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September 1, 2014 at 5:45 AM

12 Days of Simpsons, plus 3 other TV marathons

The FXX channel “Every Simpsons Ever” marathon wraps up today. How’d the Bartapalooza do? Fledgling network FXX figured that forking over $1 billion for the rights to “The Simpsons” would pay off, and it looks like it did: according to The Hollywood Reporter, episodes of the round-the-clock marathon that aired during prime time averaged…

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August 31, 2014 at 6:30 AM

12 Days of Simpsons, Day 11: How come you’re not at Bumbershoot? D’oh!

We’re honored that our colleague (OK, boss)  at ArtsPage HQ chose the Every Simpsons Ever marathon (showing on FXX) thread to be part of the “Weekend Preview for Bumbershoot Haters” post. Not that we advocate hating Bumbershoot (although some readers do; check the comment thread on the festival guide.). Rather, we advocate…

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August 30, 2014 at 6:00 AM

12 Days of Simpsons, Day 10: 3 best guests

Can “real” people be guest stars on an animated TV show? Sure! “Scooby-Doo” did it (Phyllis Diller and Don Knotts, for example) and “The Simpsons” does it really, really well. Some celebs got to appear solely as voices, while others were on screen as themselves. (How is your animated self different from your physical self?…

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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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