The Simpsons: 10 Times Mr. Burns was a Good Person | ScreenRant

When it comes to villains, Charles Montgomery Burns is as evil as they come. He’s kidnapped puppies, stolen Christmas, run over Bart Simpson and much more. Despite his flaws, he is still a lonely and frail old man. As evil as he can be, even Mr. Burns has a soft side.

There have been plenty of instances in The Simpsons where his moral alignment has gone from evil to good. While it does not always last long, he has proven that even he can act like a decent human being.

Here are the 10 times that Mr. Burns was a good person.

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10 He becomes nice while he is high

Mr. Burns’ personality sometimes changes when he is exposed to certain types of medication or illicit substances. In “Team Homer”, simply sniffing traces of ether is enough to change his personality. In this state, he hallucinates people as cartoon mascots. He is also susceptible to favors, which Homer Simpson takes advantage of to get $500 from him.

In “The Springfield Files”, it is revealed that due to his advanced age Burns requires extensive medical treatments to survive. This includes injecting himself with painkillers. While in his system, his evil personality is replaced with a much kinder one. He then wanders around a forest, wishing love and peace to everyone he meets.

9 He saved Springfield Elementary from financial debt

After Springfield Elementary is tricked by the Mafia into a $200,000 debt, principal Seymore Skinner is forced to close the school. They turn to Mr. Burns for support, but he rejects their pleas.

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This forces the school to accept the aid of Kid First Industries, who uses the students to create a new Christmas toy called Funzo. While adorable, it is secretly programmed to eliminate toys made from rival companies. In the end, Burns donates the money to help save the school from its debt after being visited by three ghosts. While it may have only been brief, this moment shows that even Mr. Burns has some morality in him.

8 He has a soft spot for manatees

Considering how evil Burns is towards people, it is not that surprising that his evil extends to animals as well. On more than one occasion, he has committed severe acts of animal cruelty. However, there have been moments where he shows both mercy and concern towards certain animals like his hounds.

In “The Bonfire of the Manatees”, he appears to have a soft spot for manatees as well. After Homer uses one to take his place at work, Burns instantly takes a liking to the gentle creature. When it suffers from dehydration, Burns takes immediate action to save by giving it a bath. An activity he seems to really enjoy.

7 He was concerned for Carl’s wellbeing

In “Homer vs. Dignity”, a bored Mr. Burns takes advantage of Homer’s money troubles to entertain himself. He orders Homer to throw pudding at Lenny Leonard, causing him terrible pain much to Burns’ amusement. Satisfied, Burns promotes Homer to be his personal “prank monkey”.

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Excited, Homer throws another pudding at Carl Carlson. However, rather than laugh at his misfortune like he did Lenny, Burns shows genuine concern for Carl and berates Homer. He even takes the time to help him to an eyewash station. It is no secret that he mistreats his employees. Still, it’s reassuring to know that he has at least one favorite among them besides his assistant Waylon Smithers.

6 He thanks Homer for assaulting him

In “Homer the Smithers”, Mr. Burns appoints Homer as his temporary assistant, after he forces Smithers to go on a vacation. Due to his incompetence and stupidity, Burns constantly berates and mistreats him. Burns eventually pushes him too far, causing Homer to punch him in the face.

As a result, he becomes fearful of Homer and tries to fend for himself. Ironically, Homer’s assault proves beneficial to him as he finally learns how to do things for himself. Burns quickly adapts and embraces his newfound independence. Rather than fire Homer and have him arrested, he instead shows his gratitude and hugs him. For someone like Burns, this is kind of a big deal.

5 He helped Homer lose weight

In “King-Size Homer”, Mr. Burns starts a calisthenics program to help keep his employees in shape. Unfortunately, Homer hates it and decides to become dangerously obese so that he can work from home. This leads to a series of events where a nuclear meltdown threatens to destroy the town.

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Luckily, Homer saves everyone by using his overweight body to plug the leak and prevent the release of toxic fumes. Burns not only thanks Homer, but also promises to help him lose weight. He initially tries to do this via his exercise routines but eventually decides to pay for liposuction surgery instead, much to Homer’s joy.

4 He became a superhero

One of the most ironic things about Mr. Burns is that despite being evil, he loves reading superhero comics. In “Dark Knight Court”, after buying all the comics in The Android’s Dungeon, he decides to become a superhero himself. And thus, Fruit Bat Man was born.

Initially, the crimes he stops are fake, orchestrated by Smithers to make him happy. After Bart is falsely accused of committing a major prank, Lisa asks him for help. After he refuses, Smithers reveals his deception to him. While he is initially crushed, Burns does not give up on being a superhero. He not only comes to help Lisa but also succeeds in stopping the real culprit, Groundskeeper Willie.

3  He risked his own life to protect Lisa

Considering the events of “The Old Man and the Lisa”, you would not think that Mr. Burns and Lisa Simpson could ever get along again. In “The Seemingly Never-Ending Story”, he and Lisa end up getting chased by a wild sheep and are forced to take refuge in his attic, where he passes the time by telling her stories.

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Eventually, the sheep breaks into the attic, but Burns puts himself between it and Lisa, greatly injuring himself in the process. Although the sheep never intended to hurt Lisa, this act of self-sacrifice speaks volumes about how even Burns is willing to stand up for the little guy, or in this case Lisa.

2 He risked his life to save his fiancée

Even though Burns has money and power, the one thing he does not have is love. In “Hunka Hunka Burns in Love”, Burns falls in love with a young cop named Gloria. With Homer acting as his wingman, Burns’ successfully woes Gloria. He even manages to propose to her, which she accepts.

After Gloria is kidnapped and held hostage by her ex-boyfriend, Snake Jailbird, the house she is kept in catches fire. When Burns sees her in danger, he musters the strength to rush into the building to save her. Even though Burns ends up getting knocked unconscious, the fact remains that he surpassed his limits and risked everything to save the woman he loves.

1 He cares deeply about Smithers

Even though he does not always show it, Mr. Burns cares deeply for Smithers. In “The Blunder Years”, it is revealed that Smithers father, Waylon Smithers Sr., sacrificed himself to prevent a nuclear meltdown. Burns expresses genuine sadness over his friends passing, but smiles after an infant Smithers calls him “sir”. After this tragic event, he takes Smithers under his wing.

One the one hand, there have been times where Burns takes his relationship with Smithers for granted. However, he has shown genuine concern for Smithers health and wellbeing. While their relationship is not perfect, Burns will do anything to keep Smithers by his side.

NEXT: 10 Worst Things That Homer Simpson Has Done

2019-07-12 05:07:39

Matthew Guida

The Simpsons Seasons 1-30 Available On Disney+ From Launch

Disney has announced that all 30 seasons of The Simpsons will be available on the Disney+ streaming service when it launches later this year. Following Disney’s acquisition of Fox earlier this year, it was only a matter of time before the company started utilizing Fox’s more popular properties for its streaming platform, and using The Simpsons to draw in subscribers seems like a smart move for the company.

The Simpsons premiered in 1989, and soon proved to be one of Fox’s most popular and profitable franchises, and it’s currently airing its 30th season. While Disney’s purchase of Fox allowed them to bring in even more popular Marvel characters into its Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are certainly other motivations for the company to make such a purchase. The Simpsons itself is worth quite a bit of money and, while it’s ratings aren’t as high as they were during its golden years, it’s still arguably one of the most popular animated shows on network television.

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During a Walt Disney Studios’ investor meeting, the company announced that all 30 seasons of The Simpsons would be available when the Disney+ streaming service launches in November and will be the exclusive home of the show from that point on. It’s unclear how soon after airing season 31 will make its way to the streaming service and if the show would go beyond its 32nd season, which it has already been renewed for.

While it may bother some fans that The Simpsons will no longer be available on the FX app following its debut on Disney+, the plethora of other content available on the upcoming streaming network at launch should be enough to offset that (especially considering its relatively cheap $6.99 a month price). Unlike the FX app, it’ll also be ad-free, meaning there will be no more intrusive commercials during an annual The Simpsons binge. Regardless, this is one of the first big moves that Disney’s made to integrate Fox content into its own library, while also selling those who are unsure on the merits of Disney+.

It’s also not the only show to be available at Disney+’s launch. At the same meeting, Disney also announced that The Mandalorian TV series, which is set in the Star Wars universe, will be available at launch. All Disney, Pixar and Star Wars content will also appear on Disney+ when it debuts (as well as most Marvel content). Regardless of all of this content available when the streaming service goes live in November, there are still some fans out there who may believe that the streaming market is simply too crowded to justify paying for another service. However, Disney has done quite a bit during its investor meeting to try and justify its existence, and including The Simpsons at launch was a major part of that pitch.

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2019-04-11 06:04:17

Corey Hoffmeyer

20 Simpsons Mistakes That Slipped Through Editing

Animation is a long and detailed process, but sometimes mistakes can be made, even in a show as popular as The Simpsons. The animated series first debuted on Fox back in 1989 and almost instantaneously became a hit for the network. Creator Matt Groening managed to deliver a comedic show that was usually appropriate for families, but still managed to push the boundaries.

In the 30 years since the initial launch, The Simpsons has remained a cornerstone of pop culture and continues to be one of the more popular animated shows on television. The large fan base it has acquired was enough for Fox to already renew The Simpsons for two more seasons, ensuring that the show will live on after the Disney-Fox deal closed. Even with all of the acclaim, great characters, and memorable episodes though, even The Simpsons managed to make a mistake from time to time.

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Screen Rant’s newest video dedicated to The Simpsons takes a closer look at the production process on an animated show and proves just how difficult it can be. With many different teams of animators working on the same episodes, sometimes it’s easy for small details to get lost. So, we compiled a list of 20 examples of these moments where a continuity error was not caught until after the episode has aired. Check out the full list in the video featured at the top of this post.

Considering how many different aspects to each individual scene animators have to get right, it is no wonder that some of these details got mixed up. These mistakes can be as simple as changing the appearance of a character in the middle of a scene or even the logo of a particular beverage. They are largely common in quick cutaway scenes though, so these can often be “blink and you’ll miss it” errors, which is likely why they weren’t caught ahead of time.

That said, it’s still somewhat amazing that some of these mistakes were never noticed with several pairs of eyes looking over an episode before it airs. One of the strangest instances that made this list is a woman’s nose disappearing as she leaned forward in a shot and then magically reappeared once she leaned back. However, other surprising slip ups come from rather major pieces of The Simpsons, such as the design of their home. As The Simpsons continues to make new episodes, hopefully there won’t be too many (if any) instances like these in the future.

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2019-04-08 05:04:28

Cooper Hood

The 5 Best (And 5 Worst) Episodes Of The Simpsons

The Simpsons has famously dropped in quality in the recent seasons. In its early years, it was lauded as the greatest show on television. With its sharp, fast-paced storytelling, lovable characters, real-life family situations, and endless supply of pop culture references, it was one of the highest rated and most critically acclaimed shows on the air.

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But for a few years now, it’s just been passable at best. It might be the only show in the history of television to have hit such insane highs and such dreadful lows. So, here are The 5 Best (And 5 Worst) Episodes Of The Simpsons.

10 Worst: ‘That ‘90s Show’

The Simpsons has retconned the future of its characters a bunch of times, because the future, by its very nature, is an abstract concept. It could easily be changed because it hasn’t happened yet and depends entirely on what happens in the present. But the past can’t be retconned.

Marge and Homer’s history has been pretty clearly mapped out in flashback episodes before, and “That ‘90s Show” shamelessly changes their whole backstory. It puts Marge in college in the 1990s and Homer in a grunge band with Nirvana-level fame called Sadgasm. If it was a great episode, that would redeem it, but it’s not – it’s terrible.

9 Best: ‘Bart Sells His Soul’

After swapping out the church organist’s sheet music for Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,” Bart sells his soul to Milhouse for $5. He then begins to experience surreal and haunting changes in his life. One of the most difficult things for comedy to do is being about something truly important or existential and carrying a message, as well as being hysterically funny and replete with jokes and one-liners, all at the same time.

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But “Bart Sells His Soul” is a prime example of this kind of comedy being done right. Also, this is a rare example of an episode where the B-plot works as well as the A-plot, as Moe turns his tavern into a family restaurant and is driven mad by demanding children.

8 Worst: ‘Saddlesore Galactica’

Just because Comic Book Guy points out during this episode that it recycled its plot from “Lisa’s Pony,” that doesn’t make it any better. Meta humor can point out the failings of a show in a way that enhances it, but in this case, Comic Book Guy is right on the money.

The episode involves Homer and Bart training up a racehorse for some extra cash and falling in with a bad crowd of magical jockeys. Anyone who doesn’t understand what the term “jumping the shark” means should be shown the “Saddlesore Galactica” episode, because it is a prime example.

7 Best: ‘Homer at the Bat’

The Simpsons has a tendency to lean on its guest stars these days. The writers have gotten used to relying on the guest stars themselves instead of utilizing them properly. Back in the day, they used them for real jokes and fit them into the Simpson family’s story, rather than fitting the Simpson family into their story.

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But “Homer at the Bat” is a perfect example of guest stars being used right, as Mr. Burns hires baseball legends like Don Mattingly, Darryl Strawberry, Wade Boggs, and Ken Griffey, Jr. to work at the nuclear plant so they can play on the plant’s softball team. But the episode’s story isn’t about them; it’s about Homer.

6 Worst: ‘Regarding Margie’

In season 17’s “Regarding Margie,” Marge suffers from amnesia, and when her memory returns, she remembers everyone except for Homer. We’ve seen Marge and Homer’s marriage tested a million times before and it got old a long time ago, but this is a particularly egregious example, because it shows both Homer and Marge at their worst.

At the end, when they get back together, the episode seems to make it clear that they shouldn’t be together, because Homer is an abusive drunk and Marge is a mindless enabler. We don’t need to be reminded of that – it’s not very funny.

5 Best: ‘Mr. Plow’

Everyone remembers “Mr. Plow” for its titular jingle: “Call Mr. Plow / That’s my name / That name again is Mr. Plow!” But the episode has a great plot, too. It pits Homer and Barney against each other as the former’s snow plow business inspires the latter to do the same, and then he starts stealing the former’s clientele.

This episode takes a small, intimate, fun family situation like a father setting up his own business so he can better provide for his family, and gives it a kooky, absurdist, hysterical Simpsons makeover. It’s one of the essential Simpsons episodes.

4 Worst: ‘Lisa Goes Gaga’

Early Simpsons episodes found a way to make it not seem weird that someone in the Simpson family would befriend a celebrity, like Bart would date a movie star’s daughter or Homer would be institutionalized with a pop star – or at least, a guy with a pop star’s voice, claiming to be that pop star.

But the later ones are lazier with it and just shove their guest stars into episodes. “Lisa Goes Gaga” does nothing to make the fact that Lisa befriends Lady Gaga seem real, and it doesn’t even satirize Gaga – it just recreates her zaniest on-stage stunts in animated form. It’s difficult to get through, frankly, due to its terribleness.

3 Best: ‘Marge vs. the Monorail’

There’s no dispute that “Marge vs the Monorail” is one of the most iconic Simpsons episodes of all time. It’s the hilarious, engaging story of a snake oil salesman who comes to Springfield and pitches an expensive monorail system, then skips town with the money, leaving behind a defective monorail on which Homer has a job.

It’s hard to imagine why Lisa’s voice actor Yeardley Smith would call this episode “truly one of our worst” and why the critics were initially averse to it, because it has a complex story with various facets tied together and plenty of brilliantly crafted jokes to bat.

2 Worst: ‘Homer vs. Dignity’

This episode is better known as “the one where Homer got sexually assaulted by a panda,” because that’s the scene that shrouded it in notable controversy. But other than that, it just has a tired, overused plot and not a single joke that lands.

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It sees Homer becoming Mr. Burns’ “prank monkey” as his boss pays him wads of cash to do increasingly degrading things. It’s like that dark and twisted movie Cheap Thrills, except it’s supposed to be fun and family-friendly. Furthermore, in season 12, this is the episode that signaled the beginning of the end. The Simpsons’ decline in quality was close behind.

1 Best: ‘Last Exit to Springfield’

“Smithers, I’m beginning to think that Homer Simpson was not the brilliant tactician I thought he was.” The Simpsons’ skewering of corrupt workers’ unions, “Last Exit to Springfield,” promotes Homer to head of the union, so that he can get the employees of the power plant their dental plan back, because Lisa needs braces (it took him a while to put those two things together, remember?).

The episode has a tight script, a neat storyline with no fat on the edges, some hilarious character moments (particularly from Homer, Lisa, and Mr. Burns), and a bunch of pop culture references that land.

NEXT: The Simpsons Reveals Celebratory New Logo for Season 30

2019-03-13 03:03:51

Ben Sherlock

Simpsons Season 30 Is Marketing Itself In Bad Taste With Troy McClure

The Simpsons season 30 is marketing itself using Troy McClure – despite the character having been retired decades ago following the death of voice actor Phil Hartman. The longest-running scripted TV show ever, The Simpsons shows no sign of slowing down (even if many fans wish it would).

Neither, it seems, does the controversy that comes with it. From the very start, The Simpsons was a headline-making show, with Bart’s crude antics deemed unsuitable back in the 1990s by everybody all the way up to then-President George Bush. Nowadays, the controversy is a bit more nuanced, with the recent Apu blowback questioning the negative side of the show’s enduring impact. It’s an example of how being continuously on the air for so long creates problems that would be otherwise imperceptible. One recent decision, however, seems to be a bit more conscious.

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The poster for the currently-airing Simpsons season 30 features Troy McClure (via iTunes), the movie star you may remember from such classics as Stop The Planet of the Apes. I Want To Get Off! and Meat and You: Partners in Freedom. This is rather strange given that Tory McClure hasn’t appeared since season 10’s “Bart the Mother”, originally aired on September 27, 1998. The character was written out of The Simpsons following the tragic murder of Phil Hartman, who voiced Troy and Lionel Hutz (as well as a handful of other characters, including Monorail salesman Lyle Lanley). A fitting acknowledgement of his incomparable talents, Lionel Hutz’s recurring role has been somewhat filled by aggressive real estate agent Cookie Kwan, but no movie star has been able to match Troy McClure’s eclectic filmography. The character’s only subsequent, semi-canonical appearance was in “The Simpsons Guy”, a Family Guy crossover.

This makes Troy McClure being used as the subject of The Simpsons season 30 poster odd. Since season 6, each year’s DVD and Blu-ray (and later streaming options) have featured a different cover character, chosen somewhat at random. And, after 30 have been worked through that means most major roles have been used up – season 25 had Duffman and season 29 Bumblebee Man. However, there’s still many who could be used in his place who still have a major part in the series – Nelson, Smithers and Moe are all yet to be used, to name just three.

It’s possible that, with this being the twenty year anniversary of Phil Hartman’s death, his character’s use is intended as a tribute. Yet if that is the intention, it’s not been made clear; it’s not been stated anywhere public by the showrunners. As it is, it stands as a blunt return to something affectionally locked away.

Ultimately, this isn’t an overly negative move by The Simpsons, more a perplexing one. Retiring a character is a show of respect, and as with Mrs. Krabappel following Marcia Wallace’s death in 2013, so it seems a bit backwards to sell new episodes with them.

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The Simpsons Season 30 Review: A Refreshingly Old School Start To A New Season

At the start of its 30th season, The Simpsons celebrates by either consciously or unconsciously attempting to recapture the essence of the show’s genius earlier seasons. With ‘Bart’s Not Dead,’ the series puts away (mostly) its recent crutch of non sequiturs, and especially the unnecessary flights of fancy, as seen in the unimpressive season 29 medieval Simpsons premiere, to tell a story most definitely in the show’s wheelhouse, and one that also allows its writers to take aim at one of their most frequent targets. The combination, then, mixes an exploration of the snowballing consequences of a child’s wildly unbelievable lie with a rather biting criticism of organized religion and, in particular, Christian films. There’s also a brief voice cameo by Gal Gadot, which will be of some importance to people who care about such things, but her appearance holds little importance in terms of the overall story. 

Instead, ‘Bart’s Not Dead’ is something of a throwback episode, a classic (ish) Bart and Homer story where some half-assed under parenting leads to some literally death-defying childhood antics that are then followed up with a lie so big even Bart begins to crumble under its immense weight. The episode begins with Bart making the rare right decision not to pull the fire alarm during Lisa’s saxophone performance at the school talent show. The idea wasn’t Bart’s, however; it was Jimbo and Kearney, who laid down a dare that Bart refused, thereby bringing such misguided masculine shame upon the Simpson name that Homer is forced to take action. The lesson: a dare can never be refused. 

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There’s a brief, funny joke involving Grampa Simpson and the dare he took that, had he refused, would have irrevocably changed the course of television history. But Homer’s concern over his child refusing a dare becomes the strangely relatable catalyst for an episode that starts small but gets bigger and bigger in some funny and unbelievable ways, many of which are noteworthy for the fact that they flow (mostly) logically from a single source, rather than bounce around to accommodate the jokes, whether they make sense within the context of the story or a particular scene or not. 

The Simpsons hasn’t been particularly interested in that kind of layered writing for, well, decades now, so it’s something of a treat to see the series make a go of it for the season 30 premiere. ‘Bart’s Not Dead’ begins simply enough, with that familiar sense things could go in any direction. As such, it’s something of a surprise to find, after a quick father-son discussion about the importance of always taking a dare, Bart is perched atop a dam, ready to jump, the school’s bullies egging him on. Bart’s leap, the skin-peeling speed of his descent, and the abrupt, bone-crunching end to his free fall make for a satisfyingly jarring few seconds that make the viewer question exactly what’s meant by the episode’s title. 

The rest of the episode unfolds nicely, if a little unevenly, from there. Bart is compelled to tell a lie about his near-death experience to protect his father. It’s a strange moment where narrative necessity overpowers character consistency and Bart opts to claim he went to heaven and met Jesus, rather than explain he jumped because Homer told him never to refuse a dare. The decision tracks just enough — of course Bart would find greater joy in pulling the wool over everyone’s eyes than in seeing his father excoriated once again for his half-assed under parenting — that it’s easy to go along for the ride. 

That ride essentially becomes a prolonged slight against movies like ‘God’s Not Dead’ and ‘Heaven Is For Real’, one that, for some reason or another, includes a brief cameo by Gal Gadot, who is auditioning for Homer and Ned Flanders for a part in the film. The Simpsons has been flooded with this sort of unimaginative celebrity cameo for years now, and Gadot’s is no less uninspired. An actor auditioning for a role in a movie isn’t particularly inventive, even if the scenario is meant to be outrageous. Mostly it just seems an excuse for The Simpsons to a) advertise Wonder Woman’s appearance in the premiere and b) find out what would happen if Homer had an entirely inconsequential run-in with another famous person. 

Nevertheless, ‘Bart’s Not Dead’ is at its best when it is pointing out both the ridiculousness of Bart’s lie (which it does through imagined meetings with religious figures and flash forwards to the afterlife) and through those foolish enough to cling to the outrageous claims of the town’s second least reliable resident. This puts characters like Flanders and Reverend Lovejoy on blast, along with their core belief system, but even though The Simpsons takes great pleasure in pointing out the hypocrisy of making religious films for profit, the episode ends on an unexpectedly bipartisan note, with Bart having learned a lesson about lying and Lisa allowing (ever so slightly) for the possibility of some benevolent being in the sky. The end result is the thirtieth time The Simpsons has begun a new season, and though it’s not perfect, it does feel refreshingly reminiscent of the series’ better days. 

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The Simpsons continues next Sunday with ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ @8pm on FOX. 

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2018-09-30 05:09:23 – Kevin Yeoman