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Join your friends Bob Mackey and Henry Gilbert for a chronological and cromulent exploration of the greatest show ever made! Each week we're joined by funny guests to tackle a different episode of The Simpsons, breaking down every 22 minutes of animated entertainment into an embiggening discussion about Our Favorite Family. Support us directly at https://Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons
 
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We're in the dog days of summer 2021, which surprisingly means a whole lot of Simpsons news, including Loki, Comic-Con, and tons more! Plus we talk about some fun new events going on in our lives, what we've been watching for fun, and even reply to some of our favorite Patreon comments. So grab Thor's hammer and listen now! Support this podcast and…
 
On the season eleven finale, the guys welcome Ben Worcester (back from Honduras) into the studio to discuss the totally horrendous spin-off/prequel, Puss in Boots! Is it only these two cats that can talk? Why did the filmmakers sacrifice comedy for extensive, boring action scenes? And has there been a more disgusting cartoon visage than that forsak…
 
For this season 12 episode we're joined by the returning Nick Prueher from Found Footage Festival/VCR Party Live, and this story is eerily similar to Prueher's career. After Bart and Milhouse save Comic Book Guy's life, they run the comic store and start a found film festival. Meanwhile, Comic Book Guy tries to grow as a person which leads to him s…
 
On the final episode of the 2021 Summer Blockbuster Extravaganza, the gang goes back to Mummyville to discuss Stephen Sommers' dreadful sequel, The Mummy Returns! Why did they have to curse us with this awful child character? What were they thinking with the Deus ex blimp? And why cast The Rock and then not have him say anything? PLUS: Behold! Some…
 
We return to this season 2 classic with the fantastic artist Nina Matsumoto joining us to discuss this episode covering Japanese culture AND bucket lists! Homer eats potentially fatal fish and has to make plans for his final day, as we reflect on this 1991 portrayal of a Japanese restaurant and mortality. Listen now to this fan-fugu-tastic podcast!…
 
On this week's episode, the gang is chatting about M. Night Shyamalan's ruined-by-the-twist fantasy drama, The Village! See what happens when you're pressured into producing twist, after twist, after twist?! What were they thinking with that Adrian Brody character? And was Brendan Gleeson's character sneaking out for fast food? PLUS: The gang pitch…
 
The awesome first-time guest Griffin Newman from the podcast Blank Check joins us for a Simpsons featuring the great Michael Keaton! Marge befriends an artistic prisoner, and we talk about how people in prison are portrayed, the show's fun comments on their lack of reality, and chiropractors all in one jam-packed episode. Listen now before there ar…
 
On this episode, the gang talks about the sick, twisted, cop-partners-with-a-dog comedy, Turner & Hooch! How buff is Tom Hanks in those speedos? Wasn't everybody just a little okay with the old man being murdered? And how dare they cut out Reginald VelJohnson for most of the third act! PLUS: Just how many collies were they going through per season …
 
It's the beginning of another month on the Talking Simpsons Network, which means it's time once again for our community podcast! Listen in as we discuss the debut of new Simpsons shoes, the return of the classic 1991 Simpsons arcade game, James L. Brooks' tortured relationship with the Los Angeles Clippers, the end of Conan O'Brien's talk show, and…
 
This week on We Hate Movies, the gang is chatting about the total snore sequel, Iron Man 2! Why couldn't they open the film with an Iron Man-related adventure? Why didn't they find a better, less shoe-horned way to introduce Fury and Romanov? And why did they deliver two underdeveloped villains instead of one actually developed character to go up a…
 
On this month's We Love Movies, the guys are chatting about the cinematic event that kicked off the MCU, Jon Favreau's Iron Man! Did Stark have Jarvis filming... all events around the house? How spectacular is Jeff Bridges in this? And how refreshing is it to—hey now! This episode is for subscribers only. To access the full show, head over to our P…
 
We welcome back our pal Matt Christman from Chapo Trap House for our return to a landmark episode of The Simpsons! As the total suggests, Bart is injured, he goes to Hell, and then returns to sue Mr. Burns. All of this with the help of the debuting Lionel Hutz and Nick Riviera, making this a very important episode. Listen now before Burns crushes y…
 
This week on WHM, the gang is hanging at HeadGum's Brooklyn studio with Vulture writer and good friend of the show, Angelica Jade Bastién, talking about the totally great Wild Things! How many VHS tapes of this film were completely worn down in the late '90s? Why did they bother with all the explainer scenes post-THE END? Was Bacon's third act hog …
 
We welcome back Andrew Jupin from the awesome We Hate Movies podcast to talk about this crayon-fueled episode! After attending an animation festival, Homer for some reason learns he is stupid because a crayon is shoved into his brain. This leads him to a rollercoaster of emotions disproving divinity and pissing off all of his friends. It all leads …
 
On this episode, the Summer Blockbuster Extravaganza heads to franchise town as the gang welcomes back gentleman and Fast scholar, Jon Gabrus to chat about the totally outrageous Fast Five! How much does this franchise hate fucked vibes? Did they shoot that Toretto v. Hobbs fight scene like a kaiju film? And was Dwayne Johnson really brought into t…
 
This week we return to the world of animation and who better to guide us than a couple of animation creators, returning guest Toby Jones (Regular Show, OK K.O.) and Maddie Queripel (Regular Show, Infinity Train)! As Marge becomes the nemesis of cartoon violence, we talk about art vs influence, the cartoon history this episode reflects, and how much…
 
On this week's show, the Summer Blockbuster Extravaganza talks to the dead as the guys chat about the completely abysmal comic adaptation, Jonah Hex! How many Maseratis was Malkovich financing when he signed on for this one? How hard were they going for a Wild Wild West-meets-Hell Boy vibe? And why in the world did they invent all the paranormal st…
 
On this month's WLM, the gang is chatting about David Cronenberg's bloody slice of Americana, A History of Violence! How incredible is this Viggo performance? How were he, Maria and Ed not nominated, but Hurt was? And was there no one else to—WHOA there! This episode is for subscribers only. To access the full show, head on over to our Patreon and …
 
We celebrate the holidays in the summer with returning pal Eric Szyszka from the We Hate Movies podcast! The kids are trapped in the school, Ned and Homer brave a blizzard, and somehow that leads to jokes about camels and ball sacks. We sort through the weirdest Xmas episode ever on this week's podcast, so listen before it's on your permanent recor…
 
On this week's episode, the Summer Blockbuster Extravaganza dabbles in a Catholic horror fantasy land as the guys chat about the ridiculous angel war flick, The Prophecy! Why do all these angels have to be kissing people? Does the Angel Gabriel really need someone to drive him around? And how great is Viggo in this one? PLUS: Be sure to tune into t…
 
Summer's about to begin, so grab a Long Island Ice Tea and listen along for our monthly community podcast! We chat about all the Simpsons news from May (from Star Wars to Swartzwelder), we preview some of our fun upcoming podcasts, we chat about all our fun adventures in the last month, AND we respond to some of our favorite Patreon comments. So do…
 
On this week's episode, the 2021 Summer Blockbuster Extravaganza kicks off with an outrageous conversation about the live-action 1996 fiasco, 101 Dalmatians! Why couldn't they make the dogs talk, a la classic cinematic masterpiece, Look Who's Talking Now? How dumb is it that Jeff Daniels's character is a video game designer? And how hard was John H…
 
We welcome back our old pal Dan Ryckert (from the podcasts for Fire Escape and Panning The Stream) for a story of childish shenanigans! After some fun pro wrestling chat, we delve into the history of classical music, Truckasaurus, Dr. Hibbert, professional stuntmen, the most replayed moment in Simpsons history, and so much more. Listen now before w…
 
On this week's episode the gang is back together in the studio to reminisce about the 90's kid classic, The Mighty Ducks! How many kids' films start with the protagonist getting slapped with a dooey? Why does M.C. Gainey's character always have that camcorder? And is Charlie trying to get Bombay laid? PLUS: The return of the VHS Trailer Game! The M…
 
This week's season 12 episode is all about films and imitating them, so we're joined by returning favorite Stephen Sajdak, cohost of the great We Hate Movies podcast! As Homer and Bart become experts in grifting, they end up being conned themselves after imitating one trick too many. Somehow that leads to a crazy courtroom trial and an even wackier…
 
On this week's episode, the guys take a trip to Franchise Town to discuss the absolutely dreadful, completely joyless sequel, Saw III! Why didn't someone point out how hilarious everyone yelling "Jeff" throughout a film sounds? Why did we need to see a flashback of Jigsaw prepping the first film's test? And would this franchise have been better ser…
 
We return to Thanksgiving in 1990 to discuss this Simpsons classic with comedy performer/writer/musician/podcaster Tim Kalpakis from the band/podcast The Sloppy Boys! The whole family gets together for a traditional Thanksgiving, but Bart messes it up and evades an apology for the rest of the day as we learn some lessons about food and family. Plus…
 
This week on the show, the long-awaited crossover event is here as Henry Gilbert and Bob Mackey from the great Talking Simpsons podcast are hanging out to chat about the 87-minute missed opportunity, The Simpsons Movie! Why weren't Mr. Burns or Sideshow Bob the villain of the film? If it had to be an Albert Brooks-voiced character, why not Hank Sco…
 
It's the end of the Fishmas season, which means it's once again time for our monthly community podcast. Listen in as we discuss the passing of yet another member of the Simpsons' creative team, Julio's new voice actor, The Simpsons' recent Morrisey slam, the latest in a long line of episode-specific oral histories, the never-made Krusty spinoff, an…
 
On this week's episode, the gang is chatting about the gateway-crossing sci-fi flick, Stargate! Could they have trimmed Russell's hair any more high and any more tight? Why did those people attend Spader's lecture just to heckle him? And how cool would it be to have the Wheezin' the Juice Guy as your father-in-law? PLUS: Russell Rules! Stargate sta…
 
Hey now, it's a preview, of a podcast, 'bout Shrek! Yes, we wanted to share with you Talking Simpsons listeners a preview of our April premium podcast for the Talking Simpsons Network. We cover the 20th anniversary of one of the most influential (and memed) films of the millennium! This month our $10+ Patreon subscribers get to hear us talk about 2…
 
This week's episode is all about online conspiracy theories, and our guest is an expert: Travis View of the investigative podcast QAnon Anonymous! As Homer becomes the unknown arbiter of online rumors, this episode is all about the dangers of bull plop on a then relatively young internet of 2000. Learn how much things have changed and what stayed t…
 
On this week's episode, our unofficial Sean-Gone month comes to an end with a discussion about the totally baffling shit-show, 1998's The Avengers! How on Earth did Warner Brothers allow this to be released as-is? Have two lead actors ever had less chemistry than Uma and Ralph? And what is the value of not having Eddie Izzard speak for the whole fi…
 
We all grab our putters for this week's episode as we welcome comedian and writer Mike Hanford from the band/podcast The Sloppy Boys! This is the first major Ned Flanders episode, as Homer becomes much angrier than usual while forcing Bart to play mini-golf. With Lisa's help, Bart finds inner peace and ultimately learns a lesson while Homer and Ned…
 
On this week's show, well, this one's a long time comin'—it's Highlander! Why on Earth did Connery say yes to this and Zardoz, but turned down The Matrix? Did the sex scene need all that... licking? And do all immortals love professional wrestling? PLUS: Do not ask Connor MacLeod to switch seats! Highlander stars Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, …
 
This week's episode is one of the most controversial Simpsons ever, and we lean upon the insights of returning fave Nick Wiger from the great podcasts Doughboys and How Did This Get Played?! Homer becomes Burns' prank monkey for high pay and low dignity, leading to perhaps the lowest moment in Simpsons history. How does it fare today? How does it r…
 
On this week's show, the unofficial Sean Gone month continues as the gang dissects the total cinematic oddity known as Zardoz! Wasn't the big, red diaper great? What's with that pretentious floating head intro? And did Connery really demand he get paid for driving himself to set? PLUS: Zed becomes enamored with the "Where's Waldo?" franchise! Zardo…
 
A special Monday surprise that any Simpsons fan should enjoy! In case you didn't know, our sister podcast to Talking Simpsons is What A Cartoon! Each week we cover a different animated series in-depth with history and scene-by-scene breakdowns. For April Fools we covered the live-action series Get A Life, co-created by Simpsons legend David Mirkin.…
 
What a big month of podcasts we just had, and not to mention a ton of Simpsons news to reflect on. The show got renewed, there was the 700th episode, and controversy about continuity. We'll discuss all that plus some fun teases about some of our future podcasts, we discuss what we played/watched during the month, AND we respond to some of our favor…
 
This week on the show, the gang kicks off the unofficial "Sean Gone" month with a conversation around Sir Sean's penultimate (official) appearance as Bond in the totally outrageous, You Only Live Twice! What kind of total garbage talk is coming out of Connery's mouth right at the beginning? Why did we need to wait for over an hour before a Blofeld …
 
We head out to the ball game with our returning guest, Podcast: The Ride's Mike Carlson! Mike helps us understand the magic of baseball, the history of small-town mascots, and more in this week's classic episode of Homer becoming a Minor League star. All that plus we try to deconstruct the weird editing of this episode's framing device, all in one …
 
On this week's show, the gang wraps up the 2021 Listener Request Month with a lengthy conversation about the outrageous JCVD/Dennis Rodman team-up film, Double Team! Why couldn't they just make Rodman's character be a former basketball player-turned-arms dealer? What was JCVD doing to that poor bath tub? And why couldn't this ridiculous movie just …
 
We interrupt your regularly scheduled Talking Simpsons programming with an important announcement: TalKing of the Hill Season Two Season 2 Part 1 has arrived! That's right, we're covering the first half of King of the Hill's second season on a weekly basis, and you can only hear it if you sign up at the $5 level at Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons. And …
 
We're about to do a new TalKing of the Hill podcast miniseries on Patreon, making this the perfect time to interview KotH's Supervising Director Wes Archer! Not only was Wes the first animator ever hired to work on Simpsons during the Ullman days, but Archer is also the creator of the Twister Mouth, director of some of the best episodes in the firs…
 
This week's environmental episode is joined by the returning Kat Bailey, our friend and co-host of the newly relaunched Axe of the Blood God podcast! We cover the ultimate episode about the show punishing Lisa for believing in something, plus we discuss Homer doing a bunch of weird stuff and the career of Joshua Jackson. Listen now or we'll sit in …
 
On this week's episode, Listener Request Month goes sky high when the guys talk about the Y2k rock climbing adventure, Vertical Limit! How stupendous is that opening sequence? Would Chris O'Donnell be a good Marketing major? And it's the return of The [Definitely Not Crooked] VHS Trailer Game! PLUS: LL Cool J — excellent gift giver! Vertical Limit …
 
An extra-electoral podcast this week as the show gets political with the hosts of the awesome podcast Bad Faith, Briahna Joy Gray and Virgil Texas! We get their insight into the politics of Mr. Burns' self-financed run for governor in this iconic episode, we discuss how it compares to modern politics, and dig into tons more history and tangents in …
 
On this week's program, the tide starts to turn on the 2021 Listener Request Month as the guys chat about a movie that's almost kind of a movie: Poltergeist II: The Other Side! Wasn't it pretty silly of JoBeth's character to completely forget that not only does she have psychic abilities, but she actually comes from a long line of psychics?! Is Cra…
 
On this month's WLM, the 2021 Listener Request Month spreads to Patreon as the guys get the chance to chat about one of the all-time greats, Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas! How on Earth does a person watch this start to finish and think the film—OOOH! AAAAAYE! OOOOOH! This episode is for subscribers only! To access the full show, head over to our Pat…
 
We welcome back our pal Drew Mackie from the Gayest Episode Ever Podcast for an early season 12 episode all about Hollywood dads! After a book fair, Krusty learns he has a daughter he never met before (played by Drew Barrymore), leading the clown on a strange journey of fatherhood with Homer as his guide. All that plus the debuts of Johnny Tightlip…
 
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