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The Simpsons Season 13 - 3 out of 5
I have finally got to the season where The Simpsons officially stopped trying. I know this will upset some people because many refuse to admit the quality of The Simpsons writing has crashed and burn because of all the good memories the show gave us but the reality is, since Futurama got the screw job, it became clear Matt Groening was no longer going to put much time and energy in the show that made him. Many of the characters have grown tiresome and the storylines are weak filled with injuring Homer in hopes that people don't notice that they have either phoned in the writing for the week or completely stole the story from an older episode.
This season, I saw jokes done two or three times throughout the season and even jokes from older episodes recycled and reused. Not to mention this season showcases a clip show which, as we all know, is the first sign a show has gone on too long. However, every season The Simpsons have done a clip show and have somehow manage to avoid being canceled. But The Simpsons is Fox's baby they refuse to let go of. Rather than realize the show has run its course and let it go out with some dignity, they've allowed it to become a stinky mess of what it used to be.
The characters never develop (unlike Groening's masterpiece Futurama) and they have started to show their age in this season. Bart is no longer believable as the "Dennis the Menace" style trouble maker when TV is literally filled with far more trouble some youths that make Bart's deeds look like swiping a cookie from the cookie jar. Homer and Marge (occasionally Lisa) still deliver a couple of laughs but too often the show relies on Homer's stupidity and his ability to take pain to carry the jokes. (Sometimes this still works on this season but in future seasons, it becomes an embarrassment.) Some of the side characters are still able to deliver humor like the relationship between Lenny and Carl, Groundskeeper Willie and a few others. But some have MORE than overstayed their welcome and are often used for bottom of the barrel, Dane Cook-style lame jokes, like Ralph Wiggum. Now I KNOW this will irritate some but I've NEVER found Ralph to be funny. He's just a two dimensional dumb character that really never delivers anything of substance with his humor. I actually feel insulted when I hear people laugh at his antics.
Now I know I sound harsh with this review but it hurts so bad to see a show that I once loved so much stop delivering quality because it has stayed on the air for too long. Now don't get me wrong, this season has some really entertaining episodes. For example, when Homer has to smoke medical marijuana or when Bart makes an internet cartoon about Homer's rage. But these quality episodes come few and far between the poorly put together stories.
What makes this even more heartbreaking is that, even though this season is soooo mediocre, I already know from watching current episodes, it's only going to get worse as the seasons are released on DVD.