Mercy Killing The Simpsons

SimpsonsFox has ordered another two seasons of The Simpsons, extending the longest-running series in prime time history through its 22nd season. That will put The Simpsons at 493 episodes. The Simpsons has won 24 Emmy Awards, 23 Annie Awards, four Genesis Awards, nine International Monitor Awards, seven Environmental Media Awards and a Peabody Award. It also won my heart nearly the moment it debuted almost twenty years ago.

I could take this opportunity to gush about my all-time favourite show and sing its praises. I could do that, as I've done it several times before, but that's not what I'm feeling these days.

It wasn't long ago that I simply refused to miss an episode, but I no longer feel that way. When I catch a new episode every now and then, I still find it somewhat amusing, but I find myself missing those first nine or so seasons of solid gold. I miss the glory days of The Simpsons, when it was televison I simply couldn't afford to miss.

Part of me is happy to see the show continue, as it's still decent and I like seeing Homer and the gang, but another part of me fears it's simply diluting the show's previous excellence. With 500 episodes in the can, will that overwhelming quantity detract from the quality of those initial 150 episodes?

Here are some posts from happier times. I never thought I'd say this, but I think it might be time for a mercy killing of my all-time favourite show.

James Clobbers Homer

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I give the post season 12 episodes a chance (though season 9 was a turning point for the worse), but sometimes I turn off the TV in disgust. Today, an episode where Bart makes witty t-shirts was one. One gag was that it was Christmas, despite the fact that there was nothing in the episode's plot or the setting to indicate that. And That 90s Show is a downright embarrassing episode.

February 28, 2009 @ 10:19 PM

Jason |

with all the crap shows on tv you should thank your lucky stars for the simpsons man!!

way more hits than misses dude

February 28, 2009 @ 11:31 PM


The show is not what it once was but it still gives me a chuckle.

The Simpsons is one of the few programs I try to see every week.

March 1, 2009 @ 12:18 AM

Toronto Mike

I collected Simpsons seasons on DVD through season 10, and then I stopped. I realized the episodes I wanted to watch over and over and over again were those first six seasons.

I still get a chuckle out of a Simpsons episode, but when I was a teenager, they blew my mind.

I expect more than a Chuckle from this show.

March 1, 2009 @ 10:33 AM


I can still lmao by watching reruns of the older episodes. They're so many that it's not too repetitive. I find that season 12, while more cartoonish and with less interesting plots still provides frequent and big laughs, but newer than that provides only the occasional burst of laughter and some chuckles.

March 1, 2009 @ 5:29 PM


Family Guy has ruined the Simpsons for me. The latter now pales in comparison to the former.

Stewie and Brian are the funniest comedy team - ever.

March 2, 2009 @ 4:33 PM

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