REVIEW: THE SIMPSONS – SEASON 31

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CAST

Dan Castellaneta (Super 8)
Julie Kavner (Dr. Dolittle)
Yeardley Smith (Dead Like Me)
Nancy Cartwright (Kim Possible)
Hank Azaria (The Smurfs)
Harry Shearer (This Is Spinal Tap)
Pamela Hayden (Recess)
Tress MacNeille (Futurama)
Russi Taylor (Babe)

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Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Kevin Michael Richardson (Family Guy)
Maggie Roswell (All-New Dennis the Menace)
Michael Rapaport (Deep Blue Sea)
Joe Mantegna (The Godfather – Part III)
Jason Momoa (Aquaman)
Bob Odenkirk (Better, Call Saul)
Dawnn Lewis (Futurama)
Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll)
Asia Kate Dillon (John Wick 3)
Grey Griffin (invincible)
Glenn Close (Guardians of The Galaxy)
Scott Bakula (Star Trek: Enterprise)
Kelsey Grammer (Frasier)
Jon Lovitz (Happiness)
Chrissy Teigen (Hotel Transylvania 3)
John Legend (La La Land)
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
Taran Killam (12 Years A Slave)
Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother)
Dana Gould (Mystery Men)
Werner Herzog (Jack Reacher)
Kevin Smith (Clerks)
Chelsea Peretti (Game Night)
Joey King (The Act)
Camila Mendes (Riverdale)
Madelaine Petsch (Polaroid)
Lili Reinhart (Hustlers)
Patrick Wilson (Aquaman)
Lilly Singh (Bad Moms)
Cate Blanchett (Thor: Ragnarok)
Michael York (Logan’s Run)

Julie Kavner and Dan Castellaneta in The Simpsons (1989)It’s hilarious comedy, funny, and one of my all time favorite T.V shows .. The series is a satirical depiction of a middle class American lifestyle epitomized by the Simpson family, which consists of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. The show is set in the fictional town of Springfield and parodies American culture, society, television, and many aspects of the human condition. Modern Simpsons episodes are often both overstuffed and under-imagined, resulting in two indifferent, inadequately realized stories. Even though the show has dropped in creativity and in the joke department, it’s still worthy.Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, and Dan Castellaneta in The Simpsons (1989)

SEASON 31 HIGHLIGHTS ARE…

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The Winter of Our Monetized Content

Homer and Bart become viral video stars. Meanwhile, Lisa takes a stand against Springfield Elementary’s new detention policy.

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Go Big or Go Homer

Homer is demoted to supervising interns and encourages an idolizing protégé to start up a new business, only for them to run into trouble with the local mafia.

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The Fat Blue Line

A shamed Chief Wiggum must find the real mastermind behind a pickpocketing ring in Springfield to save both an innocent man and his career.

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Treehouse of Horror XXX

This year’s trio of terror includes a Stranger Things parody where Milhouse goes missing, Homer dying (again) and his spirit trying out new bodies, and Selma finally finding her perfect mate: an alien living in The Springfield Power Plant.

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Livin la Pura Vida

Marge becomes obsessed with getting the perfect vacation photo when the Simpson family are finally invited on the Van Houten’s annual trip to Costa Rica, while Lisa becomes worried they can’t afford it and Homer befriends Patty’s new girlfriend, Evelyn.

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Thanksgiving of Horror

A Thanksgiving take on Treehouse of Horror looking at the past, present and future of the holiday. Turkeys are slaughtered by pilgrims during the first Thanksgiving, Homer purchases an A.I. based on Marge that resents the real one, and an already dangerous space mission escaping a doomed earth becomes worse when Bart’s attempts to replicate cranberry sauce turn it into a sentient monster.

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Todd, Todd, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?

Todd blames God for his mother’s death and rejects his faith, so Ned sends him to live with the Simpsons, hoping they can scare him into believing in God again.
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Bobby, It’s Cold Outside

Sideshow Bob gets the role of Santa Claus at Santa’s Village amusement park. Meanwhile, someone is stealing all the Christmas packages off people’s front porches.
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Hail to the Teeth

Homer and Marge attend Artie Ziff’s wedding and become quite uncomfortable when they realize that his bride-to-be is a clone of Marge.
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The Miseducation of Lisa Simpson

The sea captain finds treasure for which he’s been searching for 40 years, but City Hall claims it since it was in city limits. Marge convinces the townspeople to use the windfall to build a STEM school. Homer crusades against automation.
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Bart the Bad Guy

Bart uses spoilers for a superhero movie he saw to get what he wants, but two movie executives will stop at nothing to keep his knowledge secret.
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Screenless

Marge implements a limit on screen time for the whole family, only to realize she’s the one addicted to screens.
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Highway to Well

Homer and Marge become weed dealers at competing businesses.
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Warrin’ Priests (Part 1)

Reverend Lovejoy investigates the mysterious past of a new priest who’s come to town and shaken things up at church.
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Warrin’ Priests (Part 2)

In Michigan, Reverend Lovejoy learns the true reason why Bode came to Springfield and the congregation must decide whether to banish their new priest.
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The Hateful Eight-Year-Olds

Lisa joins a group of rich girls when she makes a friend who loves horses; Homer takes Marge on a romantic cruise.
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The Way of the Dog

The Simpsons explore the tragic past of Santa’s Little Helper when he bites Marge.

REVIEW: PLAYDATE WITH DESTINY

Playdate with Destiny (2020)Maggie Simpson is taken to a playground by Marge. When another baby goes down the slide and almost crashes into her, she is saved by a boy named Hudson. Maggie becomes smitten with Hudson, and the two play games together, which Maggie fantasizes as a whirlwind romance. At the end of the day, Maggie gives Hudson her blue bow to remember her by, and that night she dreams about Hudson in her sleep. The next day, Homer looks after Maggie instead of Marge, and he takes her to a different park with food trucks. Maggie sees Hudson waiting for her in the adjacent park and desperately tries to get his attention, but Homer pulls her away before she can. That night, Maggie drowns her sorrows in baby formula and becomes despondent over not being able to see Hudson.The next day, Homer babysits Maggie again. Before he can take her to the same park as the day before, Maggie grabs hold of the car’s steering wheel and steers it into the park where she met Hudson. She sees him boarding a train for children and runs across the park to catch up with him. When Hudson sees Maggie trying to catch up with the train, he reaches out to her with her blue bow, but she fails to catch up before the train pulls away out of her reach. Maggie believes Hudson is gone forever, but the train (running on a circular closed track) loops around to the station at which it started. Maggie and Hudson reunite on the train’s cowcatcher, and they exchange pacifiers (in lieu of sharing a kiss).

The_Incredible_Lightness_of_Being_a_Baby_promo_5Playdate With Destiny is the second Maggie-based ‘Simpsons’ short, which marks the show’s ‘Fox to Disney’ transition with a smile and a wink. It’s a decently enjoyable experience. It has a simple story and is stuffed with a fair amount of referential visual humour. It isn’t exactly exciting and it’s very predictable, but it’s engaging enough and never even comes close to overstaying its welcome. 

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: THE SIMPSONS CHRISTMAS EPISODES – PART 7

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MAIN CAST (VOICES)

Dan Castellaneta (Fantastic Four)
Julie Kavner (Dr. Dolittle 2)
Nancy Cartwright (Rugrats)
Yeardley Smith (Jingle ALl The Way)
Hank Azaria (The Smurfs)
Harry Shearer (This Is Spinal Tap)
Pamela Hayden (Being John Malkovich)
Tress MacNeille (Futurama)

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Bobby: It’s Cold Outside

GUEST STARS

Scott Bakula (Star Trek: Enterprise)
Kelsey Grammer (Frasier)
Kevin Michael Richardson (The Cleveland Show)

Bobby,_It's_Cold_Outside_promo_7D’oh, ho ho. The Simpsons, season 31, episode 10, “Bobby: It’s Cold Outside,” is a double-stuffed bag for the chimney. It is their annual Christmas episode, and these halls are decked. The episode features evergreen favorite recurring villain Sideshow Bob, who trims his tree with ornaments of bleeding Barts. And it bottoms out with our Springfield’s favorite Grinch.hqdefaultAfter what appears to be another ingenious escape from the revolving door penal system in Springfield, Sideshow Bob winters by the sea, where he tends a lighthouse. I heard the song “I want to marry a lighthouse keeper,” from Clockwork Orange in my head the whole time he is visited by a distant neighbor who is very pleased he is single. Whether it’s his mop of red hair, tall thin frame and big feet, or the idea that anyone who lives in a lighthouse is pretty much a shut-in, Sideshow Bob gets picked to be the local Santa Claus in Springfield’s Santa’s Village, already overcrowded at Christmas. Bart’s history with the men in red is problematic as it is. Even, and maybe especially, when Homer had the lap with the most. Bart is fond of pulling fake beards off mall Santas, so we know there is going to be a reunion. We know it will be fraught with some kind of tension, Sideshow Bob has been singing about stringing up Bart from the very opening, but we’re not guaranteed lethal intent. Damn those method actors, they have to feel it.TheSimpsons_3101_BobbyItsColdOutsideFor this episode, the unlikely duo feels like performing a Christmas miracle, though of course, they’d never call it that. They work side by side saving the Yule season. Bart and Sideshow Bob’s relationship goes far beyond nemeses. That’s the role rakes play in Sideshow Bob’s life. Bob has also been a mentor to Bart, a guardian, close friend, singing partner, co-conspirator and comrade in arms. They’ve each saved the other, or cleared the other of crimes they didn’t commit. Their relationship is complicated. Sideshow Bob’s appearance coincides with a rash of stolen UPS packages. Tis the season. Christmas in Springfield is the usual shopper’s nightmare. They don’t need Black Friday to darken their retail environment. Lenny gets caught in his own booby trapped attempt to catch the thieves, but is able to write the initials in blood, or paint from a paint gun. Springfield’s police round up all the usual suspects, from Selma Bouvier to Scott Bacula, they even pull Sandra Bullock out of her bird box.x720Because it is a holiday episode, everyone in the community makes a quick appearance, from Rainier Luftwaffe Wolfcastle to Krusty the Clown. Even Lisa Simpson almost gets a second line in tonight. Yes, she and Krusty are both brushed off like so many garlands on a tree, when they are obviously close to the main players. At least Marge has little projects she can get caught up in. Maggie gets her own segment, and it is a truly revelatory one. Dreamlike, with more than a touch of nightmare, the one ride at Santa’s Village is a kiddie ride parents don’t fit on. That means the gnomes can have at them as they will. We are not sure whether this is Maggie’s perception of the dangers of gnomes, or if the carneys who put it together are really taking advantage of the lack of parental supervision, but it is genius. The ride’s song, sung so merrily with that “It’s a Small World” buoyancy, sinks into a river of subversive threats and promises of more said doom.simpsons-logo-1The music is festively eclectic on this seasonal choir. Good King Wenceslas continues to make his ominous iciness known, while new chestnut Baby Shark Diddy keeps the family roasted during car rides. The episode must have been written during the winter of discontent with Dean Martin because the closing sequence reclaims “Baby It’s cold Ouside” with such over the top legalistic disclaimers I wish they’d slapped me with a nondisclosure citation. We get some light political gags, like burning the Bill of Rights on the Fox News yule log, along with the Constitution and quite a few books which might have made thoughtful holiday gifts. Of course, the Christmas present crime wave is just another one of Mr. Burns Grinchy indulgences, which is the other holiday miracle. Sideshow Bob, who in another life was Seattle’s favorite radio psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane, gets Mr. Burns on the couch. Or is it in his lap, as he’s doing it in a red suit? Either way, their scene is much more touching than creepy even though the lesson at the center of it is a nightmare in itself. You’re a mean one, Mr. Burns, and everybody knows.c7963f31-6097-4352-84d0-700075f1a65b-TheSimpsons_3101_BobbyItsColdOutside_ScCG02AvidColorCorrectedRobert Underdunk Terwilliger Jr., Ph.D., is as much a tradition as The Simpsons’ annual Christmas show, or “Treehouse of Horrors,” although not annual guarantee. Kelsey Grammer may or may not have beaten James Arness’ record for playing one character the longest, but he will forever be Sideshow Bob, unless David Hyde Pierce also guest stars on the episode and things blur. Come to think of it, though, haven’t all the principles on The Simpsons played their characters longer than Arness’ Marshal Matt Dillon character? Maybe it doesn’t count if they’re artistically rendered, or perhaps it stopped counting after the animation began to be drawn by committee. The Sideshow Bob episodes also have quality in common with the “Treehouse” and Christmas episodes. It might be the writing is sharper to match the character. It might be Grammer actually reads the whole script before signing on. It could be simply Sideshow Bob is a great character, in moderation. There’s only room for one Fonzie on The Simpsons and that’s Bart. Served hot, cold or on the rocks, Sideshow Bob is gourmet meal which is actually filling, maybe not to Homer, who goes fishing when all-you-can-eat-shrimp runs out, but to viewers.UntitledThis year’s Simpsons Christmas episode is a full holiday meal with the good pastry place closed. “Bobby: It’s Cold Outside” combines the annual seasonal favorite with the always-anticipated Sideshow Bob appearance and wraps it in a Mr. Burns bow. It has all the elements of a top-tier favorite, but it’s not quite the perfect gift. It’s not that it tries too hard, because it really does work subtle into zany well and consistently. The plot and pacing are perfect, with a lot of extra sight gags thrown in throughout, and it will be one of those episodes Simpsons fans will re-watch happily.

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: THE SIMPSONS CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

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CAST
Dan Castellaneta (Fantastic Four)
Julia Kavner (Dr. Dolittle)
Nancy Cartwright (All Grown Up!)
Yeardley Smith (As Good As It gets)
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Marge is in the kitchen and tries to wish the British people a Merry Christmas. However, Bart comes and tells the viewers that they are really in a TV studio, and the kitchen is just a copy. Then Lisa comes, screaming “UK out of Cornwall!” Homer appears dressed as Santa Claus and wishes the viewers his own Christmas message. Finally, the whole family, including Santa’s Little Helper and Snowball II, come to the kitchen and drink a traditional British tea. However, when the camera is off, they all spit it out, including the pets. Bart says it tastes like hurl.
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Aired in 2004 on Channel 4 as an alternate to The Queens Speech, I personally would rather watch the Simpsons do a speech each ear than the Queens as this is far more entertaining. sadly they only did this in 2004 and never did another one, it’s viewable on YouTube if you wish to check it out.

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: THE SIMPSONS CHRISTMAS EPISODES – PART 6

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MAIN CAST (VOICES)

Dan Castellaneta (Fantastic Four)
Julie Kavner (Dr. Dolittle 2)
Nancy Cartwright (Rugrats)
Yeardley Smith (Jingle ALl The Way)
Hank Azaria (The Smurfs)
Harry Shearer (This Is Spinal Tap)

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TIS THE 30TH SEASON

GUEST STARS

Jane Lynch (Glee)
Kevin Michael Richardson (The Cleveland Show)

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Not the best Christmas episode for The Simpsons, but still a fun one and another to add to the growing list of Simpsons Christmas episodes to watch for the Holiday season.

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: THE SIMPSONS CHRISTMAS EPISODES – PART 5

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MAIN CAST (VOICES)

Dan Castellaneta (Fantastic Four)
Julie Kavner (Dr. Dolittle 2)
Nancy Cartwright (Rugrats)
Yeardley Smith (Jingle ALl The Way)
Hank Azaria (The Smurfs)
Harry Shearer (This Is Spinal Tap)

GONE BOY

GUEST STARS

Kelsey Grammer (Frasier)

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Sideshow Bob and Himself are collecting trash for community service with other men, but when they finishes the work, the Simpson family runs over it with a rental car. After finishing up the rental time and fuel, Homer goes with Bart to play, but Bart needs to pee and goes in the forest, falling down a manhole.  The family and cops start searching the forest, but the cops fail as usual. Bart finds himself in some kind of bunker, where he finds electronic equipment, which appears to be a military installment. People start looking for him, including Sideshow Bob, Shaquielle O’Neal and the other detenees.The-simpsons-season-29-episode-9-gone-boyBart tries to escape, but the ladder gives up, he finds a phone but instead of calling for help he calls Moe for a prank. Milhouse finds the entrance, but fails to help him. The news gives up hope saying he’s dead, but Milhouse fails to bring the good news, in favour of Lisa’s affection. Sideshow Bob is having issues accepting it, and Bart phones Marge confirming he’s alive. When Milhouse leaves the house, Bob appears, convincing him to bring him to Bart, with the family right behind. Bob shoves Milhouse down the manhole and then following immediatly. Homer and Grampa fail to find them once again, while Bob ties them up to a missile and tries to launch them and kill both, but he’s having regrets, and saves them, before retiring to a lighthouse, to still go crazy over killing Bart, even after saving him.JTYUJYTJTYJTYJTYAlthough not much of a Christmas episode this year, It is till fun and great to see Sideshow Bob back again. Good to add to the other Simpsons christmas episodes to marathon watch over the holidays.

 

 

 

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: THE SIMPSONS CHRISTMAS EPISODES – PART 4

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CAST
Dan Castellaneta (Fantastic Four)
Julia Kavner (Dr. Dolittle)
Nancy Cartwright (All Grown Up!)
Yeardley Smith (As Good As It gets)
Harry Shearer (This Is Spinal Tap)
Hank Azaria (The Smurfs)
Pamela Hayden (Hey Arnold!)
Tress MacNeille (Futurama)

GUEST CAST

Natasha Lyonne (Ameircan Pie)
Jackie Mason (Caddyshack II)

THE NIGHTMARE AFTER KRUSTMAS

4x17-a-very-crappy-christmas-south-park-21651796-500-375 At the First Church of Springfield, very few people are present at Reverend Lovejoy’s service at the fourth Sunday of Advent, and Helen calls him afterwards to meet a “fanclub”, comprised of Ned, Agnes, Sideshow Mel and The Parson, Lovejoy’s boss, that introduces him to the Patriarch, and they tell Lovejoy of summoning more people to the church, he assures them he’s going to bring people since Springfield people are a good Christian community.  Meanwhile, a pagan festival is held in town, with the Simpson family and the others attending, where Theo Jansen shows his feature attraction, the Strandbeest, wind-powered. However the Strandbeest goes wild due to the stronger winds and tramples Krusty that was skating with Sophie. At Springfield General Hospital, Krusty tries to bond with his daughter but finds out she’s Christian and she wants to celebrate Christmas. Seeing the discomfort, Marge invites the pair to spend Christmas with them.
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Back at home, Marge brings Maggie a Gnome in Your Home, a gnome that is supposed to watch over her all the time and tell Santa Claus what she’ve been doing, he doesn’t sleep and never shuts his eyes, and Homer tells her that if she isn’t good, he’ll nibble on her fingers. Krusty arrives at the home but brings in a tv troupe to record it, angering Sophie to the point of sending him away. Meanwhile, Reverend Lovejoy tries to convince Dewey Largo and Apu to convert but fails, so he goes to Moe’s Tavern and manages to convert Krusty, who does so after seeing a tased Snake that looked like Jesus through the windows. That night, the Gnome attacks Maggie, after Homer moves her crib closer to him. He talks to her, spits out finger tips and scaring her so much she finds herself at the North Pole, where she meets Santa Claus with Jack Frost, The Abominable Snowman and Wayne Gretzky, that tells her they’ll defeat the Gnome, but he has a gun and they all run off. Maggie enters a cave which turn into the Gnome’s head and eats her.
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It was all a nightmare, as Maggie gets woken up by Marge to find it was Christmas. Marge says the Gnome told her she has been good, to her surprise, and, to her horror, she says they’ll leave him in her room all year around. At the church, Lovejoy introduces the newly converted Krusty, and Sophie, seeing the change, is happy. Back at home, Maggie opens her present, and finds out its a Mrs. Gnome in Your Home. In their bedroom that night, Marge surprises Homer with a sexy santa costume, and as they get ready to get on the bed, they find that under the covers it’s full of parts from Mr. and Mrs. Gnome in Your Home, all cut, while Maggie finally goes to sleep happy. Next, Sideshow Mel introduces the Krusty the Clown Sober Contemplation Hour, where Krusty shows how much the conversion changed him, and his show, including Itchy and Scratchy to the surprise of the other kids.  Krusty gets ready for his baptismal, and while approaching Lovejoy, he cracks the ice and fells under. In the hallucination due to his suffocating brain underwater, he visits his dad in an ice castle, and talks with him about his conversion and his role of dad. He’s brought out of the water by Lovejoy, who is praised as a savior, and many people returns to church for his service. Everyone is happy, except Sideshow Mel whose girlfriend left him, and Maggie destroys more Gnomes. At the end, the Gods bicker over if Krusty, by going underwater, recieved the baptismal, while Krusty and Sophie are singing while being carried by the Strandbeest on the snow.

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The Simpsons come alive around Christmas, or “Krustmas” in this case, as this episode confirms that the show still has plenty relevant to say about the holiday.  The latest Christams episode is a heartwarming episode just what fans expect from the show this time of year.