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The Simpsons and Beatles collab thoughts:
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Hello! I may be a super, super, super, super, super, super, super, super, super, super, super, super, super, super, super, super, crazy fan of the Beatles,but the Simpsons rule my heart too. After watching every Simpson/Beatles collab episodes, I decided to do this:

Feel free to write down your fave Beatles scenes on Simpson episodes, talk about them, and connect!

Also don’t agree with Ned Flanders: The Beatles were and are impeccable but not greater than Jesus Christ.

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Ranking from best to least best, the greatest Beatle guest appearance episodes were and are:

1) “Brush With Greatness” (Homer tries to lose weight, while Marge is commissioned to paint a flattering portrait of Mr. Burns; and almost gives up until receiving encouragement from Ringo Starr )

2) “Lisa The Vegetarian” (Lisa tries hard to maintain her newfound vegetarian beliefs in the face of ridicule from friends and family alike, and almost gives up until receiving encouragement from Paul McCartney , and also Linda)

3) “Homer’s Barbershop Quartet” (An allegorical retelling of The Beatles’ own story, using a farcical framework that finds Homer forming a barbershop harmony quartet in 1980s Springfield rather than a Merseybeat quartet in 1960s Liverpool. This time its Homer who receives the encouragement, from George Harrison at the Grammy Awards ceremony, although Homer’s ultimately more excited by discovering a backstage tray full of brownies. By far the most Beatley of the three episodes starring one of the Fabs, I nevertheless consider this my least favorite of the three, if only because it’s really just another parody of The Beatles story, a not-terribly-original idea that was done most definitively and funniest by the Rutles 15 years earlier.)

 

[As for that episode where Bart and Milhouse discover Flanders’ collection of Beatle memorabilia, I really can’t say much of anything about it, because I only saw it once, and that was like 15-20 years ago, and the show was already years past its prime at that point, and Flanders was a stupid joke of a character by that point too; and why the hell would super-Christian Flanders even be a Beatles fan considering the “more popular than Jesus” stuff?? and ohmygosh I really have nothing good to say about that episode, or any Simpsons episode after 1999-2000 or so; so it’s a good thing I recall nothing about that one, except that it exists.]

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GEORGE: In fact, The Detroit Sound. JOHN: In fact, yes. GEORGE: In fact, yeah. Tamla-Motown artists are our favorites. The Miracles. JOHN: We like Marvin Gaye. GEORGE: The Impressions PAUL & GEORGE: Mary Wells. GEORGE: The Exciters. RINGO: Chuck Jackson. JOHN: To name but eighty. 

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And as long as the thread exists, let me make mention of an episode that’s got not one but two Beatles references within, despite a plot not being at all Beatle-centric in any way:

“Like Father, Like Clown” finds Krusty The Klown suffering terrible guilt and depression over his unresolved childhood issues with his Orthodox Jewish father, a well-respected Rabbi with nothing but contempt for his son’s choice of baggy-pants showbiz as a profession. The Beatles nods are:

1) A posed photo in Krusty’s office of himself meeting the boys in their early collarless suits

2) Krusty visiting the Simpson household, and reluctant to return home to his own lonely apartment, locates and pops in a VHS copy of “The Concert For Bangladesh” so as to forcibly extend his visit even further. (Sitar music is heard from the tape, and of course Ravi Shankar also appeared on Krusty’s own show on a different occasion, but that’s beyond the scope of this post.)

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Paul: Yeah well… first of all, we’re bringing out a ‘Stamp Out Detroit’ campaign.

         

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vonbontee said
Ranking from best to least best, the greatest Beatle guest appearance episodes were and are:

1) “Brush With Greatness” (Homer tries to lose weight, while Marge is commissioned to paint a flattering portrait of Mr. Burns; and almost gives up until receiving encouragement from Ringo Starr )

2) “Lisa The Vegetarian” (Lisa tries hard to maintain her newfound vegetarian beliefs in the face of ridicule from friends and family alike, and almost gives up until receiving encouragement from Paul McCartney , and also Linda)

3) “Homer’s Barbershop Quartet” (An allegorical retelling of The Beatles’ own story, using a farcical framework that finds Homer forming a barbershop harmony quartet in 1980s Springfield rather than a Merseybeat quartet in 1960s Liverpool. This time its Homer who receives the encouragement, from George Harrison at the Grammy Awards ceremony, although Homer’s ultimately more excited by discovering a backstage tray full of brownies. By far the most Beatley of the three episodes starring one of the Fabs, I nevertheless consider this my least favorite of the three, if only because it’s really just another parody of The Beatles story, a not-terribly-original idea that was done most definitively and funniest by the Rutles 15 years earlier.)

 

[As for that episode where Bart and Milhouse discover Flanders’ collection of Beatle memorabilia, I really can’t say much of anything about it, because I only saw it once, and that was like 15-20 years ago, and the show was already years past its prime at that point, and Flanders was a stupid joke of a character by that point too; and why the hell would super-Christian Flanders even be a Beatles fan considering the “more popular than Jesus” stuff?? and ohmygosh I really have nothing good to say about that episode, or any Simpsons episode after 1999-2000 or so; so it’s a good thing I recall nothing about that one, except that it exists.]

  

vonbontee, I agree with you! (Except with your last comment, yet we all have our opinions) Brush with greatness was the best, Ringo is my favorite Beatle, and I love how they added Ringo scrolling through his old fan-mail from the ’60s.

One thing that does not make sense is, Ringo’s wife from the ’60s (Maureen-Mo-Starkey) answered any fan-mail he received, but I guess she couldn’t have answered it all, but is was a funny addition to “Brush with greatness”. Don’t you think?

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vonbontee said
Ranking from best to least best, the greatest Beatle guest appearance episodes were and are:

1) “Brush With Greatness” (Homer tries to lose weight, while Marge is commissioned to paint a flattering portrait of Mr. Burns; and almost gives up until receiving encouragement from Ringo Starr )

2) “Lisa The Vegetarian” (Lisa tries hard to maintain her newfound vegetarian beliefs in the face of ridicule from friends and family alike, and almost gives up until receiving encouragement from Paul McCartney , and also Linda)

3) “Homer’s Barbershop Quartet” (An allegorical retelling of The Beatles’ own story, using a farcical framework that finds Homer forming a barbershop harmony quartet in 1980s Springfield rather than a Merseybeat quartet in 1960s Liverpool. This time its Homer who receives the encouragement, from George Harrison at the Grammy Awards ceremony, although Homer’s ultimately more excited by discovering a backstage tray full of brownies. By far the most Beatley of the three episodes starring one of the Fabs, I nevertheless consider this my least favorite of the three, if only because it’s really just another parody of The Beatles story, a not-terribly-original idea that was done most definitively and funniest by the Rutles 15 years earlier.)

 

[As for that episode where Bart and Milhouse discover Flanders’ collection of Beatle memorabilia, I really can’t say much of anything about it, because I only saw it once, and that was like 15-20 years ago, and the show was already years past its prime at that point, and Flanders was a stupid joke of a character by that point too; and why the hell would super-Christian Flanders even be a Beatles fan considering the “more popular than Jesus” stuff?? and ohmygosh I really have nothing good to say about that episode, or any Simpsons episode after 1999-2000 or so; so it’s a good thing I recall nothing about that one, except that it exists.]

  

PS> You typed this on Ringo’s 84th birthday

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I’d opt for the Barbershop Quartet episode because of how the creators turned their own sense of comedy on it; some of the jokes are beyond brilliant. That George is in it as well does me. Ringo and then Paul after that, I never found ‘Lisa The Vegetarian’ that endearing, mainly as Lisa is so irritating. 

 

The Simpsons lost it’s watchability in about season 9 but had enough little bits to keep going into 10 at which point it died. It’s sad seeing episodes nowadays as the show is so dire. Heck, it’s sad seeing some episodes from S11.

There is a Peter Jackson ‘Get Back ‘ parody and there is nothing to it which hasn’t been done 400 times previously. Compared to the jokes in the ‘Barbershop’ it only highlights how unfunny it became.

 

Homer being more interested in a brownie than George and George being pleased is a gas, today Homer would either do something wacky or just be a jerk.

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I’d opt for the Barbershop Quartet episode because of how the creators turned their own sense of comedy on it; some of the jokes are beyond brilliant. That George is in it as well does me. Ringo and then Paul after that, I never found ‘Lisa The Vegetarian’ that endearing, mainly as Lisa is so irritating. 

I admit that a huge portion of my love for “Lisa The Vegetarian” is reserved for the first act, in which the family visits the nursery-rhyme theme park – I get so many huge laughs from that whole sequence.

Wow, that “Get Back ” parody is stupendously inane and unfunny. (Terrible voices too)

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The trip to the theme park is very good to be fair, the episode just seems to stall when Lisa becomes a vegetarian and forces it down the families throat. I also find the Paul segment somewhat lacking.

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Another weakness of that vegetarian episode: too many jokes that are simply lazy literal depictions of verbal idioms; I count at least three:

1) Lisa: “So I don’t like meat – they don’t have to rub it in my face!” A hamburger patty then flies through her window and lands directly on her face.

2) Burns promises to make a donation to an orphanage “…when pigs fly!” Cue appearance of Homer’s hydraulically-propelled pig soaring through the air; Burns immediately reneges.

3) Lisa reacting to pro-meat propaganda in class: “They can’t seriously expect us to swallow that tripe!”, followed by literal tripe being offered to students.

Actually, I haven’t seen either of those three Beatle guest-star episodes in years (even though I’ve got ’em all on DVD); it’s possible that I’d re-rank them if I watched them all today one after the other. I really believe that “Brush With Greatness” is still the one I treasure the most, though. WILL YOU TAKE US TO MOUNT SPLASHMORE?! NO! WILL YOU TAKE US TO MOUNT SPLASHMORE?! NO! WILL YOU TAKE US TO MOUNT SPLASHMORE?! NO! WILL YOU TAKE US TO MOUNT SPLASHMORE?! NO! WILL YOU TAKE US TO MOUNT SPLASHMORE?! NO!…classic

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Von Bontee said
Another weakness of that vegetarian episode: too many jokes that are simply lazy literal depictions of verbal idioms; I count at least three:

1) Lisa: “So I don’t like meat – they don’t have to rub it in my face!” A hamburger patty then flies through her window and lands directly on her face.

2) Burns promises to make a donation to an orphanage “…when pigs fly!” Cue appearance of Homer’s hydraulically-propelled pig soaring through the air; Burns immediately reneges.

3) Lisa reacting to pro-meat propaganda in class: “They can’t seriously expect us to swallow that tripe!”, followed by literal tripe being offered to students.

Actually, I haven’t seen either of those three Beatle guest-star episodes in years (even though I’ve got ’em all on DVD); it’s possible that I’d re-rank them if I watched them all today one after the other. I really believe that “Brush With Greatness” is still the one I treasure the most, though. WILL YOU TAKE US TO MOUNT SPLASHMORE?! NO! WILL YOU TAKE US TO MOUNT SPLASHMORE?! NO! WILL YOU TAKE US TO MOUNT SPLASHMORE?! NO! WILL YOU TAKE US TO MOUNT SPLASHMORE?! NO! WILL YOU TAKE US TO MOUNT SPLASHMORE?! NO!…classic

  

HA! I love that “CAN YOU TAKE US TO MOUNT SPLASHMORE??” It is classic!n And yeah, @vonbontee I agree ‘Brush with Greatness was the best one and I haven’t even watched the whole episode!”a-hard-days-night-ringo-10

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