Articles for The Simpsons Season 18

Fall 2006 Returning Shows Rank: 17It pained me to give The Simpsons such a low editorial grade. But I had to. The Simpsons hasn‘t been good in years. Occasionally, we‘ll get an episode that comes close to the magical middle seasons (Years 4-10) of production, but there has been no consistency of late and it‘s been a little depressing. I still watch almost every episode of The Simpsons, going into each with an optimistic belief that things will go back to normal. The same characters are out there, they talk the same and act the same, the storylines remain bizarre and culturally apt; it‘s just the humor that‘s lacking.Though The Simpsons was once the most cutting-edge, biting and satirical show on TV, now it‘s not close. With Family Guy, Adult Swim, and South Park, the breadth of edgy animated comedy is exponentially larger. With The Simpsons Movie on tap for Summer 2007, this may very well be the show‘s last year on FOX. If so, I‘ll miss it, but I‘ll also be glad it‘s over.-Oscar Dahl Read more »
Homer Simpson, Played By Dan CastellanetaAlthough not aging as well as fans had hoped, Homer is still an incredibly funny character, his exploits guiding the greatest and most successful animated porgram of all time.#10 / #9 / #8 / #7 / #6 / #5 / #4 / #3 / #2 / #1 Read more »
The SimpsonsAs always, it pains me to put The Simpsons this low on a list of comedies. If it were a list of all-time great comedies, The Simpsons would be in the top three. However, The Simpsons is well past its prime. Every now and then a great episode will show itself, but it certainly isn‘t its old, consistent self. Start Page / #10 / #9 / #8 / #7 / #6 / #5 / #4 / #3 / #2 / #1 Read more »
I know this won‘t be on TV, but still, it‘s The Simpsons. This film has been in the works for what seems like a decade, and it finally come to fruition this summer. This movie will make a ton of money and will, hopefully, be the best TV to film adaptation we‘ve yet seen. The competition isn‘t really there, but this could be something special.Start Page / #10 / #9 / #8 / #7 / #6 / #5 / #4 / #3 / #2 / #1 Read more »
The category of Best Actor in a Comedy Series has always been full of heavyweights. This year is no different. The Golden Globe nominees in this category are big names and all quite deserving, but I have a couple questions (though they may be deemed moot for eligibility reasons). The dearth of comedy on TV these days has thinned out the field, but what remains is still formidable.Digressing for a second; Isn‘t it about time we nominate voice actors in a category? Think about who would be nominated in a Best Voice Actor - Comedy category: Read more »
Yeah, she‘s a baby, but she‘s also a cartoon baby. I‘ve always felt that The Simpsons really had no need for Maggie. She is pretty much used exclusively as a prop. She‘s had her moments (shooting Mr. Burns), but 17 years of not talking and falling on the floor is enough for me.Start Page / #10 / #9 / #8 / #7 / #6 / #5 / #4 / #3 / #2 / #1 Read more »
The Simpsons: The Movie is just around the corner. The much-awaited film, which is scheduled to open in the United States in July, is now the subject of interest of 16 Springfields from Oregon to Massachusetts. The Simpsons is an Emmy Award-winning animated series aired on the Fox Network created by Matt Groening. It follows the title family consisting of the married couple Homer and Marge, and their three children Bart, Lisa and Maggie. The plot is set in the fictional town of Springfield and tackles many aspects of the human life and society. The show premiered on December of 1989 and has established a solid following since its then.  Read more »
As part of The Simpsons Movie’s marketing efforts and promotions, the convenience store chain 7-11 proposed a plan to change eleven of their 4700 stores into Kwik-E-Mart imitations, which would even feature and sell Simpsons products such as Buzz Cola, Slurpees served in Squishee cups and Krusty’o cereals. Read more »
The Simpsons aired "Treehouse of Horror XVII" last night amid little fanfare. I started watching The Simpson‘s annual "Treehouse of Horror" episodes before I knew what those roman numerals even meant, which makes it incredible that FOX is still airing new ones. While longevity may be admirable in theory, in practice it‘s usually a depressing letdown. Cal Ripken Jr., while impressive during "the streak", was a legitimately bad baseball player in his last few years on the diamond. It‘s really cool that Joe Paterno is still coaching football in his eighties, but his press conferences do no favors to the thought that the game has simply passed him by. The Simpsons, like JoePa, are an institution. Though they both did enough in their heyday for them to decide exactly when and how they hang it up, most fans would be pleased to see them gracefully ride into the sunset sooner rather than later. Read more »
Universal Studios has been known to operate a number of theme parks based on the movies it has produced over the years. In an attempt to further boost up its customers, Universal Studios has decided to build a new ride based on The Simpsons, which will be constructed in Orlando, Florida. Universal Studios has chosen The Simpsons as an added attraction mainly because of its immense popularity and sturdy reputation over the past eighteen years, not to mention its award-winning prominence. "What we want to do is bring the Simpsons experience to our guests. They‘re going to get to experience the Simpsons like they‘ve never experienced the Simpsons before. They know and love them from the TV show, but they‘ll actually be able to be a part of their world and have fun with them," Jennifer Sauer, Universal‘s attraction designer, said. Read more »
After 400 colorful episodes, the cast and crew of The Simpsons rejoiced with an invite-only Simpsons-themed block party at the Fox Studios in Los Angeles, California. The bash, which was designed to mimic its fictional town Springfield, was decorated with familiar establishments such as Kwik-E-mart and Krusty Burger, and showcased costumed characters, and was even graced with the presence of creator Matt Groening and the cast and crew of the animated series. But among all the replicas, the most popular replica mockup was the living room couch, as seen on the cartoons, which contained life-sized Simpsons family members with room for one more person for a unique photo session. Read more »
Finally.After a month of holidays, egg nog, and more Snoopy and Ralphie Parker than one knows what to do with, we‘re finally back to normal. January is upon us, 2007 has begun its tyrannical, 300-plus day reign, and our favorite TV shows will no longer bludgeon us with repeats. Tomorrow, January 3rd, brings the return of a couple of our favorites, as well as two brand new shows.After that, the flood begins, and over the next month virtually every original program will air new episodes. A full list of the returning dates for most every show on television is after the jump. Read more »