The Simpsons

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What do you think about "The Simpsons"?
Do you like it?
Is it OK when children watch it?
Is it stupid humor or "erudite cultural phenomenon"?
 

cronxeh

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Simpsons are great, but lately its been like beating a dead horse http://carboninside.com/deadhorse.gif

I think its time to wrap it up.. by .. KILLING HOMER!
 
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cronxeh said:
Simpsons are great, but lately its been like beating a dead horse http://carboninside.com/deadhorse.gif

I think its time to wrap it up.. by .. KILLING HOMER!
What the???? Kill Homer, this is not South Park, you don't just kill main characters.... :surprised

Besides I think the Simpsons are getting their second wind.

Long live the Simpsons
 
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I havn't seen any of the new episodes, but the old ones are simply brilliant. Brilliantly hysterical.
 
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Yes the olds one are absolute classics. I agree with cronxeh too: I think the simpsons should have ended about 2 years ago. However, I also think that an episode gets better the more you watch it, which may be why the classics are classics.
 
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kids shouldn't watch too much tv anyways. and when they do it should be with their parents so they don't do retarded things later...

And anyway, LOVE the simpsons, whatched it ever since i was a young'un. i liked when comic collector guy a few seasons ago in some episode was talking about how the show was starting to suck. and how the plots made no sense.. and blah blah... "worst episode ever!" i thought that was great...
 
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I guess the Simpsons were like the family I never really had, perhaps an unconscious ideal to look up to considering that my family fragmented early on in my life. When I watched it when I was younger, the show was funny (as it still is today)... but not until now that I rewatch older episodes did I realize how much of a political and social satire the entire series is. The newer ones are a little on the stale side, but it has its good points.

BTW, I have noticed similar things with Family Guy and :yuck: American Dad.... the latter being so blatantly obvious it might as well be a twisted version of political shows like the O'Reilly factor or the McLaughlin Group.

I'm running out of time to watch TV anyway with college becoming a primary imperative. At least NOVA is still cool :smile:.
 

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Best series ever!
 
suitable for anyone 2+ my niece loves that show...it hasn't done her harm so far
 

Tom Mattson

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Hooray for the Simpsons! :approve:

Say, who around here has a long enough tenure at PF to remember the old thread called "The Simpsons" wherein we all posted our favorite quotes? That is, we posted them until Fox made us stop. :frown: Lousy copyright laws. :mad:
 

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Simpsons is a great show. But I think Futurama is better.
 
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Tom: Fox can do that? make you stop posting quotes?
 
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No, they can't. It was probably a reference to something in that thread.
 

Evo

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No, they can't. It was probably a reference to something in that thread.
Actually they can. I have even pulled up searches on Google where there was a disclaimer that said that that they had to delete a link to a website because they were threatened with legal action unless they removed the link because the website contained copyrighted material without authorization.

If we allowed copyrighted material to be posted here and someone complained to google, they could be forced to remove any links to us. (as crazy as that sounds)
 

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That's lame that you can't even post quotes when you're clearly attributing the quote to the show. You'd think they'd consider it free advertising. :rolleyes:

But I do like the Simpsons! :biggrin:
 

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My favorites are the Simpsons Halloween marathons. :approve:
 
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By the way, there is a very pleasant evil Bob (i remember someone having question about it) in many episodes. :wink:
 
Evo said:
My favorites are the Simpsons Halloween marathons. :approve:
I thought you didn't care for the slapschtick type humor? :tongue:

I liked the Simpsons. I also like Futurama and some of the episodes of Family Guy. My favorite cartoons don't exist anymore though. :frown:
 
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The Simpsons is great on a lot of different levels. There is often jokes that are targeted at the adult population while children are distracted by the cartoon slap-stick that's going on.

What I do find funny however is where this thread is :)

  1. SR question about clock comparisons
  2. The Simpsons
  3. Autonomous differential equations

Where else would you get that thread sandwich?

:biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:
 

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I would think people on a forum discussing their favorite quotes from a TV show would be fair use. Does anyone know what Fox took issue with? The length of the quotes?
 
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Does anyone know what Fox took issue with?
It's probably as lame as Fox not getting money for it. Big corporations are all the same; sick, greedy b@stards picking on those who can't fight back :(
 

honestrosewater

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It's probably as lame as Fox not getting money for it. Big corporations are all the same; sick, greedy b@stards picking on those who can't fight back :(
They don't need to make money on it- in fact, other people can make money talking about the Simpsons- tv critics, for example.
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I don't understand why Fox would want to stop people from talking about how much they like the Simpsons. :confused: But I'm just wondering what their beef was.
 

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My favorite episode is episode #2, where Bart cheats on an IQ test and is sent to a school for gifted children and the teacher tells a joke that uses the chain rule.

Early episodes were very high quality with several layers of humor. Newer episodes are about average sitcom quality - brainless way to pass the time.
 

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neurocomp2003 said:
Tom: Fox can do that? make you stop posting quotes?
They can, and they did. The really screwed up thing was that we were Googling them and copying from other websites.
 

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