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Our Official List of MUST-WATCH AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE EPISODES

26 Apr
It’s been two years since we’ve published anything on this blog. The loss of Aqua Teen hit us hard. Now that The Simpsons is getting on in years, and we’ve also lost Regular Show, and Gumball is ending– American Dad! is still on, but different (and so on) animated TV shows seem on a strange decline (at least that’s how it seems to us).

I’ve been writing reviews over at BubbleBlabber — most recently for episodes of Family Guy, American Dad! and The Simpsons, among others.

We’re still Aqua Teen fanatics here- we run the biggest, baddest Aqua Teen fan page on Instagram – follow us there if you can/want to– we’re over 8000 strong!

Many people have asked, so here is a comprehensive list of our favorite Aqua Teen episodes. This is a selection culled from seasons 1-11, in chronological order, just how it should be.

There are 58 episodes here, and combined, they will run you about 10.5 hours total to watch. That’s not much! Just a little over a normal workday! You should watch all of these if you haven’t already.

The episodes with asterisks/stars next to them are our absolute favorite Aqua Teen episodes, ever. But the whole list really is a best-of-the-best type thing. The ones we can watch over and over again.

You may disagree, based on your personal tastes. But these are our picks.

MUST-WATCH AQUA TEEN EPISODES:

S1
“Mayhem of the Mooninites”
“Space Conflict from Beyond Pluto”
“Revenge of the Mooninites”
“Bad Replicant”
“Interfection”
“Mail-Order Bride”
“Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future”
S2
*”Super Computer”
“Super Spore”
“Universal Remonster”
“Total Re-Carl”
“Revenge of the Trees”
“Spirit Journey Formation Anniversary”
“The Shaving”
*”Broodwich”
*”The Dressing”
S3
“Remooned”
“Gee Whiz”
“EDork”
“Moon Master”
“Diet”
“Dusty Gozongas”
*”Hypno-Germ”
S4
“Deleted Scenes”
“Dickesode”
“Hand Banana”
“Global Grilling”
*”Moonajuana”
“Bart Oates”
“Antenna”
“Ezekial”
S5
“Sirens”
“Couples Skate”
“Bible Fruit”
S6
“Shake Like Me”
“Creature from Plaque Lagoon”
“Time Machine”
“Fry Legs”
S7
“Rubberman”
“Eggball”
“Larry Miller Hair System”
S8
“Intervention”
“Freedom Cobra”
S9
“Big Bro”
“Chicken and Beans”
“Shirt Herpes”
“Rocket Horse Jet Chicken”
“The Granite Family”
“Bookie”
“Buddy Nugget”
“Totem Pole”
S10
“Muscles”
*”Banana Planet”
“Freda”
“Storage Zeebles”
“Pirahna Germs”
“Spacecadeuce”
S11
“Brain Fairy”

… and that’s it! We promise to post more often. We have a couple more posts queued up.

🙂

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Forever

27 Apr

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Forever

As many of our readers know, I am a HUGE Aqua Teen Hunger Force fan.

After C2E2, it seems there is some sad news for fans of the show.

When talking about the new upcoming 11th season of Aqua Teen (which starts June 21 on Adult Swim and will be called ‘Aqua Teen Hunger Force Forever‘), creator Dave Willis announced that this season will be its last.

What a killer blow to my happiness right after my birthday (also this month).

Ugh.

I’ve just always felt like no matter how bad things got in life, or in general, that Aqua Teen would always be there for me. It has always brightened my day, inspired laughter with its insane absurdity, and provided a constant happy place for me in my life.

Maybe I’ve just never had a television show I’ve loved this much come to an end.

But Aqua Teen is definitely that show.

It’s one of my favorite things in the world– right up there with my lovely wife or a big juicy steak.

I do want to posit the possibility that this whole ‘final season’ thing is a joke, since the ATHF guys are always joking about stuff and screwing around (with the show’s title, characters, etc). But Aqua Teen IS Adult Swim’s longest running show (since 2001). Maybe they’ve just decided to hang it up.

More than a few people think that this cancellation/ending is happening because the unaired Aqua Teen episode “Boston” leaked onto YouTube, and Ted Turner previously vowed to cancel the show if that episode ever appeared anywhere. (Does Ted still care about that all these years later? Is he really that much of a jerk?? Maybe.)

Regardless, Turner DID just sign a multi-year contract with Hulu, which means that Aqua Teen episodes will be able to be viewed there (along with Regular Show episodes!) This is a cool development, but of little consolation to me, since it looks quite possible my favorite TV show ever is coming to an end.

A while back, the Aqua Teen guys did promise us a second full-length film (tentatively titled ‘Death Fighter‘) that was to be a sequel to the first ATHF movie (‘Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters‘). So… I don’t know how that’s going to play out. Maybe the intended plot of that movie was worked into this final season..?

If this is really the end, I can only hope that this final season of Aqua Teen Hunger Force (Forever) will be amazing, and let the series go out with a bang.

I’m sure it will.

In every season of Aqua Teen, there are episodes that are duds and episodes that are gems– just like any TV show, or like anything else in life.

And for the record, I have truly loved them all.

We’re psyched (and sad) for the 11th season of Aqua Teen, Aqua Teen Hunger Force Forever, which begins airing June 21 at midnight on Adult Swim.

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Forever

Show Statuses/Upcoming Episodes

17 Apr

AQUA TEENI know many of you know this already, but the rest of our faithful readers deserve to be in the loop!

From now on, instead of putting show status/upcoming episode information in posts, there are two PERMANENT AND FREQUENTLY UPDATED PAGES with links at the top of the blog — we’re talking constantly updated information!

Check them out — right underneath the “Animated TV Blog” title!

Here are the links, separately, also–

Show Statuses

Upcoming Episodes

In those two areas, we keep track of everything happening with the (about 15 currently-airing) shows we love.

Enjoy, and more soon! The summer/fall TV seasons are coming up, and the return of AQUA TEEN is in June — we’re psyched!!

American Dad! on TBS, and a Comparison of Freemium Games ‘Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff’ and ‘The Simpsons: Tapped Out’

8 Jan

Stan Smith and Peter GriffinI’m not totally sure what to think about this last season of American Dad! — the show’s first season on TBS– and its first without former producer Mike Barker.

It was okay, I guess. There were some kinda cool episodes. But nothing that felt really EXCELLENT.

There were a few laughs. But something felt… missing sometimes. I’m not sure what it was, and I can’t even pin it on any one thing. I’m not sure if it’s Barker’s departure, or the move from FOX to TBS, whatever it is, I just hope that when the show returns in February for yet another season (on TBS) that it’s a little better, and maybe more like its old self.

Regardless, I still love the hell out of American Dad! and was thrilled to see the inclusion of the AD! characters in the freemium game Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff (also known as TQFS, and made by TinyCo) as a marketing event from TBS!

Hell, the Smith family was the only reason I started playing the game.

I managed to get all the main Smith family characters (including Klaus!) the Smith’s house, the CIA building, and more (such as their vehicles, Roger’s spaceship, etc) before the event ended.

Now, those little idiots just mill around in Quahog with the Griffins and company in their strange, Sims-like manner.

That brings me to the other point of this post. I wanted to compare and contrast aspects of The Quest for Stuff to the other cartoon-related freemium game out there right now– The Simpsons: Tapped Out (also known as TSTO, made by EA).

I had played Tapped Out on my old phone, which could barely handle its load time and size. However, with a recent phone upgrade, the wife and I have been enjoying both this game and The Quest for Stuff. So, this led us to an idea– this blog post, to serve as a brief contrast/comparison of both freemium games.

Tapped Out was released first, in 2012, so they’ve had longer to develop and tweak their stuff. The Quest for Stuff came out in 2014, and definitely took what the Simpsons had created (as usual) and improved it in a couple ways- better, quicker money acquisition and better closeups on the characters. In addition, TQFS is now in the Windows store– we were able to put it on our Surface tablet!

The towns in both games (Springfield and Quahog) started off as ravaged by disasters, after which you need to rebuild. There are a lot of similarities in the games. BOTH take up a good amount of room on your phone, need a good processor to run properly, and can get super glitchy with new features from updates or too many animated items out at the same time. However, with a good processor, the games run relatively smoothly. Both have the ability to link to the towns of your friends, via Origin in Tapped Out and Facebook for TQFS.The Simpsons Tapped Out

In general, the Family Guy characters seem to level up faster, and you are able to poke around a little further in the town faster. You also seem to get characters a little faster than in Tapped Out sometimes, although there are certain characters it seem like it takes FOREVER to get (also similar to Tapped Out). The unlocking aspect of the Quest for Stuff characters can be a long process.

For the most part, TQFS is laggier during gameplay and navigation, although I feel like Tapped Out takes longer to load when it first starts up. I personally prefer the Simpsons money (actual green cash dollars pop out after you click the yellow dollar signs, as opposed to little gray circles with $ on them in TQFS)– although Family Guy nails the experience points icons — they are little TVs like their logo! Tapped Out simply has “XP” icons.

Both games have updates for Halloween, Christmas, and other holidays. These updates can sometimes get annoying or overwhelming when mixed in with the other tasks/quests of the games. Hell, the Tapped Out ‘Whacking Day’ update was when I first stopped playing the game, although I eventually came back. The Family Guy Christmas stuff was just awful this year, I felt. I had to give it a break until it was all over. Mall Santas, snowmen, horses, pirates, just everything was out walking around. Insanity. The Simpsons Happy Little Elf cannon that continues well past the new year is a welcome addition, however. Really fun and funny. This kind of thing is probably each to his own.

The writing/jokes in TQFS are awesome. The dialog was actually written by the Family Guy writers, so the things the characters say are HILARIOUS, and seem much less repetitive than in Tapped Out– the character interactions are a little better, and there are a LOT of different things each character says. Tapped Out has a lot of repetition in the characters’ sayings (for example, Lisa just saying “Bart” over and over again sometimes-ugh), and some of the voices don’t always sound right (both Bart’s and Lisa’s, etc.)

Francine in Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff

I’ve always loved The Simpsons more than Family Guy, and I always will. But I just LOVE the inclusion of the American Dad! characters in The Quest for Stuff!

I love it so much that I wish that there was a separate game just for Langley Falls and the Smith family!

Recently, the creators of South Park made fun of the concept of freemium games — they were asked to do one a while back, but they put time and money into making The Stick of Truth instead, for gaming consoles. So I don’t see really see a freemium game coming from them in the future.

I guess we will see how the future of freemium games goes down. And we’ll see how the next season of American Dad! is too.

Until next time!

Reflections On South Park Season 18, and the Possibility of a Second South Park Movie Someday

22 Dec

1801-cartman_redskinsWith this recent 18th season of South Park wrapped up, I figured it would be a good time to briefly reflect on the series.

This last season contained some truly crazy episodes, with one of the season’s themes clearly based around the increased insanity of modern celebrity and technology (even more than they usually parody!) There was also a lot of continuity in a lot of the episodes, something the guys hadn’t really done throughout an entire season (although they had previously done small story arcs with some continuity, Imaginationland, The Coon, etc). The boys did everything this season from starting a company, using drones, and tangling with holograms. Pretty great stuff.

I recently learned that last year (2013), Warner Bros. Entertainment relinquished to Paramount Pictures its rights to co-finance a potential future South Park film during their negotiations to co-finance the Christopher Nolan science fiction film Interstellar. Previous efforts to create a second South Park film were complicated due to both studios retaining certain rights to the property.

Trey Parker and Matt Stone said in a 2008 interview that a theatrically released sequel would most likely be what concludes the series. However, South Park has been confirmed to continue airing on Comedy Central at least up until season 20 in 2016. In 2011, when asked on the official South Park website whether a sequel would be made, they said “the first South Park movie was so potent, we’re all still recovering from the blow. Unfortunately, at the current moment, there are no plans for a second South Park movie. But you never know what the future may bring, crazier things have happened…” — and that was almost four years ago.

In 2011, Time called South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut the sixth greatest animated feature of all time.

We may see that second South Park movie after all, but it probably won’t be for at least two more seasons of the show, (if they still want to make it the thing that ends the series) — since the show still rakes in a ton of money from viewership and merchandise for Comedy Central.

Excelsior!

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Fall/Winter Cartoon Season — Simpsons, American Dad!, Regular Show, Gumball, Sanjay and Craig, SpongeBob, and more!

10 Oct

Yeti Krabs - Spongebob Squarepants

Instead of a constantly-updated blog post or two, we added a sweet new feature to the blog design here!

Up above and to the right (and we’re also linking them here in this post), next to the (also updated) ‘About‘ page, we made two new pages — ‘Show Statuses‘ and ‘Upcoming Episodes‘!

So, check out the new header area. And bookmark us!

We’ll leave some of the upcoming 2015/2016 show info we’ve had posted here for a while now below, but from now on, we’ll be updating all the show/episode info on those two pages!

Plus, those two pages have all kinds of sweet links and stuff.

Enjoy em!

**** 2015-2016 DATES (SOME TENTATIVE/TBA): ****

Sunday, Jan 4
The Simpsons – “The Man Who Came to Be Dinner” (FOX)

Sunday, Jan 11
The Simpsons – “The Musk Who Fell to Earth” (FOX)

Sunday, Jan 18
The Simpsons – “Bart’s New Friend” (FOX  – written by Judd Apatow!)

Feb
American Dad! – more new episodes

Friday, Feb 6
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (second SpongeBob movie, in 3D — will be released in theaters)

Aqua Teen Hunger Force (or whatever it will be titled this next season) season 11 (Adult Swim – Feb? 2015)

Bordertown (series premiere – FOX – spring 2015)

Rick and Morty season 2 (Adult Swim – summer 2015)

The Amazing World of Gumball renewed for season 4 (2015) and season 5 (2016) (Cartoon Network)

Sanjay and Craig renewed for season 3 (Nickelodeon, 2015)

SpongeBob Squarepants season 10 is confirmed (Nickelodeon, 2015?)

Brickleberry, South Park and More… Even Further Into the Fall 2014 Cartoon Season

16 Sep

Ethel! Brickleberry!We’re heading further into the fall 2014 season of cartoons, and it’s looking like it’s gonna keep being a great one!

Tonight (September 16th), season 3 of Brickleberry begins with “Obamascare” at 10:30/9:30c on Comedy Central. The season will continue on forthcoming Tuesdays.

For the next three Thursdays, new season 3 Amazing World of Gumball episodes continue airing at 6:30/5:30c on Cartoon Network. The next three to air will be “The Mothers” (September 18th), “The Password” (September 25th) and “The Procrastinators” (October 2nd).

This next Saturday, September 20th, season 2 of Sanjay and Craig continues with “Barfy’s Babies” and “Butts Up Club”. There will be two more episodes of S&C on September 27th — “Screamday” and “Enter Sandman”.

This upcoming Sunday, September 21st, the final American Dad! on FOX (“Blagsnarst: A Love Story”, featuring the voice of Kim Kardashian) airs at 9:30pm before it moves to TBS for its new season (starting October 20th, episodes will air at 9/8c, and will likely continue on the following Mondays). In addition, Mr. Pickles has its SERIES premiere that same Sunday on Adult Swim at midnight, followed by the Squidbillies season 8 premiere at 12:15am!

Next week on Wednesday, September 24th, season 18 of South Park premieres at 10pm on Comedy Central. The season will likely continue on forthcoming Wednesdays.

The Sunday after that, September 28th, will be the season 26 premiere of The Simpsons with episode “Clown in the Dumps” at 8/7c, followed by the one hour premiere of Family Guy, the Simpsons crossover episode “The Simpsons Guy”!

We’re also waiting for Wander Over Yonder to return. There are still 11 episodes left in its first season.

Also, all the BoJack Horseman season 1 episodes are up on Netflix — really a must-watch show. It’s so hilarious. We’re making our way through this first season, and loving every minute of it!

So, to sum up…..

TUESDAYS: Brickleberry (Comedy Central, 10:30/9:30c)

WEDNESDAYS: (Starting next week) South Park (Comedy Central, 10pm)

THURSDAYS: The Amazing World of Gumball (Cartoon Network, 6:30/5:30c)

SATURDAYS: Sanjay and Craig (Nickelodeon, usually 10/10:30am-ish)

SUNDAYS: (This week) American Dad! (FOX, 9:30/8:30c) Mr. Pickles (Midnight, Adult Swim) Squidbillies (12:15am, Adult Swim)

SUNDAYS: (The week after) The Simpsons (FOX, 8/7c) Family Guy (Simpsons crossover — FOX, 9/8c) Mr. Pickles and Squidbillies (Adult Swim, same time as previous week!)

EXTRA CREDIT: BoJack Horseman (Full first season, on Netflix!)