Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Simpsons: Season 23 Episode List

Season 23 was a disaster.  How bad was it?  Comparing scores:
  • Season 19 had an overall score of 6.43, which was the record low before this season.  You can see below just how much worse this season was to 19.
  • Seasons 16 and 18 tied for the record low of episodes scored 7.0 or above, with seven each.  Season 23 blows away that record with only three such episodes.
  • The lowest rated "top episode" prior to Season 23 was Season 20's No Loan Again, Naturally, whose 7.7 topped the season.  This season's best episode, Exit Through the Kwik-E-Mart, scored only a 7.1, by far the worst such mark.
  • Seasons 16, 19 and 20 are tied for the most episodes that failed to score a 6.0 or above with five.  Not any longer: Season 23 had eight episodes the scored below 6, crushing the old record.
How can something like this happen?  What changed from the promising Season 21 and the consistent Season 22, to the mess that was Season 23?  The answer isn't so much the offensiveness or cringeworthiness of the material, rather, the entire season just had difficulty being funny.  I hadn't laughed this little at a full season of the Simpsons ever, not even close.

Season 23 Overall Score: 6.03
Favorite Season 23 Episode: Exit Through the Kwik-E-Mart
Least Favorite Season 23 Episode: Moe Goes from Rags to Riches

01) The Falcon and the D'ohman
Homer befriends the new security guard at work, whose past haunts him at every turn.  Also, the results of the Nedna vote are revealed: guess which side won?
Score: 5.7

02) Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts
Superintendent Chalmers is tasked with teaching Bart Simpson, and Chalmers finds a way to connect with him and other boys: by telling them about the manly adventures of Theodore Roosevelt.
Score: 6.9

03) Treehouse of Horror XXII
The Diving Bell and the Butterball: Homer deals with his newfound paralysis.
Dial D for Diddily: Ned gets orders from "God" to kill people, but its Homer pulling the strings.
In the Na'vi: Obvious Avatar parody.
Score: 6.2

04) Replaceable You
Homer gets a new assistant at work who quickly gets him demoted to be her assistant.  Meanwhile, Bart teams up with Martin to make a robot baby seal that's really cute... until its wires are crossed.
Score: 6.9

05) The Food Wife
Marge is tired of seeing Homer have fun with the kids so she finds something to do with the kids that's fun as well: trying out new foods, something which Homer is, shockingly, unwilling to join.
Score: 5.2

06) The Book Job
Lisa learns the horrible secret about book publishing, but lets the secret be known to Homer who decides to take full advantage of the scheme.
Score: 5.7

07) The Man in the Blue Flannel Pants
Mr. Burns is impressed with Homer's demeanor enough that Homer is promoted to account manager.  The job starts taking a toll, though, worrying Marge.
Score: 6.3

08) The Ten-Per-Cent Solution
Krusty loses both his TV gig and his agent.  The Simpsons reunite him with his old estranged agent who eventually gets him back on track in more ways than one.
Score: 6.8

09) Holidays of Future Passed
Thirty years into the future, Bart and Lisa have trouble connecting with their own kids, while rock star Maggie is about to give birth to her first.
Score: 7.0

10) Politically Inept, with Homer Simpson
Homer goes on a rant in an airplane, which becomes popular on the internet.  Homer is able to translate that success into a conservative-leaning TV show.
Score: 5.3

11) The D'oh-cial Network
Lisa creates a social network to make friends, but the consequences of her actions land her in court.  These events are revealed in opposite order, mind you.
Score: 4.7

12) Moe Goes from Rags to Riches
After claims are made that Moe's best friend is his bar rag, the rag decides to tell the viewers about its long, painful history.
Score: 3.7

13) The Daughter Also Rises
Lisa gains a crush on a boy who is "Hemmingway-esque", while Bart and Milhouse follow a shows lead and 'cracks' several school myths.
Score: 6.0

14) At Long Last Leave
500th episode.  The town banishes the Simpsons for being financially draining to the whole town, and they end up living in the off-the-grid Outlands.
Score: 6.4

15) Exit Through the Kwik-E-Mart
As Apu can't deal with a new market that's actually pleasant, Bart decides to deal with Homer's latest round of abuse by spraypainting taunts of him across town.
Score: 7.1

16) How I Wet Your Mother
Homer gets away with misdeeds at work, but when he starts wetting his bed, he believes its simply karma being an ass.  Turns out, he's only partly right.
Score: 6.6

17) Them, Robot
Mr. Burns replaces all of his workers with inexpensive robots, only keeping Homer on the payroll as a possible scapegoat.  Then Homer tries to hang out with his new robot friends.
Score: 7.0

18) Beware My Cheating Bart
Bart is forced by Jimbo to protect his girlfriend, Shauna, when he's not around.  Predictably, the two start to like one another.  Meanwhile, Homer becomes obsessed with a years-old crazy show.
Score: 6.3

19) A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again
Bart's life has become very boring, so he's able to gather enough money to take the family on a fun cruise.  Then Bart realizes the fun cruise will end at some point, taking him back to his boring life.
Score: 6.8

20) The Spy Who Learned Me
Homer suffers a concussion at work and is given eight weeks worth of paid vacation.  With Marge mad at him over an earlier event, his concussion induces a popular spy to help him fix his marriage.
Score: 6.6

21) Ned 'n Edna's Blend
It's revealed the Ned Flanders and Edna Krabappel married secretly some time earlier.  As Marge prepares a proper party for the two, they get into an argument about Rod and Todd's education.
Score: 5.3

22) Lisa Goes Gaga
A failed attempt to turn around her unpopularity leaves Lisa depressed and ready to give up on life.  Coincedentally, Lady Gaga arrives in Springfield.
Score: 4.2

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