October 15, 2005


A sad day has come: my husband no longer wants to watch The Simpsons.

We hadn't seen any new episodes since spring 2003, so we were excited when they started showing them on AFN Korea. But after four weeks, my husband shut off the TV and said that he was through. A global warming joke every week is a bit too much.

I started getting skeptical when I heard Michael Moore was going to be a guest last year, but it honestly feels like every episode is peppered with Democratic Underground memes. The Simpsons used to be about timeless plots: starting a barbershop quartet, going off to summer camp, writing an Itchy & Scratchy episode. The last episode we watched was a glimpse ten years into the future, complete with global warming turning Alaska into a beach, a military draft for Gulf War Five, and the 51st state being Saudi Israelia (I still don't understand what they were getting at there.) And this garbage is from the same genius minds that made Futurama?

Bart and Lisa go on a field trip to Springfield Glacier...which is the size of an ice cube now. Hardy har har. Give me "I Love Lisa" over this crap any day.

Posted by: Sarah at 06:08 AM | Comments (10) | Add Comment
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1 Just wait 'til you get back to the states and watch the new series (any new series). The libs in H'wood are really ramming their philosophy/wisdom down the throats of the unwashed masses.

Posted by: Pamela at October 15, 2005 05:14 PM (oKtxg)

2 the simpsons have been a left-leaning politically c'mon sarah look at lisa simpson vegeterian,educated,kind to the enviroment,etc... and it is as funny back when it came out as it is now.i guess it's how people's views can change more than show itself.and global warming IS real.

Posted by: tommy at October 15, 2005 05:53 PM (NMK3S)

3 Nobody is saying that Global warming ISN'T real tommy boy. Catastrophic predictions from the environmentalist crowd predict a few degrees over the next fifty years. Not beaches in Alaska eight years from now. Swiftian satire, perhaps? If that's what they intended, they missed. That's my real objection with the simpsons the last few years. It's not the politics. It's the fact that it's not funny anymore. Matt Groening, Al Jean, Mike Reiss and Conan O'brien made the show great when they had creative control over the show. They hit their peak around '97-'98. Yes, there was no secret about their political affiliation. Side show Bob Roberts in season six shows Dracula as a Republican, Homer's adventures into the NRA, etc. The difference was that it was funny back then. Funny and it generally avoided the overtly political and topical humor that made Murphy Brown only watchable to those on the creator's side of the political spectrum. The only instance I can think of this happenning during the Simpsons' golden era was Birchibald T. Barlow's obvious spoof of Rush Limbaugh. Political yes but it was FUNNY. But in the episode Sarah mentions there are three references to global warming. The Saudi Israelia crack? Principal Skinner is forced to steal computers for the school because, "this is Dick Cheyney's America."? Give me a break. This is the Simpson's of Ian Maxtone Graham. The Harvard educated hack who only got the job from his Conan connections at Saturday Night live. The real Simpson's died when Groening left to create Futurama in 1997. You can watch seasons four, five or six over and over and still laugh. Topical humor, particularly when it's crammed with way off the scale lefty snickering isn't funny now and it won't be funny when they try and sell the DVDs in a few years. The Simpsons of the last few seasons are the Terry Schiavo of television. We should put it out of it's misery a long time ago.

Posted by: Sarah's Husband at October 16, 2005 07:10 AM (qZ3DI)

4 i see your point captain.and it's valid to a large extent.all i was trying to say was the simpsons were always satrical politically.and usually on the side of the left like me.BTW it was good to see the elections went off fairly smoothly.american military veterans like myself want to see you guys complete the mission succesfully.we just don't like and far more importantly trust the commander-in-chief.

Posted by: tommy at October 16, 2005 11:30 AM (NMK3S)

5 Simpsons out, Family Guy in.

Posted by: Tanker at October 16, 2005 11:58 AM (btzDE)

6 Gore's daughter was the force behind Futurama. Just like there is only one brain in the Kennedy family,and Teddy is still misusing it, there may only be one brain for all the Gores.

Posted by: Walter E. Wallis at October 16, 2005 05:21 PM (wDJE+)

7 Well, there's still South Park. Equal opportunity, and simply anti-idiot no matter what side the idiot is on. Kalroy

Posted by: Kalroy at October 16, 2005 07:22 PM (9RG5y)

8 American Dad is pretty funny too. It pokes fun at patriotism, etc., but it's so over-the-top that it's hilarious.

Posted by: FbL at October 16, 2005 08:35 PM (5I8b6)

9 The Simpsons were always left-leaning; look at Mr. Burns, for example, the prototypical robber-baron capitalist. My impression, though, is that the show's quality has declined over the last few years (although I only watch sporadically). Individual jokes may be just as good, but the stories don't have the same coherence. You don't get to the real plotline until you are 5 or 10 minutes in. The difference between Kennedy and Bush dynasties seems to be that the Kennedy brain gets passed down whereas Bush senior isn't giving theirs up until he no longer has a need for it himself.

Posted by: Pericles at October 17, 2005 08:19 AM (EpPuP)

10 OK, but left-leaning isn't the same thing as "look at me, I'm a leftie", which seems to be the case now. I mean, "Mr. Lisa Goes To Washington" was both patriotic and critical of government...whereas one recent episode had a Canadian say he'd love to go to the US and see the feeble-minded executed. What is that? That's just a dig at the US for the sake of having one. Or the end of the episode where Selma tries to adopt a Chinese baby and the music says that she'll go to the US and get fat and dumb. Remember the good old days when Homer used to shout USA! USA! when anything good happened to him? Those days are gone...

Posted by: Sarah at October 17, 2005 10:16 AM (VW35q)

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