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Season 2 in retrospect
Season 2 of The Simpsons, upon looking at it one more time, was quite possibly the most human and down to earth season in the simpsons history. It may not have been as polished as the golden years simpsons (seasons 3-8) in terms of animation or comedy, but the animation was a hell of a lot better than season 1 and the humour was still quite good.

However, my main focus is on the sheer reality of this season. Watching episodes like "Principal Charming", "Bart Gets an F", and "Bart gets hit by a car" among others made me realize that the simpsons, as funny as they were in the later seasons, never really revisited the kind of tragic pathos and moral dilemmas these characters faced.

I like this season because it was an excellent balance of humor and tragedy. These characters made you laugh, but made you care for them because you saw their vulnerabilities on display. Bart's a bad boy, but he hates being a failure. Selma is lonely, and Patty feels bad about stealing away her chance at love. I mean, the list goes on and on. Homer gaining his hair, Marge's dilemma between her loyalty to homer and breaking the law, etc.

But the maturity of this season can be seen with "Itchy and Scratchy vs Marge". The Simpsons were a very controversial series for the time, and THIS is how they responded to their enemies. Not mockeries or caricatures, but an insightful analysis over the morality (or lack there of) of tv and a thought-provoking issue over what can be seen as "art" and "filth".

I could go on, but i don't need to repeat myself. Season 2 was one of their best seasons because it was their most heartfelt season. Not too crude, not too zany, not too strange. Just the perfect blend of tragedy and comedy.
Amen to that,it wasn't really until the 7th and 8th seasons that such ideas were explored again,...but even then it was still from a very detached standpoint.

But you didn't mention the episode where Lisa develops a crush on the sub teacher,only for him to depart Springfield
comment #16573 terlwyth 20th Oct 12
^^I was suprised by that. Lisa's Substitute is easily one of the most geniune and heartfelt episodes in the entire series, not only for the tragic and sad A plot, but for the equally tragic but hilarious B plot.

But yeah, I think you really nailed what made season 2 great. It got out of preaching its hamfisted morals from season 1 to a more mature look at these characters before they would begin the incredibly slow slip into wacky cartoony areas.
comment #16575 MrMouse 20th Oct 12
Oh god...Principal Charming always made me so sad for Patty. Then of course the writers shot that ending in the head by deciding it would just be hilarious if she was really a lesbian.
comment #17891 Rebochan 29th Jan 13
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