Simpsons Did It!: “So It’s Come To This: A Simpsons Clip Show”

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The clip show is one of those TV episodes where there’s a bare sketch of a plot that is mostly there as an excuse to run clips from past episodes.  It’s probably there to help the people making the show when they have episodes they need to produce in a  relative hurry and not enough time to produce new material for all of them.

I don’t think most viewers like them very much.  I know I generally don’t.

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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!: “The Way We Was”

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The nature of an animated show means the producers can easily do flashbacks and flash forwards without having to worry about make-up or recasting for the various roles.

Animation also means you can drop Homer Simpson down Springfield Gorge twice and no one will wonder how he isn’t dead.

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Simpsons Did It!: “Bart The Daredevil”

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OK, let’s say it:  this may be the episode that made The Simpsons what it is.

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