The original \"Treehouse of Horror\" leaned into a meta-element from the get-go, with Marge Simpson taking center stage at the beginning of the episode to warn audiences that the episode is a uniquely scary one. But the episode itself -- featuring the introduction of Kang and Kodos along with a retelling of Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven -- is accompanied by a framing device planted firmly in the regular Simpsons reality. The short beats focus on Bart, Lisa, and Maggie sitting in the treehouse, telling scary stories after trick or treating. The framing device nominally ties the wild adventures to the main show -- a trend that continued for the next two seasons.
Despite frequently meager live ratings, \"The Simpsons\" can still make some headlines, as fans saw in the May 2021 episode \"Panic on the Streets of Springfield,\" which riled Morrissey while lampooning his perceived hypocrisies. Other standouts of the season included \"Undercover Burns\" (which had Homer's crusty boss infiltrating the ranks of his employees as \"Fred\") and a memorable \"Treehouse of Horror XXXI\" that resulted in a viral clip about the horrors of voting in last November's election. It showed that even at its weakest powers, \"The Simpsons\" still served a vital satirical role in pop culture.
Linkara (v/o): Some say The Simpsons have outlived their time, that they're not funny anymore or just the old days are the best days. Do I have a solid opinion on that Eh, I watched last year's season, and it wasn't bad. Surprisingly, the episode that I thought was the funniest was the one that fit right at home in a \"Treehouse of Horror\" episode: Them Robot. Even if you don't watch the show anymore, I think people still have a special place fin their hearts for \"Treehouse of Horror\": around three vignettes that are something fairly original or parody horror or sci-fi or fantasy TV shows or movies. I had hoped to put together a top 10 list of the worst \"Treehouse of Horror\" segments for this Halloween. But, every time I try to record it, I keep hearing somebody laughing maniacally and speaking in a European accent about horror comics in the other room. I can tell you the absolute worst one right now, though: The Diving Bell and the Butter Ball. (sarcastically) Congratulations, you made a five-minute long flatulence joke and then out-of-nowhere Spider-Man parody. How proud you must be! (normal) This year actually had some good ones, though. Loved the Paranormal Activity parody. But anyway, let's talk about comic books. The Simpsons has always had a strange relationship with comic books, with quite a few of the staff writers being comic fans, and of course, one of the recurring characters is, well, Comic Book Guy, the overweight, overly sarcastic stereotype of comic book fans. Bart Simpson is always shown as a comic fan, particularly \"Radioactive Man\". 59ce067264