Posted : 9 months, 2 weeks ago on 15 June 2014 08:46
D'oh! I can't think of a suitable word to adequately convey how I feel about The Simpsons. Honestly, it's my favourite TV show of all time. I'm not the only one who holds this yellow family close to their hearts. As of today, this animated American sitcom of satirical brilliance is now regarded as the longest-running television series in the history of television. Aside from Matt Groening and James L. Brooks, not to forget Sam Simon, the show was, and continues to be, produced by the Murdoch-owned television network giant Fox. When the show first hit television screens, its reception was instantly positive, and proceeded to attract mass appeal.
Whilst still in its infancy, the show became a landmark, culturally significant, and immediately entered the mainstream pop culture sphere. Many fans consider seasons 2-8 to be the "golden years" of the show, however, the show is currently in its twenty-fifth season - a previously unseen achievement - and is still going strong, having survived in the competitive world of primetime television for over two decades. The Simpson family was originally conceived by Groening. At the beginning, Groening based the family partly on the stereotypical conception of the classic American middle-class family, and partly on his own family as well.
The show centres on a typically dysfunctional American family of working/middle-class repute, who reside in the fictional town of Springfield. The primary characters of the show are members of the titular family, which includes stupid power plant glutton Homer, responsible, moralistic housewife Marge, highly intelligent overachiever Lisa, mischievous underachiever Bart, and Maggie, silent and always babyish. Its many fantastic secondary characters are also significant and important to mention, as a large and extensive collection of plotlines from memorable episodes throughout the series have been led by some of these very characters.
Some consist of bible-bashing Christian Ned Flanders, strict school principal Seymour Skinner, convenience store owner Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, evil mastermind Sideshow Bob, old, scheming capitalist Montgomery Burns, and the always entertaining police officer Chief Clancy Wiggum. Clearly, the show contains strong comedic elements, although, it also contains satirical undertones, as it uses parody and satire to comment on current issues in modern American society. The media, pop culture, religion, sport and politics are all satirised. And while celebrity guests are welcome on the show, the writers never refrain from attacking one.
Apart from its razor-sharp satire, the show also makes reference to American pop culture, movies, literature, music, television and the media. The writers on the show often interlace jokes into scripts for episodes. Certain jokes are more sophisticated and more intellectually challenging than others, whereas most are reasonably slapstick and easy for most viewers to get the gist of. There is also a great amount of irony and sarcasm within these jokes. Some of the many impressive aspects of the show range from its use of characterization, the intelligence of the scriptwriting, its adult, clever sense of humour, and the pure brilliance of the voice actors.
The most recognised voice actors are Dan Castalleneta, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Julie Kavner, Harry Shearer, and Nancy Cartwright. Without their output, the show would certainly not have the respected reputation it has today. The writers deserve recognition and admiration. It's obvious that they're all talented, creative and possess big intellects. Their individual, and combined, creativity is what makes the show so entertaining and funny, as they carry great responsibility on the show. I'm not saying the animators and producers don't make any effort, all I'm saying is the writers are definitely the foremost creative force behind the show.
Following season ten, many passionate longtime fans of the show had begun to believe that the show's quality - its intelligent, witty and realistic style - had greatly declined in relation to the direction taken in plot, characterization and scriptwriting. According to some commentators, it's mainly the writers' fault, particularly such writers, among others, as Josh Weinstein and Bill Oakley, that such a dramatic collapse in overall quality had taken place. In fact, by the show's tenth season, many had begun to notice the show's abrupt change from storylines traditionally led by characters to an excessive overdependence on plain ridiculous and infeasible plot ideas.
That said, in spite of such negative criticism, the show is still managing to seduce occasional watchers of the show to become full-time watchers, and still boasts an expanding bevy of dedicated Simpsons fans - young children, middle-aged adults, even elderly people. And even though I dislike later seasons in the series, this show is still a better alternative to most TV shows that exist today, which are somewhat mediocre, boring and will never overtake the unmatched height of phenomenon that this show has reached over recent years. The fact that a Simpsons-invented phrase in "d'oh" entered the Oxford English Dictionary would indicate this.
The following is a list of my top twenty personal favourite episodes from the show:
1. Brother From Another Series - Season 8, Episode 16
2. Who Shot Mr Burns (Part 1) - Season 6, Episode 25
3. The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson - Season 9, Episode 1
4. Krusty Gets Kancelled - Season 4, Episode 22
5. Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming - Season 7, Episode 9
6. Bart of Darkness - Season 6, Episode 1
7. Homer to the Max - Season 10, Episode 13
8. The Springfield Files - Season 8, Episode 10
9. Flaming Moe's - Season 3, Episode 10
10. El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer) - Season 8, Episode 9
11. Homer Loves Flanders - Season 5, Episode 16
12. Trash of the Titans - Season 9, Episode 22
13. 22 Short Films About Springfield - Season 7, Episode 21
14. The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace - Season 10, Episode 2
15. Homer's Enemy - Season 8, Episode 23
16. Brother From the Same Planet - Season 4, Episode 14
17. Who Shot Mr Burns (Part 2) - Season 7, Episode 1
18. Trilogy of Error - Season 12, Episode 18
19. A Star is Burns - Season 6, Episode 18
20. The War of the Simpsons - Season 2, Episode 20
And every single Treehouse of Horror episode up to Season 12.
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Posted : 10 months, 2 weeks ago on 20 May 2014 04:06
Hey everyone! It's here! The best show ever! Here's my review of...
'THE SIMPSONS' WOOP WOOP WOOP WOOP WOOP WOOP! Yes it’s finally here! The bloody wait is over! I hate waiting for things!
'The Simpsons' is not simply my favourite cartoon but also my favourite show! It's been going for 25 years! And personally, yeah, the first ten years were the best! But everyone thinks that Season 10 was the last good season of the show! I disagree, I still love this show! In fact, here are some of my favourite episodes from Season 11 onwards:
I love 'The Bob Next Door', 'Trilogy of Error', 'A Tale Of Two Springfields', 'Brick Like Me', 'Double, Double, Boy In Trouble', 'The Great Louse Detective' and 'Homerland'
And come on, you can't argue that at least one of those is actually very good! Most of them have received very good reviews and it’s not very hard to see why! You may have only liked the first ten seasons of ‘The Simpsons’ but I like every season!
Let's talk about the first ten years of the show:
When 'The Simpsons' left 'The Tracey Ullman Show', they started a new TV show for themselves! They made acclaimed episodes and in 1999, it was considered the best show of the century! In 2000, the family were awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
The show is about a yellow skin family living in the fictional town of Springfield; there's dumb, crude, overweight, selfish and lazy but essentially decent Homer (Dan Castellaneta) and his tall haired friendly wife Marge (Julie Kavner) and their kids 10 year old underachiever Bart (Nancy Cartwright), 8 year old nerd Lisa (Yeardley Smith) and 1 year old baby genius Maggie. There's also friendly neighbor Ned Flanders (Harry Shearer), rich villain Mr Burns (Harry Shearer), Bart's best friend Milhouse (Pamela Hayden), Homer's father Abe (Dan Castellaneta) and unhealthy life liver Krusty (Dan Castellaneta)
There are so many characters from 'The Simpsons' and the show holds the record for the most guest stars including (but not limited to): Marcia Wallace, Phil Hartman, Danny DeVito, Kelsey Grammer, Joe Mantegna, Liam Neeson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Anne Hathaway and Tom Hanks!
'The Simpsons' has gotten lamer over the years but some people still love it and I am one of the positive people! Critics are still praising the show for its excellence! And I don't want the show to ever end (yeah it's that good)
This is my 200th review and it's the review of a genius work! Congratulate my 200th review if you're an ultimate 'Simpsons' fan. I am an ultimate one! Thank you!
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