We welcome back our pal Matt Christman from Chapo Trap House for our return to a landmark episode of The Simpsons! As the total suggests, Bart is injured, he goes to Hell, and then returns to sue Mr. Burns. All of this with the help of the debuting Lionel Hutz and Nick Riviera, making this a very important episode. Listen now before Burns crushes you like a paper cup!
We welcome back Andrew Jupin from the awesome We Hate Movies podcast to talk about this crayon-fueled episode! After attending an animation festival, Homer for some reason learns he is stupid because a crayon is shoved into his brain. This leads him to a rollercoaster of emotions disproving divinity and pissing off all of his friends. It all leads to a tragic ending in a scattershot episode, so listen now to see how we feel about this powder blue piece of Simpsons history!
This week we return to the world of animation and who better to guide us than a couple of animation creators, returning guest Toby Jones (Regular Show, OK K.O.) and Maddie Queripel (Regular Show, Infinity Train)! As Marge becomes the nemesis of cartoon violence, we talk about art vs influence, the cartoon history this episode reflects, and how much things have changed in the last three decades. So listen now before your baby beats you up!
We celebrate the holidays in the summer with returning pal Eric Szyszka from the We Hate Movies podcast! The kids are trapped in the school, Ned and Homer brave a blizzard, and somehow that leads to jokes about camels and ball sacks. We sort through the weirdest Xmas episode ever on this week's podcast, so listen before it's on your permanent record!
Summer's about to begin, so grab a Long Island Ice Tea and listen along for our monthly community podcast! We chat about all the Simpsons news from May (from Star Wars to Swartzwelder), we preview some of our fun upcoming podcasts, we chat about all our fun adventures in the last month, AND we respond to some of our favorite Patreon comments. So don't be like Swartzwelder and be silent for decades, listen along now!
We welcome back our old pal Dan Ryckert (from the podcasts for Fire Escape and Panning The Stream) for a story of childish shenanigans! After some fun pro wrestling chat, we delve into the history of classical music, Truckasaurus, Dr. Hibbert, professional stuntmen, the most replayed moment in Simpsons history, and so much more. Listen now before we send you to the ward of podcast-related injuries!
This week's season 12 episode is all about films and imitating them, so we're joined by returning favorite Stephen Sajdak, cohost of the great We Hate Movies podcast! As Homer and Bart become experts in grifting, they end up being conned themselves after imitating one trick too many. Somehow that leads to a crazy courtroom trial and an even wackier last 10 seconds of the story that have stuck with us all the way until this podcast, so listen now and be sure to clue in Willie!
We return to Thanksgiving in 1990 to discuss this Simpsons classic with comedy performer/writer/musician/podcaster Tim Kalpakis from the band/podcast The Sloppy Boys! The whole family gets together for a traditional Thanksgiving, but Bart messes it up and evades an apology for the rest of the day as we learn some lessons about food and family. Plus, Tim gives us behind-the-scenes info on working on the show over a decade ago in this podcast that'll make you say "Hooray for everything!"
It's the end of the Fishmas season, which means it's once again time for our monthly community podcast. Listen in as we discuss the passing of yet another member of the Simpsons' creative team, Julio's new voice actor, The Simpsons' recent Morrisey slam, the latest in a long line of episode-specific oral histories, the never-made Krusty spinoff, and more! And, as always, we respond to your questions and comments from our most recent round of episodes. So wave "hello" to Funky Winkerbean and get ready for another great podcast!
Hey now, it's a preview, of a podcast, 'bout Shrek! Yes, we wanted to share with you Talking Simpsons listeners a preview of our April premium podcast for the Talking Simpsons Network. We cover the 20th anniversary of one of the most influential (and memed) films of the millennium! This month our $10+ Patreon subscribers get to hear us talk about 2001's Shrek! Listen now to this free extended preview of Jeffrey Katzenberg's adventures of an ogre, a donkey, and a princess. Then subscribe at the $10 level (or up your current pledge to $10) to hear the whole thing and all of our previous What A Cartoon Movie podcasts! Sign up today!
This week's episode is all about online conspiracy theories, and our guest is an expert: Travis View of the investigative podcast QAnon Anonymous! As Homer becomes the unknown arbiter of online rumors, this episode is all about the dangers of bull plop on a then relatively young internet of 2000. Learn how much things have changed and what stayed the same, plus a ton of stuff about the cult classic The Prisoner! So don't be a caterpillar in our buttermilk, listen now!
We all grab our putters for this week's episode as we welcome comedian and writer Mike Hanford from the band/podcast The Sloppy Boys! This is the first major Ned Flanders episode, as Homer becomes much angrier than usual while forcing Bart to play mini-golf. With Lisa's help, Bart finds inner peace and ultimately learns a lesson while Homer and Ned wear dresses. All this, plus the sound of one hand clapping! It's a weird but important episode, so listen along to learn a ton of historical firsts for this week's Mr. Putter-approved podcast!
This week's episode is one of the most controversial Simpsons ever, and we lean upon the insights of returning fave Nick Wiger from the great podcasts Doughboys and How Did This Get Played?! Homer becomes Burns' prank monkey for high pay and low dignity, leading to perhaps the lowest moment in Simpsons history. How does it fare today? How does it reflect the comedy of 2000? And what about The Noid? We discuss it all in this tapioca-covered podcast!
A special Monday surprise that any Simpsons fan should enjoy! In case you didn't know, our sister podcast to Talking Simpsons is What A Cartoon! Each week we cover a different animated series in-depth with history and scene-by-scene breakdowns. For April Fools we covered the live-action series Get A Life, co-created by Simpsons legend David Mirkin. We dive deep into this show and its close connection to seasons 5 & 6 of the show. If you enjoy this consider subscribing to the What A Cartoon! podcast, or maybe even become a Patreon subscriber to hear all our podcasts early and ad-free!
What a big month of podcasts we just had, and not to mention a ton of Simpsons news to reflect on. The show got renewed, there was the 700th episode, and controversy about continuity. We'll discuss all that plus some fun teases about some of our future podcasts, we discuss what we played/watched during the month, AND we respond to some of our favorite Patreon comments! So listen now!
We head out to the ball game with our returning guest, Podcast: The Ride's Mike Carlson! Mike helps us understand the magic of baseball, the history of small-town mascots, and more in this week's classic episode of Homer becoming a Minor League star. All that plus we try to deconstruct the weird editing of this episode's framing device, all in one nutty coo-coo super king of a podcast!
We interrupt your regularly scheduled Talking Simpsons programming with an important announcement: TalKing of the Hill Season Two Season 2 Part 1 has arrived! That's right, we're covering the first half of King of the Hill's second season on a weekly basis, and you can only hear it if you sign up at the $5 level at Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons.
And when you sign up, you'll get to hear every podcast behind the $5 paywall we've produced over the past four years on the Talking Simpsons Network—which includes the entire first season of TalKing of the Hill. So please, head on over to Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and sign up today!
We're about to do a new TalKing of the Hill podcast miniseries on Patreon, making this the perfect time to interview KotH's Supervising Director Wes Archer! Not only was Wes the first animator ever hired to work on Simpsons during the Ullman days, but Archer is also the creator of the Twister Mouth, director of some of the best episodes in the first seven Simpsons seasons, defined the look of King of the Hill, and still works on shows like Rick & Morty and Disenchantment to this day. Wes Archer tells us all about it, and if you enjoy this, please consider subscribing to Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons for our discussion of King of the Hill Season 2 Part 1 (plus all our previous interviews)!
This week's environmental episode is joined by the returning Kat Bailey, our friend and co-host of the newly relaunched Axe of the Blood God podcast! We cover the ultimate episode about the show punishing Lisa for believing in something, plus we discuss Homer doing a bunch of weird stuff and the career of Joshua Jackson. Listen now or we'll sit in a tree for weeks in protest!
An extra-electoral podcast this week as the show gets political with the hosts of the awesome podcast Bad Faith, Briahna Joy Gray and Virgil Texas! We get their insight into the politics of Mr. Burns' self-financed run for governor in this iconic episode, we discuss how it compares to modern politics, and dig into tons more history and tangents in this mutated podcast, so listen now!
We welcome back our pal Drew Mackie from the Gayest Episode Ever Podcast for an early season 12 episode all about Hollywood dads! After a book fair, Krusty learns he has a daughter he never met before (played by Drew Barrymore), leading the clown on a strange journey of fatherhood with Homer as his guide. All that plus the debuts of Johnny Tightlips and Frankie The Squealer, so listen or go suck on a lemon!
The shortest month of 2021 is nearing its end, and we've got lots of Simpsons news to look back on! Not just the usual stuff too, as we chat with our pall Drew Mackie about his viral Simpsons video. Plus, we preview some upcoming podcasts from us, reflect on our own February fun, and respond to some of our favorite Patreon comments. So cancel your trip to the Bahamas and listen now!
It's time for our season 2 revisit to cover perhaps the most important Simpsons episode ever, and we're joined by our returning guest Ian Jones-Quartey, creator of OK KO and Executive Producer on Steven Universe. We discuss how Simpsons changed TV with its trio of Tales From The Crypt-inspired adventures, and we celebrate the trio of classic directors who made it all work, so listen now... if you dare!
We welcome back podcaster/journalist Dave Schilling--check out his podcast Full Court Chat--for the proper start of season 12! In the landmark 250th episode, the town is divided between slobs and snobs, Homer becomes The Mayor, and somehow it all turns into a concert by The Who. All that plus an open-ended badger fight in this week's podcast!
We welcome on podcaster/comedy writer Mark Malkoff--check out his great show The Carson Podcast--for the landmark episode of Homer growing back his hair. We chat about dream assistants in Hollywood, old SNL sketches, non-canon Burns history, and MORE. So listen to this week's podcast, live from Hair City, Utah!