History YMMV / TheSimpsons

27th Sep '16 6:50:59 AM DoctorSleep
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** The real-world celebrity cameos can come off as this, as they're always drawn as realistically as possible which clashes with the semi-abstract designs of the main and recurring cast.
26th Sep '16 10:57:51 PM Nakayama90
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** In the Treehouse of Horror episode, "How to Get Ahead in Dead-Vertising", one of the celebrities Homer targets is eccentric musician {{Prince}}. Now that Prince actually is dead (albeit not from being stabbed with his symbol guitar), that scene is painful to look at, much less get laughs from (and will most likely be edited in American reruns for a while[[note]]the UK version also cuts this scene, but only because it was too violent[[/note]]).
22nd Sep '16 9:09:19 PM nombretomado
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** 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 BillCosby has done, 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 a sexual harassment lawsuit.

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** 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 BillCosby Creator/BillCosby has done, 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 a sexual harassment lawsuit.
21st Sep '16 3:39:11 PM BatmanKalEl
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* CriticalResearchFailure: In "The Man Who Came to be Dinner", a 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.

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* CriticalResearchFailure: In "The Man Who Came to be Dinner", a shallow [[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.
21st Sep '16 2:56:22 PM BatmanKalEl
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*** The Simpson's writers have always hated Republicans but they had to tread carefully and so were not allowed to "bash" them so harshly back then. The Simpsons was the most revolutionary cartoon of its time and none of the creators thought it would be as successful as it turned out to be. Now that the AnimationAgeGhetto has softened and people think AllAdultAnimationIsSouthPark, The Simpsons can get away with more controversial content than ever before. In the franchise's hey-day, Republicans, deforestation companies, the nuclear power industry, religious groups and MoralGuardians constantly threatened to cancel the series by mailing thousands of letters to executives. This led to MattGroening making many [[TakeThat snarky comments]] about them in return but not much could actually appear on the show until after the 2000s.
20th Sep '16 6:19:25 AM annette12
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** Carl Carlson. He's like Lenny, except he's always successful, is fawned over by beautiful women, and can often turn into a jerk. The one episode focusing on his backstory made him come off as unsympathetic and a terrible friend.
18th Sep '16 6:47:51 AM 123456789
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* FanonDiscontinuity: Many, given the show's longevity and fans' strong preference for the older seasons (and possibly the Ullman shorts):

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* FanonDiscontinuity: Many, given the show's longevity and fans' strong preference for the older first 8-10 seasons (and possibly the Ullman shorts):



* SacredCow: The episodes of TheNineties (i.e. the first 8 seasons). Suggested to be infallible, genius, a never-ending cultural icon, and television stewed to perfection. Suggesting even the slightest bit of flaws or NostalgiaFilter in any fan favorite is tantamount to FandomHeresy, regardless of validity.

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* SacredCow: The episodes of TheNineties (i.e. the first 8 8-10 seasons). Suggested to be infallible, genius, a never-ending cultural icon, and television stewed to perfection. Suggesting even the slightest bit of flaws or NostalgiaFilter in any fan favorite is tantamount to FandomHeresy, regardless of validity.



* SoOkayItsAverage: The post-Season 8 episodes are this for some fans.

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* SoOkayItsAverage: The post-Season 8 post-SeasonalRot episodes are this for some fans.



* ToughActToFollow: Some of the criticism of Seasons 9-present comes from [[OvershadowedByAwesome the extremely high expectations fans had after the first 8 seasons]].

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* ToughActToFollow: Some of the criticism of Seasons 9-present the newer seasons comes from [[OvershadowedByAwesome the extremely high expectations fans had after the first 8 8-10 seasons]].
18th Sep '16 6:34:00 AM 123456789
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** Family Guy

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** Family GuyGuy, which the newer seasons get compared to.


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** Likewise, Jean gets accused of ruining the show before season 13, either because he returned to the show in season 10 or he became executive producer in seasons 11 and 12.
15th Sep '16 5:52:14 AM emmerys
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** 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 world. 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 also downright nonsensical that he would donate his genetic material to a sperm bank but not ever want children.

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** 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 world.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 also downright nonsensical that he would donate his genetic material to a sperm bank but not ever want children.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".
15th Sep '16 5:48:29 AM emmerys
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** "The Principal and The Pauper", for messing with continuity: [[spoiler:"Principal Skinner" is revealed to be a street punk named Armin Tamzarian, who began impersonating Skinner when sent to deliver the news of the real Skinner's death in Vietnam to his mother]].
*** This one also deserves mention because the show itself basically did this at the end of the episode, declaring that the entire town [[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain agrees to pretend the reveal never happened]].
** "That 90s Show", also for continuity snarls: The episode "documents" the Simpsons' lives in the 90s, in the process eliminating Seasons 1 through 11 from the show's canon and rewriting how Homer and Marge got together. The episode may have been upgraded to CanonDiscontinuity, since newer seasons rely on the old canon where Homer and Marge got together in the late 70s-early 80s.
** "Homer Vs. Dignity", for recycled plots and attempts at gross-out, ''FamilyGuy''-style humor (Homer writhing on the bathroom floor in a diaper and the panda rape scene).
** "Brother From Another Series" realized that Bob had nowhere to go as a villain after trying to nuke Springfield, and gave him a pretty graceful sendoff, featuring his redemption and reconciliation with Bart. Later Bob episodes largely ignored this, and Bob suffered major VillainDecay as a result, leading some to declare it "the last Sideshow Bob episode."
** "Little Orphan Millie" due to Milhouse's parents getting back together when their divorce had been considered CharacterDevelopment.

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** Special mention should go to "The Principal and The the Pauper", for messing with continuity: [[spoiler:"Principal Skinner" is the episode where it's revealed to be a street punk named Armin Tamzarian, who began impersonating Skinner when sent to deliver the news of the real Skinner's death in Vietnam to his mother]].
*** This one also deserves mention because the show itself basically did this at the end of the episode, declaring
that the entire town [[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain agrees to pretend the reveal never happened]].
** "That 90s Show", also for continuity snarls: The episode "documents" the Simpsons' lives in the 90s, in the process eliminating Seasons 1 through 11 from
Principal Skinner we've known throughout the show's canon and rewriting how Homer and Marge got together. 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, CanonDiscontinuity in later seasons, since newer seasons rely on the old canon where they continue to depict Homer and Marge got as having gotten together in the late 70s-early 80s.
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 is often put 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).
** 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", vs. Dignity" is hated by many for recycled plots and attempts at gross-out, ''FamilyGuy''-style sinking to ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''-cum-''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''-esque levels of vulgar humor (Homer writhing on (though the bathroom floor in same can be said for a diaper and the lot of episodes from Mike Scully's era of being show-runner). The panda rape scene).
** "Brother From Another Series" realized that Bob had nowhere to go as a villain after trying to nuke Springfield, and gave him a pretty graceful sendoff, featuring his redemption and reconciliation
scene crosses the line into DudeNotFunny territory with Bart. Later Bob 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.
** The Al Jean
episodes largely ignored this, are hated just as much, only for different reasons namely, being boring, derivative, full of forced humor, and Bob suffered major VillainDecay carrying an air of WereStillRelevantDammit due to dated pop culture jokes. In fact, it's just safe to say that anything after season 8 on ''The Simpsons'' is a mixed bag at best, but has ''some'' good moments in it, though those have been getting rare since season 13.
** 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" esentially played out like
a result, leading 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/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 episode rehashed a lot of jokes about Lady Gaga that have been done before (and done better elsewhere) and received some backlash from fans.
** Ned Flanders getting married
to declare it "the last Sideshow Bob episode."
Edna Krabappel is seen by some fans as another JumpedTheShark moment in the series history.
** "Little Little Orphan Millie" Millie, due to Milhouse's parents getting back together when their divorce had been was considered CharacterDevelopment.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.
** Comic Book Guy getting married to a Japanese woman after he acted like a disgusting MightyWhitey was highly disliked due to it portraying Asian fetisihism in a positive light.
** 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 world. 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 also downright nonsensical that he would donate his genetic material to a sperm bank but not ever want children.
** "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. It was established in "The Curse of the Flying Hellfish" that the two were mortal enemies since WWII.


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** Nelson/Lisa is more popular among fans and the voice actors even though the writers seem to sway things towards Milhouse/Lisa.
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