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Ratings: Once, Family Guy Return Strong; Madam Secretary Falls

Georgina Haig

You really can't let it go.

Once Upon a Time's Frozen-fied Season 4 returned to 9.4 million viewers and a 3.4 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic Sunday, up ...
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Watch the Latest (Bizarre) Simpsons Couch Gag

Homer Simpson

It was a big night for The Simpsonswhich featured both a major death and a buzzed about opening couch gag.

The Season 26 premiere kicked off with Homer in front of the TV furiously tapping the remote before the date scrolled to the past and then future and he turned into a floating tentacle head. Bart and Lisa, both of whom also transformed into bizarre shapes, then appeared on screen as a robot-sounding Lisa yelled, "I am Simpson" followed by Bart adding, "Don't have cow man." What followed was a weird mash-up of shapes and sounds and frankly, nothing that appeared to make sense.  

Which character died on The Simpsons premiere?

Turns out, the opening was hand-drawn and animated by Oscar nominee and Indie filmmaker Don Hertzfeldt. Apparently, Hertzfeldt is a huge fan of the series:

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Weekend TV: Amazon's Brilliant Transparent, Simpsons Death and Family Guy Crossover

Jeffrey Tambor

Mort Pfefferman's entire life has been an identity crisis. A divorced dad of three grown, though not always grown-up, children, melancholy Mort is truly at ease only when in the heretofore secret guise of his feminine alter ego, Maura. In a flashback from 20 years earlier, Maura laments, "No one's ever seen me except me" — a situation that's about to change as the funky younger Pfeffermans slowly get to know the truth about their trans parent in Amazon's Transparent (get it?), creator Jill Soloway's deeply felt, intensely human comedy. This series (available on Amazon Instant Prime starting Friday) should do for Amazon, reputation-wise, what House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black achieved for Netflix. It's at least their equal, with the feel and tone of... read more

Here's the Rape Joke That Has the Family Guy / Simpsons Crossover Under Fire – Do You Find It Offensive?

Stewie Griffin and Bart Simpson

The Parents Television Council is upset about a rape joke that appears in Sunday's upcoming Family Guy season premiere, in which the Griffin family visits Springfield and meets Homer and the rest of The Simpsons.

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11 Revealing Facts from Phil Hartman’s New Biography

Phil Hartman

It's been more than 16 years since comedian Phil Hartman — star of Saturday Night Live,The Simpsons and NewsRadio — was shot to death in his bed by his wife Brynn, who later turned the gun on herself. His murder sent shockwaves through Hollywood, stunning both those who knew him personally and those who were only familiar with the characters he played on TV.

In the new biography You Might Remember Me: The Life and Times of Phil Hartman, author Mike Thomas delves into the life and death of Hartman, from his humble upbringing in Canada through (an exhaustive examination of) his final, fateful hours. The book also reveals the tumultuous nature of the Hartmans' marriage, offering details that seem chillingly ominous in retrospect.

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VIDEO: The Simpsons' Groundskeeper Willie Weighs In on Scottish Independence

Groundskeeper Willie

Finally, we have an authoritative viewpoint on the issue of Scottish independence: from The Simpsons' Groundskeeper Willie.

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First Look: Family Guy and The Simpsons Crossover Episode

Family Guy and The Simpsons Crossover Episode

D'oh...nuts! Homer Simpson and his clan make a guest appearance on the Sept. 28 season premiere of Family Guy (9/8c, Fox) when the Griffins visit Springfield.

Brats Bart and Stewie team up for trouble, Lisa teaches Meg how to play the sax, and Homer and Peter shoot the bull over brewskis. "We let [the Family Guy team] do their thing with the script," says The Simpsons executive producer Al Jean. "Both shows are all about satire. We weren't about to say, 'You can't make fun of us!'"

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Thursday TV: Rectify Finale, Simpsons Marathon

Rectify

The upcoming fall season will be lucky to generate even a fraction as many hits as this unusually busy TV summer produced, a list of keepers that includes Outlander, The Strain, The Knick, The Last Ship, Undateable, to name just a few. (Even something as underwhelming as AMC's Halt and Catch Fire, which didn't, has been renewed by its increasingly desperate network, and I'm hoping for good news about the future of WGN America's Manhattan and WE's The Divide.)

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Revenge Casts The Simpsons Star as a Mental Patient

Yeardley Smith

It looks like the Hamptons are getting a bit more crowded!

Yeardley Smith, best known for voicing Lisa on The Simpsons, will guest-star on Revenge this season, TVLine.com reports.

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FXX to Air 12-Day Simpsons Marathon of Every Episode

The Simpsons

Cowabunga! Get ready to Simpsons-ize your life.

At the Television Critics Association fall previews on Monday, FXX announced that it would air all 552 episodes of The Simpsons and the movie in a record-breaking 12-day marathon beginning Thursday, Aug. 21. That's 278 straight, chronological hours of The Simpsons to celebrate the network's exclusive cable acquisition and non-linear VOD rights to the hit animated show.
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Premiered: December 17, 1989, on FOX
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: Matt Groening's subversive, animated satire about Springfield's hapless first family became a cult favorite when it premiered on Fox in 1989 after first being seen in 1987 as a short on 'The Tracey Ullman Show.' That was then; now it's TV longest running comedy. Not since 'The Flintstones' in the '60s has a cartoon series drawn such a large adult audience, and, ay caramba, given us pop-culture expressions for the ages. And in 1999, Time magazine called it the best TV show of the 20th century.

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