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The Simpsons Season Eleven: The bad episodes double,
This review is from: Simpsons - Season 11 - Complete [DVD] (DVD)
The Simpsons's Eleventh season (1999-2000, 22 episodes) was sadly at an point where the era of great Simpsons series ended and the downward spiral properly began. The point of being that the writing was badly shifted away from the original, character-driven plots and pop culture satire to zany, celebrity-driven, try-hard-funny adventures. It also started to concentrate more on how stupid Homer is without probably developing any realism into his antics and the way the characters behave at this point was so out of place that they became kind of parodies to themselves. Sadly however, that was the way they would stay to this day.
Looking at the season, there are some good episodes here and there but nothing completely stands out. The only one capable of this is "Behind the Laughter", which was actually this season's finale, kind of makes you wish that Matt Groening pulled the plug at that point! "Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner?" and "Faith Off" are also decent episodes. However, instead of being occasionally poor episodes like in Seasons 9 and 10, this seasons was littered with bad episodes. I would badly say that they begun to make "crap". "Take My Wife, Sleaze", Saddlesore Galactia", "Last Tap Dance in Springfield", "Eight Misbehavin'" and "Alone Again, Natura-Diddley" were the worst offenders and the Christmas episode "Gift of the Magi" was painfully weak. At the season's nadir, the episode "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge", in which it's ending featured Homer shooting an sleeping dart at Marge in the neck probably summed up to many of us that this isn't the same show anymore. Espicially considered Homer & Marge seven years back riding off into the sunset on a bike in Season 4's "Duffless".
To any old-style Simpsons fan, this would probably be the last one you would want to buy. Season 12 is simply just where we are today and it just got poorer and poorer and poorer and poorer. A shame that the Simpsons have become to this, shows that Matt should have stopped at "Behind the Laugher", that would have been a worthy finale!
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Initial post: 18 May 2010 19:41:18 BDT
Mike S says:
Completley agree other than the fact they kept going cause the recent episodes (season 19 onwards - escpecially season 21) are absoulty brilliant i think, they have sweet endings ('The Devil Wears Nada') like the classics, one you mentioned 'Duffless'. Also the ending to 'Boy meets Curl' is genius. So hopefuly they keep going with this trend, but as for season 11 its got to be in the top 5 poorest seasons i think
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