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Dethroning Moment: The Simpsons
An annoyed grunt will not suffice.

"... What the hell was that?!"
Krusty The Clown, The Simpsons

Being a Long Runner, it's only expected to have a few slip-ups here and there.

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    Seasons 1- 8 
  • Wildstar93: "Bart vs. Thanksgiving". Sure, Bart did do something stupid like ruining Lisa's project, but what does Marge do? Yells at Bart that he ruined Thanksgiving! And after that, instead of just explaining what he did wrong and trying to make things easier, Marge yells at him more to apologize. No. Just... no. No way am I ever watching that episode.
    • rednessamon: I agree with you completely. Yes, Bart ruined the centerpiece Lisa made, but Marge should've at least explained what he should apologize for. And claiming that an entire holiday is ruined, just for a burned-up centerpiece? No wonder Bart ran away. That particular episode is always hard to watch.
      • trinityb: My beef is how come none of the adults brought out the turkey. The turkey was obviously heavy and there was plenty of time for Marge or Homer to do something but everybody just stood there and watched them fight. I admit Bart was well rude but all Marge had to do was take the turkey, take the piece and put them somewhere. Heck, his little fantasy showed he realized what he did on his and it really was their reaction that caused him not to want to apologize.
  • marioandsonic: I have to talk about a moment from one episode that really rubbed me the wrong way. In "Bart The Murderer", the episode begins with Bart waking up to what's supposed to be a great day: he has his homework done (which, knowing Bart, is very rare) and his school is going on a field trip to a chocolate factory. However, the entire first act pretty much makes Bart a Cosmic Plaything: he steps on a plastic dinosaur waking up, his dog eats his homework, he misses the bus and has to walk to school in the rain, gets hit with a ball during recess, can't go on the trip due to forgetting his permission slip, has to stay at the school and lick envelopes, and has to ride his skateboard home (again, in the rain). One of his skateboard's wheels falls off, and he winds up at the door to the Legitimate Businessmen's Social Club, where Fat Tony and his gang resides. Now, that's not what the DMOS is for me. The DMOS is how Lisa acts during this entire first act. During the scene where Bart misses the bus, as the bus drives away, we see a shot of Lisa waving goodbye to Bart with a smug grin on her face. She could have easily told the bus driver to wait for him, or at the very least, tell the driver to stop, but no! She doesn't do anything! Then, at the chocolate factory, Lisa says "I think is something Bart would've really enjoyed, but it's the only way he'll learn." Learn what?! What did Bart do wrong here? All the guy wanted to do was go on a trip! Ever since then, I couldn't stand Lisa anymore. And the newer episodes only make her worse in my eyes. I'd go into that further, but some examples have already been listed here.
  • Mic1988: Grandpa's actions in "Home Sweet Home-Diddily-Dum-Doodily". Marge and Homer lose custody of the kids when they take a trip to the Spa and leave Grandpa at home to look after Maggie; being Grandpa he falls asleep instantly and when the Child Protection Agents come by and spot the mess that's been there (which it was due to projects Lisa was doing) he does nothing and lets them take Maggie and they take Bart and Lisa as well. When Homer and Marge get back and see what happens Homer rightfully calls him out on what happened. His response? "Oh bitch, bitch, bitch" and walks off.
  • Kryz: Many of the take thats directed towards fans are especially mean-spirited, but none more so than the following exchange from "The Itchy And Scratchy And Poochie Show": "Last night's Itchy and Scratchy was the worst episode ever. [...] As a loyal viewer, I feel they owe me." "For what? They've given you thousands of hours of entertainment for free. If anything, you owe them." "Worst. Episode. Ever." The show wouldn't be the Cash Cow Franchise it is today without its fans, who are exposed to the ad-breaks that fund the show's initial run and who loyally purchase the DVDs, comics and other merchandise. The above dialogue is a disingenuous and ungrateful statement that downplays the fans' role in the show's success and its history, and as a stab at critics of later episodes' perceived decline in quality, accuses them of not being in a position to criticize a "free" TV show.
  • Ciel12: For me, it's Season Seven's 'Lisa the Iconoclast'. As we all know, Lisa is a straight shooter, and if she cheats to get ahead, she invariably caves in and tells the truth. But this episode revolves around her trying to find proof that Jebediah Springfield, town founder, is a fraud, after accidentally stumbling on his confession. She gets her moment, then bottles it, merely telling the town that he was great and claiming to the antiquarian that the 'myth has value too' as it brings the community together. I hate this ending for two reasons: One, it's completely out of character for Lisa. She believes in the truth, in doing the right thing, and she is the voice of reason. Two, I think that that argument encourages illusions and delusions. It brushes over issues of historical accountability, and so much violence is caused by people's idealised concepts of their countries. Pride is good, yes, but the problem here is Springfield is clearly not a good town, and coming together for one day does not fix that. Bart even had to remind the townspeople in another episode that they took their heritage for granted! To me, the better aesop came in 'Lisa Goes to Washington'- she exposes the truth, learns the system isn't all bad, and we get the nice wrap-up of the competition winner thanking her, with the reminder that pride in one's country requires vigilance against injustice to balance it out. Potentially YMMV, but the OOC and accidental approval of the quick fix ruined it for me.

    Season 9 
  • Chromesthesia: I think "The Principal and the Pauper" was when The Simpsons took a turn for the worse and went downhill from there. Just the whole concept of Seymour really being Armin Tamzarian was painfully dippy. Horrible story telling. You're better off just pretending it doesn't exist.
    • Corn Cob Man: That's pretty much the common point when most Simpsons fans stopped watching the show. Even Matt Groening (the show creator) and Harry Shearer (the voice actor for Principal Skinner, and other characters like Ned Flanders, Dr. Hibbert, Smithers, Mr. Burns, Rainier Wolfcastle, and Lenny) don't like the episode and don't talk much about it.
      • TT 454: I too was deeply disappointed by this episode. Skinner was a very well developed character and we learned a lot about him and his past, and this made us care about him. This ridiculous episode flushed all of that down the drain.
  • Tropemasterx2: I can't stand watching the episode "Lisa's Sax", except the moment where Homer decides to buy Lisa her saxophone instead of an air conditioner. Why I hate this episode? Three words: Bart's Preschool Teacher. We see that in his first day of school, Bart has trouble with the alphabet. What does she decide to do? Help and support him? No. She simply says that he will get a lot of F's and then fail in life. And when she read The Ugly Duckling to class, she said that there is a hope for everyone. Bart asked if there is hope for him. She coldly says "No". Her treatment made Bart miserable and turned him into the prankster he is today and even made Bart consider suicide when he was just a five-year old, judging by the drawing Bart made. What makes it even worse is that Bart was a happy and innocent child, who was enthusiastic about going to school, but this bitch made him miserable and ruined his life. Without her Bart probably would have made it high as Lisa. And worst of all, she is a Karma Houdini, because she wasn't shown to have been punished for her actions.
    • Shadow Mayflower: "Lisa's Sax" was one giant What Could Have Been for Bart, huh?
    • Blackjack254: This makes every moment in the series where Lisa is a Jackass to Bart and whenever she's jealous of him unwatchable. Why? Because at one point, Homer and Marge DO try to get Bart some professional help. But when they're meeting with a professional psychologist, Lisa butts in and counts the eggs in a jar, and from that point on, Homer and Marge are all "screw Bart, Lisa needs a slightly better education."
  • Calamity2007: I know some might disagree with me but I absolutely hate the Christmas episode "Miracle on Evergreen Terrace". It's about Bart accidentally burning down the Christmas tree and presents while the family was asleep and, in panic, hiding it from his family by making them think it was a robbery. The townspeople luckily enough give them more than enough compensation for the damages and everyone is happy... Until they find out on TV the melted remains of the tree/presents... Okay, so naturally the next act should be Bart getting forgiveness, right? Nope! The town instantly thinks that the Simpson family purposefully set up a scam to get their money even though Bart, on camera no less, admitted to accidentally burning down the tree and lying. Cue the next act where they were treated to several hard-to-watch scenes of Disproportionate Retribution where the whole town hates them in different ways, one of the worst being Ms. Hoover refusing to teach Lisa! Wait, things get even worse when the Simpsons return home to find a lot of cars parked outside the house, and Marge thinks that the townspeople have forgiven them. Well they have, except they steal everything (and I do mean even the nailed down stuff!) in their house!! ... What!! And that's how the episode ends in probably one of the most sickening acts from the town of Springfield next to their treatment of Bart in "Boys of Bummer". What's worse is that at the end, when their fighting over a cloth, heartwarming music plays in a lesson I'm assuming is "at least they have each other" but it is still done in such a poor way and it makes the town of Springfield look like a town of Karma Houdinis!! It is the one Christmas episode that I can never watch and one of my least favorite Simpson episodes. I know that it was supposed to be a Black Comedy (which I don't usually mind) but I didn't find it humorous in the slightest.
  • Cannotrememberpasswords: Dear FSM Almighty, "Lisa the Simpson". Basic plot: Lisa finds out that the family has a gene that basically makes you go through Alzheimer's around 8 years old. At the end of the episode, it turns out that it's only on the Y chromosome, and thus, only men can get it. Let's disregard the incredibly faulty ideas about genetics this episode has, the continuity that prior showed Bart and Homer being Book Dumb and having a crayon lodged in his brain, respectively, as well as successful automaker and inventor Herb Powell being a Simpson, and Abe Simpson demonstrating extreme battlefield competence, and simply note that it ends on the note that all men in the Simpsons family are doomed to basically become drooling idiots and there's nothing they can do about it. But not Lisa, so apparently this is a happy ending. Yep, Bart is never going to have a decent career and he's probably going to fail at every endeavor, and Homer was destined to that fate from the start, but Lisa can solve that brainteaser. Whoop-de-friggin'-doo. The worst part is that they could have had it end with Lisa accepting the gene, and have Homer give it to her. But no-oo. Lisa must be Always Right.
    • Happy Man: Pretty much agree on what you said. It seemed that everything's okay as long as Lisa's happy. If it's any consolation to you, they aired "HOMЯ" (the episode featuring the aforementioned crayon) after this episode, and the Simpson Gene was never mentioned again. For once, thank Negative Continuity.
      • AdamKalb: Also, I just figured out that this episode is really a Treehouse of Horror episode in disguise. It's the 8th 1/2 one, because is between the 8th and 9th. There was also another plot with Jasper freezing himself to see the wonders of the future, and those two plots had absolutely nothing to do with each other. They were really just switching back and forth between two different mini-stories. Plus, the Kwik-E-Mart then became the Freak-E-Mart, and then the Nude-E-Mart, and it was still the Kwik-E-Mart in later episodes.
      • Cindylover1969: Another vote for this episode being one of the most loathsome in the show's history; the "Lisa Simpson is never, ever wrong" tendency has never before (or thankfully since) been as genuinely offensive as it is here. Thank goodness Ned Goldreyer never wrote another full episode.
      • Aldo930: What a terrible, terrible episode. Keep in mind, folks, that this - along with "The Principal and the Pauper" - were greenlit under Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein. Had the show ended with the eighth season, as some people would wish, those would be the last two episodes. Now you know why Mike Scully was brought on for season 9 - just so the show wouldn't end on such a bum note!

    Season 10 
  • Metal Shadow X: While I agree "Kill the Alligator and Run" was quite the Idiot Plot (and I actually liked "The Principal and the Pauper" because - massive continuity errors aside - I still believe it was still executed well), "Wild Barts Can't Be Broken" was the first - and hopefully only - time I ever felt legitimately angry about the show. Out-of-Character Moment at its finest, the adults were nothing but abusive to children by enforcing a curfew law over something the adults themselves were responsible for. Combined with the ending giving us a musical number for absolutely no reason and only way the adults get their comeuppance is by still punishing the kids by proxy, it makes me wish I watched South Park instead. At least the Adults Are Useless role would have made sense there.

    Season 11 
  • Thormy: "E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)": The plot itself is pretty funny, but after a while you realize that Homer never used to be that stupid. I'm surprised he isn't wheelchair-bound by now.
  • Bananaquit: "Saddlesore Galactica". Really, the whole episode, as it seemed cruelly calculated by the writers to raise the ire of anyone who criticized the show. However, I was willing to give it the benefit of the doubt; even though I didn’t laugh once during the first two acts. Then comes the third act, where it’s revealed that jockeys are really Keebler™-like elves who live in an underground cave beneath a tree. Who perform a horrid musical number. And, as though they hadn’t added enough insult to injury, they managed to cap the episode with a predictable joke about Bill Clinton. This episode didn’t merely Jump the Shark, it pole-vaulted over it.
  • Philipthepatsy: "Alone Again, Natura-Diddily". Maude dies in a horrific, over the top manner, leaving poor Ned a wreck. Add on that the episode itself wasn't very funny, and you've got one of the most depressing episodes of the series.
    • Olfin Bedwere: What really propelled this episode into Dethroning Moment territory wasn't so much the fact that Maude died. After all, the episode where Bleeding Gums Murphy died was handled beautifully, and you'd think the series would be able to do an even better job with a semi-regular character. But no — they took that setup and turned it into an episode about Homer setting up Ned with a series of wacky and horrible new girlfriends. I almost hope the writers made this episode as a Take That towards Maude's voice actress Maggie Roswell, because I simply can't imagine why on earth they would think it was a good idea to kill off Maude and then gloss over her death in favor of comedic shenanigans involving Homer.
      • Adam Kalb: It doesn't help that the episode aired the day before Valentine's Day.
    • Tropers/hitman: Wanna know how Maude dies? Homer picks up a bobby pin. Thus making the giant t-shirt ammo from the t-shirt cannon knocking Maude off the bleachers, causing her to fall to her death.
  • Banana Pancakes: Damn "Missionary: Impossible"!!! A few scattered laughs aside, it's still the worst episode ever (though not much more so than "Donnie Fatso" and "Homer's Paternity Coot"). Homer promising $10,000 to PBS — OOC and probably his most risible cash throwaway ever. Homer watching a British TV show — even more so, and the Lampshade Hanging pretty well pissed me off. Getting chased by PBS-affiliated characters — blech. Homer knowing the meaning of the word "Sanctuary" — I could have bought that within a couple of seasons of his vocabulary-augmentation subplot in "Bart's Friend Falls in Love", but not today. And just about every single thing he does on Microatia is motivated by racism Up to Eleven and (if he were a bit smarter in this episode, I'd have said) motivated by a desire to make Christians look evil. Add a cop-out ending and a splendidly stupid, stupid, STUPID subplot that gives everyone at the SNPP (except Carl) the Idiot Ball — Bart looks nothing like Homer — and... let's just say Homer himself said it on the whole show's behalf: "Save me, Jebus!"
  • iansimsjam: I'm surprised no one has mentioned "Bart To The Future" yet. What's so bad about it? First of all, it makes Lisa president. Sure, Lisa is generally a smart character, but does she really need to be president?! I think the writers are exaggerating how successful Lisa is. The looking-into-the-future premise has been much better executed in the awesome "Lisa's Wedding". That, and the subplot with Homer finding Abe Lincoln's gold was totally unnecessary. It was also one of the unfunniest episodes of the show.
  • terlwyth: I just saw the episode "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge" again and hated it with the big waste of a character for Otto who predictably chose heavy metal over his fiancee which was the beginning of Flanderization for Otto; Marge feels pity and lets her stay, which began many horrible plots in later seasons. Then after that, Marge suddenly goes Out of Character and becomes a jealous wife, which escalates into her trying to kill said fiancee, and she has to be arrested. Then at the end, it turned out Marge was right and she goes crazy again, when suddenly, some doctors appear and blow tranquilizing darts into her neck, and Homer helps, thanking the doctors. After being established as a loving, but bumbling husband, this is what Homer does now?

    Season 12 
  • Monsund: While most of the Homer getting mutilated jokes in the later seasons were pretty bad, Homer getting his intestines ripped out by a badger in "A Tale Of Two Springfields" was just the worst in my opinion. This isn't South Park or Family Guy where characters can be messily killed only to come back later, Homer isn't Kenny, the regular episodes of the Simpsons are supposed to have some basis in reality. Keep the Happy Tree Friends type humor in The Itchy & Scratchy Show and Treehouse of Horror, don't let it bleed into the actual plot. I feel bad that The Who showed up in such an awful episode.
    • Romanator X: Oh, lord I hate this episode. While there are worse episodes, the moment when the show that many regard as the greatest of all time pretty much crashed and burned was when Homer actually manages to make his Mike Scully persona look sane by attempting to blow up town hall. Over freaking area codes which only he had a problem with. He was about to commit an act of terrorism that would have killed hundreds just because he did not get the meaning of changing the numbers from 636 to 939. Not only is this selfish beyond even his normal standards, this is idiotic beyond belief. The worst part? Between that, and his other Jerk Ass behavior through the episode, he gets away with it all. Honestly, in the real world, he would have been imprisoned in a federal prison for fucking life for terrorism, conspiracy, and public unrest! It was at this point that Scully made Homer his Creator's Pet, where he can get away with everything despite being a borderline handicapped jackass. I can see why Matt canned Scully after this season.
  • 32_Footsteps: "Homer vs. Dignity". The infamous scene in which Homer is anally raped by a panda bear. Not that the rest of the episode was any better (The Other Wiki even notes on the page for it that it's often considered one of the show's worst episodes), but that one scene made me so disgusted that I can't even go back to watch classics from the 90's, let alone anything made since.
  • Disappearing Act: The first time I noticed a sharp decline in quality was "The Computer Wore Menace Shoes". In this episode, Homer discovers the Internet (for at least the second time and about 5-10 years too late for it to be topical), and starts a website full of fictional nonsense. One of these theories turns out to be true, and as such he is dragged to an island and kept there as a prisoner. This was an homage to the bizarre cult TV series, 'The Prisoner'. What made it so disappointing for me was that it only became an episode about The Prisoner halfway through the episode, so there was no clear focus. Furthermore, The Simpsons has always made sense despite the Negative Continuity, whereas this episode dispensed with any reason or logical narrative, and ended with the entire family hallucinating and imprisoned on an island. There was nothing remotely clever about the episode to redeem it, it was just 20 minutes of pure nonsense. Whereas previously they emulated shows using The Simpsons' trademark style or worked references into the narrative, this was just parody for the sake of parody.
  • Smapti: "The Great Money Caper": There's a perfectly logical explanation for this, and that explanation is - Hey, everybody! SURF'S UP!
  • Mad Man 400096: While I quite enjoy even the most notorious episodes, the one episode that pissed me off in the show's 23 seasons is "HOMЯ" where they find a crayon lodged in Homer's brain and take it out, making him much smarter. The episode starts out good, but totally goes to hell at the end of the second act, where he tries to help the Power Plant by giving a safety report, but accidentally gets it shut down for maintenance, with Mr. Burns nonchalantly breaking them the news. What follows is the most contrived version of Flowers for Algernon Syndrome I've ever seen. All of his friends hate them over a sacking that wasn't even his intention, the town shuns him just because everybody else is an idiot, and Homer himself decides to get Moe to put back the crayon, even though he's already formed a bond with the always-smart (if not always butting in) Lisa. How did this get an Emmy when The Powerpuff Girls and Futurama did not?
    • Mr Tweetums: There's another point in HOMR that just infuriates me so much. Homer's IQ in this episode upon having the crayon removed shoots up to an incredible 105, alienating him from his fellows, and allowing him to bond with his daughter Lisa. But the average IQ in America is around 100, and while Springfield is a stereotypically bad example as towns go, this pushes their stupidity to a whole new level, by inferring that most of Springfield's residents are so dumb that a man with slightly above-average IQ is considered an outcast. How does the power plant even get to the point where a man who could still be considered average is able to make changes that other trained, qualified workers could not? This, and the fact that Homer seems to take on the guise of an intellectual, to the point where he is able to make a connection with Lisa, who, with an IQ of 159 is a stone's throw away from being a bona fide genius, makes me wonder as to where the figure of 105 came from.
  • A Justice: "Simpsons Safari". The family goes to Africa, gets lost, and winds up at a chimp preserve. It appears that poachers are stealing the chimps, but it turns out that the "poachers" are actually with Greenpeace and are saving the chimps from the scientist (a Jane Goodall expy) who runs the preserve: she's actually using them for slave labor to mine diamonds for her. When confronted, she bribes the family with diamonds, while cackling and sporting a crazed look (showing that isolation and greed has driven her over the edge). And what do the Simpsons do? Take the bribe and let the chimp-torturing nutjob go further down the goddamn chute (except Lisa, who just complains about it). You really gotta question their morals when they prefer getting rich over getting a person mental help.

    Season 13 
  • Allenbys Eyes: I think "Homer the Moe" convinced me The Simpsons had jumped the shark. You have a nonsense plot that goes through points A, B and C with little flow or logic. Moe makes his bar more upscale. Homer doesn't like it so he creates his own bar out of his garage. Homer claims it's a hunting lodge to get a liquor license, resulting in a pointless third act with Homer hunting, Moe sabotaging him (?) and Lisa whining self-righteously. Add unfunny jokes (Homer cutting his hand on a jukebox? Har har) and pointless R.E.M. cameo. It all has a desperate "throw things against the wall to see what sticks" feel that became all too prevalent in subsequent seasons.
  • ergeis: The episode "I am Furious (Yellow)" where Bart creates a cartoon based on Homer, where Bart was inspired by a cartoonist who spoke at his school. What happened was that the cartoonist told Skinner and the kids that he didn't have to work hard in school because all he did was draw all day. I get that it was just a throwaway joke used to set up the actual plot of the episode and it's probably another case of self-deprecation by the creators but it's a D Mo S (it wasn't horrible enough to make me swear off the show forever, I didn't know which D Mo S I should talk about) to me because it reminded me that this is a very common attitude everyday people have about artists, that somehow it's an easy job that requires little skill.

    Season 14 
  • 'Blue Butterfly': "Strong Arms of the Ma" genuinely shocked me when I saw it for the first time. I can put up with plenty, but this episode hit a lot of points: unsympathetic degradation of Ranier Wolfcastle, while people ransack his home; the apparent need to get Homer out of the picture so that Marge can get mugged, as if his presence would have prevented it; the incongruously serious and sad suffering she goes though, including the heartbreaking moment of bursting into tears in front of her kids, and the family's anxious coaxing when she's trying to recover; the idea that you can cure agoraphobia with steroids; the unnecessary and OTT beating of her mugger, which the police just cheer at despite it being blatant assault; everyone criticising Marge for not being feminine or attractive, and the solution being a return to femininity... But worst of all, this is a family show, shown in the early evening in the UK, and my little sister was watching it with me when Marge raped Homer. He says he doesn't want to have sex with her and she tells him she wasn't asking and pushes him down on the bed. They cut away to him, dazed in the morning, and no mention is made of the fact. It's simply passed over as if it isn't a massive issue and horribly abusive. I expect such things from Family Guy and indeed Lois rapes Peter a few times over the course of the show, but this is The Simpsons and it's not okay.

    Season 15 
  • 'Shadoboy': Many of the tropers before have hit the nail on the episodes I have disliked, but there's one I'd like to add: "The Fat and the Furriest". During the episode, Homer is being labeled a coward and everyone makes fun of him because he was afraid... after being attacked by a grizzly bear. Seriously? What kind of person wouldn't be scared after being attacked by a 500 lb animal with huge claws and teeth? Specially hypocritical after how the whole town overreacted to the one harmless bear that strolled into town in "Much Apu About Nothing". It was around this time that I started to notice that Springfield was full of jerks.
  • Damasca Ramza: Bart and Lisa's actions in "Catch em' If You Can" simply disgust me. At the last second, Homer and Marge decide to go to Miami for a second honeymoon and Bart and Lisa find out and decide to show up and ruin their fun just because they aren't there and, in the end, they basically say "Screw you guys, you can't do anything without us and you don't get to have any fun because you have kids" and ruin their parents' good time that wasn't harming anyone.
  • RAZ: Foregoing my previous entry on here, there's one scene in the series that I recently remembered that actually wound up angering me a lot more than several episodes combined. I'm referring to Matt Groening's shameless, self-indulgent cameo in "My Big Fat Geek Wedding" that's nothing but a 3-minute promo to get viewers to watch Futurama. I'm usually fine with the Creator Cameo if it manages to be genuinely funny or clever, but this doesn't even try to throw in a single joke, instead having Milhouse unsubtly scream "it's the creator of Futurama!" with emphasis added on it to make it clear that all this scene is doing is halting the flow of the episode all to give some spotlight for Matt Groening's other pet project. There's also the fact that Unfortunate Implications arise from it, considering that Matt protested about James L. Brooks sacrificing the show's integrity in his attempt to use it to try and advertise The Critic way back in "A Star Is Burns" but apparently it's completely okay if he does it himself for one of his own.

    Season 16 
  • Peteman: A definite Dethroning Moment can be found in Lisa's subplot in the episode "Sleeping with the Enemy", where she develops anorexia. Yeah, you read that right. An eight-year-old girl, hating herself that much. A potentially fatal illness. Well, you could probably make it funny in a Gallows Humor-sort of way, but the thing is even though The Simpsons is indeed satire, it just isn't dark and edgy enough to support that kind of humor for very long. So it pretty much ended up going "Hey look, a deeply depressed child loathes her body and is binging on cake! Uh... wacky, huh?" What makes it worse is that Marge, normally the most involved with the kids, only takes notice of Lisa's disorder in one scene and doesn't seem to do much to help her get through it. Adding more insult to injury is that here, Lisa's disorder is portrayed seriously, while in the later episode "The Heartbroke Kid", Bart almost eating himself to death was more or less Played for Laughs.
    • PerfectlyIdiomatic: This episode showed to me how much the show has devolved- in an earlier season, the plot of Nelson's dad leaving would have ended bittersweetly, probably with him realizing that at least he has his mother. You know, the old heartwarming stuff they used to mix in with the humor. But in modern day Simpsons, Nelson's dad never wanted to leave! He was in a freak show! Which Bart just happened across! Of course! Why couldn't they just let Nelson deal with the sadness? Would've made for a better conclusion.
    • Howardu: Lets face it: Marge was just horrible in that episode and her entire approach to parenting was completely half ass. In addition to completely ignoring Lisa she promises Bart a party and didn’t invite any of his friends. Her excuse was that it was the best she could do on such short notice but she set up that time table. So instead of trying to be a better parent she finds a child so pathetic that he appreciates her half assed approach.
      • ashleybud: The entire episode just showed that Marge is no better a parent than Homer and this is pretty much her version of Children in the Clouds. She showered another person's child with love while at the same time ignoring her own. The fact that Nelson beat up Bart right in front of her and she did nothing to stop it proves that. She walks into his room and sees Nelson has forced him to sleep under the bed. And she wonders why her kids want nothing to do with her. And no, Marge, you did not do the best you could.
  • Adam C: I'm afraid I can't recall the exact point I stopped watching the show (I stuck with it for a little while even though it'd stopped making me laugh) but I think it must've been "On A Clear Day I Can't See My Sister". I was never that fond of Lisa but good God, she was terrible in that one. The plot has her serving Bart with a restraining order and using it to bully him. Repeatedly. She pokes him with a long pole (with a Phillip's Head on the end that hurts him) and uses it to make him eat his lunch outside in the rain, be taught by Groundskeeper Willie in a tool shed, and sleep on the edge of the property. What the writers seem to forget is that while Bart is a brat, he's not really a bad kid, and he gets a lot of Pet the Dog moments (remember the Hockey episode from season six with that montage of sweet moments between him and Lisa?). Lisa is never punished for doing all this to Bart and it's all treated as something he deserves, and Bart is only let back into the house after he builds a statue of Lisa and tricks her into thinking he's going to worship it. And no, Marge does nothing to stop this save lightly pleading with Lisa over it, even when her son can't come inside the house and is living with wild dogs. This just goes beyond the general unpleasantry the writers have been playing into something nasty.
    • Justin_Brett: And here's the best part. At one point Lisa says if she can remember three moments where Bart was nice to her, she'll lift the restraining order. Well, no problem, right? Most fans could name three off the top of their head (including me: Lisa It's Your Birthday, the Hockey episode, and buying Bleeding Gums Murphy's record for her), then the character who experienced those things herself should have no problem, right? Nope. She thinks as hard as she can, and can only come up with two, both of which only came from that episode. Negative Continuity shouldn't count when it's only being used to let some poor kid be a punching bag for a little more.
  • Demetrios: "The Seven-Beer Snitch". For me, this was the episode that signaled the shark was nearby. It had a few good laughs here and there (even though it hit us over the head with We're Still Relevant, Dammit), but I'm afraid it just raised too many questions. And these are them: How do you turn a weirdly shaped concert hall into a prison? How come Homer's friends and acquaintances were able to get prison warden jobs just like that? How come they shaved Homer's head even though he has very little hair to begin with? How come the law and order savvy Lisa didn't come to her father's rescue? How come Bart was so dumb in this episode? And who green-lit this episode? Don't get me wrong; I like the zany humor the Simpsons are famous for, but there are limits.
  • Extreme Dinosaur: In "A Star is Torn", the family is in the Farmer's Market picking up organic food. When they're convinced to have it as dinner, Marge picks one up saying the cringingly bad line "Broccoli, you've just been promoted from side-dish to entree!", cue a very bad attempt at an Adam West Batman parody complete with a badly angled camera zooming out of from the very top of the dining family making the gag incredibly cringe worthy in its forced humor and awkwardness.

    Season 17 
  • The Chain Man: I have heard quite a few times Lisa was a Creator's Pet, and I thought these people were exaggerating, until I got to watch "Million Dollar Abie". So Grandpa becomes a bullfighter and Lisa, surprisingly, protests because that means he's murdering poor, defenseless bulls. So what does Grandpa do? Frees the bulls and lets them run wild on the city, San Fermin-style. The bulls wreck the city and hurt, kill and maim lots of innocent people and Luigi, but they aren't getting killed, so Lisa is happy! Didn't they use to lampshade this kind of ending rather than play it straight?
    • Tropers/Emperordaein: What? No mention about the rest of the episode? It was essentially a Prototype "Boys of Bummer", just replace Bart with Grandpa. So we get scenes like Firemen tossing him into a burning building, a church marquee called "Jesus Hates You", and a tasteless iPod/Suicide Machine joke (A DIEPod. Ha Ha Ha.). That episode truly made me feel miserable after watching it.
    • Tropers/madhaxman. To me, the biggest problem with that wasn't the ending, it was Lisa's line about always supporting her grandpa. Abe has been the butt of all jokes for the family since the show's early days, Lisa included (minus an episode or two). They could have at least given us a scene between Abe and Lisa earlier on in the episode, but as it is, it just comes off as Lisa using emotional blackmail, and taking an episode that was focused on Grandpa making it about herself.
    • Spy Hunter 29: My beef with the episode was the first act, wherein Grandpa mistakes the commissioner of the NFL for a robber when he stops at the house for directions, thus costing Springfield its dreams at an NFL franchise. Now that's just unfair - yeah, Fiction Isn't Fair, but that doesn't mean I have to like it.
  • ablackraptor: While the episode had a few laughs and the rest of Homer's plotline wasn't too horrible, but "Kiss Kiss Bang Bangalore" definitely deserves mention for two Black Comedy Rape jokes. First they joke about the sci-fi convention when Comic Book Guy announces to the crowd of nerds that there's a girl in the crowd. The crowd instantly turn to looking for said girl, and when they see Willy wearing his kilt, they declare he's 'the closest [they're] ever going to get' before pouncing on him. Just, what!? I hope I'm not just overthinking this, but the way that comes off is that the nerds are so desperate they're going to rape Willie. The fuck is up with that!? I'm usually OK with 'nerds are virgins' jokes, but this was just disgusting and offensive. Then later, when Patty and Selma realize that Richard Dean Anderson has escaped after they kidnapped him, Selma panics because she can't go to jail since she has a kid, but Patty declares that she's fine with jail with a happy smile on her face, the implication being she's looking forward to Prison Rape. Because, as we all know, all gay people love rape, apparently. Nerds are all rapists and gay people love to rape and be raped, apparently. I've never been this insulted by an episode of Simpsons before.
  • Ninjinister: "Homer Simpson, This is Your Wife" is legitimately the only episode of the entire series that I don't like at all. I really can't put my finger on an exact reason... the entire episode just feels incredibly un-Simpsons-like and outside of my tastes for entertainment, let alone comedy.

    Season 18 
  • Ken Shinn: "Jazzy And The Pussycats". That pointlessly long sequence where Bart just slavishly recreates the video to the White Stripes' "The Hardest Button To Button". Unfunny, tedious, and shamelessly shoved in to scream "Hey! We're still hip, you know!", it's the very essence of worthless padding.
    • jessicaotiesha: I hate that episode too but not because of that. I have noticed that every time Bart has shown signs of becoming a better person if Lisa wasn’t the one who directly or indirectly invoked Status Quo Is God and she mocks him. But this episode takes this to such ridicule levels. Bart becomes a natural at the drums and Lisa takes him to a Jazz brunch. While there Lisa constantly stops playing to give back hand compliments or brag about how much better she is than everyone else. I find this ironic because if she had been playing instead of bragging she might have been picked. So like every other time anyone has shown to be better than her at anything she gets depressed and does something stupid: adopting a bunch or dangerous predatory animals and lock them in the attic. Finally, a tiger bites Bart's arm, causing extensive nerve damage that leaves him unable to play. The tiger never eats the other animals during the time it was alone in that attic; it seems to have forced itself to wait and then controlled itself enough to bite Bart just enough to paralyze him and not rip his arm off. The whole point of the show seems to be that that Bart can't be happy as long as Lisa's around. Marge especially pisses me off in this: your daughter just got your son physically disabled for life and all she can think is how the consequence of this horrible thing Lisa's done will effect her. Then she goes on to tell Bart how he should have empathy for Lisa. What about empathy for Bart? Then there was all this talk about what Lisa did to rescue animals; she took a bunch of dangerous animals, she had no knowledge of how to take care of and locked them in an attic putting their lives (because she mixed there predators in as well), but also the lives of her family, in danger. She never even gets in trouble and not once did she apologize for what she did. In the end Bart gave away all the money that was supposed to go to healing his arm to Lisa and healing him takes a back seat to making Lisa happy.
  • T Vs Tim 1: "G.I. D'oh". I can't even accurately describe just how bad this episode truly was, even by significantly lowered "Modern Era" standards. Between the heavy-handed political agenda to the appalling waste of guest-star Kiefer Sutherland's talents to the single-worst continuity error in the history of the series (in the third act, there's a scene with Lenny in his car talking to a soldier about the troops marching through Springfield when he's suddenly half-crushed by a tank. Then, in the very next scene with no indication that any time has passed, the same soldiers march into Moe's looking for Homer and find Lenny sitting at the bar with Carl and Moe without a scratch on him. Given the overall horridness of the episode, this was just the snot icing on the turd cake, but still. And the animation on this scene was sub-Season One level, which leads me to believe that something else was cut at the last minute and this unfunny sight-gag was spliced in), not to mention the fact that every "joke" fell completely flat and the third act with the Looney Tunes "homage" took the show completely off the cliff.
    • Mc Jeff: "G.I. D'oh. It's hard to follow the directions to the letter and pick a specific moment because it's not one particular scene or joke that's over the top offensive, it's the whole concept. "Springfield is statistically the nation's stupidest city and even they're too smart to join the army".
      • Tropers/tsstevens: I'll give it a try, but where do I begin? The army recruiters answering the challenge of the immediate above reply being to target recruits even younger. Lisa becoming a little terrorist and Krusty saying he's a real class act by wearing the furs of numerous endangered baby animals. The sign in the army recruitment office, "suicidal teens welcome." Homer mocking Maggie over how she can't keep oil prices low. The sheer stupidity and blood lust of the army. Making fun of the Private England torture. The army actively trying to kill Homer. Half of Springfield being rounded up by martial law. The plot of the episode went like this: "Dear US Army: Eat a bag of dicks, every last one of you. Hate, Matt Groening." It was so bad that I couldn't take it anymore and ran over the Simpsons DVDs I had.
      • Doc Yoshi: I personally found the Looney Tunes "homage" rather funny and thought it the episode's saving grace. But as the "that's all folks" appeared on the screen (looking like something I'd see in a Youtube Poop might I add) it dawned on me that it's really out of place on this show. I'd expect such a moment on Family Guy but not on this show.
      • ChrisDV: The most insulting aspect, to me? Family Guy had the exact same plot device (Stewie & Brian joining the army after trying to get Chris out of joining) in an episode that aired around that time, only they didn't even so much as insinuate that people serving on the front line are complete idiots, whereas here, it was a goddamn plot point! When you're making Family Guy look respectful, you've got problems.
  • darkrage6: "The Boys Of Bummer". This episode can be boiled down to "Bart goes through a Humiliation Conga courtesy of everyone in Springfield because he didn't catch an easy pop fly". How the writers thought that Bart getting insulted and humiliated by the whole town for something so minor was the least bit funny or entertaining is beyond me, and then there's an Overly Long, unfunny gag with everything getting in the way of Bart hitting a home run after the town decides to give him another chance; when he finally does hit a home run, I would've been content if the episode just ended, but of course the writers had to throw in a really lame future flash-forward gag to end the episode. Combine all that with the lousy idiotic subplot with Homer and Marge, and you have a real shit-sandwich of an episode that should have never even made it past the storyboard stage.
    • Rossmallo: I have to add - it goes beyond simple humiliation. It was nothing short of pure, unadulterated hateful rage, that would have been horrendous towards a fully grown man, let alone a ten year old boy. It gets so horrific that when its obvious that Bart has gone properly, clinically insane, and he's climbed a water tower, Chief Wiggum tells him to jump. He does. And when he's lying in hospital, critically injured, an angry mob forms outside to yell at him more, despite the fact that he attempted to take his own life.
    • Shining Armor 87: While I hate the episode as a whole, one part truly makes my blood boil. Since Bart is so down in the dumps from the town insulting him, Lisa decides to take him to a famous baseball player who similarly struck out during an important game as a kid to get some advice. The player at first acts nice to him, giving Bart the thought that there is at least one person not mad at him... that is, until Lisa tells him he's Bart Simpson, and he starts hating him like the rest of Springfield. By the way, if he was so upset at him, why didn't he recognize him? Various residents then come in to boo at Bart some more. The player's response? "Boo indeed." Not only did this make me want to punch the player out of anger until he died, it gives the message "If you are famous, and a kid seeks you for advice, pick at him all you want, he's not famous."
    • Disney23: Oh. My. God. I loathe this episode. I don't even consider Bart's ordeal to be an example of "Dude, Not Funny!", because I don't think it was meant to be funny in the first place. It's more like a bullying story, which can hit home for a few people (it never happened to me, thankfully). I mean, Bart is essentially being bullied and driven to suicidal insanity. This isn't the Simpsons I knew and loved, this is an awful Sadist Show on the levels of South Park with abuse that would make Meg Griffin take pity on Bart. This isn't Disproportionate Retribution, this is an insult to Disproportionate Retribution. The one shining moment was Marge chewing everyone out. And hey, at least that famous baseball player tried to catch Bart during his fall (even if he does miss). The Homer subplot was much, much better.
    • Tropers/­­Iamabrawler: This episode is Clancy Wiggum's Dethroning Moment Of Suck, in my opinion. Not even any following episode trying to salvage him has succeeded. While the whole town was harassing Bart, he was literally inciting him to jump down. Seriously...fuck you, Wiggum, for this one. There's a damn limit that shouldn't be crossed, especially in the Simpsons (there are other controversial shows for the line-crossing), and it was crossed by the police chief of all people. I'd even go as far to say that this incitation to suicide alone is worse than anything Homer has done in this season.
    • Warner14: Dear god, this one is unwatchable. The whole episode is horrible, but Bart's suicide attempt is what made me draw the line. The whole scene feels like something out of another show, not something The Simpsons would do. The townspeople sink to an all time low and essentially make the episode worse than it already is by driving a ten year old to suicide. It is one of the worst episodes I have ever seen and that scene cements my opinion.
    • RCFU200: The YMMV page states how this episode could be seen as a satire of obsessive spectators. I'll admit, that idea, in and of itself, had merit, and it could have been pulled off here... had they not gone for an approach that would be better suited to the likes of South Park or Family Guy which practically thrive on Black Comedy. Booing and shouting is one thing (though one could argue that even that goes too far here), but driving a ten year old boy to suicide? This may be considered an average Al-Jean episode on the whole, but it definitely has its detractors, and I won't be watching it again anytime soon.

    The Movie 
  • Illuminatus: The movie itself was the nadir of the Jerkass Homer era, already making him unlikable and annoying. But it piles on that by bringing together some of the poorest impulses of the series: needless celebrity cameos, Lisa finding young love, The Simpsons go to X, etc. But the most insulting was actually including Arnold Schwarzenegger as a character, because the writers didn't trust that the audience wouldn't get the reference even though Ranier Wolfcastle was on the show for 15 years.

    Season 19 
  • RembrandtQEinstein: For me it's a little throwaway line in "Little Orphan Millie" (which has a sub-plot of Marge being mad at Homer for not knowing the colour of her eyes) where Homer says "Give me a break! I don't notice people's eye colour, I just judge them on the colour of their skin." Okay, the line is a joke, Homer's a hypocrite, easy to get, yada yada yada. But it says that Homer, our formerly lovable schlub protagonist, is a racist who makes judgements on people based on their pigment. Just awful, and it shows the complete lack of quality control in the show now. And this is coming from someone who actually enjoys the newer seasons for the most part.
  • Capretty: A lot of people hate "That '90s Show" because it fucks with canon, but I hate it because it made me unbearably angry with Marge. In the flashback we are shown that Homer worked a job he hated so that he could support Marge and pay for her to attend college. How does Marge repay him for this unbelievable kindness? She belittles him, pretty much cheats on him and then dumps him for her tool of a professor because "he embarrasses her". Now, she does see the error of her ways but she only returns to him after he becomes a rich and successful musician so we get the Unfortunate Implications that that's the only reason she is returning. Now, Homer Simpson is far from a perfect husband but he has made it clear over and over again that he loves Marge more than anything and this episode was the first I ever questioned: what does he see in her? You know you've made someone unlikeable when Homer comes across as more mature and responsible than them.

    Season 20 
  • Super Saiya Man: "Double, Double, Boy in Trouble", the one where Bart has taken his obnoxiousness Up to Eleven, then he switches places with a rich boy who looks just like him for a cheap Prince And The Pauper plot. When he literally has gone too far, after 1.) Losing his parents $50,000. 2.) Ruining Marge's best dress by shooting cat urine onto it. 3.) Starting a fight with Lisa in the car. He finally, during the party Lenny was throwing for everyone, unleashes an army of vacuum robots on the party patrons. After all this, he gets punished. Later in the episode though, when his doppelganger is at his place? Marge completely forgets that Bart is being punished. That's the moment right there—Bart gets off as a Karma Houdini yet again.
  • Steven: "Mypods and Broomsticks", the episode that involves a small Muslim family moving near the Simpson family and Bart becoming friends with the boy in the family. Everyone already knows how ignorant and stupid Homer has been for years, but does it really justify Homer believing that the family are freaking terrorists, based on their religion and the silly stereotypes dramas play on TV? This was just sinking to a low beyond any level that existed.
    • Space Core The Dalek: While the previously mentioned plot about the Muslim family wasn't great, one of the reasons that I don't watch any of the new Simpsons episodes is because of the episode's other plot. It involves Lisa getting a new "MyPhone" from "Mapple", which is run by Steve Mobs (geddit?). It's just a bunch of stale, bland, unfunny pop-culture references. This episode is pretty much just the boring epitome of "We're Still Relevant, Dammit!"
  • Aspie Crow: "Lisa the Drama Queen". I've hated the show for quite a while now, but this episode is the bottom of the barrel. Basically, Lisa befriends an English transfer student named Juliet and together, they create a make-believe world. It's been mentioned many times before, but Simpsons should not be attempting to copy Family Guy, and yet, here we are, with an episode making fun of a real life incident where two girls killed someone. No. Just... no.
  • Sblackguy: "No Loan Again, Naturally" is when I just flat out gave up on the Simpsons. Essentially, due to Homer's stupidity, the family loses the house and Flanders, out of the kindness of his heart, buys their house and lets them stay, agreeing that they only have to pay him what little they can come up with. Being the jerkasses that they are, the Simpsons' take advantage of his kindness—abusing their stay as tenants—to the point where they make him out to be the bad guy to the town. Once he kicks them out he feels sorry for them and lets them return. That's it; the Simpsons are never called out for their douchey attitude and to top it all off Flanders now has a lawsuit because he showed kindness.
  • Scabbard: I grew up with the Simpsons and loved it to death but stopped watching a while back because it was starting to run out of steam. I caught an episode "Wedding for Disaster" and came to despise the modern day Simpsons. It's where through convoluted blah-blah Homer and Marge are getting married again so Marge wants to make this her dream wedding. She ends up becoming a bridezilla, her demanding attitude driving a wedge between her and Homer on what should be the happiest day of their life (again- just so you know the writers are recycling scripts). Homer gets kidnapped and Marge thinks her bitchiness drove him away (except women are always right on this show so this is barely shown or acknowledged). Homer is kept prisoner in a SAW like scenario and is tortured with stuff like having to lick his way to the center of a burning hot lollipop to get the key inside. As it turns out it was Selma and Patty who- and I'm not joking here- are planning to keep Homer prisoner until Marge moves on (no doubt torturing him the entire time)! Only Homer's wedding vows manage to save him and (for some reason) move Patty and Selma to tears. I guess this is because they've never heard Homer profess his love, only Marge, but given the length of the series he probably already has proven his love and the writers just ignored it. He's released and the twins (supposedly) swear off trying to ruin their sister's marriage. The writers were kind enough to make the twins pay- literally so by paying for Homer and Marge's wedding which is something, I guess. Homer learns that he has to put up with Marge's unreasonable requests and bad, ungrateful attitude and Marge learns that she's always right. I remember when Homer divorced Marge just so he could give her the wedding that she deserved and how does she repay him? With this episode. This is the episode that convinced me that The Simpsons were dead; all they're doing is copying the dark tones from Family Guy but at least Family Guy does that well. Now The Simpsons can't even do touching moments right.
  • excaruso: "The Good, the Sad, and the Drugly". Bart and Milhouse pull a prank which involves screwing the nails out of the school and causing walls to fall off. Milhouse accepts the fall for it, and gets suspended while Bart doesn't come clean. Okay, so then Bart promises to visit Milhouse every day until his suspension is up. He then falls for a girl named Jenny, and they start spending a lot of time together, until Bart forgets to visit Milhouse on a rainy night. As punishment, he then invades Bart's life in a very harsh way, until eventually he forces Bart to confess to Jenny about how he isn't who she thought he was. And she dumps Bart, leaving him as a crying mess. Then Milhouse pretty much makes up with Bart with no reprimands. I felt so bad for Bart there, he made a simple mistake and then it just gets jacked. Thanks, Milhouse, we all know that people like it when you cause your best friend to lose a relationship.
    • Tropers/{{1046190}}: My sympathy goes out for Milhouse in this episode. Of the major regulars in the series the only character that's possibly more of a Butt Monkey and Chew Toy is Ned Flanders. And in this episode, Bart goes too far. He has Milhouse take full blame for their prank and doesn't bother to visit him once he gets his girlfriend like he promised to do. Not to mention Bart broke up Milhouse and his first girlfriend... having her sent to a Catholic school so they wouldn't be together again out of jealousy. Bart went too far in this one.
  • thenameisbean: "Coming to Homerica". Basically, a nearby town called Ogdenville (which was mentioned before on season four's "Marge vs. The Monorail" and on season nine's "Bart Star" with the "Ogdenville Wildcats") goes bust (thanks to the tainted barley used to make Krusty Burger's latest sandwich) and the Ogdenvillians move to Springfield and take over physical labor-type jobs, doing a good job of it. Initially, Springfield welcomes them, but then the Springfieldians worry that the Ogdenvillians are influencing their culture, so they build a wall to keep the Ogdenvillans out, but then they realize they miss them and build a door in the wall. It started out as a decent episode with some funny gags, but sadly, it devolved into ham-fisted political commentary with a badly executed aesop that's been done before, better, by this show and others.

    Season 21 
  • Balmz: My dethroning moment is "Rednecks and Broomsticks" where the Wiccans cast a spell that makes Miss Hoover have a stomach virus. Why would they do that? That's just evil and unneeded, they could have her at a meeting. Also if Wicca is not suppose to be evil why would they do such an evil thing? Lisa should have rejected the girls right away for that evil deed.
  • Storm Kensho: The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special – In 3-D! On Ice! and its potshots (most of them by Lisa) at Fox News. How original, guys. A left-leaning show making snark at the expense of a conservative news source? The same conservative news source that was ignored by such shows prior to its rise in the ratings? New and exciting! *facepalm*
  • On Soaring Wings: "Million Dollar Maybe," the one with a subplot where Lisa buys a Zii for Grandpa and the other people at the Retirement Home. As a result of playing the Zii they start to get more energetic and demanding. So the Jerk Ass employees there "destroy it to make their own jobs easier". When Lisa calls them out on this they coldly tell her off, and then... Nothing! That's it! The subplot is dropped leaving a message of "Hey old people, this is what you have to look forward to, fuck you." I have never been able to enjoy a recent Simpsons episode since.
  • thatsnumberwang: "The Greatest Story Ever D'ohed" was the moment I realized the lighthearted and funny comedy I grew up with had died forever. I'm of the firm belief that Lisa is possibly the vilest individual in Simpsons history - she makes Mr. Burns look like a kind, thoughtful and sensitive man (just read some of the other Lisa examples on this very page to further back up my claims). So basically, Bart ends up getting chased by a girl who watched him vandalize a sacred wall and ends up getting rather violently kicked in the groin; now, arguably he was being a dick and deserved it. Later on, however, Lisa, with full knowledge of this incident and the fact that Bart was probably still in pain despite not outwardly showing it, sadistically hits him in the groin again because she wanted his airplane seat. She shows absolutely no remorse and even laughs at the sight of her brother crumpled in pain on the floor beside her. Yes, she's eight years old and yes, that's what eight-year-old girls often do but we're talking about a character who used to be portrayed as a caring pacifist violently attacking a boy who, whilst frequently naughty, has been shown to genuinely love and care for her on a vast multitude of occasions.
    • AB No 4: The episode was pretty awful thanks to all that stuff, but what really solidifies its place on this list for me is Sacha Baron Cohen's guest appearance. Nothing the character said was amusing with the unfunny shtick dragging on way too long, completely bombing as an Overly Long Gag. If they let him improvise, that was a mistake. If not, his lines desperately needed a re-write or two. There was simply too much of the character, which didn't help an episode that didn't have much going for it in the first place.
  • Darth Megatron: "American History X-cellent". You know the part where Homer, Lenny and Carl make insulting comments directed towards Smithers behind Smithers' back? The comments about how Smithers is way too soft and letting them take advantage of him by actually being flexible and accommodating towards them, unlike Mr. Burns? Yeah. Ungrateful bastards.
  • Ajustice: I think the episode "To Surveil, With Love" truly showcases what idiots the people of Springfield are; first it's when Homer leaves his duffel bag that Mr. Burns had wasted plutonium put in without his knowledge: when people notice the unattended they panic as if an army of Heartless just showed up, and when the police get in involved their only "rational" course of action was blowing it out with a nuclear explosion. Afterwards they quickly assume that it's terrorists without even considering that Mr. Burns or his plant whose nuclear activity has caused problems in the past may have had something to do with it. And then there Lisa's story after she joins the debate club; a snarky brunette bashes on her and calls her a Dumb Blonde, and soon after the whole town actually pegs her as being one, even though they have acknowledged her intellectual superiority to her annoyance many, many times. Worst Case of Aesop Amnesia Ever! And then after she dyes her hair to prove how the debate people were judging by hair color she then makes a speech about stereotypes and when she says that all old people aren't bad drivers Abe just happens to crash into the very wall of that building. Whew!
  • ccarlson85: "Stealing First Base": I thought the episode was alright, until its third act, in which first lady Michelle Obama comes in and gives a speech to Springfield Elementary, getting Lisa out of her depression. This moment essentially comes out of nowhere with no foreshadowing, has nothing to do with the main plot, and basically serves as a Deus ex Machina for Lisa. Unlike other real world political icons on this show, however, Michelle Obama is basically a Mary Sue. Not only does Lisa call her the greatest woman in the world, but also the entire school essentially kisses her ass. Then, she's strong enough to tear through the helicopter door, which may seem like a joke on her arms, but in reality, comes off as, "Look how strong she is!" Simpsons writers, we know you're liberal, but remember the times in which you'd poke fun at all political icons, regardless of which side they were on? The only thing that could have made it worse was if the first lady had actually been played by the real-world first lady.

    Season 22 
  • Alexoftheworld: "Elementary School Musical" is what got me off the series entirely. The Glee cast was guest starring, so I thought: Maybe this'll be an interesting episode. Unfortunately, this episode wasn't the least bit exciting. Lisa's plot about the performing arts camp was stupid. I mean, if she wants to be creative and artsy, why doesn't she just play her saxophone? Bart, Homer and Krusty's subplot was just boring, causing me to skip over it. To make matters worse, the Glee cast only appears for a few scenes. Fox, here's a tip; if you're going to hype someone up to be on a show, give them something to do.
    • Blackbird Mizu: That was a big problem with the episode. The hyping up of the Glee cast guest star, combined with the episode title ("Elementary School Musical") implied a musical episode, possibly parodying Glee or High School Musical. But no, they get about ten seconds of screen-time, which made it painfully obvious that FOX was just trying to get people to watch The Simpsons using the popularity of their newest big-hit show. It was just as bad with The Cleveland Show where the Glee cast got hyped up in the promos yet got even less screen-time than they did in this Simpsons episode, if you can believe that.
    • The Real CJ: The premise was stupid, the characters were so obviously shoehorned in they stuck out like a sore thumb, and the songs were god-awful. I gave up before the second act and didn't look back.
    • Furi Kuri: The problem is that, while I've never seen Flight of the Concords, it's obvious that the stars have a widely different sense of humor than The Simpsons does. It just doesn't work.
  • Alex*Sora*89: "MoneyBART" has an opening sequence directed by graffiti artist Banksy, who interpreted the usually-something-we-have-made-fun-of-thing, the Korean animating process, as a fucking sweatshop. The result is this utter clusterfuck. No matter what you may think of the Ke$ha opening, this one is the one to blame for being nothing but pointlessly depressing.
    • thespecialneedsgroup: And the great thing is, they got in trouble for this once before. In Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie, they depicted a Korean animation studio as a sweatshop, pissing off their Korean animation studio, who sent it back; telling them where they could stick the episode, and that they could animate it themselves.
    • Forced Dj 7: The way she acts seems to, indeed, suck the fun out of the game. Sure, they won multiple times, but she acted worse than usual, and even fired her own brother just for scoring out of a different plan. What if the pitcher didn't do the 2-3 ball throws and threw strikes?
  • Doctor Cheese: Like most of the current episodes, the quality of Treehouse of Horror is in decline, but most have their moments. In "XXI", the first segment about board games was alright, the second one with Marge and Homer rescuing the drowning man said to have murdered the people on a previous boat was pretty good, except when Homer goes Ax-Crazy and it turns out to be Maggie's imagination, but the Twilight parody was the worst. In "Tweenlight", Lisa falls for a young vampire after he stops a bus from hitting her... and a bike... and a car... and another car... and a segway. As Lisa and Edmund jump between trees, Millhouse sees this, becomes insanely jealous and turns into... a poodle. Edmund comes to the Simpsons' house with his father, Dracula (why not?). Lisa and Edmund fly of, and Homer and Dracula chase them to "Dracula-La land", and ask the Count for help. Edmund wants to bite Lisa, but Homer saves the day by killing them when they drink his blood due to the cholesterol in his blood. Fat jokes are made, Otto is a stoner and the Simpsons are incredibly embarrassing. Who could have thought a Twilight parody could be so bad?
  • Brainiac0982: In "Donnie Fatso", Fat Tony dies, which leads to his near identical cousin, "Fit Tony", to taking over the Springfield mob. He then proceeds to gain a lot of weight, turning him into the new Fat Tony. This has to be the laziest example of the Reset Button / Status Quo Is God I've ever seen. It's like the episode where Lisa got a cat which would be Snowball V, but they called the cat Snowball II to save on a new dish, except that time, the writers at least acknowledged the ending was a cop-out and had a joke about it.
    • Luna87: I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who felt cheated by that episode. It was just entirely pointless; why even kill him off at all?
  • Lucedo: Though that I have not payed attention to the recent episodes of this show, but the episode "Moms I'd Like to Forget" shows how Ralph Wiggum became "special" because his father dropped him when he was a baby which is not funny at all.
  • 'Purr Elise': Even amongst the awful New Simpsons era, "Flaming Moe" really stood out for me as unfunny at best and offensive at worst. Moe decides to turn Moe's into a themed bar (yet again) with the help of Smithers after the latter is deemed too unattractive for normal gay bars. Apparently gay bars are only for the good looking? Okay... I guess it makes sense because everyone knows gay people are only interested in the physical side of relationships and nothing else. Anyway, the rest of the episode goes pretty much as expected with every gay character shown, apart from Smithers, being portrayed as a huge stereotype until the end when someone remarks that gays will get with anything that moves of the same gender and Comic Book Gay rightly remarks, "Most insidious stereotype ever." only for it to be shot down in flames the next second when Julio asks him out on a date and CBG agrees without even turning round to check who said it. Classy, Simpsons, real classy.
  • Kirant - "The Scorpion's Tale"... I'm not sure what Herzog and Richardson, the guest writers, were thinking in a story where eyeballs falling out of their sockets would be funny and fuel a storyline. I mean, I'm fine with the Halloween episodes, but holy crap that's terrifying to even conceive, let alone make into a comedy.
  • cclosina: "Love Is a Many Strangled Thing". Bart was able to let to Homer die, without feeling any pinch of repentance. Bart is far from being a saint, but the fact that he was willing to let his father die, it's too much. Bart Simpson isn't Eric Cartman.

    Season 23 
  • Averyvill Animation: I had already stopped watching The Simpsons years ago, simply because I lost interest; however, I did watch one clip from a new episode out of curiosity. It was from "Treehouse of Horror XXII" where Homer was... paralyzed I guess, and Lisa was reading something to him. He got annoyed with her reading and stops her by... farting. Lisa then discovers he can fart at will and tries to get him to communicate by... farting! (Headdesk) Really?! This is The Simpsons, for Christ's sake! They're gonna resort to that? It just shows you how far the series has declined. Thank god I've been more into Futurama lately.
    • Sally B: Usually the TOH episodes are a highlight of even a duller season, but this one was not. Besides the extended fart jokes in the aforementioned first segment, the Dexter parody in the second segment had a plot twist everyone should see coming a mile away and thus not funny. As for the Avatar parody... the permanently 10-year-old Bart having sex with an alien? Really, writers? You couldn't have used one of the adult characters for that?
  • Samuel: The episode "Holidays of Future Passed" had a part that made me outraged because of a plothole. In that part, Ned is now married to Maude's ghost. She tells Ned that there is no God or a Heaven, that it's all an empty void. Yet in Maude's previous appearance in "Bart Has Two Mommies", she was in Heaven and God was there too.

    Season 24 
  • 'No Spoilers Plz': I nominate "The Day The Earth Stood Cool", in which the town is overrun with hipsters. I dislike hipsters as much as the next guy, but then they have to take a potshot at Daft Punk when Disco Stu does an exaggerated, stilted walk past Homer and Marge while wearing Thomas Bangalter's helmet, saying, "Disco Stu has found a new thing". I don't know what irritates me more; the fact they pretty much called Daft Punk music for hipsters or how shallow and lazy the 'joke' was (despite the band's 'robot' personas, they still move and behave humanly and speak without a generic, robotic monotone).
  • Shadow Of The Void: In the episode "Love Is a Many Splintered Thing," Bart was playing a fighting game where the game narrator said, "Remember, this game is for age 14 and under. If you are older than that, please get help. Get help. Get help." The insinuation that anyone of high school age or older that plays video games isn't just a "loser" or a "Basement-Dweller," but outright mentally deranged isn't some cute little joke. It's insulting to the show's targets demographic, who are mainly Gen X-ers who grew up playing video games and still play video games to this day. The writers are demonstrating that, even though their jokes are often based on popular culture, they're out of touch Baby Boomers who still think all video games are strictly kids stuff. I'm not going to swear off the show, but this was the first time a Simpsons joke came across as just plain mean-spirited without any attempt to be humorous.
    • 'Roper Troper': Marge not only kicks Homer out of the house for how he views women, but also Bart. It's one thing for her to kick her husband out when he does something to make her angry, but to also kick her son out for the same reason, especially when she doesn't know where Homer will be staying??? That's just wrong.
  • 'Ant-Man': "What Animated Women Want" was a big one for Marge. First, she flips out at Homer after 10 seconds of him eating sushi while she talked. Give him a chance, why don't ya? Then, when Homer tries to follow through with all the things he promised to do, and Marge is disappointed because the list was from 6 years ago. Aaaand, that somehow negates the fact that he did all those things in the first place? And then after that, she gets mad when Homer eats the sushi he was offering before she did. After she spent an annoyingly long time thinking about how she had to take one first. I'm not sure she was even planning on having a bite of sushi within the next hour, with how long she was taking. Yet another example in cartoons of how we're supposed to look at the husband as the bad guy because the wife once again forgot she was married to a fat idiot.
  • 'newbaroundhere': "The Saga of Carl" was it for Carl. So, the episode begins with Homer and his friends joining for a lottery ticket; that seems to start quite right, but then, they actually win and Carl goes pick the winnings so they all can get their 50k dollar share (it was Homer, Carl, Lenny & Moe and the prize was 200k dollars) but to everyone's surprise, Carl never comes back so they have to track him all the way to his hometown, and when they find him, Carl tells them that he took the money because he wanted to buy some scroll with information to help his family's name since they were accused of betrayal during the viking raids age, and that they are so ashamed that they can't even appear in public. It seems fine but then what? Oh, it seems Carl never thought of any of them as friends, just some guys he knows from a bar; then, Homer and the other pin him down and take the scroll saying they are splitting it to cover their 50k dollars each, and then Carl just starts crying about his family name. Where we supposed to feel sorry for him after he told his "friends" to their faces (including Lenny) that he stole their money and doesn't care because he doesn't sees them like friends? Well, they give him a chance and read the scroll. Well, just so happens that not only Carl's ancestors didn't protect the town, they actually helped the raiders destroy it, and we are shown how Homer and the others stand up for Carl and his family by revealing good things about him that they know, you know, the guys that apparently aren't Carl's friends, just some guys from a bar, and that is enough for the townspeople to forgive Carl's family (that is, his parents) after blaming them for years for something they didn't do. Was that supposed to be a heartwarming moment? Given how the writers were trying to pull off a Family Guy episode, I think they should've at least beaten the snot out of Carl before helping; after all, Homer did punch and then kissed Moe after he saved his marriage with Marge after an argument with her. Now they are just letting the guy that was a total jerk for no reason and who threw their money away go and have a happy ending?

     Season 25 
  • Austin DR: I for one never really liked Itchy and Scratchy, which is why I find the segment in "Labor Pains" infuriating. It starts out with Itchy going to his door and finding a baby Scratchy on his doorstep. So, for the next few years, Itchy raises him. Then comes his graduation and Itchy gives his son a present. Scratchy opens up the box and it turns out that there's a lit bomb inside which promptly blows his head off. I'm sorry, how was this supposed to be funny. They had a potentially heartwarming segment and show that Itchy wasn't that bad, but no; they just had to have Itchy kill Scratchy again. Again, explain to me why karma hadn't hit Scratchy yet?
  • Tropers/phoenix79: The latest future episode "Days of Future Future" is full of it. Before "Holidays of Future Passed" the future episodes had a narrator and a framing device. This episode starts off in the present with Homer dying from eating too much, then he's replaced by a clone. This goes on for over 30 years. This means any Homer we see from now on is a clone that's destined to die. They eventually run out of clones and Homer's brain is put in a flash drive. In the subplot Milhouse and Lisa are having marital problems until he's bitten by a zombie and becomes one. Lisa likes the new Milhouse which leads to Unfortunate Implications of her being a necrophiliac. At the end Homer does get a robotic body, but his soul's put back into a computer and Marge decides to commit suicide to be with him. While they do take creative liberties with the future episodes, this one was all over the place and actually ruined modern episodes. They should just bring back Futurama instead.

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