Thursday, April 11, 2013

Autotuned Disaster Victim

Is The Simpsons funny again? That’s a question TV nerds like to ask. The answer depends on your point of view. No, it’s not “Marge vs. the Monorail”-level funny, but that’s one of the best episodes of any TV show ever. However, The Simpsons is definitely funnier now than it was during its worst moment, the terrible, terrible “Saddlesore Galactica,” which just plain sucked. Nowadays, if I’m home at 8 p.m. on Sunday, I will watch, and I’m usually not disappointed, but I have noted that the show seems to have lost its heart. It’s meaner now, I think, and its jokes skew a lot darker. In fact, The Simpsons now seems better paired with Family Guy than ever in that way. Like I said, this could either be a plus or a minus, depending on your point of view.

Myself, I don’t mind dark humor. And that’s why I can say this bit from a 2011 Simpsons episode is one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a long time: “Autotuned Disaster Victim.”

But I don’t know if I can blame The Simpsons for squeezing humor out of “Oh, you’re an angel now,” mostly because I’m kind of surprised the show beat the real world to reducing someone like this to a meme.

Whatever. I don’t get tired of watching. And that’s great news, considering how someone made a ten-hour extended cut of it.

Way to go, internet! And yes, I’m aware of the weirdness of watching a pseudo-YouTube clip on YouTube.


  1. I can't tell if you're familiar with Autotune the News or not, which was a YouTube series that aired in 2009 and 2010. Here's an example:

    So this is one instance where The Simpsons DIDN'T do it first.

  2. Huh. I kind of did forget about Autotune the News, I guess, but the thing that stood out to me more wasn't just that this poor, bedraggled woman was autotuned but that the loss of her cat didn't stop someone from transforming her into a funny, catchy meme. And for all I know there were Autotune the News segments that went there, but regardless the fact that The Simpsons went there represented how the vibe of the show had changed.

  3. Anonymous8:48 AM

    The diving horse episode was awesome. This new episodes can't even compare to the Simpsons from 10 years ago.

    1. I'd be curious to know how old you are. I watched the show from the early days, so my point of view about what constitutes "classic" Simpsons is going to be different from someone who came of age when the "Furious D" episode aired.