Let's talk animation

DeeDee Adelaide
I mean prime time animation, I guess - your Simpsons, South Park, Futurama kind of thing. What's your favourite? What episodes do you love? Quotes? Moments? Essays about the real meaning of it all? Etc.

Really this thread is because I've been watching a lot of Bob's Burgers lately, and I bloody love it. It's filled the hole left by King Of The Hill finishing.
Cecily

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  • HatorianHatorian Dagobah
    edited May 26
    Yea. I just got into Bob's Burgers. My favourite episode so far is the bank robbery episode. So good. 

    Simpsons season 3-10 is amazing. So many classic moments like Homer at the Bat or Zombie Flanders. 
    Futurama seasons 1-4. Really amazing writing and had some real tear jerking episodes dealing with loss like Luck of the Fryish and Jurrasic Bark. 
    Rick and Morty. every episode is awesome, Meeseeks, Scary Terry, keep summer safe, Intergalatic Cable. 
    South Park. Not a big fan of continuing story model they are doing the last few seasons. But its hard to top South Park when it comes to social commentary. 


    Cecily
    No Half Measures....
  • DeeDee Adelaide
    edited May 26
    @Hatorian I've had a long running debate with my daughter about which is the best Simpsons season. I think we've kind of settled on S5, which has my personal favourite episode (Madge becoming a gambling addict at Mr Burns' casino), but S7 has King Size Homer, Bart Sells His Soul, Lisa The Vegetarian...

    My favourite Bob's Burgers episode is Bad Tina; I always crack up at the scene where she and Tammy come out of the bathroom with caked on makeup and Ollie and Andy scream, "Aaaagh! Bathroom clowns!"

    I've really gone off South Park of late - their continuing plots are kind of stupid and boring to me. Some of their early stuff is hilarious, though - my top 10 would be pretty much made up of every Cartman/Butters or just Butters episode, but my absolute favourite is Stanley's Cup. It's such a dark subject and I know a lot of people find it really offensive, but I think those people misconstrue who the episode is skewering.

    Futurama is absolutely the best at pathos. Who doesn't tear up at just the mention of Jurassic Bark?
    Hatorian
  • HatorianHatorian Dagobah
    I'd say season 8 for me.

    Best episode of the series: "You only move Twice" hammock district, throwing shoes.

    Then you got Grimey

    Homer as a bootlegger

    Alien Burns

    So many great episodes.

    Dee
    No Half Measures....
  • amyja89amyja89 Oxford, England
    This is the moment where I tell you guys that I've never seen a single episode of The Simpsons. I'm not even quite sure how!

    Family Guy was always my jam. And Bob's Burgers is fantastic. Also shout out to Archer.
  • DeeDee Adelaide
    @amyja89 Family Guy is great when it's Brian and Stewie but Peter kind of ruins it for me - he's just too stupid and mean.

    My favourite FG scene is the one where Brian owes Stewie money, and Stewie keeps asking for it but Brian laughs him off. Eventually, Stewie beats the hell out of Brian with a baseball bat (a really gruesome scene for a cartoon!), and finally Brian says, "Fine, let's go to the bank." There's something just so ridiculous about how aggressive Stewie gets over $50, and how Brian had it all along and could have just given it to him.
  • HatorianHatorian Dagobah
    Second season of F is for Family is coming out soon. First season was pretty good and I'm a huge Bill Burr fan.

    I'd say my Favourite South Park episodes would have to be the Meet the Jeffersons, World of Warcraft episode, Playing with Weapons, Casa Bonita, Christian rock hard, lord of the rings episode.
    No Half Measures....
  • CecilyCecily Cincinnati
    I love Futurama and Bob's Burgers - but @Dee you should really watch Rick and Morty.  So good!  Each episode is a take on some other pop culture reference and it's so affecting and thought-provoking that begs for re-watches to understand and process - but mostly because it is so freaking funny, you'll want to keep re-watching.  

    Where's season 3??!?!
    Dee
  • aberry89aberry89 California
    edited May 26
    I will always wave a flag for HBO's The Life and Times of Tim. Unfortunately it no longer streams on HBO, which is a shame because a lot people are not introduced to it. The voice recording was very casual with improv being encouraged. All the actors sat around in a big circle and recorded the thing at once. Bob's Burgers has a little bit of that casualness you see in LIfe and TImes.  If you like super dry comedy I would recommend it. 

    Also - Bojack Horseman and Rick and Morty are probably THE best animated shows on. I love a what Brad Bird said once about animtion (and i am paraphrasing) , "I hate when people call animation a genre, it's not a genre, it can be any genre"  I think for this reason, animtion is alwways, always at the forefront of pushing boundries of what can be done in movie and tv. 
    DeeSomeBiscuitDaveyMac
    “No time to squabble Troy, for Greendale on THREE! One, two- Jeff, every second counts. For Greendale on TWO! One-"
  • DeeDee Adelaide
    edited May 27
    @Cecily I can't do it! My daughter loves Rick and Morty and she's been trying to get me into it for ages, but I can't get past the grandpa's gross drooling. It makes me gag. I'm having the same problem this year with Fargo and V.M. Varga. I'm a delicate flower, haha.
    Cecily
  • I have to second Bojack - it's the best animated show on right now*, and one of my favourite shows at the moment in general. It blends ridiculous comedy and bleak drama in a way that feels like it shouldn't work at all, and yet somehow does.

    *Well, it's neck and neck with Rick and Morty. Right now, I'd put Bojack slightly above, but that could very easily change when R&M finally gets that third season out.
    I said, "This is going to be the most significant televisual event since Quantum Leap. And I do not say that lightly."
  • trippytrippy Saint Louis
    Bobs Burgers is really good,  I love the 'over the credits' songs they would sing, and the more Kristin Schaal the world has the better.

    But I have to go with Archer,  consistently makes me laugh out loud.
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    Nothing says 'This situation is serious' like a corpse on the floor.
    -Anon.
  • aberry89aberry89 California

    I have to second Bojack - it's the best animated show on right now*, and one of my favourite shows at the moment in general. It blends ridiculous comedy and bleak drama in a way that feels like it shouldn't work at all, and yet somehow does.


    *Well, it's neck and neck with Rick and Morty. Right now, I'd put Bojack slightly above, but that could very easily change when R&M finally gets that third season out.

    They are so different, yet so similar. I think they are equally brilliant. I might just have to do a Bojack rewatch waiting for that goddamn rest of the 3rd R&M season to come out!!!

    SomeBiscuit
    “No time to squabble Troy, for Greendale on THREE! One, two- Jeff, every second counts. For Greendale on TWO! One-"
  • I'll chime in with another vote for both Rick and Morty and Bojack. Both took some time for me to grow to live them, but wow are they great.

    And what Rick and Morty does with format is just genius. The split screen episode pops to mind when I throw around the G-word.
    Cecily
  • jomihajomiha Springfield IL
    Man, I really need to try Bob's Burgers, Bojack and Rick and Morty. I watched a bit of the first episode of Rick and Morty but couldn't get into it. I heard some audio clips from R&M on another podcast (that shall not be named) and found them really funny- specifically a quote involving butt flaps. But I digress. 

    I love me the first twelve or so seasons of the Simpsons and the first three or four seasons of Family Guy, along with the Star Wars parody trilogy. Futurama is great too (Zoidberg is my jam). 

    I really liked a lot of the humor on King of the Hill  (Bobby taking women's self defense classes will forever be one of my favorite things).

    Never could get into South Park. I tried. Honest, I did.  
  • trippytrippy Saint Louis
    jomiha said:

    I really liked a lot of the humor on King of the Hill  (Bobby taking women's self defense classes will forever be one of my favorite things).

    "Thats mah purse!!! I don't know you!!"
    cdriveDeejomiha
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    Nothing says 'This situation is serious' like a corpse on the floor.
    -Anon.
  • pavlovsbellpavlovsbell Brooklyn, NY
    I love Archer and Bojack Horseman ("Fish Out of Water" was one 2016's best episodes of television). Rick & Morty and Samurai Jack are on my list.

    Does anyone remember Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist? I'm pretty sure I watched it on Netflix, but it's not streaming anywhere that I can see.
    Stop pissing in my soup and saying you're cooling it off.
  • DeeDee Adelaide
    trippy said:

    jomiha said:

    I really liked a lot of the humor on King of the Hill  (Bobby taking women's self defense classes will forever be one of my favorite things).

    "Thats mah purse!!! I don't know you!!"
    Pretty much my favourite TV quote ever.

  • DeeDee Adelaide
    @pavlovsbell I remember watching Dr Katz, but it must not have made much of an impression on me, as I don't really recall anything specific about it.

    @jomiha It took me a while to get into Bob's Burgers because the animation (especially in S1) is pretty ugmo, and in the early episodes Kristin Schaal shrieks loudly A LOT, but once I got past that I was rolling with laughter at much of it. Definitely worth the effort.

    (You can kind of tell where they're ad-libbing/improv-ing a lot of the time, because Jon Benjamin starts laughing, which you never hear in animated scripted shows.)
  • aberry89aberry89 California
    Actually I heard improv on an animated show before bob's burgers, on "Life and Tomes of Tim". ( I wonder if that sort casual recording style was an inspiration to that show)

    Dee
    “No time to squabble Troy, for Greendale on THREE! One, two- Jeff, every second counts. For Greendale on TWO! One-"
  • Animals on HBO! If you like Bojack and Rick and Morty, and a little bit of dry/weird humor you'll enjoy it. It focuses on different animals in a big city (rats, pigeons, pet cats in apartments) and their random and mundane adventures - but as if they were human. It's hilarious and season 2 just dropped. 
  • Alkaid13Alkaid13 Georgia
    Oddly enough although I'm a fan of animation I don't watch much primetime American animation other than Rick and Morty. I've seen my fair share of adult comedy animated shows like Simpsons or Family Guy but I guess they've just never really aligned with my style of humor. To each their own though, Simpsons continued long run is an impressive feat all on it's own, especially since it appears to have maintained its level of quality throughout, that's hard to accomplish.
  • trippytrippy Saint Louis
    trippy said:

    jomiha said:

    I really liked a lot of the humor on King of the Hill  (Bobby taking women's self defense classes will forever be one of my favorite things).

    "Thats mah purse!!! I don't know you!!"


    Pretty much my favourite TV quote ever.


    Deedarwinfeeshy
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    Nothing says 'This situation is serious' like a corpse on the floor.
    -Anon.
  • MrXMrX CO
    Anyone else a Clone High fan? Only one season on MTV in the early 2000s, but it was really memorable. I still find myself quoting it to this day. Premise: a bunch of clones of historical figures (Joan of Arc, I Lincoln, Ghandi, JFK, etc) are in a special high school together. The principal has a robot butler. Hilarity ensues.

    Also it was by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who have since made Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street, and are doing the Hah Solo prequel.
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