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Old 23-09-2009, 20:34
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From whatever I've seen of it, which isn't a great deal because anything past season 11 is basically dead, has been completely laugh-free.
I think people judge The Simpsons to ludicrously high standards.

Yes it isn't as good as it used to be but the latter episodes I've seen on C4 are still sporadically funny.

The one shown tonight when Burns cancels medical insurance for his employees was genuinely satirical.
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Old 24-09-2009, 17:46
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lets see what happens to tonights episode
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Old 24-09-2009, 17:59
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I have to admit I've been laughing quite a lot during these S16 episodes despite any cuts Channel 4 may have made.
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Old 24-09-2009, 19:50
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there not that bad episodes, just hate it when they cut the better early episodes
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Old 26-09-2009, 15:40
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this thread is quiet!!
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Old 26-09-2009, 15:42
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this thread is quiet!!
Maybe no-ones watching the episodes at the moment because they're post-Season 11.
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Old 26-09-2009, 17:07
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I think people judge The Simpsons to ludicrously high standards.

Yes it isn't as good as it used to be but the latter episodes I've seen on C4 are still sporadically funny.

The one shown tonight when Burns cancels medical insurance for his employees was genuinely satirical.
Trouble is, since I basically gave up watching it, a few years ago, bar the Halloween eps (and even they've gone crap now), I'm not prepared to sit through 22 eps of 24mins apiece in the hope I get the odd chuckle.

It's a pale shadow from what it used to be, with two stories running through each episode, to barely one - which someone summed up nicely by saying they just tail off halfway through the episode.

I've got too much other stuff to watch.
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Old 19-10-2009, 00:31
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Just catching up on some old eps recorded during their T4 broadcast and while watching Saturdays of Thunder, while they showed the blood-splatted McBain clip uncut, as Homer later recounts the crappy DIY projects he's made, he mentions the bird-feeder, which showed a bird flying into it, and it then collapses, but here, it just quickly showed the collapsed thing, and not what led up to it, which sounds and looks odd as it doesn't have the same timing as the other examples.
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Old 15-11-2009, 16:37
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The original Treehouse of Horror is being shown now (watch it on Channel 4+1 at 17:25 if you want to see the "horror" of Channel 4's censorship) and the only butchering I have seen in this episode is the machine gun cutting and censorship of many scenes. Particularly notable where the scene of Homer holding an axe saying "they all must die". The censors are so inconsistent - they can happily cut that part out whilst allowing Maggie holding a knife in her mouth.

I had the VHS cassette of this many years ago which was rated 'U' when I was younger and I have noticed that this episode has been slashed to ribbons.
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Old 15-11-2009, 17:10
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Change4Life supporting the simpsons.. sometimes




What's with the 'sometimes' they stick on the end there? I dont quite get it

Very infuriating!
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Old 15-11-2009, 17:13
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The original Treehouse of Horror is being shown now (watch it on Channel 4+1 at 17:25 if you want to see the "horror" of Channel 4's censorship) and the only butchering I have seen in this episode is the machine gun cutting and censorship of many scenes. Particularly notable where the scene of Homer holding an axe saying "they all must die". The censors are so inconsistent - they can happily cut that part out whilst allowing Maggie holding a knife in her mouth.

I had the VHS cassette of this many years ago which was rated 'U' when I was younger and I have noticed that this episode has been slashed to ribbons.
Is it cut on the VHS too?
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Old 15-11-2009, 17:27
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Is it cut on the VHS too?
Certainly not. Particularly if I can remember certain scenes from the VHS which have been cut from today's showing.
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Old 15-11-2009, 17:43
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Change4Life supporting the simpsons.. sometimes




What's with the 'sometimes' they stick on the end there? I dont quite get it

Very infuriating!
I think it's a reference to some of Homer's unhealthy habits - the boozing and the unhealthy diet; the slobbing-out and lack of exercise. Behaviour that Change4Life can't endorse.
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Old 15-11-2009, 21:37
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Certainly not. Particularly if I can remember certain scenes from the VHS which have been cut from today's showing.
Ah, it's just that you mentioned it in the same sentence so that made me wonder. Ta for confirming it's okay though.
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Old 15-11-2009, 21:38
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I think it's a reference to some of Homer's unhealthy habits - the boozing and the unhealthy diet; the slobbing-out and lack of exercise. Behaviour that Change4Life can't endorse.
And just as that government machine has started up telling us to eat more healthily, now they're telling us all we're not eating enough and they're about to increase the recommended calorie intake per day. Another government own goal!
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Old 15-11-2009, 21:41
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And just as that government machine has started up telling us to eat more healthily, now they're telling us all we're not eating enough and they're about to increase the recommended calorie intake per day. Another government own goal!
Yes, don't tell us anything, because everything you tell us is wrong.
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Old 15-11-2009, 22:16
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The original Treehouse of Horror is being shown now (watch it on Channel 4+1 at 17:25 if you want to see the "horror" of Channel 4's censorship) and the only butchering I have seen in this episode is the machine gun cutting and censorship of many scenes. Particularly notable where the scene of Homer holding an axe saying "they all must die". The censors are so inconsistent - they can happily cut that part out whilst allowing Maggie holding a knife in her mouth.

I had the VHS cassette of this many years ago which was rated 'U' when I was younger and I have noticed that this episode has been slashed to ribbons.
Just spotted a cut in The Raven when Homer throws the vase at the raven and it falls back onto his head. There's no sound of it hitting him and a jump in the soundtrack. I presume it originally showed him being hit by it.
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Old 16-11-2009, 19:48
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And so today, Channel 4 started day time repeats of 'The Big Bang Theory'. Another show they can censor.

They didn't disappoint.
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Old 21-11-2009, 21:44
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Just watched a recording of Homer At The Bat, shown a few weeks back. The end credits have a cool song over them... except when they're shown as part of T4 where they're crunched into a small area and shouted over by one of their ugly presenters (yeah, I know they all are, so it's a bit vague)
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Old 05-02-2013, 13:43
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I remember the first time I noticed this, and its still going on. The episode where Homrer buys a womens SUV -- and Carl says:

I always thought (marge) would be a dynamo in the sack, y'know?
Edited to remove the words "in the sack"

ridiculous
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Old 05-02-2013, 15:57
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I was watching the episode "A Streetcar Named Marge" on sunday and they cut out the song that slags off New Orleans
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Old 05-02-2013, 16:01
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It used to really annoy me when they'd chop friends up. They'd edit the punchline out but leave in the laughter reel, just to let you know that you've definitely missed something. There should be some kind of opt-in scheme where you get to view the full episode. Won't somebody think of the adults?
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Old 05-02-2013, 16:08
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I was watching the episode "A Streetcar Named Marge" on sunday and they cut out the song that slags off New Orleans
That is explained in the top headline on this page.

http://www.simpsoncrazy.com/ukcuts
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Old 05-02-2013, 16:38
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I couldn't be bothered to read through all nine pages, so I'm sorry if I repeat any of the edits people have already mentioned, but the ones that annoy me are:

1. In the episode "Homer Loves Flanders" there's the bit where Ned and Homer drive past Lenny and Carl and Homer shouts out of the window "This is Ned Flanders and he's my friend". Lenny asks "What did he say?" and Carl replies "I don't know. Something about being gay?". In the Channel 4 edit they cut out Carl's line. What on earth could be offensive about that line? Presumably they don't want to encourage homophobic bullying.

2. In the same episode, Ned has a nightmare where he walks up the clocktower, assembles a rifle and starts shooting at people saying "There's Homer (gunshot). There's Homer (gunshot). There's Homer (gunshot)" only for a postal worker to pull out a machine gun and start firing back, then he wakes up screaming. In the Channel 4 edit he walks up the clocktower, assembles the gun, then says "There's Homer" and a gunshot sounds, then he wakes up screaming. It makes the whole sequence nonsensical and completely bypasses the cultural reference of the scene. But presumably they don't want to encourage gun crime.

3. In the episode "Tales from the Public Domain", where they re-enact Hamlet, the ending scene where Hamlet (Bart) stabs Laertes (Ralph Wiggum) is cut out. But presumably they don't want to encourage knife crime.

It's all just nonsense, PC, fear-mongering. The irony being that one of the the most famous quotes from The Simpsons is Helen Lovejoy's hysterical "Won't somebody please think of the children?!" reaction to trivial things.

It would seem Channel 4 can't see the irony.
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Old 05-02-2013, 20:56
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I was watching the episode "A Streetcar Named Marge" on sunday and they cut out the song that slags off New Orleans
That is explained in the top headline on this page.

http://www.simpsoncrazy.com/ukcuts
Ah, I thought it might be something to do with that. I can't even remember the song, though.

Just looked it up here. I don't even remember hearing it originally.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Stree...ge#Controversy

I couldn't be bothered to read through all nine pages, so I'm sorry if I repeat any of the edits people have already mentioned, but the ones that annoy me are:

1. In the episode "Homer Loves Flanders" there's the bit where Ned and Homer drive past Lenny and Carl and Homer shouts out of the window "This is Ned Flanders and he's my friend". Lenny asks "What did he say?" and Carl replies "I don't know. Something about being gay?". In the Channel 4 edit they cut out Carl's line. What on earth could be offensive about that line? Presumably they don't want to encourage homophobic bullying.
They put that back in after it the censorship was slammed in the papers recently. It was shown twice in the space of two weekends, the second time it was included.

I cited this as an example of them caving in to media pressure when it suits them, since at the same time they continue to censor Malibu Stacy for the bit where Smithers switches on his PC, in front of Lisa, and it shows a mock-up of Burns saying, "Hello, Smithers, you're quite good at turning me on.", to which Smithers says to Lisa, "Erm... you probably should ignore that."

The line "you're quite good at turning me on" is cut, now. I put all this to C4 and they continued to ignore the similarities and ignore my complaint. I asked several times to have it referred higher up the line, but C4's Viewer Enquiries people really are crapper than a crap thing, with no sense of accountability. Rather like the BBC.

2. In the same episode, Ned has a nightmare where he walks up the clocktower, assembles a rifle and starts shooting at people saying "There's Homer (gunshot). There's Homer (gunshot). There's Homer (gunshot)" only for a postal worker to pull out a machine gun and start firing back, then he wakes up screaming. In the Channel 4 edit he walks up the clocktower, assembles the gun, then says "There's Homer" and a gunshot sounds, then he wakes up screaming. It makes the whole sequence nonsensical and completely bypasses the cultural reference of the scene. But presumably they don't want to encourage gun crime.
Ah, I wondered what was cut. I can't remember if I've seen the uncut verison before, but it definitely felt cut.
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