It’s sometimes weird to think that THE SIMPSONS has been on the air in first-run episodes for 25 Seasons already. A quarter-century since the show first aired (I taped the very first episode on VHS from a UHF broadcast via WFLD Channel 32 in Chicago), it seems like THE SIMPSONS have always been there, and will never go away. Watching the new Blu-ray release of THE SIMPSONS: THE SIXTEENTH SEASON (courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment), it was an experience to see these nearly decade-old episodes (it’s the 2004-2005 season) looking brand-new, and actually… some of them were new to me.
This new three-disc Blu-ray (also out on DVD) brings together all 21 episodes from that season, wrapped in a Scientific packaging scheme centered around Professor John Frink. While Frink is on the cover of this set, an included booklet contains all of the episode information under the guise of a library book written by Frink himself: WHAT’S SCIENCE DONE FOR ME LATELY? Kicking off with TREEHOUSE OF HORROR XV (those are always my favorites each Fall), Frink plays an important role in the mayhem, later showing up again to give Bart and Lisa a glimpse into their own future in FUTURE DRAMA.
As my wife will tell you, I’m terrible when it comes to keeping up on television, and I’m thinking that THE SOPRANOS and ENTOURAGE might be the only shows since KNIGHT RIDER in which I haven’t missed an episode (though I missed the entire final season of the latter). That said, with THE SIMPSONS on Blu-ray (not to mention syndication), I feel inspired to do a lot more catching up… especially after watching gems like Ned’s foray into moviemaking, and Bart’s quick rap career. There’s also just a TON of bonus features here (including commentary on every episode!), most of which I haven’t even begun to delve into.
Rock Father-Approved, and a great gift idea with Christmas just around the corner.
THE SIMPSONS: THE COMPLETE SIXTEENTH SEASON is available now from my affiliate, Amazon:
Sidebar to THE SIMPSONS: Back in 2004, I made a sort of pop-rock record under the name Saturday Action Theatre. There was a “hidden track” at the end, and that song was a rock-version of Danny Elfman’s iconic “The SIMPSONS Theme.” Wanna hear it? I just uploaded it today as a free download for you…