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Top Ten Modern Simpsons Episodes | FoxxNavarro Lists

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  1. Honestly there needs to be more top lists of modern Simpsons because there are some genuine gems in the bunch. Thank you for branching out from the herd and acknowledging this fact. It also helps since now with the FXX marathon of the Simpsons still going on as I type this that it is now in the 2000s and so bringing these episodes to light I have to look out for them when they pop up, so thanks for that;)

  2. How about Moe Baby Blues? That's my favorite episode in this century or the last. They maintain their comedic integrity throughout the first act by unabashedly taking refuge in absurdity, but they treat Moe's pain with complete sensitivity to depression. There's something so moving about Moe saving Maggie at the last second and in the process being saved by her. "Suddenly life don't seem so bad no more" indeed.

    Then we see an interesting shift in tone as Moe's baser instincts are harnessed to good purposes, but from a different perspective, his dark side is corrupting the first good and pure thing in his life. It's back to his usual vilification as everyone believes he's the kidnapper when Maggie is lost. And his argument for why he, not Homer, should be the one to risk his life for her? Magnificent. The resolution is a soft reset to the status quo, but is done in such a way that brings this beautiful soft side into the old sad sack on a permanent basis.

    A lot of sitcoms bring the humor to a grinding halt to hit you over the head with Something Serious. The genius of The Simpsons is how it keeps the humor coming (sometimes slightly muted, but sometimes not) while plucking the heartstrings so subtly that you hardly even notice the tears falling.

    On that same note, assuming 1/1/2000 was your cut off, how about "Alone Again, Natura-diddily"? A rare (relatively) major permanent change to the status quo, it succeeded with the already-difficult task of killing off a minor character in dramatic fashion. Then it softened Homer's relationship with Ned, allowed the poor guy to face and overcome a crisis of faith without taking on an irreverent or disrespectful tone, and gave the show an emotional touchstone moving forward.

  3. I feel you but was actually super off put by #9, because she declines the "woman" she was in love with and about to marry just because he was a man. What message is that saying? It almost seemed like it was making light of the plights of gays, that they just feel it on a whim.

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