THE SIMPSONS “The Ned-Liest Catch” Review

THE SIMPSONS "The Ned-Liest Catch" Season 22 Episode 22 – A few days ago I wrote an article listing my essential TV shows of all time. The Simpsons was there, of course, because I’ve loved the show for years. My family and I had a brief television schedule of The Simpsons, followed by an episode of Will & Grace, and then an hour of CSI. For years people have said that The Simpsons is just a shadow of what it once was. I ignored them, because even though I could see that The Simpsons wasn’t as sharp as it had been in its prime (and I was so lucky that I grew up while it was in its prime), I was filled with nostalgia for the show.

This episode saw Ned and Edna get together after Edna is sent to a place where child molesting teachers go after she is seen publicly slapping Bart. It was a pretty dire storyline to begin with. Sure, Bart is a total brat, but Edna’s schtick is that, like teachers across the world, her will to teach these kids has been shattered by their snotty faces and all she can do is smoke and drink and dwell in her own loneliness as men avoid her like the plague (except Seymour, which was one of the most consistent and touching romances on the show). So when she slapped Bart (twice) she stopped being that teacher. Read More...


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