More TV Memories – Games World.

Games World (Sky One, 1993-1995, 1998)

When I began my Game Show Memories series on here a while back now, I told an anecdote about Games World. I thought that I would now revisit this show and give it a full review. Following on from The DJ Kat Show that I reviewed recently, Games World is another show that was regularly on Sky One in the 90s, but I do remember watching this one first time round. How is this possible?

Before we got Sky One in my house, I used to visit a friend in the evening who had satellite TV, and we usually watched Games World (other Sky One shows I remember watching around this time were Australian soap E Street and American sitcom Full House). This was a show that was all about computer games that was shown every weekday and was essentially Sky’s equivalent of Channel 4’s GamesMaster.

Every day featured something different on the show, and as I have been into computer games for many years (although I’ve never been that great at playing them) I did enjoy watching. One of the features to start the week off was The Eliminator, where various “puffy jackets” (as they used to be called) competed against one-another in various games and were gradually knocked out until one remained. vlcsnap-00761

This was hosted by Bob Mills, who also hosted In Bed With Medinner and Win, Lose Or Draw on ITV around the same time, and in more recent years he has presented on the radio. Bob would commentate on the games being played (one of the regular ones was Cash Dash) along with a writer from a games magazine. There were also special editions where the magazine writers were the contestants. vlcsnap-00758

All throughout the week Games World would feature things like news and reviews of the latest games, and there would also be plenty of chips and teats… or tips and cheats as some call them on offer (also featuring in some of the earliest TV appearances was David Walliams, isn’t that terrific). This was another show featuring an interactive element that was rather similar to a later CITV mid-90s show called TIGSvlcsnap-00755

This all built up to the climax at the end of the week called Beat The Elite, this was where contestants who survived The Eliminator would compete against a “Videator”, a group of characters who thought a lot of themselves and claimed that they were tough to beat. These included posh schoolboy Master Moriarty, and the most famous was Big Boy Barry, a rather rotund young gentleman who was fond of his games. The contestant then gambled the points that they had won in the final round, and the overall series winner received a big fancy arcade machine. vlcsnap-00763

One of the reasons this show means a lot to me is because once I was actually in the studio audience for Beat The Elite, and it was a great experience. Never did I think when I watched the show about a year earlier I would actually be seeing these people for real, and it should tell you something about me never really wanting to meet celebrities however much I’ve admired them that even being in the presence of Bob and Barry left me somewhat starstruck. After a break of a few years, Games World returned in 1998, but it was rather short-lived, in this case the original was definitely the best.

The YouTube Files – The DJ Kat Show.

The DJ Kat Show (Sky Channel/Sky One, 1986-1995)

This is a show that I don’t remember watching at the time, this is because it was on Sky One and I didn’t have that channel myself until the late-90s. But when I looked through TV magazines a long time ago, I do remember being curious about what the show was. Did the title refer to a DJ as in someone who plays records? Well thankfully there are more than enough clips on YouTube for me to finally discover what it was all about.

The DJ Kat Show launched in September 1986 on Sky Channel which was available across most of Europe, and at the time it was produced in the Netherlands. This was essentially Sky’s children’s programming strand, their equivalent of CBBC and CITV, and it was one of the few things you would find on the channel in its early days, along with repeats of old imported sitcoms, and endless editions of Sky Trax with Pat Sharp. vlcsnap-00543

But who exactly was DJ Kat? This was the host of the show, who was a leather jacket-wearing cat puppet with attitude who I suppose was their equivalent of a Gordon The Gopher/Scally The Dog-type character who introduced various cartoons, usually during the afternoons and school holidays (he also did a rap in the opening sequence). DJ Kat would also be assisted by a human co-host, and there were many of these over the years. vlcsnap-00548

In the earliest days this was Linda De Mol, whose brother was behind the production company that launched Big BrotherIn 1987, an American version of the show launched on a few TV channels, with our feline host picking up the accent from somewhere, but this was rather short-lived. After the relaunch of Sky Channel in 1989, The DJ Kat Show moved to the UK, and Linda departed, to be replaced by Steffanie Pitt. vlcsnap-00588

By the early-90s, DJ Kat’s sidekick was Catrina Hylton-Hull, and among the shows featured were such goodies as Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles. Then in the mid-90s, DJ Kat was joined by Joe Greco (of CITV’s Spatz and Mega Mania fame), and features included interactive games that viewers could play at home using their touch-tone telephones for prizes (a lot of children’s TV shows included this feature around this time). vlcsnap-00753

There were also a few comedy sketches including a parody of EastEnders. However, despite still being rather popular with viewers, after almost a decade the show was beginning to run out of steam a little, and it came to an end in December 1995. A new children’s strand launched on Sky One in January 1996 but it was very short-lived and much less successful. Having now seen some of it, I think that I would’ve enjoyed watching The DJ Kat Show when I was younger, and it seems that a lot of people still remember all this fondly.

More TV Memories – The Young Doctors.

The Young Doctors (Nine, 1976-1983)

It’s time to look back at another soap, but instead of reviewing a British one, I thought that I would review an Australian one. It’s something of a surprise to realise that Australian soaps seem to have been more popular in the UK than American ones. The most famous examples are Home And Away and Neighbours, but others that have been shown in this country include A Country Practice, Prisoner: Cell Block H, Sons And Daughters, The Sullivans… and this one.

The Young Doctors is a soap that launched in 1976, it was created by Reg Watson who was also behind Neighbours and it was shown five days a week. It was set at The Albert Memorial Hospital in Sydney. However, it was a rather sparse place, it didn’t contain that many patients or staff. The show concentrated more on the love lives of the doctors (who didn’t seem to be that young, really) and nurses. Although they more often seemed to be down Bunny’s for a drink. And the acting? Well, there really was some acting! vlcsnap-01042

One of the more unusual things about the show was the original opening sequence that seemed to feature the cast down the disco having a dance to the (admittedly funky) theme music by The Executives (maybe EastEnders should start to do this to liven things up). There was a rather high turnover of cast over the years, but some of the regulars included Ada who ran the refreshments kiosk, the intimidating Sister Scott, faithful secretary Helen, and the grumpy balding doctor who wore dark-tinted glasses (the only character to appear in the first and final episode). vlcsnap-01049

Also featuring in some of his earliest TV appearances was Alan Dale as Dr Forrest, who went on to play Jim Robinson in Neighbours, and he has gone on to much further success in more recent years in America. The Young Doctors was also fond of its cliffhangers and featured some rather bizarre plots, including characters falling down a lift shaft, being electrocuted on their honeymoon, and a nurse’s long-lost sister (played by the same actress) secretly replacing her at the hospital (doing such a thing is always a sign that a soap is beginning to run out of ideas and become detached from real life). vlcsnap-01040

The Young Doctors came to an end in 1983 after 1,396 episodes, and concluded with an evocative look back and a special sombre version of the closing theme. The show gained something of a cult following when it was shown on ITV (except in the Scottish region), usually before Children’s ITV, but the scheduling was rather erratic. Central was the first region to import the show in 1982, and some regions were still showing episodes as late as 1995 (there was also always a jump in the closing credits to remove the sponsors’ adverts). Episodes were also shown on Sky One from 1989-1992. vlcsnap-01057

Some episodes of the show have been released on DVD, but not in this country. It might have also had something of an influence on the 90s hospital sitcom parody Let The Blood Run Free (shown in the UK on Channel 4). When trying to find out a little more about The Young Doctors online I discovered a video of a Christmas tape containing some rather amusing outtakes, it seems that working on the show was a lot more fun than I ever realised.

The YouTube Files – The Secret Video Show.

The Secret Video Show (Sky One, 1989-1990)

When Sky launched (as we now know it) in 1989, they did have an attempt at some original programming between the imports, mostly revivals of game shows including The Price Is Right and Sale Of The Century. There was also a show that was hosted by Chris Tarrant, someone whose TV work I have enjoyed a lot, so I was pleased to recently find a full edition on YouTube.

As much as I have enjoyed Tarrant’s presenting style and personality over the years, he has hosted a lot of stinkers, and for every Who Wants To Be A Millionaire there is a long-forgotten The Great Pretender or The Colour Of Money (although I did like Lose A Million, and even that was a ratings flop). I hadn’t realised that Tarrant had hosted a show on Sky One so I thought that this could be interesting.

The Secret Video Show featured what are always described in TV magazines as “home video howlers”, where people suffer a variety of painful-looking mishaps that just happen to be captured by a camcorder, but their bruises are soon healed by the fact that it’ll now be shown on TV, they’ll be famous for five seconds, and they could potentially win a cash prize. Also featuring are some hidden camera stunts. vlcsnap-00453

The Secret Video Show had a similar idea to ITV’s You’ve Been Framed! (which has now been running for almost three decades), and BBC1’s one-series wonder Caught In The Act (that was hosted by Shane Richie). But it gets even better. Tarrant’s co-host was none other than Peter Simon, who was seemingly doing some moonlighting from Double Dare, and his job was to go around the country and get really corny jokes from the public that made him honk with laughter. vlcsnap-00461

The edition that is online though is a special where some prizes are on offer for the funniest videos that have featured in the series, so Peter is in the studio along with Chris, (however he didn’t join in with the falling over on this occasion, he left that to the people in the videos) and seeing two of my favourite TV personalities combine together to host this show that I previously knew very little about was a real treat and can’t be all bad. vlcsnap-00455

Most of the clips also had “boing” sound effects added to them, just like Caught In The Act did, along with as much canned laughter as viewers could handle. As it was the last in the series, the funniest video in every category wins £1,000, with the overall series winner receiving a trophy and £2,500 (and to determine that winner, they asked the audience, what a novel idea). Well, as you can imagine, bow-tie wearing Peter was very excited by all this, let’s hope that they give him a job on the revival of Crackerjackvlcsnap-00457

I did enjoy seeing The Secret Video Show, it made me giggle almost as much as Peter did, and it ran for a couple of series (although it doesn’t have a Wikipedia entry), unlike You’ve Been Framed! which is still going and has kept up with the latest of the technologies, so people can now capture their friends breaking their leg with their telephones, whatever will they think of next.

Game Show Memories – The New Price Is Right.

The New Price Is Right (Sky One, 1989-1990)

When Sky One launched in 1989, they decided to make some original programming for their schedule alongside the imports. These included some game shows, but they weren’t original formats, they were actually revivals of shows that used to be on ITV. One of them was Sale Of The Century, and another one was The Price Is Right (which by this point had a “New” added to its title).

The Price Is Right ended on ITV in 1988 after 100 successful editions, so in 1989 Sky One bought the show for its first revival (I think only Blockbusters has had as many revivals as The Price Is Right on British TV). Leslie Crowther was gone though, and the new host was Bob Warman. Who he? Well the show was still being made at the Central studio, and Warman hosted the local news in the Central region at the time, so maybe it was something to do whilst waiting to host the news. vlcsnap-00771

Another notable thing about The New Price Is Right was that it used the same theme music as the original American version had since the early-70s (I will get round to reviewing the American version soon), and the set design was changed to a rather nasty green and red combination. Warman would come on stage accompanied by too many glamorous co-hosts to much applause from the overexcited studio audience, four of which were then invited to “come on down” for a chance to play various games. vlcsnap-00780

They then had a chance to play for some prizes, and most of these games had been recycled from the ITV version, such as Danger Price, Pick-A-Pair, and of course Cliffhanger! The three winning contestants would then go through to play the Showcase Showdown. Because there were fewer restrictions on satellite channels, there was a lot more sponsorship and product placement on the show than on ITV. vlcsnap-00781

The highest scorer then went through to play for the Showcase. They chose their range at random from nine different amounts on offer, from £250 to £1,000. If their bid was within the range but not over, they won the star prize, and everyone was rather pleased. Another notable thing was that every edition was half-an-hour long so three games were played. vlcsnap-00778

Another point is that there were more advert breaks in the show than what you would get on ITV in a half-an-hour slot at the time, and there were also plenty of trails during the show giving an interesting insight into what other programming was on offer alongside The New Price Is Right in the earliest days of Sky One when there wasn’t exactly a huge amount of viewers watching (indeed I might expand on that in a separate piece). vlcsnap-00784

Trails included the American sitcom ALF, Love At First Sight, a game show hosted by Bruno Brookes, Sky Star Search, a talent show hosted by Keith Chegwin, and The Secret Video Show, featuring sub-You’ve Been Framed! “home video howlers” (as they are always called) that was hosted by Chris Tarrant and Peter Simon? So this show was hosted by two of my favourite TV personalities and I’d barely ever come across it? Well I will definitely have to investigate that one further! s3

The New Price Is Right ended on Sky One in 1990, and was revived again on ITV in 1995 with Bruce Forsyth as host and more prizes on offer than ever.

The Comedy Vault – Harry Enfield’s Brand Spanking New Show.

Harry Enfield’s Brand Spanking New Show (Sky One, 2000)

Harry Enfield first came on to the British TV comedy scene in the mid-80s. By 1990 he was successful enough with viewers to have his own BBC2 sketch show Harry Enfield’s Television Programme, which in 1994 moved to BBC1 and was renamed Harry Enfield And Chums. I am rather fond of both of these shows, but neither of them have been released on DVD, however I do plan to review them soon.

In 2000 Sky One decided to commission more original comedy programming, including the sitcom The Strangerers. Showing some ambition, they decided to poach Enfield from the BBC to star in a new sketch show. Naturally Sky were pleased with their big-name signing, and after much publicity Harry Enfield’s Brand Spanking New Show launched on the same day as Al Murray’s sitcom Time Gentlemen Pleasevlcsnap-00751

Enfield is someone who has always left behind his most popular characters, not wishing to play them to the point where they are past-it, so for this show a whole new range were created. Some of the most memorable characters included the Cornish Ladies Man, who was always telling his risque stories, the pharmacist who was rather indiscreet when dealing with people, Strange Bob, the TV presenter prone to unusual outbursts, and Chris Great, the rather big-headed radio presenter who liked bossing his staff around but most certainly wasn’t based on Chris Evans, oh no. vlcsnap-00755

There were no other main cast members as such, but a few other people did occasionally help out Enfield in the sketches, including Gwyneth Strong, Simon Greenall, and Sally Bretton who is better known nowadays for appearing in BBC1 sitcom Not Going Out. Harry Enfield’s Brand Spanking New Show ran for 12 editions in one series, plus a behind the scenes special. vlcsnap-00754

Most editions ended with some outtakes from the show, showing Enfield taking the opportunity to employ a rather more crude sense of humour than in his previous shows, but this ended up being rather awkward as most of these were funnier than the actual sketches. The show received rather average reviews, and Enfield later admitted that there wasn’t a huge amount of time available to put the shows together, and that it wasn’t exactly the peak of his career. vlcsnap-00753

The show has been released on DVD (as Harry Enfield’s Brand Spanking New Video), but curiously it runs to only 90 minutes, the equivalent of about three editions, meaning that plenty of sketches are missing (a few outtakes also feature). However, Enfield would later return to the BBC and team up with his old mate Paul Whitehouse again to create yet another new range of characters for a comedy show that pleasingly fared much better.

More TV Memories – Futurama.

Futurama (Fox, 1999-2003, Comedy Central, 2008-2013)

The Simpsons was one of the most successful TV shows of its era, so when it was revealed that its creator Matt Groening was working on a new cartoon, a lot of people including myself were wondering what he would come up with next. It turned out that his new show was a science-fiction cartoon set 1,000 years in the future called Futurama.

I can still remember the first time that I saw a picture of the Futurama cast at the beginning of 1999 and I was rather excited. They looked like characters from The Simpsons… but there was something different about them! There was a huge buzz around the show when it finally launched later that year, and Futurama made its debut on TV in this country on Sky One around the same time as Family Guy so I can’t help but always group those two shows together. 

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Futurama is one of those shows that is very well documented online, so there isn’t much need to explain the plot in huge depth, but I’d just like to add my views on the show to the many already out there. It begins at the end of 1999 when we meet our hero of the show, the ordinary pizza delivery boy Fry (who was voiced by Billy West of Ren And Stimpy fame among many other animated shows). vlcsnap-00132

Fry manages to get himself locked in a freezer, and when he finally awakes in the year 3000… it is fair to say that things on Earth have changed somewhat. We then follow Fry’s new life in the future as he gets a new job as a delivery boy on the Planet Express spaceship, and like all good shows there are a small amount of very enjoyable regular cast members, the main ones being the purple-haired one-eyed Leela, and Bender the talking robot. vlcsnap-00135

Also featuring was Fry’s elderly relative Professor Farnsworth who was always inventing things, Amy, Hermes, and Dr Zoidberg. I remember being particularly amused by Zapp Brannigan, especially his difficultly with pronouncing the word “champagne”, which really upset him. There were also lots of other good touches in the show including a title sequence which changed every episode, and a chance to spot secret messages. vlcsnap-00136

I remember watching the early episodes of Futurama on Sky One in the late-90s/early-2000s when there was something of an animation boom on TV which brought the genre into a new era. Some episodes were also shown on Channel 4, but these were in some odd timeslots and the show never really managed to get as big a following in this country as The Simpsons but it still had a huge amount of fans. The DVDs also feature a good amount of extras looking behind the scenes of the show. vlcsnap-00134

As time went by Fry and co. visited several planets and encountered a wide range of creative aliens, technology, robots and so on. After a few years though Futurama was cancelled by Fox, but then it was revived a few years later by Comedy Central before being cancelled again, and there have been constant rumours ever since about its return. I also remember that there was a lot of merchandise for the show including comics, and I also had the PlayStation 2 game. There were so many great episodes over the years and I still enjoy watching the show.

Game Show Memories – Spellbound.

Spellbound (Sky One, 1994-1996)

A game show hosted by Paul Coia which featured three contestants trying to make words? No, it wasn’t Catchword which was nearing the end of its run on BBC2 when this show launched, it was Spellbound, it was shown live on Sky One, and it was just about that channel’s first attempt at an original game show following on from making revivals of The Price Is Right, Sale Of The Century and Blockbusters. This isn’t really a show that I remember watching much at the time but after finding a couple of editions on YouTube I thought that it was interesting enough to be reviewed. vlcsnap-00931

Spellbound was another Action Time production, a company that made a lot of 90s game shows, and it was a combination of bingo and words. There was a board with 15 randomly-generated numbers on it, and behind each number was a letter. There was a category given and the board contained two hidden words. If contestants picked a number that contained one of the letters in a word they score its value. This means that they could be tempted to pick the higher-value numbers, but if they uncover a letter that isn’t in one of the two words, it’s a “lousy letter” and they score nothing and lose their turn. vlcsnap-00932

There were also bonus points on offer if contestants found a starter letter, and if they managed to complete the one of the words by finding all of its letters. Questions would also be asked on the buzzer to gain control of the board (I couldn’t help but notice that the buzzer noise is the same as on Timekeepers, another 90s Action Time production). This would be done three times, and the highest-scoring contestant would then go through to the final to play for the star prize. vlcsnap-00936

In the final, the contestant had to find six vowels that would fit into three words. These were hidden by 15 various playing card symbols. I’ve not seen it myself but apparently at the end of the first series instead of using the usual joker symbol, a picture of Paul making a silly face appeared and it seemed that he was very embarrassed. The contestant could make up to eight guesses and if they completed all the words they would win a holiday or a cash prize, usually around £1,000. vlcsnap-00939

Viewers watching at home should have been paying close attention to what was happening too, because game cards were given out, and if anyone managed to cross off all of their letters then Paul would phone them at the end of the show, and if they got a simple question right they would win a cash prize too. Paul would also be occasionally assisted by his wife and fellow TV presenter Debbie Greenwood (no relation) for this part. Although I’ve only seen a couple of editions it seems that Spellbound was one of the better attempts at an original interactive game show from the early days of satellite TV. vlcsnap-00938

The Comedy Vault – Time Gentlemen Please.

Time Gentlemen Please (Sky One, 2000-2002)

At the start of 2000, Sky One decided to make some home-grown comedy shows for the first time, beginning with the science-fiction sitcom The Strangerers. Later that year on the same day, they launched two more shows, Harry Enfield’s new sketch show (which I will review soon), and another sitcom which was called Time Gentlemen Please which starred Al Murray (who I remember previously seeing on TV in Harry Hill’s show) as his The Pub Landlord character.

This character had become popular when he was taken on tour, even eventually doing a show at the O2, so the decision was taken to transfer him into a sitcom format. Co-written by Richard Herring (who featured in a few episodes playing a postman), Time Gentlemen Please was set in a rundown pub called The Cowshed, where Murray was the loudmouthed old-fashioned landlord (“back off, Brussels!”) who could be rather erratic as he was still getting over his wife and child leaving him to go to France “I miss my boy, that’s all!”. There were also a group of regular characters who appeared alongside him. vlcsnap-00764

The pub only ever seemed to have about three regular customers. These were the revolting resident drunk Terry (Phil Daniels) who was rather flatulent and would drink anything, someone nicknamed “The Professor” who was rather brainy and also creepy, and their eldest customer who seemed to have been a regular for an awfully long time. Also helping out was Steve the barman but he was rather useless and lived in the basement. Rebecca Front also appeared playing the brewery representative Mrs Jackson “COW!” which is nice. Alexander Armstrong was in an episode too. vlcsnap-00763

At the start of the first series Murray decided to take on Janet as the new barmaid (Julia Sawalha), despite her being rather foul-mouthed, constantly going on about what she would get up to with her ex-boyfriends, and an “Ozteralien” because she was just so good at what she did. At the start of the second series she was replaced by student Connie “so young… so innocent… so pure…” (Emma Pierson, an actress who seemed to be on TV a lot for a few years around this time) who seemed to have studied every subject when she was in her first year. vlcsnap-00768

The first series of Time Gentlemen Please was a huge length of 22 episodes, one of the longest runs of any UK sitcom, seemingly as an attempt to sell the show to an American market where such series lengths are more commonplace (didn’t work, naturally). The show also had some memorable attempts at catchphrases from Murray including “I’m not confused!”, “ooh, it’s been a year!” and “I do not have a fat head!”. vlcsnap-00771

The second and final series was a slightly shorter 15 episodes. One thing that disappointed me about this run was that the final episode was shown on the day that ITV Digital went off air (1 May 2002) so I couldn’t see it, but thankfully in more recent years the whole series was released on DVD. Time Gentlemen Please was something of a flop, but compared to Murray’s other Pub Landlord TV shows Happy Hour, Fact Hunt and Compete For The Meat I would say that it’s not that bad really.

More TV Memories – The Simpsons.

The Simpsons (Fox, 1989-present) simpsons0729131280jpg-881f0e_1280w

The story of how The Simpsons was created and what it’s about is very well known, so this piece will concentrate more on how I got into the show, and how it has been treated on British TV. Homer and co. first came to the screen in this country in 1990 on Sky One, there had been a huge buzz around the show that it was something special and in those days many people felt that to be able to watch episodes was just about the only reason it was worth getting a fancy new satellite dish for.

The first time that I can remember The Simpsons making an impact on me would have been round late-1990/early-1991 when I saw the video for the song “Do The Bartman” for the first time. This song was a big success and it became a chart-topping single in both the UK and Ireland, which was made all the more remarkable as I don’t even think that it was a hit in America. There was a second song released later in the year that also made the top ten.

After that, the first time that I can remember seeing a full episode for the first time was how I imagine many other people did in the early-90s, when we managed to contact someone who did have Sky to record a couple of episodes and then pass the tape on to us. The only other way you could see the show then was to buy VHS tapes which featured a couple of episodes from the early series, and I watched them a lot.

Also in the mid-90s, I used to enjoy The Simpsons comic. The American version used to be sold in WH Smith, and I remember enjoying the strips, and being rather bemused by the American adverts. I also bought various spin-offs including Radioactive Man, Krusty The Klown, and Itchy and Scratchy. In 1997 the British version of this comic launched, I bought a lot of issues, and it still continues to this day.

So it was something of a great relief to many people when finally in 1996 The Simpsons came to terrestrial TV when episodes would be shown on BBC1 for the first time. However they showed all of the episodes out of sequence, and after a short while it was moved to BBC2 because it was being beaten in the ratings would you believe by Sabrina The Teenage Witch which was on ITV at the same time.

The Simpsons stayed on BBC2 until 2004 when they were poached by Channel 4, who seemed to have shown at least one episode every day since. Of course, the show remains on Sky to this day, and over 600 episodes have now been made, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to end any time soon, and Bart should think himself lucky that because so many stars have wanted to take part to provide a guest voice, he has now met just about every person who has been famous in the past 25 years.

In more recent years I have tried to collect as much merchandise as I can, and among my favourite things that I have are the episode guide books which have a great amount of information in them, there have also been some enjoyable computer games made, and I also have a lot of the DVDs which have some great extras which have revealed more about the show. There is of course a huge amount that has been written about The Simpsons online and it has made me notice some things.

A lot of people seem to think that the quality of the show began to drop of around the start of series nine, and I have read various blogs from mega-fans reviewing the show episode and episode, and it’s been sad to read how people have slowly fallen out of love with the show as the weeks go by, and some people now think that there are more bad episodes than good ones.

The Simpsons does remain a classic show though, and in more recent years there has been a film made, there has also been a special crossover episode with Family Guy, and needless to say the show has won a huge amount of awards. There are so many other great elements of the show that can be tapped into such as my favourite couch gags or characters, and I might do that in another piece soon.