Simpsons.

chickenhound:
Futurama

I used to like the simpsons but then I took an arrow to the knee..

but serously,
no contest simpsons may of been king in the 90's but now its old and senile now and needs to retire

also they missed somthing why didnt they mention this clip and the meme it has spawned

Because why fucking would they mention it? It's no more notable than any of the other numerous memes that Futurama and The Simpsons spawned.

Wait shit I just made a double post.

Leemaster777:

Hannibal942:
I'm honestly split by this one. The Simpsons have some truly great moments, but it's a show that should have ended a long time ago. Yet even then, I just can't quite compare the best of the Simpsons to Futurama. Consider me neutral.

Good sir, you lose 1 internet for not posting this:

OT: I have to lean towards Futurama on this one, although I do agree that Simpsons is more influential to pop-culture.

I freaking lol'd.

When I was younger the Simpsons for sure now that I'm older futurama.

TorchofThanatos:
The Simpson has the crying episodes too!
Remember when Lisa's Saxophone idol died (Bleeding Gums Murphy). I was crying at the end of the one.
Also all the great music that was in the episode.

Egh I thought that episode was just boring, Lisa's Sad, big woop isn't she a bit young to be sad?

My favorite episode has to be the one where Bart steals a video game from a store and gets caught, the guilt build up from Marge was so tear jerking good, and Bart showed what to do to make his Mum happy again, inspired me to love my Mum.

Nonsense, Simpsons can't win this!
Maybe 20 years ago...

Futurama is just so much better, because it's actually FUN.

Goldhawk777:
Futurama for the win. The Simpsons has gone on long enough and now is losing steam. Here's another vs match, Seth Mcfarland's The Cleveland Show, vs Family Guy, Vs American Dad. 3 WAY! Go!

The Simpsons was quite good in the beginning, but now they are remaking many of the episodes that they already did. Last Sunday, What happens when the Simpsons grow up in 15-20 years? They already did that with a fortune teller telling Lisa that she will marry Millhouse. Now they just want to continue it?

Hmmm, you know, just do an Old Simpsons series similar to Rugrats All growed up. That'll break the stranglehold of Seth Mcfarland on Fox....

When was it said that Lisa would marry Millhouse? There's one episode where a fortune teller near a renaissance fair tells her she will fall in love with a wealthy English man and that they will split up right before the ceremony.

There's on where Lisa becomes president and Milhouse is the advisor when Bart breaks into a Indian casino.

There is one where Professor Frink let them they see themselves as teens where Lisa would lose her scholarship and thus end up marrying Milhouse, but Bart prevented that from happening after seeing what would come out of it.

It might be me being forgetful here, but I can't remember them being married in any other future than the one Bart prevented from happening.

OT: I like Futurama the best because there's more character depth. The Simpsons give me many good laughs, but the story is a lot better in Futurama. It's also new and the environment is a lot different and it doesn't put any limits on where they can be because of the space traveling. So in short character depth and the new jokes make it better.

Simpsons should have died long ago. I've watched them for a good 7-10 Seasons (cant really recall when i stopped) tried watching them recently... just not good. I would take futurama over the simpsons any day.

Father Time:

Hannibal942:
I'm honestly split by this one. The Simpsons have some truly great moments, but it's a show that should have ended a long time ago. Yet even then, I just can't quite compare the best of the Simpsons to Futurama. Consider me neutral.

I don't trust you neutral types. I mean at least I know where my enemies stand, but with you? Who knows.

damn you Zapp Brannigan! who let you in here?

This was, by far, the best episode I've seen. The arguments were logical, valid, and to the point between two comparable subjects.

ritchards:
Futurama is better... Simpsons is more popular...

that sums up my sentiments nicely

Futurama, no question. While I agree, the Ex Mas episodes are a problem, It was funny once, it wasn't funny 5 times later, there are plenty of good episodes out there. You can't really compare Treehouse of Horror to the Christmas episodes, they compare better to Anthology of interest.

Simpsons meanwhile.. It's time for it to wrap up and reach a conclusion. Good shows are getting canned left and right for it. Hell, Futurama was one of them. Groening got tired of that crap and took it to comedy central.

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