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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!

Apr 17, 2024

Another queer-themed episode of Simpsons means we again called upon two experts, Drew Mackie and Glen Lakin from the excellent Gayest Episode Ever Podcast! After Homer gets mad at Marge for reasons he thinks are defensible (they aren't), he moves in with two gay characters who both become key parts of Springfield. We deconstruct this 2003 approach to gay sitcom characters and their legacy (that Drew & Glen are connected to. Plus we detail how Harvey Fierstein wasn't in this while Weird Al was, with tons more trivia in this week's queer podcast!

Support this podcast and get over 150 bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! And please follow the official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Apr 10, 2024

Not only do we have a Valentine's Day classic this week, but we're also joined by the great first-time guest Mike Maronna from The Adventures of Pete and Pete, Home Alone, and the returning podcast The Adventures of Danny and Mike! Mike reflects on how his career intersected with Bartmania, and then we dig into this iconic ep of misplaced crushes when Ralph falls for Lisa. Plus we talk filming in The White House, anniversary specials, orange drink, mediocre presidents, and so much more

Support this podcast, experience it ad-free, and get over 150 bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! And please follow the official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Apr 3, 2024

Spring began for the Talking Simpsons Network with a light dusting of Springfield news in addition to a whole lot of fun had by us and the listeners. For this installment of the community podcast, we chat about the most recent new Simpsons episode, then discuss our reactions to Dune, X-Men '97, and other March media. Then we react to some great Patreon comments about Bigfoot, charity programs, Michael Keaton, and more!

Support this podcast and get over 150 bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! And please follow the official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Mar 27, 2024

It's time for another Lisa-centric episode that speaks to all of the gifted kids who grew into confused adults. A documentarian played by Eric Idle shatters Lisa and Bart's sense of self, leading Lisa to battle light pollution (something your hosts never heard of before this 2003 ep). Listen for a podcast dissertation on that plus the Up series, Python troupe rivalries, songs about Vincent Van Gogh, and much more!

Support this podcast, experience it ad-free, and get over 150 bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! And please follow the official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Mar 20, 2024

In an episode full of movie references, we happily welcome back Andrew Jupin from the We Hate Movies podcast! Written under slight protest by the brilliant Jon Vitti, Bart gets revenge on Homer by teaming up with a man who was once Tom Cruise. All that plus addiction to Corey and a massive brawl all over town. We promise, this podcast is LESS painful than it looks!

Support this podcast, experience it ad-free, and get over 150 bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! And please follow the official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Mar 13, 2024

A lonely Valentine's Day leads Homer first to grease and then an Alec Baldwin parody in one of the funnier episodes of season 14. As Homer steals the nuclear plant from Mr. Burns, we reflect on the show's many references to birds, Poe, Star Wars prequels, and much more in this week's podcast. Just be sure you brought enough oil for the whole class!

Support this podcast, experience it ad-free, and get over 150 bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! And please follow the official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Mar 6, 2024

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 new episodes, WGA nominations, Yeardley Smith's thoughts on acting with Dustin Hoffman, and more. And, as always, we read and respond to your questions and comments from the most recent round of episodes. It's all happening on Talk to the Audience?!?, where roaming gangs aren't a big problem anymore!

Mar 1, 2024

We hope you enjoyed our recent Selma's Choice podcast as much as we did, and we decided to share even more of our chat with our amazing guest, the creator of Steven Universe, Rebecca Sugar! Hear almost 20 more minutes of conversation with Rebecca about her new album, Spiral Bound, (out now!), as well as some new details on how some Simpsons productions compared to Steven Universe, what classic Simpsons says about gender, more of Sugar's thoughts on her Simpsons-inspired comic "Don't Cry For Me, I'm Already Dead," and so much more!

Support this podcast and get over 150 bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! And please follow the official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Feb 28, 2024

For this special episode about Selma Bouvier, we have a big-time returning guest, the creator of Steven Universe, Rebecca Sugar! (Check out her new album, Spiral Bound, now!) After discussing her history with the show, we dig into this story of parenthood, theme parks, funerals, and lizards that all have something to do with the fourth season of Murphy Brown. Learn about all of that and whether grocery employees wear belts in this week's podcast!

Support this podcast and get over 150 bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! And please follow the official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Feb 21, 2024

We are nearing the end of John Swartzwelder's time writing for the show, and he's turned in a quality script as the show gets political again in 2003. Krusty is a celebrity running for public office (can you believe it) and has the support of The Simpsons and Republicans. But is it possible to make a difference without Walter Mondale's help? We explain that, references to Joe Millionaire, Ronald Reagan, and more in this week's podcast!

Support this podcast and get over 150 bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! And please follow the official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Feb 14, 2024

We have returned to San Francisco for a true classic ep, and brought the amazing Chris Wade from the awesome podcasts Chapo Trap House, And Introducing..., and Hell on Earth! Live for San Francisco Sketchfest 2024, we were joined by over 100 fans at The Gateway Theatre to discuss the fabled Conan O'Brien and Rich Moore half-hour that parodies The Music Man and The Towering Inferno in equal measure. Learn about every single reference from Nimoy to Robosaurus, plus a look at the legacy of the Monorail in this exciting night of podcasts!

Support this podcast and get over 150 bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! And please follow the official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Feb 7, 2024

Happy New Year, listeners! We had a very eventful January to reflect on, not just with Simpsons news about Emmys and toys. We also did a ton of traveling to New York City, Tokyo, and San Francisco that we are so excited to share with all of you. Plus, tons of podcast news for the start of 2024, and we reply to some really great Patreon comments to start the next 12 months right!

Support this podcast and get over 150 bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! And please follow the official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Jan 31, 2024

What happens when a "Flanders has a girlfriend" plot meets Notting Hill and the Bush-era culture war? You end up with one of season 14's more complex episodes as we discuss A Star Is Born Again. As Ned meets a new woman who loves how down-to-earth he is, how will Ned deal with Hollywood values? And what does that have to do with references to Cher, J-Lo's famous dress, LA's NFL teams, dead jellyfish, Jim Brooks, and other mysteries? Hold on to your nachos as we describe it all on this week's podcast!

Support this podcast and get over 150 bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! And please follow the official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Jan 24, 2024

Homer has a bad heart and we've got a great guest, writer Neil Campbell who cocreated the series Digman with Andy Sandberg (now streaming on Paramount Plus)! Neil talks us through the Simpsons ep he wrote in 2013, his longtime fandom of the show, and his thoughts on this freelance-written episode that balances the drama of Homer's near-death experiences with cops shooting at mummies & people with legs for arms. So grab your defibrillators for our discussion of this heart-stoppingly funny episode!

Support this podcast and get over 150 bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! And please follow the official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Jan 20, 2024

Hey folks, we're interrupting your podcast feed to let you know we're returning to SF Sketchfest for the fifth year in a row! Check out all the details below:

WHAT: Our SF Sketchfest 2024 Live Show all about "Marge vs. the Monorail"

WHO: Your Regular Talking Simpsons Hosts and Chris Wade, Producer of Chapo Trap House

WHERE: Gateway Theatre in San Francisco (215 Jackson St.)

WHEN: Wednesday, January 24th at 7:30pm

And you can buy your tickets RIGHT HERE!

Thanks in advance; we hope to see you at the show!

- Bob

Poster art by Nina Matsumoto.

Jan 17, 2024

Starting 2024 with one of season 14's better episodes, as Lisa becomes a champion speller and Homer follows around fast food. Learn all about the many references to The McRib, The Paris Review, secret conspiracies, the seven sister colleges, Requiem for a Dream, and tons more in this new podcast for the new year. Listen now before we expel Boogerman!

Support this podcast and get over 150 bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! And please follow the official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Jan 10, 2024

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 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 King of the Hill, Mission Hill, The Critic, and Batman: The Animated Series. So visit Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and sign up today!

Jan 10, 2024

Happy New Year! In case you didn't know, every month we release the premium podcast, What A Cartoon Movie. And, as we take a week off to rest and recharge, we're giving all of our listeners a chance to hear a free sample of this Patreon-exclusive series. So please, enjoy our ultra-long look at Pixar's The Incredibles! And if you'd like to hear 60 more episodes of What A Cartoon Movie—with a new one to come every month—simply head on over to the Talking Simpsons Network and sign up at the $10 level. If you enjoy hearing us talk about cartoons, you'll be glad you did!

Jan 3, 2024

We've reached the beginning of the month (and the start of a new year!), which means it's once again time for another installment of our community podcast! Join us as we discuss even more season 35 episodes, The Simpsons' ranking on Variety's 100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time list, Bill Oakley's annual Steamie Awards, and more.  And, as always, we read and respond to your questions and comments from the most recent round of episodes. Thanks again for another great year! Now let's all sit back and play the waiting game...

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