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14th Jul '17 11:36:38 AM DoktorvonEurotrash
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* EvilIsSexy: Sideshow Bob has amassed a fair number of fangirls through the years. The fact that he's a reasonably young man with a lot of charisma and acting talent doesn't hurt.
29th Jun '17 4:23:22 PM HarryLovesHermione
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** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS4E19TheFront The Front]]", the episode ends with a 30-second short called "The Adventures of Ned Flanders", a throwaway non-sequitur about the Flanders. This came about as the episode was short on runtime as written and needed something, anything to get it to the length needed.
26th Jun '17 5:08:49 PM WildeOscar
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** Similarly, the other running gag of characters making a Charles Nelson Reilly-like "bleeeuugh" noise while pulling at their collar or sticking their fists up.
17th Jun '17 12:04:58 PM 123456789
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** Some fans don't consider any of the permanent character deaths to be canon. This includes the death of Maude in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E14AloneAgainNaturaDiddily Alone Again, Natura-Diddily]]", Snowball II in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS15E9IAnnoyedGruntBot I, (Annoyed Grunt)-Bot]]", Fat Tony in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS22E9DonnieFatso Donnie Fatso]]", and Edna Krabappel after [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim Marcia Wallace's own death]]. With some of these deaths, the narrative pretends they never happened either.

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** Some fans don't consider any of the permanent character deaths to be canon. This includes the death of Maude in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E14AloneAgainNaturaDiddily Alone Again, Natura-Diddily]]", Snowball II in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS15E9IAnnoyedGruntBot I, (Annoyed Grunt)-Bot]]", Fat Tony in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS22E9DonnieFatso Donnie Fatso]]", and Edna Krabappel in "The Man Who Grew Too Much" (which occurred after [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim Marcia Wallace's own death]].death]]). With some of these deaths, the narrative pretends they never happened either.
17th Jun '17 12:00:12 PM 123456789
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** Special mention should go to "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E2ThePrincipalAndThePauper The Principal and the Pauper]]", the episode where it's revealed that the Principal Skinner we've known throughout the show's long-running history (8 seasons at that point) is actually [[DeadPersonImpersonation a fraud named Armin Tamzarian]]. The episode is an [[CanonDiscontinuity in-show example of discontinuity]], too, because the characters in-show [[StatusQuoIsGod decide they prefer the fake Skinner, run the real one out of town, and a judge orders that they never speak of the incident again]]. Several subsequent episodes have made self-effacing TakeThat jokes about the preposterousness of the plot as well.

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** Special mention should go to "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E2ThePrincipalAndThePauper The Principal and the Pauper]]", the episode where it's revealed that the Principal Skinner we've known throughout the show's long-running history (8 seasons at that point) is actually [[DeadPersonImpersonation a fraud named Armin Tamzarian]]. You can tell it's bad when [[CreatorBacklash even Skinner's own voice actor Harry Shearer disliked it]]. The episode is an [[CanonDiscontinuity in-show example of discontinuity]], too, because the characters in-show [[StatusQuoIsGod decide they prefer the fake Skinner, run the real one out of town, and a judge orders that they never speak of the incident again]]. Several subsequent episodes have made self-effacing TakeThat jokes about the preposterousness of the plot as well.



** "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS12E5HomerVsDignity Homer vs. Dignity]]" is hated by many for sinking to ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''-cum-''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''-esque levels of vulgar humor (though the same can be said for a lot of episodes from Mike Scully's era of being show-runner). The panda rape scene crosses the line into [[DudeNotFunny tastelessness territory]] with a dash of sickening abandon; rarely does a two-minute scene turn an otherwise unremarkable episode into one of the most-hated in the show's history and a regular on "Worst Simpsons Episode" lists.

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** "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS12E5HomerVsDignity Homer vs. Dignity]]" Mike Scully's tenure as showrunner is hated by many for sinking due to the show's blatant use of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''-cum-''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''-esque levels of vulgar humor (though the same can be said for a lot of episodes from Mike Scully's era of VulgarHumor. The shining example being show-runner). The panda rape the infamous Panda Rape scene crosses in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS12E5HomerVsDignity Homer vs. Dignity]]". Crossing the line into [[DudeNotFunny tastelessness territory]] with a dash of sickening abandon; abandon, it's telling something when rarely does a two-minute scene turn turns an otherwise unremarkable episode into one of the most-hated in the show's history and a regular on "Worst Simpsons Episode" lists.



** Some fans treat "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E8MotherSimpson Mother Simpson]]" as the only time Mona Simpson appears, as they feel her later appearances cancel out its ''very powerful'' TearJerker ending.


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* FirstInstallmentWins: Some fans treat "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E8MotherSimpson Mother Simpson]]" as the only time Mona Simpson appears, as they feel her later appearances cancel out its ''very powerful'' TearJerker ending.
17th Jun '17 11:44:07 AM 123456789
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** Some fans treat "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E5LisaTheVegetarian Lisa the Vegetarian]]" as this, not for being bad (it's considered genuinely funny), but that they feel this episode started Lisa's eventual {{Flanderization}} into a SoapboxSadie (which it was, due to Music/PaulMcCartney only agreeing to do the episode if Lisa stayed vegetarian for the rest of the show's run. The fans saw it as a sign that the Simpsons' writers were kissing the asses of the guest stars they let on the show, disliking Paul more than his wife [[YokoOhNo Linda]] because of that).



** "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS12E5HomerVsDignity Homer vs. Dignity]]" is hated by many for sinking to ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''-cum-''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''-esque levels of vulgar humor (though the same can be said for a lot of episodes from Mike Scully's era of being show-runner). The panda rape scene crosses the line into DudeNotFunny territory with sickening abandon; rarely does a two-minute scene turn an otherwise unremarkable episode into one of the most-hated in the show's history and a regular on "Worst Simpsons Episode" lists.

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** "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS12E5HomerVsDignity Homer vs. Dignity]]" is hated by many for sinking to ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''-cum-''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''-esque levels of vulgar humor (though the same can be said for a lot of episodes from Mike Scully's era of being show-runner). The panda rape scene crosses the line into DudeNotFunny territory [[DudeNotFunny tastelessness territory]] with a dash of sickening abandon; rarely does a two-minute scene turn an otherwise unremarkable episode into one of the most-hated in the show's history and a regular on "Worst Simpsons Episode" lists.



** "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS24E14GorgeousGrampa Gorgeous Grampa]]" included an offensive caricature of transgender people, Marge hoping Grampa is gay so she can look more progressive, a ''Series/StorageWars'' parody, and a major SeriesContinuityError by presenting Mr. Burns as a fan of Abraham when it was established in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E22 Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in "The Curse of the Flying Hellfish"]]" that the two were mortal enemies since WWII.

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** Among other things "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS24E14GorgeousGrampa Gorgeous Grampa]]" included had like an offensive caricature of transgender people, Marge hoping Grampa is gay so she can look more progressive, and a ''Series/StorageWars'' parody, and that episode also had a major SeriesContinuityError by presenting Mr. Burns as a fan of Abraham when it was established in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E22 Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in "The Curse of the Flying Hellfish"]]" that the two were mortal enemies since WWII.


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* FranchiseOriginalSin: Some fans treat "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E5LisaTheVegetarian Lisa the Vegetarian]]" as this, as they feel this episode started Lisa's eventual {{Flanderization}} into a SoapboxSadie (which it was, due to Music/PaulMcCartney only agreeing to do the episode if Lisa stayed vegetarian for the rest of the show's run. The fans saw it as a sign that the Simpsons' writers were kissing the asses of the guest stars they let on the show, disliking Paul more than his wife [[YokoOhNo Linda]] because of that).
22nd May '17 1:54:19 PM Da1tonTheGreat
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** When the show began airing in syndication on FXX in 2014, they aired all of the then-552 episodes in a non-stop, 12-day marathon called "Every Simpsons Ever."
17th May '17 10:43:38 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS4E10LisasFirstWord Lisa's First Word]]", Bart spent the entire episode resenting Lisa because he felt that his parents were disregarding him as she was getting all the attention. Eventually, he is about to run away until Lisa says her first word, "Bart". Then comes "Lisa’s Sax" where Bart being disregarded by his parents as Lisa gets all the attention is exactly what happens. Taken even further when Marge eventually admits she sees all of her children as ReplacementGoldfish, making Lisa a serious case of the MiddleChildSyndrome.

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** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS4E10LisasFirstWord Lisa's First Word]]", Bart spent the entire episode resenting Lisa because he felt that his parents were disregarding him as she was getting all the attention. Eventually, he is about to run away until Lisa says her first word, "Bart". Then comes "Lisa’s Sax" "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E3LisasSax Lisa's Sax]]" where Bart being disregarded by his parents as Lisa gets all the attention is exactly what happens. Taken even further when Marge eventually admits she sees all of her children as ReplacementGoldfish, making Lisa a serious case of the MiddleChildSyndrome.



* MisBlamed: Since he became showrunner in Season 9, Mike Scully gets blamed for "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS19E2ThePrincipalAndThePauper The Principal and the Pauper]]" during that season. Except Scully was never involved in it. It was a leftover episode from Season 8, with Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein as showrunners, Steven Dean Moore was the director, and Ken Keeler was the writer.

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* MisBlamed: Since he became showrunner in Season 9, Mike Scully gets blamed for "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS19E2ThePrincipalAndThePauper "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E2ThePrincipalAndThePauper The Principal and the Pauper]]" during that season. Except Scully was never involved in it. It was a leftover episode from Season 8, with Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein as showrunners, Steven Dean Moore was the director, and Ken Keeler was the writer.
17th May '17 5:33:24 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* EnsembleDarkHorse: [[EnsembleDarkHorse/TheSimpsons It has its own page]].

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* EnsembleDarkHorse: EnsembleDarkhorse: [[EnsembleDarkHorse/TheSimpsons It has its own page]].



*** Season 8 is often cited as the last time ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' created good episodes, although a lot of people feel that some of season eight's episodes weren't all that great, except for "You Only Move Twice", the episode with Hank Scorpio, and "Homer's Enemy", the episode with Frank Grimes.
*** Season 9 is usually cited as the last good season, because, despite Mike Scully running the show and featuring the infamous episode "Principal and the Pauper", season nine did have some good episodes like "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpsons" and "The Cartridge Family".
*** Season 10 is cited by some as the beginning of the SeasonalRot, with others calling it the last good season (classic examples include "Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo" and "Lisa Gets an 'A'"), as it was during the time Creator/PhilHartman died (meaning no more [[EnsembleDarkhorse Lionel Hutz or Troy McClure]]) and when it became obvious the writers were running out of ideas.

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*** Season 8 is often cited as the last time ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' created good episodes, although a lot of people feel that some of season eight's episodes weren't all that great, except for "You "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E2YouOnlyMoveTwice You Only Move Twice", Twice]]", the episode with Hank Scorpio, and "Homer's Enemy", "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E23HomersEnemy Homer's Enemy]]", the episode with Frank Grimes.
*** Season 9 is usually cited as the last good season, because, despite Mike Scully running the show and featuring the infamous episode "Principal "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E2ThePrincipalAndThePauper Principal and the Pauper", Pauper]]", season nine did have some good episodes like "The "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E1TheCityOfNewYorkVsHomerSimpson The City of New York vs. Homer Simpsons" Simpson]]" and "The "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E5TheCartridgeFamily The Cartridge Family".
Family]]".
*** Season 10 is cited by some as the beginning of the SeasonalRot, with others calling it the last good season (classic examples include "Thirty "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS10E23ThirtyMinutesOverTokyo Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo" over Tokyo]]" and "Lisa "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS10E7LisaGetsAnA Lisa Gets an 'A'"), "A"]]"), as it was during the time Creator/PhilHartman died (meaning no more [[EnsembleDarkhorse Lionel Hutz or Troy McClure]]) and when it became obvious the writers were running out of ideas.



** The voice actors all agreed that "Marge vs. the Monorail" was one of the worst episode they had ever done. Nowadays, it's often remembered as one of the best by fans.

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** The voice actors all agreed that "Marge "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS4E12MargeVsTheMonorail Marge vs. the Monorail" Monorail]]" was one of the worst episode they had ever done. Nowadays, it's often remembered as one of the best by fans.



** In "Bart vs. Australia", there is a parody of Film/CrocodileDundee with a man going "think that's a knife? THIS is a knife". For newer viewers, the film from which the meme came is not so familiar, and therefore many people think back to this series instead.
** The title song from the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000" was believed by many younger viewers to be a reference to the Simpsons' "Monorail Song," when they're actually both based on the same source: "Trouble" from ''Theatre/TheMusicMan''.

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** In "Bart "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E16BartVsAustralia Bart vs. Australia", Australia]]", there is a parody of Film/CrocodileDundee with a man going "think that's a knife? THIS is a knife". For newer viewers, the film from which the meme came is not so familiar, and therefore many people think back to this series instead.
** The title song from the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "The "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E15TheSuperSpeedyCiderSqueezy6000 The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000" 6000]]" was believed by many younger viewers to be a reference to the Simpsons' "Monorail Song," when they're actually both based on the same source: "Trouble" from ''Theatre/TheMusicMan''.



** Many people were excited for the premiere of Season 26, which had been [[TonightSomeoneDies hyped up for featuring the death of a major character]]. The character in question turned out to be [[spoiler:Hyman Krustofski]], a SatelliteCharacter at best. A lot of people were colored disappointed by this and felt misled. The event was been compared to ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'''s infamous "Life Of Brian" arc in terms of being a ratings stunt.
** The premiere of Season 27 was also a mixture of ratings stunt and this. Did you believe that Homer and Marge would separate? That Homer would start to date ''another woman''? [[spoiler:Nah, it's AllJustADream. [[GainaxEnding Or a tattoo. Or something.]]]]

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** Many people were excited for "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS26E1ClownInTheDumps Clown in the Dumps]]", the premiere of Season 26, which had been [[TonightSomeoneDies hyped up for featuring the death of a major character]]. The character in question turned out to be [[spoiler:Hyman Krustofski]], a SatelliteCharacter at best. A lot of people were colored disappointed by this and felt misled. The event was been compared to ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'''s infamous "Life Of Brian" arc in terms of being a ratings stunt.
** The "[[RecapTheSimpsonsS27E1EveryMansDeam Every Man's Dream]]", the premiere of Season 27 was also a mixture of ratings stunt and this. Did you believe that Homer and Marge would separate? That Homer would start to date ''another woman''? [[spoiler:Nah, it's AllJustADream. [[GainaxEnding Or a tattoo. Or something.]]]]
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** Even through the Church of Scientology itself seems to be off limits, because Nancy Cartwright (voice of Bart Simpson) is a member, and would most likely threaten to quit if they make fun of it, not to mention Scientology's usual swift response to being criticized or mocked, the Movementarians could be seen as a stand-in for the Scientologists and other cults.

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** Even through the Church of Scientology itself seems to be off limits, because Nancy Cartwright Creator/NancyCartwright (voice of Bart Simpson) is a member, and would most likely threaten to quit if they make fun of it, not to mention Scientology's usual swift response to being criticized or mocked, the Movementarians could be seen as a stand-in for the Scientologists and other cults.



** ''The Godfather, Part III''.

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** ''The Godfather, Part III''.''Film/TheGodfatherPartIII''.



** "Homer's Enemy": "Don't let your jealousy consume you and prevent you from accepting apologies from people who genuinely want to befriend you". The intentional Aesop is "Being the OnlySaneMan actually sucks".
** The DVD commentary for "Trash of the Titans" states that the episode's GreenAesop was entirely unintentional.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: "Homer's Enemy". Even though Frank Grimes has worked extremely hard in his life, he also comes off as a myopic pedant and a hard worker working for all the wrong reasons- Considering how he attempts to work and function in a society that is possibly morally and ethically broken beyond repair and is just asking for it, and how he looks at what Homer and his family has as "normal", and is pure straight out jealous of him, he also reeks of EpilepticTrees of self entitled, self pitying, and uninsightful idiots that believe that playing the same IdiotBall game of materialistic society will make them the kings of the Idiot Ball, instead of saying [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules "Screw the money, I have standards."]] Plus it also doesn't help that Springfield was mentioned and is constantly shown in infamous light in all of America, episodes PRIOR to his employment in "America's Crudbucket." Even though Homer is portrayed as stupid, Grimes' brand of stupidity got him what he deserved. It's also worth noting that the episode's plot is similar to ''Film/{{Amadeus}}'', which was the TropeCodifier for DrivenByEnvy. It's not hard to see Frank and Homer as analogous to Salieri and Mozart.

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** "Homer's Enemy": "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E23HomersEnemy Homer's Enemy]]": "Don't let your jealousy consume you and prevent you from accepting apologies from people who genuinely want to befriend you". The intentional Aesop is "Being the OnlySaneMan actually sucks".
** The DVD commentary DVDCommentary for "Trash "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E22TrashOfTheTitans Trash of the Titans" Titans]]" states that the episode's GreenAesop was entirely unintentional.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: "Homer's Enemy"."[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E23HomersEnemy Homer's Enemy]]". Even though Frank Grimes has worked extremely hard in his life, he also comes off as a myopic pedant and a hard worker working for all the wrong reasons- Considering how he attempts to work and function in a society that is possibly morally and ethically broken beyond repair and is just asking for it, and how he looks at what Homer and his family has as "normal", and is pure straight out jealous of him, he also reeks of EpilepticTrees of self entitled, self pitying, and uninsightful idiots that believe that playing the same IdiotBall game of materialistic society will make them the kings of the Idiot Ball, instead of saying [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules "Screw the money, I have standards."]] Plus it also doesn't help that Springfield was mentioned and is constantly shown in infamous light in all of America, episodes PRIOR to his employment in "America's Crudbucket." Even though Homer is portrayed as stupid, Grimes' brand of stupidity got him what he deserved. It's also worth noting that the episode's plot is similar to ''Film/{{Amadeus}}'', which was the TropeCodifier for DrivenByEnvy. It's not hard to see Frank and Homer as analogous to Salieri and Mozart.



** Most of the later plots/subplots involving Lisa (though the only episode that had Lisa as a SoapboxSadie that most fans don't object to is "Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy," as the family calls her out on her activist behavior and she doesn't win in the end). Some have noted this was also a time when Groening used her as a mouthpiece for his views.

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** Most of the later plots/subplots involving Lisa (though the only episode that had Lisa as a SoapboxSadie that most fans don't object to is "Lisa "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E14LisaVsMalibuStacy Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy," Stacy]]", as the family calls her out on her activist behavior and she doesn't win in the end). Some have noted this was also a time when Groening used her as a mouthpiece for his views.



** One of the worst SoapboxSadie Lisa episodes was "Lisa the Skeptic", in which Lisa was extremely emphatic that religion and science cannot coexist, despite her consistently showing religious beliefs from the past (earlier) episodes.

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** One of the worst SoapboxSadie Lisa episodes was "Lisa "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E8LisaTheSkeptic Lisa the Skeptic", Skeptic]]", in which Lisa was extremely emphatic that religion and science cannot coexist, despite her consistently showing religious beliefs from the past (earlier) episodes.



** Homer's "The Land of Chocolate" ImagineSpot in "Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk".
** Homer eating the Series/JoeMillionaire promo in "Mr. Spritz Goes to Washington."
** In "Simpson Tide", in the middle of UN negotiations, the Russian ambassador reveals that the Soviet Union never broke up, and was only pretending to have dissolved. Cut to Red Square, where the floats in a parade all abruptly stop, and open up to reveal they were concealing tanks, Germany is no longer united, and Lenin rises from the dead, moaning "must... crush... capitalism".
** In "The Cartridge Family", the episode where Homer buys a gun, he brings it into the Kwik-E-Mart, which causes Apu to believe that he is going to rob him. He denies this, but then fantasizes what life would be like if he did rob the store, which ''somehow'' leads him to become a State senator (sitting in a rocking chair and sporting a monocle, no less) and for Marge to be a go-go dancer as a 60s-inspired jaunty tune nonsensically plays.
** "Homer Loves Flanders" has Homer being conned out of some money by Bart who deceived him into believing he had tickets to a football game. He was instead given a wig coupon, which then leads to an ImagineSpot featuring him wearing a "Marge" wig, imitating her voice and muttering to himself, "I don't need her at all anymore." [[note]]Although in a later episode from that same season, "Secrets To A Successful Marriage", we see that, yes, he does need her and would essentially ''die'' if he didn't have her to take care of him since he is unable to properly care for himself.[[/note]]
* BizarroEpisode: The "Treehouse Of Horror" episodes are this by design. "The Computer Wore Menace Shoes", "Saddlesore Galactica" and "Moe Goes from Rags to Riches" may also count.
** Apart from having a title in Spanish, ''El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer'' (''The Mysterious Voyage of our Homer'' in English) is mostly centered around Homer tripping from eating extremely hot peppers.
** "Missionary: Impossible" is mostly set on a remote island, and ends with the reveal that it was all a [[ShowWithinAShow PBS pledge drive within a show]] on FOX.
** "Das Bus": The whole episode is a ''Lord of the Flies'' parody set on a tropical island, and ends with Creator/JamesEarlJones saying there isn't really an ending, so let's just say [[AssPull Moe saved them]].
** "Behind the Laughter", the 11th Season finale: It turns out the Simpsons were all [[AsHimself actors playing themselves on the show]], and that they had nearly broken up and stopped work on the show.
** "Simpsons Bible Stories": The episode ends with the Apocalypse descending upon Springfield. As the Flanders ascend to Heaven, the Simpsons literally go to Hell.
** The episode "The Man Who Came To Be Dinner," where The Simpsons go to a crappy theme park and ride a space attraction that takes them into outer space and Homer becomes the main course for Kang and Kodos.

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** Homer's "The Land of Chocolate" ImagineSpot in "Burns "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E11BurnsVerkaufenDerKraftwerk Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk".
Kraftwerk]]".
** Homer eating the Series/JoeMillionaire promo in "Mr. "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS14E14MrSpritzGoesToWashington Mr. Spritz Goes to Washington."
Washington]]".
** In "Simpson Tide", "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E19SimpsonTide Simpson Tide]]", in the middle of UN negotiations, the Russian ambassador reveals that the Soviet Union never broke up, and was only pretending to have dissolved. Cut to Red Square, where the floats in a parade all abruptly stop, and open up to reveal they were concealing tanks, Germany is no longer united, and Lenin rises from the dead, moaning "must... crush... capitalism".
** In "The "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E5TheCartridgeFamily The Cartridge Family", Family]]", the episode where Homer buys a gun, he brings it into the Kwik-E-Mart, which causes Apu to believe that he is going to rob him. He denies this, but then fantasizes what life would be like if he did rob the store, which ''somehow'' leads him to become a State senator (sitting in a rocking chair and sporting a monocle, no less) and for Marge to be a go-go dancer as a 60s-inspired jaunty tune nonsensically plays.
** "Homer "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E16HomerLovesFlanders Homer Loves Flanders" Flanders]]" has Homer being conned out of some money by Bart who deceived him into believing he had tickets to a football game. He was instead given a wig coupon, which then leads to an ImagineSpot featuring him wearing a "Marge" wig, imitating her voice and muttering to himself, "I don't need her at all anymore." [[note]]Although in a later episode from that same season, "Secrets To A "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E22SecretsOfASuccessfulMarriage Secrets of a Successful Marriage", Marriage]]", we see that, yes, he does need her and would essentially ''die'' if he didn't have her to take care of him since he is unable to properly care for himself.[[/note]]
* BizarroEpisode: The "Treehouse Of Horror" episodes are this by design. "The "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS12E6TheComputerWoreMenaceShoes The Computer Wore Menace Shoes", "Saddlesore Galactica" Shoes]]", "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E13SaddlesoreGalactica Saddlesore Galactica]]" and "Moe "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS23E12MoeGoesFromRagsToRiches Moe Goes from Rags to Riches" Riches]]" may also count.
** Apart from having a title in Spanish, ''El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer'' (''The "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E9ElViajeMisteriosoDeNuestroJomer (The Mysterious Voyage of our Homer'' in English) Homer)]]" is mostly centered around Homer tripping from eating extremely hot peppers.
** "Missionary: Impossible" "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E15MissionaryImpossible Missionary: Impossible]]" is mostly set on a remote island, and ends with the reveal that it was all a [[ShowWithinAShow PBS pledge drive within a show]] on FOX.
** "Das Bus": "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E14DasBus Das Bus]]": The whole episode is a ''Lord of the Flies'' parody set on a tropical island, and ends with Creator/JamesEarlJones saying there isn't really an ending, so let's just say [[AssPull Moe saved them]].
** "Behind "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E22BehindTheLaughter Behind the Laughter", Laughter]]", the 11th Season finale: It turns out the Simpsons were all [[AsHimself actors playing themselves on the show]], and that they had nearly broken up and stopped work on the show.
** "Simpsons "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS10E18SimpsonsBibleStories Simpsons Bible Stories": Stories]]": The episode ends with the Apocalypse descending upon Springfield. As the Flanders ascend to Heaven, the Simpsons literally go to Hell.
** "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS26E10TheManWhoCameToBeDinner The episode "The Man Who Came To to Be Dinner," Dinner]]", where The Simpsons go to a crappy theme park and ride a space attraction that takes them into outer space and Homer becomes the main course for Kang and Kodos.



** "Homer's Enemy" (the episode with Frank Grimes): Brilliant deconstruction of the show's absurdity, or painfully and humorlessly dark? The only thing fans agree on is that the episode is only accessible to long-time viewers.

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** "Homer's Enemy" "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E23HomersEnemy Homer's Enemy]]" (the episode with Frank Grimes): Brilliant deconstruction of the show's absurdity, or painfully and humorlessly dark? The only thing fans agree on is that the episode is only accessible to long-time viewers.



** Over "Saddlesore Galactica", bordering on LoveItOrHateIt. Many fans hate this episode and call it one of the worst ever, but a fair number enjoy it because it spoofs the {{Flanderization}} and [[DenserAndWackier absurd plots]] that started to crop up in Season 9. The other "meta" episodes, like "Behind the Laughter", are also divisive-some fans think the self-referential humor is just obnoxious and dull, while others like that the show has a sense of humor about itself, but none of them are as controversial as "Galactica".
** In "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show," a focus group asks kids if they'd prefer Itchy and Scratchy to have more down-to-earth plotlines like people have every day or wacky, far out adventures with robots and magic powers. The kids answer enthusiastically to both options. The writers commented that at the time they felt stuck between these two avenues of the fanbase, with half the fans wanting the show to stay grounded in reality, others wanting it to get crazier and crazier.
** What was the last "classic episode"? While most would agree that the quality of the series declined in season 9, with 10 being the last classic season, there are still episodes beyond them deemed "classic" and thus essential viewing. Contenders include: Season 11's "Behind the Laughter" and Season 12's "Trilogy of Error".

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** Over "Saddlesore Galactica", "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E13SaddlesoreGalactica Saddlesore Galactica]]", bordering on LoveItOrHateIt. Many fans hate this episode and call it one of the worst ever, but a fair number enjoy it because it spoofs the {{Flanderization}} and [[DenserAndWackier absurd plots]] that started to crop up in Season 9. The other "meta" episodes, like "Behind the Laughter", are also divisive-some fans think the self-referential humor is just obnoxious and dull, while others like that the show has a sense of humor about itself, but none of them are as controversial as "Galactica".
** In "The "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E14TheItchyAndScratchyAndPoochieShow The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show," Show]]", a focus group asks kids if they'd prefer Itchy and Scratchy to have more down-to-earth plotlines like people have every day or wacky, far out adventures with robots and magic powers. The kids answer enthusiastically to both options. The writers commented that at the time they felt stuck between these two avenues of the fanbase, with half the fans wanting the show to stay grounded in reality, others wanting it to get crazier and crazier.
** What was the last "classic episode"? While most would agree that the quality of the series declined in season 9, with 10 being the last classic season, there are still episodes beyond them deemed "classic" and thus essential viewing. Contenders include: Season 11's "Behind "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E22BehindTheLaughter Behind the Laughter" Laughter]]" and Season 12's "Trilogy "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS12E18TrilogyOfError Trilogy of Error".Error]]".



* CriticalResearchFailure: In "The Man Who Came to be Dinner", a [[ShallowParody shallow]] TakeThat at Creator/{{Disney}} involves a Mickey Mouse stand-in saying "My cartoons weren't good, they were just first", when anyone who's familiar with ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat'', the early animations by Windsor [=McCay=], or even the history of animation in general would know for certain that Mickey Mouse is '''not''' the first cartoon character.
** In "That '90s Show", a billboard in 1998 depicts Amy Rose with her design from ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'', which wasn't released in North America until the following year.

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* CriticalResearchFailure: CriticalResearchFailure:
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In "The "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS26E10TheManWhoCameToBeDinner The Man Who Came to be Dinner", Be Dinner]]", a [[ShallowParody shallow]] TakeThat at Creator/{{Disney}} involves a Mickey Mouse stand-in saying "My cartoons weren't good, they were just first", when anyone who's familiar with ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat'', the early animations by Windsor [=McCay=], or even the history of animation in general would know for certain that Mickey Mouse is '''not''' the first cartoon character.
** In "That "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS19E11That90sShow That '90s Show", Show]]", a billboard in 1998 depicts Amy Rose with her design from ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'', which wasn't released in North America until the following year.



** The use of RecycledScript also makes Lisa this a lot of time as she will be presented as in the right or at least the ending will be happy yet when someone else does the exact same thing they are treated as a {{jerkass}}. For example, when Bart missed a fly ball in The Boys of Bummer and was harassed to the point where he tried to commit suicide. Yet when he intentionally threw the game in Money Bart he was met with cheers because even though Lisa learned a lesson she was still technically right. In addition both Homer and Lisa have gotten the plant shut down for safety violations. When Homer did this in HOMR it is treated as a MoralEventHorizon as he ruined every one's jobs. Yet when Lisa did the exact same thing in Homerland she was in the right.

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** The use of RecycledScript also makes Lisa this a lot of time as she will be presented as in the right or at least the ending will be happy yet when someone else does the exact same thing they are treated as a {{jerkass}}. For example, when Bart missed a fly ball in in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS18E18TheBoysOfBummer The Boys of Bummer Of Bummer]]" and was harassed to the point where he tried to commit suicide. Yet when he intentionally threw the game in Money Bart "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS22E3MoneyBART MoneyBART]]", he was met with cheers because even though Lisa learned a lesson she was still technically right. In addition both Homer and Lisa have gotten the plant shut down for safety violations. When Homer did this in HOMR "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS12E9HOMR HOMR]]" it is treated as a MoralEventHorizon as he ruined every one's jobs. Yet when Lisa did the exact same thing in Homerland "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS25E1Homerland Homerland]]" she was in the right.



** Horst and the other Germans from "Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk", which also makes Homer the DesignatedVictim. Aside from not being threatening or even the least bit unpleasant like everyone expected them to be (barring their "threat" to Mr. Burns at the end of the episode) and the numerous and expensive repairs in need at the plant which were still out of Homer's reach even as the safety inspector, his own incompetence and inability to explain his job or provide any ways to improve productivity at the plant got him fired, and rightfully so. Even a later scene had him complaining that they had no right to fire him, ''while using a fork inside of a toaster oven.'' In spite of his SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome of telling off Mr. Burns at Moe's, you can't blame the men for taking action, especially since he was the only employee to be let go.
** Similarly, you have Evelyn, Marge's high school classmate, and the other country club women from "Scenes from a Class Struggle in Springfield", save for Sue-sin, of course. While constantly referred to as snobs throughout the episode, none of the women were intentionally rude or even catty to Marge (and, at worst, could only be seen as InnocentlyInsensitive) and had she and the rest of family went to the big party at the club, they would have welcomed them in with open arms. Even Sue-sin comments she wasn't serious or malicious in her attitude.
** Burns of all people is this in "The Burns and the Bees". All he wanted to do was become popular by building a flashy new stadium for the team he brought. Unfortunately, this went against Lisa’s plan to build a bee sanctuary and Burns is treated as the villain of the episode. When Homer unleashed a hoard of Africanized bees on the stadium, injuring who knows how many people, Burns was the one who was blamed and had to pay for all the damages while Lisa and Homer got off Scot free.

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** Horst and the other Germans from "Burns "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E11BurnsVerkaufenDerKraftwerk Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk", Kraftwerk]]", which also makes Homer the DesignatedVictim. Aside from not being threatening or even the least bit unpleasant like everyone expected them to be (barring their "threat" to Mr. Burns at the end of the episode) and the numerous and expensive repairs in need at the plant which were still out of Homer's reach even as the safety inspector, his own incompetence and inability to explain his job or provide any ways to improve productivity at the plant got him fired, and rightfully so. Even a later scene had him complaining that they had no right to fire him, ''while using a fork inside of a toaster oven.'' In spite of his SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome of telling off Mr. Burns at Moe's, you can't blame the men for taking action, especially since he was the only employee to be let go.
** Similarly, you have Evelyn, Marge's high school classmate, and the other country club women from "Scenes "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E14ScenesFromTheClassStruggleInSpringfield Scenes from a the Class Struggle in Springfield", Springfield]]", save for Sue-sin, of course. While constantly referred to as snobs throughout the episode, none of the women were intentionally rude or even catty to Marge (and, at worst, could only be seen as InnocentlyInsensitive) and had she and the rest of family went to the big party at the club, they would have welcomed them in with open arms. Even Sue-sin comments she wasn't serious or malicious in her attitude.
** Burns of all people is this in "The "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS20E8TheBurnsAndTheBees The Burns and the Bees".Bees]]". All he wanted to do was become popular by building a flashy new stadium for the team he brought. Unfortunately, this went against Lisa’s plan to build a bee sanctuary and Burns is treated as the villain of the episode. When Homer unleashed a hoard of Africanized bees on the stadium, injuring who knows how many people, Burns was the one who was blamed and had to pay for all the damages while Lisa and Homer got off Scot free.



** The episodes from Mike Scully's time as showrunner (Seasons 9-12) are accused of this due to {{Flanderization}}, [[DenserAndWackier crazy off-the-wall plots]] (and for some, too much focus on [[SpotlightStealingSquad Homer]]), and, in Season 11, the show trying to be just like more "in-your-face" satirical cartoons like ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' and ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' just to keep up. There were also issues with tone: Some of the episodes, including the infamous "The Principal and the Pauper" and "Saddlesore Galactica", tried to mock their own absurdity, but the parody was so subtle that it came across as {{Flanderization}} and bad writing.

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** The episodes from Mike Scully's time as showrunner (Seasons 9-12) are accused of this due to {{Flanderization}}, [[DenserAndWackier crazy off-the-wall plots]] (and for some, too much focus on [[SpotlightStealingSquad Homer]]), and, in Season 11, the show trying to be just like more "in-your-face" satirical cartoons like ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' and ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' just to keep up. There were also issues with tone: Some of the episodes, including the infamous "The "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E2ThePrincipalAndThePauper The Principal and the Pauper" Pauper]]" and "Saddlesore Galactica", "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E13SaddlesoreGalactica Saddlesore Galactica]]", tried to mock their own absurdity, but the parody was so subtle that it came across as {{Flanderization}} and bad writing.



* EarWorm: [[http://youtube.com/watch?v=e_9eMNwia5I "Everybody Hates Ned Flanders"]] from the episode "Dude, Where's My Ranch?"

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* EarWorm: [[http://youtube.com/watch?v=e_9eMNwia5I "Everybody Hates Ned Flanders"]] from the episode "Dude, "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS14E18DudeWheresMyRanch Dude, Where's My Ranch?"Ranch?]]"



** Sideshow Bob. He's voiced by Kelsey Grammer and his plans tend to be well thought out and the only reason he loses is someone outgambits him in some way, but he comes pretty close to succeeding.

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** Sideshow Bob. He's voiced by Kelsey Grammer Creator/KelseyGrammer and his plans tend to be well thought out and the only reason he loses is someone outgambits him in some way, but he comes pretty close to succeeding.



* FandomHeresy: Not unlike the whole [[StarWars "prequels vs. the original series" debates]], defense of any later episode will come across as this. See SacredCow below.

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* FandomHeresy: Not unlike the whole [[StarWars [[Franchise/StarWars "prequels vs. the original series" debates]], defense of any later episode will come across as this. See SacredCow below.



** Special mention should go to "The Principal and the Pauper", the episode where it's revealed that the Principal Skinner we've known throughout the show's long-running history (8 seasons at that point) is actually [[DeadPersonImpersonation a fraud named Armin Tamzarian]]. The episode is an [[CanonDiscontinuity in-show example of discontinuity]], too, because the characters in-show [[StatusQuoIsGod decide they prefer the fake Skinner, run the real one out of town, and a judge orders that they never speak of the incident again]]. Several subsequent episodes have made self-effacing TakeThat jokes about the preposterousness of the plot as well.
** The only episode more reviled for its blatant abuse of canon than "The Principal and the Pauper" is "That '90s Show" which depicts the lives of The Simpsons throughout the 90s, completely ignoring that the events of episodes which aired during the show's earlier seasons that took place in the 90s, and completely rewriting canon as a result. This may have been upgraded to CanonDiscontinuity in later seasons, since they continue to depict Homer and Marge as having gotten together in the late 1970s into the 1980s.
** Also "Viva Ned Flanders", with its portrayal as Ned as 60 has since been ignored - with Ned's previous background as the son of beatniks being retained.
** "The Boys of Bummer" and "Million Dollar Abie" are disowned for showing abuse to Bart and Grampa respectively that goes beyond BlackComedy.
** "Saddlesore Galactica" and "Kill the Alligator and Run" aren't well-liked and are considered the reasons why ''The Simpsons'' hasn't been funny in ages, though "Saddlesore Galactica" is more divided, as some people (and the Simpsons writers) see the episode more as a surreal [[SelfDeprecation piss-take against The Simpsons' own decline in quality due to repetitive storylines and exaggerated characterizations]]. "Kill the Alligator and Run," on the other hand, doesn't have that luxury of being re-seen as a ParodyRetcon and its WriterCopOut and Music/KidRock cameo appearance puts it on Internet lists for "Worst Simpsons Episode Ever".
** "Bart-Mangled Banner" for being so heavy-handed against Republicans and conservatives that Creator/SethMacFarlane could rewrite it as a ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode by just changing the names and no one would be able to tell the difference.
** Some fans treat "Lisa the Vegetarian" as this, not for being bad (it's considered genuinely funny), but that they feel this episode started Lisa's eventual {{Flanderization}} into a SoapboxSadie (which it was, due to Paul [=McCartney=] only agreeing to do the episode if Lisa stayed vegetarian for the rest of the show's run. The fans saw it as a sign that the Simpsons' writers were kissing the asses of the guest stars they let on the show, disliking Paul more than his wife [[YokoOhNo Linda]] because of that).
** Fans usually ignore the presence of Sideshow Bob's Italian wife and son as seen in "The Italian Bob". Possibly CanonDiscontinuity as they're never seen or mentioned again after "Funeral for a Fiend".
** "Homer vs. Dignity" is hated by many for sinking to ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''-cum-''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''-esque levels of vulgar humor (though the same can be said for a lot of episodes from Mike Scully's era of being show-runner). The panda rape scene crosses the line into DudeNotFunny territory with sickening abandon; rarely does a two-minute scene turn an otherwise unremarkable episode into one of the most-hated in the show's history and a regular on "Worst Simpsons Episode" lists.

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** Special mention should go to "The "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E2ThePrincipalAndThePauper The Principal and the Pauper", Pauper]]", the episode where it's revealed that the Principal Skinner we've known throughout the show's long-running history (8 seasons at that point) is actually [[DeadPersonImpersonation a fraud named Armin Tamzarian]]. The episode is an [[CanonDiscontinuity in-show example of discontinuity]], too, because the characters in-show [[StatusQuoIsGod decide they prefer the fake Skinner, run the real one out of town, and a judge orders that they never speak of the incident again]]. Several subsequent episodes have made self-effacing TakeThat jokes about the preposterousness of the plot as well.
** The only episode more reviled for its blatant abuse of canon than "The Principal and the Pauper" is "That "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS19E11That90sShow That '90s Show" Show]]" which depicts the lives of The Simpsons throughout the 90s, completely ignoring that the events of episodes which aired during the show's earlier seasons that took place in the 90s, and completely rewriting canon as a result. This may have been upgraded to CanonDiscontinuity in later seasons, since they continue to depict Homer and Marge as having gotten together in the late 1970s into the 1980s.
** Also "Viva "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS10E10VivaNedFlanders Viva Ned Flanders", Flanders]]", with its portrayal as Ned as 60 has since been ignored - with Ned's previous background as the son of beatniks being retained.
** "The "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS18E18TheBoysOfBummer The Boys of Bummer" Bummer]]" and "Million "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS17E16MillionDollarAbie Million Dollar Abie" Abie]]" are disowned for showing abuse to Bart and Grampa respectively that goes beyond BlackComedy.
** "Saddlesore Galactica" "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E13SaddlesoreGalactica Saddlesore Galactica]]" and "Kill "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E19KillTheAlligatorAndRun Kill the Alligator and Run" Run]]" aren't well-liked and are considered the reasons why ''The Simpsons'' hasn't been funny in ages, though "Saddlesore Galactica" is more divided, as some people (and the Simpsons writers) see the episode more as a surreal [[SelfDeprecation piss-take against The Simpsons' own decline in quality due to repetitive storylines and exaggerated characterizations]]. "Kill the Alligator and Run," on the other hand, doesn't have that luxury of being re-seen as a ParodyRetcon and its WriterCopOut and Music/KidRock cameo appearance puts it on Internet lists for "Worst Simpsons Episode Ever".
** "Bart-Mangled Banner" "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS15E21BartMangledBanner Bart-Mangled Banner]]" for being so heavy-handed against Republicans and conservatives that Creator/SethMacFarlane could rewrite it as a ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode by just changing the names and no one would be able to tell the difference.
** Some fans treat "Lisa "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E5LisaTheVegetarian Lisa the Vegetarian" Vegetarian]]" as this, not for being bad (it's considered genuinely funny), but that they feel this episode started Lisa's eventual {{Flanderization}} into a SoapboxSadie (which it was, due to Paul [=McCartney=] Music/PaulMcCartney only agreeing to do the episode if Lisa stayed vegetarian for the rest of the show's run. The fans saw it as a sign that the Simpsons' writers were kissing the asses of the guest stars they let on the show, disliking Paul more than his wife [[YokoOhNo Linda]] because of that).
** Fans usually ignore the presence of Sideshow Bob's Italian wife and son as seen in "The "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS17E8TheItalianBob The Italian Bob". Bob]]". Possibly CanonDiscontinuity as they're never seen or mentioned again after "Funeral "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS19E8FuneralForAFiend Funeral for a Fiend".
Fiend]]".
** "Homer "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS12E5HomerVsDignity Homer vs. Dignity" Dignity]]" is hated by many for sinking to ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''-cum-''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''-esque levels of vulgar humor (though the same can be said for a lot of episodes from Mike Scully's era of being show-runner). The panda rape scene crosses the line into DudeNotFunny territory with sickening abandon; rarely does a two-minute scene turn an otherwise unremarkable episode into one of the most-hated in the show's history and a regular on "Worst Simpsons Episode" lists.



** Some fans treat "Mother Simpson" as the only time Mona Simpson appears, as they feel her later appearances cancel out its ''very powerful'' TearJerker ending.
** "Lisa Goes Gaga" essentially played out like a Simpsons-Lady Gaga crossover fanfiction. While there have episodes with celebrity guest stars before on the show, this was literally 20 minutes of nothing but Lady Gaga having her ass kissed, which may have been great for her fans, but not to people who aren't really into her music. It's especially grating when you consider that some of the other famous iconic guest stars on the show like Music/TheRamones, Music/PaulMcCartney, Creator/ElizabethTaylor, or Creator/KirkDouglas, only appeared in small cameo roles or parts that only took up one-third of the episode's plot. The icing on the cake comes from the episode's constant rehashing of jokes about Lady Gaga that have been done before (and done better elsewhere).

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** Some fans treat "Mother Simpson" "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E8MotherSimpson Mother Simpson]]" as the only time Mona Simpson appears, as they feel her later appearances cancel out its ''very powerful'' TearJerker ending.
** "Lisa "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS23E22LisaGoesGaga Lisa Goes Gaga" Gaga]]" essentially played out like a Simpsons-Lady Gaga Simpsons-Music/LadyGaga crossover fanfiction. While there have episodes with celebrity guest stars before on the show, this was literally 20 minutes of nothing but Lady Gaga having her ass kissed, which may have been great for her fans, but not to people who aren't really into her music. It's especially grating when you consider that some of the other famous iconic guest stars on the show like Music/TheRamones, Music/PaulMcCartney, Creator/ElizabethTaylor, or Creator/KirkDouglas, only appeared in small cameo roles or parts that only took up one-third of the episode's plot. The icing on the cake comes from the episode's constant rehashing of jokes about Lady Gaga that have been done before (and done better elsewhere).



** Little Orphan Millie, due to Milhouse's parents getting back together when their divorce was considered by many to be CharacterDevelopment for their son.
** Some fans don't consider any of the permanent character deaths to be canon. This includes the death of Maude in "Alone Again, Natura-Diddily", Snowball II in "I, (Annoyed Grunt)-Bot", Fat Tony in "Donnie Fatso", and Edna Krabappel after [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim Marcia Wallace's own death]]. With some of these deaths, the narrative pretends they never happened either.
** Bart, Lisa and Maggie were always considered special for being the three Simpsons kids but "Adventures in Baby-Getting" reveals that Homer donated his sperm and now has a massive number of offspring mothered by other women. In the same episode Homer says he never wanted to be a father which contradicts how much he enjoyed being a father in classic seasons. It is downright nonsensical that he would donate his genetic material to a sperm bank but not ever want children. He also lets Bart watch the Itchy and Scratchy movie when he had banned him from ever doing so in "Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie".
** "Gorgeous Grampa" included an offensive caricature of transgender people, Marge hoping Grampa is gay so she can look more progressive, a StorageWars parody, and a major SeriesContinuityError by presenting Mr. Burns as a fan of Abraham when it was established in "The Curse of the Flying Hellfish" that the two were mortal enemies since WWII.
* FanPreferredCouple: Nedna is ''literally'' a fan-preferred couple: FOX held a vote to see if they should break up or become an OfficialCouple. Nedna won (but not before Marcia Wallace died, leaving Ned Flanders a widow once again).

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** "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS19E6LIttleOrphanMillie Little Orphan Millie, Millie]]", due to Milhouse's parents getting back together when their divorce was considered by many to be CharacterDevelopment for their son.
** Some fans don't consider any of the permanent character deaths to be canon. This includes the death of Maude in "Alone "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E14AloneAgainNaturaDiddily Alone Again, Natura-Diddily", Natura-Diddily]]", Snowball II in "I, "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS15E9IAnnoyedGruntBot I, (Annoyed Grunt)-Bot", Grunt)-Bot]]", Fat Tony in "Donnie Fatso", "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS22E9DonnieFatso Donnie Fatso]]", and Edna Krabappel after [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim Marcia Wallace's own death]]. With some of these deaths, the narrative pretends they never happened either.
** Bart, Lisa and Maggie were always considered special for being the three Simpsons kids but "Adventures "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS24E3AdventuresInBabyGetting Adventures in Baby-Getting" Baby-Getting]]" reveals that Homer donated his sperm and now has a massive number of offspring mothered by other women. In the same episode Homer says he never wanted to be a father which contradicts how much he enjoyed being a father in classic seasons. It is downright nonsensical that he would donate his genetic material to a sperm bank but not ever want children. He also lets Bart watch the Itchy and Scratchy movie when he had banned him from ever doing so in "Itchy "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS4E6ItchyAndScratchyTheMovie Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie".
Movie]]".
** "Gorgeous Grampa" "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS24E14GorgeousGrampa Gorgeous Grampa]]" included an offensive caricature of transgender people, Marge hoping Grampa is gay so she can look more progressive, a StorageWars ''Series/StorageWars'' parody, and a major SeriesContinuityError by presenting Mr. Burns as a fan of Abraham when it was established in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E22 Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in "The Curse of the Flying Hellfish" Hellfish"]]" that the two were mortal enemies since WWII.
* FanPreferredCouple: FanPreferredCouple:
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Nedna is ''literally'' a fan-preferred couple: FOX held a vote to see if they should break up or become an OfficialCouple. Nedna won (but not before Marcia Wallace died, leaving Ned Flanders a widow once again).



* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Lisa. She's a BaseBreakingCharacter in the United States, but Lisa is very popular with Japanese audiences, due to her studiousness and Buddhism. Promotional material for ''The Simpsons'' in Japan even portrays her as the main character.

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* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff:
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Lisa. She's a BaseBreakingCharacter in the United States, but Lisa is very popular with Japanese audiences, due to her studiousness and Buddhism. Promotional material for ''The Simpsons'' in Japan even portrays her as the main character.



** In "Brush With Greatness", as Music/RingoStarr is responding to fan mail from the 1960s, he says "I don't care if it takes me another 20 years. I'm going to answer every one of them." In October 2008, Starr announced he'd no longer accept any more fan mail.
** In "Fear of Flying", Homer didn’t want Marge to go to therapy because he thought it would turn her against him. In "Specs and the City", he finds out that she is in therapy and he is her biggest complaint.
** In "Lisa’s First Word", Bart spent the entire episode resenting Lisa because he felt that his parents were disregarding him as she was getting all the attention. Eventually, he is about to run away until Lisa says her first word, "Bart". Then comes "Lisa’s Sax" where Bart being disregarded by his parents as Lisa gets all the attention is exactly what happens. Taken even further when Marge eventually admits she sees all of her children as ReplacementGoldfish, making Lisa a serious case of the MiddleChildSyndrome.
** In "Beyond Blunderdome" guest star Creator/MelGibson is genuinely shocked when audiences react badly to his ultra-violent climactic blood bath ending to his remake of ''Mr. Smith Goes To Washington'' (see WhatAnIdiot below). A few years later Gibson's life and career would spiral out of control when he couldn't cope with general audiences reacting badly to his very bloody 2004 Crucifixion film ''The Passion of the Christ'', seriously damaging his reputation in the process as he suffered a serious nervous breakdown complete with alcohol relapse and the end of his long standing marriage to Robin Moore.
** "Bart of Darkness": Bart worrying that Maude is dead doesn't seem so funny now that Maude [[KilledOffForReal really]] ''[[KilledOffForReal is]]'' [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E14AloneAgainNaturaDiddily dead]].
** Dr. Hibbert's whole situation (by original design and {{Flanderization}}) of being the anti-[[Series/TheCosbyShow Cliff Huxtable]], in light of the ''RealLife'' crimes that Creator/BillCosby has been accused of doing, even ''during'' the filming of said show. Especially in "On a Clear Day I Can't See My Sister", where Hibbert makes a reference to dealing with a sexual harassment lawsuit.
** Seeing what a cool, heroic guy that Jebidiah Springfield, the town's founder, is portrayed as in "The Telltale Head" is this after his true identity is discovered in "Lisa The Iconoclast": [[spoiler: as a conman and a scoundrel who tried to kill UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington.]]
* HeartwarmingInHindsight: In "Worst Episode Ever" jokes are made about Comic Book Guy's [[ThisLoserIsYou single status]], when Dr. Hibbert comments after he has a heart attack that the job of running a comic store is something he'd call "The Professional Widowmaker" except the owners are never married. Flashforward to Season 25's "Married to the Blob" and Comic Book Guy does end up HappilyMarried.

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** In "Brush With Greatness", "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E18BrushWithGreatness Brush with Greatness]]", as Music/RingoStarr is responding to fan mail from the 1960s, he says "I don't care if it takes me another 20 years. I'm going to answer every one of them." In October 2008, Starr announced he'd no longer accept any more fan mail.
** In "Fear "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E11FearOfFlying Fear of Flying", Flying]]", Homer didn’t want Marge to go to therapy because he thought it would turn her against him. In "Specs and the City", "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS25E11SpecsInTheCity Specs In The City]]", he finds out that she is in therapy and he is her biggest complaint.
** In "Lisa’s "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS4E10LisasFirstWord Lisa's First Word", Word]]", Bart spent the entire episode resenting Lisa because he felt that his parents were disregarding him as she was getting all the attention. Eventually, he is about to run away until Lisa says her first word, "Bart". Then comes "Lisa’s Sax" where Bart being disregarded by his parents as Lisa gets all the attention is exactly what happens. Taken even further when Marge eventually admits she sees all of her children as ReplacementGoldfish, making Lisa a serious case of the MiddleChildSyndrome.
** In "Beyond Blunderdome" "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E1BeyondBlunderdome Beyond Blunderdome]]" guest star Creator/MelGibson is genuinely shocked when audiences react badly to his ultra-violent climactic blood bath ending to his remake of ''Mr. Smith Goes To Washington'' ''Film/MrSmithGoesToWashington'' (see WhatAnIdiot below). A few years later Gibson's life and career would spiral out of control when he couldn't cope with general audiences reacting badly to his very bloody 2004 Crucifixion film ''The Passion of the Christ'', ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist'', seriously damaging his reputation in the process as he suffered a serious nervous breakdown complete with alcohol relapse and the end of his long standing marriage to Robin Moore.
** "Bart "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E1BartOfDarkness Bart of Darkness": Darkness]]": Bart worrying that Maude is dead doesn't seem so funny now that Maude [[KilledOffForReal really]] ''[[KilledOffForReal is]]'' [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E14AloneAgainNaturaDiddily dead]].
** Dr. Hibbert's whole situation (by original design and {{Flanderization}}) of being the anti-[[Series/TheCosbyShow Cliff Huxtable]], in light of the ''RealLife'' crimes that Creator/BillCosby has been accused of doing, even ''during'' the filming of said show. Especially in "On "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS16E11OnAClearDayICantSeeMySister On a Clear Day I Can't See My Sister", Sister]]", where Hibbert makes a reference to dealing with a sexual harassment lawsuit.
** Seeing what a cool, heroic guy that Jebidiah Springfield, the town's founder, is portrayed as in "The "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS1E8TheTelltaleHead The Telltale Head" Head]]" is this after his true identity is discovered in "Lisa The Iconoclast": "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E16LisaTheIconoclast Lisa the Iconoclast]]": [[spoiler: as a conman and a scoundrel who tried to kill UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington.]]
* HeartwarmingInHindsight: In "Worst "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS12E11WorstEpisodeEver Worst Episode Ever" Ever]]" jokes are made about Comic Book Guy's [[ThisLoserIsYou single status]], when Dr. Hibbert comments after he has a heart attack that the job of running a comic store is something he'd call "The Professional Widowmaker" except the owners are never married. Flashforward to Season 25's "Married "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS25E10MarriedToTheBlob Married to the Blob" Blob]]" and Comic Book Guy does end up HappilyMarried.



* MisBlamed: Since he became showrunner in Season 9, Mike Scully gets blamed for "The Principal and the Pauper" during that season. Except Scully was never involved in it. It was a leftover episode from Season 8, with Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein as showrunners, Steven Dean Moore was the director, and Ken Keeler was the writer.
** Lisa sometimes gets this from the fans, being blamed for Marge and Homer's bad parenting when fans feel they favour her over Bart. In the episode 'Lisa's Sax', many felt that Bart's unhappiness at school was shoved aside in favour of nurturing Lisa's gift. While the episode supports this to an extent, it's not really Lisa's fault as she was a toddler at the time and not consciously trying to steal their parents' attention.

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* MisBlamed: Since he became showrunner in Season 9, Mike Scully gets blamed for "The "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS19E2ThePrincipalAndThePauper The Principal and the Pauper" Pauper]]" during that season. Except Scully was never involved in it. It was a leftover episode from Season 8, with Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein as showrunners, Steven Dean Moore was the director, and Ken Keeler was the writer.
** Lisa sometimes gets this from the fans, being blamed for Marge and Homer's bad parenting when fans feel they favour her over Bart. In the episode 'Lisa's Sax', "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E3LisasSax Lisa's Sax]]", many felt that Bart's unhappiness at school was shoved aside in favour of nurturing Lisa's gift. While the episode supports this to an extent, it's not really Lisa's fault as she was a toddler at the time and not consciously trying to steal their parents' attention.



* MostAnnoyingSound: Dr. Marvin Monroe's very raspy voice. Which is why Harry Shearer, Matt Groening, and the audience never liked the character.

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* MostAnnoyingSound: Dr. Marvin Monroe's very raspy voice. Which is why Harry Shearer, Matt Groening, Creator/HarryShearer, Creator/MattGroening, and the audience never liked the character.
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