By Chris Schmaedeke, QCS managing editor
When one of your favorite TV shows of all time is preparing to celebrate its 20th anniversary you should be thrilled and excited. Any show that can last that many years still has to make people laugh, right?
Not necessarily. I’m trying to figure out when “The Simpsons” stopped being funny.
As I watch Fox’s Sunday night “Animation Domination,” I realize “The Simpsons” are the least funny show in the lineup. All the others really outshine the once-dominant animated comedy. And with the football regular season coming to a close, people will be looking for other things to watch on a Sunday night.
Now I have been a fan of the show since the day my parents were watching the “Tracey Ullman Show” and I saw this cartoon premiere on it. I own the first 10 seasons on DVD and when I get bored I have no problem putting a season in and watching the whole thing in an afternoon.
The show used to be that good. Now not so much.
The show seems out of touch. It doesn’t have the wise-cracking split-your-side jokes it had in its early seasons.
The episode last Sunday night did have a crack about the newspaper business, but it was one of the few jokes that seemed recent and relevant. Grandpa Simpson is approached by a reporter and the reporter tells him who he is.
Grandpa replies: “You’re in the newspaper business? Something that’s going to die before I do.”
Ouch. That one hit a little close to home.
But at least it was a current-event kind of joke, which is hard to find in the episodes today. They now seem to parade guest-star voices and that is supposed to keep fans happy. It doesn’t keep this fan happy.
Most of the plots don’t even make sense anymore. You watch the first 10 minutes and think this is what the episode is going to be about and most of the time you are totally wrong and it takes a different turn. The show is only 30 minutes long. Get to the point before it’s over.
Now this Sunday, when the 20th anniversary documentary will be airing, I will check it out. There is no way I can’t but I won’t be expecting much. It may have its funny moments but the comedy will still be out of touch and irrelevant.
“The Simpsons” should call it quits after this season. It has had an amazing run but with the rising of “Family Guy” and “American Dad” it seems to not have a chance. Even “South Park,” which has been on the air for 15 years, still has better jokes and great gags.
“The Simpsons” have been good for so many years but like a lot of shows it held on for too long. Breaking the record for longest running scripted show is great but now it is time to have the Simpson family call it a career.
Chris Schmaedeke is managing editor of the Quay County Sun. Contact him at 461-1952 or by e-mail: