The Simpsons

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by ghall, Nov 11, 2007.

  1. ghall macrumors 68040

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    As you could probably guess by my avatar, I love the Simpsons. I practically grew up on that show. I haven't watched it on TV for a long time, since the 10th season I think, I mostly watch the DVDs of the earlier seasons now, but when I saw the Simpsons Movie over the summer I thought I'd start watching again. It's just not as funny as the episodes I grew up with. My dad and I would crack up every episode, but with the new ones, we're lucky if it makes us crack a smile.

    What happened to the great show? Do you think it's run it's course?
     
  2. Hummer macrumors 65816

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    Family Guy Happened. I'm guessing the writers felt the need to raise the bar, but in the process killing the show.
     
  3. MacHipster macrumors 6502

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    For me, the first few seasons were the best because the humor was more grounded in reality. It was the everyday events that were funny. For example, the first episode with Abe had the kids going to visit him in the nursing home. When they entered, all the old folks thought they were their grandkids. It's hilarious, because it's true. Now it's just a formula. I still watch it, but it's not as smart as when Conan O'Brien was writing. Also, I like the animation more in the first few seasons.
     
  4. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    The show hasn't changed; you just got more mature. :p
     
  5. ghall thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Hardly. I watch the earlier episodes on DVD, and I still crack up.
     
  6. MacNut macrumors Core

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    I think we have a few Simpsons threads kicking around here.
     
  7. shecky Guest

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    i still think futurama was much, much better than the simpsons.
     
  8. obeygiant macrumors 68040

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    I still think that inter-dimensional toaster episode is the best thing ever.
     
  9. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    The Simpsons started going down hill after '99 or so.


    Lethal
     
  10. Jasonbot macrumors 68020

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    I've got season 1-7 and I think they're pretty good. I dont know about season 8-1x but of the few 1x episodes i've watched you can see that they're running out of ideas.
     
  11. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    I love The Simpsons too. Have to get my two-a-day fix. Oddly, I don't really like the early episodes. It didn't get funny 'til about '94, IMHO. I think the peak of the show was around '01, because I can watch episodes from that time over and over and they still make me laugh. The new ones are pretty good, tonights wasn't exactly the greatest, but these days it's more of a hit and miss thing for them.

    Yep, including mine.
     
  12. Markleshark macrumors 603

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    Thats the problem. I'd rather it stopped a few years back, worked on a film and let that be that. They've taken it too far now, and are starting to tarnish the rep of a once epic show.
     
  13. Dagless macrumors Core

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    I recorded one of the newer series, since I gave up on it oh-so many years ago. Some episodes are great but none of them make me laugh. I don't think the Simpsons ever did for me. It's been an entertaining show and Sky's 6-7pm showing was a pillar in our house.

    Course it doesn't help that Futurama and Family Guy are simply better. And I don't watch that many cartoons any more :)
     
  14. MLeepson macrumors 6502

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    No doubt.

    I love(d) the Simpsons. I grew up on that show, too. I hadn't noticed much of difference how funny it got or didn't get. In fact, I like the newer ones a bit more, than the really old ones.
     
  15. FoxyKaye macrumors 68000

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    I started watching The Simpsons while they were still on the Tracy Ullman Show - IMHO, there's been a definite decline in the writing (Conan O'Brian used to write for them, amongst others), and some of the talent is gone (no more Phil Hartman).

    But to me, some of the other problems seem to be that Matt Groening outsourced the entire show to Korea and doesn't have a personal hand in the episodes like he used to; and, that in fact The Simpsons have "mainstreamed" in a way that they weren't when the show first started.

    This summer's movie did leave me pining for the "good old days" and to me, almost recaptured a lot of what made me laugh in earlier seasons. We'll see if the sequel can keep up this particular momentum - maybe TV isn't really the best format for the show anymore.
     
  16. Silencio macrumors 68020

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    There are still a few good laughs here and there, but it's getting harder and harder to find new episodes that are solid from start to finish.

    Since the writer's strike apparently doesn't affect animated shows, maybe The Simpsons team can get a temporary infusion of fresh blood.
     
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    Yep th simpsons has gon down hill ever since
     
  18. Telp macrumors 68040

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    Family Guy sucks. It really should just get pulled again, but it never will.

    I dont think its actually gotten thatmuch worse. I think there style is different, and yes i love the old episodes way more, but i do like the new ones. They have more of a subtle humor, and i will find myself laughing while my friends (family guy lovers) just look stupidly at me.
     
  19. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    I think the writers began to move away from the classic plots that worked after 2000 (I know some say '99, but I think 2000 was when I began to notice a drop off in quality).

    For example, one of my favorite episodes is the one making fun of Prohibition. That episode was funny because it mimicked reality very well. Another good one was the X-files one which had Scully and Moulder guest star. Those episodes had good plots, good lines, and genuine character motives/drives. Now it seems as if the characters are driven by random goals. That's not writing, that's just garbage.

    The only Simpsons episodes I bother to watch now are the Halloween ones, because they parody some good stuff. Other than that, I like South Park.

    Here, here. Futurama was a great show. However, Cartoon Network is airing a few specials this month and next month, so we'll get at least one last hurrah.
     
  20. Telp macrumors 68040

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    Futurama is coming back everyone. Sometime in 2008, i do rejoice! I loved Futurama, still one of my favorite shows (up there with simpsons, south park, king of the hill)
     
  21. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    Is it coming back for good, or is it just a temporary deal? I thought it was just a special. If it's coming back for good, well, I'm going to wet myself!:p
     
  22. Telp macrumors 68040

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    My idea was that it was coming back for a season, and if it did well, they would bring it back from the dead (just like family guy) !! SO EVERYONE WATCH WHENEVER IT COMES!!
     
  23. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    Not only that, buy the darn DVD!!!!!
     
  24. Telp macrumors 68040

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    Thats why its coming back in the first place i believe. Because DVD sales were so good...
     
  25. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    It sure has taken a long time. Family Guy wasn't off the air for this long was it?
     

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