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Join your friends Bob Mackey and Henry Gilbert for a chronological and cromulent exploration of the greatest show ever made! Each week we're joined by funny guests to tackle a different episode of The Simpsons, breaking down every 22 minutes of animated entertainment into an embiggening discussion about Our Favorite Family. Support us directly at https://Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons
 
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We welcome back once again our pal Drew Mackie from the great Gayest Episode Ever Podcast for a look back an episode full of Homersexuals! Drew helps us navigate the complex love lives of Patty & Selma, not to mention Principal Skinner's own proclivities, plus we deconstruct the first appearance of Groundskeeper Willie, and so much more. So grab so…
 
For this ep of early '90s wealth, we're joined by Chris Wade from the awesome podcasts Chapo Trap House, And Introducing..., and Hell of Presidents! After we discuss the greatness of Danny DeVito, we chat about Homer's discovery of a missing brother who happens to be a rich car manufacturer. Somehow all this leads to Homer ruining Uncie Herb's life…
 
Part two of a celebration of 80s music that’s either outright spooky or Halloween-adjacent. Track listing: 0:00 Art Fine, “Dark Silence” — Apple Music • Spotify • Amazon Music 8:27 Box 20th, “Midnight Horror” 12:20 Trilogy, “Black Devil” — Apple Music • Spotify • Amazon Music 18:25 Steve Doesn’t Drive, “Woman and Car” 25:02 Den Harrow, “Broken Radi…
 
We welcome back podcaster/journalist Dave Schilling--check out his newest podcast Galaxy Brains--as we dig into the world of sports and hunger strikes! Homer learns his baseball team plans to move but no one believes him, so he risks his life on a hunger strike that convinces few people. All that plus the real-life history of the Albuquerque Isotop…
 
The sequel to last year’s Halloween episode, Samantha, is now a two-part special. Also listen to Different Head’s Halloween episodes: Spooky, Midnight Horror and Vol. 75. Track listing (purchase/stream links TK!) 0:00 Toto Coelo, “I Eat Cannibals” — Apple Music • Spotify • Amazon Music 9:17 The Doctor, “Frankenstein” 14:15 Atrium, “Doctor Jekyll” 2…
 
It's the beginning of the month once again, which means it's time for another episode of our community podcast! This time around, we discuss the season 33 premiere, the fate of Fox's prime-time animated lineup, new Simpsons shorts on Disney+, a Moe's Tavern pop-up in a non-fictional Springfield, and more! And, as always, we read and respond to your…
 
This week we're joined for the first time by journalist/podcaster Brendan James, cohost of the brilliant Blowback series, a perfect fit for an episode about American propaganda! Bart and his pals become a boy band to meet N*SYNC, but all that is secondary to a plot that involves the shocking moment of a skyscraper in Manhattan exploding. All that a…
 
No theme is the best theme. These tracks don’t suck. Listen to Katherine’s podcast Smart Mouth. “Seven DJs Share the Weirdest Records in Their Crates.” Track listing: 0:00 Imagination, “Just an Illusion” — Apple Music • Spotify • Amazon Music 9:57 Topo & Roby, “Under the Ice” — Spotify • Amazon Music 15:26 Clio & Kay, “Keep on Dancing” — Apple Musi…
 
Some of you bemoaned the loss of the Singing Mountain Patreon because it also meant the loss of the ”all music, no talk” versions of episodes that I sometimes posted there. Never fear: the files have been recovered, and I will be posting them on the main feed. First up, the ”all music, no talk” version of episode 105, “The End... as a Beginning.” T…
 
We welcome back our friend/video game historian Chris Kohler, this time as we talk about the very first Simpsons game! Way back in early 1991, as season 2 aired, Konami released The Simpsons Arcade Game, featuring Smithers kidnapping Maggie and the family punching dozens of people to get her back. How does it hold up and what bits from the show wer…
 
You’re still driving. It still doesn’t have to be a race. Listed to KVGM, “The Last Wave,” a podcast full of low-key, chilled VGM that you’ll like if you like this episode. Also listen to my previous driving music episodes: Afternoon Drive 1, Moonlight Drive, Sunset Drive, Drive Into the City Track listing: 0:07 On the Rainy Street / Dyna Brothers …
 
It's the beginning of the month, which means it's time once again for the Talking Simpsons Network's community podcast. Listen in and learn all about new Simpsons toys and shoes, the fan-made Hit & Run remake obliterated by lawyers, the Simpsons saying goodbye to Sky One, our pal Kat's interview with Matt Selman, and much more! Plus, as always, we …
 
Happy Labor Day, everyone! As a special bonus, we're giving you a free episode of Talking Futurama to give you a taste of what our Patreon subscribers get over at patreon.com/talkingsimpsons. And it's not just a free episode; it's one of our best—a look at the all-time classic "The Luck of the Fryrish" with special guest Karen Chu of Good Job, Brai…
 
This week we welcome back comedy writer extraordinaire Mike Drucker for an episode all about making television shows! Krusty is set to retire and Sideshow Bob is back to kill him in this ep filled with late '90s references to wanting to be a millionaire and early Dave Chappelle, along with so much more. Listen now before you get hypnotized by a bul…
 
The good news: Singing Mountain is back. The bad news: It’s only coming back for a few more episodes before ending. Due to reasons I explain in the episode, I’ve decided to end this podcast. However, before I do that, I’ll be clearing out the odds and ends that are remaining in the shambles of the planning doc I’ve been making episodes from all thi…
 
This week we welcome back Lindsay Katai, writer for Infinity Train and cohost of the podcast Teen Creeps! She helps us navigate the scary worlds of childhood religious beliefs AND early cable television in this landmark episode of Lisa's battle against Homer's cable addiction. Not only that, but we get the first appearances of Troy McClure and Dred…
 
We're joined once again by Chris Cabin from the podcast We Hate Movies as we discuss one of the weirdest episodes of the show ever! Not only is it full of hostile first acts, aging digital animation, and an ending that's a giant shrug, we also get some Oedipal complex thrown in for good measure. So grab your racket and get ready to surf the net wit…
 
The former U.S.S.R. had its own synthpop and new wave acts, but the Cold War prevented a lot of Americans from hearing how good they were at assembling those 80s music building blocks into cool formations we didn’t get here. Track listing: 0:00 Alyans, “At Dawn (На заре)” — Apple Music • Spotify • Amazon Music 8:18 Forum, “Let’s Call Each Other (Да…
 
As we head back to the 1970s to hear about Homer and Marge falling in love, we're joined by our third member from the band & podcast The Sloppy Boys, writer/director/musician Jeff Dutton! Jeff joins us for an important chapter in Simpsons history, as the family is left with no choice but to do their first flashback episode after their TV set breaks…
 
We're in the dog days of summer 2021, which surprisingly means a whole lot of Simpsons news, including Loki, Comic-Con, and tons more! Plus we talk about some fun new events going on in our lives, what we've been watching for fun, and even reply to some of our favorite Patreon comments. So grab Thor's hammer and listen now! Support this podcast and…
 
For this season 12 episode we're joined by the returning Nick Prueher from Found Footage Festival/VCR Party Live, and this story is eerily similar to Prueher's career. After Bart and Milhouse save Comic Book Guy's life, they run the comic store and start a found film festival. Meanwhile, Comic Book Guy tries to grow as a person which leads to him s…
 
We return to this season 2 classic with the fantastic artist Nina Matsumoto joining us to discuss this episode covering Japanese culture AND bucket lists! Homer eats potentially fatal fish and has to make plans for his final day, as we reflect on this 1991 portrayal of a Japanese restaurant and mortality. Listen now to this fan-fugu-tastic podcast!…
 
The awesome first-time guest Griffin Newman from the podcast Blank Check joins us for a Simpsons featuring the great Michael Keaton! Marge befriends an artistic prisoner, and we talk about how people in prison are portrayed, the show's fun comments on their lack of reality, and chiropractors all in one jam-packed episode. Listen now before there ar…
 
It's the beginning of another month on the Talking Simpsons Network, which means it's time once again for our community podcast! Listen in as we discuss the debut of new Simpsons shoes, the return of the classic 1991 Simpsons arcade game, James L. Brooks' tortured relationship with the Los Angeles Clippers, the end of Conan O'Brien's talk show, and…
 
We welcome back our pal Matt Christman from Chapo Trap House for our return to a landmark episode of The Simpsons! As the total suggests, Bart is injured, he goes to Hell, and then returns to sue Mr. Burns. All of this with the help of the debuting Lionel Hutz and Nick Riviera, making this a very important episode. Listen now before Burns crushes y…
 
We welcome back Andrew Jupin from the awesome We Hate Movies podcast to talk about this crayon-fueled episode! After attending an animation festival, Homer for some reason learns he is stupid because a crayon is shoved into his brain. This leads him to a rollercoaster of emotions disproving divinity and pissing off all of his friends. It all leads …
 
It’s summer, it’s pride and it’s (almost) post-pandemic. I’m celebrating all three of these with an episode I’m hoping sets the tone for the entire season. Special thanks to DJ Eric Pruitt for for suggestions from his playlist tribute to the days of Marilyn’s Back Street. Watch the video for C.C. Catch’s “Cause You Are Young.” Track listing: 0:00 S…
 
This week we return to the world of animation and who better to guide us than a couple of animation creators, returning guest Toby Jones (Regular Show, OK K.O.) and Maddie Queripel (Regular Show, Infinity Train)! As Marge becomes the nemesis of cartoon violence, we talk about art vs influence, the cartoon history this episode reflects, and how much…
 
We celebrate the holidays in the summer with returning pal Eric Szyszka from the We Hate Movies podcast! The kids are trapped in the school, Ned and Homer brave a blizzard, and somehow that leads to jokes about camels and ball sacks. We sort through the weirdest Xmas episode ever on this week's podcast, so listen before it's on your permanent recor…
 
Summer's about to begin, so grab a Long Island Ice Tea and listen along for our monthly community podcast! We chat about all the Simpsons news from May (from Star Wars to Swartzwelder), we preview some of our fun upcoming podcasts, we chat about all our fun adventures in the last month, AND we respond to some of our favorite Patreon comments. So do…
 
We welcome back our old pal Dan Ryckert (from the podcasts for Fire Escape and Panning The Stream) for a story of childish shenanigans! After some fun pro wrestling chat, we delve into the history of classical music, Truckasaurus, Dr. Hibbert, professional stuntmen, the most replayed moment in Simpsons history, and so much more. Listen now before w…
 
This week's season 12 episode is all about films and imitating them, so we're joined by returning favorite Stephen Sajdak, cohost of the great We Hate Movies podcast! As Homer and Bart become experts in grifting, they end up being conned themselves after imitating one trick too many. Somehow that leads to a crazy courtroom trial and an even wackier…
 
Someone said they like my show but they weren’t into the Asian artists I’ve played, so here is an episode with an entire block of Asian artists. Plus some other stuff. Track listing: 0:00 Betty Miranda, “Take Me to the Top” — Apple Music • Spotify 8:43 Eddy Huntington, “Meet My Friend” — Apple Music • Spotify • Amazon Music 14:47 Jennifer Rush, “Ri…
 
We return to Thanksgiving in 1990 to discuss this Simpsons classic with comedy performer/writer/musician/podcaster Tim Kalpakis from the band/podcast The Sloppy Boys! The whole family gets together for a traditional Thanksgiving, but Bart messes it up and evades an apology for the rest of the day as we learn some lessons about food and family. Plus…
 
It's the end of the Fishmas season, which means it's once again time for our monthly community podcast. Listen in as we discuss the passing of yet another member of the Simpsons' creative team, Julio's new voice actor, The Simpsons' recent Morrisey slam, the latest in a long line of episode-specific oral histories, the never-made Krusty spinoff, an…
 
Hey now, it's a preview, of a podcast, 'bout Shrek! Yes, we wanted to share with you Talking Simpsons listeners a preview of our April premium podcast for the Talking Simpsons Network. We cover the 20th anniversary of one of the most influential (and memed) films of the millennium! This month our $10+ Patreon subscribers get to hear us talk about 2…
 
This week's episode is all about online conspiracy theories, and our guest is an expert: Travis View of the investigative podcast QAnon Anonymous! As Homer becomes the unknown arbiter of online rumors, this episode is all about the dangers of bull plop on a then relatively young internet of 2000. Learn how much things have changed and what stayed t…
 
Sixteen songs I totally vouch for and then one that’s about a woman who is actually a cat. Special assist from Sam Pancake, host of a podcast I produce, Sam Pancake Presents the Monday Afternoon Movie. The final track comes Steve, longtime online friend whose own collection of pop culture antiquities, Obscure Video Games, you can see on Twitter and…
 
We all grab our putters for this week's episode as we welcome comedian and writer Mike Hanford from the band/podcast The Sloppy Boys! This is the first major Ned Flanders episode, as Homer becomes much angrier than usual while forcing Bart to play mini-golf. With Lisa's help, Bart finds inner peace and ultimately learns a lesson while Homer and Ned…
 
This week's episode is one of the most controversial Simpsons ever, and we lean upon the insights of returning fave Nick Wiger from the great podcasts Doughboys and How Did This Get Played?! Homer becomes Burns' prank monkey for high pay and low dignity, leading to perhaps the lowest moment in Simpsons history. How does it fare today? How does it r…
 
Thirteen episodes in, this niche 80s mixtape podcast finally features its debut of Sylvester and Valerie Dore. With a major assist from Ryan Capiro. Also listen to the episode of Different Head that gave me this episode’s Simon Byrne track. (Different Head is the podcast that inspired me to make this show, and it is just great in general.) Track li…
 
A special Monday surprise that any Simpsons fan should enjoy! In case you didn't know, our sister podcast to Talking Simpsons is What A Cartoon! Each week we cover a different animated series in-depth with history and scene-by-scene breakdowns. For April Fools we covered the live-action series Get A Life, co-created by Simpsons legend David Mirkin.…
 
What a big month of podcasts we just had, and not to mention a ton of Simpsons news to reflect on. The show got renewed, there was the 700th episode, and controversy about continuity. We'll discuss all that plus some fun teases about some of our future podcasts, we discuss what we played/watched during the month, AND we respond to some of our favor…
 
We head out to the ball game with our returning guest, Podcast: The Ride's Mike Carlson! Mike helps us understand the magic of baseball, the history of small-town mascots, and more in this week's classic episode of Homer becoming a Minor League star. All that plus we try to deconstruct the weird editing of this episode's framing device, all in one …
 
We interrupt your regularly scheduled Talking Simpsons programming with an important announcement: TalKing of the Hill Season Two Season 2 Part 1 has arrived! That's right, we're covering the first half of King of the Hill's second season on a weekly basis, and you can only hear it if you sign up at the $5 level at Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons. And …
 
We're about to do a new TalKing of the Hill podcast miniseries on Patreon, making this the perfect time to interview KotH's Supervising Director Wes Archer! Not only was Wes the first animator ever hired to work on Simpsons during the Ullman days, but Archer is also the creator of the Twister Mouth, director of some of the best episodes in the firs…
 
This week's environmental episode is joined by the returning Kat Bailey, our friend and co-host of the newly relaunched Axe of the Blood God podcast! We cover the ultimate episode about the show punishing Lisa for believing in something, plus we discuss Homer doing a bunch of weird stuff and the career of Joshua Jackson. Listen now or we'll sit in …
 
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