The Simpsons were name-checked in a speech by then-President George H. To mark the 25th anniversary of “Bart The Genius”—The Simpsons’ debut as a weekly series—The A. Club has put together this list of the 25 best sitcom episodes to follow that momentous occasion.It’s a quarter century of honoring TV tradition while moving toward the genre’s future—with or without a live studio audience. A quick word on how the list came together: TV Club reviewers and A. Club staffers were informally polled for their favorite sitcom episodes, with all eligible selections premiering on or after January 14, 1990.“These stories, and the conversations they spark, start here and will extend well beyond the mountain and the festival in the months ahead.” Related Sundance 2017: Hulk Hogan Trial, Anton Yelchin & Ferguson Unrest Among Pics On U. Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Kevin Spacey, Sarah Paulson, Zoey Deutch, Hope Davis, Victor Garber. Sami Blood / Sweden (Director and screenwriter: Amanda Kernell) — Elle Marja, 14, is a reindeer-breeding Sámi girl. (Director: Michael Barnett) — Aspiring teenage astronauts reveal that a journey to Mars is closer than you think. SALT LAKE CITY OPENING NIGHT FILM My Life as a Zucchini / Switzerland, France (Director: Claude Barras, Screenwriter: Céline Sciamma) — After his mother’s death, Zucchini is befriended by a police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to a foster home filled with other orphans his age.S., World Cinema & NEXT Slates Flying the flag as we have for past Sundances, Deadline co-Editor-in-Chief, Film Mike Fleming Jr. (Director: Ry Russo-Young, Screenwriter: Maria Maggenti) — Samantha Kingston has everything. After one fateful night, she wakes up with no future at all. (Director: Michael Showalter, Screenwriters: Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani) — Based on the real-life courtship: Pakistan-born comedian Kumail and grad student Emily fall in love, but they struggle as their cultures clash. Exposed to race biology examinations at her boarding school and the racism of the 1930s, she starts dreaming of another life—one that demands she become someone else and break all ties with her family and culture. Premiere Their Finest / United Kingdom (Director: Lone Scherfig, Screenwriter: Gaby Chiappe) — During the 1940 London Blitz, untried screenwriter Catrin struggles to find her voice amidst war, as she and a makeshift cast work under fire to create a film to lift the nation’s spirits—and inspire America to join the war. Premiere KIDS This section of the Festival is especially for our youngest independent film fans. There, with the help of his newfound friends, Zucchini eventually learns to trust and love as he searches for a new family of his own. (Directors: Jill Soloway, Andrea Arnold, Kimberly Peirce, Executive Producers: Jill Soloway, Sarah Gubbins, Andrea Sperling, Victor Hsu) — Chris and Sylvere, a married couple in the intellectual community of Marfa, Texas, become obsessed with a charismatic artist named Dick.Co-starring past Sundancer Jason Segel and Rooney Mara, the Charlie Mc Dowell-helmed and co-written pic is one of 18 dramas making their world debut at the festival, set for January 19-29. As the months pass and her troubles deepen, she embarks on a perilous and mysterious journey that threatens to usurp her life. Cast: Aaron Pedersen, Ian Meadows, Harriet Dyer, Aaron Glenane. Cast: Iesha Coston, Zack Fox, Hannibal Buress, The Buttress, Tim Heidecker, Mali Matsuda. Cast: Pierre Niney, Paula Beer, Ernst Stötzner, Marie Gruber, Johann von Bülow, Anton von Lucke.
“Hot Girls Wanted,” produced by Rashida Jones, takes viewers inside the world of young adult film stars after the camera stops rolling.
The upstart Fox Broadcasting Company gave Garry Shandling’s Show a second life on the broadcast dial, furthering a commitment to boundary-pushing exemplified by the first primetime show ever aired on the network: The proudly crass multi-cam Married… And then, at the dawn of the ’90s, Fox made its biggest play yet: A half-hour series starring animated bit players from The Tracey Ullman Show, a nuclear family the color of fallout-shelter signage. Fox scheduled season two of The Simpsons opposite The Cosby Show, TV’s number one series; in season three, it managed to best Cosby in the ratings.
It’s an oversimplification to say The Simpsons changed everything about television comedy, but the first animated network sitcom in prime time since The Flintstones made a significant mark. Bart Simpson showed up on magazine covers, T-shirts, and the U. The show was a culmination of the sitcom’s 1980s revival and experimentation, run by people who’d taken part in all that activity.
After much gnashing of teeth and debate about what constitutes a situation comedy—a narrative television series, primarily comedic in nature; live-action or animated, multi-cam as well as single-cam—we present the following countdown of the funniest, most incisive, sometimes poignant, always entertaining sitcom episodes of the last 25 years.
Modern Family started as a massive ratings hit and a commercial darling, but these days it’s the toilet plunger of sitcoms: It works just fine, and it’s there in case someone needs it—but ideally, no one does.