For many fans — particularly hard-core followers in the mold of the show’s sneering Comic Book Guy — the glory days [of The Simpsons] are long past. Some refuse to watch anymore; others admit they still find it funny, but they’re disappointed the show didn’t bow out at the top of its game.
“It seems less cohesive, more about trying to get the jokes in there, instead of make a story and let the jokes come off of that,” he says, adding, “I just think there’s only so much you can do [with the characters].”
On the site, Burch now focuses on the show’s history, letting the more passionate fans moderate the chats about current episodes.
The Simpsons made their TV debut on April 19, 1987. The exact same day I was born, making them 22 years old. Maybe I share a freaky bond with them as a result.
Frankly, I find the newer stuff to be funnier. It’s timely, pulls material from real life and pokes fun at more things in today’s world. Most recently, the Simpsons were foreclosed on, held the first primary election in the nation and one show even revolved around “mApple” and “myPods”.
Earlier shows made ridiculous plots like Homer going into outer space or becoming the “Safety Salamander” and Maggie shooting Mr. Burns the norm. Don’t get me wrong — they were all great shows. I just think the newer shows are a different level of comedy that’s maybe a little higher-brow that what some folks are used to.