• Disenchantment: Netflix’s next big animated comedy hit?
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    Disenchantment: Netflix’s next big animated comedy hit?

    A look at Disenchantment, Matt Groening's upcoming new series for Netflix set in a crumbling fantasy realm, and the promising signs ahead of its release.

  • Producer Adi Shankar Wants to Fix ‘The Simpsons’ Apu Problem, Launches Spec Script Contest to Crowdsource a Cure
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    Producer Adi Shankar Wants to Fix ‘The Simpsons’ Apu Problem, Launches Spec Script Contest to Crowdsource a Cure

    Exclusive: If “The Simpsons” writers room rejects the winning script, Shankar's Bootleg Universe will produce the episode as a fan film that will look exactly like the real show.

  • The Simpsons creator Matt Groening on Apu racism row: 'People love to pretend they're offended'
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    The Simpsons creator Matt Groening on Apu racism row: 'People love to pretend they're offended'

    The creator of The Simpsons has finally responded to the racism row surrounding fan favourite Apu Nahasapeemapetilon. Matt Groening, who came up with America's beloved cartoon family in the late 1980s, appeared to dodge criticisms in a recent interview with USA Today. The show's portrayal of a Indian convenience store clerk came under intense scrutiny after comedian Hari Kondabolu released the documentary 'The Problem with Apu' last year.

  • Hank Azaria would 'step aside' from Apu role on The Simpsons over race controversy
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    Hank Azaria would 'step aside' from Apu role on The Simpsons over race controversy

    Hank Azaria, the actor who voices Apu on The Simpsons, has said that he'd step aside from the role if that was what is required.

  • Recalling the time Barbara Bush sent an apology letter to Marge Simpson
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    Recalling the time Barbara Bush sent an apology letter to Marge Simpson

    The Simpsons may have been at its creative peak in the 1990s, but not everyone was a fan.

  • Simpsons fans' anger after show brushes off Apu stereotype row
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    Simpsons fans' anger after show brushes off Apu stereotype row

    The makers of The Simpsons have finally broached the simmering debate over accusations that Kwik-E-Mart franchisee Apu in the show is a stereotype.

  • Last Exit To Springfield: 'The Simpsons' classic turns 25
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    Last Exit To Springfield: 'The Simpsons' classic turns 25

    A look back at the classic episode of The Simpsons, 'Last Exit To Springfield', a firm fan favourite which turns 25 years old this month.

  • Professor Stephen Hawking's greatest pop culture cameos
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    Professor Stephen Hawking's greatest pop culture cameos

    Dr Stephen Hawking may well have been one of the greatest minds of our time, but he never took himself too seriously.

  • How steamed hams from 'The Simpsons' became the world's greatest meme
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    How steamed hams from 'The Simpsons' became the world's greatest meme

    The lifespan of an internet meme is a precarious thing. Some go viral within a tiny community and become an in-joke. Others flare up, burn brightly, then quickly fade away again. Some get revived months later.  And some, like the very excellent steamed hams meme from The Simpsons , simply go from strength to strength. SEE ALSO: The most memorable memes for Best Picture Oscar nominees If for some awful reason you've never seen the steamed hams scene which is the meme's ultimate origin, here's an important reminder before we progress any further: That scene is from Season 7, Episode 21 of The Simpsons , titled "22 Short Films About Springfield". It first aired in 1996. The scene involves Superintendent Chalmers visiting Principal Skinner for a "luncheon" at his home, only for Skinner to burn the food by accident and resort to an increasingly ridiculous web of lies to try and cover his tracks. It's a classic Simpsons scene in a lot of ways, but it's also got something a lot of other classic scenes don't: massive viral fame. Here's what happens if you type "steamed hams" into YouTube, for instance: So much steamed ham.Image: youtubeThat's just a small snapshot of the many, many edits, parodies and variations of the scene that have been published over the past year or so. If you filter the "steamed hams" videos by views, the top hit isn't even the original clip — it's a Guitar Hero-inspired parody with over 1.2 million views and 38,000 likes. The top comment on that video sums the whole trend up pretty well: "Oh good, another thing I never would have imagined, yet needed so badly." The birth of the "steamed hams" meme. As with many widespread and super popular memes, the exact origin can sometimes be tricky to pinpoint. In terms of YouTube videos, Know Your Meme cites this short animation — which was uploaded in 2010 and made using a now-defunct text-to-movie maker called Xtranormal — as one of the earliest examples: In terms of the meme's massive popularity, though, it seems to have started an in-joke among the Simpsons fanbase that simply snowballed over time. "It's been in the consciousness of Simpsons fans since the joke aired," 22-year-old graduate Chris Kanski, one of the original admins of the very popular Simpsons Shitposting Facebook group, told Mashable .  "It's an almost perfect Simpsons sketch, I'd say it's one of the best sketches The Simpsons have made." Simpsons Shitposting started back in early 2015. At the time of writing, it has well over 200,000 members and hundreds of new posts every day. In the early days, Kanski says the group was mainly flooded with out-of-context quotes and frames from the show. Simple posts with minimal thought put into them, the more absurd the better.  Needless to say, steamed hams was a big feature. Here's an image Kanski shared in the group back in July 2015, which sparked over a thousand comments and resulted in an annual group event being made to honour the thread. The steamed hams meme seems to have thrived in the group's culture of "shitposting". "Shitposting now is not at all what it used to be," Kanski explained. "And that is not in a bad sense, because now shitposting involves a lot of talent and creativity, and actually making good jokes. But back in the day, and this was in like early 2015, whenever the group was first created, all that shitposting meant was just posting whatever the fuck you wanted from The Simpsons . There wasn't any desire to make a joke or to be funny, and that was kind of the whole point: just kind of like, not trying. If you imagine humour as requiring a thought process, the whole point of shitposting was not having a thought process behind it. And that really was taken to its extreme." Over time, though, as the group got more and more members, the type of humour changed. Spontaneous, out-of-context posts were no longer the norm. "What replaced it was genuinely good, thought out humour," said Kanski. "And genuinely good, thought-out humour in this day and age of the internet means absurdism, right? And just taking something way too far. Not in the sense of edginess, but just in the sense of pushing a joke to its limits — and that's what steamed hams is." In a sense, the steamed hams meme has evolved with the internet. It's still a part of the "shitposting" culture, but now — with video editing software getting more and more sophisticated and widely available — that culture has changed. The meme has moved from simple, out-of-context jokes to impressively-edited video parodies. "That's why it's so good," said Kanski. "It's so versatile. If you're going to take a joke to its limits, you take the fucking steamed hams conversation — it's just so hilarious.  "That's the first step, right, you've got steamed hams as an iconic phrase — it's memorable, everyone knows exactly what it's a reference to. The whole sketch, it's just chockfull of opportunities to just completely stretch it out to breaking point. And even go further than breaking point.  "Honestly, I just go on YouTube sometimes and look through steamed hams videos, and it's just amazing what people have done with it."  The rise of "steamed hams" edits on YouTube. Steamed hams is arguably bigger now than it's ever been. A quick search on YouTube is enough to show just how popular, and impressively imaginative, the meme has become. Here's just a small selection of the many, many hundreds of variations of the scene (most of which have several hundred thousand views)... "Steamed hams but it's a piano dub." "Steamed hams but Skinner is honest about everything". "Steamed hams but it's from Chalmers' perspective." "Steamed hams but every time Skinner lies he descends 7% more into the netherworld". "Steamed hams translated into Chinese and then back in to English on Google Translate". "Steamed hams but every word is replaced with its first occurrence". "Steamed hams 10 times, sync point when Chalmers says 'Aurora Borealis'". "Steamed hams but it's All Star". Now, in 2018, the meme shows absolutely no sign of slowing down. On Jan. 5, Joe Blevins shared a draft version of the scene's script on Twitter. We were nearly denied "an unforgettable luncheon." pic.twitter.com/yBo5FErlF9 — Joe Blevins (@Joe_A_Blevins) January 4, 2018 Most recently, on 7 March a mashup between the steamed hams scene and the Gorillaz track "Feel Good Inc." made it to the top of Reddit's r/videos subreddit. It has almost 30,000 upvotes, and the video hit the top 10 on YouTube's Trending feed. You've got to hand it to the YouTubers behind these clips — that's an impressive amount of effort to spend on something so beautifully, beautifully ridiculous. Hopefully this meme will continue for many years to come. WATCH: 9 things you don't know about America’s unofficial first family, ‘The Simpsons’

  • This 1 Weird Thing About 'The Simpsons' Is Freaking Out Fans
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    This 1 Weird Thing About 'The Simpsons' Is Freaking Out Fans

    Once you notice this one thing about “The Simpsons,” you’ll likely never watch Fox’s animated comedy in the same way again.

  • 10 mind-blowing 'Rick and Morty' Easter eggs you might have missed
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    10 mind-blowing 'Rick and Morty' Easter eggs you might have missed

    For a show with a universe as detailed and vibrant as this one, it's no surprise that Rick & Morty is packed with Easter eggs

  • Weird reasons American movies are censored overseas
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    Weird reasons American movies are censored overseas

    Here are the strangest reasons Hollywood films have fallen foul of the censors abroad.

  • 6 Netflix Originals to look forward to in 2018
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    6 Netflix Originals to look forward to in 2018

    A look at six of the most intriguing Netflix Original shows scheduled for release in 2018.

  • Simpsons star Hank Azaria says the show will address Apu in wake of documentary
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    Simpsons star Hank Azaria says the show will address Apu in wake of documentary

    Simpsons: Hank Azaria says show will address Apu in wake of documentary

  • Times 'The Simpsons' predicted the future with eerie precision
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    Times 'The Simpsons' predicted the future with eerie precision

    The writers of 'The Simpsons' have proved to be rather prescient, predicting the future many times during the show's 20+ year lifespan.

  • ‘Springfield of Dreams: The Legend of Homer Simpson’: Morgan Spurlock Documents ‘The Simpsons’ Baseball Legacy — Watch
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    ‘Springfield of Dreams: The Legend of Homer Simpson’: Morgan Spurlock Documents ‘The Simpsons’ Baseball Legacy — Watch

    Aaron Judge, Joe Buck, and Tim Gunn weigh in on Homer Simpson's legendary moment at the plate.

  • The Simpsons gets serious with Puerto Rico appeal message
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    The Simpsons gets serious with Puerto Rico appeal message

    It's not often that The Simpsons gets serious, but they certainly did in last night's episode.

  • ‘The Simpsons’ Spoof ‘Game Of Thrones’ In Fantastical Season Premiere
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    ‘The Simpsons’ Spoof ‘Game Of Thrones’ In Fantastical Season Premiere

    In the season 29 premiere of  The Simpsons,  TV’s favorite animated family got the  Game of Thrones  treatment. Spoofing the popular HBO series, Fox’s long-running series pulled inspiration from the world of Westeros for a fantastical episode titled “The Serfsons.” In the magically medieval premiere, Marge's mother is turned into an Ice Walker and the only way for Homer to afford the cure is to force Lisa to use illegal magic. When the King discovers this, he kidnaps Lisa and…

  • Hugh Hefner: his best on-screen cameos
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    Hugh Hefner: his best on-screen cameos

    Such was his iconic status, Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy who has died at the age of 91, was in considerable demand for TV and the movies.

  • From Bart to Baby Maggie: Watch Nancy Cartwright run through all her 'Simpsons' voices
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    From Bart to Baby Maggie: Watch Nancy Cartwright run through all her 'Simpsons' voices

    The star, who claims "The Simpsons" could run for another 20-plus years, puts her comedic vocal skills on display.

  • 11 times The Simpsons predicted the future with eerie precision
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    11 times The Simpsons predicted the future with eerie precision

    Dismiss ‘The Simpsons’ simply as a cartoon for kids at your peril. Donald Trump may only be a presidential candidate hopeful right now, but his ambition was foreseen by this classic ‘Simpsons’ episode where Bart was shown his future by a Native American. Simon Singh, the author of a book titled ‘The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets’, claims Homer Simpson predicted the mass of the Higgs Boson particle 14 years before it was actually figured out for real by scientists at the Large Hadron Collider.

  • Is a second Simpsons movie on the way?
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    Is a second Simpsons movie on the way?

    Spider-Pig fans, listen up… a second Simpsons movie could be on the cards. The executive producer of the longest-running animated series of all time, none other than James L. Brooks, has teased the possibility.

  • Dark And Wrong: 9 Really Grown-Up Jokes Hidden In Cartoons
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    Dark And Wrong: 9 Really Grown-Up Jokes Hidden In Cartoons

    Think cartoons are just for kids? You might reconsider after revisiting some of these supremely off-colour moments from some of the most famous cartoon shows ever.  Image credits: Nickelodeon/Cartoon Network/Fox

  • 8 Actors Who Were Almost Cast As The Leads In Friends
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    8 Actors Who Were Almost Cast As The Leads In Friends

    - What Happened To The Guy Who Played Jar Jar Binks? - What Happened To Jennifer From Back To The Future? Ellen DeGeneres Almost Played Phoebe Now a celebrated talk show host, gay rights advocate and US entertainment maven, DeGeneres was highly-regarded by the network, even though the producers felt Lisa Kudrow had nailed the part in her audition. In fact, Ellen was snared by ABC to star in her self-titled sitcom, which premiered the same year as ‘Friends’ and broke new TV ground when DeGeneres’s character came out as a lesbian during an episode.