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August 29, 2014 at 6:00 AM

12 Days of Simpsons, Day 9: Best of ‘Treehouse of Horror’

Grinch, schminch. The best seasonal animated program is surely the annual “Simpsons” Halloween special (aka “Treehouse of Horror”) full of classic film references, pop culture, obliviousness from Homer and hell-raising from Bart. (You can catch up on the “TOH” specials thanks to the FXX broadcast of  “Every Simpsons Ever” marathon, which wraps up Monday.) We at…

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August 28, 2014 at 6:03 AM

12 Days of Simpsons, Day 8: 3 great salutes to Lisa

Summer is drawing to a close, which means: A) A holiday weekend B)  Bumbershoot C) More time to watch the FXX broadcast (going on now!) of all 552 episodes of “The Simpsons.” In the interest of holidays, we’re letting some others do some of the heavy  lifting in this post — which salutes  brainy Lisa Simpson, the foil for…

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August 27, 2014 at 6:01 AM

12 Days of Simpsons, Day 7: Springfield is in Oregon…duh

Was there any doubt? “The Simpsons” series often refers coyly to the characters’ hometown, without divulging a state (one notable close call was when a character stated “Springfield, O….” and was cut off). We PNWers know that since “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening is from Portland, what the hey else would he be referring to?  Springfield,…

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August 26, 2014 at 6:01 AM

12 Days of Simpsons, Day 6: Mr. Burns’ guide to business

Charles Montgomery “Monty” Burns is really, really old and really, really rich. And he doesn’t ever remember Homer Simpson’s name, even though Homer has been working at Burns’ nuclear plant since 1989, FCOL. Burns went to Yale. He has a devoted minion. He travels in his own railcar. He has hounds (and loves to say…

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August 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM

For sale: One slightly used staircase

From Seattle Times arts writer Michael Upchurch: You expect to see price-tags on paintings, drawings, sculptures and even the odd video installation in an art gallery. But a sign saying “THIS STAIRCASE IS FOR SALE!” is a tad more unusual. The staircase in question is at Davidson Galleries, and it’s a handsome, sturdy, fir-and-welded-steel affair. So why…

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August 25, 2014 at 6:00 AM

12 Days of Simpsons, Day 5: Best of Grandpa

Welcome to Day 5 of our celebration of “The Simpsons,” Matt Groening’s famous family. Our party celebrates the FXX channel’s marathon broadcast (going on now!) of all 552 episodes of the animated comedy. Today we honor Abe Simpson, the turnip-headed elder of the family, who drifts in and out of real time in hilarious…

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August 24, 2014 at 6:00 AM

12 Days of Simpsons, Day 4: Hail, Marge

Welcome to our celebration of “The Simpsons,” Matt Groening’s famous family. Our party celebrates the FXX channel’s broadcast (going on now!) of all 552 episodes of the animated comedy so far. Since moms are awesome, today’s post celebrates Marge Simpson, the blue-haired matriarch of the Springfield clan. Did you know Marge is real? As in,…

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August 23, 2014 at 6:00 AM

12 Days of Simpsons, Day 3: Couch gags

Welcome to our celebration of “The Simpsons,” Matt Groening’s famous family. Our party celebrates the FXX channel’s broadcast (going on now!) of all 552 episodes of the animated comedy so far. You can’t talk about “The Simpsons” without talking about the couch gags. By that we mean the scenes at the end of each opening…

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August 22, 2014 at 12:01 PM

12 Days of Simpsons, Day 2: Birth of Bart

Welcome to Day 2 of our celebration of “The Simpsons,” Matt Groening’s famous family. Our party in turn celebrates the FXX channel’s marathon broadcast (going on now!) of all 552 episodes of the animated comedy. Any “Simpsons” newbies out there? You may think Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie just sprung up, all shiny…

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