To help celebrate Entertainment Weekly‘s 20th anniversary (one more year and we can finally drink booze!), the writers and editors have carefully curated a list of the 100 greatest characters in pop-culture over the last 20 years. Whether the fictional women, men, ogres, muppets, babies, and cartoon rockers who made our list were initially created before 1990 didn’t matter so long as they made a lasting impact in the culture after 1990. Some characters were so inseparable in our minds and hearts — like a certain highly articulate TV mother and daughter, for example — that we simply listed them together. (Hey, it’s our list, so we get to make the rules.) Rest assured, we carefully deliberated, debated, argued, and bickered over who would make the cut and where they deserved to be ranked; after you take a look at our list, please feel free to do the same in the comments. READ FULL STORY
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Maybe it’s because it’s Friday. Or maybe I’m just feeling a little nostalgic for the mid-1990s today. But when I read the news that the Planet of the Apes prequel is moving forward, I couldn’t help but wonder: How long do we have to wait to see The Simpsons‘ Planet of the Apes musical head to the big screen?
Okay, I’m only half joking. But I would argue that Troy McClure’s finest hour in 1996’s “A Fish Called Selma” trumps all five Planet of the Apes films. Of course, that could be because, as is the case with many films, I saw The Simpsons episode before I saw the Charlton Heston classic. So when I finally did check out the 1968 film — and its sequels — I could hardly pay attention to the plot with “Dr. Zaius” running on a loop through my brain. I can’t help it, guys! It’s a catchy song! (See it — with Spanish dialogue! — after the jump.)
Now we know we know the musical will never have a place on the big screen without its leading man, voiced by the late great Phil Hartman. But come on, fellow Simpsons fans — it’s really tough to even think of Planet of the Apes without starting to hum “Dr. Zaius,” right? (Can we at least see it on Broadway?!) Sing it with me: “‘Can I play the piano anymore?’ ‘Of course you can!’ ‘Well, I couldn’t before!'”
P.S. And I would never fail to also acknowledge the genius of “Chimpan-A To Chimpan-Z.” But I will not include the lyrics for those who haven’t seen Planet of the Apes. It’s filled with spoilers! (Same with the Spanish-language video below!) READ FULL STORY
Ha, Ginger-ly. Anyone catch The Simpsons‘ subtle chalkboard shout-out to South Park last night? “Simpsons did it!” So did Jon Stewart. Which show will come out in support of last week’s heavily censored South Park next? It’s gotta be House. A Danish wind turbine will huff and puff and blow the words right onto that white board in between “Lupus?” and a rough sketch of Cuddy’s ass.
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Better make sure those boughs of holly are perfectly arranged: Martha Stewart will play herself on a Yuletide-themed episode of The Simpsons, EW.com has learned. “Marge Simpson receives a nighttime visit from the most powerful force in the universe who teaches her the true meaning of Christmas: Martha Stewart,” teases Simpsons executive producer Al Jean. He adds that when the media empress flies to the Simpsons’ house in the dream sequence, “she cuts off Santa Claus and yells at him, ‘I bring joy to more people!’” The episode — titled “The Fight Before Christmas” and written by Dan Castellaneta (Homer!) and his wife, Deb Lacusta — is slated to air on Fox in December.
Best in Show bracket is down to the final four: Community, The Simpsons, Lost and Burn Notice. Fight!Hulu’s
The drama bracket seems pretty tied up — it’s got to be Lost. But the comedy showdown is less settled: Freshman series Community beat out Glee, Modern Family, and Parks and Recreation to land in the comedy finals, while the The Simpsons took on American Dad, Family Guy and Castle. So which comedy should win? READ FULL STORY
Every few years, pop culture and linguistics fans are treated to some version of the same story: The Simpsons has affected the English language. D’oh is in the dictionary, a scientist used the term “embiggen” in a research paper, etc. These are perfectly cromulent stories (easy, but I had to use it), but they ignore what to me is the single biggest contribution: yoink.
What else can you say when you accept someone’s offer of a chip, and you have to reach your hand in the bag? Or when someone hands you cash in an otherwise nontransactional setting? Or when you faux-steal something from someone, say, the sock of their foot as you walk by the couch? You say “yoink.”
(Some suggest that the term originated on this episode of The Flinstones, but it sure doesn’t sound that way to me.)
What’s your overlooked Simpsonsism, PopWatchers? (“Meh” and the rest of the usual suspects don’t count.)
Last night’s new episode of The Simpsons featured a House spoof brought to you by Itchy & Scratchy: Mouse, M.D. I love the soothing reprise of Massive Attack’s “Teardrop” as Dr. Mouse abandons very reasonable catpatient-of-the-week solutions like “acid enema” and “go through wallet” in favor of following his own light-bulb instincts. Press play below. There will be violence.
The facial scruff on that mouse is really doing it for me. Anyone else?
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“Without Homer, I’m a broom without a stone.” Everyone suffering from Olympics Fever (weakly raises hand) should try to catch Sunday night’s episode of The Simpsons, in which Homer and Marge casually take up curling and become good enough to compete in Vancouver (of course), on Hulu. There were too many Games-related gems to mention here (though I’ll try: Homer’s imagined Winter Olympics event wherein Santa dives into a block of ice and penguins score him, a stony-faced Team Sweden, “Chillbert,” the 1924 Chamonix mascot named “Ennui,” and Bart’s imagined 2014 mascot named “Fatov, Russian Spirit of Sloth and Alcoholism”), so instead I will list….
5 THINGS YOU WERE ALREADY THINKING ABOUT THE OLYMPICS THAT ‘THE SIMPSONS’ WENT AHEAD AND BROUGHT TO LIGHT/GOLD-MEDAL GLORY
On figure skating — Marge: “Ooh! A sport that encourages hand-holding!”
On curling — Homer: “What, so they come here to clean the ice?” / Bart and Lisa: “Is curling a real thing? Or a cover story for a grownup thing we’re not allowed to know about?” READ FULL STORY
Super Bowl XLIV is in the books, and while New Orleans’ come-from-behind triumph over Indianapolis was a thriller, Kim Kardashian’s team of choice was not the only winner on the evening. Indeed, the Super Bowl telecast featured more than 50 national advertisements — and at CBS’ premium prices for a 30-second spot, the need to get positive attention was more pronounced than you’d see in a week-long marathon of SuperNanny episodes. Some ads succeeded, some floundered, and some made us feel the burn of bile in our throats (combined with the distinctive flavor or cream-cheese-n-chili dip)…so without further ado, my picks for the five best and worst ads of the night. READ FULL STORY
CBS is banking on a post-Bowl slot to launch its new reality series Undercover Boss, the first new show to land the plum gig since since drama Extreme in 1995. Never heard of it? Join the club.
In the last few years, networks have used the slot to boost existing shows’ profiles: The Office, House, Criminal Minds, Grey’s Anatomy. It’s not a bad strategy — proven shows pull in big ratings. An hour-long Friends that aired after Super Bowl XXX was seen by more than 52 million people; around 45 million watched the season premiere of Survivor: The Australian Outback in 2001;and 38 million watched what was probably the best Grey’s Anatomy episode ever, which aired in 2006.
Once upon a time, though, the lead-out from the Super Bowl was total pilot territory: Airwolf, MacGruder and Loud, The Last Precinct, Hard Copy (not the tabloid news one, a scripted drama), Grand Slam, and Davis Rules all debuted in the slot but then met quick deaths. (Airwolf hung on for a little while but…yeesh.) It wasn’t all bad, though: The A-Team premiered after Super Bowl XVII and became a huge hit, as did The Wonder Years, whose debut followed XXII. Most surprisingly? Homicide: Life on the Street was a post-Super Bowl pilot, too. It’s tough to imagine that happening today, but 1993 was a strange time, I guess. Fox launched both Family Guy and American Dad in post-Super Bowl slots, too, but not directly after the game; a new Simpsons aired before the Seth MacFarlane shows.
I’m partial to existing shows getting the lead-out spot: It’s a chance for a series to do something wildly special or different or huge. What about you, PopWatchers? Do you want an existing favorite to get the megaspotlight, or do you crave the unknown?
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