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** ''The Simpson Family Smile-Time Variety Hour'' isn't much of an exaggeration of ''The Brady Bunch Hour'' at all. The Brady show really ''was'' that corny and over-the-top.

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** ''The Simpson Family Smile-Time Variety Hour'' isn't much of an exaggeration of ''The Brady Bunch Hour'' at all. The Brady show really ''was'' that corny and over-the-top. It helps that ''Simpsons'' musical director Alf Clausen had worked on ''The Brady Bunch Hour'''s sister show ''Donny & Marie''.


* BlackComedyBurst: Twice in ''The Love-matic Grandpa'' Grandpa Simpson makes comments that really clash with the short's mood. Notably they pass without a laugh track.

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Twice in ''The Love-matic Grandpa'' Grandpa Simpson makes comments that really clash with the short's mood. Notably they pass without a laugh track.


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** Not quite BlackComedy, but this exchange in ''Smile-Time Variety Hour'' is a similar MoodWhiplash burst.
--->'''Homer''': Well, I know one thing in this world that's still pure and good.
--->'''Marge''': Christian love?
--->'''Homer''': No. Candy! Sweet, sweet candy!


** ''The Simpson Family Smile-Time Variety Hour'' really isn't much of an exaggeration of ''The Brady Bunch Hour'' at all. The Brady show really ''was'' that corny and over-the-top.

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** ''The Simpson Family Smile-Time Variety Hour'' really isn't much of an exaggeration of ''The Brady Bunch Hour'' at all. The Brady show really ''was'' that corny and over-the-top.


* ShownTheirWork: ''The Brady Bunch Hour'' was actually like the Smile-Time Variety Hour.

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** ''The Love-matic Grampa'' is a good replication of ''Series/MyMotherTheCar'' in how it starts with a crazy premise and then is forced to get really contrived to keep the gimmick going. The gags and the story structure (romantic {{Farce}} building up to a HappyEnding) owe more to ''Series/LoveAmericanStyle'', and also hits that mark really well.
** ''The Simpson Family Smile-Time Variety Hour'' really isn't much of an exaggeration of
''The Brady Bunch Hour'' was actually like the Smile-Time Variety Hour.at all. The Brady show really ''was'' that corny and over-the-top.



* WritersCannotDoMath: The Roman numeral copyright date for ''The Love-Matic Grampa'' appears to be MCXIIILMCL, which doesn't equate to any actual year in Roman numeral dating. It could be taken as a really convoluted attempt to write the year 2313 (which would actually be MMCCCXIII). In the DVD commentary, the writers admit they just threw random numerals together for RuleOfFunny.

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* WritersCannotDoMath: The Roman numeral copyright date for ''The Love-Matic Love-matic Grampa'' appears to be MCXIIILMCL, which doesn't equate to any actual year in Roman numeral dating. It could be taken as a really convoluted attempt to write the year 2313 (which would actually be MMCCCXIII). In the DVD commentary, the writers admit they just threw random numerals together for RuleOfFunny.


* LaughTrack: ''The Love-matic Grampa'' has one.

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* LaughTrack: ''The Love-matic Grampa'' has one.a particularly obnoxious one, overreacting to every line with either loud laughs, hoots or "awww"s.

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* OhCisco: At the end of ''Chief Wiggum, P.I.''
-->'''Ralph''': Daddy, when I grow up, I want to be just like you!
-->'''Skinner''': Better start eating, kid.
-->'''Chief Wiggum''': Start eating?!
-->(''Extremely forced laughter from everyone'')
-->'''Ralph''': I didn't mean it ''that'' way!


* TakeThat: Pretty meta with ''The Love-Matic Grampa'', because ''Series/MyMotherTheCar'' is an old shame for series writer and producer David Cohen.

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* TakeThat: Pretty meta with ''The Love-Matic Grampa'', because ''Series/MyMotherTheCar'' is an old shame for series writer and producer David Cohen.James L Brooks.

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* AmbiguousSyntax: Troy [=McClure=] comes back from a commercial break sitting in a chair next to a distinguished-looking man. He says "Welcome back. I'm talking with the Curator of the Museum of TV and Television, Mr. John Winslow," leading you to think he's going to start asking Winslow questions. Instead, Troy stands up and starts walking the other direction, while he introduces the next segment.


* WritersCannotDoMath: The Roman numeral copyright date for ''The Love-Matic Grampa'' appears to be MCXIIILMCL, which doesn't equate to any actual Roman numeral figure. It could be taken as a really convoluted attempt to write the year 2313 (which would actually be MMCCCXIII). In the DVD commentary, the writers admit they just threw random numerals together for RuleOfFunny.

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* WritersCannotDoMath: The Roman numeral copyright date for ''The Love-Matic Grampa'' appears to be MCXIIILMCL, which doesn't equate to any actual year in Roman numeral figure.dating. It could be taken as a really convoluted attempt to write the year 2313 (which would actually be MMCCCXIII). In the DVD commentary, the writers admit they just threw random numerals together for RuleOfFunny.


-->'''Tim Conway:''' Oh, about 120 pounds.

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-->'''Tim Conway:''' Oh, about 120 pounds.pounds.
* WritersCannotDoMath: The Roman numeral copyright date for ''The Love-Matic Grampa'' appears to be MCXIIILMCL, which doesn't equate to any actual Roman numeral figure. It could be taken as a really convoluted attempt to write the year 2313 (which would actually be MMCCCXIII). In the DVD commentary, the writers admit they just threw random numerals together for RuleOfFunny.

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* CutTheJuice: In ''The Love-Matic Grampa'' Homer pulls the plug and shuts down Grampa to shut him up as he's berating Homer... [[WorseWithContext for pulling the plug on his life support]].


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* TakeThat: Pretty meta with ''The Love-Matic Grampa'', because ''Series/MyMotherTheCar'' is an old shame for series writer and producer David Cohen.


* FatSweatySouthernerInAWhiteSuit: Big Daddy

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* FatSweatySouthernerInAWhiteSuit: Big DaddyDaddy. The first two words on the trope name are even something he laments at one point when he has to run from Wiggum.


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* GunsAkimbo: Parodied in the opening credits sequence of ''Chief Wiggum, P.I.'', in which Wiggum goes gunzerker with a pair of revolvers and wrecks a whole street as collateral damage as he can't hit jack.


* ArtShift: ''The Love-Matic Grandpa'' changes to a more [[LimitedAnimation simplistic, limited art style]] to mirror AnimatedOpeningCredits from old sitcoms.

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* ArtShift: ''The Love-Matic Grandpa'' changes to a more [[LimitedAnimation simplistic, limited art style]] to mirror AnimatedOpeningCredits from old sitcoms.resemble an AnimatedCreditsOpening.

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* ArtShift: ''The Love-Matic Grandpa'' changes to a more [[LimitedAnimation simplistic, limited art style]] to mirror AnimatedOpeningCredits from old sitcoms.

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* AbsenteeActor: With the ADayInTheLimelight structure of the first two segments and Lisa falling victim to TheOtherDarrin in the last segment, Creator/YeardleySmith only has one line in the episode, during ''Chief Wiggum, P.I.''
-->'''Lisa''': Chief Wiggum, I can't wait to hear about all the exciting, sexy adventures you're sure to have against this colorful backdrop!

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