The Simpsons

This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: ‘Every Simpsons Ever’ Over

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This round, FXX swaps out its epic Simpsons marathon for The League.  … Read More

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‘The Simpsons,’ ‘The Wire,’ and Why You Should Care About Cropped TV Shows

“I hold this truth to be self-evident, that all movies deserve to be seen in their original aspect ratios,” Roger Ebert wrote in 2001, describing a Chicago outdoor film series where classic movies were being “cropped” to create a widescreen presentation — leading, he fumed, to a screening of An American in Paris where “the projector was cutting off, among other things, Gene Kelly’s feet” and a Top Hat presentation “cutting off of the even more sublime feet of Astaire and Rogers.” That series was presented by HBO, who elected to screen the films in widescreen “so that people will not think we’re showing television.” That was 13 years ago, before HDTV put a wide screen in everyone’s living room, and now even television itself isn’t safe. Hard on the heels of FXX’s Simpsons marathon, which cropped all of the show’s pre-2009 episodes, HBO has announced a “remastering” of The Wire, and rumor has it that show will be cropped to widescreen as well. We’re seeing a trend here. And it’s a genuinely worrisome one. … Read More

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The Devil’s Music: 10 Songs Based Around the Tritone Interval

If you’ve ever studied any music theory or are just given to reading about music, you’ve probably heard of the tritone — it’s an interval that’s three whole tones apart, and its dissonance means that it sounds sinister as hell. Some time in the 18th century, possibly earlier, it was dubbed diabolus in musica (the devil in music), and its use has historically been frowned upon in liturgical music, which generally relies on unison and harmony. (This, perhaps, gives rise to the oft-repeated story that the tritone was banned by the Catholic Church.) All this, of course, means that using it in your songs carries a certain inherent badassness — something exploited by the musicians who populate this list. … Read More

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The 10 Greatest Fictional School Principals

This week marks the premiere of Girls Meets World, the sequel of sorts to beloved TGIF staple Boy Meets World. While most of Boy Meets World‘s original fans won’t translate to the Disney Channel redux — featuring Cory, Topanga, and their tween daughter Riley in the lead role — the mere creation of Girl Meets World has sparked a renewed interest in its predecessor, 14 years after its ending. … Read More

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7 Unforgettable Summer Vacation TV Episodes

Summer vacations are a staple of television shows. Gathering up the main characters, shoving them into a packed car (or small airplane), whisking them away to a different location to form relationships with new characters — what could go wrong? A million opportunities for mishaps combined with beautiful and exotic locations (how many TV families have made the trip to Hawaii?) make for an episode that breaks up the monotony of a season. Summer vacation episodes can have a timeless feel — we all remember Monica getting stung by a jellyfish on Friends or that bad-luck tiki in The Brady Bunch — and are great year-round, but work best when the weather outside matches the weather on the screen. Here are seven memorable (and occasionally dark) summer vacation episodes to enjoy this Memorial Day. … Read More

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Finally, a Revealing Trailer of ‘The Simpsons” Lego Makeover

Tabloids reeled today at the bounty of startling before/after pictures of the Simpson family’s plastic surgery mishaps. As with most aging stars… Read More

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Flavorwire Interview: ‘Over Easy’ Author Mimi Pond on the “Moral Swamp of the ’70s” and What Restaurants Teach Us About Life

Mimi Pond’s Over Easy is a charming fictionalized memoir/graphic novel based on Pond’s real-life experience of coming-of-age in the druggy late ’70s as an art school dropout who finds employment working at the seedy Imperial Cafe. It’s gentle and generous, a smart and well drawn look at how a girl, in this case, Pond’s alter ego Margaret, learns how to be a person through her experiences with the patrons at the diner, becoming an artist in the process. Each line and scene is infused with weight, love, and memory. Pond is one of the great cartoonists working today, with an eclectic resume that includes writing a cult classic, The Valley Girls’ Guide to Life, and writing episodes of The Simpsons and Pee Wee’s Playhouse. I had the chance to talk with her about Over Easy and other highlights in her career. … Read More

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