20.1 Sex, Pies and Idiot ScrapesNow that Newsarama is covering favorite genre shows, I'm the lucky stiff who gets to cover one of the greatest television shows of all time: "The Simpsons." Coverage begins with the 20th season premiere, which aired Sunday night. The episode started on a high note with a Boba Fett gag, which is probably now in my top three couch intros.
The episode begins with a St. Patrick Day's parade that Mayor Quimby has directed to be without alcohol. A riot soon bursts out as the North and South Irish have a parade on the same day, converging at an intersection. Comic fans may have noticed the Hulk fighting the Thing in the crowd. During the riot, Marge's cupcakes get nabbed by "urchins" and she meets Patrick-- a baker that owns, unbeknownst to Marge, an erotic cake bakery. Also during the riot, Homer gets arrested and finds a new career after meeting bail bondsman Lucky Jim (voiced by Robert Forster) and Wolf, the bounty hunter. Homer soon finds a willing partner in his next door neighbor, Ned Flanders, forming "Friends Catching Fiends."
The duo are an unstoppable force until Ned realizes that Homer doesn't always play by the rules. After breaking up, Ned discovers he has one last bounty job -- to bring his former pal to justice. It seems in classic Homer-fashion, Homer has missed his court date stemming from the St. Patrick's Day arrest. Ned and Homer somewhat duke it out in a construction site and Ned almost falls to his doom, until Homer remembers the good times via a scene akin to the Adam West "Batman" intro and the two make amends.
In the beginning, The Simpsons were about the family unit, then Bartmania hit the nation and the show slowly became about him. Eventually, the creative team realized they were writing a cartoon and plots became more outlandish and unrealistic, instead of being a run-of-the-mill sitcom. I enjoy Simpsons when they do their own style of humor. Recently they've done more "Family Guy" gags with pop culture references here and there that just take away the originality from their cast. This episode is a decent start to the season, but we all know when the Simpsons are at their funniest is when they are by themselves without the use of superheroes (excluding Pieman and the Cupcake Kid) and movie snippets and references.So, did the Simpsons still tickle your funny bone 20 years later? Sound off below!