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Mr Cat Dog
May 6th, 2012, 02:34 AM
"We're allowed to have one!"
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The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical parody of a middle class American lifestyle epitomized by its family of the same name, which consists of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie. The show is set in the fictional town of Springfield and parodies American culture, society, television and many aspects of the human condition.

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Favourite member of the Simpson family and why?
Favourite episode of the show and why?

So, thanks for reading, and hopefully joining! :D

TRIFORCE89
May 6th, 2012, 05:48 PM
Username: TRIFORCE89
Reason for Joining: I like the Simpsons?

Favourite member of the Simpson family and why?
Homer Jay Simpson. Specifically the Homer of the seasons before season ten. Once Mike Scully became showrunner, not only did the show itself become more zanny but Homer's character changed from that of a lovable oaf who cared for his family... a kind of typical sitcom dad, into just a plain fat idiot. Sure, he was always lazy, but in the later seasons he became a caricature. He lost the devotion he had to his family that I admired. And he became mean-spirited too. The pinnacle of this was the dreadful Simpsons movie, which epitomized everything I hated about the show post-season nine.

Favourite episode of the show and why?
I think Marge vs the Monorail. This episode has it all... starts with a great Flintstone throwback, has one of the more memorable musical numbers in the series, a Phil Hartman character. A very quotable episode too.

My first encounter with the show were some of the Treehouse of Horror episodes as a kid. That was a jumping off point and then I started watching the show regularly. I still would until a few years ago when the local channels started airing reruns of newer episodes instead of the old ones.

Mr Cat Dog
May 7th, 2012, 12:55 PM
I was going to call this The Mr Cat Dog and TRIFORCE89 and Harlequin Club but considering that Chris hasn't even joined yet, that already feels shortsighted on my part. In any event, welcome! Now, to answer my own questions:

Favourite Simpson family member? As cliche as it is, I'd have to say Homer. While the show was originally organised around Bart being the main character, it improved considerably when it refocused on Homer. His attitude towards food, family, work and everything else was such a breath of fresh air when it premiered; he's coined numerous words that now have dictionary status; he's probably the most quotable fictional character in history (that might be hyperbole, but I'd like to hear anyone suggest another). All in all, he's one of the best characters not just in The Simpsons, but in pop culture in general.

Favourite episode? 'King-Size Homer' by a surprising margin. I love this episode so much that I can literally quote the entire episode word-for-word. Everything from the opening exercise drill at the power plant to Homer's massive attempt to gain 61 pounds to Homer attempting to start the computer for the first time to THE RETURN OF THE DRINKING BIRD to the 'mere Three Mile Island' episode closer. It's just so, so good.

Now Chris had better hurry up and join!

Hoenn
May 9th, 2012, 03:03 PM
I'll always love The Simpsons no matter how old I am.

Username: Suicune™
Reason you wish to join this club: I'm a huge fan, got all the Seasons etc and I've been watching for many years.

Favourite Simpson family member?

I'd say Marge, even though I love the bunch Marge is simple yet she has quirks that make her lovable, her laugh is priceless, her voice and how she groans, her singing and it's just the little things really.

Favourite episode?

Tough question, it took time to get this one but I'd have to say Sweets and Sour Marge, it really shows off the Town and citizens of Springfield and it has whimsy to the episode the way they're attempting to get into the Duff World Records which then leads onto Marge trying to ban sugar which later results in Sugar withdrawal and smuggling the sugar back into the city etc. I just remember this episode standing out to me as one of the good episodes.

Aphrodite
May 11th, 2012, 12:07 AM
I HAVE BEEN TAKING SOME TIME TO MYSELF BUT FEAR NOT I AM HERE NOW JON

Username: Harlequin
Reason you wish to join this club: Because...I've always wanted to own the Dallas Cowboys...

Favourite Simpson family member?
Homer. I mean, he's easily the most famous out of them and for good reason too. He's the too-dumb-to-live-yet-lovable father we've come to adore over the 20+ years the show has been around. By FAR my favorite Homer-based episode is the one where he decides to become so fat he doesn't have to go to work. The muumuu...oh my god...

Favourite episode?
You're going to have to get back to me on this, I really cannot choose a favourite one right now.

Mr Cat Dog
May 11th, 2012, 08:46 AM
Welcome to the club, both of you! And yay, Chris likes 'King-Size Homer' too!

Should we just turn this mother into a massive quote-fest?

Aphrodite
May 11th, 2012, 01:21 PM
Should we just turn this mother into a massive quote-fest?

OH HALLELUJAH
OUR PROBLEMS ARE SOLVED
WE HAVE BANANA BREAD

TRIFORCE89
May 11th, 2012, 06:02 PM
Scorpio!

He'll sting you with his dreams of power and wealth!

Beware of Scorpio!

His twisted twin obsessions are his plot to rule the world

And his employees' health!

He'll welcome you into his lair

Like the nobleman welcomes his guest!

With free dental care and a stock plan that helps you invest!

But beware of his generous pensions

Plus three weeks paid vacation each year!

And on Fridays the lunchroom serves hot dogs and burgers and beer!

He loves German beer!

You Only Move Twice is my second favourite episode

Mr Cat Dog
May 12th, 2012, 08:37 AM
I dunno what's wrong with me, but that episode doesn't really hold a special place in my heart, for whatever reason. People I talk to on the internet about The Simpsons seem to love it, and yet I just... don't! It's still a good episode, and Albert Brooks is an always welcome guest star, but I just don't feel extra-special about it.

Aphrodite
May 13th, 2012, 02:08 AM
But...but...Hank Scorpio...he is the nicest boss ever...

Mr Cat Dog
May 13th, 2012, 12:49 PM
Yeah... he is. I mean, his sugar might not come in packets, and his offices don't have walls, but I still don't love the episode absolutely.

TRIFORCE89
May 14th, 2012, 06:48 PM
Yeah, I don't know. It just makes me grin immensely. Just really well done, witty, and charming.

Aphrodite
May 16th, 2012, 04:08 AM
What are everyone's thoughts on the tragedy that is present-day Simpsons?

Mynewusernameiskuzronkjustlookthatup
May 16th, 2012, 04:24 AM
Username:TylerSymes
Reason you wish to join this club: Because i have been watching it for years and have seen most of the episodes

Hikamaru
May 16th, 2012, 04:33 AM
Username: Hikari10
Reason you wish to join this club: I've been watching the first 10 seasons of The Simpsons cos the 90's had the best episodes. I also love the funny scenes with Homer.

What are everyone's thoughts on the tragedy that is present-day Simpsons?

I really hate the new Simpsons, it really went downhill for me when the opening changed. And my advice, don't watch the 500th episode. It was so terrible. (Some of you may have seen my avatar/signature theme depicting a scene from that episode)

For me, the first 10 seasons will always be the best. The problem with the seasons that have the new opening was that the titles and guest stars got bad. That's when I stopped watching the show altogether, I did watch the 500th episode, but after seeing it, it was so bad it ruined my liking towards the newer seasons.

awolfsquared
May 16th, 2012, 07:37 AM
I got to join this. I love The Simpsons.
Username:AWsquared
Reason you wish to join this club: The Simpsons are a classic cartoon and I was extremely obsessed with it back in the day.I grew up watching reruns on ABC so it' my childhood. I've seen almost every episode.
Favourite member of the Simpson family and why?
Probably Homer. He's the dumb yet lovable oaf that everyone loves.

Favourite episode of the show and why?I honestly, don't know but the one that I like alot is Blame It on Lisa(aka the one where they go to Brazil.) It's the only one that comes to mind because it has so many great funny and memorable moments. I love the vacation episode because Homer always seems to screw things up. Or Thirty Minutes over Tokyo is another good one. Mainly cause it's makes homage the the Electric Soldier Porygon incident and it has tons of reference to Japanese culture. But these are just the two that come to mind, and I really don't have much of a favorite.

What are everyone's thoughts on the tragedy that is present-day Simpsons?
It's alright. It's not as good as it used to be.Seasons 1- 15 are the best ones in my opinion after that it started to fall a bit downhill. It's not bad, but it's not good and sure doesn't have that same feel as it used to. I sort of feel like they think they need to copy Family Guy in order to get a good amount of views everyweek. I grew up watching the old episodes on ABC and so those are the ones I love the most. I still watch the new ones every now and then, but it doesn't have the same feel to it so it's not very often.

Mr Cat Dog
May 16th, 2012, 02:10 PM
Welcome to all the new members. Your names have been added to the top post. Hope you like it here!

What are everyone's thoughts on the tragedy that is present-day Simpsons?
I don't have any thoughts as I haven't watched enough of the 'new' episodes to comment. I can't imagine them to be that good, or the internet would explode with good news with regard to this fact. However, I can't imagine them being as bad as, say, Whitney or any other crappy live-action sitcom. From the snippets of episodes I have seen, it just feels like this new, latter-day Simpsons is like a shell of its former self. There are elements that remain from the good ol' days, but a lot of the biting wit seems to have gone, and has been replaced with pop culture references.

TRIFORCE89
May 16th, 2012, 07:42 PM
Remember when celebrities played characters instead of themselves? Those were the good old days....

Mr Cat Dog
May 17th, 2012, 01:43 PM
That's a nice segway into...

Who's your favourite guest star on the show?

awolfsquared
May 17th, 2012, 02:53 PM
Who's your favourite guest star on the show?
Definitely Michael Jackson. The whole build up of the episode of was really good. I also love the song "Lisa It's Your Birthday" .
And also Mark McGwire. Sure he only made an appearance in the last few minutes of the episode, but I love the jokes they made about Major League Baseball. Also I'm a big Cardinals fans being from St. Louis and he was a big star at the time of the episode's premiere. He was someone I admired as a little kid so it made me feel good seeing him in a Simpsons episode.

Hikamaru
May 17th, 2012, 03:45 PM
Who's your favourite guest star on the show?

U2 in the episode "Trash Of The Titans". I love the scene where Homer ruins their concert to give a message to the audience.

Coming a close second would be Paul and Linda McCartney in "Lisa The Vegetarian". Lisa felt so nice being around other vegetarians and it's such an iconic episode.

TRIFORCE89
May 17th, 2012, 05:54 PM
Glenn Close as Mona Simpson. This kinda what I was hinting at with my comment. She played that role straight. It wasn't and "here is Glenn Close ;)". I didn't even know it was her for a looooong time.

All the baseball players in "Homer at the Bat", just because I like the episode overall.

Kinda in the same vein as Glenn Close, I'd say Dustin Hoffman as Mr. Bergstrom. Only that time I could tell it was him. XD Damn distinctive voice. But, still. He worked really well in the part and it is a great, heartfelt early episode.

Aphrodite
May 19th, 2012, 01:37 AM
This seems a good time to mention that Elizabeth Taylor said Maggie's first word. She's not my favourite guest star on the show (that would have to be MJ or Mark Hamill) but its a testament to the star power the Simpsons had in its heyday to be able to get her on the show.

Mr Cat Dog
May 19th, 2012, 12:56 PM
Discounting people like Jon Lovitz/Albert Brooks/Phil Hartman who did multiple episodes (and multiple characters), my favourite would have to be Meryl Streep playing Jessica Lovejoy in the episode 'Bart's Girlfriend'. I didn't realise it was her playing the role until a few years ago, and she sounds really convincing as a 10-year-old girl without having a background in voice acting. While most of the guest stars before the show turned into a big steaming pile of turd did 'act' when voicing their characters, Streep's turn felt like a real performance. So much better than that Sarah, Plain and Tall!

Aphrodite
May 19th, 2012, 01:51 PM
What can't Meryl Streep do, really?
edit: post 4444 wooh go me

Patchisou Yutohru
May 19th, 2012, 02:48 PM
Who's your favourite guest star on the show?

U2 in the episode "Trash Of The Titans". I love the scene where Homer ruins their concert to give a message to the audience.

Coming a close second would be Paul and Linda McCartney in "Lisa The Vegetarian". Lisa felt so nice being around other vegetarians and it's such an iconic episode.
Lady Gaga's guest starring tonight and I could not be more excited, so since she's my favorite celebrity, I pick her!!

Mr Cat Dog
May 20th, 2012, 09:30 AM
Lady Gaga's guest starring tonight and I could not be more excited, so since she's my favorite celebrity, I pick her!!Wow, you couldn't sound more like one of those crazy Gaga-fans on Twitter if you tried! Are you joining the club, or not, Nicholas?

Anyhoo, since we've exhausted the guest-star topic, howzabout this one:

Favourite non-Simpson family character and why?

TRIFORCE89
May 20th, 2012, 07:11 PM
Wow, you couldn't sound more like one of those crazy Gaga-fans on Twitter if you tried! Are you joining the club, or not, Nicholas?

Anyhoo, since we've exhausted the guest-star topic, howzabout this one:

Favourite non-Simpson family character and why?
I'll Apu because he's the first one to pop in my head, but I don't think he is XD

Mr Cat Dog
May 23rd, 2012, 08:22 AM
Well, it's good to see that people are taking this seriously! :D

In any event, my favourite is probably Mr Burns. He so deliciously and devilishly evil and the best part of it is he's completely self-aware of how evil he is. His evilness coupled with old-timey jokes about stock-tickers and having the Rolling Stones killed and his ability to be shot by a baby over a lollipop. On Facebook I have him has one of my inspirational people, and that's not an entirely facetious placement! :D

Mr Cat Dog
June 11th, 2012, 07:34 AM
It's been over 2 weeks, so I can officially double-post in my last-ditch-CPR attempt to revive this mother. Let's try a simple question: Favourite Simpsons quote?

C'mon, people. Don't disappoint me now! :D

Kanto_Johto
July 7th, 2012, 06:28 AM
Username: Kanto_Johto
Reason you wish to join this club: The Simpsons is probably my favourite TV show of all time, so why not?

Favourite Simpsons Quote?

Mine would have to be Hans Moleman's: "I was saying boo-urns". That episode had me in tears of laughter all the way through, and then Moleman made me lose it with that line. Brilliant.

Also:

*Preparing to sell Bart's elephant to the ivory dealer*
Homer: Here's the keys!
Dealer: Elephants don't have keys.
Homer: I'll just keep these then...