Disapointed by new Simpson's episodes...

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  1. Kenneth Harden

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    ...I was watching a episode at work last night, and it was a new(er) one where they went to a beach house for the 4th of July. Well, when Homer went to the quickie-mart, he bought condoms, an enima, and some other stuff. This is NOT the Simpsons. That is something for Family Guy or the like.

    It doesn't offend me at all, but I would think they could be a bit more creative and shed the TV14 rating some of the episodes are now getting.

    I love the show, but I have a feeling the end of the tunnel is near - what happened to clean, clever, witty humor that was sutable for everyone to watch [​IMG]
     
  2. Kevin Porter

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    The Simpsons has never been a show that relied on vulgarity for it's humor. It relied on satire and wit. Family Guy's humor was very vulgar but it used it in a smart way. That's just another way the two shows are different. Lately it seems the show has been dumbed down. The writers aren't making high standards for themselves. The episodes have been funny but not when compared to the earlier classics. I'm sure many people would rather them quit the show and focus on DVDs as they have said the reason for delay is because they want their focus on the show.
     
  3. MatthewLouwrens

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    I heard somewhere that one of the characters will have a gay experience this year.

    (They did emphasise that it will not be one of the kids.)
     
  4. Daniel J.S.

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    ^^^Er, that episode was "Summer of 4 ft. 2" which was shown WAY back in the seventh season. It's hardly a newer show. And I think your wrong about the vulgarity; the show has always mixed literate with vulgar humour and very well I might add. My complaint about the newer shows is that there's more focus on zany madcap humour rather than satire. But I can't slam the show, because every time I think they're going downhill, they pull out a keeper and restore my faith.
     
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    IMHO, "Summer of 4 ft. 2" is one of the best Simpsons episodes ever. Aside from its humor, it also illustrated the difficulty in fitting in and trying to find new friends as a kid, which I could relate to and found it very moving.
     
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    "I forgot my swimsuit as well, but I improvised".

    I find most people are dissapointed by the recent seasons, I still get good laughs from the show - it is clearly past its prime but I don't want to see it end. It has been a part of my life for so long now that when they finally decide to end it, I will actually be a little sad to see it go for good.
     
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    Season 7 (and that episode) was very funny.
     
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    "Well, when Homer went to the quickie-mart, he bought condoms, an enima, and some other stuff."

    EVERYBODY needs an enima[​IMG]
     
  14. Chuck Schick

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    Man that was one of my of my favorite gags, especially Marge's line. One of the items was Old Harper- haha.

    I don't think buying condoms and enemas in a convenience store are lowbrow humor. Using them would be.
     
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    Kenneth, you are not alone in you thinking.

    Here is an article talking about the decline of the show:
    http://slate.msn.com/id/2078501/

    For me the show went downhill after the season that ended with Burns getting shot. And I'll always vote for season 4 as the best, but these are just my opinions. If you're still getting laughs, great, but the humor just isn't my type anymore.
     
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    Todd, that article was interesting. I unfortunately have to agree with most of it, especially this line:
     
  17. Kenneth Harden

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    I guess I arrived too late in that scene. My bad.

    However, when the clerk was doing the whole 'fireworks are illegal...' as the customer was walking out was funny as hell.
     
  18. Rob Speicher

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    Stand up for yourself poindexter!
     
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    That quickie mart scene was great because I thought it was the Summer of '42 drugstore scene, and I totally forgot, it was actually the liquor store scene from American Grafitti. The bottle of old Harper was the giveaway. So that show was actually a mix of Summer of 42 and American Grafiitti. Great film references.

    Marge " Homer, I don't know what your planning for 4th of July, but count me out! "
     
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    Great thread guys. I'm glad to see so many people like this episode!! Just thought I'd chime in with the exact dialogue and some pics just for fun:

    Homer: I'll bet this place sells illegal fireworks. Just go in and act casual like you buy 'em all the time.

    Homer: Hi, um...let me have one of those porno magazines, large box of condoms, a bottle of Old Harper, couple of those panty shields, andsomeillegalfireworks, annnd one of those disposable enemas. Uh, nah, make it two.

    Store Clerk: My apologies, sir, but the sale of fireworks is prohibited in this state and is punishable by a...follow me.

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    Marge: Gee, I don't know what you've got planned for tonight, Homer, but count me out. Didn't you buy any meat?

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    It's great to see a negative Simpsons thread turned around! [​IMG]
     

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