Whether or not you remember 1984, you're going to love first-time guest David Sims, cohost of the excellent podcast Blank Check and film critic for The Atlantic! This episode is a treat for any former children of the '80s as we hear the tale of Lisa's birth, how they got their first home, the creation of an iconic clown bed, parodies of McDonald's commercials, and even the star-studded first word of Maggie. So grab your meat-flavored sandwich and listen along!
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Hard to believe it but we have reached the landmark 300th episode, and for this occasion, we turn to Simpsons historian, TheRealJims from the awesome YouTube channel of the same name! How does the show celebrate such a big moment? Well, first Bart learns he's a child star but that Homer already wasted all of the money, and somewhere in between that and a big action ending, Tony Hawk and Blink 182 appear to be Bart's new friends. All that plus dirty pumpkin carving in this week's podcast!
We've reached what some consider the best episode of Simpsons ever, so we welcome back one of our best guests ever, Will Menaker from Chapo Trap House! We have so much to say about this triumph of writing and animation, from the show's love for Adam West and Linda Rondstadt to the jingle still stuck in our heads decades later, and even exploring the realities of freezing to death. All that, plus an exploration of William Friedkin's movie mindset in this week's podcast!
The end of 2023 is almost here, and Talking Simpsons Network has a huge November to reflect on. First off, we chat about Simpsons news like a delayed Halloween and clickbait about Homer maybe stopping his strangling. Then we chat about our respective trips to Japan and Los Angeles ahead of Thanksgiving and wrap things up with some of our favorite comments from Patreon with previews of what new podcasts we've got coming your way. Some make a plate of leftovers as we start the holidays right!