No fan of The Simpsons will argue that the quality of the show hasn't declined since the "classic" days of the show, most often considered seasons 1-10. That being said, the 450th Episode "Once Upon A Time In Springfield" and "The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special: 3-D! On Ice!" episodes last night were terrific and a lot of fun for a forever-obsessed fan like myself.
When 2001-present writer Matt Warburton joked, "I think that Internet message boards used to be a lot funnier 10 years ago. And I've sort of stopped reading their new posts," I thought about the quality of the 450th episode and argue that the writing still has the potential to be as sharp as it was in the classic episodes. For that reason, I give you the moments that reminded me of The Simpsons of yesteryear.
As a fan of Futurama, I was excited to hear the series was coming back as several feature films, but the first one caught me off-guard. After all, it was the Futurama I knew and loved, but it was, like, an hour and a half long. It wasn't three episodes mashed together, either. It was one looooong episode. The trick for me was learning to get used to the pacing, which I eventually did, and now I think it's great. This week, the third movie, Bender's Game, hit stores, and it's even trickier to wrap my head around, because there's a pretty lengthy Lord of the Rings parody in it, which is longer than an actual episode all by itself. Still, that chewy Futurama goodness is still there, and the title is a pretty awesome pun. And the extras... oh, you could plotz over these extras. And also Zoidberg was there, even!
Bam! Biff! Pow! The animated Caped Crusader is on DVD.
It's taken a few episodes, but we think we've finally figured out the secret to ABC's '80s-era sitcom, The Goldbergs: the titular clan are time-travelers. How else to explain the fact that, while the pilot set the show down in 1985, subsequent episodes have jumped back and forth in time without the clan aging? The third episode, for example, found little Adam Goldberg and his grandpa Albert taking in a showing of 1982's Poltergeist under the pretense that they would be seeing 1986's The Great Mouse Detective. And while it's possible that Tobe Hooper's scary movie was in the midst of a re-release (back in the pre-DVD era when the movie studios actually did that sort of thing), that doesn't explain what happened on this week's installment, where Adam wooed a crush with his favorite Hollywood romance, Say Anything… a movie that hit theaters in 1989. Given that any chance of a linear timeline is now at the window, here are the momentous (for us, anyway) '80s pop culture events we hope the Goldbergs time-jump to over the course of the remaining episodes.
Oh, hell yes.
In this case, father most definitely does not know best.
Well, this is just a bit of a slap in the face to anyone who wants to work in television.
More like Dirty No Jobs, if you know what I mean.
Another day, another J.J. Abrams pilot
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