I haven’t seen a new episode of The Simpsons in a very long time. I assume that’s probably the case for most of us. But this weekend is giving me cause to watch because Morgan Spurlock has apparently made an hour-long sports documentary about that classic episode Homer at the Bat. It’s the one about softball with all the baseball guest stars!
I love this kind of thing. Making sports mockumentaries about TV shows and movies. Have you ever seen the Space Jam episode of 30 for 30? Hilarious!
And, of course, I can’t leave you with reminders of Homer at the Bat without also linking that great end credits song!
I have watched cartoons for my entire life. As a child in the 1980s, I was the perfect target for the glut of toy commercial cartoons that filled the airwaves (and now our movie screens). The ’90s saw not only the rise of Fox Kids and after school cartoons, but also the coming of The Simpsons and prime time animated entertainment. I sat through Nicktoons, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, and now I’m basking in a golden age of smart, intelligent and often amazing cartoons like BoJack Horseman and Steven Universe.
So through all these long years, which ones are my all-time favorites?
By popular demand, I’ve finally sat down and figured out my six favorite cartoon shows of all time — at least for this week. This list is subject to change on a whim, but I think it’s pretty rooted in solid cartoon enjoyment. I had to dig deep on this one, and it pained me to cast some of my favorites into the ‘Honorable Mentions’ at the bottom. But these six are truly some of the greats.
For the sake of my sanity and memory, we’re sticking to television cartoon shows. There are plenty of animated movies and web cartoons that are genius, but we’ll save those for another day, perhaps. And please feel free to share your own favorites in the comments below!
The Simpsons is chockful of movie references. Just straight to the very chock. And here’s a fun medley of a bunch of them!
We have Vimeo user cgmzz to thank for putting this together and posting it online. It’s a fun celebration, which is the best way to enjoy The Simpsons. And seeing as how I was a kid during the Golden Age, I’m pretty sure I didn’t understand even half of these at the time!
Somebody at The Simpsons gets it. I haven’t watched the show in years, and I’m fairly certain all the new episodes are humorless and desperate, but somebody, somewhere, has their finger on the pulse of the exact level of camp that’s hilarious in 2016. How else do you explain this amazing Coach Gag that parodies the 80s to such a perfect degree?
That’s gold. And it’s an official Simpsons Coach Gag, to appear on an upcoming episode. That whole parody video is one bit of brilliance after another. Only to blow it in the final seconds with that bit about Maggie. But somewhere, it’s good to know somebody at The Simpsons understands what the hell they’re doing.
Recently, I started listening to the creator commentaries on The Simpsons on DVD, and it’s been the bee’s knees! The commentaries are full of all sorts of interesting behind-the-scenes chatter and trivia. Like the fact that one writer, John Swartzwelder, wrote 50+ episodes and is likely responsible for every memorable joke, gag or plot from the series – and he’s also an eccentric recluse. Or the fact that the episode where Bart sells his soul is actually based on a prank one writer played on a bully in his youth. And there’s the idea that the creators planned a spin-off called ‘Tales from Springfield’, which would have been about all the supporting characters. Good times!
So for this week’s List of Six, I’ve decided to write one up about my favorite one-off, one-joke Simpsons characters!
The Simpsons is not only the best television show of all time, but it’s clearly the best cast of all time. From Homer to Bart to Mr. Burns to Surly to Ruth Powers, there are hundreds of great, timeless characters! But I’m talking the minor, obscure characters who only appeared in a single episode, or maybe had a single gag. Those are some of the absolute best parts of The Simpsons!
Feel free to share some of your own favorites in the comments!