The Simpsons

The Worst Crossover Episodes in TV History

The world can feel like a lonely place for us, but believe it or not, there are people who do not subscribe to the common wisdom that Family Guy is a delightfully subversive and endlessly uproarious satire of contemporary mores. In fact, there are some who feel that Seth MacFarlane’s long-running, rescued-from-an-entirely-appropriate-grave animated family comedy is witless, unfunny, and (above all, and this point can’t be stressed enough) a blatant rip-off of The Simpsons — a point that we presumed the Simpsons crew shared, what with that whole “Plagarismo” thing. So even after Homer’s brief cameo on Family Guy in 2012, the recent news of a full-on Simpsons/Family Guy crossover is mighty depressing; even at this late point, it still would’ve been nice to think that The Simpsons wouldn’t sink so low. But it sounds like they’ve got the makings for one of the worst TV crossovers ever — and, according to the exhaustive TV continuity tracking site Poobala, there’s plenty of competition for the title. … Read More

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A ‘Simpsons’ and ‘Futurama’ Crossover Episode Will Air in 2014

Details about the upcoming Simpsons crossover episode were revealed at Saturday’s Comic-Con panel. The series will unite with Futurama… Read More

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What ‘Game of Thrones’ Characters Would Look Like on ‘The Simpsons’

A year after The Simpsons poked good-natured fun at Game of Thrones, a Simpsons superfan has reunited the two beloved TV shows. A Belgian illustrator who goes by the handle ADN uses his Draw The Simpsons Tumblr to re-imagine various pop-culture types, from Veronica Mars to The Weeknd, as Springfield residents. But his magnum opus may be these “Simpsonized” portraits of Daenerys, Jon Snow, Tyrion, and other GoT favorites (spotted via The Mary Sue). And before you get too angry that there’s no Arya, know that ADN has implied that there’s at least one more Westeros-inspired series in the works — which means you should probably follow him to make sure you don’t miss it. … Read More

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15 Awesome (And Often Bizarre) Pop Culture-Inspired Video Games You Can Play for Free

The last couple of weeks have seen the emergence of a couple of endearingly strange pop culture-based video games — there’s been news of a futuristic RPG involving Kanye West and a strangely depressing game based on Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” of all things. But they’re just the latest in a long line of weird and wonderful games based on pop culture. Ever since the 1980s, game developers have been making deals to cash in on the popularity of celebrities by featuring them in games, some successfully, some less so. We’ve scoured the web for the best (or at least the strangest) of these games, so click through to check them out — most are available to play online, and if not, you can download them for free. … Read More

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‘The Simpsons” Most Memorable Interactions With the Real World

Sigur Rós and Björk were on The Simpsons last night because, hey, Iceland is the place to be, right? We’ve written in the past about memorable guest stars and movie references on the show, but it’s also interesting to look at its interactions with… the real world, for want of a better term. So here’s a brief selection of life imitating art, and vice versa. … Read More

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Awesome Maps of Iconic Pop Culture Locations

If you hadn’t noticed, we’re pop culture geeks here at Flavorwire, and we’re also really rather partial to cartography. As such, we emitted collective “OMG” when we saw these awesome prints of maps from prominent locations in films, video games, TV shows, and comic books. They’re available as prints from a company called City Prints, which we spotted via Laughing Squid. It’s amazing how iconic and easily recognizable some of these maps are — go on, see how many you recognize without having to refer to the captions! … Read More

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The Favorite Poets of Pop Culture Characters

We’re suckers for a great cameo — as our review of last night’s celeb-heavy episode of Saturday Night Live proves — but our favorite surprise appearance belongs to literature. You may have noticed that we’re on a bit of a poetry kick lately, exploring beautiful verses about books, the favorite love poems of great poets, and more. To those who say poetry is dead, we offer ten pop culture characters and the poets they turned to for inspiration — which revealed the internal dialogue running rampant through their minds. … Read More

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Cheeky Paintings of Pop Culture Icons on Junk Food Packaging

Who knew the Les Misérables Broadway banner image of Cosette could look so satanic with a McDonald’s logo in the middle of her forehead? Ben Frost, apparently. Website Who Killed Bambi? introduced us to the artist who paints pop culture characters on different kinds of packaging. Junk food, cereal boxes, tiny pharmaceutical containers, and more are covered in Frost’s cheeky redesigns. The artist imagined Linda Blair from The Exorcist as the “hostess with the mostess” on a cheery Twinkies package and painted a depressed Mickey Mouse pondering his failures on a box of Xanax. See more icons Frost painted for pop culture posterity in our gallery. … Read More

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