Sorry for the bad quality, it’s the only clip I could find on Youtube that wasn’t in Spanish, but then again at least the picture quality matches the content; at 2:45 a dog can even be heard weeping for the Simpsons… and again at 3:17, poor dog. Whenever a new episode is on TV I can’t help but cringe at it, a lot of the time I will actually watch it till the ads just because it is so hard to stop watching your favourite show being ravaged. I literally grew up with the Simpsons, and it was something I looked forward to watching every night at 6pm. It shaped and nurtured my sense of humour, family values and my love of film. But now The Simpsons is in the same category as that friend of yours who used to be quite fit, but is now really fat; what happened to him? Why doesn’t he lose that weight? Doesn’t he know he’s fat? Why isn’t the Simpsons funny anymore? Who’s behind this!? The Simpsons used to be deviously clever, it never tried too hard to make jokes, and a lot of the jokes blew right past me as a kid, but made me fall over as an adult. For example, compare the above clip from the new Simpsons with this clip from the old Simpsons:
Both clips relate to ice cream, yet one is funny and one is not. The old Simpsons clip accomplished in 20 seconds what the new Simpsons clip couldn’t do in 5 minutes: make me laugh. The original Simpsons were smart with their humour, while the new episodes simply try too hard and don’t deliver. It’s almost as if they’re trying to copy Family Guy… have the writers forgotten who copied who in the first place? If you’ve recently seen a cringe-worthy episode of the Simpsons and want to forget it ever happened, head over to this page of my blog to relive a whole assortment of classic Simpsons clips!