The Simpsons

How ‘Matlock’ Made Me an Optimist

I’m an optimist. It feels odd to say so, because such a quality seems counterintuitive to being a good writer, or a good parent, or (let’s face it) a human being alive in the year 2015. But I’ve realized over the past few years that, although I do live in the kind of moment-to-moment fear and self-loathing that characterizes such identifiers, I generally operate under the assumption that, eventually, everything’s going to turn out fine. This is not the result of some sort of spiritual awakening, meditation technique, or years of therapy. No, I’m pretty sure it’s because I spent so much of my youth watching Matlock. … Read More

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‘The Simpsons’ Will Lose Harry Shearer, Voice of Ned Flanders and Mr. Burns

Smithers, release the hounds—one last time. Harry Shearer, the voice of Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Reverend Lovejoy, Principal Seymour… Read More

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Robert Durst Is Not the Lead Singer of Limp Bizkit: Links You Need to See

Everyone who’s been following The Jinx — or the controversy surrounding its recent revelation — now knows that Robert Durst (not to be confused with lead singer of Limp Bizkit) has not only been arrested by authorities, but is facing a charge of first degree murder after his sensational admission of guilt on television. Murder isn’t funny, but the way he got caught is ridiculous, and this parody of the confession shows us why.  … Read More

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Jaw-Droppingly Intricate Crayola Mini-Sculptures of Pop Culture Characters

There aren’t that many totally universal experiences, but it seems safe to say that most of us spent a fair amount of our childhood with a crayon in our hands (or, more accurately, in our hands and our mouths. Just me?). Yet after they’re broken or melted (or eaten!), most of us just throw them away — but not Hoang Tran. This multimedia artist ingeniously carves large crayons into icons of popular culture, with carefully applied melted wax from other crayons adding color accents. It sounds far too time-consuming and delicate for an impatient clod like your correspondent, but Tran’s done a ton of these amazing mini-sculptures, so we’ve picked a few of our favorites; check out the full assortment over at his Tumblr. … Read More

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50 of the Greatest Literary Moments on TV

It’s probably safe to say that media tends to refer to itself, in one way or another — and referring to literature, as opposed to other forms of pop culture, is one way to make just about anything a little more highbrow. Television, notoriously full of references and allusions, might be the worst/best culprit, and the most fun to hunt through for literary moments — after all, nothing’s more fun than seeing books on the boob tube. Here, you’ll find 50 of the greatest and most memorable literary allusions, shout-outs, cameos, and references on television, as well as real-life author appearances and whole episodes, or even whole seasons, based on… Read More

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The Worst TV Moments of 2014 That You’ve Already Forgotten

While 2014 was a year full of great and groundbreaking television, it’s impossible to ignore all of the awful television that came along with it. For every Broad City, there’s a Mixology, and for every Transparent, there’s Black Box. Plenty has been said about the most-watched bad shows of the year — the horrifyingly awful Stalker, the ridiculous ending of How I Met Your Mother, and just about everything on Lifetime — but there were many more low points than just those. Here are ten of the worst TV programs and moments of the year that you’ve probably already forgotten about. … Read More

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