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* HilariousInHindsight:
** The Flaming Homer/Moe episode centers around a mixed-drink spiked with cough syrup. Flash forward a few years and we have [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purple_drank Purple Drank]].
** In an earlier season, after Maude dies Ned goes on a date with Edna Krabappel, who only dates Flanders to get back at Principal Skinner. Come Season 23, the two (Ned and Edna, not Edna and Skinner) are now married. [[spoiler:However, Edna was killed off in 2014 after her voice actress died.]]
** The season 11 premiere "Beyond Blunderdome" had Mel Gibson (voicing himself) and plays on the idea that he is so admired by the public that it makes him uncomfortable. With ''The Passion of the Christ'' and news about his alcoholism and his anti-Semitic and sexist remarks, it looks as if Mel's got his wish. It's both funny and depressing.
** In the Treehouse of Horror short "Clown Without Pity", a naked Homer runs screaming from his bathtub to escape a harpoon-wielding demonic Krusty the Clown doll and passes by Patty, Selma, and Marge as they have lunch together. Patty puts down her fork and says, "There goes the last lingering thread of my heterosexuality." Years after this throwaway joke in a non-canonical Halloween episode, Patty came out of the closet and revealed that she was a lesbian all along, rather than being heterosexual, but celibate since she thinks all men are as stupid and crass as Homer and will never have a real man like the actor who plays [=MacGyver=].
*** Similarly, in "Homer's Phobia", once Homer learns of John's sexuality he says "Now we can never say only straight people have been in this house". Patty had been visiting for years by that point (also Smithers, as seen in "Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish").
** "They Saved Lisa's Brain," Stephen Hawking mentions he may steal the idea of a "donut-shaped universe" that Homer has explained to him off-screen. In modern physics, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three-torus_model_of_the_universe Three-torus model]] ''is'' a real theory of the shape of the universe, and makes more sense than you may think.[[note]]Basically, the theory proposes that the universe is finite but loops in on itself, and a "donut" shape is a logical result of explaining how that could work.[[/note]]
** A similar situation happened in "Itchy and Scratchy Land" where Creator/JohnTravolta is shown reduced to working as a bartender in a 70s themed bar. The episode was released in the same year that ''Film/PulpFiction'' came out, which single-handedly [[CareerResurrection resurrected]] Travolta's career with a scene set in a retro-themed diner.
** Despite the touching undertones and Bart [[EarnYourHappyEnding earning his happy ending]], the fact that [[StatusQuoIsGod Bart is still in the fourth grade after all these years]] makes the events from "Bart Gets an F" seem senseless.
** In "You Only Move Twice" Homer is disappointed when his BenevolentBoss, Hank Scorpio, gives him the Denver Broncos as a gift instead of the Dallas Cowboys. The Denver Broncos are seen practicing on the Simpsons' front lawn, and are portrayed as bumbling and laughably bad at football. The NFL season after this episode aired the Denver Broncos would win the Super Bowl, and then do it ''again'' the season after that.
*** After the 2014 Super Bowl where the Broncos lost to the Seattle Seahawks by an embarrassing score of 43-8, the clip of Homer bemoaning owning the team received renewed interest online.
** In "Itchy and Scratchy: The Movie", Bart watches a trailer for the fictitious ''Franchise/StarTrek'' film ''Star Trek XII: So Very Tired'', which lampoons the increasing age of the TOS cast. In May 2013, the 12th Star Trek film, ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', got released and also features the TOS crew, albeit played by much younger actors.
** ''The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase'' is a lot funnier when you realize that (a) Matt Groening originally had a ''Simpsons'' spin-off planned called ''Tales of Springfield'' (it was rejected and reworked as the season seven episode "22 Short Films About Springfield"), and (b) SethMacFarlane (Matt Groening's friend and professional rival) created a spin-off of his [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Simpsons knock-off animated sitcom]]: ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow''.
*** The ''Chief Wiggum, PI'' segment is based on the premise of a successful TV show creating a spinoff featuring "exciting, sexy adventures" amid the "colorful backdrop" of TheBigEasy. 17 years later, cue the debut of ''Series/NCISNewOrleans''.
** In the Season 2 episode "Three Men and a Comic Book", Homer and Bart discuss how ''The Cosby Show'' was being taken off the air to keep it from becoming stale, and [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall joke about how they would "run that sucker into the ground" if they were in Cosby's position]]. More than 20 seasons later, ''The Simpsons'' is still on the air and, in some viewers' eyes, feels as if it's been run into the ground. The part about Cosby going off the air can cross over into a FunnyAneurysmMoment, however, given Cosby's scandals.
** Matt Groening criticized the episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E18AStarIsBurns A Star is Burns]]" because he promised his sitcom would be different from others and one of the sitcom conventions he hated is the crossover episode that plays out like a 20-odd minute advertisement for another show, even removing his name from the credits in protest. Since then, ''The Simpsons'' has had an ''X Files'' crossover ("The Springfield Files"), a Jay Sherman cameo ("Hurricane Neddy"), a ''24'' crossover ("24 Minutes"), a ''Terminator'' parody featuring the characters from ''Futurama'' and a ''Family Guy'' parody where The Simpsons bond with The Griffins.
** The 1996 episode "Two Bad Neighbors," in which former president UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush moves next door to the Simpsons, includes a scene where Homer tries to trick Bush into opening his door by propping up two cardboard cutouts of his sons Jeb and "[[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush George Bush, Jr.]]" According to the Season 7 DVD commentary, the writers (and the mid-90s audience) [[AluminumChristmasTrees had no idea at the time that there actually]] ''[[AluminumChristmasTrees was]]'' [[AluminumChristmasTrees a George Bush, Jr.]], and figured that Homer was just being stupid by making up a name on the spot. And yet, they somehow knew who Jeb Bush was.
** Remember that Bonestorm commercial that started out with a couple kids playing a fighting game where you fight a tank? Enter ''VideoGame/AkatsukiBlitzkampf'', a Japanese doujin fighting game where [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1w-GBFf8Sc one of the bosses]] is ''literally'' a tank.
** Remember the epissode with "Yvan Eht Nioj"? Well it seems Katy Perry may or may not have devised a similar plan for the Marines...
** Back in the very first Treehouse of Horror, Bart makes a comment on the first ''Film/{{Friday the 13th|1980}}'' film, saying that "[[SeinfeldIsUnfunny it's pretty tame by today's standards]]." In wake of much more controversial adult animated shows like ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'', ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', and ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', ''The Simpsons'' has often been thought of as "tame" by modern audiences.
** In the [[VideoGame/TheSimpsons old Konami arcade]], one of the enemies are [[AnthropomorphicFood donuts]] in the Dream Land level. Cut to the Season 9 episode "Simpson Tide", it begins with Homer's dream he's on the [[Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes Planet of the Donuts]].
** The scene in Homerpalooza when Homer, worried about being out of touch with the music scene, revisits his old favourite record store ('Good Vibrations', since renamed to 'Suicide Notes'). When he mentions the Us Festival being sponsored by 'That guy from Apple computers', the Gen X cashier holds up a music CD and sardonically asks "''What'' computers?" - Amusing at the time as an example of Homer being out of touch. Funnier still decades later, after the rise of iTunes, the iPod, the iPhone...
** In "Lisa's Sax", a parody bumper for Creator/TheWB had Michigan J. Frog lamenting on how nobody watches the network. In 2006, The WB went off the air.
** The episode "The Trouble With Trillions" had Homer, Burns and Smithers landing in Cuba at the same time Fidel Castro is considering the possibility of abandoning Communism. About fifteen years later, Cuba and the U.S. restored diplomatic ties, with many pointing that socialism in the island may have its days counted once the embargo is lifted.
*** The fact that Castro took the trillion dollar banknote while leaving the trio to their fates contrasts with many Cuban exiles and Tea Party supporters who have decried the detente as the deal was ambiguous regarding any important changes to Cuba's political system.
** "Bart Star" has the family buying Bart's football gear at a store called Sportacus. This was eight years before ''Series/LazyTown'' premiered. In the same episode, the "WHO ARE WE? WILDCATS!" cheer is made funnier by making just a minor switch to "[[Film/HighSchoolMusical WHAT TEAM?]]"
** "That 90s Show", an episode aired in 2008 and set in the early 1990s, has a scene where Homer and Marge divide their belongings. The joke is supposed to be that Homer keeps all the stuff that ends up being worthless by the 2000s: "I'll keep the [=LPs=], and you take the [=CDs=]. I'll take the typewriter, you take the computer. I'll take the Enron stock, you take the Microsoft stock." Except that in 2008 vinyl records were already making a comeback among the music cognoscenti, and online streaming was well on its way of replacing [=CDs=] as the main form in which people consume digital music. A few years after the episode aired, those [=LPs=] would probably sell for a lot more than the [=CDs=].
** "Bart to the Future" didn’t slouch in predicting a [[Creator/DonaldTrump Donald "Maybe it says he's a Muslim" Trump presidency]], either. This could easily fall into HarsherInHindsight or FunnyAneurysmMoment if you dislike Trump, however.
** In the 2011 episode "A Midsummer's Nice Dream" [[PopCulturalOsmosisFailure Bart doesn't know who Beavis and Butt-Head are]]. Their show was revived that same year.
** [[https://twitter.com/theharryshearer/status/598707703020658688 Harry Shearer]] leaving the show in 2015 (actually, he's returning for two more seasons) becomes quite ironically hilarious considering they did [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHaXdl20Prg a gag]] about the subject, with another VA replacing Shearer as Ned Flanders, over a decade prior in "Homer to the Max". The comment "they don't have to pay the actors squat" is just the icing on the cake, as there is speculation that [[http://www.theverge.com/2015/5/14/8604495/harry-shearer-leaves-the-simpsons-no-mr-burns-flanders money had something to do with Shearer deciding to leave.]] [[note]]The joke was originally a jab at Fox for threatening to hire a new cast during a contract dispute with the voice actors in 1998.[[/note]]
** In 'When Flanders Failed" Flanders accounts having his house and assets repossessed by "nice" people who were only doing their job. This seems like a standard ExtremeDoormat disposition from the character, until "I Married Marge" features the Simpsons couple having a visit from a repo man who genuinely ''is'' cheerful, affable and apologetic about collecting their possessions ("Repossessing is the hardest part of my job").
** In "Homer Goes To College", when Homer is told he has to go to college to keep his job, Bart sarcastically asks "Barber or clown?", angering Homer. Later, in "Homie the Clown", Homer actually goes to clown college and becomes a Krusty the Clown impersonator, and he would later become a barber in "Homer Scissorhands."
** During "The Raven" segment in the first "Treehouse of Horror," Homer throws a paperweight at the raven/Bart who proceeds to dodge it. This causes Homer to exclaim, "[[VideoGame/MarioParty D'oh, I missed!]]", years before LetsPlay/TheRunawayGuys made the phrase popular.
** Toward the end of "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS14E6TheGreatLouseDetective The Great Louse Detective]]", Sideshow Bob resorts to killing Bart, but can't do it, [[FoeYay because he's grown accustomed]] [[NoYay to the boy's face]], and because he feels that [[VictoryIsBoring Victory Will Be Boring]] if he kills Bart, as described in his VillainSong. Nearly 13 years later, in the [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS27E5TreehouseOfHorrorXXVI Treehouse of Horror XXVI]] segment "Wanted: Dead, then Alive", Bob finally seems to have gotten over the epiphany by killing Bart; but after a few days, he recalls the notion that Victory Is Still Boring without Bart around, so he decides to prolong his victory by creating a Reanimator machine and bringing his ArchEnemy BackFromTheDead before going all ''ComicBook/EmperorJoker'' on Bart in a DeathMontage.
*** Also, it's either this or FunnyAneurysmMoment: During Bob's VillainSong, he sings that he's grown accustomed to his plans "to disembowel [Bart]" and that "Surely, if I drank his blood, I'd be at peace." In "Wanted: Dead, then Alive", Bob does just that: the former deed after {{impal|edWithExtremePrejudice}}ing Bart with a HarpoonGun, the latter deed by mixing the boy's blood with AGlassOfChianti. [[{{Squick}} It's pretty disturbing, to say the least.]]
** The final segment of Treehouse of Horror XVII called "The Day the Earth Looked Stupid" was set in the 1930s. The ending shot showed a ruined Springfield set to "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire". Two years later, ''VideoGame/Fallout3'' was released and used the same song for the intro and slowly pans out to show a ruined Washington D.C. similar to the former.
** In 2005's "Don't Fear The Roofer", while Homer is describing why he likes hanging around Ray Magini, he states that they [[Disney/{{Frozen}} finish each other's sandwiches]].
** In a pivotal scene of "Bart Gets Hit by a Car", Marge is called to testify before court by the name "Mrs. Homer J. Simpson" (rendered in some dubs as "Mrs. ''H.'' J. Simpson", even). Amazingly, the scene predates the O.J. Simpson trial, which happened in 1994/1995, while the episode aired in 1991.
** In the 1992 episode, "New Kid on the Block", Homer sues seafood restaurant, The Frying Dutchman, for false advertising after getting kicked out for eating too much at the all-you-can-eat buffet. Ten years later, [[http://www.eater.com/2012/5/15/6586551/man-denied-all-you-can-eat-fish-arrested-for-picketing a man named Bill Wisth pickets a seafood restaurant for kicking him out when takes advantage of their all-you-can-eat policy.]] Many comments on youtube and news websites made comparisons to The Simpsons episode.
** The plot of "The Principal and the Pauper" is this in light of Don Draper's backstory on ''Series/MadMen''.
** In "Lisa on Ice", Springfield Elementary's auditorium is called the "[[WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead Butthead]] Memorial Auditorium", named by Springfield's students, much to Principal Skinner's frustration[[note]][[RealLifeWritesThePlot This was inspired by an incident in Greenwood, South Carolina, where children proposed having a new elementary school named Springfield Elementary School.]][[/note]]. This scene became funnier when, in 2016, an online survey to name a new UK research ship led to the winning choice "Boaty [=McBoatface=]".
** In "Like Father, Like Clown", when it's explained that Krusty the Clown is Jewish, Lisa lists many other Jewish celebrities, including Creator/MelBrooks, which surprises Homer. In "Homer vs. Patty and Selma", Homer gets to meet Mel Brooks while working as a chauffeur.
** In "Deep Space Homer", Homer regrets not going to the mall to meet Mr. T. Come ''VideoGame/LEGODimensions'', where Homer can finally meet B.A at long last.
** In "Helter Shelter", while the Simpsons home is being fumigated, Lisa proposes that they stay at a youth hostel, to which Bart objects with "I do not want another lecture from a German backpacker about how we don't appreciate the national park system." Later, in "The Heartbroke Kid", the Simpson family turn their home into a youth hostel for German backpackers, and they are indeed subjected to nonstop lectures about America's inadequacies. And they did this so they can pay for ''Bart'''s therapy at a fat camp.
-->'''German Backpacker:''' Problem number 35 with America: No universal healthcare. Number 36: No metric system. What is this, the time of Charlemagne? Answer me, answer me now!
** This show managed to predict [[http://www.stereogum.com/1923072/the-simpsons-predicted-lady-gagas-super-bowl-halftime-show/video/ what would happen in Lady Gaga's 2017 Super Bowl Halftime Show]].

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* HilariousInHindsight:
** The Flaming Homer/Moe episode centers around a mixed-drink spiked with cough syrup. Flash forward a few years and we have [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purple_drank Purple Drank]].
** In an earlier season, after Maude dies Ned goes on a date with Edna Krabappel, who only dates Flanders to get back at Principal Skinner. Come Season 23, the two (Ned and Edna, not Edna and Skinner) are now married. [[spoiler:However, Edna was killed off in 2014 after her voice actress died.]]
** The season 11 premiere "Beyond Blunderdome" had Mel Gibson (voicing himself) and plays on the idea that he is so admired by the public that it makes him uncomfortable. With ''The Passion of the Christ'' and news about his alcoholism and his anti-Semitic and sexist remarks, it looks as if Mel's got his wish. It's both funny and depressing.
** In the Treehouse of Horror short "Clown Without Pity", a naked Homer runs screaming from his bathtub to escape a harpoon-wielding demonic Krusty the Clown doll and passes by Patty, Selma, and Marge as they have lunch together. Patty puts down her fork and says, "There goes the last lingering thread of my heterosexuality." Years after this throwaway joke in a non-canonical Halloween episode, Patty came out of the closet and revealed that she was a lesbian all along, rather than being heterosexual, but celibate since she thinks all men are as stupid and crass as Homer and will never have a real man like the actor who plays [=MacGyver=].
*** Similarly, in "Homer's Phobia", once Homer learns of John's sexuality he says "Now we can never say only straight people have been in this house". Patty had been visiting for years by that point (also Smithers, as seen in "Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish").
** "They Saved Lisa's Brain," Stephen Hawking mentions he may steal the idea of a "donut-shaped universe" that Homer has explained to him off-screen. In modern physics, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three-torus_model_of_the_universe Three-torus model]] ''is'' a real theory of the shape of the universe, and makes more sense than you may think.[[note]]Basically, the theory proposes that the universe is finite but loops in on itself, and a "donut" shape is a logical result of explaining how that could work.[[/note]]
** A similar situation happened in "Itchy and Scratchy Land" where Creator/JohnTravolta is shown reduced to working as a bartender in a 70s themed bar. The episode was released in the same year that ''Film/PulpFiction'' came out, which single-handedly [[CareerResurrection resurrected]] Travolta's career with a scene set in a retro-themed diner.
** Despite the touching undertones and Bart [[EarnYourHappyEnding earning his happy ending]], the fact that [[StatusQuoIsGod Bart is still in the fourth grade after all these years]] makes the events from "Bart Gets an F" seem senseless.
** In "You Only Move Twice" Homer is disappointed when his BenevolentBoss, Hank Scorpio, gives him the Denver Broncos as a gift instead of the Dallas Cowboys. The Denver Broncos are seen practicing on the Simpsons' front lawn, and are portrayed as bumbling and laughably bad at football. The NFL season after this episode aired the Denver Broncos would win the Super Bowl, and then do it ''again'' the season after that.
*** After the 2014 Super Bowl where the Broncos lost to the Seattle Seahawks by an embarrassing score of 43-8, the clip of Homer bemoaning owning the team received renewed interest online.
** In "Itchy and Scratchy: The Movie", Bart watches a trailer for the fictitious ''Franchise/StarTrek'' film ''Star Trek XII: So Very Tired'', which lampoons the increasing age of the TOS cast. In May 2013, the 12th Star Trek film, ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', got released and also features the TOS crew, albeit played by much younger actors.
** ''The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase'' is a lot funnier when you realize that (a) Matt Groening originally had a ''Simpsons'' spin-off planned called ''Tales of Springfield'' (it was rejected and reworked as the season seven episode "22 Short Films About Springfield"), and (b) SethMacFarlane (Matt Groening's friend and professional rival) created a spin-off of his [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Simpsons knock-off animated sitcom]]: ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow''.
*** The ''Chief Wiggum, PI'' segment is based on the premise of a successful TV show creating a spinoff featuring "exciting, sexy adventures" amid the "colorful backdrop" of TheBigEasy. 17 years later, cue the debut of ''Series/NCISNewOrleans''.
** In the Season 2 episode "Three Men and a Comic Book", Homer and Bart discuss how ''The Cosby Show'' was being taken off the air to keep it from becoming stale, and [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall joke about how they would "run that sucker into the ground" if they were in Cosby's position]]. More than 20 seasons later, ''The Simpsons'' is still on the air and, in some viewers' eyes, feels as if it's been run into the ground. The part about Cosby going off the air can cross over into a FunnyAneurysmMoment, however, given Cosby's scandals.
** Matt Groening criticized the episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E18AStarIsBurns A Star is Burns]]" because he promised his sitcom would be different from others and one of the sitcom conventions he hated is the crossover episode that plays out like a 20-odd minute advertisement for another show, even removing his name from the credits in protest. Since then, ''The Simpsons'' has had an ''X Files'' crossover ("The Springfield Files"), a Jay Sherman cameo ("Hurricane Neddy"), a ''24'' crossover ("24 Minutes"), a ''Terminator'' parody featuring the characters from ''Futurama'' and a ''Family Guy'' parody where The Simpsons bond with The Griffins.
** The 1996 episode "Two Bad Neighbors," in which former president UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush moves next door to the Simpsons, includes a scene where Homer tries to trick Bush into opening his door by propping up two cardboard cutouts of his sons Jeb and "[[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush George Bush, Jr.]]" According to the Season 7 DVD commentary, the writers (and the mid-90s audience) [[AluminumChristmasTrees had no idea at the time that there actually]] ''[[AluminumChristmasTrees was]]'' [[AluminumChristmasTrees a George Bush, Jr.]], and figured that Homer was just being stupid by making up a name on the spot. And yet, they somehow knew who Jeb Bush was.
** Remember that Bonestorm commercial that started out with a couple kids playing a fighting game where you fight a tank? Enter ''VideoGame/AkatsukiBlitzkampf'', a Japanese doujin fighting game where [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1w-GBFf8Sc one of the bosses]] is ''literally'' a tank.
** Remember the epissode with "Yvan Eht Nioj"? Well it seems Katy Perry may or may not have devised a similar plan for the Marines...
** Back in the very first Treehouse of Horror, Bart makes a comment on the first ''Film/{{Friday the 13th|1980}}'' film, saying that "[[SeinfeldIsUnfunny it's pretty tame by today's standards]]." In wake of much more controversial adult animated shows like ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'', ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', and ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', ''The Simpsons'' has often been thought of as "tame" by modern audiences.
** In the [[VideoGame/TheSimpsons old Konami arcade]], one of the enemies are [[AnthropomorphicFood donuts]] in the Dream Land level. Cut to the Season 9 episode "Simpson Tide", it begins with Homer's dream he's on the [[Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes Planet of the Donuts]].
** The scene in Homerpalooza when Homer, worried about being out of touch with the music scene, revisits his old favourite record store ('Good Vibrations', since renamed to 'Suicide Notes'). When he mentions the Us Festival being sponsored by 'That guy from Apple computers', the Gen X cashier holds up a music CD and sardonically asks "''What'' computers?" - Amusing at the time as an example of Homer being out of touch. Funnier still decades later, after the rise of iTunes, the iPod, the iPhone...
** In "Lisa's Sax", a parody bumper for Creator/TheWB had Michigan J. Frog lamenting on how nobody watches the network. In 2006, The WB went off the air.
** The episode "The Trouble With Trillions" had Homer, Burns and Smithers landing in Cuba at the same time Fidel Castro is considering the possibility of abandoning Communism. About fifteen years later, Cuba and the U.S. restored diplomatic ties, with many pointing that socialism in the island may have
HilariousInHindsight: Has [[HilariousInHindsight/TheSimpsons its days counted once the embargo is lifted.
*** The fact that Castro took the trillion dollar banknote while leaving the trio to their fates contrasts with many Cuban exiles and Tea Party supporters who have decried the detente as the deal was ambiguous regarding any important changes to Cuba's political system.
** "Bart Star" has the family buying Bart's football gear at a store called Sportacus. This was eight years before ''Series/LazyTown'' premiered. In the same episode, the "WHO ARE WE? WILDCATS!" cheer is made funnier by making just a minor switch to "[[Film/HighSchoolMusical WHAT TEAM?]]"
** "That 90s Show", an episode aired in 2008 and set in the early 1990s, has a scene where Homer and Marge divide their belongings. The joke is supposed to be that Homer keeps all the stuff that ends up being worthless by the 2000s: "I'll keep the [=LPs=], and you take the [=CDs=]. I'll take the typewriter, you take the computer. I'll take the Enron stock, you take the Microsoft stock." Except that in 2008 vinyl records were already making a comeback among the music cognoscenti, and online streaming was well on its way of replacing [=CDs=] as the main form in which people consume digital music. A few years after the episode aired, those [=LPs=] would probably sell for a lot more than the [=CDs=].
** "Bart to the Future" didn’t slouch in predicting a [[Creator/DonaldTrump Donald "Maybe it says he's a Muslim" Trump presidency]], either. This could easily fall into HarsherInHindsight or FunnyAneurysmMoment if you dislike Trump, however.
** In the 2011 episode "A Midsummer's Nice Dream" [[PopCulturalOsmosisFailure Bart doesn't know who Beavis and Butt-Head are]]. Their show was revived that same year.
** [[https://twitter.com/theharryshearer/status/598707703020658688 Harry Shearer]] leaving the show in 2015 (actually, he's returning for two more seasons) becomes quite ironically hilarious considering they did [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHaXdl20Prg a gag]] about the subject, with another VA replacing Shearer as Ned Flanders, over a decade prior in "Homer to the Max". The comment "they don't have to pay the actors squat" is just the icing on the cake, as there is speculation that [[http://www.theverge.com/2015/5/14/8604495/harry-shearer-leaves-the-simpsons-no-mr-burns-flanders money had something to do with Shearer deciding to leave.]] [[note]]The joke was originally a jab at Fox for threatening to hire a new cast during a contract dispute with the voice actors in 1998.[[/note]]
** In 'When Flanders Failed" Flanders accounts having his house and assets repossessed by "nice" people who were only doing their job. This seems like a standard ExtremeDoormat disposition from the character, until "I Married Marge" features the Simpsons couple having a visit from a repo man who genuinely ''is'' cheerful, affable and apologetic about collecting their possessions ("Repossessing is the hardest part of my job").
** In "Homer Goes To College", when Homer is told he has to go to college to keep his job, Bart sarcastically asks "Barber or clown?", angering Homer. Later, in "Homie the Clown", Homer actually goes to clown college and becomes a Krusty the Clown impersonator, and he would later become a barber in "Homer Scissorhands."
** During "The Raven" segment in the first "Treehouse of Horror," Homer throws a paperweight at the raven/Bart who proceeds to dodge it. This causes Homer to exclaim, "[[VideoGame/MarioParty D'oh, I missed!]]", years before LetsPlay/TheRunawayGuys made the phrase popular.
** Toward the end of "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS14E6TheGreatLouseDetective The Great Louse Detective]]", Sideshow Bob resorts to killing Bart, but can't do it, [[FoeYay because he's grown accustomed]] [[NoYay to the boy's face]], and because he feels that [[VictoryIsBoring Victory Will Be Boring]] if he kills Bart, as described in his VillainSong. Nearly 13 years later, in the [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS27E5TreehouseOfHorrorXXVI Treehouse of Horror XXVI]] segment "Wanted: Dead, then Alive", Bob finally seems to have gotten over the epiphany by killing Bart; but after a few days, he recalls the notion that Victory Is Still Boring without Bart around, so he decides to prolong his victory by creating a Reanimator machine and bringing his ArchEnemy BackFromTheDead before going all ''ComicBook/EmperorJoker'' on Bart in a DeathMontage.
*** Also, it's either this or FunnyAneurysmMoment: During Bob's VillainSong, he sings that he's grown accustomed to his plans "to disembowel [Bart]" and that "Surely, if I drank his blood, I'd be at peace." In "Wanted: Dead, then Alive", Bob does just that: the former deed after {{impal|edWithExtremePrejudice}}ing Bart with a HarpoonGun, the latter deed by mixing the boy's blood with AGlassOfChianti. [[{{Squick}} It's pretty disturbing, to say the least.]]
** The final segment of Treehouse of Horror XVII called "The Day the Earth Looked Stupid" was set in the 1930s. The ending shot showed a ruined Springfield set to "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire". Two years later, ''VideoGame/Fallout3'' was released and used the same song for the intro and slowly pans out to show a ruined Washington D.C. similar to the former.
** In 2005's "Don't Fear The Roofer", while Homer is describing why he likes hanging around Ray Magini, he states that they [[Disney/{{Frozen}} finish each other's sandwiches]].
** In a pivotal scene of "Bart Gets Hit by a Car", Marge is called to testify before court by the name "Mrs. Homer J. Simpson" (rendered in some dubs as "Mrs. ''H.'' J. Simpson", even). Amazingly, the scene predates the O.J. Simpson trial, which happened in 1994/1995, while the episode aired in 1991.
** In the 1992 episode, "New Kid on the Block", Homer sues seafood restaurant, The Frying Dutchman, for false advertising after getting kicked out for eating too much at the all-you-can-eat buffet. Ten years later, [[http://www.eater.com/2012/5/15/6586551/man-denied-all-you-can-eat-fish-arrested-for-picketing a man named Bill Wisth pickets a seafood restaurant for kicking him out when takes advantage of their all-you-can-eat policy.]] Many comments on youtube and news websites made comparisons to The Simpsons episode.
** The plot of "The Principal and the Pauper" is this in light of Don Draper's backstory on ''Series/MadMen''.
** In "Lisa on Ice", Springfield Elementary's auditorium is called the "[[WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead Butthead]] Memorial Auditorium", named by Springfield's students, much to Principal Skinner's frustration[[note]][[RealLifeWritesThePlot This was inspired by an incident in Greenwood, South Carolina, where children proposed having a new elementary school named Springfield Elementary School.]][[/note]]. This scene became funnier when, in 2016, an online survey to name a new UK research ship led to the winning choice "Boaty [=McBoatface=]".
** In "Like Father, Like Clown", when it's explained that Krusty the Clown is Jewish, Lisa lists many other Jewish celebrities, including Creator/MelBrooks, which surprises Homer. In "Homer vs. Patty and Selma", Homer gets to meet Mel Brooks while working as a chauffeur.
** In "Deep Space Homer", Homer regrets not going to the mall to meet Mr. T. Come ''VideoGame/LEGODimensions'', where Homer can finally meet B.A at long last.
** In "Helter Shelter", while the Simpsons home is being fumigated, Lisa proposes that they stay at a youth hostel, to which Bart objects with "I do not want another lecture from a German backpacker about how we don't appreciate the national park system." Later, in "The Heartbroke Kid", the Simpson family turn their home into a youth hostel for German backpackers, and they are indeed subjected to nonstop lectures about America's inadequacies. And they did this so they can pay for ''Bart'''s therapy at a fat camp.
-->'''German Backpacker:''' Problem number 35 with America: No universal healthcare. Number 36: No metric system. What is this, the time of Charlemagne? Answer me, answer me now!
** This show managed to predict [[http://www.stereogum.com/1923072/the-simpsons-predicted-lady-gagas-super-bowl-halftime-show/video/ what would happen in Lady Gaga's 2017 Super Bowl Halftime Show]].
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* MoralEventHorizon:
** Sideshow Bob in all of his appearances [[WouldHurtAChild tried to kill Bart]], but he finally crossed the line when he [[spoiler: decides to get people to hate Bart while he's on trial, fake his death, and, with the help of his whole family, burn Bart alive in a coffin being pushed into a furnace. Fortunately, he is caught and, along with the rest of his family, is sentenced to [[LaserGuidedKarma 87 years in prison]]. Strangely, the earlier episode where he hypnotized Bart into being a suicide bomber had him sentenced to death at the end but the sentence wasn't carried out, with no explanation why]].
*** He may have crossed it earlier in "Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming", when he tries to atom-bomb the entire city just so he can get rid of television.
** Snake tries to run over Bart when he's with Eddie and Lou in a ride along. He ended up getting thrown through the windshield as his car caught in the narrow alleyway and stopped mere inches before he can hit Bart.
** The kindergarten teacher's treatment of Bart, as seen in "Lisa's Sax". ''She'' is one of the reasons why, if not the sole reason why Bart is the way he is today [[note]](Case in point, a lot of older episodes showed that Bart was bad since he was born. Case in point: "I Married Marge" showed him setting fire to Homer's tie at only six minutes old, and "War of the Simpsons" had Bart try to ''run over his babysitter with the family car''. On top of that, "Lisa the Simpson" reveals that Bart actually was a smart student until the Simpson gene made him dumb, and other episodes like "Bart Gets an F" and "A Test Before Trying" show that Bart can be smart when the plot calls for it)[[/note]]. To specify, the teacher basically [[DisproportionateRetribution wrote off Bart as a lost cause because he didn't catch on to things as quickly as the other kids]][[labelnote:Fortunately...]]The kindergarten teacher who appeared on "Sideshow Bob Roberts" when Bart is forced to repeat kindergarten as per Sideshow Bob's mayoral order isn't the same one from "Lisa's Sax," meaning that the one from "Lisa's Sax" either quit her job, retired, was fired, or was let go due to the school's many budget cuts[[/labelnote]].
** Mr. Burns also gets one when he blacks out the sun at the end of Season 6. Even ExtremeDoormat Smithers thinks he's gone too far.
** In ''Homer Simpson in: Kidney Trouble'', Homer accidentally caused his father to make his kidneys burst because he wouldn't stop to let him go to the bathroom (even though that's physically impossible). When he's forced to give up one of his kidneys, he runs away in fear of dying. He later seemingly decides to face up to his fear and give one of his kidneys. However, he finally crossed it when he ran away from the hospital ''again'', this time hoping that his father would die.
** The winemakers in "Crepes of Wrath" after they poured anti-freeze in the wine, and forcing Bart to drink it.
** Patty and Selma have always hated Homer and made it clear since day one that they do (mostly because he's fat, ugly, and unworthy of being Marge's husband and the father of her children), but they crossed this line when they attempted to murder him when Homer and Marge were going to remarry in the later seasons. And outside of being blackmailed to pay for the wedding by Bart and Lisa, they suffer no repercussions.
*** In episodes such as "Mother Simpson", they are actually in glee when they believe Homer has actually kicked the bucket (even buying a tombstone just to add insult to injury, with the epitaph, "We are richer for having lost him"). They hate Homer to the point of wishing death upon him.
** Lisa may have had one in "On A Clear Day, I Can't See My Sister": In retaliation for one of Bart's pranks, she takes out a restraining order against him and gleefully uses it to make his life a living hell even after he stops bugging her. Even if he was really mean to her at the beginning of the episode, even her family thought she was taking it way too far.
*** For many viewers anytime Marge decides to abandon Bart as punishment when he does something wrong ("Bart the Mother") or for petty reasons ("Love is a Many Splintered Thing").
*** The worse example is arguably in "Lisa's Sax" where she and Homer decided to ignore Bart’s problems to make it more convenient to help Lisa.

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* MoralEventHorizon:
** Sideshow Bob in all of his appearances [[WouldHurtAChild tried to kill Bart]], but he finally crossed the line when he [[spoiler: decides to get people to hate Bart while he's on trial, fake his death, and, with the help of his whole family, burn Bart alive in a coffin being pushed into a furnace. Fortunately, he is caught and, along with the rest of his family, is sentenced to [[LaserGuidedKarma 87 years in prison]]. Strangely, the earlier episode where he hypnotized Bart into being a suicide bomber had him sentenced to death at the end but the sentence wasn't carried out, with no explanation why]].
*** He may have crossed it earlier in "Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming", when he tries to atom-bomb the entire city just so he can get rid of television.
** Snake tries to run over Bart when he's with Eddie and Lou in a ride along. He ended up getting thrown through the windshield as his car caught in the narrow alleyway and stopped mere inches before he can hit Bart.
** The kindergarten teacher's treatment of Bart, as seen in "Lisa's Sax". ''She'' is one of the reasons why, if not the sole reason why Bart is the way he is today [[note]](Case in point, a lot of older episodes showed that Bart was bad since he was born. Case in point: "I Married Marge" showed him setting fire to Homer's tie at only six minutes old, and "War of the Simpsons" had Bart try to ''run over his babysitter with the family car''. On top of that, "Lisa the Simpson" reveals that Bart actually was a smart student until the Simpson gene made him dumb, and other episodes like "Bart Gets an F" and "A Test Before Trying" show that Bart can be smart when the plot calls for it)[[/note]]. To specify, the teacher basically [[DisproportionateRetribution wrote off Bart as a lost cause because he didn't catch on to things as quickly as the other kids]][[labelnote:Fortunately...]]The kindergarten teacher who appeared on "Sideshow Bob Roberts" when Bart is forced to repeat kindergarten as per Sideshow Bob's mayoral order isn't the same one from "Lisa's Sax," meaning that the one from "Lisa's Sax" either quit her job, retired, was fired, or was let go due to the school's many budget cuts[[/labelnote]].
** Mr. Burns also gets one when he blacks out the sun at the end of Season 6. Even ExtremeDoormat Smithers thinks he's gone too far.
** In ''Homer Simpson in: Kidney Trouble'', Homer accidentally caused his father to make his kidneys burst because he wouldn't stop to let him go to the bathroom (even though that's physically impossible). When he's forced to give up one of his kidneys, he runs away in fear of dying. He later seemingly decides to face up to his fear and give one of his kidneys. However, he finally crossed it when he ran away from the hospital ''again'', this time hoping that his father would die.
** The winemakers in "Crepes of Wrath" after they poured anti-freeze in the wine, and forcing Bart to drink it.
** Patty and Selma have always hated Homer and made it clear since day one that they do (mostly because he's fat, ugly, and unworthy of being Marge's husband and the father of her children), but they crossed this line when they attempted to murder him when Homer and Marge were going to remarry in the later seasons. And outside of being blackmailed to pay for the wedding by Bart and Lisa, they suffer no repercussions.
*** In episodes such as "Mother Simpson", they are actually in glee when they believe Homer has actually kicked the bucket (even buying a tombstone just to add insult to injury, with the epitaph, "We are richer for having lost him"). They hate Homer to the point of wishing death upon him.
** Lisa may have had one in "On A Clear Day, I Can't See My Sister": In retaliation for one of Bart's pranks, she takes out a restraining order against him and gleefully uses it to make his life a living hell even after he stops bugging her. Even if he was really mean to her at the beginning of the episode, even her family thought she was taking it way too far.
*** For many viewers anytime Marge decides to abandon Bart as punishment when he does something wrong ("Bart the Mother") or for petty reasons ("Love is a Many Splintered Thing").
*** The worse example is arguably in "Lisa's Sax" where she and Homer decided to ignore Bart’s problems to make it more convenient to help Lisa.
MoralEventHorizon: Has [[MoralEventHorizon/TheSimpsons its own page]].



* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: ''The Simpsons'' has a lot of one-shot characters that are quite popular, such as Jessica Lovejoy, Allison Taylor, Alex Whitney, Colin, and every guest spot child character. Many fans are unhappy that they only got a single appearance.
** Hank Scorpio. The man was a [[AffablyEvil genuinely nice]], down-to-earth... James Bond supervillain. He's every bit as awesome as he sounds, and "You Only Move Twice", the episode in which he appears, is generally regarded as the best episode of Season 8. He could have been a great recurring villain or DealWithTheDevil character (he offers Homer a job in "You Only Move Twice"), especially as Mr. Burns became senile and ineffectual in the later seasons, but no luck.
** Samantha Stanky is a good example to apply to this trope. Not only could she have been the one true LoveInterest for [[ThrowTheDogABone Milhouse]] (and end Milhouse's embarrassing attempts to win Lisa over), but she could have been a second best friend for Bart, [[ThreeAmigos making the three of them a trio]], and by possible association, the first true friend Lisa would ever have. Sadly, Samantha's [[OverprotectiveDad prudish father]] sent her to an all-girl convent school, where she is locked away from the outside world, and hasn't been seen or referenced since. On an analytical note, Samantha also could have been one of the rare glimmers of purity in lackluster town full of jerks.
** After regaining his wealth and reconciling with Homer, Herb Powell could've been the BigGood of Springfield, given his status in contrast to Mr. Burns' BigBad. He could've also been an excellent benefactor in helping the Simpson family in any of their recurring financial jams. However, by the time the writers decided to get Creator/DannyDeVito involved with the Simpsons again (now on the onset of the Great Recession), he was given one off-screen line confirming that he was poor again.
** Mr. Bergstrom could've been the one teacher who cared about Lisa's education. However, as a substitute teacher constantly on-call by other schools, he had to leave, while Ms. Hoover would remain as Lisa's teacher and respond to her zest for learning with apathy.
** [[MassiveNumberedSiblings The Nahasapeemapetilon Octuplets]] themselves could've been given individual quirks that distinguish them from each other ([[NotAllowedToGrowUp if they would get older]] and receive more screen time). However, any future incarnation would involve all eight of them working at the Kwik-E-Mart as eight mini-Apus, and being bossy and rude to any of their employees.
** Even though Ling Bouvier was able to be adopted from China by Selma, both Patty and Selma are shown more frequently than her own baby (bring to question, who is watching their baby?). In terms of possible use, Ling could've served as a playmate for Maggie. Though later episodes have her and Maggie (and sometimes, with other kids) in the background for side jokes.
** Maude Flanders deserves a special mentioning. Given Ned Flanders' reputation as the nicest neighbor in Springfield, and Marge's constant pleading for Homer to be on good terms with him, one would think that Marge and Maude would get along better than their husbands. Unfortunately, Maude is shown as nothing more than an overprotective mother and a religious fundamentalist who is more on par with the gossipy Helen Lovejoy, and has been critical and disapproving of Marge on separate occasions (including hiring by the Yakuza to stomp out her pretzel business). By Season 11, [[spoiler: the writers decide to kill Maude off, mainly due to [[McLeaned the dispute with her voice actress]] Maggie Roswell]].
** Mona Simpson. She loves Homer and regrets abandoning him, in contrast to unrepentant [[TheEeyore Eeyore]]-{{Jerkass}} Abe, so she could have provided a different perspective on his childhood, and her history of activism and radicalism could have made her an interesting partner or foil to Lisa.
** Ruth Powers and her daughter Laura were introduced in season 4 as the Simpsons' new neighbors. Laura acted as Bart's crush and become something of an older sister to him at the end of her first appearance. In the next season, Ruth had her own episode where she became good friends with Marge and went on an adventure with her. They could have played a larger role in many Simpson's adventures, but aside from a few cameos, Ruth herself only made a single appearance a decade later.
** Rita [=LaFleur=], Homer's long-lost stepmother. She was an interesting character and added some insight to Abe's life after Mona. Despite them reconciling at the end of her episode and continuing to develop their relationship, she's never seen or mentioned again. Probably justified as she was voiced by a guest star, rather than one of the in-house cast members.
** Creator/FrankieMuniz guest starred as a character who only had a few lines in Trilogy of Error. This was a waste because he was the main star of a [[Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle show where he is a genius outcast living with a very dysfunctional family]], much like Lisa.
** Julia, a beauty stalker that tries to seduce Homer and, not accepting refusal, she tries to kill him. She could have been the personal Sideshow Bob of Homer.
*** Other one-time characters who could serve as personal Sideshow Bobs for the family include Frank Grimes Jr. for Homer, Mrs. Cantwell for Lisa, and Jack Lassen for Bart.
** Walt Warren from Season 21's ''The Bob Next Door''. This man first started out as a low-level criminal, and was scheduled for early release after Mayor Quimby released minor offenders to save money, but Bob gets to go instead thanks to his latest EvilPlan to kill Bart. For the rest of the episode, Walt does everything in his power to stop Bob and save Bart, actually showing off some pretty smart feats in the process. He forms a perfect plan to escape from prison, and doesn't trust a certain waitress when she "[[ItMakesSenseInContext tries to throw him and the rest of the Simpsons off the set after falling in love with Walt's face]]", and would much rather continue on the proper route to save Bart. Most criminals, even minor offenders, probably wouldn't go that far to save one boy that they've never even heard of, but knowing that Walt would shows a true hero. A true hero that [[DudeWheresMyRespect never gets the thanks or proper goodbye he deserves]]. He obviously has to [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished go back to jail for his escape]], and to [[StatusQuoIsGod give them both their faces back]], but fans who admired his efforts would probably prefer that than just vanishing from thin air.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Inevitable in a show where the first five to ten minutes set up things that later turn out to be unrelated to the main plot.
** The episode "I Don't Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" starts with Marge yelling at Homer for not going to Lisa's award ceremony, Homer decides to prove her wrong and wants to make sure that he is in the auditorium before anyone else. This seems to be the main plot of the episode, but then it is forgotten and the main plot is about Marge and a bank robber and has nothing to do with Homer getting to Lisa's ceremony.
** "Homer The Whopper" could have been a funny episode about the making of a superhero movie in the vein of "Radioactive Man", but instead focuses on the overused plot of Homer sticking to another diet (and failing it), with all the movie stuff happening in the b-plot.
** The episode where Maude dies. It could have been a TearJerker CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming episode (and it was a little bit, especially when Flanders briefly denounced his faith in God and met Rachel Jordan after going to church), but more than half of it was Homer setting up Ned with horrible new girlfriends (even though Homer wasn't being a jerkass about it; he was genuinely trying to help Ned out).
** Mona Simpson's death, for similar reasons as Maude's: Her death comes out of nowhere and lacks gravity, especially since the funeral was off-screen, and it is quickly forgotten as the story progresses-the rest of the episode focuses on the Simpsons sabotaging Mr. Burns' rocket launch (a plot that could have easily been done without her death).
** Many viewers felt that the first act plot of Season 19's "Husbands and Knives", starring Jack Black as the owner of the new comic book store across the street from The Android's Dungeon, was superior to the rest of the episode, which focused on Marge starting a franchise of women's gyms and Homer getting plastic surgery in fear that his newly-rich wife will run off with another man.
** The episode "Simpsorama" didn't make a single comment about the different skin tones of the cast. While the Family Guy crossover already did this, it still feels strange that nobody seemed to notice, considering that Fry lived in that time period and nobody was portrayed as yellow.
*** Fry didn't get to do much in that episode. We even didn't get to see the events unfold when Professor Farnsworth asked him to team up with Homer in a nuclear powered experiment.
** In "To Courier with Love", There is no mention of Bart's time living with Ceasar and Ugolin in France, despite them all being in the same room. [[NegativeContinuity They act like they've never met despite the fact they treated Bart like dirt and he got them arrested]].
** Some fans have theorized that "The Principal and the Pauper" would have worked better if it used a character ''without'' such a well-established backstory, e.g. Luigi the Italian chef.
** Any of Marge's one time jobs could have given her some needed CharacterDevelopment beyond the nagging housewife and mother role she plays, but especially her stint as a police officer. Marge was ''awesome'' as a beat cop, and, as shown in the episode where it happened, it gave her an excuse to interact with the rest of the town and contrast all its seedier elements.

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: ''The Simpsons'' has a lot of one-shot characters that are quite popular, such as Jessica Lovejoy, Allison Taylor, Alex Whitney, Colin, and every guest spot child character. Many fans are unhappy that they only got a single appearance.
** Hank Scorpio. The man was a [[AffablyEvil genuinely nice]], down-to-earth... James Bond supervillain. He's every bit as awesome as he sounds, and "You Only Move Twice", the episode in which he appears, is generally regarded as the best episode of Season 8. He could have been a great recurring villain or DealWithTheDevil character (he offers Homer a job in "You Only Move Twice"), especially as Mr. Burns became senile and ineffectual in the later seasons, but no luck.
** Samantha Stanky is a good example to apply to this trope. Not only could she have been the one true LoveInterest for [[ThrowTheDogABone Milhouse]] (and end Milhouse's embarrassing attempts to win Lisa over), but she could have been a second best friend for Bart, [[ThreeAmigos making the three of them a trio]], and by possible association, the first true friend Lisa would ever have. Sadly, Samantha's [[OverprotectiveDad prudish father]] sent her to an all-girl convent school, where she is locked away from the outside world, and hasn't been seen or referenced since. On an analytical note, Samantha also could have been one of the rare glimmers of purity in lackluster town full of jerks.
** After regaining his wealth and reconciling with Homer, Herb Powell could've been the BigGood of Springfield, given his status in contrast to Mr. Burns' BigBad. He could've also been an excellent benefactor in helping the Simpson family in any of their recurring financial jams. However, by the time the writers decided to get Creator/DannyDeVito involved with the Simpsons again (now on the onset of the Great Recession), he was given one off-screen line confirming that he was poor again.
** Mr. Bergstrom could've been the one teacher who cared about Lisa's education. However, as a substitute teacher constantly on-call by other schools, he had to leave, while Ms. Hoover would remain as Lisa's teacher and respond to her zest for learning with apathy.
** [[MassiveNumberedSiblings The Nahasapeemapetilon Octuplets]] themselves could've been given individual quirks that distinguish them from each other ([[NotAllowedToGrowUp if they would get older]] and receive more screen time). However, any future incarnation would involve all eight of them working at the Kwik-E-Mart as eight mini-Apus, and being bossy and rude to any of their employees.
** Even though Ling Bouvier was able to be adopted from China by Selma, both Patty and Selma are shown more frequently than her
Has [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter/TheSimpsons its own baby (bring to question, who is watching their baby?). In terms of possible use, Ling could've served as a playmate for Maggie. Though later episodes have her and Maggie (and sometimes, with other kids) in the background for side jokes.
** Maude Flanders deserves a special mentioning. Given Ned Flanders' reputation as the nicest neighbor in Springfield, and Marge's constant pleading for Homer to be on good terms with him, one would think that Marge and Maude would get along better than their husbands. Unfortunately, Maude is shown as nothing more than an overprotective mother and a religious fundamentalist who is more on par with the gossipy Helen Lovejoy, and has been critical and disapproving of Marge on separate occasions (including hiring by the Yakuza to stomp out her pretzel business). By Season 11, [[spoiler: the writers decide to kill Maude off, mainly due to [[McLeaned the dispute with her voice actress]] Maggie Roswell]].
** Mona Simpson. She loves Homer and regrets abandoning him, in contrast to unrepentant [[TheEeyore Eeyore]]-{{Jerkass}} Abe, so she could have provided a different perspective on his childhood, and her history of activism and radicalism could have made her an interesting partner or foil to Lisa.
** Ruth Powers and her daughter Laura were introduced in season 4 as the Simpsons' new neighbors. Laura acted as Bart's crush and become something of an older sister to him at the end of her first appearance. In the next season, Ruth had her own episode where she became good friends with Marge and went on an adventure with her. They could have played a larger role in many Simpson's adventures, but aside from a few cameos, Ruth herself only made a single appearance a decade later.
** Rita [=LaFleur=], Homer's long-lost stepmother. She was an interesting character and added some insight to Abe's life after Mona. Despite them reconciling at the end of her episode and continuing to develop their relationship, she's never seen or mentioned again. Probably justified as she was voiced by a guest star, rather than one of the in-house cast members.
** Creator/FrankieMuniz guest starred as a character who only had a few lines in Trilogy of Error. This was a waste because he was the main star of a [[Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle show where he is a genius outcast living with a very dysfunctional family]], much like Lisa.
** Julia, a beauty stalker that tries to seduce Homer and, not accepting refusal, she tries to kill him. She could have been the personal Sideshow Bob of Homer.
*** Other one-time characters who could serve as personal Sideshow Bobs for the family include Frank Grimes Jr. for Homer, Mrs. Cantwell for Lisa, and Jack Lassen for Bart.
** Walt Warren from Season 21's ''The Bob Next Door''. This man first started out as a low-level criminal, and was scheduled for early release after Mayor Quimby released minor offenders to save money, but Bob gets to go instead thanks to his latest EvilPlan to kill Bart. For the rest of the episode, Walt does everything in his power to stop Bob and save Bart, actually showing off some pretty smart feats in the process. He forms a perfect plan to escape from prison, and doesn't trust a certain waitress when she "[[ItMakesSenseInContext tries to throw him and the rest of the Simpsons off the set after falling in love with Walt's face]]", and would much rather continue on the proper route to save Bart. Most criminals, even minor offenders, probably wouldn't go that far to save one boy that they've never even heard of, but knowing that Walt would shows a true hero. A true hero that [[DudeWheresMyRespect never gets the thanks or proper goodbye he deserves]]. He obviously has to [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished go back to jail for his escape]], and to [[StatusQuoIsGod give them both their faces back]], but fans who admired his efforts would probably prefer that than just vanishing from thin air.
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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Inevitable in a show where the first five to ten minutes set up things that later turn out to be unrelated to the main plot.
** The episode "I Don't Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" starts with Marge yelling at Homer for not going to Lisa's award ceremony, Homer decides to prove her wrong and wants to make sure that he is in the auditorium before anyone else. This seems to be the main plot of the episode, but then it is forgotten and the main plot is about Marge and a bank robber and has nothing to do with Homer getting to Lisa's ceremony.
** "Homer The Whopper" could have been a funny episode about the making of a superhero movie in the vein of "Radioactive Man", but instead focuses on the overused plot of Homer sticking to another diet (and failing it), with all the movie stuff happening in the b-plot.
** The episode where Maude dies. It could have been a TearJerker CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming episode (and it was a little bit, especially when Flanders briefly denounced his faith in God and met Rachel Jordan after going to church), but more than half of it was Homer setting up Ned with horrible new girlfriends (even though Homer wasn't being a jerkass about it; he was genuinely trying to help Ned out).
** Mona Simpson's death, for similar reasons as Maude's: Her death comes out of nowhere and lacks gravity, especially since the funeral was off-screen, and it is quickly forgotten as the story progresses-the rest of the episode focuses on the Simpsons sabotaging Mr. Burns' rocket launch (a plot that could have easily been done without her death).
** Many viewers felt that the first act plot of Season 19's "Husbands and Knives", starring Jack Black as the owner of the new comic book store across the street from The Android's Dungeon, was superior to the rest of the episode, which focused on Marge starting a franchise of women's gyms and Homer getting plastic surgery in fear that his newly-rich wife will run off with another man.
** The episode "Simpsorama" didn't make a single comment about the different skin tones of the cast. While the Family Guy crossover already did this, it still feels strange that nobody seemed to notice, considering that Fry lived in that time period and nobody was portrayed as yellow.
*** Fry didn't get to do much in that episode. We even didn't get to see the events unfold when Professor Farnsworth asked him to team up with Homer in a nuclear powered experiment.
** In "To Courier with Love", There is no mention of Bart's time living with Ceasar and Ugolin in France, despite them all being in the same room. [[NegativeContinuity They act like they've never met despite the fact they treated Bart like dirt and he got them arrested]].
** Some fans have theorized that "The Principal and the Pauper" would have worked better if it used a character ''without'' such a well-established backstory, e.g. Luigi the Italian chef.
** Any of Marge's one time jobs could have given her some needed CharacterDevelopment beyond the nagging housewife and mother role she plays, but especially her stint as a police officer. Marge was ''awesome'' as a beat cop, and, as shown in the episode where it happened, it gave her an excuse to interact with the rest of the town and contrast all
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** Ned Flanders, sometimes when they're using him as a target to take jabs at religion. Mainly because one episode implied his fundamentalism was a coping mechanism for dealing with his wife Maude's death.
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Same as the above.
** Lisa comes off like this in later episodes. While it's easy to sympathize with her feeling like the OnlySaneMan among fellow Springfieldians and her MiddleChildSyndrome, she goes too far in trying to change her town and her family for the better which is extremely offputting for some fans. And while you can understand why she gets angry at Bart, some of her retaliations take it too far.
** Homer is this in any episode where he is presented sympathetically when you remember his many Jerkass actions in the past, usually within that self same episode. A more recent example is in "You Don't Have to Live Like a Referee" where Bart told Homer that he wasn’t really Lisa’s hero; while this was supposed to be seen as a KickTheDog moment for Bart given that Homer has repeatedly told Bart to his face that he is an unloved accident it comes across more as a Crowning Moment Of Revenge.
** Frank Grimes from ''Homer's Enemy'' was supposed to be what happens when a normal person exists in the Simpsons universe, but went out in a jealous rage in front of Homer and his family even though he tries to reconcile with him. Furthermore, Frank is far from a "real" person in that his life is just exaggerated misery after misery, such as his parents abandoning him and waving goodbye all the way to losing a sweet position in the power plant to a ''dog''. And Homer's annoying tendencies and stupidity were amped up a lot more than he usually was as if the writers were specifically trying to make Homer so obnoxious the viewers would have no choice but to sympathize with Frank (and even then Homer, and almost every other character except Mr Burns [[PetTheDog is sympathetic towards Frank]], [[ComicallyMissingThePoint just his frustration towards Homer goes over their heads]]). But it's hard to feel sympathy when Frank is overly wound up already. Also, despite Homer's increased stupidity and obnoxious behavior, he was the only one who cared about Frank's well-being.
** Ned Flanders in later seasons. He lost two wives and has had to put up with Homer's antics for decades. One episode even has him be the butt of a joke for the whole town despite earlier episodes implying he's a pillar of the community in Springfield. But he's also a self-righteous fundamentalist (though some believe [[WatsonianVsDoylist the writers]] [[WriterOnBoard made him a fundamentalist to use him whenever they want to take a jab at religion]]) who kept his kids shut away in a restrictive religious school until Edna pulled them out and started sending them to Springfield Elementary.
** Mona Simpson, aka Homer's mother. We're supposed to feel sorry for her because one act of decency made her have to give up her life because Mr. Burns saw her face, but she did commit alot of crimes in stopping his germ warfare lab regardless of her intentions, cheated on Abe several times (although he did the same to her and she only did it after he started it) and abandoned Homer and everytime she comes back into his life, she then abandons him again until finally she dies and uses her last will and testament to manipulate Homer into sabotaging a nuclear silo launch with her ashes.
** Marge when the show tries to make out to be a put upon mother due to the fact that Bart and Lisa either [[TookALevelInJerkass take a level of jerkass]] as seen in [[TheSimpsonsS8E13SimpsoncalifragilisticexpialaAnnoyedGruntcious Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious]]) or she has a ItsAllAboutMe attitude. In many episodes Marge feels unappreciated even what she does is completely halfassed. In [[TheSimpsonsS16E3SleepingWithTheEnemy Sleeping with the Enemy]] when throwing Bart a party instead of waiting she threw it together at the last minute so no one was able to come. With Lisa was worse as she had a serious eating disorder with Marge doing little more than ask her to eat. She then went on to find a kid who appreciated what little she did while ignoring Lisa’s eating disorder and the fact that Nelson openly bullied Bart.
*** In “Catch 'Em If You Can” for family game night instead of getting a movie for the family Marge got a movie specifically for her and Homer. When Bart and Lisa obviously didn’t like the movie Marge acted surprised and hurt and eventually the two ran off to have vacation online without Bart and Lisa. This problem could have easily been solved if Marge had just gotten two tapes.

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** Ned Flanders, sometimes when they're using him as a target to take jabs at religion. Mainly religion, mainly because one episode implied his fundamentalism was a coping mechanism for dealing with his wife Maude's death.
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Same as the above.
** Lisa comes off like this in later episodes. While it's easy to sympathize with her feeling like the OnlySaneMan among fellow Springfieldians and her MiddleChildSyndrome, she goes too far in trying to change her town and her family for the better which is extremely offputting for some fans. And while you can understand why she gets angry at Bart, some of her retaliations take it too far.
** Homer is this in any episode where he is presented sympathetically when you remember his many Jerkass actions in the past, usually within that self same episode. A more recent example is in "You Don't Have to Live Like a Referee" where Bart told Homer that he wasn’t really Lisa’s hero; while this was supposed to be seen as a KickTheDog moment for Bart given that Homer has repeatedly told Bart to his face that he is an unloved accident it comes across more as a Crowning Moment Of Revenge.
** Frank Grimes from ''Homer's Enemy'' was supposed to be what happens when a normal person exists in the Simpsons universe, but went out in a jealous rage in front of Homer and his family even though he tries to reconcile with him. Furthermore, Frank is far from a "real" person in that his life is just exaggerated misery after misery, such as his parents abandoning him and waving goodbye all the way to losing a sweet position in the power plant to a ''dog''. And Homer's annoying tendencies and stupidity were amped up a lot more than he usually was as if the writers were specifically trying to make Homer so obnoxious the viewers would have no choice but to sympathize with Frank (and even then Homer, and almost every other character except Mr Burns [[PetTheDog is sympathetic towards Frank]], [[ComicallyMissingThePoint just his frustration towards Homer goes over their heads]]). But it's hard to feel sympathy when Frank is overly wound up already. Also, despite Homer's increased stupidity and obnoxious behavior, he was the only one who cared about Frank's well-being.
** Ned Flanders in later seasons. He lost two wives and has had to put up with Homer's antics for decades. One episode even has him be the butt of a joke for the whole town despite earlier episodes implying he's a pillar of the community in Springfield. But he's also a self-righteous fundamentalist (though some believe [[WatsonianVsDoylist the writers]] [[WriterOnBoard made him a fundamentalist to use him whenever they want to take a jab at religion]]) who kept his kids shut away in a restrictive religious school until Edna pulled them out and started sending them to Springfield Elementary.
** Mona Simpson, aka Homer's mother. We're supposed to feel sorry for her because one act of decency made her have to give up her life because Mr. Burns saw her face, but she did commit alot of crimes in stopping his germ warfare lab regardless of her intentions, cheated on Abe several times (although he did the same to her and she only did it after he started it) and abandoned Homer and everytime she comes back into his life, she then abandons him again until finally she dies and uses her last will and testament to manipulate Homer into sabotaging a nuclear silo launch with her ashes.
** Marge when the show tries to make out to be a put upon mother due to the fact that Bart and Lisa either [[TookALevelInJerkass take a level of jerkass]] as seen in [[TheSimpsonsS8E13SimpsoncalifragilisticexpialaAnnoyedGruntcious Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious]]) or she has a ItsAllAboutMe attitude. In many episodes Marge feels unappreciated even what she does is completely halfassed. In [[TheSimpsonsS16E3SleepingWithTheEnemy Sleeping with the Enemy]] when throwing Bart a party instead of waiting she threw it together at the last minute so no one was able to come. With Lisa was worse as she had a serious eating disorder with Marge doing little more than ask her to eat. She then went on to find a kid who appreciated what little she did while ignoring Lisa’s eating disorder and the fact that Nelson openly bullied Bart.
*** In “Catch 'Em If You Can” for family game night instead of getting a movie for the family Marge got a movie specifically for her and Homer. When Bart and Lisa obviously didn’t like the movie Marge acted surprised and hurt and eventually the two ran off to have vacation online without Bart and Lisa. This problem could have easily been solved if Marge had just gotten two tapes.
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* WereStillRelevantDammit: A common complaint about the newer seasons is their over-reliance on using current events and pop-culture for laughs ''a la'' ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' and ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', such as Mr. Burns' endorsement of Mitt Romney for President in 2012. Making things worse, these references tend to be dated ''the first time they appear on the show''. {{Anvilicious}} political commentary has also become more common, almost all of it bashing Republicans.
** Any episode involving a musician or band popular during the time the episode aired. "New Kids on the Blecch" with Music/{{NSYNC}} and "Lisa Goes Gaga" from season 23 come to mind.
*** It's not just musicians and bands: [[Series/BreakingBad Walter White and Jesse Pinkman]] made a [[MediumBlending live-action appearance]] at the end of the couch gag for Season 24's "What Animated Women Want", which aired in April 2013, a few months before the other show ended.
** This trope is blatant in season 15's "Co-Dependent's Day" when the family goes to see [[StarWars Cosmic Wars: Episode I]], and it's a parody of the disappointment of Episode I. It would've been relevant in 1999 or 2000, but this episode was released in 2004. It also creates a CelebrityParadox because StarWars has been referenced by name dozens of times, and parodied.
** In season 17's "See Homer Run", they did a parody of the California 2003 recall election... in 2005. It wasn't just a throwaway gag, it was the plot of the whole episode.
** "Gorgeous Grampa" parodies StorageWars and has Bart wearing shutter shades.
** "Politically Inept, With Homer Simpson", a 2012 episode whose plot is a TakeThat at GlennBeck's Fox News show... which had been cancelled the previous summer (not to mention the fact that ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' had done essentially the same thing in fall 2009, when Beck's show was generating far more buzz, and ''Series/TheDailyShow'' had done so repeatedly since November of 2009.)
** Newer Treehouse of Horror episodes have become this as the pop culture they parody are already a few years old and spoofed into oblivion. "Treehouse of Horror XXIII" which aired in 2012 and spoofed ''Film/ParanormalActivity'', which was released in 2009 and "Treehouse of Horror XXII", aired in 2011 and spoofing ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', which was also released to theatres in 2009 come to mind.
** "The Computer Wore Menace Shoes" was an episode from 2000 about Homer discovering the Internet and using it to start a gossip page. This came maybe 2 or 3 years after the Internet had become mainstream, and a solid decade after computers had.
** The Season 25 premiere, "Homerland", is a full episode parody of ''Series/{{Homeland}}''.
*** From the same season, Homer sings about "swag", of all things. While it's supposed to be a parody of older people trying to prove they are still relevant, it didn't quite have the result the creators were probably hoping for.
*** The season also had an episode simply titled ''YOLO,'' which aired in November 2013, LONG after "YOLO" stopped being relevant (and for those who want to point out that ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' -- another long-running comedy whose quality in recent episodes has been called into question -- did the same on the season 38 episode hosted by Creator/AdamLevine and the season 39 episode hosted by Drake, the former was making fun of the "YOLO" fad with a music video about ParanoiaFuel and the latter was Drake [the episode host] apologizing for starting "YOLO" in the first place).
** The season 25 episode "You Don't Have to Live Like A Referee" features a parody of Jared Fogle from the Subway commercials. Jared was in his prime in the early 2000s and hasn't been prominently featured in advertising since 2008.
** Artie Ziff going broke in "The Ziff Who Came To Dinner" is a parody of the Enron scandal, down to the crooked Z statue, which had happened two years prior.

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* WereStillRelevantDammit: A common complaint about the newer seasons is their over-reliance on using current events and pop-culture for laughs ''a la'' ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' and ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', such as Mr. Burns' endorsement of Mitt Romney for President in 2012. Making things worse, these references tend to be dated ''the first time they appear on the show''. {{Anvilicious}} political commentary has also become more common, almost all of it bashing Republicans.
** Any episode involving a musician or band popular during the time the episode aired. "New Kids on the Blecch" with Music/{{NSYNC}} and "Lisa Goes Gaga" from season 23 come to mind.
*** It's not just musicians and bands: [[Series/BreakingBad Walter White and Jesse Pinkman]] made a [[MediumBlending live-action appearance]] at the end of the couch gag for Season 24's "What Animated Women Want", which aired in April 2013, a few months before the other show ended.
** This trope is blatant in season 15's "Co-Dependent's Day" when the family goes to see [[StarWars Cosmic Wars: Episode I]], and it's a parody of the disappointment of Episode I. It would've been relevant in 1999 or 2000, but this episode was released in 2004. It also creates a CelebrityParadox because StarWars has been referenced by name dozens of times, and parodied.
** In season 17's "See Homer Run", they did a parody of the California 2003 recall election... in 2005. It wasn't just a throwaway gag, it was the plot of the whole episode.
** "Gorgeous Grampa" parodies StorageWars and has Bart wearing shutter shades.
** "Politically Inept, With Homer Simpson", a 2012 episode whose plot is a TakeThat at GlennBeck's Fox News show... which had been cancelled the previous summer (not to mention the fact that ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' had done essentially the same thing in fall 2009, when Beck's show was generating far more buzz, and ''Series/TheDailyShow'' had done so repeatedly since November of 2009.)
** Newer Treehouse of Horror episodes have become this as the pop culture they parody are already a few years old and spoofed into oblivion. "Treehouse of Horror XXIII" which aired in 2012 and spoofed ''Film/ParanormalActivity'', which was released in 2009 and "Treehouse of Horror XXII", aired in 2011 and spoofing ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', which was also released to theatres in 2009 come to mind.
** "The Computer Wore Menace Shoes" was an episode from 2000 about Homer discovering the Internet and using it to start a gossip page. This came maybe 2 or 3 years after the Internet had become mainstream, and a solid decade after computers had.
** The Season 25 premiere, "Homerland", is a full episode parody of ''Series/{{Homeland}}''.
*** From the same season, Homer sings about "swag", of all things. While it's supposed to be a parody of older people trying to prove they are still relevant, it didn't quite have the result the creators were probably hoping for.
*** The season also had an episode simply titled ''YOLO,'' which aired in November 2013, LONG after "YOLO" stopped being relevant (and for those who want to point out that ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' -- another long-running comedy whose quality in recent episodes has been called into question -- did the same on the season 38 episode hosted by Creator/AdamLevine and the season 39 episode hosted by Drake, the former was making fun of the "YOLO" fad with a music video about ParanoiaFuel and the latter was Drake [the episode host] apologizing for starting "YOLO" in the first place).
** The season 25 episode "You Don't Have to Live Like A Referee" features a parody of Jared Fogle from the Subway commercials. Jared was in his prime in the early 2000s and hasn't been prominently featured in advertising since 2008.
** Artie Ziff going broke in "The Ziff Who Came To Dinner" is a parody of the Enron scandal, down to the crooked Z statue, which had happened two years prior.
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12th Mar '17 1:34:11 AM Ayasugi
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** While the Aesop in the Season 6 episode "Homer Badman" in which the media can manipulate everything for entertainment is relevant to this day, Homer's HumiliationConga in that episode when he gets caught in the manipulative media storm after being mistaken for groping is this after what happened to [[PewDiePie Felix Kjellberg]] in February 2017 when a similar event occurred after he was mistaken for Antisemitic which [[RoleEndingMisdemeanor ended his YouTube Red show prematurely]].
11th Mar '17 12:15:45 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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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 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 with 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 Creator/BillCosby has done, 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.
28th Feb '17 4:55:03 AM 123456789
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** Homer's situation and the Aesop in the Season 6 episode "Homer Badman" in light of what happened to [[PewDiePie Felix Kjellberg]] in February 2017.

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** Homer's situation and While the Aesop in the Season 6 episode "Homer Badman" in light of which the media can manipulate everything for entertainment is relevant to this day, Homer's HumiliationConga in that episode when he gets caught in the manipulative media storm after being mistaken for groping is this after what happened to [[PewDiePie Felix Kjellberg]] in February 2017.2017 when a similar event occurred after he was mistaken for Antisemitic which [[RoleEndingMisdemeanor ended his YouTube Red show prematurely]].
26th Feb '17 2:40:24 PM 123456789
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** The Al Jean episodes are hated just as much, only for different reasons – namely, being boring, derivative, full of forced humor, and carrying an air of WereStillRelevantDammit due to dated pop culture jokes just to attempt [[DuelingShows dueling]] with ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' in FOX's lineup. 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.

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** The Al Jean episodes are hated just as much, only for different reasons – namely, being boring, derivative, full of forced humor, and carrying an air of WereStillRelevantDammit due to dated pop culture jokes just to attempt references, and the constant [[DuelingShows dueling]] with ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' in FOX's lineup. In fact, it's just safe to say that anything after season 8 on ''The Simpsons'' is a mixed bag at best, but has Simpsons'', there were ''some'' good moments in it, moments, though those have been getting rare since season 13.



** "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 episode rehashed a lot of jokes about Lady Gaga that have been done before (and done better elsewhere) and received some, if not all, backlash from fans.
** Ned Flanders getting married to Edna Krabappel is seen by some fans as another JumpedTheShark moment in the series history.

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** "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 episode rehashed a lot 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) and received some, if not all, backlash from fans.
elsewhere).
** Ned Flanders getting married to Edna Krabappel is seen by some fans fans, including Skinner-Edna fans, as another JumpedTheShark moment in the series history.
26th Feb '17 2:25:56 PM 123456789
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** Homer's situation and the Aesop in the Season 6 episode "Homer Badman" in light of what happened to [[PewDiePie Felix Kjellberg]] in February 2017.
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** Any of Marge's one time jobs could have given her some needed CharacterDevelopment beyond the nagging housewife and mother role she plays, but especially her stint as a police officer. Marge was ''awesome'' as a beat cop, and, as shown in the episode where it happened, it gave her an excuse to interact with the rest of the town and contrast all its seedier elements.
11th Feb '17 10:19:13 AM maxwellsilver
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** 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 [[AlphaBitch 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.

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** 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 [[AlphaBitch Sue-sin]], 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.
6th Feb '17 2:59:31 PM Angeldeb82
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** This show managed to predict [[http://www.stereogum.com/1923072/the-simpsons-predicted-lady-gagas-super-bowl-halftime-show/video/ what will happen in Lady GaGa's 2017 Super Bowl Halftime Show]].

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** This show managed to predict [[http://www.stereogum.com/1923072/the-simpsons-predicted-lady-gagas-super-bowl-halftime-show/video/ what will would happen in Lady GaGa's Gaga's 2017 Super Bowl Halftime Show]].
6th Feb '17 6:18:46 AM MummyGaGa
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** This show managed to predict [[http://www.stereogum.com/1923072/the-simpsons-predicted-lady-gagas-super-bowl-halftime-show/video/ what will happen in Lady GaGa's 2017 Super Bowl Halftime Show]].
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