The Critical 'I'

Read. React. Repeat.

Saturday, August 23, 2003

Just caught a rerun of "Inside the Actors Studio" with the cast of The Simpsons.

I'm not a fan of Actors Studio, as I've found it to be a boring ass-kissing fest on those rare occasions I've watched it. This one was no exception. It really wasn't a very noteworthy interview; in fact, James Lipton copped out even more than usual by asking the Simpson's characters questions for half the show.

I did find one thing interesting. At the outset of the show, Lipton casually remarks that The Simpsons has been "the most consistently funny show ever", or something like that. Which is complete horseshit, since it's painfully obvious that it's been absolutely unwatchable crapola for the past 5-6 years, and the contrast to the earlier seasons is painful to consider. I realize the current ratings for the sitcom indicate millions of morons disagreeing with me, but that's the way it is.

And to prove out that that's the way it is, after Lipton made his remark, the rest of the show was peppered with clips and references from The Simpsons that drew exclusively from episodes made well before the rot had set in! Everything, from the episodes the actors cited as their favorites to the most recognizable soundbites and skits, were from before 1996, when the show started going downhill hard. (The single exception was Lipton's own animated appearance on the show, but what do you expect there? The endless lame guest-star appearances are a big part of why the show's so weak now.)

Thus, this little filmed gathering only validates how much the current run of The Simpsons sucks. Their very actions give away the actors' agreement on this.