Sunday, October 23


Sure, lots of Web sites list Simpsons quotes, but I think I've just discovered the only one that's dedicated to recording and explaining the subtle, subversive snippets of genius that make the show so remarkable. Check out Subtly Simpsons. You won't be disappointed.

Here's how my absolute favorite bit from the Simpsons — hard to quote directly, because there's so much context behind it – shows up on Subtly Simpsons:

When Sideshow Bob is in court, accused of trying to kill Bart, the lawyer says to him on the stand, "But what about that tattoo on your chest? Doesn't it say, 'Die Bart, Die?'"

Sideshow Bob responds by saying, "No, That's German for, 'The Bart, The."

Someone in the courtroom then whispers, "No one who speaks German could be an evil man."

Episode: 9F22 Cape Feare

See? Sheer brilliance!


Milhouse, on falling in love: "It was just like Romeo and Juliet, only it ended in tragedy."

This is the sardonic, sophisticated wit that makes The Simpsons the second-best American comedy in recorded history. (The No. 1 U.S. comedy of all time, in both the depth of its writing and the breadth of its acting, is "Full House." I'm sure you knew that already.)

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