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My Simpsons Ultimate Episode Ratings and Rankings: Season 11, Part 4(Conclusion)

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18.) Eight Misbehavin' - 1.5/5
19.) Beyond Blunderdome - 1.5/5
20.) It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge - 1.5/5
21.) Saddlesore Galactica - 1/5
22.) Kill the Alligator and Run - 1/5

I find that when trying to explain my opinions of episodes in these blogs it is much easier to explain why I liked an episode than why I disliked one. Some of these episodes are so infamous that seemingly everything there is to say about them has been said, making anything I might add feel redundant. It is partly because of this that I actually feel like I can easiest explain why I disliked "Eight Misbehavin'" out of these five episodes even if I prefer it to the other four. You see, just going through the list of Season 11 episodes I knew that these bottom four would be the bottom four, just not the order I'd put them in. One could argue that I'm not really being fair to the episodes themselves and there is probably some truth to that, but I've seen these episodes several times over the years. I have seen them more than enough to know that I consider them very poor. The lone exception is "Eight Misbehavin'," that was an episode I considered average to perhaps a little sub-par and had only seen maybe three times ever. As a result I felt how bad it was more vividly during this re-watch. I guess you could say I had numbed myself to the "awfulness" that is the other four episodes, but I wasn't expecting to dislike "Eight Misbehavin'" as much as I did. Because of this I feel like I can more easily explain why I dislike it, it is still a relatively new feeling of dislike for me which can not be said for the other 4 episodes.

Poor Apu, his last good episode was in Season 10 and I think even that wasn't too great. I dunno, even "Homer and Apu" from Season 5, in my opinion the second best Apu episode, hasn't ever been one of my personal favorites. My favorite Apu episode is actually Season 7's "Much Apu About Nothing." As I look over the Apu centric episodes there are really only those 2 from Seasons 5 and 7 that I can say are examples of strong Simpsons episodes. Perhaps I shouldn't be so surprised that watching 23 minutes of him becoming a father to eight children was so wacky and unfunny. Perhaps I shouldn't be surprised that I enjoy him most in a supporting character role at most, like "Midnight Rx," or "Moe Letter Blues." Perhaps I should be surprised that I have wondered why he hasn't had an episode centered on him since Season 13, another bad episode. I probably said in my Season 13 blog that The Sweetest Apu was the worst Apu episode...but I forgot there was one that ended with Homer being mauled by cobras as Butch Patrick looked on. Eight Misbehavin' has to be the weakest Apu episode and the very notion of Apu having eight children feels gimmicky and stupid. The funny thing is I even like several of the appearances made by the octuplets in later episodes like the aforementioned "Moe Letter Blues" or "Holidays of Future Passed." And ignoring the stupidity of the idea itself the octuplets aren't really what's bad about this episode...though they don't do anything to make it good either. Instead, we get an extremely stupid story involving a zoo that has some "cute" gags like Homer trying to get Apu and Manjula to conceive sprinkled in with either wackiness or just a boring story. The bottom line when it comes to this episode is I have no desire to ever watch it again, and probably won't...probably, but time might change that I suppose....

Mel Gibson is next and I was dreading watching this episode again. I always classify this as part of a "Homer and Pals" trilogy of terrible episodes with "When You Dish Upon a Star" and "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation." To be sure, this episode is bad and I don't like it, but I have to admit that Mel Gibson gives a somewhat enjoyable performance. Combine that with the shifty-eyed dog and it is enough for this to actually be better than either of those episodes. The basic premise is still stupid though and doesn't belong on the show, Homer still acts awful throughout most of the episode. I mean his jerk-ass levels are at times at their peak. The remaining family members still feel forgotten about while we watch an entirely different show. I initially rated both of these episodes as a 2/5, but I'm gonna downgrade them to 1.5 right now.

I feel that "Beyond Blunderdome" counts for this as well to an extent, but these final three episodes have to be near universally acknowledged as the three worst episodes of this season. Ask any "hardcore" Simpsons fan what their least favorite episode of the Simpsons is and it might be one of these three episodes, but ask them what their least favorite Season 11 episode is, and one of these will almost certainly come up. With that in mind I really am not that sure of what I can say about them that hasn't been said. Mad Marge is a disgrace of an episode in regards to both the Marge character and her relationship with her husband. I don't need mention the comparison this episode's ending has to "Duffless" as I already pointed it out in my review, but I will anyway. The opening act is the best of the episode but their really isn't that much there that is funny either. "Saddlesore Galactica" is perhaps the most infamous example of Scully's third act wackiness. As I said in the review the jockey elves are stupid, but Bill Clinton's appearance is still worse as far as I'm concerned. I seem to be using "stupid" a lot in this blog post though don't I? "Kill the Alligator and Run"...the worst episode of this season...is stupid. The jokes are lazy, the story is crazy, and the characters...well primarily Homer, feel awful. In my opinion all five of these episodes should be avoided.

Final List:
1.) Behind the Laughter - 5/5
2.) Brother's Little Helper - 5/5
3.) Treehouse of Horror X - 4/5
4.) Last Tap Dance in Springfield - 4/5
5.) Hello Gutter, Hello Fadder - 4/5
6.) Missionary: Impossible - 4/5
7.) Grift of the Magi - 3.5/5
8.) Take My Wife, Sleaze - 3.5/5
9.) E-I-E-I-(ANNOYED GRUNT) - 3.5/5
10.) Days of Wine and D'oh'ses - 3.5/5
11.) Little Big Mom - 3/5
12.) Alone Again, Natura-diddily - 3/5
13.) Pygmoelian - 3/5
14.) Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner? - 2.5/5
15.) Faith Off - 2.5/5
16.) The Mansion Family - 2/5
17.) Bart to the Future - 2/5
18.) Eight Misbehavin' - 1.5/5
19.) Beyond Blunderdome - 1.5/5
20.) It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge = 1.5/5
21.) Saddlesore Galactica - 1/5
22.) Kill the Alligator and Run - 1/5

And that is Season 11. Over half of the episodes are average at best and well over half of those are below average. One question Simpsons fans can ask is why should anyone watch anything post Season 9 when there exists roughly 200 quality episodes of the show already...Season 11 does not offer much to recommend as proof that the show was still strong at least at that point, sadly. With the show's number of episodes doubling since the end of Season 11, the question when it comes to many episodes from that season now becomes why watch when there are roughly 400 superior episodes, obvious exceptions excluded. Is it the worst season of the Simpsons? I don't know for sure yet, but probably. I guess the fact that I still found two fantastic episodes and at least a few particularly strong ones though probably only furthers my identity as a generous grader, huh?

Next time I'll incorporate these 22 episodes in with the others I've watched so far and announce the next season I'll re-watch, either 12 or 17.

Updated 03-23-2012 at 06:48 AM by Oh, that's raspberry!

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  1. zartok-35's Avatar
    In my opinion all five of these episodes should be avoided.
    Well said, Raspberry!
  2. Oh, that's raspberry!'s Avatar
    Thanks zartok