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The Simpsons - (S23E03)

Comedy . Animation . Family

Simpsons' twentysecond Halloween show. The Diving Bell and the Butterball: Homer is bitten by a radioactive spider. Dial "D" for Diddly: Ned becomes a serial killer. In the Na'Vi: Bart and Milhouse in an Avatar spoof.

Episode Title: Treehouse of Horror XXII
Airs: 2011-10-30 at 08:00 pm
  • Howard Rosenberg

    Easily the the best, cleverest and nuttiest arrival of the 1989-90 season is The Simpsons...It's very small-scale, but perfectly conceived and executed. What we have here from creator Matt Groening is a rare confluence -- delightful writing, pictures and voices fitting like a Matisse. [12 Jan 1990, p.F1]

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • John Engstrom

    "The Simpsons" is both a challenge and a delight. It's also that rarest of TV fauna, a cartoon show with levels of mirth for every brain and pair of eyes in the family. [12 Jan 1990]

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    A hilarious holiday package. [15 Dec 1989, p.3D]

    USA Today Full Review
  • John J. O'Connor

    There is, admittedly, a fine line between being hilariously perceptive and just plain, even objectionably, silly. While habitually teetering on that line, 'The Simpsons' has shown a remarkable ability to come down on the right side most of the time.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Groening has created a group of characters whose personalities and motives are more vivid and detailed than the vast majority of sitcoms featuring flesh-and-blood actors.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Richard Zoglin

    [The show] has a good deal of savvy wit.... The Simpsons, however, is strangely off-putting much of the time. The drawings are grotesque without redeeming style or charm (characters have big beady eyes, beaklike noses and spiky hair), and the animation is crude even by TV's low-grade standards.

    Time Full Review
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  • laziness

  • alcohol

  • house

  • housewife

  • satire

  • parody

  • middle class

  • dysfunctional family

  • nuclear power plant

  • social satire

  • cult male character

  • cult female character

  • scottish stereotype

  • mother son relationship

  • husband wife relationship

  • married couple

  • clown

  • police officer

  • neighbor neighbor relationship

  • living room

  • bedroom

  • sexual humor

  • school teacher

  • bicycle

  • car

  • car driving

  • skateboard

  • boss

  • cat

  • employer employee relationship

  • blackboard

  • bar

  • chalk

  • friend

  • friendship

  • affection

  • fast food

  • donut

  • eyeglasses

  • watching television

  • actress playing male role

  • adult humor

  • family comedy

  • yellow

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  • black humor

  • marriage

  • father daughter relationship

  • absurdism

  • dysfunctional society

  • adult animation

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  • school

  • neighbor

  • character name in title

  • title spoken by character

  • series in series

  • fictional city

  • anti hero

  • scatological humor

  • slapstick

  • 2d animation

  • dark humor

  • two word title

  • famous opening theme

  • self referential

  • small town

  • different gags during credits

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  • couch

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  • writing lines as punishment

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