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The Simpsons Season Ten: The real turning-point
on 20 February 2010
A lot of Simpsons fans tell people that Season 10 (1998-99, 23 episodes), was the real turning-point in the Simpsons's quality and creative decline and by what this season comes by, it is easy to see why.
By this season's standards, it was all-right enough but the episodes here just didn't come close to the quality and wit of classic gems like "Bart v Australia", "Homer the Great" and "Cape Feare". One of the problems is, like 9, the best writers has moved on and sadly, Phil Hartman, who provived the voice for Troy McClure and Lionel Hutz, was murdered (R.I.P.), which meant those great characters were removed from the series. I really think the show suffered from his loss. Comedy-wise, the seasons isn't without good episodes, with such chuckles as "Homer to the Max", "Viva Ned Flanders" and "When You Dish Upon a Star" but they are simply not classics and certainly won't hit you like the older ones. Only "Mayored by the Mob" comes close to that standard. However, once again, poor episodes has probably doubled from Season 9 ("Sunday, Cruddy Sunday", "Mom and Pop Art", "Bart the Mother", Lisa Gets an A" and "I'm with Cupid") but for probably for the first time, we are introduced to some bad episodes like "Thirty Minutes over Toyko", "The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace" and "Monty Can't Be Me Love". The straw that broke the camal's back for Homer going from an lovable ditwitted family guy to an selfish, idiotic yob was "Homer Simpsons in "Kidney Trouble".
Overall, this was an probably the first average Simpsons Season. I would still recommend this to Simpsons collectors as it would be another important part of their collection has it still has it's moments but the rot only continued from there as with Season 11, it felt like an completely different show.