Moe gets his heart broken again, but The Simpsons can't make us care this time

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How invested should we be in Moe’s happiness? Springfield’s worst barkeep and intermittent stalker creepo is traditionally played for a joke, specifically as a collection of disreputable businessman tropes and depressive, lonely guy dark comedy. “Looks like it’s suicide again for me,” might be Moe’s motto, going back…

The Simpsons might be dropping Apu altogether "to avoid the controversy"

Despite Simpsons creator Matt Groening saying that those upset about the show’s stereotypical depiction of Indian convenience store owner Apu Nahasapeemapetilon “love to pretend to be offended,” it appears the long-running animated might be axing the character. This news comes from producer and filmmaker Adi Shankar…

The Simpsons' 666th episode will be a "Treehouse Of Horrors," appropriately enough

The Simpsons will clamber yet again into its annual “Treehouse Of Horrors” this Sunday for spoofs on Jurassic Park, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, and, intriguingly, The Three Faces of Eve. But it’s next year’s edition that’s bound to make Homer something something, as showrunner Al Jean reveals it will be the show’s…

A trio of sweet religious tales sees The Simpsons finding goodness, if not greatness

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We’ve met God before, of course. He of the four fingers, and the booming voice, and the seriously requited love for Ned Flanders (except when he let Ned’s house get wrecked by a hurricane that one time). In The Simpsons’ universe, there is, objectively, a God. Specifically the Judeo-Christian variety, as worshipped…

Hank Azaria says he’s recorded Simpsons voices around the world

Hank Azaria is one of the most versatile voice actors working today, having leant his voice to Eddie Brock from the ’90s Spider-Man cartoon, Zoidberg’s uncle from Futurama, and, of course, dozens of characters (most controversially, Apu) from The Simpsons. With the show entering its 30th season this weekend, we asked…

Here's an exhaustive breakdown of each Trump cohort's Simpsons analog

Comparing pop culture figures to the cretins in President Donald Trump’s circle is nothing new, but, Jesus Christ, a writer named Alessandro King has definitively conquered this particular brand of meme. When he promised on Twitter to discover the “Simpsons analog” of “everyone in Trump’s orbit” he wasn’t kidding, and…

A single flaw in The Simpsons' sixth season has been discovered, hereby ruining it

“And Maggie Makes Three” is a lovely episode of The Simpsons, serving as a hilarious, heartfelt origin story for the animated clan’s youngest member. It also contains what might be the most glaring error in the history of a show that’s more or less managed to cleverly sidestep continuity questions throughout its 29…

Sex, cities, sock puppets, superheroes, and short skirts: 24 hours of 1998 TV

The TV of 1998 feels more like the end of something than the beginning. Dawson’s Creek and Will & Grace were pointing to a new direction for their respective networks, but pioneering comedies like Seinfeld, The Larry Sanders Show, Living Single, and Mr. Show were closing down. Jimmy Smits was making his NYPD Blue…

Real-life Homer Simpson is here to haunt you the rest of your waking days

Over decades of TV episodes, Homer Simpson has earned an important place in pop culture. A picture of his lightbulb head immediately creates a warm, pleasant sensation: he is a generation’s ur-Dad, he is charmingly stupid, and he’s reassuring in his familiarity. Regardless of The Simpsons’ recent quality, his cartoon…

Disney might own The Simpsons soon, but Fox is hanging on for dear life

We’re rapidly approaching a reality in which the company that made The Little Mermaid might also own The Simpsons, a mind-boggling proposition for anyone looking back on the state of animation way back in 1989. But while Disney’s soon-to-be-completed acquisition of 20th Century Fox’s film and TV assets—including the…

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