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Subject: Last good episode of The Simpsons

Written By: Zelek on 09/29/15 at 11:46 am

I think this is one thing people can agree is worse now. The consensus is that the show was best from seasons 1-8, before declining in 9-10, and going off the rails with Homer causing Maude's death in 11.

That being said, what do you think is the last "classic-quality" episode? I'd say it's Lisa Gets an "A" (the one with Pinchy the lobster).

Subject: Re: Last good episode of The Simpsons

Written By: TheEarly90sGuy on 09/29/15 at 1:37 pm

Homer's Triple Bypass

The monorail episode was too unrealistic for my tastes.

Subject: Re: Last good episode of The Simpsons

Written By: #Infinity on 09/29/15 at 2:42 pm

I agree Lisa Gets an 'A' is the last episode that's anywhere near as solid as the show's classic episodes.  That being said, the show had already definitively exited its golden era earlier that November with When You Dish Upon a Star and D'oh-in in the Wind, both disastrous, Jerkass Homer-centric episodes with lowbrow humor and a lack of serious social critique.  I know that a lot of people consider The Principal and the Pauper the death knell of classic Simpsons, and with good reason, considering it was the series' jumping the shark moment, but it still took about a year, spanning the episodes of season 9 (when Mike Scully became the new showrunner) and first few of season 10 (all from the season 9 production line), before the show had completely fallen off.  By season 10, The Simpsons was already a dumbed-down, commercially driven cartoon that was more about the outright stupidity of Homer and his various escapades than the absurdities of American life.

Subject: Re: Last good episode of The Simpsons

Written By: Baltimoreian on 09/29/15 at 5:35 pm

Probably the early 2000s seasons were the last good seasons of The Simpsons, in my opinion.

Subject: Re: Last good episode of The Simpsons

Written By: Zelek2 on 03/12/16 at 3:10 pm

Pardon the bump, but does anyone else think seasons 1-2 of the Simpsons are quite underrated?

Like, maybe they're not as great as the golden age (s3-8), but they've got a Charlie Brown-like charm that the show would never have again.

Subject: Re: Last good episode of The Simpsons

Written By: Baltimoreian on 03/12/16 at 3:15 pm


Pardon the bump, but does anyone else think seasons 1-2 of the Simpsons are quite underrated?

Like, maybe they're not as great as the golden age (s3-8), but they've got a Charlie Brown-like charm that the show would never have again.


They aren't underrated. Pretty much anybody likes the first two seasons, along with seasons 3-11.

Subject: Re: Last good episode of The Simpsons

Written By: Zelek2 on 03/12/16 at 3:19 pm

But most people I've talked to say "skip the first two seasons, go to s3", which I just don't understand.

As I mentioned before, those seasons have a Peanuts-like charm of heartwarming, satire, and bleakness which hasn't been seen in many animated TV shows.

Subject: Re: Last good episode of The Simpsons

Written By: #Infinity on 03/12/16 at 3:20 pm


They aren't underrated. Pretty much anybody likes the first two seasons, along with seasons 3-11.


Season 1 is kind of dull, but Season 2 is much better, even though it still wasn't quite the height of the show.

Subject: Re: Last good episode of The Simpsons

Written By: Baltimoreian on 03/12/16 at 4:20 pm


Season 1 is kind of dull, but Season 2 is much better, even though it still wasn't quite the height of the show.


Yeah, Season 1 was choppy animation-wise.

Subject: Re: Last good episode of The Simpsons

Written By: mqg96 on 03/12/16 at 4:47 pm

You can catch all the Simpsons reruns on FXX you want to. Back in Summer 2014 there was a Simpsons marathon on FXX that replayed all of the episodes, and I enjoyed most of the ones from 1990-2007, with 1990-1998 being the most entertaining ones and 1999-2007 being 2nd tier. I didn't care for the 2008-present ones though.

Subject: Re: Last good episode of The Simpsons

Written By: Howard on 03/12/16 at 5:50 pm


Pardon the bump, but does anyone else think seasons 1-2 of the Simpsons are quite underrated?

Like, maybe they're not as great as the golden age (s3-8), but they've got a Charlie Brown-like charm that the show would never have again.


You mean 1988 and 1989?

Subject: Re: Last good episode of The Simpsons

Written By: Zelek2 on 03/12/16 at 5:59 pm


You mean 1988 and 1989?

1989-1991

Subject: Re: Last good episode of The Simpsons

Written By: #Infinity on 03/12/16 at 9:33 pm


Yeah, Season 1 was choppy animation-wise.


The writing was also pretty sluggish and lacking in real humor.

Subject: Re: Last good episode of The Simpsons

Written By: 80sfan on 03/12/16 at 9:38 pm

I watched The Simpsons all the way until 2004.

Subject: Re: Last good episode of The Simpsons

Written By: Zelek2 on 03/19/16 at 8:06 pm

A lot of people would say season 1 is "slow" or "boring", but for me, there's so much Peanuts-esque charm, feels, childhood innocence, etc. radiating from the episodes. Especially the Bart ones (Bart the Genius, bart the general, etc.).

You will never see scenes as intimate or loving as this in animation ever again:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJp7DLV8i4k

Subject: Re: Last good episode of The Simpsons

Written By: batfan2005 on 03/20/16 at 7:36 am

I stopped watching it about 2005, although I still watched the reruns. I feel the movie came out way too late in the game. They should have released it in 1991 instead of 2007. It would have done a LOT better back then, especially following the summer of 1990 when some other classic cartoons were made into movies, such as The Jetsons, Duck Tales, and TMNT.

Subject: Re: Last good episode of The Simpsons

Written By: Howard on 03/20/16 at 2:14 pm


I stopped watching it about 2005, although I still watched the reruns. I feel the movie came out way too late in the game. They should have released it in 1991 instead of 2007. It would have done a LOT better back then, especially following the summer of 1990 when some other classic cartoons were made into movies, such as The Jetsons, Duck Tales, and TMNT.


I don't watch it as much as I used to but i do catch the reruns sometimes.

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