The Simpsons: Season 10
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Ok, so this season isn't as good as Season 9 but that doesn't make it bad. In fact there are some really excellent episodes in this season. As someone who thinks the show should've ended after Season 11, how can I possibly reject this season. And now a brief summary.
1. Lard of the Dance - For this episode, the Lisa "A" story with Lisa Kudrow has its laughs but for me, it's all about the Homer and Bart "B" story where Homer thinks he can make a fortune by selling grease. You can't go wrong with Homer and a crazy scheme.
2. The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace - Written by the prolific John Schwartzwelder, this episode features Homer attempting to emulate Thomas Edison's prolific inventing after suffering a mid-life crisis.
3. Bart the Mother - An episode that got too sappy IMO. Bart accidently shoots a mother bird and decides to care for the eggs she apparently left. Nice third act though.
4. Treehouse of Horror IX - Funny at the time but ages real fast. I - after Snake is executed, his toupee is donated to the one man that needs it most, Homer. II - What? Bart and Lisa are trapped in an Itchy and Scratchy cartoon? How humiliating! III - Hey kids, remember Jerry Springer. Well when he's not dancing with the real dancers, he has time to give a voice-over.
5. When You Dish upon a Star - What? There are celebrities who choose to live in Springfield? Specifically Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger (in happier times) not only live there but choose to hire Homer as an assistant. Also, you get the occasional pop-in by Ron Howard who is there to raid the liquor cabinet.
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I have all the first nine seasons of "The Simpsons", and yes, it is some of the greatest, cleverest, pointiest American television ever produced. And the first ten episodes of season ten are really funny as well, although it becomes clear that from around episode five, the characters no longer have the same depth to them; they become more cliched and, yes, cartoonish. Perhaps that's when the holdover episodes ran out or something.
I'm looking at the list of season ten episodes right now, and episode ten of season ten is the last really funny, really clever episode of the season. Sorry guys, but it is. You can't honestly tell me that you think 'Marge Simpson in: "Screaming Yellow Honkers"' and "Mom and Pop Art" is up there with "Krusty Gets Kancelled" or "Bart of Darkness".
Halfway through season ten is where the Simpsons stopped being something truly special. Surprisingly few really clever and funny episodes can still be found scattered throughout the following seasons, but season eight was the last great Simpsons season. Season nine was merely really good, and season ten is the last DVD set I'm going to buy. It's half a great season, and it's worth getting, but season ten is also where "The Simpsons" lost it.
I do agree there are plenty of good moments but this is truly the pivotal season where the number of laugh out loud, quotable, classic scenes can be counted and from here on out they began to dwindle to where we are today. Not to say that America's favorite family doesn't still make us laugh , it's just not as often, generally not as loud and sometimes not for the intended reasons.
Homer generates most of the chuckles this season, from his beer fueled drive through the halls of Sringfield Elementary to his stint as bodyguard to the Mayor. He gets a pet lobster, becomes Max Power, takes an introspective journey in a "whale egg" (according to Ralph Wiggum), discovers his middle name, and of course takes Flanders to Las Vegas in one of the season's stand-out episodes (including one of my favorite lines, something about "Vegas doesn't take kindly to out-of-towners, take your money someplace else")
Of course the die-hards will buy this anyway and why not? It will entertain us. I will, however, bet we don't watch these episodes with the frequency and level of enjoyment of the first 8 or 9 seasons.
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This was a gift for my grandsons. They were thrilled. This was one that they were missing in their collection. Amazon. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gramma Jill
What's not to like about this season of the Simpson's, so very many esoteric lines that can be used in daily life.Published 7 months ago by Kevin Keryk
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