'Simpsons' 500th episode reminds us why we're loyal
February 20th, 2012
11:45 AM ET

'Simpsons' 500th episode reminds us why we're loyal

Let me just say it up front: The 500th episode of "The Simpsons" wasn't terrible, but it also wasn't spectacular - especially after all of the hype.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was an odd choice as a guest, and the jokes were only chuckle-worthy. Yet even with all of these elements and numerous references put together, this episode still served as a fitting tribute to a classic that we love.

At the very start of the show, longtime "Simpsons" fans were treated to a mash-up of some of the best couch gags from the past 23 years.

You saw a quick flash of it all, from "The Flintstones" to the Blue Man Group. The montage, which ended with an angry Homer choking Bart, was an opening that made me grin.

During a Springfield bomb drill, the Simpsons come across a secret town hall meeting where the residents have voted to banish the family. After years of tolerating Homer's drunkenness, Bart's pranks, Lisa's fervent environmentalism, Marge's reasonable nature and Maggie's lack of crying, Springfield's denizens have had enough.

So with a fancy going-away parade, the Simpsons are ejected and make their new home in The Outlands, an isolated, post-apocalyptic, dirt bike-driving community.

Despite how much at home the family feels, Marge gets restless, and so she and Homer sneak back into Springfield. They are soon discovered, and this time it's Marge who willingly leaves.

By the end of the episode, Lenny, Moe and everyone who wanted the family to be removed come crawling to The Outlands. Eventually, the whole of Springfield - even Principal Skinner -  move in and set up what could be called Springfield 2.0.

This plot is nothing new. The whole townspeople-turning-on-the-Simpsons story was the premise of "The Simpsons Movie," when Homer accidentally pollutes the lake and the family is kicked out, only to be welcomed back after they save the day.

But it was a clear representation of Springfield's relationship with the Simpsons family; can't live with them, can't live without them. In many ways, that is the relationship the show has with its fans, which it recognizes at the end of the episode with this: "Thanks for 500 shows. All we ask is that you go out and get some fresh air before logging on the Internet and saying how much this sucked."

The entire episode paid homage not only to "Simpsons" history, but also to the role that the show has played in popular culture. It goes without saying that the show broke new ground in TV with its satirical worldview and unconventional animated sitcom family.

For more than two decades, we saw America's most recognizable and dysfunctional family give their take on major news events and cultural occurrences, national and global. They did it in a way that at first raised eyebrows, and then opened up primetime for shows like "Family Guy." (So much so, that the latter doesn't shock us anymore.)

The references in "At Long Last Leave" remind us of how established "The Simpsons" tradition is - even if the program is dealing with average viewership, contract negotiations, and the acknowledgment that it may never live up to its glory days.

It's like an old high school pal: You were once great friends (fans), but now you only occasionally keep in touch to talk about the old days, and will sometimes look for updates on Facebook.

Nonetheless, it's a constant background presence that I can't imagine being without.

What'd you think of the 500th episode?


soundoff (126 Responses)
  1. yoann

    http://clnk.me/1wXTo

    September 16, 2012 at 3:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. Diamond Joe Quimby

    I love the Simpsons. Always have. But the 500th episode was lacking. Especially with all the hype. Does anyone else notice there are more producers for that show that voice actors? Maybe that's the problem. Back in the day there were three. And the highest rated sitcoms of all time (Frasier, Cheers, etc.) only had two or three. I know they are important to the process of television, but c'mon, it's a cartoon. How many producers do you need? And Sherry... Your noble spirit will not be embiggening anyone's soul on this site.

    March 5, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Steve

    I'm a life-long Simpsons fan and admittedly the show is nowhere near as good as it was the first 15 years. When I record American Dad, Family Guy, and The Simpsons I watch them in that order and sometimes may wait a week to watch The Simpsons and will have two episodes because I know it will probably not be great. Still, I normally laugh at least 2-3 times minimum and about every other show will have something hilarious that reminds me of the "good ol' days". As for people asking why is the show still on the air? The fact that you are here posting about it shows you still watch it so you answered your own question. And there simply aren't many good comedies or good tv shows in general for that matter. A few laughs are better than none. And this isn't ruining its legacy. It just is hard to still be funny after 500 episodes. The classics will always be considered great. If anything, the sheer genius of them is better seen by the contrast. We were spoiled for a long time. I for one will always be grateful, especially seeing how bad most attempts at comedy are. Thanks for the memories Simpsons.

    February 25, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. John

    The simpsons is my favorite show of all time, but I consider it to have ended somewhere around the 13th season. This is a show that should have ended long ago and it's sad to see the contrived episodes they're coming up with now. Every episode is just a vehicle for jamming a guest star in and using songs. Notice how many current celebrities are appearing as themselves where more often they used to be funny springfield characters, and how much of the simpsons universe has been rewritten to accommodate ridiculous plot lines. I guess if people are still watching it's hard to fault them for keeping it going but I wonder how the writers sleep at night – they know how much the quality has dropped off.

    February 23, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Nebi

    Shame on you, Simpsons! I'm mad at the simpsons because the show ins't on netflix so i hardly ever get to watch it anymore.

    February 22, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  6. POE Fan

    I loved the way that they incorporated other non-cartoon things in the show, with an ending in the real world, guest appearances, ie Mark Hamill(sp), etc.

    My favorite was their rendition of "The Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe with Bart as the Raven and Homer as the reader.

    February 21, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. The Colorado Kid

    I still remember the first time I saw The Simpsons, because it was before they had their own show. I was at a movie theater in Panama City, Florida, circa 1987. It was one of those great places where you can order burgers and have a beer while you watch the movie. I have no idea what the movie was, but there was a Simpson's commercial beforehand, and I think it was for Butterfingers. I remember absolutely laughing my ass off, as I had never heard of them before and had never seen anything like them before. I looked them up afterwards and saw that they were on Tracy Ullman, and I've been watching ever since. They've had their ups and downs over the years, and while I also think their earlier years while breaking new ground in television animation were the best, I still love The Simpsons.

    February 21, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jake

    Eat My Shorts!

    February 21, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. nick Houston

    best ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 21, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mattmchugh

    500th. Episode. Ever.

    February 21, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dave in California

    Just wondering if the whole thing was an inside joke and advance warning that they have plans to take the show off television and onto the internet or into social media. I mean the whole thing is kind of on the nose – they leave behind their old place and find a new place for everyone to go. They even say "log onto the internet" at the very end. Just a thought. Maybe as part of the last round of negotiations, the cast was able to get some internet rights . . .

    February 21, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Catch-22

    I'll bet that they're still raking in the d'oh!

    February 21, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. epicjourney

    All you air breathers are goofy. I love red vs blue.

    February 21, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Merv

    The fact that the Simpsons has been on so long after it stopped being funny is a sad testament to the utter lack of creativity in Hollywood these days. It's not so much that the Simpsons is still a good show, it's just that there is literally nothing in the pipeline with the potential to replace it.

    February 21, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. td40

    The Simpsons is my all time favorite TV show. Back when VCRs were still used, I had a couple dozen tapes filled end to end with years worth of episodes. I have DVDs, and now I collect them on the DVR (even though they seem to refuse to show repeats that are more than a few years old anymore). I bought tons of merchandise, walked around reciting dialogue chunks from episodes, etc. etc. I say all this because I wanted people to know that I was a "superfan" before I write what I'm about to next:

    The show has SUCKED for over 10 years now. PLEASE put it out of it's misery. It's a complete embarrassment and has been for a long time. I have no idea how it's still on the air. The 90s episodes had different writers than they do now and *those* people were actually funny. Now, they just beat the dumbest jokes and gags into the ground and it's not even close to funny. And by the way, I was already well into my 20s when the show started, so it's not as if I just thought it was funny back when I was a "kid" and don't have the same sense of humor now. I definitely do. It's just that sometime around 2000 or so, when a lot of the creative minds responsible for the tone and writing on the show bailed out- and they ended up with a bunch of people who wouldn't know "funny" if it bit them on the face, Homer's character went from a lovable idiot to a just-plain-idiot, for one. So not funny anymore. I remember when "Family Guy" used to struggle to copy the Simpsons and now it's like the Simpsons struggles to be like a pale imitation of "Family Guy." It's come full circle. Please kill the show and put it out of it's misery.

    February 21, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  16. humtake

    I love the Simpsons. Even their worst show is ten times better than watching Jersey Snore. There are many shows that are worse than the Simpsons at their worst, that's why the show stays on. Most episodes may not be laugh-out-loud funny but they still entertain. And they entertain people who don't like many of the new age stuff on tv. I was 12 when The Simpsons started and I will continue to watch them years after they stop making new episodes.

    February 21, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  17. Vance Chesty

    The Simpsons was an incredible show up to and including "Homer vs. New York." The show faded off in that 9th season and became progressively worse as the seasons rolled on. The writing of the earlier seasons was great. It referenced a lot of specific things that, even if you didn't understand, you'd want to look up and find out more about it. The original hand-drawn episodes were great as well.

    Man, I miss The Simpsons.

    February 21, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • td40

      You absolutely nailed it.

      February 21, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • mattmchugh

      It's not worse. You just got tired of it after seeing almost every possible variation on a theme done in the show. That's natural.

      I haven't watched the show for years, now I'm tuning back in again it still hits the mark more than most things on TV. Anybody who thinks this season's "The Book Job" isn't equals to anything from the show prime doesn't know a damn thing about comedy.

      - mm

      February 21, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Zeegong

    The show has been on so long that most of the characters have outlived their archetypes. The basic premise of a nuclear family headed patriarchal single-breadwinner (without a college education) went extinct at least a decade ago. Also, when was the last time you saw a Hindu convenience store clerk or a bumbling Irish cop?

    February 21, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris S.

      Don't know about the Irish cop stereotype, but many of the convenience stores around my area, Raleigh, NC are still run by Indian guys. They own/run most of the Subway restaurants too.....weird...

      February 21, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  19. bob

    Rules for watching TV: if you don't like a show, don't watch it.

    February 21, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  20. Tim

    It needs to go back to the animation style on the Tracey Ullman show. Anybody catch when Homer said "My voice used to be like this?"

    February 21, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  21. Saharra

    This is only my opinion but "The Simpsons" is the best thing that has ever happened to my life. It brings my family together on Sunday nights. Even my 6 year old niece! Who has been watching it with us since she was born as well. I grew up on this show. And for anyone to say that it's a terrible show for children, then I hope your children don't listen to the radio or even, heaven forbid, sing along to it either. Children miss the "adult" jokes, they go right over their heads. And I am proof of that. I have been watching the Simpsons since day one and I am only 24. When I go back and watch the old episodes, I laugh because of the things I missed as a child. I have a large "Simpsons" collection too. (over 600 different items, including a Simpsons Tattoo) I'm so excited to celebrate 500 episodes with "America's favorite family", it is the longest running show in television history and even if the old episodes ARE better, it doesn't matter to me. I love them and I am a PROUD SIMPSONS FAN!!!

    February 21, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • CG27

      Great Comment, it is cool that you like the show so much, made me smile!

      February 21, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • AJ

      It's far from the longest running show, just the longest running comedy. There are soaps which have lasted 40 or 50 years.

      February 21, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Ian

    I enjoyed The Simpsons 500th episode. Not the best episode ever, and not the worst. But still a good half hour's worth of entertainment with some genuine chuckles, if not outright laughs. Thank you Simpsons... for more than 21 years of entertainment. As long as this show is on the air I will continue to watch!

    February 21, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      It could have been far worse..... a "clip show".

      Well, at least the clips were restricted to just the first minute of the show.

      February 21, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Andy

    I have to admit, when the Simpsons first came on the air, I never watched it. It wasn't until the last few years where I started seeing it, and caught up on the reruns (by now I'm sure I've seen them all.)
    Obviously, they're doing something right if after 23 years, the show is still on.

    February 21, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  24. dt

    I haven't watched this show since 2004 or something like that. I just grew out of it. The early 90's episodes were good though, and of course the ones with Troy whatshisname.

    February 21, 2012 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Troy

      Hi, I'm Troy McClure...you may remember me from such films as "Chrismas Ape" and "Christmas Ape Goes to Summer Camp."

      February 21, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  25. slayerbot

    I will always like The Simpsons, but i must say the episodes are hit and miss most of the time now, i cant speak for anyone else but the episode about Moe's rag was just.. well crap (yes i know that i'm not talking about the 500th). This episode was ok but I feel that there missing a proper ending with the new episodes, but that might just be me :P The stories are good (apart from the Moe one) but i just think they need to be structured better and then they might get back some lost viewers, at least in my opinion XD

    February 21, 2012 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  26. Josh

    Does anyone know if the show will now continue based in "Springfield 2.0" ????

    February 21, 2012 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  27. The Man

    Think of The Simpson’s this way: They are almost like out of state former best friends at this point. We enjoy seeing them when we do but there can be too much of a good thing. You think back when you first became best friends and things were fun. You had so much in common. You looked forward to the pranks, the jokes and the hanging out. And even when the hanging out wasn’t all that exciting, you didn’t mind. Now, we’re 23 years down the road. We’re still great friends but we just don’t talk as much. But when we do pick up that phone for a call, it’s good to know that there will be a welcomed and familiar voice on the other end and we wouldn’t want it any other way.

    It’s funny to think; 23 years. Here’s a thought. Two 23 year olds sitting on a couch on a Sunday night. They’ve been together since high school and they just moved into their first apartment together. They have their Chinese take-out, while watching that new show The Simpsons, as they do most Sunday nights around this time. A little while later they get to bed and do what most young couples do.

    Fast forward one year. They’ve been married for six months. Still at the same apartment. Tired from lack of sleep. But still, on Sunday night, they eat their delivered pizza while watching The Simpsons. At least, as much as they can between diaper changes and random crying of their three month old.

    Fast forward 23 years. They’re 46 now. Three kids raised, the youngest to graduate high school this year. They have their 23 year old son and his wife over for dinner this past Sunday. After all, they want to spend as much time with their new grand-daughter as possible. After dinner, the new Mom and Mother-in-law chat while Dad and Son can be heard laughing in the background, watching the 500th episode of The Simpsons. That, my friends, is 23 years.

    Why is it on the air? Why do we watch? They are iconic and they are also some of the best friends and/or most loved family members that we’ve ever had. At this point, there is over a generation of people who never knew life before The Simpsons. In fact, to some, it’s all they’ve ever known on FOX Sunday nights.

    Keep this in mind: The Tonight Show isn’t a home-run show every evening. SNL doesn’t make you laugh yourself into convulsions every week. There are certain aspects of special shows that make them what they are. And even though the freshness, the “new-ness”, or the excitement of it all has worn off, it’s still good to know that you can find that friend, at the same time, at the same place, every Sunday night (and no less than three times a day per FOX syndicate per weekday), to catch up.

    Happy 500th, Friends. Thanks for being there.

    Gratefully Yours,

    The Man

    February 21, 2012 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Coffeejoejava

      You hit the nail on the head my friend. I am that guy, with family, you described in your write up.

      I still remember my "Cool your jets man" Bart t-shirt!!!

      Damn, has it really been 23 years?

      February 21, 2012 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
    • CowsGoMoo

      Very well said.

      February 21, 2012 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • CG27

      These guys had to take a paycut a few months ago. Get the DVD and move on to something fresh!

      February 21, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Name required

    The Simpsons... ah, Simpsons. People wonder why it's still on the air. People really aren't very bright. Does the money coming in from having The Simpsons on the air exceed the cost of having it on the air, to the company (or companies) paying for it, by an amount greater than or at least equal to the expected profit for a show? Future profitability? The answer is the same (always the same) as the answer to "why is it still on the air?" Because it's profitable to keep it.

    That's why. As for anyone who wants to complain about spoilers... here's a tip for you. ANY STORY ON CNN (or anywhere, really) WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS. Read "CNN" as the same as "SPOILER ALERT!!!". If you see a story on a new movie coming out, or on a show that has already aired... assume there will be spoilers. Take some responsibility. If you don't want the surprises to be spoiled for you, go watch it before you read about it. Kind of like if there's a new movie that comes out, and it's based on a book, the book is OBVIOUSLY a spoiler for the film. If you don't want to spoil the surprise, don't read about it first. Then it can be a total surprise. Don't even read reviews, they can contain spoilers. Why not let part of the surprise be whether or not you will like it. If your time and money are so precious that you can't afford a few hours, and a few dollars, once in a while, to go sit down and watch a show... (by which I mean a movie, or a TV show, or a stage show, or a play...) then what are you doing reading comments on CNN?

    February 21, 2012 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Homer S.

      Your views intrigue me sir. I would like to subsribe to your newsletter.

      February 21, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Sherman

    It was ok, but Principal Skinner was left behind.

    February 21, 2012 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
  30. boss the hogg

    I liked the first/second season reference Homer made when he went back to his house in Springfield. "Remember when my voice used to sound like this?"

    February 21, 2012 at 5:51 am | Report abuse |
  31. CyberV

    Honestly, I haven't watched the show in over a decade. Don't find it funny anymore.

    Having said that, reaching 500 eps is a major milestone, and I congratulate the entire cast and crew on the accomplishment. Clearly, they must be doing something right.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
  32. newdna

    ***SPOILERS*** Hello???? Worst. Article. Ever.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
  33. Jennifer

    The Simpsons is still my favorite show ever regardless of what anyone says. If it sucked so much, how did it end up with 500 episodes? I always tell people this show is like fine wine. It's better with age. Many people thought season 8-14 sucked but now they think its a classic. Same thing will apply to this season down the line. May this show live forever.

    PS: have you noticed that the simpsons is the only show on primetime that's been on this long and yet has never been syndicated to another channel? At least on LA tv it hasn't.

    February 21, 2012 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      While "The Simpsons" is one of my few must-watch shows, the reason is has lasted for 500 episodes is that it is a family based sitcom where the kids never grow up. Many good sitcoms have met their demise when their kids inevitably grow up, and they have to change the formula of the show (usually by adding new kids).

      February 21, 2012 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
    • ElKai0

      I never even thought of that. It hasnt ever been syndicated to another channel and thats awesome. Think about Family guy. When i get off at work at 5 if i wanted to i could watch Family guy for like 6 HOURS STRAIGHT. Way to much, they have crammed all those Family guy episodes down our throats on a regular basis that im completely sick of anything Family guy. Over it. Good Point Jennifer.

      February 21, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • SuperSara

      It was syndicated around here (Mississippi Gulf Coast) in the early 2000s. I used to watch each day at 6:00 PM! They stopped showing it in syndication on our local stations several years ago.

      February 21, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  34. BArney Rubble

    It gave me gas!

    February 20, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Guy Redman

    Julian Assange, worst voice actor ever!
    Don't leave your day job, Julian.

    February 20, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kali

      Guy Redman
      Don't leave your day job, Julian.

      Which is what, exactly... :-)

      February 21, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Sokman

    Family Guy & South Park is both way more betterer than The Simpsons. Mucher more really to

    February 20, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pricipal Skinner

      How did you cram so much fail into one sentence?

      February 21, 2012 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Eagle Flies At Dawn

      Hey, is this really Steve Ducey commenting as "Sokman" or Rick Santorum? ROFLOL!
      No, wait – it must be "Sherry" 's husband.. same syntax.

      February 21, 2012 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
    • ElKai0

      Yikes. The only reason you like Family guy so much is because it force feeds vulgarity and rediculousness into your empty brain. South Park is kind of that now a days with a hint of social commentary, kind of bored with South Park but ill watch it every now and then. The Simpson's have been on tv for..what like? 22 years atleast. That is a testiment to the shows fan base and popularity. Most of the people posting here probably arent even old enough to have seen it from the beginning, going to watch it on TV Every sunday night along with Married with Children. Its just the way things have always been.

      February 21, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Abe Simpson

      Some of you think you're funny. Skinner, THAT was funny!

      February 21, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Kali

    Show hasn't been much since Conan O'Brien left the writing staff. Wow, that was a LONG time ago...

    Conan? Please come back – all is forgiven!

    February 20, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Brian

    Surprised this is still on the air. I grew up watching the The Simpson but It stopped being funny about 15 years ago (i.e. around season 9). They should have just ended it there but I guess you can't blame them for milking it this long.

    February 20, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Anna

    Loveeeee the Simpsons! (I meant the animation, not the singer) :P

    February 20, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • moon627

      what singer ? you cant possibly mean that tuna-fish-eating fashionista Jessica Simpson because she cant sing . . . :))

      February 21, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Mark

    To all those Simpsons haters posting: Ratings (and execs, which admittedly is rather hit-and-miss) determines whether a show stays up or not, not your opinion of whether it's funny or not. There are plenty of shows on that I can't stand, but *shhh* here's a Super Speshul Secret I use to counter it.....I.....
    ....
    Wait for it........
    .......
    Change the channel.

    February 20, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  41. stupid tv show

    Can't believe this stupid show is still televised, would rather watch the power rangers.

    February 20, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      I guess it doesn't really matter to Fox why you watch it; you watch because you love it or you watch it because you hate it. The bottom line to them, is that you still watch it every week.

      February 21, 2012 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  42. Coolbreeze

    The word is MORON, you A$$WIPE!

    February 20, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • anti troll guy

      that was some bad trolling, little buddy. Coolbreeze is nothing but respectful to others. do you actually read his posts? you are so obvious. keep trying, little buddy.

      February 20, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smithers

      I fart in your general direction CoolBreeze!

      February 20, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Charlie

    I was a religious Simpsons fan from my early childhood (I was born in 1982) up until I went to college for my undergrad degree in 2001, then kind of fell out of the habit of watching. I can honestly say that the 500th episode was the first "non-classic" (rerun) episode I've seen in nearly a decade. It still made me laugh, but it's just not the same ... computer generated animation, celebrity guest voices, etc. I miss the herky-jerky cell animation, non-HDTV compliant colors (that changed hue every time the "camera angle" changed), and plot lines that didn't rely on celebrity flavor-of-the-month guests. Still, after 23 years on the air, it's a good show ... but it will never (and could never, no matter what they did) be as groundbreaking as it was in the start. I mean, you can only "break ground" once ...

    February 20, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  44. vittoriokiss

    I love this show, the Simpsons in the best and people from around the world think this is a typical American family, sometimes. But I think it is modern and funny.

    February 20, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nutsey Mallone

      Silly person – don't you know that "Married ... With Children" is the definitive Amer'can Standard?

      February 21, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  45. bigrog6395

    I thought it was OK but the Simpsons hasn't been anywhere near as funny since the movie came out 5 years ago, I think it's time for them to retire cause I don't see them making 1000 episodes. Keep Family Guy, Cleveland Show and American Dad on animation domination then add the random new (hopefully funny FOR ONCE) show at 8:30

    February 20, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      The Cleveland Show? I hope you are kidding. That has to be one of the worst shows on television, I am waiting for them to cancel it.

      February 20, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      I think Fox has lost the magic required for adding any new shows to its "animation domination". At least every new show they have attempted to add recently, has been awful and dropped quickly. IMHO, "animation domination" is stuck with "The Simpsons", "The Cleveland Show", "Family Guy" and "American Dad" line up.

      February 21, 2012 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
    • ElKai0

      Family Guy hasn't been funny in like..4 years. They just keep using the same tired out gags, even Seth McFarlan (spelling?) says he should of ended it years ago. And the Cleveland show? Really? I bet you like the Nepoleon Dynamite show too huh? Awful. You must been to young to know about how awesome the Simpsons really are and used to be. I can remember watching the first christmas special still. American Dad is pretty funny, atleast the earlyer episodes are. Uhh..My point is your a mouth breathing dummy.

      February 21, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Passed3rdGrade

      ElKai0:
      *McFarlane (you are already on the Internet, right)?
      *should HAVE ended it years ago. Not "should OF."
      *Napoleon
      *TOO young
      *"atleast" is not a word; two words (I assume you also type "aswell," "infact," and "alot." These are also not words).
      *earlier
      *YOU'RE
      – I suggest not calling anyone a dummy until you pass 3rd grade. Good luck! : )

      February 21, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  46. phearis

    The Simpsons is still on the air??? Wow, I don't even remember the last time I watched it, it's been at least.... 7 or 8 years. I thought it went into syndication.

    February 20, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grumpster

      Is your head in the sand....or are you Republican? Cripes....oh...wait...you're a MORMON. No wonder.

      February 20, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • DaveD

      You haven't seen the show in 7 or 8 years but felt strongly enough about it to comment here? Doh! Guess you miss your old time favorite, eh?!

      February 21, 2012 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  47. Heather

    i dont know why these stations keep cancelling all the good shows and leave boring stuff like this going..what pulls everyone to this show anyway?

    February 20, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • SARAH

      You didn't read the whole article, did you. If you had, you would know the answer to that question.

      February 20, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  48. ralph

    Duh'o

    February 20, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Derek

    this is a some great google it

    February 20, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  50. bonacnudcomo

    Awesome job, "Simpsons," using a twice-accused rapist as a voice star. Were Roman Polanski and Kobe Bryant too busy? If an accent was needed, you could have used Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Of course, the show already has used Mike Tyson as voice talent, so apparently rape isn't a deal killer.

    February 20, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • GrammarPolice

      Yeah, because those "rape charges" weren't part of a smear campaign. bonacnudcomo, you are an idiot.

      February 20, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      So much for innocent until proven guilty. Also, when have they used Mike Tyson as voice talent? Unless you're *that* tricked by Drederick Tatum?

      February 20, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • OD

      You forgot about Michael Jackson, Ben Roethlisberger, and other celebrities that were involved in cases in which they were either found innocent or charges were dropped. C'mon now, you would want the law on your side if you were falsely accused (assumed based on the verdict). If you can't prove it, then don't call them rapists.

      February 21, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      A Roman Polanski – Kobe Bryant episode would be AWESOME!!!

      February 21, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Drederick Tatum

      I got nothing against him, but I'm definitely gonna make orphans of his children.

      February 21, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Sherry

    I can't understand this at all, this has got to be the most worst show that has ever been on tv. Along with South Park, Family Guy and many others

    February 20, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • KS

      Well obviously you are very well educated and we should all listen to your opinion. Oh, wait ...

      February 20, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      "Most Worst"? yeah...you're a smart one sherry.

      February 20, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • made-from-monkees

      And what makes you think your opinion has any value here ?

      It is absolutely meaningless if you dont like animation – dummy !

      February 20, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandin

      Stupid Sherry. I bet your kids hate you.

      February 20, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Artifex

      Family Guy, OK. Simpsons....welllll..maybe. But South Park????? You dare malign a topical show about 4th grade reprobates? For shame; that is the most worst thing I have heard all day.

      February 20, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark C

      Right, dimwit. You sound like someone who doesn't "understand" a lot of things.

      February 20, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • aldo

      Is your real name Brandine?

      February 20, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lenny

      is this Sherry Angle from NV? Most Worst? Enough said -

      February 20, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • TomGI

      Your opinion proves you have no good taste.

      February 20, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      "The most worst show" .... Today's episode: Pimp My Trailer

      February 20, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      "I can't understand this at all" justifies the rest of your deluded sentence =P

      February 20, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rimmy

      most worst review ever !

      February 20, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Todd

      If you don't like it don't watch. Ignore it, turn the channel and don't pay attention to it. It obviously ISN'T the worst show on tv with 500 episodes. Its people like you that I just can't stand. Go read your bible and keep telling everyone that they are terrible people.

      February 20, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Me fail English? That's unpossible!

      February 20, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bart

      Are you serious... so what are the 'Good Shows you watch'? Brick Walls maybe??

      February 21, 2012 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe Joe

      Well from the long running of the show and sales of merchandise, you must be a minority, your opinion has been note and tossed..........

      February 21, 2012 at 4:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Pika

      500 Episodes... I feel old. Love Simpsons always will.

      February 21, 2012 at 5:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Ralph

      Me Fail English? That's unpossible!

      February 21, 2012 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Me

      you meant "it's the most best show on tv" right?

      February 21, 2012 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Myxlptlkx

      Sherry, you know about the channel-changing thingee, right? Idiot.

      February 21, 2012 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
    • CJ

      As Matt Groening himself once said (regarding your very quote I believe), "“I know all those words, but that sentence makes no sense to me.”

      Oh, I see – shows that DARE slap America and the world in the face with their HYPOCRISY are "evil", while (let me just guess here..) YOUR religion and political ideals are the only RIGHT ones, correct?

      For me, dissent is the highest form of patriotism and satire, the most potent form of dissent.

      February 21, 2012 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
    • skued

      TROLL

      February 21, 2012 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
    • SuperDave

      So, you done just saw the most worst show on that TV box y'all got......
      Family Guy is priceless. South Park is legendary. What is your problem? Here it is!: If you do not like this show, do not watch this show, and stop feeling the need to send comments on it. I hate Dancing With The Stars. I DO NOT go on the sites and tell the fans of these shows I don't like them. I simply do not watch and watch what I think is good. What is wrong with you?

      February 21, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • manny

      Sherry is most dumbest....she mostly comes out at night...mostly

      February 21, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Archibald

      So...you pick the Simpsons as the "most worst" but then equate it to being just as bad as two other shows....meaning it can't logically be the "most worst"....

      February 21, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • ElKai0

      Really Sherry? What shows do you like exactly? I can see not liking Family Guy, its gotten staler than the simpsons in just what..10 seasons? But the Simpsons are an American staple, even if they are getting a little lazy and campy. Im sure this dumb broad watches 2 and a Half men.

      February 21, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • TruAmerikan

      I think it is the most bestestester shows around it is almost mostlier as gooder as South Park which is the most bestests show made.

      February 21, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • steve

      You are so smart! S-M-R-T!

      February 21, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • OD

      The fact that you grouped The Simpsons, Family Guy, and South Park together shows your ignorance. You see an animated show that is not on Nick Jr. and you freak out. Each show has its own distinct personality and comedic style, while all satirize American culture to reveal our own issues in a way that most people can accept (except you). The fact that you don't understand the meaning of these shows acts as an example of how you see your own ways as faultless. Watch the shows before you put them in a box.

      P.S. Sorry if I said any words that you don't understand. Grammar and vocabulary is so tricky these days.

      February 21, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Playjojo

      That's just it, you don't understand it. The subtle humor. The way they interweave old movie plots, or songs, too funny. And the relationship they have with each other, it's a true family. (To an extent) For me, I think it's brilliant and hysterical. I like Family Guy and South Park, but they are much cruder. Family Guy much more so.

      February 21, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • sponge bob

      for ur info SHERRY i like grew up on these show and if u dont like it dont bother to watch it and KEEP UR COMMENTS TO UR SELF PLEZ

      February 21, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Sideshow Bob

      Troll wins 30-1

      February 21, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • jon

      Granted the shows you mentioned don't have the intellectual stimuli of an American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, or Glee, but they still have a pretty good following as you might be aware of.

      February 21, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dara

      You obviously have no sense of humour??

      February 21, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Oh, shut up! Of all the TRUE claptrap that has been televised in the last 20 years you take issue with the Simpsons and Southpark? You're not paying very much attention then. Also, you have the most worst grammar I've encountered in a while...

      February 21, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Michel Vallee

    re: the Simpsons 500th episode/
    Duh.....!

    February 20, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |

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