Simpsons Did It!: “The Front”

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This episode opens with Krusty the Clown hosting a cooking segment on his show.  What the heck kind of kid’s show does Krusty host anyway?

The episode also needed material and added a weird Ned Flanders bit at the end to pad the show out.  I find it funny in its basic absurdity.

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Simpsons Did It!: “Duffless”

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There’s a brief moment in this episode, where Homer is asked by Marge if he drinks to escape reality, and Homer imagines himself really buff and making his pecs dance.  I really like those little moments where we see the really weird world that is the inside of Homer’s mind.

Oh yeah, and in this episode, he temporarily gives up drinking.

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Simpsons Did It!: “Brother From The Same Planet”

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The writers and producers of The Simpsons had come under the impression that Tom Cruise wanted to do the show, so they wrote this episode with him in mind.

Cruise wasn’t interested after all, so they gave the part to Phil Hartman.  I think they’re better off for it.

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Simpsons Did It!: “Lisa’s First Word”

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What’s the best way to treat a major guest star like Elizabeth Taylor?

Give her a single word at the end of an episode that came out of a baby’s mouth.

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Simpsons Did It!: “Treehouse Of Horror III”

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Three Halloween specials later, and Homer has replaced Marge as the character to warn parents that the show might be too scary for kids.  Then he taunts the viewers.

Also, no treehouses appearing this episode, but scary joke versions of the names of all the people who work on the show are another story.

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Simpsons Did It!: “Homer The Heretic”

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Over Easter weekend, I learned my nephew has also decided to watch this show from the beginning.  He’s not doing write ups, but like his father and uncle (the uncle being me), he has taken to quoting the show.  He’s 9, so he’s amused by different things.

Why bring this up?  He was quoting this episode.

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Simpsons Did It!: “A Streetcar Named Marge”

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Today’s episode was actually blocked from the Fox affiliate in the city of New Orleans when it first ran.  Apparently, some critic got ahold of the lyrics for one of the made-up songs in the fake musical Marge appears in.  Said lyrics describe New Orleans as being full of pirates, thieves, whores, and the like.  That angered people.  What they didn’t see was the song was a joke and the lyrics were way over the top and that no one involved with the show actually was saying that stuff about New Orleans was true.  The people there found that out when the episode was back as a rerun.

Meanwhile, the estate of Tennessee Williams blocked using A Streetcar Named Desire from being used, but American copyright law allows for the use of a handful of lines so long as it doesn’t go beyond that.  That was why Marge is in a musical in the first place.

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Simpsons Did It!: “Flaming Moe’s”

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What?  Another Homer episode?  Well, if that’s the way it is…

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Simpsons Did It!: “Treehouse Of Horror II”

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We’re back to a Simpsons annual tradition, and they’re still actually using a framing sequence and Marge warning parents about the episode’s content.

Marge’s warning is rather quaint considering they don’t even kill any characters off in these things…yet.

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Simpsons Did It!: “When Flanders Failed”

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Why does Homer Simpson hate Ned Flanders so much?  The world may never know.

Why Homer would sometimes actually try to help Ned the world knows even less about.

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