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'The Simpsons' Takes On 'Orange Is The New Black'

5/21/2016 9:04am EDT
Weekend TV Guide: 'The Simpsons' Takes On 'Orange Is The New Bla
The Simpsons are giving audiences their take on Orange Is The New Black in Sunday's 27th season finale, appropriately called "Orange Is The New Yellow."

Marge Simpson (voiced by Julie Kavner) gets sent to prison for leaving Bart (Nancy Cartwright) at the park unsupervised, and naturally Homer (Dan Castellaneta) realizes that he can't run the Simpson household without her. Below is a sneak peek from the episode:

What else is worth watching on television this weekend? Check out more of our picks in the Weekend TV Guide.


All The Way (HBO, 8 p.m.): TV audiences get their chance t...

TV Guide: Ricky Gervais Hosts Golden Globes, 'Shameless' Returns

1/10/2016 9:02am EST
Sunday TV Guide: Ricky Gervais Hosts Golden Globes, 'Shameless'
Sunday's TV programming schedule is dominated by the 73rd Golden Globe Awards, which see The Office creator/star Ricky Gervais hosting for the first time since 2012. If you're not watching NBC's three-hour special to see who wins (or if Gervais will get a less mixed reaction than he did before), here are some of the other shows airing new episodes tonight.

The Simpsons, "Teenage Mutant Milk-Caused Hurdles" (FOX, 8 p.m.): Bart tries to win over a new teacher at Springfield Elementary (voiced by Modern Family star Sofia Vergara), while Homer buys a new brand of milk that has an adverse effec...

Sunday TV Guide: 'The Simpsons,' 'Downton Abbey' Premieres

1/3/2016 9:02am EST
Sunday TV Guide: 'The Simpsons,' 'Downton Abbey' Premieres
This Sunday's TV options include FOX rolling out new episodes of its comedy programming starting with a new episode of The Simpsons and PBS returning with an entire night consisting of Downton Abbey. Below are tonight's TV highlights:

The Simpsons, "The Girl Code" (8 p.m., FOX, midseason premiere): America's longest running animated family resumes their 27th season. Homer gets fired from Springfield Nuclear Power Plant again and returns to a previous job as the dishwasher at a Greek restaurant, while daughter Lisa tries to create an app that predicts the effects of what you post on social ...

Is Smithers Finally Coming Out?

9/29/2015 8:49am EDT
'The Simpsons' Smithers Will Finally Tell Mr. Burns That He's Ga
It's news that will surprise no one except the one person that matters.

In a recent interview with TVLine, 'Simpsons' showrunner Al Jean revealed an upcoming plot development regarding Waylon Smithers, the longtime assistant to businessman Mr. Burns. Jean said that Smithers will finally tell his boss that he's gay.

"In Springfield now, most people know he's gay, but obviously Burns doesn't," Jean said. "We deal with that in two episodes."

Jean gave the interview while promoting Season 27 of the long-running cartoon, which premiered this past Sunday.

Many Simpsons fans pegged Smithers as...

Homer And Marge Headed For Divorce?

6/10/2015 5:01pm EDT
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D'oh -- Homer and Marge Simpson are separating!

The Executive Producer of hit Fox animated series The Simpsons has revealed some of the new storylines for the upcoming season, and the big news is that everyone's favorite couple is headed from Springfield to Splitsville after nearly three decades.

The show's executive producer, Al Jean, told that the 27th season of the show will feature appearances from the cast of HBO's Girls, along with other special guests and the return of a few characters fans haven't seen in a while.

"In the premiere, it's discovered after all the years ...

Harry Shearer Leaving Over 100 'Simpsons' Characters Voiceless

5/14/2015 1:17pm EDT
Harry Shearer
Prolific character actor Harry Shearer is leaving The Simpsons after 26 seasons and voicing over 100 different characters on the long-running Fox series.

The show was recently extended for another two seasons and Shearer was the lone holdout amongst the cast, who have all extended their contracts, according to

The actor, who also plays bass in spoof rock group Spinal Tap, reportedly had issues with parts of his contract having to do with merchandising, among other things.

Shearer voiced such iconic characters as Mr. Burns and his assistant Smithers, Principal Skinner, the quirky...

Woo-Hoo! Guess Which Animated Series Just Got Renewed?

5/5/2015 11:15am EDT
Animated Sitcom 'The Simpsons' Renewed For 2 More Record Breakin
Doh! “The Simpsons” is returning for two more seasons to Fox.

The longest-running scripted series in television history has been picked up for a remarkable seasons 27 and 28, as announced by Fox on Monday.

This will bring the series to a record-breaking 625 episodes total.

“The Simpsons” premiered in 1989 and has since won 31 Emmy's, became the first animated show to win a Peabody Award and was nominated for an Oscar in 2012 for the theatrical short “The Longest Daycare.”

The series was also honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2000.

Currently in its 26th season, the sh...

'Simpsons' Co-Creator Dead At 59

3/10/2015 8:25am EDT
Emmy Winning 'Simpsons' Co-Creator Dies After Cancer Battle
Nine-time Emmy winner Sam Simon, co-creator of “The Simpsons,” died Sunday of colorectal cancer at his home in Los Angeles, his reps confirmed. He was 59 years old.

Simon was diagnosed with terminal cancer in late 2012.

“Simpsons” showrunner Al Jean also confirmed the news with a tweet on Monday.

.@thesimpsons #everysimpsonsever Just heard terrible news of death of @simonsam. A great man; I owe him everything.

— Al Jean (@AlJean) March 9, 2015

Simon won seven Emmy Awards for “The Simpsons." In 1989 he developed “The Simpsons” with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks. Simon co-wrote n...

People's Choice Awards Winners And Highlights

1/8/2015 8:36am EST
'Big Bang Theory,' 'Grey's Anatomy' Win Big At People's Choice A
"The Big Bang Theory" and "Grey's Anatomy" were some of the biggest winners at the 2015 People's Choice Awards on Wednesday night in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theater.

Long-running medical drama "Grey's Anatomy" took home the most trophies, including Favorite Network TV Drama, Favorite Dramatic TV Actor and Actress for Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo. Former cast member Sandra Oh was named the Favorite TV Character We Miss Most.

"The Big Bang Theory" also cleaned up, winning awards for Favorite TV Show, Favorite Network TV Comedy, and Favorite Comedic TV Actress for Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting.

The Goriest Deaths You Won't Believe They Got Away With On Network TV

1/4/2015 4:00pm EST
The Goriest Deaths You Won't Believe They Got Away With On Netwo
TV used to have rules. On pay cable- your HBOs, your Cinemaxes- anything and everything is fair play.

Want to turn a TV show into softcore porn? Watch a man's skull pop in the grip of a man-mountain? Replace an entire scene's worth of dialogue with nothing but F-bombs?

Go for it. It's pay cable- no one can stop you.

But the other TV stations- the kinder, gentler ones that don't cost a bundle on top of your normal cable bill each month- those are supposed to tone down the violence.

Not anymore. Now, the same network that once brought you "Friends" brings an assembly line of severed faces...

8 Great TV Moments From 2014

12/10/2014 2:04pm EST
Best TV Moments Of 2014: From 'The Good Wife' To 'The Newsroom'
2014 has been another interesting year for television, whether you're talking about the arrival of a new series or the reinvention of an existing hit show. There's been no shortage of buzzworthy happenings on the small screen, across all kinds of channels and genres, and they deserve a little applause.

It's time once again to recognize the best TV moments of the year and the people who made those moments happen. Below, we've selected the eight moments that still have us talking weeks or even months after they aired, in chronological order.

SPOILER ALERT - If you're not caught up on the cu...

'Family Guy' Season 13 Premiere: 'The Simpsons Guy' Was A Little Weird

9/30/2014 3:11pm EDT
'Family Guy' Season 13 Premiere: 'The Simpsons Guy' Was A Little
That was... interesting.

The crossover episode between Family Guy and The Simpsons was an interesting idea that could have had a lot of promise - and before we get into it here, the episode was not bad by any means - it was just weird.

The writers at Family guy clearly made a huge effort to please The Simpsons` audience by proving on a number of occasions that The Simpsons has been a far more successful show for a lot longer than Family Guy. Even during the final 'fight scene' between Peter and Homer there was a direct reference to the awards literally being thrown in Peter's face by Hom...

'The Simpson's' Big Death On Season 26 Premiere Is [Spoiler]

9/29/2014 9:18am EDT
'The Simpson's' Big Death On Season 26 Premiere Is [Spoiler]
[Warning, SPOILER ALERT: Season 26 premiere episode of FOX's "The Simpsons" ]

It was the premiere that was dreaded for months by fans of the long-running FOX animated series, "The Simpsons." In an episode titled "Clown in the Dumps" Krusty the Clown's FATHER, Rabbi Hyman Krustofsky was killed, despite the fact that the big character death was originally rumored to be Krusty himself.

At the Television Critics Association press tour series creator Al Jean stated, “I didn’t say I was killing Krusty…I didn’t say I wasn’t.”

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter prior to the episode's p...

'Simpsons' Marathon Smashes Records On FXX

8/23/2014 2:30pm EDT
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Running a 12-day marathon of "The Simpsons" has been a lucrative move for FXX.

The network launched an ultramarathon of the animated program on Thursday, and the first day (filled with 34 episodes) smashed rating records for the cable network, which launched last year, according to the LA Times.

During prime time, over 1 million viewers tuned in, a fivefold increase, according to Nielsen.

FXX president of program strategy Chuck Saftler said in a statement: "We knew that 'The Simpsons' could be transformative for FXX and its performance yesterday truly exceeded our wildest expectations." ...

5 Best Television Shows To Waste A Half Hour Watching

8/22/2014 12:09pm EDT
5 Best Television Shows To Waste A Half Hour Watching
In honor of FXX's marathon of all 552 episodes of The Simpsons, which began yesterday and runs through September 1, we've put together a list of our favorite shows to waste a half-hour watching. They're those programs that you can tune to when you've only got a little time and always enjoy yourself. From Springfield to the United Kingdom, here are our six picks for half-hour escapes.

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Whether you're still a devoted fan or don't watch as much as you used to, chances are you've still got dozens of fond memories from The Simpsons. There's Homer falling down Springfield Gorge, Ma...

Petter Griffin And Homer Simpson Duke It Out In 'Family Guy'-'Simpsons' Crossover Preview

7/28/2014 12:08pm EDT
Petter Griffin And Homer Simpson Duke It Out In 'Family Guy'-'Si
One would assume Peter Griffin and Homer Simpson, the patriarchs of Family Guy and The Simpsons, could easily be best buddies. However, a debate over beer has the two FOX characters trading blows in a five-minute preview that aired at Comic-Con.

The two FOX stars and their families appear to hit it off at first, sharing donuts and prank calls (which leads to Stewie making an unfortunate rape joke). Peter also manages to include Homer in one of Family Guy's infamous cutaway gags, where the two are World War I aces and have to "carry" Bob from Bob's Burgers.

However, things sour when Home...

The 10 Most Annoying TV Kids Of All Time!

7/24/2014 2:00pm EDT
The 10 Most Annoying TV Kids Of All Time!
Character-driven storylines are the life breath of any avid television watcher. The more interesting, the better. Still, in order to flesh out a main character, several sub characters need to be added. Often times, they are younger. Unless there are substantial reasons why a particular child character is added to a new or existing show, they fall by the wayside, not pushing the plot forward and often, holding it back. These television kids all have one thing in common, their presence on their shows is ultimately annoying.

1. Joffrey Baratheon, Game of Thrones

Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) mi...

We Guess Which Simpsons Character Will Die During The 26th Season Premiere

7/21/2014 2:01pm EDT
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The Simpsons producers have been teasing the death of a prominent character for the premiere of the show's 26th season, and during a recent panel at the Television Critics Association tour they dropped a few more hints on who the character could be.

We first heard of the upcoming death last October, when producer Al Jean said, "I'll give you a clue that the actor playing the character won an Emmy for playing that character, but I won't say who it is." The joke was that multiple voice actors won Emmys for their work on The Simpsons. The show then took a break promoting the idea, in respect ...

10 Hilarious Cartoons Not Just for Kids

6/8/2014 10:00am EDT
10 Hilarious Cartoons Not Just for Kids
With Fox's The Simpsons now well into its third decade on the air, it's been established for a while that animated television shows can appeal to the masses or even be aimed squarely at adult viewers.

From the antics of Peter Griffin to the adventures of Kyle, Stan, Cartman and Kenny, there are plenty of great shows that lull you in with the cartoon animation you watched as a kid, only to wallop you over the head with their over-the-top adult humor.

Here are 10 of our favorite cartoons aimed at adult audiences.

The Critic

We'll start our list with one of our personal favorites that ...

Fall TV 2014: A Night By Night Comparison Of What May And May Not Work

5/15/2014 2:40pm EDT
Fall TV 2014: A Night By Night Comparison Of What May And May No
Now that all the big networks have revealed what they’ll be showing us this fall, let’s take a look at what may or may not work.


ABC is essentially playing it safe, and keeping Sunday Night intact. American Crime will swap for Resurrection at midseason. Resurrection was a buzzy drama that started seeing a ratings decline. Not waiting till midseason is probably a smart move. You don’t want to lose any more audience. It’s not a winning strategy, but ABC just doesn’t want to be in last place.

NBC has football, another super safe move. CBS is shaking things up, banishing Amazing Race...

'The Simpsons' Get The Lego Treatment In 550th Episode (Watch The Trailer)

5/1/2014 10:57pm EDT
The Simpsons LEGO episode
Producers of The Simpsons are marking the show's milestone 550th episode with Legos in an episode titled, "Brick Like Me."

In the new episode, Homer wakes up where everything is made of Legos and he has to figure out how to get back to reality.

Everything in Springfield is now made of bricks, and when he goes to The Android's Dungeon & Baseball Card Shop, owned by Comic Book Guy, to purchase a toy for daughter Lisa, he has a vision of normality when he touches the box. Homer begins hallucinating and starts seeing himself normally in mirrors and reflections while dealing with the difficult...

9 Spin-Off Shows That Were Real Hits

4/15/2014 4:00pm EDT
9 Spin-Off Shows That Were Real Hits
Remember what it was like when you were dedicated to one show only, you never missed an episode and hoped your favorite characters (or personalities) would get their turn in the spotlight? Well that did happen to these classic spin-offs, who found their niche in television history and rightly remain some of the most unique and diverse group of programming ever made for television.

1. "The Simpsons"

(Spun off of "The Tracey Ullman Show")

"The Simpsons" was a cartoon short utilized in the series "The Tracey Ullman Show" during its run from 1987-1990. The show took on a life of its own i...

25 Best Moments From 'The Simpsons'

3/9/2014 2:00pm EDT
25 Best Moments From 'The Simpsons'
It’s hard to believe that "The Simpsons” have been providing television viewers with 25 years of biting satire and top notch TV comedy. Never proving redundant or stale even after the passage of the series’ early golden years, "The Simpsons" still proves to be a highly relevant voice in pop culture today, one that equally influences and parodies the latest trends in entertainment and culture. But even after 25 years on the air, there are still some key Simpsons' moments that prove to be the shining pinnacle of the series’ work, so hilarious and irreverent that they’re still as fresh and fun...

The Simpsons To Get Lego Treatment In May Episode

2/17/2014 12:03pm EST
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Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie will look very different in May when The Simpsons debut an episode made out of Lego pieces.

FOX announced the 550th episode, set for a May 4 airing, will be titled "Brick Like Me" and will have the entire town of Springfield "Lego-ized."

The tagline for the episode reads, "Homer wakes up in a world where his family and everyone in Springfield are made of Legos. Will he be able to 'put together' how he got there and how to get back home before he's stuck in the brick world forever?"

The announcement comes hot off the heels of another successful weekend...

Blu-Ray Spotlight: 'Doctor Who,' 'Futurama,' 'Simpsons,' 'Star Trek,' 'Wolverine'

12/8/2013 4:06pm EST
If you're a fan of the sci-fi genre, you've had a great few weeks in the home video department. Doctor Who, Futurama, The Simpsons, Star Trek: The Next Generation and The Wolverine have all hit Blu-Ray since November. Here are our capsule reviews of all the new releases, so you can decide which ones deserve a place on your shelf. All hail the Hypnotoad!

Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor

Just a few weeks after its global simulcast and special theatrical release, BBC Home Entertainment has made the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special available in a Blu-Ray 3D/Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack. The pri...

'The Simpsons' To Air On FXX In 2014

11/16/2013 10:00am EST
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FXX has secured exclusive rights to air "The Simpsons" on cable and VOD starting next year. FXX landed the longest-running scripted series in television history after a fierce bidding war involving a reported five other cable networks.

FX president John Landgraf said in a statement: "The Simpsons is indisputably one of the greatest shows in television history. We are honored to have it associated with FX Networks and FXX."

Starting in August 2014, FXX will play every season of "The Simpsons," excluding those airing in their first run on FOX. 

20th Century Fox TV Chairmen and CEOs Gary Ne...

Bart Pays Tribute To Marcia Wallace In Sad 'Simpsons' Opening

11/4/2013 4:08pm EST
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The Simpsons left a touching note to voice actress Marcia Wallace, who died October 25 at the age of 70.

Wallace voiced Bart's elementary teacher Edna Krabappel, so it was suiting that the bad boy wrote, "We'll really miss you Mrs. K." during his weekly blackboard gag. It was a few sweet moments dedicated to the woman before the show went on.

Ironically, the show killed off another character during the episode. Simpsons producers teased audiences with the death, saying someone would die that was voiced by a cast member with an Emmy award (the joke being that all of the main cast members h...

Guillermo Del Toro Packs The Horror References Into 'Simpsons' Couch Gag Opening (Watch It!)

10/7/2013 1:04pm EDT
The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror Guillermo del Toro opening
Director Guillermo del Toro created the opening "Couch Gag" for this year's 24th annual Halloween-themed "Treehouse of Horror" episode of The Simpsons, and it's nothing short of an animation masterpiece.

The director paid homage to countless horror movies and weaved in scenes from his own films, such as Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy and his more recent Pacific Rim.

Del Toro was originally approached by producers of the show to make a simple guest appearance or to come up with a basic opening credit scene, but instead he went all the way with his near three minute gag.

“I really wanted to land...

Trending: Major Character On 'The Simpsons' To Be Killed Off, Kimberly Perry Engaged To Blue Jays Catcher

10/2/2013 10:01am EDT
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A "major character" on "The Simpsons" will be killed off within the next year. The show's producer, Al Jean confirmed the news and only gave one clue about who it could possibly be: the actor who voices the character won an Emmy for playing that character. That narrows it down to about the entire main cast since they've all won Emmys for the show. Our guesses are pictured above and below. (story)

Singer Kimberly Perry, of The Band Perry, is engaged to Toronto Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia. The couple got engaged on her parents' property in Greeneville, Tenn., on Monday. The couple met i...

'The Simpsons' Bosses Plan To Kill Off Major Character

10/1/2013 5:00pm EDT
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A major character is going to be killed on the upcoming season of "The Simpsons."

The Sun Times quotes executive producer Al Jean as saying: "I'll give you a clue that the actor playing the character won an Emmy for playing that character, but I won't say who it is."

Actors Dan Castellaneta and Hank Azaria have lent their voices to so many Simpsons characters and have won multiple Emmys for their work, so it's tricky to guess which character is on the chopping block. In fact, nearly all the major voice actors have brought home Emmy awards.

It isn't the first time the animated series is h...