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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.73
Much more notable for the big #399.

Top to bottom, one of the best episodes of the season. Bart made a pretty good Jack Bauer and I'd actually rank his homage over Cartman's homage from a few months ago. But there's no better Jack Bauer than Jack Bauer...who inadvertantly let a nuclear bomb blow up in Shelbyville. Oops. Just awesome stuff.

Then there's the big #400. Sigh. It's the big #400! And it was wasted on Kent Brockman, one of the C-list supporting characters. Brockman's good in VERY small doses, but no way can he carry an episode, especially one with such dated concepts. The FCC/Janet Jackson fiasco was YEARS ago. Ditto the Tom Brokaw departure. The best part of the episode was the Ludacris cameo, which became as brief and random (and funny) as the 50 Cent cameo from a few years ago. But other than that, this should have been a throwaway episode left for January. It definitely shouldn't have been the milestone episode.




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Dated concepts? Didn't the Don Imus thing just happen? Opie and Anthony?



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.29
I agree with ges7184, I don't get your "dated concepts" remark. This was one of the most up to date episodes I think they have ever done. I will also point out I loved the ending where "FOX" was covering up what Homer and Lisa were talking about.

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Plus, let's give it up to "Family Guy" for actually making a funny episode again ... it's been awhile.





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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.73
The "dated concept" comment comes from the feeling that they were referencing the FCC/Janet Jackson flap and the Tom Brokaw firing ("Ha ha! Your distinguished career is over!") more than the Don Imus incident. I probably got the wrong message, but that's what I got out of it.

    Originally posted by Alessandro
    Plus, let's give it up to "Family Guy" for actually making a funny episode again ... it's been awhile.




FG was great stuff last night. Ditto for American Dad, which is probably one of the the most underrated shows out there right now. If you were turned off by the horrendous first few episodes, give it a second chance. You'll be pleasantly surprised.

EDIT: Those 6 am shifts must be getting to me. Can't believe I kept saying Tom Brokaw. It's Dan Rather that I meant.

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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.04
    Originally posted by It's False
    FG was great stuff last night. Ditto for American Dad, which is probably one of the the most underrated shows out there right now. If you were turned off by the horrendous first few episodes, give it a second chance. You'll be pleasantly surprised.


Ditto. I never thought I'd end up finding AD funnier than FG, but that's where we are presently ...

But last night's entire "Four Fathers of Comedy" lineup (let's pretend Rappaport was never involved) was spot-on from top to bottom; every show "clicked" IMO:

"King of the Hill" - featuring the voice of "Macho Man" Randy Savage. Nuff said.

"Simpsons" - I learned that Dolph's full name is "Dolphin Starbeam", and we got a pretty good little commentary (however dated) on people who have nothing better to do than complain to the FCC about every little thing they see on TV.

"Family Guy" devoted an entire episode to what they do best - parody 80s pop culture, and (it bears repeating) it was actually funny.

"American Dad" taught us that alien physiology can achieve weightlessness through marijuana use.





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I have not seen these episodes, so maybe I'm missing a context, but...


    the Tom Brokaw firing ("Ha ha! Your distinguished career is over!")


You mean Dan Rather here, right? The CBS guy got fired/reassigned/whatever, the NBC guy retired, the ABC guy died.




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I only saw the 24 parody, and it was the funniest Simpsons episode I have seen in a long time. That is not saying much, but it was still good.

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    Originally posted by kentish
    How did I miss that?!!?
Exactly. Any idea when the rerun is?



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I thought the "24" episode of "The Simpsons" would've made a better 400th episode. Good stuff. The other episode wasn't as good as it could've been. Unlike It's False, I like when they devote an episode to a background character (like the Gil episode), because there is so much they can do with those guys because we know so little about them. In concept, a Brockman episode sounds good, but it didn't come across well.

Unlike most people, I've liked Family Guy since its return. And this episode was another solid one, especially the cameo by Roger.

American Dad seems to have had some really bizarre episodes this season, so this one was one of the tamer ones. Still a good watch.



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After two great hours of King of the Hill and The Simpsons, I was kind of burnt out on animated shows and gave up halfway through Family Guy, which I wasn't really digging anyway.
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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.84
You could really tell that King of the Hill had written their season finale as a SERIES finale, considering the guests at the wedding were all past guest stars (Chuck Mangione, Boomhauer's brother, etc.) and the last scene of the episode was the same as the first scene of the first episode.

Couldn't get into the Simpsons last night. I don't watch 24, and I kept getting distracted during both episodes. I laughed at Ned Flanders' activism in the 400th episode, and at Ralph's death in the 399th episode, but I can't remember much else from either episode.

Agreed all around on American Dad. Great episode. The "Steve has psychic abilities" thing seemed to be filler, but at least it was funny and went somewhere. And Family Guy hasn't been clicking for me lately, but the Back to the Future references and the Rick Astley thing had me rolling and hoping they can continue to do episodes like that next year.
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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.29
    Originally posted by geemoney
    I thought the "24" episode of "The Simpsons" would've made a better 400th episode. Good stuff.


According to USA Today, the "24" spoof episode was originally supposed to be the 400th but FOX changed it around.



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