The Food Wife
The Food Wife is the fifth episode of the twenty-third season of the American animated sitcom The Simpsons. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on November 13,2011, in the episode, Homer feels left out when Marge and Lisa join a group of foodies. Their personal blog quickly becomes popular and the trio is invited to a molecular gastronomy restaurant, feeling pity toward Homer, Marge invites him along. However, after beginning to worry that he will reclaim his position as the parent perceived as the most fun by the children, Homer unknowingly arrives at a meth lab, where a gunfight starts as the police burst in. The episode was written by Matt Selman and it contains several references to different foods and famous chefs, and is largely devoted to the foodie culture, which Selman has said that he always thought was funny and fascinating. The idea of food as not only something you enjoy eating, Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, the stars and creators of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job. guest starred in the episode as two foodies and performed a hip hop song that makes fun of foodies.
Chefs and media personalities Anthony Bourdain, Gordon Ramsay, and Mario Batali guest starred in the episode, although The Food Wife has received generally positive reviews from television critics, particularly for the hip hop song, it has attracted criticism from certain food critics. Homer takes his children and Lisa, to a video game convention for another fun Saturday, upon their return home, Marge feels upset that Homer gets to be the fun dad, while she is stuck doing unexciting things with the children. Next Saturday, she decides to take Bart and Lisa to an X-Games convention, when they arrive, they are disappointed to find out that it is a Christian event, and the actual name of the convention is † Games. The car engine dies on the way back and they are forced to stop in the neighborhood of Little Ethiopia, where the three go into a restaurant serving Ethiopian food. Although initially averse to the food, Marge is reminded of the fact that she wants to be a fun mom. All three of them enjoy the food, at the restaurant, Marge and Lisa bump into a group of foodies, who encourage them to start their own food blog, The Three Mouthketeers.
The blog quickly becomes popular and the three spend time together trying out new food and writing about it. This leaves Homer feeling left out and sad, when the trio gets an invitation to an exclusive molecular gastronomy restaurant called El Chemistri, Marge invites Homer out of pity. After announcing this to Bart and Lisa, he reclaims his fun dad title, Bart, Lisa and other famous chefs that have shown up, such as Mario Batali, jump away from Marge on hop balls, leaving her by herself. Afterwards, Gordon Ramsay appears next to her, using profanity while telling her that she should not have invited Homer, the next day, she deliberately gives Homer the wrong address to the restaurant. When Marge and the children arrive at El Chemistri, Homer unknowingly arrives at a meth lab that he thinks is the actual restaurant. While the trio eat their meal with other foodies, Marge feels guilty about misdirecting Homer, Homer meets the meth dealer and other drug addicts, whom he believes to be food hipsters
Politically Inept, with Homer Simpson
Politically Inept, with Homer Simpson is the tenth episode of the twenty-third season of the American animated sitcom The Simpsons. In the episode, Bart uploads a video on YouTube in which Homer rants about airlines horrible treatment of passengers and it quickly becomes popular and Homer is eventually given his own political cable news show. Homer wins support among average Americans and is chosen by the Republicans to pick their candidate for the presidential election. He chooses Ted Nugent, but in the end, he realizes that he made the wrong decision, American musician and conservative political activist Ted Nugent made his second guest appearance on The Simpsons in this episode, which makes fun of his views on hunting and gun ownership. The episode has received positive reception from television critics and has been particularly praised for its satire of politics. After a series of demeaning check-in procedures, the Simpsons board an Air Springfield plane for their trip to the wedding of a relative in Montana, the pilot announces that owing to an unforeseen jailbreak the trip will be delayed.
He tells the travelers that because the plane is still on the ground, all of the ethnic passengers on-board are still allowed to eat their odd-smelling food, and after several hours the rest of the passengers feel sick. The pilot makes another announcement that the plane is going to back to the gate and remain there for an unknown amount of time. When Homer is banned from using the bathroom, his anger boils over, Bart records a video of Homer running amok and escapes from the plane via the wing. He uploads it on YouTube and it becomes popular. Homer is invited to speak his mind on a cable news show called Head Butt. However, Homer makes a convincing rant in which he tells the viewers that unlike television blowhards such as Nash and Adriatica, he speaks for the common man. When the show is over, the network executives give Homer his own television show called Gut Check with Homer Simpson. During one episode, he pours gravy of freedom over a steak shaped like America and he encourages his viewers to get on the boat to protest about the bad things in society, and proceeds to place a gravy boat on his head.
This wins Homer a huge base of support among average Americans, when Homer is chosen by the Republicans to pick their candidate for the next presidential election, his lack of interest in the current candidates leads him to choose Ted Nugent. He invites Nugent for a visit to the Simpsons home, where Lisa complains that Homer has made the wrong pick since Nugent is out of his mind, that day, Homer has a dream in which James Madison shows him how ashamed past American presidents are of Homer. When he wakes up, he tells Lisa he will not be supporting Nugent for president anymore and he sees a brochure on her dresser with a man posing as a president and offering help with fake dreams. Homer realizes the family faked his dream to him not to endorse Nugent
A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again
A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again is the 19th episode of the 23rd season of the American animated television sitcom The Simpsons. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on April 29,2012, in the episode, the Simpson family goes on cruise after being convinced by a bored Bart. Bart decides to trick the crew and the passengers on the ship that the world is coming to an end back on land because of a pandemic and that the ship therefore has to stay out at sea. Treat Williams guest starred in the episode as film character William Sullivan, Enjoy It While You Can was produced for the episode by Broadway composer Robert Lopez, who co-wrote the song with the writers of The Simpsons. Other songs played in the episode include Boy from School by Hot Chip, since airing, A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again has received generally positive reviews from television critics, being praised for showing an emotional side of Bart. Around five million viewers tuned in to watch the episode during its original US broadcast, after another boring week in his life, Bart sees a commercial on television for a fun cruise and begs Homer and Marge for a family vacation.
They tell him that the family is low on cash, so Bart chooses to sell everything he owns to fund the vacation himself and he comes up well short of the needed amount, so Marge and Lisa help by selling one valuable item apiece. Together the three have enough money to book the family into a cabin, once the cruise starts, though. Bart fears that the remainder of his life will be painfully boring, later, a huge onboard television screen displays an emergency message from a military officer, warning the crew and passengers about a deadly virus that has started to spread on the mainland. He says that all ships must remain at sea to ensure humanity survives. The message is taken from a movie in the Simpson cabins DVD library. He disables communications with the mainland by pouring hot fudge on a control panel, as the ship stays at sea, conditions deteriorate and the food supply starts to run out. Eventually, the cruise turns into a civilization, with gladiator arenas, capital punishment. Marge and Lisa discover Barts deception and inform the passengers that the virus is a hoax, as punishment, the furious passengers maroon the Simpsons in Antarctica and head home.
Lisa tells him that capturing and enjoying the best moments in life can make it fun, the final scene is a flash-forward to an elderly Bart in a retirement home, commenting on how much fun his life has been. A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again was written by Matt Warburton, the title and parts of the plot are a reference to the 1997 essay A Supposedly Fun Thing Ill Never Do Again by American writer David Foster Wallace that describes his experiences on a cruise. In one scene, a character appears in the background that supposedly resembles Foster Wallace, a guest appearance by English actor and comedian Steve Coogan as Rowan Priddis, the director of the cruise, is featured. This song was a contribution by Tony Award-winning Broadway composer and lyricist Robert Lopez, Coogan recorded the song in New York as well
The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a depiction of working-class life epitomized by the Simpson family, which consists of Homer, Bart, Lisa. The show is set in the town of Springfield and parodies American culture, television. The family was conceived by Groening shortly before a solicitation for a series of animated shorts with producer James L. Brooks, Groening created a dysfunctional family and named the characters after members of his own family, substituting Bart for his own name. The shorts became a part of The Tracey Ullman Show on April 19,1987. After a three-season run, the sketch was developed into a prime time show and became an early hit for Fox. Since its debut on December 17,1989,615 episodes of The Simpsons have been broadcast and its 28th season began on September 25,2016. It is the longest-running American sitcom and the longest-running American animated program, the Simpsons Movie, a feature-length film, was released in theaters worldwide on July 27,2007, and grossed over $527 million.
On May 4,2015, the series was renewed for seasons 27 and 28, on November 4,2016, the series was renewed for seasons 29 and 30, consisting of 22 episodes each. The Simpsons received widespread critical acclaim throughout its first nine or ten seasons, Time named it the 20th centurys best television series, and Erik Adams of The A. V. Club named it televisions crowning achievement regardless of format, on January 14,2000, the Simpson family was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It has won dozens of awards since it debuted as a series, including 31 Primetime Emmy Awards,30 Annie Awards, Homers exclamatory catchphrase Doh. has been adopted into the English language, while The Simpsons has influenced many adult-oriented animated sitcoms. Despite this, the show has criticized for what many perceive as a decline in quality over the years. The Simpsons are a family who live in a fictional Middle American town of Springfield, the father, works as a safety inspector at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, a position at odds with his careless, buffoonish personality.
He is married to Marge Simpson, a stereotypical American housewife, although the family is dysfunctional, many episodes examine their relationships and bonds with each other and they are often shown to care about one another. The family owns a dog, Santas Little Helper, and a cat, Snowball V, renamed Snowball II in I, both pets have had starring roles in several episodes. The show includes an array of supporting characters, co-workers, family friends, extended relatives, townspeople. The creators originally intended many of these characters as jokes or for fulfilling needed functions in the town
Exit Through the Kwik-E-Mart
Exit Through the Kwik-E-Mart is the fifteenth episode of the twenty-third season of the American animated television sitcom The Simpsons. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on March 4,2012, in the episode, Bart is punished by Homer after letting a rabbit loose in the house. He gets revenge on his father by spray-painting images of him with the word dope all over Springfield, street artist Shepard Fairey encounters Bart one night and offers him a gallery show of Barts artworks. However, Chief Wiggum suddenly appears during the show and arrests Bart for covering the town in graffiti and it turns out that Fairey is an undercover officer working for Wiggum. Fairey, who is a fan of The Simpsons, guest starred in the episode as himself. Around 5.09 million Americans tuned in to watch Exit Through the Kwik-E-Mart during its original broadcast, since then, the episode has received praise from television critics for its opening sequence, which parodies the opening sequence of the medieval fantasy television series Game of Thrones.
As a birthday gift for Marge, Homer buys a blender designed by television chef Paula Paul and he goes to a health food store called Swapper Jacks, where Paula is giving away autographs, to have Paula sign it. Homer is impressed by the store and says he will not be shopping at the Kwik-E-Mart any more, who is there to spy, overhears Homer and the two engage in a fight until the security guards grab hold of Apu and take him away. At the signing, Homer tells Paula that Marge is a big fan of hers, Paula decides that she will call Marge live during her upcoming show to wish her a happy birthday. Meanwhile, Bart gets his mother a rabbit for her birthday, the rabbit chews through the phone lines in the Simpsons home, causing Marge to miss Paulas call. Paula becomes furious at Marge for not answering the phone as she embarrassed herself on her show, Homer punishes Bart by locking him up in the rabbits cage. To get revenge on Homer, Bart goes around Springfield spray-painting graffiti of Homers face, when his work appears on the television news, it encourages Bart to create even more graffiti in the town.
Street artists Shepard Fairey, Ron English, Kenny Scharf, and Robbie Conal encounter Bart one night when he is making some graffiti. The four tell Bart that they are impressed by his work and would like to showcase his art in a show, at first Bart is unsure, but Bart remembers how Homer treated him. Meanwhile, the Kwik-E-Mart suffers because of the competition from Swapper Jacks, Apu ends up attempting to rob Swapper Jacks in a desperate measure, but the cashier convinces him to hand over the gun. Later, Apu is about to shut down the Kwik-E-Mart when his wife Manjula tells him that Swapper Jacks is closing because it was discovered they were selling monkey meat imported from Brazil as chicken. Homer initially refuses to attend Barts show because he discovers the artwork is an insult to him, at the show, Chief Wiggum and the Springfield Police Department suddenly appear to arrest Bart for making graffiti throughout the town. It is revealed that the show is a sham and that Fairey is an undercover officer who helped the police identify Bart as the graffiti artist that had been spray-painting Springfield
Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts
Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts is the second episode of the twenty-third season of the American animated sitcom The Simpsons. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on October 2,2011, the episode was the first to feature Superintendent Chalmers as the central character and Chalmers flashbacks references the films The Breakfast Club and Fight Club. In the episode, Principal Skinner challenges Superintendent Chalmers to take over Barts education after one of his pranks, Chalmers accepts and starts teaching Bart about Theodore Roosevelt and manliness. After he takes Bart and his friends on a field trip which results in one of the children breaking an arm. Bart and his friends take over the school in an effort to save his job, the episode was written by Tim Long, directed by Steven Dean Moore, and features the voice of Theodore Roosevelt through archive recordings. The opening sequence was guest directed by Canadian animator John Kricfalusi, in its original American broadcast, it was viewed by approximately 6.19 million people.
Since airing, the episode has received positive reviews from television critics. Springfield Elementary School is hosting an auction and invites all the families with children in their classes. Every item in the auction is sold to an English widow named Edith Knickertwist, when the auction is over, Bart reveals that he was the real Mrs. Knickertwist and that there is no money for the school. Frustrated over Barts latest prank and pressured by his supervisor Superintendent Chalmers, Chalmers accepts and immediately gives Bart his own lesson plan, which primarily consists of former U. S. president Theodore Roosevelt. He makes Bart interested in the subject by talking about Roosevelts heroic, classmates Milhouse, Jimbo and Dolph soon join Bart in his education. With the success of his lessons, Chalmers plans to them all on a field trip to Springfield Forest. The field trip does not go well, however, as Nelson breaks his arm when he tries to reach for the spectacles, since it was an unauthorized field trip, Nelsons mother threatens to sue the school for medical expenses, which leads to Chalmers getting fired.
They lock all of the out of the school and demand that Chalmers get reinstated. A SWAT team prepares to storm the school, before Chalmers walks up to convince Bart to stop, Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts was written by Tim Long and directed by Steven Dean Moore. The episode features former American President Theodore Roosevelt with the use of audio recordings. The use of Roosevelts voice was first announced at the San Diego Comic-Con International in San Diego, showrunner Al Jean revealed to the press that we have actual audio of Roosevelt in the show. We can put a president in the show, were going to give him a little credit at the end
Replaceable You is the fourth episode of the twenty-third season of the American animated sitcom The Simpsons. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on November 6,2011, in the episode, Homer gets a new assistant named Roz who is secretly out to steal his job. The role of Roz was played by American actress Jane Lynch, Replaceable You was seen by approximately eight million viewers during its original broadcast, and it has received mixed reviews from critics. Homer is initially happy to get an organized, cheerful new assistant at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, a very tall woman named Roz Davis. However, when he and Barney head out to see a film during their shift, Roz reveals this to Mr. Burns. Roz proceeds to charm the regulars at Moes Tavern while finding dozens of ways to make Homers job miserable, when Roz wins a Worker of Millennium award at the plant, Homer manipulates Burns into giving Roz a hug. She proceeds to beat Burns up, and is fired, Roz compliments Homer for being much smarter than she expected, in terms Homer does not quite understand.
Elsewhere, Bart is not ready for the upcoming Springfield Elementary science fair and he ends up working with Martin Prince and after Bart comes up with a general idea—cool robotics—Martin does all the work and constructs an adorable robotic baby seal. However, it is revealed that when the wiring is tampered with, the seal wins first prize at the Fair, to Lisas disdain. When she goes to the Springfield Retirement Castle to whine about the injustice to Grampa, the seniors citizen see the seal visibly cheer up Jasper, the group figures out the wiring secret and reworks the seals so their fury returns, even causing the death of Mrs. Glick. Chief Wiggum has all the robots impounded and Martin enlist the aid of Professor Frink who gets a larger group of nerds to remotely hack into the robot software and make them nice again. They succeed and as a result, Chief Wiggum releases all the seals, the episode was written by Stephanie Gillis and directed by Mark Kirkland. American actress Jane Lynch guest starred in the episode as Roz, showrunner Al Jean noted in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that it was easy to cast Lynch, since she can do edge, and a mix of both.
He further noted that the crew was happy when she agreed to take the role, Lynch recorded her scenes together with cast member Dan Castellaneta, who voices Homer. In an interview with the website Hollywood Outbreak, she commented that It was pretty amazing to every once in a look up at his face and go Oh my God. Lynch added that she had the best time, I would do it again and again. This is kind of very much a milestone in my career, I will point to this as a big deal. In an interview with Fox All Access, Lynch revealed that she is a longtime fan, I started watching twenty years ago
The Simpsons (season 6)
The Simpsons sixth season originally aired on the Fox network between September 4,1994, and May 21,1995, and consists of 25 episodes. The Simpsons is a series about a working class family, which consists of Homer, Bart, Lisa. The show is set in the city of Springfield, and lampoons American culture, television. The showrunner for the production season was David Mirkin who executive-produced 23 episodes. Former showrunners Al Jean and Mike Reiss produced the two, they produced the two episodes with the staff of The Critic, the show they left The Simpsons to create. This was done in order to some of the stress The Simpsons writing staff endured. Fox moved The Simpsons back to its original Sunday night time and it has remained in this slot ever since. The sixth season won one Primetime Emmy Award, and received three additional nominations and it won the Annie Award for Best Animated Television Production. The Complete Sixth Season DVD was released in the United States on August 16,2005, September 28,2005, in Australia, the set featured a plastic clam-shell Homer-head design and received many complaints.
David Mirkin served as showrunner and executive producer for season six, steven Dean Moore and Swinton O. Scott III received their first directing credit. Other credited writers included Greg Daniels, Dan McGrath, Bill Oakley, John Swartzwelder, Jon Vitti, other directors included Bob Anderson, Wes Archer, Susie Dietter, Mark Kirkland, Jeffrey Lynch, Jim Reardon and David Silverman. The main cast consisted of Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, other cast members included Doris Grau, Pamela Hayden, Tress MacNeille, Maggie Roswell, Russi Taylor and Marcia Wallace. Guest stars included Anne Bancroft, Mel Brooks, Kelsey Grammer, Phil Hartman, Larry King, Susan Sarandon, Patrick Stewart, Meryl Streep and Winona Ryder. The seasons first two episodes, Bart of Darkness and Lisas Rival, were held over from the previous season, the season finale Who Shot Mr. Burns. Came from Groening, who had wanted to do an episode in which Mr. Burns was shot, the writers decided to write the episode in two parts with a mystery that could be used in a contest.
It was important for them to design a mystery that had clues, took advantage of freeze frame technology, during the production of the season and Brooks pitched a live-action spin-off series centered in Krusty the Clown entitled Krusty. Groening and Michael Weithorn wrote an episode where Krusty moved to Los Angeles. A recurring joke throughout the script was that Krusty lived in a house on stilts which were continuously being gnawed by beavers
The Man in the Blue Flannel Pants
The Man in the Blue Flannel Pants is the seventh episode of the twenty-third season of the American animated sitcom The Simpsons. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on November 27,2011, in the episode, Homer becomes an account manager for Mr. Burns after successfully hosting a viral marketing event for Krusty the Clown. Meanwhile, Lisa is teaching Bart how to read classic novels like Little Women, Homers new job affects his family as he becomes more distant and in the end he has to choose between his family or his new job. The episodes title references The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, the episode was written by Jeff Westbrook and directed by Steven Dean Moore. It functions mainly as a parody of the television show Mad Men, critics found the episode to be average in quality, receiving criticism for the wasted opportunities with the Mad Men parody. The Simpson family host a party at their home to promote Absolut Krusty, Krusty the Clowns own brand of vodka. Mr. Burns takes notice of the success and decides to promote Homer to Account Man for the Springfield Nuclear Plant.
Robert Marlow, a seasoned account veteran, takes Homer under his wing, the job changes Homer into a sad individual, who drinks in the dark and complains about the meaninglessness of his job. When Homers long hours at the office become the norm and Homer becomes distant from his family, a vacation with Marge. Meanwhile, Lisa introduces Bart to a new world which sparks his interest in reading classic novels. In the beginning, Bart struggles with reading and suggests that he should just get a job where he not have to read. Lisa insists and Bart eventually learns to read properly, when the bullies watches him reading a classic novel at school, they force him to read Little Women to them. Meanwhile, both Marge and Mr. Burns want Homer to go on the rafting trip. Homer starts with being on his familys raft, and swims back, Marge discovers that he has double booked the weekend while both rafts float near a waterfall, and is upset that he chose to do work on a family outing. Homer can only save one raft, and he saves the one containing his family.
As Mr. Burns and the executives are about to go over the waterfall, Marlowe rides up on a motorboat and carries Mr. Burns to safety, Homer goes over the waterfall by himself, but is completely unharmed and finds gold. Later, at their house, Homer tells Marge that he is a safety inspector again, fireworks go off outside, and it is revealed that they were caused by a fire at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, presumably because Homer failed at his job. The Man in the Blue Flannel Pants was written by Jeff Westbrook and it featured John Slattery, Matthew Weiner, and Kevin Michael Richardson as guest voices
The Simpsons (season 14)
The Simpsons fourteenth season was originally broadcast on the Fox network in the United States between November 3,2002 and May 18,2003. The show runner for the production season was Al Jean. The other episode, How I Spent My Strummer Vacation, was run by Mike Scully, the season contains five hold-overs from the previous seasons production run. The fourteenth season has met with positive reviews and won two Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Animated Program, four Annie Awards and a Writers Guild of America Award. On December 6,2011, it was released on DVD and this season contains the shows 300th episode, The Strong Arms of The Ma. Writers credited with episodes in the season included J. Freelance writers included Brian Pollack & Mert Rich, Sam ONeal & Neal Boushall, Dennis Snee. Animation directors included Bob Anderson, Mike B, Chris Clements, Mark Kirkland, Lance Kramer, Nancy Kruse, Lauren MacMullan, Pete Michels, Steven Dean Moore, Matthew Nastuk, Michael Polcino, Jim Reardon and David Silverman.
The main cast consisted of Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, other cast members included Marcia Wallace, Pamela Hayden, Tress MacNeille, Russi Taylor and Karl Wiedergott. This season saw the return of voice actress Maggie Roswell, barting Over, which aired February 16, was promoted as the shows milestone 300th episode. However, The Strong Arms of the Ma was the 300th episode to be broadcast, according to Ben Rayner of the Toronto Star, Its very difficult to find a straight answer why milestone status has been bestowed on. Barting Over refers to the error when Marge tells Lisa I cant count the number of times has done something crazy like this, Lisa responds that it is 300, to which Marge replies that she could have sworn its been 302. Season 14 received generally positive reviews, high-Def Digest was positive recommending the set and writing The show has numerous moments that make you laugh. Casey Broadwater felt it was an improvement over the Scully seasons, collider gave the season a B-.
The reviewer thought As far as the quality of the season, it isnt as consistently good as some earlier seasons but in the evolution of the show. Jackson Cresswell thought C. E. Doh was the best of the season along with Pray Anything and Brake My Wife, Please while citing Three Gays of the Condo, Large Marge, and Helter Shelter as the worst. Ryan Keefer of DVD Talk gave it a 4/5 calling it a spot to start brushing up on things. Episodes of the season won several awards, including two Primetime Emmy Awards. Three Gays of the Condo became the episode of the series to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program
The Simpsons (season 1)
The Simpsons first season originally aired on the Fox network between December 17,1989 and May 13,1990, beginning with the Christmas special Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire. The executive producers for the first production season were Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, the producers considered aborting the series if the next episode turned out as bad, but it only suffered from easily fixable problems. The producers convinced Fox to move the debut to December 17, the first season won one Emmy Award, and received four additional nominations. The DVD boxset was released on September 25,2001 in Region 1, Season one was released for the iTunes Store on December 22,2010, dubbed a digital edition. The Simpsons creator Matt Groening conceived the idea for the Simpsons in the lobby of James L. Brookss office, the producer of the sketch comedy program The Tracey Ullman Show, wanted to use a series of animated shorts as bumpers between sketches. He had asked Groening to pitch an idea for a series of animated shorts, the Simpson family first appeared as shorts in The Tracey Ullman Show on April 19,1987.
Groening submitted only basic sketches to the animators and assumed that the figures would be cleaned up in production, the animators merely re-traced his drawings, which led to the crude appearance of the characters in the initial short episodes. In 1989, a team of companies adapted The Simpsons into a half-hour series for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The team included what is now the Klasky Csupo animation house, during the years of producing the shorts, everything was created in-house. Due to the workload of the full-length episodes, production was subcontracted to South Korean animation studio AKOM. While character and background layout is done by the studio, coloring. The Simpsons was co-developed by Groening, James L. Brooks, and Sam Simon and Simon, did not get along and were often in conflict over the show, Groening once described their relationship as very contentious. Groening said his goal in creating the show was to offer the audience an alternative to what he called the mainstream trash that they were watching, Brooks negotiated a provision in the contract with the Fox network that prevented Fox from interfering with the shows content.
Fox was nervous about the show because they were unsure if it could sustain the attention for the duration of the episode. They proposed doing three seven-minute shorts per episode and four specials until the audience adjusted, but in the end, the producers gambled by asking Fox for 13 full-length episodes. Simon assembled and led the team of writers, consisting of John Swartzwelder, Jon Vitti, George Meyer, Jeff Martin, Al Jean, Mike Reiss, Jay Kogen. Simon has been credited as developing sensibility, ken Levine says he brought a level of honesty to the characters and made them three-dimensional, adding that Simons comedy is all about character, not just a string of gags. In The Simpsons, the characters are motivated by their emotions, what are they thinking. —that is Sams contribution
The Simpsons (season 2)
The Simpsons second season originally aired on the Fox network between October 11,1990 and May 9,1991, and contained 22 episodes, beginning with Bart Gets an F. Another episode, Blood Feud, aired during the summer after the season finale. The executive producers for the production season were Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, and Sam Simon. The DVD box set was released on August 6,2002 in Region 1, July 8,2002 in Region 2, the second season featured a new opening sequence, which was shortened by fifteen seconds from its original length of roughly 1 minute,30 seconds. Starting with this season, there were three versions of the opening, a full roughly 1 minute 15 second long version, a 45-second version and this gave the shows editors more leeway. It would move from 8,00 PM on Sunday night to the time on Thursday where it would compete with The Cosby Show on NBC. Many of the producers, including James L. Brooks, were against the move because The Simpsons had been in the top 10 while airing on Sunday, all through the summer of 1990, several news outlets published stories about the supposed Bill vs.
Bart rivalry. At the time, NBC had 208 television stations, while Fox only had 133, Bart Gets an F was the first episode to air against The Cosby Show and averaged an 18.4 Nielsen rating and 29% of the audience. In the weeks ratings, it finished tied for eighth behind The Cosby Show which had an 18.5 rating, however, an estimated 33.6 million viewers watched the episode, making it the number one show in terms of actual viewers that week. At the time, it was the most watched episode in the history of Fox, the next week and Delilah had a 16.2 rating and 25% share while the Cosby Show managed to maintain its 18.5 rating. However, viewer-wise, The Simpsons won again with 29.9 million viewers, the next week, Treehouse of Horror fell in the ratings, finishing 24th. Ratings wise, new episodes of The Cosby Show beat The Simpsons every time during the second season, three Men and a Comic Book would boast the only victory over The Cosby Show, finishing 23rd in the weekly ratings while a rerun of Cosby finished 26th.
At the end of the season, Cosby averaged as the fifth highest rated show on television while The Simpsons was 38th and it would not be until the third season episode Homer at the Bat that The Simpsons would beat The Cosby Show in the ratings. The show remained in its Thursday timeslot until the sixth season, on aggregate review website Metacritic, a site which uses a weighted mean score, the season scored a 91/100 based on seven critics, indicating universal acclaim. The DVD boxset for season two was released by 20th Century Fox in the United States and Canada on August 6,2002, as well as every episode from the season, the DVD release features bonus material including commentaries for every episode. Bibliography Season 2 at The Simpsons. com Season 2 at the BBC Season 2 at TV. com