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'The Simpsons' Plus-Size Marathon Is Aging Me All Over Again

For a show that so cynically pokes holes in the inanities of our plastic, apathetic world, The Simpsons' rough-edged bedrock of brilliantly conceived sentiment can cup a heart without compromising comedic integrity.

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Ringo Starr: The Most Animated Beatle

Let’s celebrate Ringo Starr’s 74th birthday with cartoons.

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Family Guy's Sunday Services

Whereas The Simpsons makes an effort to balance its religious satire with pro-spiritual representations, Family Guy largely regards organized faith as wholly corrupt and its believers as dupes and dopes.

Politics

Is 'The Simpsons' TV's Most Sacred Show?

The Simpsons has always taken topical roads less traveled and nowhere is this more apparent than in its regular engagement of personal, institutional, and social issues surrounding religion.

Culture

Recent Retro, Or What Will We Be Nostalgic About in the Future?

A look back at a 1990’s childhood, with “where is it now?” updates!

Television

The Year In TV: May 2010

Continuing out look at the year’s most notable television events, here’s what happened in May 2010.

Television

February 2010 in TV

It was a month of high ratings, a truly “super” bowl, and shocking tragedies for TV audiences.

Television

The Year in TV: January 2010

Because so many noteworthy things happened in the history of American television this year, it’s best to look at it all one month at a time. So let’s take a look at the biggest events on TV in January 2010.

Music

Potential Grammy Nominees for Song of the Year?

This is a look at likely contenders for the Song of the Year, which is a composer/songwriter’s award.

Games

How Does One Beat the Heat? Try Descending Into Icy Madness

To cope with the heat wave, advisories suggest visiting 'cooling centers' or public pools. To achieve a truly chilled-out state of mind, however, why not open the door to your mind and let the iceman cometh inside?

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Night Court: The Complete Third Season

There were 193 episodes taped during Night Court's run from 1984 to 1992; the third season is when the show began to hit its stride and is arguably the best.

Television

All in the Modern Family

Modern Family is more than just a very funny show. It also takes a step toward rescuing the sitcom family from the mean-spirited vein it has been stuck in for more than a decade.

Television

The Simpsons, 'Radio Bart' Part 1: Floyd Collins and Kathy Fiscus

'Radio Bart' draws on 70 years of media history to position itself in that uneasy mix of altruism, morbid curiosity and callous self-interest.

Television

The Ten Best Holiday Episodes

A countdown of the 10 best holiday themed TV episodes

Television

The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XIX

The way The Simpsons not only apes, but also twists familiar cultural touchstones shows reveals again that it's still smarter than all other parodists.

Marisa LaScala
Television

The Simpsons: Season 20 Premiere

For its 20th season premiere, The Simpsons takes aim at all the big targets: bounty hunting, the IRA, and erotic baking.

Leigh H. Edwards
Books

Goodbye 20th Century by David Browne

On more than one occasion the band’s collective memory is not exactly in synch, a point that only further reminds us that we are reading a mythology, not a chronicle.

Music

The Simpsons: Testify

Simpsons fans may find their souls a little less embiggened by Testify.

Television

The Simpsons: Season 19 Premiere

Springfield, destroyed at the end of the movie, is still in ruins, and Bart careens off of pieces of the dome that had quarantined the city.

Tricia Olszewski
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The Simpsons: The Complete Tenth Season

Season 10 marked the beginning of The Simpsons' metamorphosis from mere long-running comedy series to cultural institution.

Jesse Hassenger
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The Simpsons Movie

If you understand the Simpsons to be at once the most egregious and exemplary dysfunctional family in U.S. popular culture, Marge's stalwart strength isn't nearly so spectacular as Bart and Homer's bizarrely symphonic pandemonium.

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The Simpsons: The Complete Eighth Season

The Simpsons deals with the serious issues -- repression, crises of faith, and fractured families -- that most sitcoms either ignore or confine to "special" quasi-dramatic episodes.

Jesse Hassenger
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The Simpsons: The Complete Seventh Season

To the bickering camps of Simpson's fans, let's keep it 'real', shall we?

Bill Gibron
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The Simpsons: The Complete Sixth Season

The commentary tracks repeatedly demonstrate the mutual respect and camaraderie of the Simpsons veterans.

Kevin Wong
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The Simpsons

In sharp contrast to the terrific family-based installments, Matt Groening and company have started to let their left leanings show through.

Bill Gibron
Games

The Simpsons: Hit and Run

You won't find spectacularly original gameplay here, but in a game where you actually get to drive Homer's dream car, it's hard to complain.

Bryan S. Byun
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