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21 Great Episodes About Springfield

8 Oct

After much watching, pondering, hemming and (haw-)hawing, we’ve come up a list of what are our personal top favorite episodes of The Simpsons.

We love nearly every episode of The Simpsons for some reason or other, so this was a difficult list to compile. There were obviously many great episodes we had to leave out. We had to dig through over six hundred episodes of material from the span of over thirty years, and make many considerations– including issues of rewatchability, good intros, endings, and overall hilarity.

There are episodes included in this list spanning from the first seasons up to the very most recent seasons. We feel that in many ways, the show has matured, both in its animation and in writing. Some of these picks may be surprising to you, or even infuriating.

We understand.

That’s why we’re all entitled to our own opinions!

As always, you are welcome (and encouraged!) to leave us comments on this, or any post, to register your dissent or agreement. And we’re sure you will.

As a side note, we chose only two Treehouse of Horror segments — one each.

Without further ado, here is the list of 21 of our top favorite episodes of The Simpsons, with a little blurb written about each, to perhaps explain our reasoning for the episodes’ inclusion on this list.

“The Call of the Simpsons” (season 1)

callThis is an extremely rewatchable episode of season one. Despite the protests of Simpsons purists (those who only like seasons 1-11), much of the rest of the first season of The Simpsons suffers from lack of character development and has some relatively unrefined, crude art (compared to later seasons, of course). It’s all classic and necessary, and provides a great starting point (after the Tracey Ullman shorts)–but “Call” is ultimately the cream of the season one crop. -J

“Cape Feare” (season 5)

feareThis episode is considered a classic by many. It is a great example of using Sideshow Bob’s character so early in the show’s run for amazing sinister effect. Obviously there is the classic Simpsons formula of using a pre-existing movie plot, in such a way, and inserting Simpsons characters into it. The hilarity of the rakes, and the songs– it reminds us of watching the Simpsons when we were young–the nostalgia effect. My favorite detail is the “e” on the end of the episode’s title, because Bob is a theater fanatic. -H

“Time and Punishment” (Treehouse V segment, season 6)

time andThis is definitely my top favorite Treehouse segment. It’s sandwiched between two other classic stories (“The Shinning” and “Nightmare Cafeteria”) but stands out as the most funny, to me. I’m always laughing all the way through this segment, no matter how many times I watch it. From Flanders’ re-Neducation to the sick dinosaurs and when Homer is so sick of everything, he just kills any animal he sees. And the ironic twist in it gets me every time, too. Donut rain. He could have had the perfect universe. But at the end, the rest of the family just has forked tongues. Close enough! -J

“Two Bad Neighbors” (season 7)

2bad2The Bush family. Never liked em. That’s what makes this episode so amazing. It was made after George H. Bush made a comment that we need more families like the Waltons and less like the Simpsons. Barbara Bush had said she thought The Simpsons was “the dumbest thing” she’d ever seen, until Marge wrote her a letter. In this episode, we have Bart acting almost as Dennis the Menace (a classic stereotypical prankster archetype) to George Bush’s Mr. Wilson. It’s insane, and gags are a mile a minute–especially when Homer gets involved. “Bart’s the boy, I don’t know the name of the man..” -J

“Bart After Dark” (season 8)

bart afterDespite my hatred for musicals, the absurdity of this episode solidifies it as a classic. The song at the end, “We Put the Spring in Springfield” is catchy, funny, touches upon several characters, and addresses the hypocrisy of society’s stigma against sex workers. Every man in town is going to the burlesque house! It’s the only time we see Lovejoy’s dad. And Quimby’s wife was working there! Bart’s connection to this place and the women and the running of this business is so interesting–how protective he becomes. The song is an earworm in the best of ways. It will never leave your head. -H

“Brother From Another Series” (season 8)

Cecil_and_BobI love this episode because it plays to the obvious connection to Kelsey Grammer’s Frasier character (was Grammer made for these roles?) as it also features David Hyde-Pierce as Cecil, Sideshow Bob’s brother. It shows some of Bob’s backstory, his start with Krusty. There are numerous references to Frasier itself — “Maris?” Throughout the series, Bob will go back and forth between being the villain, or to be better. But the circumstances don’t allow for this, as in this episode, Cecil makes him declare everyone will live to regret locking him up again at the end. -H

“Easy Bake Coven” (Treehouse VIII segment, season 9)

witch margeThis is definitely my favorite Treehouse of Horror segment, it has so many funny lines. From “the Bible says a lot of things” to how Maude is worried the witches will make them perform acts of carnality, and Flanders says “yeah, that’ll be the day” before telling her that they’re 35, and way past their life expectancy. The plot of the segment is fantastic, how it goes from the townspeople persecuting Marge for being a witch to the twist, that she really is a witch. Also–the art in this episode is stellar. The scene where the bats explode from Marge’s hair is one of my favorite pieces of art in the whole series. Basically, there are constant, funny lines throughout– great writing from the Simpsons team.

“Lisa the Skeptic” (season 9)

lisa skepticThis episode is a perfect example of how I feel when people bring up my lack of belief in conventional religion, and my disagreements with it. The town is looking at this “angel skeleton”, and they can’t believe that it could be anything other than that. Lisa is the only one who maintains that there is some other plausible explanation. And then, the added twist at the end that the whole thing was just a marketing scheme– a hoax perpetrated by the advertisers for a new shopping mall. Another funny aspect is how the scientist admits at the end that he never ran the tests for the skeleton’s authenticity. -H

“Das Bus” (season 9)

das busThis is a hilarious episode, an ultimate rewatcher. The kids get stranded on an island, and have to fend for themselves- with questionable results–Lord of the Flies style. There is a lot of amazing dialogue between all the kids, after we see them in a model U.N. at school before the later events. They’re never able to make a coconut-based game system, and they’re never able to train any monkey butlers. However, we see a whole court system set up, where Milhouse is accused of eating all their food, when it was in fact a boar– and the terrible, hackneyed ending of the narrator half-heartedly explaining that just, someone rescued them (Moe) makes the final scene that much funnier. -H

“Guess Who’s Coming to Criticize Dinner” (season 11)

criticize dinnerAnother solid favorite–this episode features Homer as a food critic, who is assisted by Lisa, because he’s such a bad writer. Until he goes too far, and becomes too mean. So many jokes, and their hilarious delivery–and the insane ending. The best way to describe this episode is Marge’s words at the end “only your father could take a part time job at a small town paper and become the target of international assassins”. Episodes like this are why we watch The Simpsons. For Homer’s antics, for the non sequiturs, for the absurdity, and for the family dynamic. There are so many things to like about this episode. -J

“The Computer Wore Menace Shoes” (season 12)

menace shoesThis might overall be my favorite episode of The Simpsons. I watch it constantly. And I laugh every time. So many quotable lines, from “it’s small, and it’s smelly” to “did YOU bring us here?” to “SHUT UP! That’s why.” This is one of the first episodes that plays up the utter absurdity of everything. The show went from being a sitcom type show, to just a bizarre free-for-all. They really hit it hard in season 12. Just watch it, and love it. -J

“Skinner’s Sense of Snow” (season 12)

skinnerThis is another of my absolute favorites. To people who only like or watch the first 11 seasons, you’re really missing out. Some really amazing stuff in season 12. Check it out. Bart story (mostly). And Skinner. My favorite character. Some quotable lines in this, where the kids are amazed he has TWO jobs, he paints houses in the summers– he must be a millionaire! But Skinner insists he wasn’t a principal when he was ONE. Just hilarious. A real rewatcher. And it’s a Christmas episode! Wow. Also, the b-story with Homer and Ned is excellent. And Nibbles at the end! -J

“New Kids on the Blecch” (season 12)

kids on the blecchDespite my lack of knowledge or enjoyment of boy bands, this episode is hilarious. Amazing. Just watch it. One of my absolute favorites. Top 5. It’s stellar and funny from start to finish. I’m not a fan of N’SYNC (although my wife is, and she doesn’t like this episode much!) However, I find all the guys’ lines so funny. “Word.” “Those wack invertebrates will STING you! Oldschool!” They should bring N’SYNC back for one more episode. Minus Justin. He’s a jerk. -J

“Weekend at Burnsie’s” (season 13)

burnsiesAnother solid favorite. Homer smoking weed is something you just gotta love. More amazing lines. “Make me slap him.” Gold. Everything is great here, from the classic intro sequence to hanging out with Otto (“remember when you dropped your keys, and we thought the phone was ringing?” “Hahaha yeah. Get out.”) And this episode is another example of how The Simpsons is known for and often makes excellent usage of guest starts. I’m not a fan of Phish, but their inclusion in the episode perfectly fits within the theme. But that depends on what the meaning of ‘was’ is! -J

“I Am Furious (Yellow)” (season 13)

furious yellowAngry Dad is a huge win, to me. I feel like Angry Dad a lot. This is an incredibly solid, funny episode, written by John Swartzwelder (of course). It sums up the internet cartoon/website bubble in so many ways– and it includes guest star Stan Lee! Classic. It even inspired a sequel episode later on, about the making of an Angry Dad movie. -J

“24 Minutes” (season 18)

24 minutesThis episode is a brilliantly written take on the show 24 (which, strangely, I don’t like), which was a fellow FOX show at the time. Skinner’s CTU (Counter Truancy Unit), which includes Lisa, has to employ Bart’s help to find out what’s going to happen at the school bakesale. The irony is not lost on me that the Counter Truancy Unit is making kids miss school to do all this. Bart beats up Nelson for once! Wow. The episode even has Kiefer Sutherland! It’s funny. Watch it. Just ask wealthy Saudi financier Ahmed Adoodi. -J

“How the Test Was Won” (season 20)

test was wonWhat’s the matter, superstar? This is a late era Simpsons classic. Best use of Ralph and the bullies yet. A totally unique Skinner adventure with these kids and Bart. Mindblowingly funny in SO many spots. “What kind of pencil do we take, again?” “Take a number two… I’m holding a BIG number two in my hands, and enjoying the weight and feel of it.” Tons of funny lines. Slurp my snot! -J

“Gone Maggie Gone” (season 20)

gone maggieI am one of the few people who doesn’t hate The Da Vinci Code– it served its purpose, and I found it interesting. In this episode, they parody it in a funny way, and this is a solid Lisa episode. There are lots of other gags (Homer crossing the lake with Maggie, Santa’s Little Helper, and the poison). The ending is funny too — how first Lisa think she’s the gem child, but it turns out to be Maggie, who is replaced finally by Bart. And he makes the convent a dark place. Great from start to finish. -H

“Rednecks and Broomsticks” (season 21)

rednecksThis is a great episode from start to finish. From Lisa discovering Wicca to the b-story of Homer befriending hillbillies and becoming a moonshine connoisseur– and the stories connect at the end! Cletus is hilarious and amazing as always. You get to see a lot more about him, his family, and friends. The hillbillies “hyucks” at the end– I still laugh every time. Also, Lisa finding these new friends is endearing and heartwarming. And Ned freaking out about his neighbors practicing witchcraft, just hilarious. -H

“Yellow Subterfuge” (season 25)

yellow subterfugeA super recent entry on this list–from season 25! What an incredible revenge story. Skinner as the man with no name is amazing. His western-themed daydream is a great opener, starting off the episode on an odd, hilarious note, and ending it on a weird, creepy note just perfectly, showing the overall pathetic nature of our favorite ridiculous principal. Please take note of one of the funniest lines in the show so far, where Agnes says she “stopped taking those pills” that make her nice. Great commentary on the frivolous nature of the education system and its standardized tests. Plus, it has an amazing Krusty b-story! My second favorite character. -J

“Gone Boy” (season 29)

This episode is a modern classic. Excellent usage of Sideshow Bob — the town is trying to track down Bart, who is lost, and Bob is looking for him as well. And hilarity ensues. You’ve never seen Bob interact with Milhouse before like this! And amazingly, another Christmas episode. The writing in this is stellar. The parts with Bob’s therapist– it’s really a must-see. And the weird ending, with Bob in the future, living in a lighthouse. Wow. Excellent, all around. -H

These were our picks and write-ups on them — hope you enjoyed them! It only took us a couple years to put all this together!

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!

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!)

Adult Swim Fall 2014 Lineup: Mr. Pickles and Squidbillies

5 Sep

Since we pretty much covered a bunch of FOX’s September offerings, I felt like it would be appropriate to talk a little about what Adult Swim is offering for their fall lineup.

Firstly, we have Mr. Pickles.Mr Pickles

Mr. Pickles is a fantastic-looking show about a secretly Satanic and depraved border collie. If it sounds ridiculous, that’s because it is, and that’s exactly how I like my cartoons. Nuts, insane, just extremely over the top.

Mr. Pickles premieres on Sunday, September 21st at 12 midnight, on Adult Swim.

The art is incredible, and the humor– well, let’s just say I’m just really excited to see where this show goes and if its weird, sick humor catches on or not (I hope it does)!

Lastly, what is it about Squidbillies that makes it so amazing?!?

I can’t say for sure.

What I do know is that the squids are run by the same mastermind behind my beloved Aqua Teen, and the crude, dirty animation is just so special in my heart.

I’ve watched the show since its humble beginnings, and although this next new season that starts September 21 should be season 9, they’re calling it season 8 still (for some reason), and I suppose we’ll just let ’em. I love this stupid family of endangered mud squids that mirror Honey Boo Boo’s family way too much to care.

Squidbillies season 8 on adult swim!

All of that said, we’re fully prepared for even more Adult Swim premiere awesomeness in September — as always, more news to come!

Every Simpsons Ever on FXX August 21, Netflix-Exclusive Series Bojack Horseman August 22

21 Aug

Simpsons marathon - every Simpsons ever!

The massive The Simpsons ‘Every Episode Ever’ marathon has begun — today (Aug 21) — on FXX, and Bojack Horseman will be available tomorrow (Aug 22) on Netflix! Hope everyone has their DVRs all set up.

Let’s talk about Bojack Horseman for a minute.

It’s an interesting concept.

You take a mega-star like Will Arnett, and then make him the voice of a talking horse-man who is a washed-up former actor.

This is the kind of thing that’s made for people like us. Weird, dirty, and seemingly hilarious, this made-for-Netflix animated series looks like a win on all fronts.

There is a cool gallery of Will Arnett and Aaron Paul on set doing the voiceover work for Bojack here, and two trailers have also been released for the show’s premiere.

This isn’t the first time Netflix has offered original animated content, although it is one of the first original fully made-for-Netflix shows out there. Another example of Netflix animated TV content is the former Cartoon Network show Problem Solverz — all the previously unaired season 2 episodes (that I only just found out exist!) are also now available exclusively on Netflix!

(Now if they’d only give us more Secret Mountain Fort Awesome!!)

We’re all really looking forward to the Netflix exclusive premiere of Bojack Horseman tomorrow, and we’re also psyched for the ‘Every Simpsons Ever’ marathon event that has already begun, today, on FXX!

Bojack Horseman - August 22 on Netflix!

Comedy Central Fall 2014 Lineup: Brickleberry Season 3, South Park Season 18

14 Aug

BRICKLES3On Tuesday, September 16th at 10:30pm, the original animated series known as Brickleberry will return to Comedy Central.

I’ve found that this show is either loved or hated. There is little in-between. I’ve had die-hard fans of cartoons tell me how awful they think it is, and that I should stop covering it.

But the fact is, I just love Brickleberry too damn much. I wish more haters of it out there would give it a chance.

Centering on a group of bumbling park rangers and also featuring a talking bear cub voiced by Daniel Tosh, I personally find the show to be full of insane, ridiculous and downright hilarious jokes. It pokes fun at dumb rednecks and loose women and general dimwits and everything else that fans of Family Guy or The Simpsons or any other animated show poke fun at.

So, give Brickleberry another try in its third season if you get a chance. Apparently, its ratings are good enough to keep it around, and luckily for fans like me, it shows no sign of slowing down!

**Embedded in this post is the one teaser image we’ve gotten so far from Brickleberry season 3 (the Denzel/Steve bondage one), and below is a picture of Eric the Actor (from Howard Stern) — he has recorded some voice work for an episode this season.**

The week after Brickleberry‘s season 3 premiere, South Park returns to Comedy Central on Wednesday, September 24th at 10pm. This will be South Park‘s 18th season!

The other most recent news for South Park is of course their recent inking of a deal to be exclusively streamed by Hulu, and no longer at SouthParkStudios.com. Pretty crazy.

Not much is known episode-wise for seasons of either Brickleberry OR South Park, and it’s actually amazing I found anything to write about in this article at all (Ha!)

However, as for South Park, you can be assured they will be back with their sharp, witty satire on all of the world’s stupid insanity, all produced in their now-famous week production time! Good stuff.

Don’t miss these two season premieres — 9/16 and 9/24, on Comedy Central!

Eric the Actor

Eric the Actor.

Updates, Fall Premieres, The Simpsons/Family Guy Crossover “The Simpsons Guy”, Brickleberry, South Park, American Dad! and the Simpsons/Futurama Crossover

23 Jul

The Simpsons Family Guy 1 Hour Crossover Special Event "The Simpsons Guy" Coming Sunday September 28 to FOX

UPDATED!

DATES TO REMEMBER, 2014:

Friday, Aug 22
-Series premiere of Bojack Horseman on Netflix. The entire series will be immediately available for your binge-watching pleasure.

Sunday, Sept 14
-Premiere of micro-season of American Dad! on FOX. A one hour block of two new unaired episodes (“Roger Passes the Bar” and “From Russia With Love”) back to back at 9:30pm.

Tuesday, Sept 16
-Premiere of Brickleberry season 3 at 10:30pm on Comedy Central.

Sunday, Sept 21
-Final episode of American Dad! on FOX (“Blagsnarst: A Love Story”) at 9:30pm, before the show moves to TBS in October (see below for date).
Mr. Pickles series premiere at 12:00 midnight on Adult Swim.
Squidbillies season 8 (but really 9?) premiere at 12:15am on Adult Swim. (Why is it not season 9?)

Wednesday, Sept 24
-Premiere of South Park season 18 at 10pm on Comedy Central.

Sunday, Sept 28
-Premiere of The Simpsons season 26 on FOX (“Clown in the Dumps”, 8/7c)
-Premiere of Family Guy season 13 – the one hour Family Guy/Simpsons crossover event, (“The Simpsons Guy”, 9/8c)

Thursday, Oct 30
-Premiere of American Dad! on TBS (despite reports it will air on Mondays)

Sunday, Nov 9
The Simpsons/Futurama crossover “Simpsorama” slated to air on FOX

TBA..?
SpongeBob season 9 began in 2012, and there is still one unaired episode (in the USA), “Yeti Krabs”.

2015-2016 DATES (TENTATIVE/TBA):

Friday, Feb 6
-‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water’ (the second SpongeBob movie, in 3D, in theaters)

Bordertown series premiere on FOX (spring 2015)

Regular Show renewed for season 6 on Cartoon Network (2015)

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

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

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

SpongeBob season 10 is confirmed for Nickelodeon (2015?)

There you have it – more soon!

Homer Simpson and Peter Griffin from upcoming Simpsons/Family Guy crossover episode "The Simpsons Guy" in September on FOX