The Simpsons (Season 11-present)
is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening. During the first 10 seasons, the show was considered one of the greatest TV shows of all time. However, ever since Season 11, the show has been going downhill and still hasn't recovered from Season 9's "The Principal and the Pauper". Most of the seasons were decently received by critics of The Simpsons, but all of them were met with mixed, sometimes negative, receptions with fans of the series.
- The main problem is that the series has been going on for way too long, as the show now has 32 seasons and there are more confirmed. Because of this, the show will often jump the shark.
- A few of the characters have gotten
- Homer has gone from a dimwitted, yet well-meaning father to a moronic idiot who can sometimes act like a selfish jerk.
- Marge has gone from a strict, yet well-meaning mother to a stereotypical overprotective mother who worries too much about everything and is no fun at all.
- Bart has gone from a typical problem child to a mean-spirited, selfish, callous and malicious borderline sociopath. Thankfully, he still gets his comeuppance for his antics.
- Lisa has gone from a voice-of-reason-type character to a complete know-it-all Mary Sue.
- Ned Flanders is probably the most notable. He has gone from a religious man who enjoys other things as well to a religious fanatic who will lash out at anyone who doesn't support it. In fact, he's actually the namesake for flanderization.
- Similar to modern Family Guy, it tends to overuse pop-culture references, celebrities and product placement.
- Some episodes rip-off episodes from previous seasons. Other episodes tend to copy and paste some jokes from previous seasons (unless it's done right).
- While the animation has noticeably improved, it isn't as lively as it was in previous seasons and is more restricted. Though, to be fair, the colors are still nice to look at and the movements have improved tremendously.
- Some episodes are extremely preachy and even stray into pro-SJW territory, especially episodes centering around Lisa.
- While there are still a handful of good jokes, there are some stale and repetitive jokes. Some of them are just tasteless (like the 9/11 joke in "Moonshine River"), some are flat-out disturbing like Marge pressuring Homer into having sex with her in "Strong Arms of the Ma" and Homer getting raped by a panda in "Homer vs. Dignity" and some aren't even really jokes at all, like whenever a meme or something out of pop culture is referenced, it is instead just simply shown without it be satirized or a joke being made about it.
- Some episodes are either flat-out underwhelming, mediocre at best or are hard to watch, due to the plot being either very confusing or anti-climactic.
- These seasons try too hard to stay relevant, by constantly doing things in a desperate attempt to try and get attention, like killing off Rabbi Krustofski or having Homer and Marge undergo a fake divorce, which is proof that the show is better being what it is than trying to stay relevant.
- Several of the recurring characters are pretty annoying and unlikable, especially Helen Lovejoy, the Rich Texan, Gil Gunderson, the"Yeeeeeeeees!" Guy, Judge Constance Harm, Artie Ziff and Agnes Skinner.
- A few of the endings are either rushed or confusing, like the ending to "Lisa Goes Gaga".
- Just like South Park, there are some episodes that attack and make jabs at SJW propaganda like before. But, unlike South Park, The Simpsons doesn't do a good job most of the time. There are some good jabs at SJW propaganda here and there, but most of the time, it´s not executed well. However, one episode ("Bart vs. Itchy and Scratchy") hypocritically panders to the SJW crowd for the worst reasons imaginable.
- Some of the songs are cringe-worthy or hard to listen for some people because of how bad they are or are used so poorly like the song "Making a Food Blog" from "The Food Wife" and the "Tik Tok" intro from "To Surveil with Love".
- The voice acting, while good, can get annoying for some of the characters sometimes, especially Marge and Ned Flanders. However, Julie Kavner (Marge's voice actress) has started sounding tired and worn-out possibly due to Kavner aging.
- Some of the jokes just seem to be trying way, way too hard to be hip and "with it", but it only backfires and makes the episodes look dated. A few great examples of this are recently when an episode literally stopped everything to have the entire family sing Baby Shark, having an entire episode dedicated to Pokémon Go released a year after the game was relevant, and the episode "Flanders' Ladder" opening with Bart tricking Lisa into playing the Scary Maze Game and saying -"epic sister fail!" afterwards. Keep in mind that the episode aired in mid-2018.
- In 2019, they did this video called “West Wing Story“, which was a bad attempt at mocking Trump and is obviously another attempt to stay relevant, even though the show was already relevant.
- Some of the episodes have plot holes and continuity errors that recon previous seasons such as, for example, “That ‘90s Show”, where it’s revealed that Homer and Marge were young back in the 1990s, were dating and didn’t have kids back then, despite the fact that they were young and were dating in the 1970s, got married in the ’80s, and Bart and Lisa were born in the ’80s, as well as the fact that this show came out before the '90s even began. All in an attempt to justify why they didn’t age in the current seasons as an example.
- "Treehouse of Horror XXII" is the weakest of the Treehouse of Horror episodes. Though there are some good and bad jokes, it's one of the more mediocre three-segment episodes of the series.
- Most of the Latin Spanish dubbing cast went on strike after Season 14 and were replaced (with the exception of Bart, whose voice actress, Marina Huerta, returned after leaving in 1999 due to salary disputes; she was also cast as Marge, along with Jorge Ornelas as Moe, Gonzalo Curiel as Kent Brockman until his 2020 death, and Carl). None of the replacements (again, excepting Huerta as Bart) have managed to live up to the original cast, mainly due to the local jokes, expressions, and words being eliminated.
- Starting in the second half of Season 20, the series received a new intro due to the switch to HD. While decent, it really isn't as good as the intros in Season 1 and Seasons 2-20a because of the animation (for example, rather than Marge looking concerned before giving a sigh of relief upon seeing Maggie in the shopping bag, the new intro simply has her turn her head without much emotion) and cramming in too many gags (such as Homer being run over by Marge's car rather than him running away from it).
- In 2020, they decided to not have white voice actors voice non-white characters, which comes off as pandering to SJWs.
- The soundtrack is still great.
- These seasons still have a handful of good/decent episodes, such as "Behind the Laughter", "Trilogy of Error", "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation", "Hungry, Hungry Homer", "I Am Furious (Yellow)", "Halloween of Horror", "Jaws Wired Shut", "Brick Like Me", "Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts", "HOMR", "Worst Episode Ever", "Old Yeller Belly", "Barthood," "Holidays of Future Passed," "Once Upon a Time in Springfield", the "Treehouse of Horror" episodes, "Gone Boy", "Way of the Dog", "Thanksgiving of Horror", "Skinner's Sense of Snow", "Krusty The Clown", "Warring Priests (Parts 1 & 2)", etc.
- Like every other cartoon, The Simpsons still mixes up its source material; for example, Flanders and Homer becoming spies in one episode ("Sex, Pies, and Idiot Scrapes").
- Some jokes are still funny, like Ralph Wiggum's 'Ralphisms' and Bart prank-calling Moe.
- Some characters are still memorable and likable, like Barney, Moe, Krusty The Clown, Lenny, Carl, Maggie and Mr. Burns.
- While noticeably more restricted, the animation is still good and the character designs are smoother and a nice step-up from the earlier seasons.
- The new HD intro from mid-Season 20 onwards at least includes references to earlier seasons and a billboard gag, along with some recurring gags such as Lisa's instrument (examples include the violin, trumpet, tuba, even vocalizing in one episode).
- The show is still good at making songs of their own.
- Even if the pop-culture references and product placements tend to get overused in some cases, at least there are still fun to point out than be jammed down people's throats.
- The couch gags are still fun, creative, and still hilarious to watch, and some of them had guest animators, like the two couch gags from John Kricfalusi and the crossover couch gag with Rick and Morty.
- The main voice cast has not been changed and the acting is mostly good.
- The writing is still decent, depending on the episode.
- It still pays tribute to deceased cast and crew members and past guest stars.
- Funny moments like the fact that Homer did the slapping with the glove after a movie.
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