As many of you might or might now be aware, the FXX Network (Two Xs, not One) is currently airing a Simpsons Marathon.
A marathon of the entirety of the Simpsons. All of it.
In a row.
Here's the schedule:
Season 1: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., August 21
Season 2: 4:30 p.m. August 21 to 3:30 a.m. August 22
Season 3: 3:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. August 22
Season 4: 3:30 p.m. August 22 to 2:30 a.m. August 23
Season 5: 2:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. August 23
Season 6: 1:30 p.m. August 23 to 2 a.m. August 24
Season 7: 2 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. August 24
Season 8: 2:30 p.m. August 24 to 3 a.m. August 25
Season 9: 3 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. August 25
Season 10: 3:30 p.m. August 25 to 3 a.m. August 26
Season 11: 3 a.m. to 2 p.m. August 26
Season 12: 2 p.m. August 26 to 12:30 a.m. August 27
Season 13: 12:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. August 27
Season 14: 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. August 27
Season 15: 10:30 p.m. August 27 to 9:30 a.m. August 28
Season 16: 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. August 28
Season 17: 8 p.m. August 28 to 7 a.m. August 29
Season 18: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. August 29
The Simpsons Movie: 6 to 8 p.m. August 29
Season 19: 8 p.m. August 29 to 6 a.m. August 30
Season 20: 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. August 30
Season 21: 4:30 p.m. August 30 to 4 a.m. August 31
Season 22: 4 a.m. to 3 p.m. August 31
Season 23: 3 p.m. August 31 to 2 a.m. September 1
Season 24: 2 a.m. to 1 p.m. September 1
Season 25: 1 p.m. September 1 to 12 midnight September 2
What's that, you say? You've never heard of the Simpsons?
Well you're lying, but okay.
The Simpsons are the brainchild of reclusive genius and potential super-villain Matt Groening. While the Simpsons themselves were featured on the Tracy Ullman show in a number of shorts, the series proper debuted on Fox in 1989 and features the misadventures of a group of selfish, yellow-skinned, human-like beasts who never grow old and never learn their lessons. It is the longest running scripted television program in history. It is the longest running cartoon by a wide margin, if you ran every episode of the show in order it would take (looks up) 12 days to go through them all. They're starting Season 26 in a month or so.
Characters of note:
Homer, patriarch of the Simpsons, and all-around lovable idiot. Think of him like a big dog. Voiced by Dan Castalanetta
Marge, the ultimate Mom, renowned for putting up with all the madness and for her hair. Voiced by Julie Kavner
Bart, the lovable rascal. When I was a kid he was my favorite character. Now that I'm grown I find I lean more toward Homer. Voiced by Nancy Cartwright
Lisa, the smart one, also plays the saxophone, has also known far more tragedy than the others. Voiced by Yeardley Smith
Maggie, the baby, has been a baby for 25 years, and has no official voice though there was a guest bit by Elizabeth Taylor
Abraham Simpson, Homer's father, also voiced by Dan Castalanetta, may be totally and completely nuts.
Krusty the Clown and Sideshow Bob. Krusty is a television clown who runs some kind of interview/cartoon/variety/comedy/drama/scripted/sketch/improv/live show thing that seems to be on twenty-four hours a day. Sideshow Bob was his sidekick early on but then became a homicidal maniac.
Nedward Flanders Jr. Homer's neighbor, and kind of uppity.
Charles Montgomery Burns and Waylon Smithers. Mr. Burns is Homer's boss, he owns the nuclear plant and is of indeterminate age. He is modeled after Charles Foster Kane of Citizen Kane fame. Waylon Smithers is his assistant and wants to make sweet crazy love to those crisp aging bones.
Other characters of importance:
It is generally agreed that the show in its 25th season may not be the same bastion of quality that it once was. In this thread we will discuss the marathon as it happens and try and figure out why exactly The Show seems to have degraded over time.