Skip to comments.At What Point for you did The Simpsons Become Unwatchable?
Posted on 09/26/2011 8:12:50 AM PDT by no gnu taxes
I used to love this show. As a young adult in 1990, when I first heard about the show, I scoffed at it, figuring it was some lame effort at crude humor aimed at the lowest elements. But when I watched it, I saw it had a brilliant take on society, and every show had a positive message overall.
Sure they had political spoofs. But I thought they were fair and even handed.
Then around 2000, the show went downhill rapidly. The writing became crap, and the show slowly started turning MSNBC. The end of of my watching this show became around 2003 or 2004 when they had something like 3 straight episodes trashing the Iraq War with an obvious anti-Bush bias.
I guess if you were an Olbermann fan, you'd have liked it still, but now the show makes me want to vomit. I don't think I've seen an episode in 6 years, and from what I see on other forums, I'm probably right.
I tend to think other Freepers feel the same way.
Liberals ruin everything they touch - it’s seems to be in their DNA.
same way for “family guy”. I tried to watch the premier last night, figuring the premier had to be good. I bailed after 5 minutes.
3 1/2 minutes into the first episode
20 years ago.
Uhm.. half way through the first episode. Dealing with stupid people is hard enough in real life without having to watch them in fictional cartoon series.
never watched it
You matured. The show didn’t change.
The day it debut!
Uh, the very first episode!!!
First one. Hey, I gave them a chance.
December 17, 1989.
Family Guy is even worse. Sickening in fact.
Everything about these shows cry liberal mush heads.
Simpsons seasons 3-9 are just the absolute best!
It started to changed after Phil Hartman died it seems, but I quit watching altogether about 2 season premiers ago.
I tried to watch it, and as soon as a bunch of obviously democrat hippie characters started rapping about something, that was it for me.
Still watch it lol.
Way back when, back when they started to trash the nuclear power industry . . . at that point, I'd had enough. Plus the fact that it was another "totally ignorant, stupid-ass husband" show. I tire of them in shows and commercials.
You presume it was once watchable. I reject your premise.
After the first time I ever saw the opening credits.
I woke up about 15 years ago and stopped watching any entertainment based upon shock value and/or making the dysfunctionality of the American family the topic of their jokes. From shows like the Family Guy to the Simpsons to the Howard Stern show they all lower the moral fabric of America and promote the liberal left-wing culture of hate and anti-family , anti-Life.
The Simpsons are still on?
When they first put Robert Underdunk Terwilliger in the slammer.
That was the end for me, I had already been disappointed by other episodes—and that was the final straw.
I tried watching The Simpsons once in 1999. Bart’s foul, smart-aleck mouth made the show unwatchable for me. I turned the channel after 10 minutes and haven’t watched it since.
Are you this guy?
Used to be a Simpsons fanatic, but the show became unwatchable after Conan O’Brian left as story editor.The “Mr. Plow” episode will always be my fave!
Back in the early 90s it was my favorite show. I can remember being in the North Carolina Mountains and the TV would not pick up the show so I took a tiny portable and walked around until I found a spot where it would come in fairly clear.
Right from the start I knew it was basically typical liberal nonsense but it was different in one way. They would sometimes make fun of liberals too.
There wasn’t a point where I just stopped watching it. It just got to where it wasn’t as good as it had been. Every now and then I would still watch an episode and even every now and then they would be good.
Finally tho it got to where it just was too liberal and not that good either.
I stopped watching cartoons when I grew out of childhood (except for a few with the grandkids).
"Mr Plow is a loser and I think he is a boozer...."
Didn’t even get through the first episode. First thing that turned me off was the crappy artists. Second was the moronic voice of the dad. Third was the humor... or should I say... lack of humor.
Yeah, the Family Guy premiere last night was HORRIBLE.
don’t live under a rock either but never watched 1 minute total
I'd say that's about right. It was amusing until about the mid-90s for me. Then it went downhill. Its time for it to go.
Obviously you don’t get it. Warner Brothers cartoons were never intended for children as were most cartoons created during the 20s and 40s and to some extent the 50s.
The Flintstones were intended for adults and came on during primetime. The same holds true for Animaniacs, the Simpsons, Family Guy, South Park and a host of others.
Funniest show on television back when Phil Hartman was still alive and doing the voices of Lionel Hutz and Troy McClure. The show never recovered from his death in 98'
Same here. I find almost all new shows on TV dummed down and targeted for an immature audience. And in my opinion the assault started to happen in full force under Bill Clinton with his complicated new TV rating system. Seems like shows could push the decency envelope all they wanted as long as they showed the letter codes explaining the content.
Thank God for TCM and the few Retro TV channels available.
About 98 or 99. It just became boring.
Watched the first full episode. Never turned it on again.
Who are these “Simpsons” of whom you speak?
The Simpsons are now real life...they changed their name to Kardashians....
However, I did watch "The Family Guy" for a few brief minutes a year ago while my two young grandsons (ages 14 and 8) were visiting for a few weeks. Happened to walk in the living room while they had that show on, and watched as "the family" was "entertaining" a hippie-looking dinner guest (obviously modeled after a "Jesus freak") whom they addressed as "Jesus Christ". The "family guy" turned to this character and asked him if he could do a miracle, and the character said "sure"--or something like that--and then grinned mischieviously while two huge boobs popped up on the front of the female character, presumably the family guy's wife.
At that moment I shouted "that's blasphemy!" and turned off the TV.
My two grandsons were more than a little startled at my outburst--and actually so was I. But--as I (as calmly as I could) explained to them--there is nothing funny about a so-called cartoon that BLATANTLY mocks or puts to scorn my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and a program that engages in it will NEVER again be watched in my house!
When he got off scot-free after killing Nicole.
I loved the Simpsons from the first time I saw them on the Tracy Ulman show, years and years ago. Great satire, lots of sarcasm. But something changed. I think it was around the time Lisa became a vegetarian. After that, it started getting all liberal preachy. Haven’t watched it for years.
Same thing is happening with NCIS. It used to be pro-American and fun, the last couple of seasons have gone very liberal preachy with homosexual over tones. Too bad. I hardly watch any TV, anyway, because most of what’s on is unwatchable liberal preachy stuff.
It goes back to at least the mid-70s where middle-class, white fathers were all depicted as bumbling morons with their “square, unhip” values like hard work, honesty and integrity.
Instead, we get “loser” dads who can’t control there own kids and who get nothing but sneers from those they are providing for.
I get enough rampant PCism as a college professor; I don’t need to subject myself to it in my off hours.
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