The Simpsons - the most successful cartoon programme of all time, appealing to viewers of all ages with its many layers of comedy.
Let me explain my motivation for creating this thread:
Ever sinse The Simpsons began, back in 1989 it has been a brilliant show - right up until the late 90s in my opinion, I say this because I have been watching the newer episodes recently, and it's no longer The Simpsons as I used to know it.
The Simpsons have always been a very family-orrientated based show, with often crazy but mild deilemmas for a few or all of the family members to try and get back to normal by the end of the episode, and the story never really went any further than the town of Springfield.
The Simpsons remained on top for many years with little trouble, that is until Family Guy was aired.
Family Guy, based on a middle-class nuclear family is very much a more adult-themed cartoon, with fairly shallow story-lines and many of the jokes revolving around sex or real life politics.
As we all know there was/is great friction between the two shows, but, in reaction to this, in my opinion The Simpsons in order to tackle this rivalry they have just tried to copy Family Guy. For example, with all these "the Simpsons are going to <insert country here>" episodes, with some seemingly pointless weak storyline in order to mock the country to the hilt (i.e. the Chinese adoption episode where Patty [or Selma *o_O*] with the Simpson family goes to adopt a Chinese child). Also, all the jokes on The Simpsons seem to be more and more sexual and adult-themed, as well as the obvious (rather than underlying) sarcastic jokes about politics etc.
Basically I think Family Guy is great, and I think The Simpsons is great - but for different reasons, and I think it should stay that way.
I hope I have conveyed my point effectivley.
So, on the issue of The Simpsons, has the dog had its day - should it just "R.I.P."? Should they return to their old ways or is the new breed of Simpsons just as good if not better than before?
Any reply is greatly appreciated.