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Talking Simpsons

Join your friends Bob Mackey and Henry Gilbert for a chronological and cromulent exploration of the greatest show ever made! Each week we're joined by funny guests to tackle a different episode of The Simpsons, breaking down every 22 minutes of animated entertainment into an embiggening discussion about Our Favorite Family. Support us directly at https://Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons
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Welcome to Bob and Henry's chronological exploration of every Simpsons episode ever! Subscribe now, or get even more at Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons!

May 12, 2021

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!"

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! And please follow the new official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

May 5, 2021

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!

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! Check out our new shirts on TeePublic! And please follow the new official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

May 3, 2021

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!

Apr 28, 2021

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!

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! And please follow the new official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Apr 21, 2021

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!

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! And please follow the new official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Apr 14, 2021

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!

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! And please follow the new official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Apr 12, 2021

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!

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! Check out our new shirts on TeePublic! And please follow the new official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Apr 7, 2021

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!

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! Check out our new shirts on TeePublic! And please follow the new official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Mar 31, 2021

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!

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! And please follow the new official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Mar 26, 2021

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!

Mar 26, 2021

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)!

Mar 24, 2021

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!

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! And please follow the new official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Mar 17, 2021

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!

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! And please follow the new official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Mar 10, 2021

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!

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! And please follow the new official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Mar 3, 2021

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!

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! Check out our new shirts on TeePublic! And please follow the new official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Feb 24, 2021

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!

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! And please follow the new official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Feb 17, 2021

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!

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! Check out our new shirts on TeePublic! And please follow the new official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Feb 10, 2021

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!

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! Check out our new shirts on TeePublic! And please follow the new official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Feb 3, 2021

At long last, 2021 has arrived, along with our first community podcast of the new year! Listen in as we discuss the recent passing of a Simpsons writer, more political Simpsons predictions, the debut of a new voice actor, the return of Disenchantment, the case of the missing Simpsons calendars, and more! And, as always, we read and respond to your questions and comments about the most recent round of episodes. Listen in and get ready for another year packed with great podcasts!

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! Check out our new shirts on TeePublic! And please follow the new official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Jan 27, 2021

For our first season 12 episode, we welcome back Merritt K from Fanbyte to discuss one of the weirdest Halloween eps ever! Homer dies and is trying to get to heaven, Lisa is reading fairy tales, and all humans fight all dolphins in a huge war for the fate of the Earth. Plus a ton of Tress MacNeille screaming! How does the horror hold up? And why did this air after Halloween? Listen to this week's podcast before George Cauldron arrives!

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! And please follow the new official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Jan 20, 2021

Professional cartoonist KC Green (check out his newest book, He Is A Good Boy!) returns as we begin our renewed exploration of season two! It's the highest rated episode of Simpsons EVER, so we discuss the battle with The Cosby Show, the move to Thursday, and the first ep that reacted to Bartmania. We dig deep into this very lovely episode this week on the podcast!

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! And please follow the new official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Jan 13, 2021

As we finish a much deserved holiday break, we're taking a week off from Simpsons to give you listeners a special treat: Four HOURS of Iron Giant chat! In case you didn't know, each month we do a premium podcast for our $10 Patreon subscribers, and now we're going to share one of our extra-long eps with you. Why this one? Because Iron Giant is the film that Brad Bird quit The Simpsons to direct, so follow his career path with us and learn the surprisingly deep connections between Iron Giant and The Simpsons!

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! Check out our new shirts on TeePublic! And please follow the new official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Jan 6, 2021

Our community podcast is here once again as we reach the end of 2020! We chat about Simpsons news and some of the recent episodes, we preview some of the podcasts coming in January, discuss what we've been playing/watching over the holidays, AND we react to some of our favorite Patreon comments from December! So listen now for the swing of New Orleans!

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! Check out our new shirts on TeePublic! And please follow the new official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Dec 31, 2020

Carolyn Omine has been working on The Simpsons since season 10, and has been working on the series for the last 20 years! We chat with her about moments like Stupid Sexy Flanders, Monkey Knife Fights, working as the only woman in the writers' room at the time, and even her work on the final seasons of Full House! We learned a ton from one of the nicest Simpsons producers we've ever chatted with, so listen now!And if you enjoy this, be sure to check out our MANY previous interviews all on Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons!!!

Dec 30, 2020

We reach the end of season 11 (and 2020), so we're joined by the returning Matt McMuscles -- check out his YouTube channel and his Patreon! This extended parody of a lost-to-time VH1 series worked great 20 years ago, and allow us to explain the many references lost to time. Listen along to find out if those roses are hiding ready-to-sting bees in this week's podcast!

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! Check out our new shirts on TeePublic! And please follow the new official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

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