Our journey through season one hits a critical episode and our pal Matthew Jay (The Deep End, Cartoons 101) is back to help us explore it! Bart beheads a statue in a quest for popularity and we get a tour of the whole town as it falls into a murderous rage! We talk about that and the first appearances of Apu, Lovejoy, Kearney, Sideshow Bob, AND MORE this week's podcast!
Our return to the first season anniversary party continues, with returning guest Ian Boothby! (Check out the comics Sparks and Exorsisters, as well as the Sneaky Dragons podcast!) This week it's time for the iconic camping trip, featuring RV salesmen, anonymous guest stars, friendly bears, sasquatch sightings, and more! So grab yourself a little moss and listen now!!
We're briefly disrupting our season one revisit because our pals Chapo Trap House, Matt Christman and Virgil Texas are in the studio live! We love doing politics episodes with these nice folks, so we decided to just cover the political comedy of four classic episodes of The Simpsons. We cover the electioneering impact of three-eyed fish, deficit rags, electoral fraud, and third parties against space aliens, so listen now!!
Another month comes to an end and there's so much to look back on for the Talking Simpsons Network! There's lots of Simpsons news to cover, plus we give you a preview of our upcoming plans for What A Cartoon!, What A Cartoon Movie!, and the upcoming poll to decide the first podcast miniseries of 2020! And then we read our favorite Talking Simpsons and What A Cartoon! comments from our wonderful patrons, so listen now!
We welcome back screenwriter/artist/comic maker Kate Leth (check out her Patreon right now!) to help us revisit Lisa's first major episode! We go into childhood depression, trying to answer difficult questions, and also the powerful voice of guest star, the late Ron Taylor! Also, we talk a ton about NES video games as Bart and Homer battle over video game boxing! Listen now before your own mother gives your last cupcake away!
Bart goes to war in this week's season one exploration with Chris Cabin from the podcast We Hate Movies! We meet Nelson for the first time, as well as Herman, as Bart decides to deal with a bully in every way possible. So grab your water balloons and give a listen to this! Peace, man...
Special surprise as we were guests this week on the lefty political media criticism podcast Michael And Us to discuss The Simpsons Movie in their particular podcast style. (Consider this a preview of the eight-hour movie podcast we'll do in a few years from now.) So give this a listen for some extra fun chat about the film's politics and how Simpsons changed society and how society changed it. Listen now to this fun crossover!
The family embarrasses Homer in this backward episode, and we're exploring it all with special guest Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher of Found Footage Festival and VCR Party Live! We talk with them about their particular brand of nostalgia, then go deep into Simpsons' history with Al Jean & Mike Reiss' first episode. We talk picnics, pawnshops, shock treatment, and so much more, so listen before we bring out the foam bats!
Ahoy-hoy and welcome to this month's episode of our community podcast! As we outlined in our 2020 update, the final Talking Simpsons slot of every month will now be occupied by an episode of Talk to the Audience, and we've got a great one for you to kick off our new schedule. Listen in as we discuss Hank Azaria's statements on no longer voicing Apu, Kevin Smith's Simpsons guest spot, Seth MacFarlane's lucrative new contract, and so much more! And, as always, we read and respond to your questions and comments from the recent batch of episodes. Thanks for listening, and here's to a great 2020!
This week we present the live podcast we did on January 14, 2020, the exact thirtieth anniversary of the first regular episode of The Simpsons! And we were joined for the occasion by the amazing live guest Jordan Morris from the podcast Jordan, Jesse, Go!
We look back on everything that's changed, some of the best and worst animation in the show, some forgotten trivia, and so much more! And we close with an amazing tribute to lost characters that you should watch for yourself here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/33349733
We welcome back on Andrew Jupin from the awesome We Hate Movies podcast! to help us return to another season one favorite! Homer loses his job and is driven to suicidal depression in this very odd early episode. Listen now to hear about the mutants of Springfield, a different Smithers, how Hank Azaria joined the cast, and so much more!
Just in time for the 30th Anniversary, Talking Simpsons returns to the first season of the show to do a much deeper dive than we did the first time! And joining us is returning favorite Eric Szyszka from the We Hate Movies podcast! We just into the debut episode, Bart The Genius, a strange but fun ep full of weiners, green skin, lying on tests, operas, and so much more! Listen now or be damned if you don't!
It's almost time! On Tuesday, January 14 at 8pm in San Francisco, CA, we'll be doing our next live podcast! We'll be joined by special guest Jordan Morris (from the podcast Jordan, Jesse, Go!) to celebrate the 30th anniversary of season one! There will be rarely seen clips, weird background characters, and so much more to come! We'll even be selling a custom poster for the event made by the always amazing Nina Matsumoto!
Our professional artist friend and hardcore Simpsons fan Maddie Copp has returned from spending much of the year in Japan, making this the perfect time to discuss the season 10 finale! After the Simpsons live a thrifty life, they head to Tokyo for some hijinks that have aged better than others. Learn all about dangerous game shows and wasabi (among other things) in this week's international podcast!
This week's episode is all about nerds coming together, so we called together the amazing nerds of Podcast: The Ride - Scott Gairdner, Mike Carlson, and Jason Sheridan! All three help us with chat about Mensa, pudding, the dangers of nerds AND random guest stars, among many other tangents. So listen now or else we'll make litter out of you literati!
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It's a special anniversary this week as we celebrate the Simpsons Christmas Special turning 30. And to re-examine this classic, we've got OG Simpsons lovers (and the team behind the series OK K.O.) Ian Jones-Quartey and Toby Jones. We all head back to 1989 to cover how the sketch interstitials became a series, how the 8th episode became the premiered, and the controversies behind the scenes! So grab your favorite pork chop toy and listen now!
This week Conor Lastowka from Rifftrax and the 372 Pages We'll Never Get Back podcast returns for one of season 10's most uneven episodes! After a new Megastore opens in Springfield, Mr. Burns is no longer the most popular billionaire. In his quest for love he'll go on the radio and fly to Scotland, all leading to one of the weakest endings in series history! Listen this week to hear how Nessie ends up in Vegas!
Be sure to check out Talking Simpsons next live show at SF Sketchfest, January 14, with special guest Jordan Morris!!
December 17, 1989, was the debut of the first-ever episode of The Simpsons, and thanks to various production issues, the show debuted with its holiday episode: Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire aka The Simpsons Christmas Special. We're doing lots to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of that debut, starting with sharing our 2017 interview with the episode's writer, Mini Pond!
Mimi Pond is a very accomplished artist and writer, but her side of the story on writing this landmark episode is rarely heard. Mimi talked with us about her time working on the show in its earliest months and so much more, so please listen to this interview recorded in late 2017. And if you enjoy it, be sure to listen to our many other interviews with Simpsons veterans all available to Patreon subscribers!
Also, if you'd like to see more of Mimi Pond's work, check out her comics Over Easy and The Customer Is Always Wrong, as well as her other work including recent New Yorker comics and more on her website.
We welcome on one of our favorite YouTube creators, Pop Arena (creator of the Nickelodeon retrospective Nick Knacks) on to talk about a really unpredictable episode! After the town loses out on an Olympics, somehow Bart befriends a bunch of old people who then engage in a Cuckoo's Nest/Titanic parody, all while Homer tries to sell springs. Grab you favorite taquitos and listen now!
This week we welcome back Cait Raft (This Podcast Is Self Care, JackAM on Twitch), not only to talk more about the Simpsons writers' room, but also the world of art! Homer accidentally becomes an artist after almost killing a few people, and Homer is very happy living out Marge's dream. But when Homer tries to learn more about the art world, he somehow floods the entire town. Listen to learn more PLUS what Al Jean sometimes has for lunch on this week's podcast!!
This week we get biblical with special guest David Dedrick, the colorist on the comic Sparks and the cohost of Sneaky Dragon podcast! David assists us with some religious history as us heathens learn about the Old Testament Springfield style. That means dead unicorns, eating frogs, Jesus in small claims court, giant corn holders, and so much more! Bring the German potato salad and listen along!
This week we welcome back Luke Savage, from the Michael And Us podcast and a writer for Jacobin, to talk all about Homer's new job as a trucker! After indirectly killing a man, Homer inherits his job, which leads him into learning a giant union scam. Even more exciting, Lisa and Marge buy a doorbell!! Listen this week before your test in Birds Suddenly Appear!
A lifelong dream came true for us—no, not running onto the field during a baseball game, going to a Simpsons table read!! Hear all about our whirlwind trip to Los Angeles to see the actors and writers perform an upcoming script for the show, what it was like to meet some surprising folks, and tons more! Plus, our thoughts on the just-launched Disney Plus and what it means for The Simpsons!
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This week we welcome back on Super Eyepatch Wolf (be sure to check out John's YouTube channel and Patreon), all to discuss Lisa's difficult relationship with Homer! After losing her room to a cell phone tower, Lisa is feeling ignored by Homer all as Homer ignores any problems to eat mayonnaise. Somehow that leads to an out of body experience and Homer being buried alive, all as we get to an ending that doesn't make a huge amount of sense. Whether or not you listen along in a sensory deprivation tank, please enjoy this week's podcast!