The cosmic ballet goes on: 15 of our favorite pop-culture eclipses

The Simpsons has prominently featured a solar eclipse twice in its long run, but most memorably in the Season 20 episode “Gone Maggie Gone,” where Marge is stricken blind and Lisa goes undercover as a nun. Just kidding: Everyone actually remembers the eclipse from “Marge Vs. The Monorail,” in which the celestial event…

“The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show” gave us a totally outrageous paradigm

Once in a great while, we are privileged to experience a television event so extraordinary, it becomes part of our shared heritage. And in receiving these gifts, by grace of our noble human character, we are given license to say, eh, they’re not so great, then begin nitpicking the shit out of them. Such is our…

Drink away the sadness of this world inside a giant inflatable Moe’s Tavern

Life is a never-ending parade of indignities, an assault on your basic sense of self that you are duty-bound to stave off, one day at a time, with whatever means necessary. For Homer Simpson, that often means retiring to the sanctity of Moe’s Tavern, a quiet watering hole where he can consume shitty beer in peace.

Read This: Twitter finds a way around that “ban” on Olympic GIFs

When the National Broadcasting Company pays $1.2 billion for the rights to broadcast the 2016 Olympic Games, it for damned sure doesn’t want any internet hooligans posting unauthorized GIFs or other video files of the events to social media. Heaven forfend. To prevent such a dreadful thing from happening, the word…

Characters from all walks of popular culture mingle freely in The Was

Thanks to the popular mashup films Hell’s Club and Hell’s Club: Another Night, viewers finally got to see where movie characters like Han Solo and Tony Montana go during their off hours, presumably once filming for the day has been completed. They congregate at a very cool but dangerous nightspot and end up killing…

“Simpsonwave” is the most wack, tripped-out Simpsons meme ever

Counting the time it spent as a segment on The Tracey Ullman Show, The Simpsons has been a part of the Fox lineup for nearly 30 years. Think about that. When Matt Groening and company started, Reagan was still in office, and most of today’s pop stars were not yet born. As radical and forward-thinking as the show was,…

The Frinkiac search engine can find screencaps for that Simpsons quote

In a flashback from the classic “Much Apu About Nothing” episode of The Simpsons, adenoidal genius Professor John Frink describes the awesome, UNIVAC-style computer he has created: “Sure, the Frinkiac 7 looks impressive–Don’t touch it!–But I predict that within 100 years, computers will be twice as powerful, 10,000…

The Simpsons’ 200th ends by uprooting all of Springfield—you know, as one does

There’s something off-putting about Simpsons episodes that end on a serious note. Not necessarily a heartfelt conclusion—that happens often enough, and is a regular part of the show’s DNA—but a downbeat political one, a moment when the show drops all pretense at maintaining some humorous distance from whatever message…