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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.


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1 posted on 09/26/2011 8:12:52 AM PDT by no gnu taxes
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To: no gnu taxes

Liberals ruin everything they touch - it’s seems to be in their DNA.


2 posted on 09/26/2011 8:14:33 AM PDT by Bitsy (!)
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To: no gnu taxes

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 posted on 09/26/2011 8:15:07 AM PDT by rokkitapps ( Hearings on healthcare waivers NOW! (If you agree make this your tagline))
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To: Bitsy

3 1/2 minutes into the first episode


4 posted on 09/26/2011 8:15:22 AM PDT by BubbaJunebug
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To: no gnu taxes

20 years ago.


5 posted on 09/26/2011 8:15:42 AM PDT by gussiefinknottle (woof!woof!woof!)
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To: no gnu taxes

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.


6 posted on 09/26/2011 8:15:48 AM PDT by PhilosopherStone1000
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To: no gnu taxes
At What Point for you did The Simpsons Become Unwatchable?

About 5 minutes into the first show.
7 posted on 09/26/2011 8:16:18 AM PDT by Misplaced Texan (July 4, 2009 - the first day of the 2nd Revolution!)
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To: no gnu taxes

never watched it


8 posted on 09/26/2011 8:17:04 AM PDT by al baby (Is that old windbag still on the air ?)
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To: no gnu taxes
I never watched 'The Simpsons' on a regular basis but I did see some (predictable) left-wing bias in a few of the episodes I watched and that turned me off completely. Haven't even thought about this cartoon show for years, until now. I'm sure it's not a 'must-see' for most FReepers but there will always be defenders of just about anything and I expect they'll be along shortly.
9 posted on 09/26/2011 8:18:01 AM PDT by Jim Scott ( "Game On!" - Sarah Palin)
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To: no gnu taxes

You matured. The show didn’t change.


10 posted on 09/26/2011 8:18:01 AM PDT by bvw
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To: no gnu taxes

The day it debut!


11 posted on 09/26/2011 8:18:28 AM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Uhhhh!)
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To: no gnu taxes

Uh, the very first episode!!!


12 posted on 09/26/2011 8:18:34 AM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier currently deployed in the Valley of Death, Afghanistan)
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To: no gnu taxes

First one. Hey, I gave them a chance.


13 posted on 09/26/2011 8:18:55 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (Rabid democRATS and 0bama the dictator own it all now.)
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To: no gnu taxes

December 17, 1989.


14 posted on 09/26/2011 8:20:14 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Deploy. Dominate. Disappear.)
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To: rokkitapps

Family Guy is even worse. Sickening in fact.

Everything about these shows cry liberal mush heads.


15 posted on 09/26/2011 8:21:25 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (Rabid democRATS and 0bama the dictator own it all now.)
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To: no gnu taxes

Doh!


16 posted on 09/26/2011 8:21:35 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways a Guero y Guay Lao << >> with a floating, shifting, ever changing)
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To: no gnu taxes

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.


17 posted on 09/26/2011 8:21:35 AM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: no gnu taxes

Still watch it lol.


18 posted on 09/26/2011 8:22:35 AM PDT by Moleman
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To: Misplaced Texan
At What Point for you did The Simpsons Become Unwatchable?

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.

19 posted on 09/26/2011 8:23:19 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: no gnu taxes

You presume it was once watchable. I reject your premise.


20 posted on 09/26/2011 8:25:26 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Hope & Change - I'm out of hope, and change is all I have left every week | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: no gnu taxes

After the first time I ever saw the opening credits.


21 posted on 09/26/2011 8:26:21 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: no gnu taxes

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.


22 posted on 09/26/2011 8:26:33 AM PDT by TheBigIf
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To: no gnu taxes
Don't Have a Cow, Man!!
23 posted on 09/26/2011 8:26:51 AM PDT by TexasCajun (Fast & Furious , Solyndra & Light Squared would be enough to impeach any White President !!)
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To: no gnu taxes

The Simpsons are still on?


24 posted on 09/26/2011 8:26:55 AM PDT by TSgt (When in the Course of human events...)
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To: no gnu taxes

When they first put Robert Underdunk Terwilliger in the slammer.


25 posted on 09/26/2011 8:30:08 AM PDT by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: laweeks
The “skateboard” episode—early on, the episode where Bart was going to do some dangerous skateboard stunt. His father forbid him to do it—and Bart basically told Homer_I will do what I want—and you can't stop me!! Homer's reaction—sit at the table and CRY!! I guess that is the most authority he felt he had over his son!!

That was the end for me, I had already been disappointed by other episodes—and that was the final straw.

26 posted on 09/26/2011 8:31:07 AM PDT by Rca2000 ( The Obama regime.....and all that goes with it .."All part of the "big plan"......)
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To: no gnu taxes

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.


27 posted on 09/26/2011 8:36:54 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: al baby
You have NEVER watched the Simpsons, even once?

Are you this guy?

28 posted on 09/26/2011 8:37:02 AM PDT by Maceman (Obama: As American as nasei goreng)
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To: no gnu taxes

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!


29 posted on 09/26/2011 8:39:44 AM PDT by GodBlessRonaldReagan (When is the Queen Haters reunion tour?)
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To: no gnu taxes

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.


30 posted on 09/26/2011 8:40:03 AM PDT by yarddog
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To: no gnu taxes
Can't stand the sit-coms and animating the garbage doesn't improve it.
31 posted on 09/26/2011 8:40:07 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: no gnu taxes

I stopped watching cartoons when I grew out of childhood (except for a few with the grandkids).


32 posted on 09/26/2011 8:43:20 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: GodBlessRonaldReagan
I prefer the "Plow King", personally, because:

"Mr Plow is a loser and I think he is a boozer...."

33 posted on 09/26/2011 8:45:27 AM PDT by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: no gnu taxes

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.


34 posted on 09/26/2011 8:45:57 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: rokkitapps

Yeah, the Family Guy premiere last night was HORRIBLE.


35 posted on 09/26/2011 8:46:18 AM PDT by Peter from Rutland
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To: Maceman

don’t live under a rock either but never watched 1 minute total


36 posted on 09/26/2011 8:46:41 AM PDT by advertising guy (the U.S.A. is # 1 in the world in collective son of a bitches)
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To: gussiefinknottle
20 years ago

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.

37 posted on 09/26/2011 8:46:41 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: no gnu taxes
At What Point for you did The Simpsons Become Unwatchable?
I've never watched that show so I would say...before the show even began.
The previews were enough to turn me off.
No child should address their parent by their first name.
38 posted on 09/26/2011 8:46:54 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: JimRed

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.


39 posted on 09/26/2011 8:50:08 AM PDT by Peter from Rutland
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To: no gnu taxes

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'

40 posted on 09/26/2011 8:51:22 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: PhilosopherStone1000
“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.

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.

41 posted on 09/26/2011 8:52:24 AM PDT by NavyCanDo (GO MAMA GRIZZLY!)
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To: no gnu taxes

About 98 or 99. It just became boring.


42 posted on 09/26/2011 8:54:29 AM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: no gnu taxes

Watched the first full episode. Never turned it on again.


43 posted on 09/26/2011 8:56:32 AM PDT by mtg
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To: no gnu taxes

Who are these “Simpsons” of whom you speak?


44 posted on 09/26/2011 8:57:51 AM PDT by shibumi (Goi! Rode, Goi!)
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To: no gnu taxes

45 posted on 09/26/2011 8:59:40 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: TSgt

The Simpsons are now real life...they changed their name to Kardashians....


46 posted on 09/26/2011 9:01:28 AM PDT by oust the louse (A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.)
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To: gussiefinknottle
Never have watched it--never will.

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!

47 posted on 09/26/2011 9:01:33 AM PDT by milagro
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To: no gnu taxes

When he got off scot-free after killing Nicole.


48 posted on 09/26/2011 9:02:13 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Obama - Wear The Fail!)
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To: no gnu taxes

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.


49 posted on 09/26/2011 9:02:29 AM PDT by stansblugrassgrl (PRAISE THE LORD AND PASS THE AMMUNITION!!! YEEEEEHAW!)
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To: NavyCanDo

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.


50 posted on 09/26/2011 9:03:13 AM PDT by PhilosopherStone1000
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