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It's a Whirlwind Romance for Fat Tony and Selma Bouvier on 'The Simpsons' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 2nd 2011 2:08AM
'The Simpsons' - 'The Real Housewives of Fat Tony'If you've been wondering who Selma Bouvier might attract next on 'The Simpsons' (Sun., 8PM ET on FOX), you need wonder no more. A woman who's track record includes Sideshow Bob, Hans Moleman, Troy McClure, Barney Gumble, Grandpa Simpsons and being rejected by Groundskeeper Willie -- among others -- Selma certainly got someone more powerful this time around.

After getting abducted and threatened by Fat Tony, the gangster found himself impressed that she didn't scare easily. Look at that above list of romantic partners and it's easy to see why.

"You are one tough cookie," Fat Tony told her. "I tell you what. I'll let you pick which body part I cut off first."

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Nine Characters Who Deserve More Screen Time

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 30th 2011 1:00PM
Nine Characters Who Need More Screen TimeSometimes, there just isn't enough time in an episode for all of our favorite characters to get a moment in the sun.

On almost every show there's an unsung hero, always supporting the main players, only getting thrown a bone every now and then. Depending on the show, some characters are just given the shaft season after season. If we were calling the shots, these characters would come front and center (at least for a multi-episode arc!) and have their moment in the sun.

From characters who deal with the undead to a blue-haired cartoon boy, we want to see more of these characters on screen ASAP.

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Happy Earth Day! A Salute to Five Eco-Friendly Characters

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 22nd 2011 12:00PM
Lisa SimpsonWe wouldn't be true TV nerds if we didn't say we've learned a lot about the environment from our favorite characters.

In fact, some of our favorite shows feature very Earth-conscious characters.

To celebrate Earth Day and those who are making a difference (even if it's fictional), AOL TV presents our five favorite environment-lovin' TV characters.

Lisa Simpson, 'The Simpsons'
Not only is she a vegetarian -- yes, there are environmental benefits in being a vegetarian -- Lisa cares deeply about the environment. After all, 'The Simpsons Movie' kicks off with an environmental crisis and Lisa is right there to lead the charge in the cleanup. "Lisa believes in leaving the Earth a cleaner and better place than she found it," Yeardley Smith, the voice of Lisa Simpson, said in 2001.

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TV 101: Why Modern Animated Series Are Breaking the Mold

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Apr 15th 2011 2:40PM
The SimpsonsMuch to my father's chagrin, cartoons are an ever emerging and evolving source of entertainment and social commentary for fully developed humans. My dad, like many dads out there, still operates under the assumption that anything animated is for children and to keep cats company when their owners leave.

This outlook on animated television was a lot easier to maintain in the pre-'Simpsons' culture that my father grew up in. Easier, but certainly not justified. The implication that cartoons were initially exclusively "for kids" indicates more ignorance than truth about the nature of the medium. Look at almost any old 'Looney Tunes' short -- as a representative example -- layered with cultural references and parodies that only adults have a shot at understanding.

But now, with the wealth of grown-up animated series available on TV, it's impossible to brush off animation as anything less than a legitimate form of television series. What follows is a broad discussion about animated television, including a list of some of the toons that illustrate best this change in perception.

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Top 10 Thriftiest TV Families

by Kim Potts, posted Apr 3rd 2011 12:01AM
Sure, TV land has always been filled with characters who live in impossibly large New York City apartments ('Friends' gang, we're looking at you!). But there are also TV types who represent their more modest salaries in a realistic way.



For example, no one could turn a lump of cheap meat into a hearty meal for a family of five like Roseanne Conner, and few look cuter clipping coupons than 'The Middle''s Frankie Heck. And, with our shaky economy these days, it was only a matter of time before reality TV caught up -- enter TLC's 'Extreme Couponing' (premieres Wed., April 6, 9PM ET).

In honor penny-pinching pioneers and frugal mamas everywhere, we proudly count down our 10 favorite thrifty primetime families.

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Mashup: A Salute to Butt-Kicking TV Women (VIDEO)

by Avaryl Halley, posted Apr 1st 2011 12:20PM
Yesterday was the last day of Women's History Month, bringing to an end AOL TV's month-long celebration of Women on TV.

We've had tribute lists and graphics, but we wanted to go out with a bang: a mashup! What better way to salute some of the most iconic and powerful woman in television history than with a video of them in action?

Below you'll find one awesome video -- if we do say so ourselves -- of fierce females in action. There's plenty of canceled Joss Whedon goodness and soapy slaps to satisfy everybody.

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10 Most Stylish Female Characters in TV History

by Maggie Furlong, posted Mar 31st 2011 9:00AM
Mary Tyler MoorePeople watch TV for entertainment, escapism and stories that can keep them tuning in season after season.

But let's face it: for a lot of people, it's also about the sexy celebs in fabulous clothes. When it comes to women on TV, wardrobe may not make the character, but it does make her more interesting. It doesn't matter if the lady never wears the same thing twice or never changes clothes -- we've got both represented here -- it's the style that adds substance.

From hip-hugging chic to hippie chic, eclectic couture and housewives demure, we came up with a definitive list of some of our favorite fashionable ladies in TV history.

Did yours make the cut, or was she out-dressed? Sound off in the comments.

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Family TV Guide: 'The Simpsons'

by Rich Keller, posted Mar 28th 2011 2:00PM
'The Simpsons' can be watched by the entire family depending on the subject matter.'The Simpsons'
Network: Fox
Air Date: Sunday, 8PM ET
Starring: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer, Tress MacNeille, Pamela Hayden, and hundreds of other voices over the last 22 seasons
TV Rating: TV-PG for mild cases of suggestive and adult language, sexual situations and violence

What's It All About?
The Simpsons are not your average family. Homer, the balding, overweight father who works at the Springfield nuclear power plant, bumbles his way through extraordinary situations, while his precocious kids cause mischief and his long-suffering wife Marge tries to clean up their messes.

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European Networks Pull 'Simpsons' Nuclear Jokes in Response to Japanese Crisis

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 28th 2011 11:15AM
The SimpsonsIn normal times, Homer's hilariously inept antics at the Springfield nuclear plant are just another slightly off-color storyline on 'The Simpsons.' But in light of the current nuclear crisis in Japan, the jokes may not seem as funny, and several countries overseas are pulling episodes that make light of nuclear meltdowns.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, networks in Germany, Austria and Switzerland are screening episodes of the series and either pulling them altogether or replacing jokes that are "unsuitable" to air considering the situation in Japan.

'Simpsons' creator Al Jean told Entertainment Weekly that he understands if certain episodes are pulled. "We have 480 episodes, and if there are a few that they don't want to air for a while in light of the terrible thing going on, I completely understand that," he said. "We would never make light of what's happening in Japan."

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Helps Cure Homer of Choking Bart on 'The Simpsons' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 28th 2011 9:50AM
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 'The Simpsons'Have you been horrified for the better part of two decades at the awful parenting you've seen on 'The Simpsons' (Sunday, 8PM ET on FOX)? Poor Bart has been strangled countless times -- actually, we're pretty sure someone out there does have a count of this -- by Homer.

Sure, he's a scamp and definitely deserves to be punished more often than not, but strangling? After he takes it too far, Marge pushes Homer into therapy where he gets the chance to feel what it's like on the receiving end of his rage.

The best way to experience it, as described by his therapist, is "what it feels like to be young, small and terrified"? Face off against 7-foot-2-inch Kareem Abdul-Jabbar!

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Top 5 TV Show-Related Apps for the iPhone

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 27th 2011 10:00AM
Hollywood SquaresNowadays, creating a tie-in smartphone game or app is just about required for every successful entertainment franchise -- TV shows included.

As both a television and iPhone superfan, I've come up with a list of the best TV-related apps. Interestingly, most of them are games that can also be played on the iPod or have an equivalent "HD" version in the iTunes App Store that will play on a larger screen.

Interested in beefing up your app collection? Check out my favorites after the jump.

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Greatest '80s TV Catchphrases, From 'Cheers' to 'Ninja Turtles'

by Maggie Furlong, posted Mar 25th 2011 9:00AM
'Perfect Strangers'We're sure all kinds of awesome things happened on March 25, 1986, but could anything rival the series premiere of 'Perfect Strangers'? Don't be ridiculous!

It's been 25 years since 'Perfect Strangers' introduced us to Balki Bartokomous (Bronson Pinchot) from Mypos and his Chicago cousin Larry Appleton (Mark Linn-Baker), who charmed audiences with dances of joy and classic Balki-isms for eight seasons.

With Balki's "Don't be ridiculous" (only to be said with a heavy accent, please) ringing in our heads, we got to thinking about other awesome '80s TV catchphrases that TV fans adopted in their real lives.

Sadly, after the '80s, TV catchphrases started to die out a little. Sure there's Joey's 'Friends' favorite "How you doin'?", Barney's 'How I Met Your Mother' "Legendary" go-to, and the 'Seinfeld' classic "Yadda, yadda, yadda," but new taglines are few and far between, while these old standards still bring back great memories.

Without further ado, let's take a walk down TV memory lane with some of our favorite '80s TV catchphrases. D'oh! Did we forget yours? Chime in with a comment.

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Listen to This Awesome 'Simpsons' Songs Medley

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 17th 2011 4:00PM
Simpsons Medley'The Simpsons' has given us many, many wonderful songs. From 'Mr. Plow' to 'Monorail,' these earworms have been a large part of why this show stays so close to our hearts.

Now, noted TV theme medley folk hero Fredrik Larsson has combined many of our favorites into a new mash-up of sorts. It's catchy. You'll love it.

Check out the video after the jump -- it made it our way thanks to The High Definite.

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Unexpected Side Effects from Grandpa's Happy Pills on 'The Simpsons' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 7th 2011 6:55AM
'The Simspons' - 'The Scorpion's Tale'Always be aware of any potential side effects in any drugs you're taking. 'The Simpsons' (Sun., 8PM ET on FOX) taught us this in a most bizarre fashion as the side effect of Grandpa's medicine for his chronic bad mood caused his eyes to pop out of his head and dangle from their stalks. Even for a cartoon, it was a little gross.

But the lessons didn't stop there, as Bart learned the dangers of selling drugs to just anyone and everyone. All the old people in town suddenly became deliriously happy with equally disturbing dangling eyeballs.

Or maybe the lesson is for the drug companies who might rush medications to market before finding out all the side effects themselves.

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'The Simpsons' Season 22, Episode 14 Recap

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 21st 2011 4:20AM
The Simpsons['The Simpsons' - 'Angry Dad: The Movie']

With the Academy Awards being broadcast next week, 'The Simpsons' naturally had to return to the topical satire that they're so famous for.

And this episode contained a myriad of parodies and referential humor, only some of which I recognized. Some of the scenes in the Japanese Itchy and Scratchy movie were taken from 'Kill Bill,' but Quentin Tarantino's masterpiece likely stole the scenes (also known as an homage) from other Japanese movies.

In fact, the whole episode was a nice callback to the earlier episode 'I Am Furious Yellow' from the 13th season, which introduced 'Angry Dad' as a web series. This show has been around for so long, it can't help but have continuity.

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