If Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie are your favorite TV family, don't miss basic cable newcomer FXX's Every Simpsons Ever marathon from August 21 to September 1. Episodes from all 25 seasons of The Simpsons will be aired back-to-back with no repeats. That's 552 episodes!
The Simpsons is at its best when its parodying pop culture elements. For example, "Who Shot Mr. Burns" is a two-part episode parodying the infamous "Who Shot J.R.?" storyline on the 80s soap opera Dallas. The first episode was the season finale for Season 6 on May 21, 1995, while the second was the season premiere of Season 7 on September 17, 1995. It is the only two-part episode of the series produced thus far.
Another part of The Simpsons' appeal is that it contains moments every ordinary family can relate to. For example, "Bart Gets an F" features a dilemma we all had as children trying to decide if it's better to study or to enjoy a sudden unexpected day away from school. It originally aired on October 11, 1990, and was the first episode of Season 2. After Bart fails four important exams, the school recommends that he be forced to repeat fourth grade. Bart tries to get the a study buddy to help him prepare for the next test, but his plan backfires. He prays for help before he goes to bed, then wakes up the next morning to find that a massive blizzard has hit the town and the school is closed. As a result, he gets an extra day to study. Entertainment Weekly once ranked this episode #31 on its list of "The 100 Greatest Moments in Television."
For the adults stuck in a job they hate, who can't relate to Homer's constant work mishaps? "You Only Move Twice" is the second episode of Season 8. It originally aired on November 3, 1996. Homer receives a new job offer that forces the family to move away from Springfield. However, he's completely oblivious to the fact that new boss Hank Scorpio is a James Bond style super villain.
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If you're a true fan of The Simpsons, celebrate the Every Simpsons Episode Ever marathon on FXX with a Simpsons-themed party. Bake and Craft with Julia has an adorable free printable party kit that includes cupcake toppers, treat boxes, drink wrappers, and more. Print and fold custom paper figures courtesy of CyberDrone on Deviant Art. Either pick up some donuts from the nearest Krispy Kreme and arrange them on a pretty cake stand or follow Foodtastic DIY's instructions to make yourself an amazing drunk Homer Simpson on donut cake.
Feel like dressing up? Spirit Halloween has Homer, Marge, Bart, Itchy, Scratchy, Duffman, and Duffwoman costumes.
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