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View Poll Results: When Did The Simpsons Lose It's Spark/Soul?
Season One 1 1.30%
Season Two 0 0%
Season Three 1 1.30%
Season Four 0 0%
Season Five 1 1.30%
Season Six 1 1.30%
Season Seven 3 3.90%
Season Eight 5 6.49%
Season Nine 11 14.29%
Season Ten 7 9.09%
Season Eleven 5 6.49%
Season Twelve 4 5.19%
Season Thirteen 5 6.49%
Season Fourteen 5 6.49%
Season Fifteen 2 2.60%
Season Sixteen 0 0%
Season Seventeen 0 0%
Season Eighteen 0 0%
Season Nineteen 0 0%
Season Twenty 1 1.30%
Season Twenty-One 0 0%
The Simpsons Is Still Good 25 32.47%
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Old November 15 2009, 08:06 PM   #46
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I've always enjoyed The Simpsons on one level or another. My problems with it started when they had a string of episodes where celebrities would randomly pop-up in episodes for no reason whatsoever, play themselves (and basically say "Hi, I'm so-and-so"), and then depart. The example that springs to mind is when Marge got Weird Al to sing to Homer for some reason.

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Besides, Matt Groening, with Bender's cameo on the Simpsons and a teenager committing suicide because Futurama cancelled, is he really one to talk?
In fairness, there is a difference between a throwaway cameo and a blatant crossover.
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Old November 15 2009, 09:37 PM   #47
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For me, it would have to be season 13. I've only seen a few episodes from subsequent seasons, but haven't found any of them laugh-out-loud funny as previous seasons. It's still been a great series and I'll no doubt be rewatching seasons 1-13 for the rest of my life.
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Old November 16 2009, 01:20 AM   #48
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Seasons 2-13 are great, but then the show lost its way. I have seasons 2-12 on DVD, but I'll stop after 13.
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Old November 16 2009, 01:46 AM   #49
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Seasons 2-13 are great, but then the show lost its way. I have seasons 2-12 on DVD, but I'll stop after 13.
Assuming they'll release 13 in any short order. The next season due for release is Season 20.
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Old November 16 2009, 02:49 AM   #50
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I think the show has improved a tad recently (I'm surprised since I thought the movie was mostly worthless). There's been less reliance and b plots that don't interact (though to be fair, there were such episodes that were good), and somewhat less Homer retardation. (Like tonight's episode, Homer was actually competent as Carl's assistant.)

I think Conan O'Brien's involvement was when the show peaked and that was soooo long ago. IT'll never return to that level, but...
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Old November 16 2009, 02:31 PM   #51
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I voted season 5, it was just the last great season with the "Simpsons Feeling" to it. its also the season i stopped buying the dvds
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Old November 16 2009, 02:41 PM   #52
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Personally, one of my favorite episodes is "Homer the Vigilante", which comes out of the Fifth Season (one of my beloved and favorite seasons).

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Some of the greatest lines ever in that ep:

"Can you swing a sack of doorknobs?"

"Can I !"

"Here's the sack, but you gotta supply your own knobs."

or

"Lisa, dont EVER stop in the middle of a ho-down!"
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Old November 16 2009, 04:01 PM   #53
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^ "Something about the way he walked. much more vertical than usual"
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Old November 16 2009, 08:37 PM   #54
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Personally, one of my favorite episodes is "Homer the Vigilante", which comes out of the Fifth Season (one of my beloved and favorite seasons).

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It als has one of my favourite kitchen scenes:

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Old November 16 2009, 08:47 PM   #55
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Does anyone remember which season is this from?



In any case, I liked the Godfather reference even though I can't remember much about the episode.

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Old November 16 2009, 09:02 PM   #56
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Was that from Apu getting married to his pre-arranged bride?
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Old November 16 2009, 09:15 PM   #57
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Re: The Simpsons

Garm Bel Iblis wrote: View Post
J. Allen wrote: View Post
Personally, one of my favorite episodes is "Homer the Vigilante", which comes out of the Fifth Season (one of my beloved and favorite seasons).

J.
Some of the greatest lines ever in that ep:

"Can you swing a sack of doorknobs?"

"Can I !"

"Here's the sack, but you gotta supply your own knobs."

or

"Lisa, dont EVER stop in the middle of a ho-down!"
I love the anti-cat burglar security systems, the house with legs and the lasers! Homer the Vigilante is one of my all time favourites as well, along with You Only Move Twice. In fact they were the first two I ever saw, on a video with Marge in Chains and Bart the Fink.

I can't believe A Star is Burns is underrated - I adore that episode. The Burns film alone is worth seeing over and over again.

As for my drop-off point, season 12 is the last one I remember really enjoying. I kept watching up to 15 and just petered away gradually. It really did lose a lot of its inventiveness and charm. And the supporting cast seemed to shrink too. All of a sudden, it was just Burns, Smithers, Apu, Skinner etc with so, so many other good characters shafted.

I have seen a few episodes from seasons 19 and 20 which were much better than anything from 13-18 though.
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Old November 16 2009, 10:49 PM   #58
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On the subject of "Homer the Vigilante", the moment with Skinner and Homer nodding at each other to the theme of Dragnet is one of my favourite bits ever.
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Old November 17 2009, 12:03 AM   #59
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I suppose it would be season 9. I remember my hatred for the Simpsons started with "The Principal and the Pauper" and reached it's peaked with "Trash of the Titans". A quick Wiki search showed me that both of these episodes were in season 9.
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Old November 17 2009, 12:33 AM   #60
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Zion Ravescene wrote: View Post
J. Allen wrote: View Post
Personally, one of my favorite episodes is "Homer the Vigilante", which comes out of the Fifth Season (one of my beloved and favorite seasons).

J.
It als has one of my favourite kitchen scenes:

See, that's how good the Simpsons used to be, I'm actually laughing out loud at a 1 second animated gif.
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