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    How has the show changed in the last decade?

    It has been a full decade now of HD episodes. How has the show changed throughout that time? I can think of: less coherent story, more "forced" jokes, and much worse characterizations. Your thoughts?

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    I would contest that the length of Jean's tenure has led to the actual changes undergone by the show in the last decade to be relatively minimal, although the few that have occurred include:

    - The rise of the gimmick episode (Brick Like Me, The Man Who Came to Be Dinner, Every Man's Dream, Barthood and The Serfsons), the likes of which are considerably more scarce during the S20-22 run.
    - The shift in animation studios, which may actually be a mixed bag as opposed to almost entirely negative (FAS does output more fluid sequences occasionally despite still frames adopting a more awkward appearance than before).
    - The drop in the number of 'Bart gets a celebrity-voiced girlfriend' episodes (almost certainly the most positive development here, considering the awfulness of the vast majority of the legions of episodes shoved into that category).
    - A bizarre increase in lackluster musical numbers. It's presumably a random phase the staff are traversing currently, but I honestly have no idea what is motivating it.
    - Specific types of humor arising (caption gags) in place of others (such as the lazy Pixar references in S19 and 20). It's nonetheless not exactly an improvement over the early HD era, at least from my perception.

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    I can't say how long this has been the case exactly, but for me the show has never been worse in terms of seeming to lack energy/vitality and vibrancy. It has a very jaded sort of feel to it now and basically just gives off a listless and dull sort of vibe.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Wacky View Post
    I would contest that the length of Jean's tenure has led to the actual changes undergone by the show in the last decade to be relatively minimal, although the few that have occurred include:

    - The rise of the gimmick episode (Brick Like Me, The Man Who Came to Be Dinner, Every Man's Dream, Barthood and The Serfsons), the likes of which are considerably more scarce during the S20-22 run.
    - The shift in animation studios, which may actually be a mixed bag as opposed to almost entirely negative (FAS does output more fluid sequences occasionally despite still frames adopting a more awkward appearance than before).
    - The drop in the number of 'Bart gets a celebrity-voiced girlfriend' episodes (almost certainly the most positive development here, considering the awfulness of the vast majority of the legions of episodes shoved into that category).
    - A bizarre increase in lackluster musical numbers. It's presumably a random phase the staff are traversing currently, but I honestly have no idea what is motivating it.
    - Specific types of humor arising (caption gags) in place of others (such as the lazy Pixar references in S19 and 20). It's nonetheless not exactly an improvement over the early HD era, at least from my perception.
    I found The Man Who Came to Be Dinner atrocious. I mostly stopped watching newer episodes after that one until this season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Wacky View Post
    - A bizarre increase in lackluster musical numbers. It's presumably a random phase the staff are traversing currently, but I honestly have no idea what is motivating it.
    There seems to be an increase in them latching on to little "trends" like this in the past few seasons. Season 30 has been full of musical numbers, Season 29 had far too many "Bart is a loser" jokes and Wilhelm screams. They do one thing and then repeat it in a bunch of subsequent episodes. It is bizarre.
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