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Bart Finds Alien Love in His Avatar on 'Simpsons Treehouse of Horror' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 31st 2011 4:15AM
'The Simpsons' - 'Treehouse of Horror XXII'This year, 'The Simpsons' (Sun., 8PM ET on FOX) annual Halloween spook-tacular was filled with fresher-than-usual satire. 'Treehouse of Horror XXII' -- and doesn't that make you feel old? -- opened with a nod to Aron Ralston and the film '127 Hours,' and proceeded to mock 'Dexter,' 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' and 'Avatar.'

The 'Spider-Man' story was perhaps the most bizarre, as it featured a catatonic Homer Simpson ultimately fighting crime even though he couldn't move. But the accidents caused by that were a clear poke at the accident-prone musical.

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Sneak Peek: 'The Simpsons' Takes On 'Avatar' and More in 'Treehouse of Horror 22'

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 18th 2011 10:30AM
The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror 22It's that wonderful time of the year: 'The Simpsons' is celebrating Halloween.

In the 22nd annual 'Treehouse of Horror,' our favorite Springfield residents spoof '127 Hours,' 'Avatar,' and many more pop culture phenomenons.

Check out Fox's official description and posters for the event below.

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Daniel Radcliffe Guest Stars, as 'The Simpsons' Takes on 'Twilight' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 8th 2010 3:21AM
Daniel Radcliffe Guest Stars, as 'The Simpsons' Takes on 'Twilight''Twilight' and the 'Harry Potter' series are two of the most popular fantasy franchises in the world. But on the new 'Simpsons' (Sun., 8PM ET on Fox), Lisa Simpson showed that she wasn't a fan.

In the latest installment of the 'Treehouse of Horror' series, Daniel Radcliffe guest starred as "Edmund." The 'Harry Potter' star played a vampire ... whose name and attitude resembled a character from a very famous film and book series ... Maybe you can name the character we're thinking of?

After saving Lisa from a series of accidents (just like in 'Twilight'!), Edmund offered to bite her on the neck and make her immortal. To which Lisa promptly said: No thank you.

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Best 'Simpsons' 'Treehouse of Horror' Segments

by Sharon Knolle, posted Oct 31st 2010 4:00PM
Ask any fan of the 'The Simpsons' for their all-time favorite episodes and chances are, most of those will be from their annual Halloween episode, 'Treehouse of Horror.'

So how to narrow down 21 years and 60 segments to a mere 10? Just contemplating it can drive you mad!

This year's episode airs Sun., Nov. 7, (that's right after Halloween), but we couldn't wait to revisit the 'Simpsons' best horror send-ups. We've got vampires, zombies, killer clowns. But hey, note to Matt Groening: Where are the mummies?

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TV Squad's APB Podcast: Balloon Boy, The Simpsons, DWTS, and more

by Joel Keller, posted Oct 22nd 2009 5:24PM
TV Squad logoPodcast time again! In this episode, Jason Hughes and Michael Pascua join me to talk about TV's doings this week:

Run time is 46:02.

You can listen to the podcast below, or download it by subscribing to our RSS podcast feed. It is also available via iTunes. Feel free to leave us feedback in the comments.

By the way, the music at the beginning and end of the podcast is "Life" by Justin Trawick.

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I remember when the Treehouse of Horror was appointment TV

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 20th 2009 10:02AM
The Simpsons - Treehouse of Horror XXEven after I'd given up on watching The Simpsons every week many years back, I continued tuning into their annual "Treehouse of Horror" specials, the most recent of which aired Sunday. After a few more years of watching just that one episode each year, I eventually let it go as well. But I've been watching this 20th Anniversary Season of the show, and reviewing it for the site, so I settled in to see what we'd be tackling this year.

As always, the special is broken into three parts. This year's batch: a send-up of Alfred Hitchcock films, 28 Days Later, and Sweeney Todd. That sounded promising enough, and yet ...

Maybe I'm too old for the "Treehouse." Or maybe they just try and do too much. Or maybe, as was the case with all three of this year's segments, they have decent enough set-ups, but their endings are all stupid.

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'The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XX': Watch Now

by AOL TV Staff, posted Oct 19th 2009 5:25PM


Watch the full episode of 'The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XX' after the jump ...

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Gay group mad at The Simpsons

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 5th 2008 3:02PM
Simpsons HalloweenYou know, E! Online should choose its headlines a little more carefully. Or maybe they did it on purpose, heh.

The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network is ticked that The Simpsons annual "Treehouse of Horror" special had a line from Nelson Muntz that they consider a gay slur. Muntz said "that's so gay" towards Milhouse in a scene in the episode this past weekend. A spokesman for the group says that Muntz should visit thinkb4youspeak.com, a site that asks people not to use the word gay in a negative way. I guess that will be a Very Special Episode of The Simpsons.

The funny thing is this is not even the first time that the show has used the line "that's so gay." I think I remember it being used by one of Nelson's buddies when he was dating Lisa several seasons ago. I think the line was something like "You have a girlfriend? That's so gay!"

So, is this a slur or are people just overreacting at a joke, being too PC?

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Sneak Peek: Homer Simpson IS Don Draper! - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 28th 2008 6:02PM
The Simpsons
This Sunday, FOX will air the annual Simpsons Halloween special "Treehouse of Horror" episode. We've already told you that this year's installment will spoof Peanuts, advertising, and Transformers. Now we have some screen shots of the opening credits, courtesy of Best Week Ever.

As you can see from the picture above, The Simpsons are doing Mad Men this season. Now, there's nothing particularly Halloween-ish or scary about Mad Men (though we could talk for hours about how Mad Men really is kind of frightening, with marriages and characters and the American Dream falling apart and all that), but I've been waiting for someone to parody the beautiful opening credits.

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Simpsons to spoof Mad Men, Peanuts on Halloween episode - VIDEOS

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 22nd 2008 7:09PM
The SimpsonsHasn't The Simpsons already spoofed It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown on one of its many "Treehouse of Horror" episodes? You would think it would be a natural for them and it would have been done years ago.

The classic Peanuts show is one of the segments spoofed (it's called "It's The Great Pumpkin, Milhouse") on the annual Halloween episode of the show. The other segments include a Transformers spoof (the robots try to destroy Springfield, of course), and the segment I'm most looking forward to, a Mad Men takeoff. Seems that advertising agencies hire Homer to kill celebrities so they can make a bunch of money off of their likenesses. It's called "How To Get Ahead In Deadvertising." We'll see Homer falling off of a building a la Mad Men's opening credits.

As is often the case, the Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror" episode will actually air after Halloween, on November 2. After the jump, a video retrospective of the show's Halloween episodes and a sneak peek at one of the scenes from the new one.

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The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XVII

by Adam Finley, posted Nov 5th 2006 9:21PM

simpsons(S18E04) I always try to give the Simpsons Halloween specials the benefit of the doubt, because obviously when they first decided to do one for each season, starting with "Treehouse of Horror I" in season two, they probably weren't thinking they might have to keep coming up with three new vignettes every year for almost two decades, with no clear sign of stopping anytime soon.

So I cut the series a little bit of slack when it comes to these Halloween episodes, because sometimes you just run out of scary things to spoof and you end up creating something like "You Gotta Know When to Golem," about a mystical Jewish creature who becomes Bart's unwitting slave. But even though this was the least of the three stories this year, it did have some funny moments. I loved how the family created a bride for the Golem out of Play-Doh, and how the Golem turned from a silent killing machine to a neurotic freak that won't shut up the moment he's allowed to speak.

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Press Kits Unwrapped: The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror XVII

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 25th 2006 8:02PM

Press kit open

A note to the people who put together these press kits: if you want to woo me, fill the kit with lots and lots of candy. I don't care if it has anything to do with the television program you're promoting or not. I want lots of damn chocolate, and I want it now. As you can see in the picture above, this press kit for the upcoming "Treehouse of Horror" episode of The Simpsons was stuffed with mini candy bars, Blow Pops and peanuts, all of which I scarfed down fairly quickly, growling under my breath like a starving dog protecting his food bowl.

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The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XVII - an early look

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 25th 2006 3:02PM

simpsonsNo spoilers in this preview, Simpsons fans.

I'll have a few review when the episode airs on November 5, but here's a taste of what you can look forward to:

The first vignette, titled "Married to the Blob," spoofs the classic camp classic The Blob, this time with Homer becoming an ever-enlarging mass of man-blob who just can't stop himself from eating every person he comes across. As always, it takes Marge to finally talk some sense into Homer, with a little help from guest star Dr. Phil.

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Simpsons take aim at Iraq war in new Treehouse of Horror

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 21st 2006 11:02AM
simpsonsYou knew they'd have to get around to it sooner or later. The final segment of the upcoming Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror" episode on November 5 will take a few not-so-subtle shots at the current conflict in Iraq as aliens Kang and Kodos (who are featured in every "Treehouse of Horror") attack Springfield before the humans can get their hands on "weapons of mass disintegration". The connection to the Iraq war is made obvious, and there's even a line at the end in which a character evokes the actual Iraq debacle. Executive producer Al Jean says the line may be too obvious and not make it into the episode. It'll be interesting to see how the show handles the segment, though I wonder why they didn't try to tackle this subject as a full "regular" episode, which I think they could have done fairly easily. Then again, they may still have plenty of time to do just that.

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Watch all sixteen Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episodes

by Joel Keller, posted Oct 20th 2006 1:46PM
Treehouse of HorroDoesn't it annoy the heck out of you that, because of baseball, FOX doesn't air the annual Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror" episode until after Halloween? It annoys me. There's no reason why FOX couldn't pre-empt one of those insipid baseball pre-game shows to show the episode. I mean, really; does anyone actually think that a FOX game starts at 8 PM anymore? By the time Jeannie Zelasko pulls out every tired sports cliche in the book and Kevin Kennedy gives his "a ten year old could do this" analysis, 8:20 has rolled around and we haven't even seen the first pitch...

Aaaaannyway, if you're hankering for some "Treehouse", the Chowdaheads blog has what you need; they have posted video of all sixteen "Treehouse" episodes. The video embeds are pretty small, but at least you can see them all in one place. That is, if you don't have the "Treehouse" DVDs. And I do agree with the Chowdaheads: "Treehouses" two through nine are the best ones.

[via Pop Candy]

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