As we reach the end of our first season re-evaluation, we've got Giant Bomb's Alex Navarro to help us with the Simpsons' platinum album, The Simpsons Sings The Blues! At the height of Bartmania, Matt Groening, Jim Brooks, and David Geffen brought together a huge list of famous musicians to make an album about our favorite Springfieldians. Learn how the 1990 album happened, the famous folks who secretly worked on it, AND the stories behind the music video for Do The Bartman and Deep Deep Trouble, all in this week's podcast!
This week we welcome on Thad Komorowski of the Cartoon Logic podcast, as we dig into the messy production of Some Enchanted Evening! Originally conceived as the pilot, the first director was fired, and then it was heavily reanimated to serve as the season one finale. Learn all the dirty details on how much it changed, and even major changes from the first table read draft of the script, all in this week's final re-exploration of season one!
It's a brand new interview with Lauren MacMullan, Designer and Supervising Director of Mission Hill! Available a week early for $5+ subscribers on Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons, we chatted with the Oscar-nominated artist about her decades in animation! Lauren told us about how she defined Mission Hill's look and feel from its creation, and shares some fun behind-the-scenes stories. Plus, we chat about MacMullan's work on The Critic, The Simpsons Movie, Avatar: The Last Airbender, her Oscar-nominated Mickey Mouse short, and so much more! And if you enjoyed this, subscribe at the Patreon to hear over 20 hours worth of our previous interviews with Simpsons luminaries!
A special surprise podcast today, an interview with Spencer Grammer, the actress behind Summer on Rick & Morty! We chat with her about the new season, her favorite moments, and what it's like growing up the daughter of Sideshow Bob! And if you enjoy this, be sure to check out our previous interviews all on Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons!!!
Professional cartoonist KC Green (check out his newest book, He Is A Good Boy!) returns once more for the best episode of season one, Krusty Gets Busted! It's the first Sideshow Bob-focused episode, the first one directed by Brad Bird, and the best script/animation combo of the whole run. Plus KC drops on us some cartoon history of a proto-Itchy & Scratchy. Listen and enjoy (and if you don't enjoy it, don't blame me! I didn't do it)!
(And check out KC's awesome thread of Krusty-inspired art!)
Another month has passed, so it's time once again for another episode of our community podcast! This time, we cover plenty of Simpsons news, like the grand arrival of the 4:3 aspect ratio on Disney+, a brand-new A.V. Club interview with longtime show runner Al Jean, the recently discovered Krustygate scandal in Who Shot Mr. Burns Part 1, and more! Plus, as always, we respond to your questions and comments from the last month of episodes. Keep hanging in there, and always remember to bless the wives!
This week we're beginning our new Patreon-exclusive podcast miniseries, Talking Mission Hill! And we're sharing the first episode with all of you, featuring our Mission Hill expert/pal Matthew Jay (The Deep End, Cartoons 101) as a guest! We celebrate how Simpsons' executive producers Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein created the ultimate late '90s slacker cartoon, how the first episode sets everything up, and how The WB bungled the entire thing from the debut broadcast. Learn all about it in this episode, then sign up for $5 on Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons to hear us discuss every other episode of the series for the next few months!
We just did a brand new interview with Jon Vitti that would normally just be for $5+ subscribers on Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons! But we enjoyed so much our chat with the writer of Lisa's Substitute, Bart The Genius, Cape Feare, and much more that we wanted to share it with all of you! So listen to our chat with Simpsons legend Jon Vitti as we cover his career there and at SNL, King of The Hill, The Critic and more! And if you enjoyed this, subscribe at the Patreon to hear over 20 hours worth of our previous interviews with Simpsons luminaries!
We all take an unplanned trip to France and our guide is returning guest/USG Editor-In-Chief Kat Bailey! We discuss the power of cherry bombs, the first appearance of Agnes, and how we forgot this is a king of aimless episode of the series. Plus, we learn a thing or two about wine, antifreeze, and classic French literature in this week's international episode!!
Gamespot Reviews Editor Kallie Plagge is back again as we revisit perhaps season one's most feminist episode. Homer goes to a stag party at work and gets photographed dancing with Princess Cashmere, upending all sexual mores in Springfield! As Marge deals with humiliation and Homer sleeps over at Barney's apartment, Bart ultimately learns to respect at least a million girls in the closing number. Learn all about that AND why Sam McMurray still holds a grudge with the series in this week's exciting podcast!!
Time once more for our monthly news and community podcast, and WOW, what a normal and uneventful month! But seriously, we cover the real-world news and Simpsons updates, thoughts on some of the most recent Simpsons episodes, a preview of what podcasts are coming in April, and chat about some of our favorite Patreon comments for March 2020! So listen now!
Our reexamination of the first season gets to the first true Marge episode, and we welcome back Merritt K from Fanbyte to help us discuss Marge's marital strife! After a terrible birthday, Marge takes out her spite at Homer's terrible gift while making a new friend at the bowling alley. But what happens when he wants to be more than friends? The Simpsons' marriage is tested for the first time in this week's episode, so grab your size 13 bowling shoes and treat your partners well on this week's podcast!
Our journey through season one hits a critical episode and our pal Matthew Jay (The Deep End, Cartoons 101) is back to help us explore it! Bart beheads a statue in a quest for popularity and we get a tour of the whole town as it falls into a murderous rage! We talk about that and the first appearances of Apu, Lovejoy, Kearney, Sideshow Bob, AND MORE this week's podcast!
Our return to the first season anniversary party continues, with returning guest Ian Boothby! (Check out the comics Sparks and Exorsisters, as well as the Sneaky Dragons podcast!) This week it's time for the iconic camping trip, featuring RV salesmen, anonymous guest stars, friendly bears, sasquatch sightings, and more! So grab yourself a little moss and listen now!!
We're briefly disrupting our season one revisit because our pals Chapo Trap House, Matt Christman and Virgil Texas are in the studio live! We love doing politics episodes with these nice folks, so we decided to just cover the political comedy of four classic episodes of The Simpsons. We cover the electioneering impact of three-eyed fish, deficit rags, electoral fraud, and third parties against space aliens, so listen now!!
Another month comes to an end and there's so much to look back on for the Talking Simpsons Network! There's lots of Simpsons news to cover, plus we give you a preview of our upcoming plans for What A Cartoon!, What A Cartoon Movie!, and the upcoming poll to decide the first podcast miniseries of 2020! And then we read our favorite Talking Simpsons and What A Cartoon! comments from our wonderful patrons, so listen now!
We welcome back screenwriter/artist/comic maker Kate Leth (check out her Patreon right now!) to help us revisit Lisa's first major episode! We go into childhood depression, trying to answer difficult questions, and also the powerful voice of guest star, the late Ron Taylor! Also, we talk a ton about NES video games as Bart and Homer battle over video game boxing! Listen now before your own mother gives your last cupcake away!
Bart goes to war in this week's season one exploration with Chris Cabin from the podcast We Hate Movies! We meet Nelson for the first time, as well as Herman, as Bart decides to deal with a bully in every way possible. So grab your water balloons and give a listen to this! Peace, man...
Special surprise as we were guests this week on the lefty political media criticism podcast Michael And Us to discuss The Simpsons Movie in their particular podcast style. (Consider this a preview of the eight-hour movie podcast we'll do in a few years from now.) So give this a listen for some extra fun chat about the film's politics and how Simpsons changed society and how society changed it. Listen now to this fun crossover!
The family embarrasses Homer in this backward episode, and we're exploring it all with special guest Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher of Found Footage Festival and VCR Party Live! We talk with them about their particular brand of nostalgia, then go deep into Simpsons' history with Al Jean & Mike Reiss' first episode. We talk picnics, pawnshops, shock treatment, and so much more, so listen before we bring out the foam bats!
Ahoy-hoy and welcome to this month's episode of our community podcast! As we outlined in our 2020 update, the final Talking Simpsons slot of every month will now be occupied by an episode of Talk to the Audience, and we've got a great one for you to kick off our new schedule. Listen in as we discuss Hank Azaria's statements on no longer voicing Apu, Kevin Smith's Simpsons guest spot, Seth MacFarlane's lucrative new contract, and so much more! And, as always, we read and respond to your questions and comments from the recent batch of episodes. Thanks for listening, and here's to a great 2020!
This week we present the live podcast we did on January 14, 2020, the exact thirtieth anniversary of the first regular episode of The Simpsons! And we were joined for the occasion by the amazing live guest Jordan Morris from the podcast Jordan, Jesse, Go!
We look back on everything that's changed, some of the best and worst animation in the show, some forgotten trivia, and so much more! And we close with an amazing tribute to lost characters that you should watch for yourself here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/33349733
We welcome back on Andrew Jupin from the awesome We Hate Movies podcast! to help us return to another season one favorite! Homer loses his job and is driven to suicidal depression in this very odd early episode. Listen now to hear about the mutants of Springfield, a different Smithers, how Hank Azaria joined the cast, and so much more!
Just in time for the 30th Anniversary, Talking Simpsons returns to the first season of the show to do a much deeper dive than we did the first time! And joining us is returning favorite Eric Szyszka from the We Hate Movies podcast! We just into the debut episode, Bart The Genius, a strange but fun ep full of weiners, green skin, lying on tests, operas, and so much more! Listen now or be damned if you don't!
It's almost time! On Tuesday, January 14 at 8pm in San Francisco, CA, we'll be doing our next live podcast! We'll be joined by special guest Jordan Morris (from the podcast Jordan, Jesse, Go!) to celebrate the 30th anniversary of season one! There will be rarely seen clips, weird background characters, and so much more to come! We'll even be selling a custom poster for the event made by the always amazing Nina Matsumoto!