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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!

Jul 17, 2024

Bart is expelled from school as animal cruelty is celebrated, and for such heady topics we welcome back the cohost of The Flop House Podcast/Emmy-winning writer, Dan McCoy! After Dan explains to us how he won the same award as this episode did, we then detail the origins of Superintendent Chalmers. Then we talk about the less-fun IRL origins of whacking day, explain the many dirty jokes in this ep, and much more, so listen now to see if the bullies win mountain bikes!

Support this podcast, hear it ad-free, and get 180+ bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! And please follow the official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Jul 10, 2024

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

Jul 8, 2024

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 Blabbin 'Bout Batman: The Animated Series podcast miniseries! If you like this episode and want to hear the other 20 installments, 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 Futurama. So visit Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and sign up today!

Jul 3, 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 Bluey taking on The Simpsons, the not-so-mysterious origins of Duff, theme park rumors, 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 we are NOT crackpots.

Jun 26, 2024

We're joined again by journalist/podcaster Brendan James, cohost of the leftist history podcast Blowback, just in time for an episode inspired by America's wars. After the unexpected reveal that Ned love The Beatles, Bart joins the Pre-Teen Braves. That then leads to an extensive F Troop parody that's a gateway to the secrets of one lead actor on the show. Then it all comes to a head with a line that Fox tried to censor. All that, plus Ralph crashing through a window is born in this week's nondenominational 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!

Jun 19, 2024

In an episode parodying the process of TV comedy writing, we welcome back WGA writer Nick Wiger (also from the podcasts Doughboys and Get Played)! Bart and Lisa get hired to secretly write Itchy & Scratchy in a plot referencing Tiny Toons/the blacklist, all while Abe does the iggy. Meanwhile, Homer goes back to high school for a short time before a Ned Flanders adventure. Listen now to learn all the big changes and deleted scenes in this classic show!

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!

Jun 12, 2024

In an ep about asking questions about health and relationships, we're lucky to be joined by Alex Ptak and Jeremy Kaplowitz to answer these queries just like they do on their podcast, Quorators! After Homer takes up walking, Marge takes up an understandable amount of repressed rage leading to a horrible injury. Can the random appearances of Steve Buscemi and Jackson Browne save the day? Listen to this in your own backyard party (or Montana) and find out!

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!

Jun 5, 2024

We had a huge May of Simpsons news to deal with in this extra-long community podcast! Not only the season 35 finale and a new Disney Plus short, but also a ton of headline-grabbing interviews that sparked a lot of discussion. Then we chat about all we watched and played this month, tease some upcoming podcasts, and (as always) respond to our favorite Patreon comments!

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!

Jun 3, 2024

Another month has passed at the Talking Simpsons Network, and that means we've got another awesome podcast about an animated feature film! This month, our $10+ Patreon subscribers get to hear us talk about 2007's Bender's Big Score! Listen now to this free extended preview, and 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!

May 29, 2024

Jordan Morris returns to the pod to join us in reminiscing about early Simpsons reminiscing about earlier Simpsons—check out Jordan's new graphic novel with Bowen McCurdy Youth Group, as well as his podcasts Free With Ads and Jordan, Jesse, Go! How did The Simpsons join the long TV tradition of the "clip show," and how did it wind up happening on April Fool's Day? Learn about that, the episode's many deleted scenes, other clips they almost used, and tons more in this amusing episode... of our lives!

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!

May 22, 2024

This week we're joined again by the podcaster Kole Ross, cohost of the many great Duckfeed.tv podcasts including Watch Out For Fireballs, and we discuss an ep about beer and cowardice. As season 14 nears the end, it's an ep focused on the family's pets, along with a big dose of history on Spuds McKenzie. Plus some talk about Jaws parodies, 2003 video games, and our love of Database. Tap into the peppermint glacier and listen now!

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!

May 15, 2024

First-time guest, the brilliant TV writer Eva Anderson, is here to help us deconstruct one of the most celebrated eps in Simpsons history! Often ranked high on "best Simpsons ever" lists, we deconstruct how it got that reputation and if the highly quotable scenes hold up. Plus Eva helps us with the show's WGA strike history (which was the style at the time), we explain the multiple guest stars cut from the early scripts, and debunk British smiles. Listen now for the best of times and the blurst of times in this exciting podcast!

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!

May 8, 2024

We welcome back the award-winning artist (and our good friend) Nina Matsumoto for an ep about horses and novelty songs! After some unseasonable Christmas talk, we dig into a tale of how David Byrne helps drive the family to vacation with Jonathan Taylor Thomas. Will we play the "Take that, Lisa's beliefs" jingle? Listen now to find out (but the answer is "yes")!

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!

May 1, 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 the deaths of Simpsons digital comics, Larry the barfly, and O.J., retrospectives on Matt Groening's indie zine roots and Mission Mill, and the possibility of a Pluto-style streaming Simpsons channel. 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 this is always death.

Apr 24, 2024

As we explore a sobering adventure for Homer, we welcome back the fantastic Eric Szyszka from the We Hate Movies podcast! In this memorable episode, not only does Homer get a DUI after defeating a giant spider, but Bart battles a hamster after destroying Lisa's giant tomato. Plus, many more tangents about Reefer Madness, Nixon/Kennedy debates, Herman's Head, and lots more trivia in this podcast about an uneven season 4 classic!

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 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!

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