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Desc:Actually 100% historically accurate.
Category:Educational
Tags:90s, the simpsons, entropy, accurate, dramatic narration
Submitted:Old_Zircon
Date:03/20/18
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Binro the Heretic
Yep. Pretty much.
Xenocide
Oh thank God, it had been five whole seconds since someone on the internet pointed out that the Simpsons isn't good anymore. I'd almost forgotten.
The Mothership
Oh quit your moanin.

Nominal
Xeno is upset this wasn't another steamed hams video.

Xenocide
Seems like you guys have 31 solid minutes of moanin' all queued and ready to go up there.

Seven Arts/H8 Red
The Simpsons still earns good 18-to-49 demo ratings - around 1.75 per season, on average. Of COURSE The Simpsons is part of the status quo now - the only Fox scripted show in 2017-18 that performs better in the 18-to-49 demo is Empire, and The Simpsons is ubiquitous in syndication and licensing. The only thing that'll stop The Simpsons now is too many of the primary castmembers either leaving or dying.
Xenocide
Who knows what adventures The Simpsons will have between now and when the show becomes unprofitable?

BHWW
The Simpsons continued airing of new episodes is mostly due to inertia at this point - the show has become background noise that people take for granted when they bother to pay attention to it.

duck&cover
How can a show stay fresh after 28 seasons?
Mr. Purple Cat Esq.
This is way too long. Most of the video is him repeating himself or saying nothing of substance that we dont already know. Also how he enunciates is creepy + the writing style is that of an undergrad humanities essay; gotta hit that word count!
Nominal
"Most of the original writers left. Phil Hartman died. The end."

He points to Lisa centric episodes as a core to the golden years? yeesh

yogarfield
It could be shorter: John Swartzwelder went to his cabin in the woods. Good Simpsons over.

5 for for the absolute evil of the shite narration.

Nominal
Not just the Lisa episodes, but all the "heart" episodes he pointed out were shit. Nobody looks back fondly at "Bart gets a 'F'", "Moaning Lisa", or "Lisa's Substitute". All of those were 2nd season and the show didn't really take off until the 3rd season where they ditched that shit and focused on actually being funny. Those kind of episodes was when the show was closest to being the warm fuzzy sitcom that it was supposed to mock.

Xenocide
You're right about the other two, but I'd say Moaning Lisa is one of the first episodes that really attacks warm fuzzy sitcoms head-on.

A standard sitcom plot would be: "Character is depressed. After a heartwarming talk with an adult and/or authority figure, she figures out why she was sad and fixes the problem. The end."

Moaning Lisa's plot is: "Lisa is depressed. All the adults and authority figures in her life either make no effort to help her or give terrible advice. Her sadness isn't caused by one simple problem but a million small ones, most of which she is powerless to do anything about. So she writes a song about it, which solves nothing but at least gives her a momentary distraction. The end."

It's also probably the first Simpsons episode to tackle the show's biggest theme: That most people in authority have no idea what they're doing.

Old_Zircon
yogarfield
5 for for the absolute evil of the shite narration.




Yogarfield gets it.

Xenocide
If only he was a real person.

posertom
I'll chime in to defend those other season 2 episodes. Xenocide, aren't all those episodes about how ineffectual the adults are, but life works out/keeps going all the same? The note Lisa gets at the end just says "You are Lisa Simpson." What the hell is that supposed to mean? But it keeps her going anyway.

Also, I lose it when Hoffman says, "That's the problem with being middle class. Anyone who really cares will eventually leave you for someone who needs it more." Oooof. I guess I'm just a sap.

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