The Simpsons celebrate Halloween for the third time, and we get scarily accurate in our history of this episode! We've got the original script to note the many changed lines in this episode, plus all the references will finally be demystified. Not to mention our thoughts on scary dolls, the many King Kong films (especially the 1933 original), zombies, and tons more. So get ready for the terror of oodles of research in a podcast that may contain potassium benzoate (that's bad)!
The Berkeley Studio Era of Talking Simpsons ends just as it began: With a Sideshow Bob episode! Yes, as record one more time in our old recording space, we cover the season 14 ep that not only brought back Robert Underdunk Terwilliger, as well as an infamous culprit. How does Al Jean's new era deal with the return of the recurring villain, and why does it involve Mardi Gras & musical parodies? Listen along and learn as we've grown accustomed to your face on this week's podcast!
We've reached the beginning of the month, which means it's once again time for another installment of our community podcast! Join us as we ring in the Pacific Northwest era of Talking Simpsons by catching you up on Simpsons news, as well as our very busy last few months. And, as always, we read and respond to your questions and comments from the most recent round of episodes. Here's a tip from us you won't regret: a podcast host's just a friend you haven't met!
A Duff Blimp-sized welcome back to the great Merritt K (check out her new Patreon) as we dig into this Lisa-centric episode! After feeling "ugly" thanks to a cartoon, Lisa gets unexpected help from Homer after putting her in the Little Miss Springfield Pageant. And after a strange series of events, Lisa becomes a powerful political figure in this memorable ep. So grab your extra-long version of MacArthur Park and listen now!
The Simpsons need a new place to live just as your humble hosts are also moving into new houses, though with fewer hilarious results. After a hockey game leads to termites that eventually send the family onto a reality show, we flashback to the turn-of-the-century style of reality programming that Simpsons writers loved mocking back in 2002. Plus, we discuss the history of Oreos, Mutt & Jeff, and Squiggy in this week's nowoodnik of a podcast!
For one of the best-written and animated eps of the series, we welcome back comedy performer/writer/musician/podcaster Tim Kalpakis from the band/podcast The Sloppy Boys (check out their new album)! Production season 4 begins with two new animation studios, as Homer loses his faith when he sees how awesome wasting time is. But will his pride destroy him in this perfect George Meyer script ruminating on the nature of faith? All that plus some of the best jokes ever in this week's heavenly podcast!
It might be hard to believe, but we haven't had a live show at PAX in four years. Why? We honestly couldn't say. But in 2023, we're making our grand return to the famed video game convention to celebrate the 28th anniversary of Mortal Kombat: The Journey Begins! And frankly, we'd love to see you there. Check out the details below:
When: Saturday, September 2nd at 7:00pm
Where: PAX West, The Monarch Theatre
And here's the panel description, straight from the PAX website:
Shortly before the first Mortal Kombat movie violenced its way into theaters the world got a brief preview of this cinematic event with The Journey Begins. This direct-to-video commercial gave fans a taste of the upcoming film's first act rendered in cut-rate 2D animation and CGI scenes that make Reboot look like Pixar. And it only cost $19.99! On this panel, join your pals at the What A Cartoon podcast as they give you a tour of the highs and lows of this piece of MK media so you don't have to suffer through the whole thing yourself. As a new Mortal Kombat looms ever closer GET OVER HERE and see how far we've truly come!
This week's well-endowed episode sees us exploring one of the horniest episodes of Simpsons ever with Large Marge. After accidentally getting cosmetic surgery, Marge has a chest expansion that gets a lot of attention. After the show finds every possible joke they can about Marge's honkers, we then learn there are downsides to it, plus the confusing return of Stampy and Adam West to the show, some Hollywood lore on Burt Ward, and lots of immature giggling on this chesty podcast!
The Talking Simpsons Network is taking a week off, 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!
This week's episode we get theatrical with Jake Rockatansky of the hilarious investigative podcast QAnon Anonymous! Marge wants to find a new hobby while Homer becomes a much more passive-aggressive partner than usual, all as the town engages in a musical version of a Tennesee Williams classic. We dig deep into the way it was created, the ways it offended New Orleans, Maggie battling Randianism, surprising deleted scenes, and so much more. You can always depend on the kindness of this podcast!
This week we're reaching the end of production season 13/starting broadcast season 14 with a tale spurred on by hate of reality TV (not to be confused with the three other eps just like it). This time Bart loses his mind from TV overload and gets sent to third grade to join the advancing Lisa. Turns out they adjust to it differently in a plot that brings us back to Capital City with some returning season 2 stars. All that, plus robot history, googling Japanese pronunciation, and a couple of fart jokes in a weird episode!
The Talking Simpsons Network is taking a week off, so to fill the content gap, we've decided to post an episode of our Patreon-exclusive Talking Futurama 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!
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 dangerous Simpsons-adjacent submarine voyages, the continued adventures of the WGA strike, new comic collections that happen to feature our Wife of the Show, the slightly-altered July podcast schedule, and more! And, as always, we read and respond to your questions and comments from the most recent round of episodes. So join us for the last Talk to the Audience of our soon-to-be-fabled "Berkeley Era!"
We begin the iconic fourth season in earnest with an amazing returning guest, Mike Mitchell from the fantastic podcast Doughboys, not to mention big films and TV shows like the upcoming Twisted Metal! We all reflect on our childhood memories of seeing this one live as Bart and Lisa head to a really crappy camp, plus we have some incredible new details as we have an original table-read draft of Kamp Krusty with some surprising changes. All that, plus many summer memories as we begin what many consider Simpsons' best season on the podcast!
For a tale of rock stars and camping, we're joined by Chris Wade from the awesome podcasts Chapo Trap House, And Introducing..., and Hell on Earth! Following a discussion of Taxicab Confessions, we see what aging rock stars were like 21 years ago, with Homer befriending a new group of extremely famous people. We reflect on the acting abilities of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Lenny Kravitz, and more, so grab some cheaper oatmeal and listen now!
Once more we're breaking format with Drew Mackie and Glen Lakin from the great podcast Gayest Episode Ever Podcast, this time to talk about what Conan O'Brien worked on right before Simpsons! Yes, the "brilliant but canceled" pilot for Lookwell is the cult classic brainchild of Conan and Robert Smigel, where the late Adam West played an aging actor annoying the police. Learn how this pilot came to be and its influence on The Simpsons' fourth season in this beguiling podcast!
It's time for our monthly community podcast, which is great because we've got a ton to catch up on! We discuss the last handful of season 34 stories, including the 750th episode, plus a lot of talk of the WGA strike, Star Wars crossovers, and new Futurama. Not to mention we both have some exciting life updates too. Plus we reply to the many Patreon comments worthy of the First Annual Montgomery Burns Award For Outstanding Achievement In The Field Of Excellence!
Just in time for the spine-shattering season premiere, we're joined by horror fan/award-winning artist Nina Matsumoto! As we begin season 14 with another Halloween episode that debuted after Halloween, we talk about how David Silverman returned to the show just as the digital era began, for a trio of terrifying tales. Plus we dig up Maude Flanders to discuss how her actress returned to the show, and lots of needless furry discussions, so download now manimals and invertabroads!
We're closing out season 3 with returning favorite, comedy writer extraordinaire Mike Drucker to share his insights on CEOs and awards shows! Danny DeVito's Uncle Herb returns to the show just as Homer stumbles into the First Annual Montgomery Burns Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence. Can he rebuild his fortune just in time for the debut of the Martin sitcom right after this? Listen along and find out while enjoying pizza box cheese!
We've got returning favorite Chris Cabin from the podcast We Hate Movies for the finale of broadcast season 13! And it's a weird episode full of lengthy references to High Noon and The Sopranos, as Homer becomes a security guard as part of his very long list of new jobs. All that, plus we try to navigate the episode's complicated politics about police and property in this strange ep, so call your local pizza man and listen now!
As we near the end of the season with an ep about friendship and food, both subjects are explained to us by Nick Wiger from the great podcasts Doughboys and Get Played! Bart is a third wheel as Milhouse finds love for the only time in his life, while Homer grows his vocabulary instead of losing weight. Plus talk of rich creamery butter, magic eightballs, sex education, and tons more. So grab that metal dealie you use to dig food and listen to this podcast!
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 mystery of 31-year-old jokes, new Simpsons shoes and toys, Hank Azaria's predictions, and Fox's plans to use jokes in their Dominion lawsuit. And, as always, we read and respond to your questions and comments from the most recent round of episodes. So listen in as we salute our half-inflated dark lord!
Nobody rocks like Springfield in an extra-long ep with special guests Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher of Found Footage Festival and VCR Party Live! (Check out the new documentary about them, Chop & Steele!) We go over the real history of fake band Spinal Tap, then follow the rollicking tale of Bart learning to play guitar and Otto learning to drive--neither of which actually happens. Learn that and tons of great tangents in this week's rockin' podcast!
We welcome returning great Eric Szyszka from the We Hate Movies podcast for arguably the worst episode of season 13! This incredibly scattershot story begins with a screaming bug, an arrest, and a skeleton all in the first act, then it turns into a murder mystery before a too-long parody of Green Mile. But surely it'll all come together for a satisfying ending, right? You'll only know if you listen to this week's podcast, you nervous Pervis!
It's Sideshow Bob's triumphant return, and it's also the triumphant return of the awesome Stephen Sajdak, cohost of the great We Hate Movies podcast! Bob Terwilliger is back and seemingly is happy to marry Bart's Aunt Selma, but could he possibly have sinister intentions? We dig into the creation of this mystery, plus a ton of background on Simpsons vs Dinosaurs, Jerry vs Dino, the original storyboards, and so much more. So settle down next to the fireplace and listen in now!