In the show's first truly political episode, we welcome back our pal Matt Christman from Chapo Trap House! We first reflect on the legacy of Reader's Digest and Lisa's skills as a patriotic essayist, then chat about how different things are in the 31 years since this first aired, while also thinking about the connections of Harvard to both Simpsons and many US politicians. Listen now with one informed electorate, baste well with veto power!
We welcome back Luke Savage, writer for Jacobin and the cohost of the podcast Michael And Us, just in time for this ep inspired by Judge Judy! Bart gets in trouble, but it's no longer "boys will be boys" under Judge Constance Harm. Somehow that all leads to the use of fiberoptics, tethers, and pillories in this very wacky ep that ends Mike Scully's era as showrunner. Listen now before your night terrors begin!
We welcome back the great writer and podcaster Nathan Rabin (check out his awesome Weird Al book and his Travolta/Cage podcast) to discuss the now-infamous season 3 premiere! We talk about the heavily advertised special appearance of a pop king, the fallout of allegations that led to the show not on streaming services, and so much more in this ep that makes us all question pink shirts and sanity. Listen now to wish Lisa a happy birthday!
Season 13 has begun, so it's a perfect time to welcome back returning pal Eric Szyszka from the We Hate Movies podcast onto the podcast! Initially, we reflect on the first ep of Simpsons to air after 9/11, and then we chat about the episode itself. Part one is about a bunch of weird curses, followed by the voice of James Bond lusting after Marge, then ending with the oddity of a Harry Potter parody made before the first film adaptation. Protect your vulnerable shinbones as you listen to this week's podcast!
As we reach the end of the shortest month of the year, we welcome back the fantastic artist Nina Matsumoto (check out her upcoming Sparks! Future Purrfect graphic novel) as our first in-person guest in forever to help us recount it! We chat about many Simpsons anniversaries, the return of Futurama without John DiMaggio, and lots more animation news. We also chat about all the fun we've been getting up to the last few weeks and preview some upcoming podcasts. Finally, we respond to our fave Patreon comments for Simpsons, Futurama, King of the Hill, and What A Cartoon! Listen now to learn how a shrinking serum also shrinks a costume!