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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!

Mar 22, 2023

We welcome back fan-favorite guest Griffin Newman from the excellent podcast Blank Check for a classic country episode! We discuss Matt Groening's only solo writing credit on the series, how it ties into a biopic from 1980, the guest star power of Beverly D'Angelo, and so much more as Homer becomes imitates Colonel Parker in a more grounded way than Tom Hanks. So grab your moonshine, say Ya-Hoo, and listen along to this week's podcast!

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! Please follow the official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod! and our Instagram! Also, check out our newest shirts on TeePublic!

Mar 15, 2023

This week's big first-time guest is the great YouTube video essayist ToonrificTariq, and we welcome him for a season 13 episode about Apu's infidelities! After a quick Civil War reenactment, Homer learns that Apu is cheating on Manjula in a story that is very of its time with the gender politics of infidelity. All that, plus a ton of talk about James Lipton, the mysterious lack of Jan Hooks, and so much more. So grab a Smooshie and listen along!

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! Please follow the official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod! and our Instagram! Also, check out our newest shirts on TeePublic!

Mar 8, 2023

We've reached the end of the month, which means it's once again time for another installment of our community podcast! Join us as we discuss The Simpsons getting renewed for seasons 35 and 36, a new wave of Super7 toys, the long-awaited appearance of Lizzo in this year's season finale, and more. And, as always, we read and respond to your questions and comments from the most recent round of episodes. So listen in as we bring this short month to a merciful end!

Support this podcast and get over 100 bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! And please follow the official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Mar 1, 2023

It's time for season 3's memorable showcase of Santa's Little Helper, and we're joined once again by the fantastic Andrew Jupin from the We Hate Movies podcast! After we chat a ton about the show satirizing the lottery, we then follow the family dog on a journey from near-death to renewed life to murderous rage and back again to his happy home. So listen along as we announce "All hail, King Homer!"

Support this podcast and get over 100 bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! And please follow the official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Feb 22, 2023

We welcome back our good pal Ian Jones-Quartey, creator of OK KO and Executive Producer on Steven Universe, for an episode all about animation in 2002. Ian tells us how his own life mirrors Bart's comic moving over into Flash animation of the day, plus we've got the history of the real website disaster that inspired the ep. All that plus a lot of Stan Lee chat, so face-front True Believers!

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! Please follow the official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod! and our Instagram! Also, check out our newest shirts on TeePublic!

Feb 15, 2023

We're thrilled to be joined once more by the gifted artist Nina Matsumoto as we discuss an episode all about gifted children! While Bart is told he'd make a wonderful fascist/cop, Lisa is told that she should be a homemaker and stop using her stubby fingers for jazz. This sets both on a topsy-turvy path that threatens to destroy the school. All that, plus a deep dive into the career of George Meyer, so grab your copies of MAD, Cracked, and Crazy, and listen along!

Support this podcast and get over 100 bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! And please follow the official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Feb 8, 2023

It's our first live podcast in THREE YEARS, and we're joined by the amazing Matt Christman from Chapo Trap House (check out the new miniseries Hell on Earth)! Since 2016 in particular, we've all been subjected to countless "Simpsons predicted it" headlines, and we felt that after President Trump, the COVID pandemic, and so much more, it was time to get to the bottom of it. Listen along to learn the history of it, as well as a special video message from Bill Oakley (former Simpsons executive producer/current leader of SteamedHamsSociety.com) as we dig into the show's many predictions!

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! Please follow the official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod! and our Instagram! Also, check out our newest shirts on TeePublic!

Feb 1, 2023

Recorded on the eve of our first live show since 2020, we're joined by Nina Matsumoto (check out her Sparks! Future Purrfect graphic novel) for this month's community podcast! We're recovering from the new year celebrations with some reactions to Simpsons news, deep dives into all the movies and TV we watched over the holidays, and we respond to some of our favorite Patreon comments. So listen here as we carefully read from a teleprompter!

Support this podcast and get over 100 bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! And please follow the official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Jan 24, 2023

We welcome back podcaster/writer Dave Schilling--check out his recent LA Times journalism--as we dig into the show's iconic tribute to the national pastime! Yes, we're examining Homer's magical ascent to the top of local softball, all to be undone by Mr. Burns' cheating of hiring nine different ringers. Learn about the making of this fan favorite, explanations of some of the deeper baseball references, and tons more. So shave those sideburns and join us for 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 official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Jan 18, 2023

This week's pod is a clip show, and a famous one at that, so we didn't want to subject a guest to it. Instead, we go deep into the making of this Forrest Gump meets Dean Martin Roast parody, including the behind-the-scenes contract deals that made it possible. Plus we explain references to Austin Powers, Evening Shade, the People's Choice Awards, and so much more! We'll never stop the Simpsons, have no fears, we've got podcasts for years!

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 11, 2023

Happy new year! As we podcasters wrap up our holiday break, we're taking a week off from Simpsons to give you listeners a special treat: FIVE HOURS of Disney Renaissance chat! In case you didn't know, each month we do a premium podcast, What A Cartoon Movie, for our $10 Patreon subscribers, and now we're giving everyone a taste of the massive animation podcast fun we have each month. So to provide a sample of our 2022 slate of releases, we go scene-by-scene and song-by-song through the classic that inspired See My Vest (among many other things). Enjoy our in-depth history and dissection of this beastly beauty of a film, and be sure to subscribe if you want to hear more!

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

Jan 11, 2023

The Talking Simpsons Network is taking a week off for the holiday season, so to fill the content gap, we've decided to post an episode of our Patreon-exclusive TalKing of the Hill podcast miniseries! If you like this episode and want to hear the rest (with more to come every month), head over to Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and sign up at the $5 level. Once you do, you'll have immediate access to all of our limited miniseries, covering animated shows like Futurama, Mission Hill, The Critic, and Batman: The Animated Series. So visit Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and sign up today!

Jan 4, 2023

We've reached the end of the month, which means it's once again time for another installment of our community podcast. Join us as we discuss this month's new Simpsons episodes (and the new short), brand-new interviews with Simpsons veterans, and the Balenciaga brand getting into hot water. And, as always, we read and respond to your questions and comments from the most recent round of episodes. Thanks so much for giving us a great 2022; we'll see you next year!

Support this podcast and get over 100 bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! And please follow the official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Dec 28, 2022

This week's romantic pod is joined by the great Cody Ziglar (writer for the upcoming Futurama season, She-Hulk, and Spider-Man comics)! After we hear all about working with Matt Groening, we learn about the interior life of Bart's teacher, all while also getting a masterclass in swearing, hockey Allstars, the many uses of zinc, and more. So grab your swear jar and listen along!

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!

Dec 21, 2022

This week's ep is all about America's favorite jam band, so we welcome back comedian/writer/Phish fan Mike Hanford from the band/podcast The Sloppy Boys! As Homer gets prescription pot after a crow attack, he becomes a very era-appropriate stoner, which leads to him meeting Phish and puppeting Mr. Burns' corpse. So feel free to grab your own Texas THC (where legal) as we giggle nervously with this week's 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!

Dec 14, 2022

This week for this episode about motherhood we're joined by special guest Karen Chu of Good Job, Brain! who helps us better understand Marge's need to visit Rancho Relaxo after a nervous breakdown. We get Troy McClure as our video tour guide and learn about omelets, blackhead removal, baby car seats, stealing lightbulbs, and more. When listening to this podcast, be sure to grab Clamato, Mr. Pibb, or soy milk!

Support this podcast and get over 100 bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! And please follow the official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Dec 7, 2022

Hope everyone had a happy Turkey Day, as we catch up with a whole month worth of news for both our podcast and The Simpsons. We reflect on the most recent episodes and other news, announce some upcoming podcasts (with teases of our upcoming live show!), and talk about the many cool games/films/TV we engaged with in our free time. And, as always, we respond to some of our favorite comments from the most recent podcasts. So grab your body paint and get ready to listen!

Support this podcast and get over 100 bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! And please follow the official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Nov 30, 2022

This week we join the family on their controversial trip to Brazil, and our buddies Toby Jones (Regular Show, OK K.O.) and Maddie Queripel (Regular Show, Infinity Train) are along for the ride! After a bunch of jokes about early '00s phone companies, the Simpsons head to Rio, and we take time to go into all the moments that caused controversy with representatives of Brazil's government back in 2002. So grab a speedo and let's get in the culturally inaccurate conga line for this week's podcast!

Support this podcast and get over 100 bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! And please follow the official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Nov 24, 2022

Hey folks, we've got a new exclusive miniseries for all of our $5 and up subscribers at Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons! Every Friday through the end of 2022, we'll be launching a brand-new episode of Blabbin 'Bout Batman: The Animated Series Season 2—which will cover our eight (additional) favorite episodes of this legendary cartoon.

And if you're curious as to what this Patreon-exclusive miniseries is like, we're giving you a free sample of a Blabbin 'Bout B:TAS podcast, all about the classic episode, "The Clock King." Interested in hearing more? Sign up today at Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons to the rest of our "The Clock King" discussion, a new episode every Friday, and the 100+ other exclusive podcast episodes we've produced so far!

Nov 23, 2022

It's your football lock of the week as we welcome back our pal Alex Navarro from Nextlander to discuss the intersection of gambling and fatherhood. We not only talk a ton of behind-the-scenes details of the real-life football bets that inspired this ep, we also gab about halftime shows, shows premiering after the Super Bowl, beer bottles playing sports, and tons more. So grab some baloney and bread for this Super Sunday Brunch Spectacular of a podcast!

Support this podcast and get over 100 bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! And please follow the official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Nov 16, 2022

For this week's episode, we needed an expert on goofing on public domain media, so we invited back our pal Conor Lastowka from Rifftrax and the 372 Pages We'll Never Get Back podcast! It's time for another non-Treehouse trilogy, which means lots of sex, violence, and songs from the '70s as Homer tells the kids stories about Odysseus, Joan of Arc, and Hamlet. Grab your Ghostbuster soundtrack and listen along!

Support this podcast and get over 100 bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! And please follow the official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Nov 9, 2022

Once more we're joined by the amazing Matt McMuscles (check out his YouTube channel and his Patreon!), this time for a tale of fraud and '90s birthdays. After Bart has a disappointing birthday party, he decides to fool the town in a lengthy parody to a Billy Wilder classic. We dig deep into all the timely references, the gameplay of Larry The Looter, the charm of local animatronics, the dangers of Mr. Microphone, if you can freeze a child in a well, and so much more in this week's Lincoln Squirrel 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 official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Nov 2, 2022

We've reached the end of the month, which means it's once again time for another installment of our community podcast. Join us as we discuss the newest episodes of season 34, a fully playable version of the Waterworld parody seen in The Springfield Files, Vice's new documentary on The Simpsons, and Vulture's new ranking of every Treehouse of Horror segment to date. And, as always, we read and respond to your questions and comments from the most recent round of episodes. We swear on Ray Jay Johnson's grave that you'll enjoy this episode!

Support this podcast and get over 100 bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! And please follow the official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Oct 26, 2022

This week we welcome back the great Bryan Quinby from Street Fight Radio and The P.O.D.cast as the show travels to Branson in Abe Simpson's quest for love. We discuss seniors driving, buying clothes to prove you've been somewhere, the price of Yakov Smirnoff tickets, and a whole lot about the XFL. Plus a ton more in this discussion of the elderly from 2002 in this week's podcast!

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

Oct 19, 2022

We welcome back our friend/video game historian Chris Kohler, as we take a trip through parenthood AND the early 1980s! Yes, this week we learn how Homer married Marge, as well as how Bart was born, how Homer got his job, and tons more in this classic ep full of memorable '80s trivia worth explaining. We'd tell you more about this podcast, but we don't want to be a "Mr. Blow-The-Podcast-for-Me" type!

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

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