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Set in Springfield, the average American town, the show focuses on the antics and everyday adventures of the Simpson family; Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie, as well as a virtual cast of thousands. Since the beginning, the series has been a pop culture icon, attracting hundreds of celebrities to guest star. The show has also made name for itself in its fearless satirical ta more
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  • The Kids Are All Fight

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    The Kids Are All Fight

    Over the past twenty-six seasons, there have been countless instances of Bart and Lisa fighting, but some of the best episodes are the ones where they work together as a team. 

    The two of them have an "uneasy alliance," as Lisa put it. 

    Thanks to The Simpsons Season 26 Episode 19, we now know the story of how that alliance came to be. 

    It's always cute seeing little Bart and Lisa, but little Ralph is super adorable. I love him at any age, but his "your brother is stupid" comment right before getting into the wheel of that truck was priceless. I love Ralph.

    Is Grandma Flanders the twin sister of the cat lady? They look an awful lot alike. 

    It makes sense that Bart and Lisa fought so much due to Lisa being younger and smarter, but all Bart really needed was to feel like he brought something to the table: 

    Lisa: I was pretending, and it worked!
    Bart: You know k...
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  • Let's Go Fly a Coot

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    Let's Go Fly a Coot

    Have kid's birthday parties gotten a little too out of hand? 

    If they're anything like what we saw on The Simpsons Season 26 Episode 20, I'd have to agree with Homer. 

    Mine weren't nearly that elaborate, but they were more than a cake, and we did give out goody bags. No birds in plastic bags, though.

    I'm with Bart, I think of Abe as an Army vet thanks to the awesome "Flying Hellfish" episode. But, Lisa's right too, as Abe has claimed to have been in the Navy as well. Apparently he just made his way through every branch of the military. 

    The "Bart tries to impress a girl" story line has been done before, but at least this time the ending wasn't what I would have guessed. I can't say I was expecting Bart's grand gesture to be telling Annika that he doesn't like her and he's happy she's leaving. Not sure it was really necessary to go to the airport to do that, but it was something different, at least. 

    Abe's stories are usually pretty...
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  • Bull-E

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    Bull-E

    Bullying is a serious issue that has been tackled often on TV recently. 

    However, none have tackled it in quite the same way as The Simpsons Season 26 Episode 21 did. 

    After twenty-six seasons, is this really the end of Homer's bullying of Ned? 

    Somehow, I doubt it. There have been instances over the years where Homer and Ned have put aside their differences and gotten along, but in the end, Homer will always revert back to his "stupid Flanders" ways. He had a nice save with "stupendous," but it's only a matter of time before he slips for real. 

    We were treated to quite a few funny moments, my favorite easily being Homer's "no more Barts" song. I wonder if he sings that to himself every night before going to bed, kind of like "no whammies" on the game show Press Your Luck. 

    Actually, most of my favorite moments went to Homer. How great was the slip and slide from the door to the police car? That looked like fun and was a great way...
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  • Mathlete's Feat

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    Mathlete's Feat

    That was an impressive and elaborate couch gag with Rick and Morty. 

    I've never seen that show, but I may need to check it out. I loved Bart's "no more guest animators" comment. 

    It was the season finale and Groundskeeper Willie takes center stage on The Simpsons Season 26 Episode 22. 

    It was pretty cool getting to see Springfield Elementary finally enter the digital age, even if it didn't last very long. Bart's chalkboard punishment would have been a whole lot easier with that new smart board. I bet out of everyone, he would be the most angry at Principal Skinner for mixing up power strips and surge protectors. 

    I have to admit, they got me there for a minute when Homer was cracking up over that math joke. I knew there was no way he actually understood it, but I had no idea why it was making him laugh so hard. That poor dog! That was mean of Homer to put the box back on his head. 

    There were a couple of cultural references that w...
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  • Lego My Movie

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    Lego My Movie

    Riding on coattails of The Lego Movie's success, The Simpsons offers a brick-style Springfield and a plot pretty blatantly stolen from the aforementioned movie.

    But it's not like they don't know it. And expect the audience to criticize it.  I mean, Homer's first line is: "It's not selling out. It's co-branding. Co-branding!"

    And while The Simpsons Season 25 Episode 20 may feel like a retread of a popular film, the show utilizes the recycled plot in a inventive and heartwarming way.

    It seems like the show has been a little fixated on the Homer-Lisa relationship. Two episodes this season, The Simpsons Season 25 Episode 16 and The Simpsons Season 25 Episode 17, focused on the sweet, and yet sometimes frustrating, bond between the father and daughter.

    While both of those episodes seemed to use the relationship as convenient plot device, I felt like this one really delved into the realities of father-daughter relation...
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  • Where Do Babies Come From

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    Where Do Babies Come From

    So...Bart has the ability to use voodoo to make women pregnant.

    What a strange premise for an episode?

    The Simpsons Season 25 Episode 19 focuses on one unusual plot thread, Bart's strange magical fertility powers, and eventually reaches a climax just as weird as you might expect - getting two horses to make sweet love to each other.

    the entire half-hour felt strange and unfocused. Bart's irritation with his art teacher leads him to seek out voodoo of all things to get rid of her. He finds a voodoo priestess through Shauna, who you might remember from The Simpsons Season 23 Episode Episode 18, and the two end up having another uncomfortable kissing session so she can make her dad (Superintendent Chalmers) mad. Creepy!

    It might have been a bit of a laugh for Bart's voodoo to coincide with the teacher's pregnancy, but the fact that Bart's ability extends to other couples just makes the story seem really ridiculous. And then, out of n...
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  • Moving On

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    Moving On

    I always love The Simpsons episodes that show the possible futures of Bart, Lisa, Maggie, Homer, and Marge.

    And this week was no exception.

    The Simpsons Season 25 Episode 18 follows the family thirty years in the future when Homer's reckless behavior finally catches up to him. Like other episodes about future, this one showed a realistic picture of how the Simpsons children might turn out based on the influences of their family life.

    Even though the future episodes are not technically canon (I mean who can say what will really happen in their future), I liked that this episode attempted some continuity with The Simpsons Season 23 Episode 9. Bart still has two sons with his ex-wife Jenda, and Lisa is still married to Milhouse, although their marriage is on shaky ground.

    The episode may have initially focused on Homer's inability to keep himself alive, but it settled rather nicely on Bart's lack of personal growth. Most gli...
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  • Burgled with Love

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    Burgled with Love

    Another week and another enjoyable episode of The Simpsons.

    After The Simpsons Season 25 Episode 16 featured a touching portrait of Homer and Lisa's relationship, The Simpsons Season 25 Episode 17 seems to slightly continue that theme. This time the focus was on how Homer might affect Lisa's future relationships with men.

    And this time it was pretty funny.

    The half-hour also included a story involving Bart and Springfield's resident criminal Snake. The angle was interesting because you'd think Bart would end up bonding with the only other criminal element in town very easily. And it was a pretty quick connection between them.

    And there were quite a number of hilarious The Simpsons Quotes.

    But the best part of the evening was Lisa's new love interest. Lisa meets a boy named Lucas (or Luca$, pronounced Lucadollarsign) who wants to be a competitive eater.  In terms of Lisa's past relationships, Lucas definitely re...
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  • Lisa's Hero

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    Lisa's Hero

    It may be a bit early, but The Simpsons seems ready for the World Cup.

    Or at least it wants to remain ahead of pop culture instead of behind it.

    Despite not being really topical, The Simpsons Season 25 Episode 16 highlighted one of my favorite relationships on the show: that of Lisa and Homer. Although the two share very little in common, they find ways of bonding that are always uplifting.

    The episode nicely referred back to a past bonding moment between Homer and Lisa: When Lisa took advantage of her father's position as coach in "Marge Gamer" back in The Simpsons Season 18. Homer had to red-card his own daughter,and that tough decision gained her respect.

    This time around, Lisa chooses Homer as her hero for a school essay contest. Homer is awed by her admiration (as are the people of Springfield). Lisa's speech inspires Homer to be a better man, especially when he's offered a position as a referee for the Worl...
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  • Where are the laughs?

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    Where are the laughs?

    Greed can destroy everything. And it's certainly not that funny when it does.

    Although The Simpsons Season 25 Episode 15 was a clearly focused and insightful look at the ways money can ruin relationships, it lacked the necessary humor to balance out the heavy-handed lessons.

    The entire affair of the painting was started by a seemingly unrelated story about Lisa's desire for a guinea pig. Her relentless begging, as well as her extended decision-making about which guinea pig to adopt, was an adorable moment. It's easy to forget that Lisa's a child, and despite all of her intelligent words and high-minded interests, she can still squee over a tiny rodent.

    But that new guinea pig came at a cost - the family's iconic sailboat painting. In their search for a replacement, Marge stumbles upon a valuable painting at the Van Houten's yard sale.Thus begins the battle over the painting and the money.

    It's easy to see how the painting easily d...
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