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34: Kamp Krusty / A Streetcar Named Marge

Season four of The Simpsons kicks off with two ridiculously good episodes, one of which, frankly, *fucks* - and we get to it after discussing The Brady Bunch for a while. In Kamp Krusty, the kids are betrayed by their favourite clown (who is also one of our favourite clowns, all told) and in A Streetcar Named Desire Marge attacks Ned with a broken bottle and we get very excited and yell a bit. Also in this ep - we ponder future merchandise for the podcast, ponder some weird birthday cards...


The Missing Comic Book

In 1997, James was published for the first time. His letter in Simpsons Comics, which detailed why Homer was his favourite character on The Simpsons, was the first of many things James would write for print; it was the first step on a journey he has spent his life walking. Along the way the comic was lost, thrown out in a house clean when James was a child. For years, he has been haunted by the memory of the lost comic, the proof he had of that one early moment of pride and success. In...


Twenty-Two Films About Springfield: The Shining

This week James and Nick check out The Shining! It’s a film James has seen before, but Nick, naturally enough, hasn’t - how does it hold up against the image he’s created in his head after watching The Simpsons over and over again? Let’s find out!


33: Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes / Top 5 Episodes of Season 3

This week, on the Internet’s top Danny DeVito fan podcast, we finally get around to Danny DeVito’s second - and last significant - appearance on The Simpsons, a hit TV show from the 90s. Herb Powell is back! There’s a lot of sperm in this episode too, so it’s, you know, our wheelhouse. I guess. We also go over our top five episodes for season 3 of The Simpsons, which is, in many ways, the *third* season of the show. Then, right at the end, we have a special exclusive interview. I don’t...


32: The Otto Show / Bart’s Friend Falls in Love

This week the stars of James’ favourite movie pop by Springfield in The Otto Show, and then one of the actors from James’ favourite show pops up in Bart’s Friend Falls in Love. It’s a good week, is what I’m saying. Twitter: @KeySpringfield FB: facebook.com/podsinthekeyofspringfield Insta: KeySpringfield Email: podsinthekeyofspringfield@gmail.com


31: Colonel Homer / Black Widower

We’ve finally bagged us a Homer this week with two absolute bangers. I’m very tired and I don’t think anyone reads the descriptions on these episodes, because it’s all right there in the title, right? We cover those two episodes of The Simpsons this time. They’re really good! You know they’re good! Please check out this podcast that we worked hard on. Email: podsinthekeyofspringfield@gmail.com Twitter: @KeySpringfield FB: It’s probably easiest just to search us by name, you know?


The Pods in the Key of Springfield ‘Love the Beast’ Special

In this week’s episode of Pods in the Key of Springfield - a podcast that mostly focuses on The Simpsons - we watch and discuss the 2009 Eric Bana documentary Love the Beast. Don’t overthink it. We’ll go back to The Simpsons next week. Email: podsinthekeyofspringfield@gmail.com


30: Separate Vocations / Dog of Death

Did you ever have to take a career aptitude test in school? What did it tell you it would be? Did you live up to your full potential, or are you wallowing now as a freelance journalist, a fool who fondly remembers that time he had a letter published in an old Simpsons comic and decided to base his life on that warm feeling it gave him? In Separate Vocations, Bart becomes a good little boy, and we unpack the anti-authority streak at the heart of this good episode. In Dog (Daaaawg) of Death,...


Eat My Shorts 7: Talkin’ Baseball (with Elliot Jay O’Neill)

The baseball stars of Homer at the Bat lived full lives outside of their episode of The Simpsons, as it turns out, and we’ve got all the hot goss! This week your little podboys are joined by Elliot Jay O’Neill (from The Simpsons Index) to discuss the sordid lives of the nine ringers (well…seven of them were kind of sordid, at least). It’s like one of those episodes of The Dollop you liked so much! Come join us as James and Elliot react incredulously to Nick’s various saucy...


29: Bart the Lover / Homer at the Bat

We’re talkin’ podcast / James and Nick watch the Simpsons / We’re talkin’ podcast / A show on television / Bart the Lover’s expansion of the lore / Steve Sax, and his run in with the law…. etc etc. Hello! This week we’ve got two absolute belters to discuss - Bart the Lover, the stealth highlight of the season so far, and Homer at the Bat, in which there’s an outside chance of seven misfortunes, but nine misfortunes are unlikely (it’s the softball ep that everyone loves). Your two...


28: Lisa the Greek / Homer Alone

This week on the Simpsons podcast that you’ve chosen to download (and thank you, by the way) - Lisa the Greek, which is pretty good! Homer Alone, which is not as good (why do Patty and Selma take Bart and Lisa while Marge is away?). This week we unveil James’ new secret podcast-within-a-podcast, unpack the difference between betting and gambling, discuss the classic films of Macaulay Culkin, and delve deep (as always) into the world of The Simpsons. Pods in the Key of Springfield! We are...


27: I Married Marge / Radio Bart

You light up my days And fill my nights With Song It can’t be wrong When it feels so right Because you You light up my life Also, Radio Bart, which is also good. The Simpsons is good. Facebook: facebook.com/podsinthekeyofspringfield Twitter: @KeySpringfield Insta: podsinthekeyofspringfield Contact: podsinthekeyofspringfield@gmail.com


Eat My Shorts 6: Bart’s House of Weirdness / Bart vs. The World / Bartman Meets Radioactive Man

This week, we’re back on the videogames The Simpsons have starred in! We dig deep into the House of Weirdness, a weird, House-of-Leaves inspired (probably) space of horror and disorientation. We look at Bart vs. The World and say ‘huh, little racist, huh?’. And we dig into Bartman vs Radioactive Man, which…look, I have a very good idea for a Radioactive Man game. I dig into it, and if any of the license owners for The Simpsons are listening, yes, I am available to script it. Let’s...


26: Flaming Moe’s / Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk

James and Nick have finally made it to the Land of Chocolate. Having arrived ten minutes ago, as of this recording, James and Nick spend a long time talking about alcohol (because the first episode was about Moe!) and try to unpack some of the current-day murkiness of what The Simpsons looks like now that we’re old and jaded about the world that has left us behind. These are solid eps. Come join us! Pods in the Key of Springfield! Our English is, how you say…inelegant? Twitter:...


25: Lisa’s Pony / Saturdays of Thunder

This week on Pods in the Key of Springfield - Lisa gets a pony! Bart gets a cart! Homer plies both of his children with modes of transportation, one made of flesh and blood and bone, the other of wood and nails and glue. Come and join us to find out which is which, in this, the fourth episode we recorded on New Year’s Day. We dig deep on our feelings on ice-cream, the show’s…now very awkward reference to a certain 90s comedian, and the possibility that we witnessed the on-screen death of...


24: Treehouse of Horror II

Welcome to Pods in the Key of SPOOKY Springfield! It’s January (or probably February by the time you get around to downloading this), the scariest month, so we’re all over Treehouse of Horror II. Listen as we plan out our own monkey paw wishes, compare these vingettes to the short stories they were based on (that egghead James has read some of ‘em) and, uhhh, who we would kill if we had Bart’s power from that second bit. Come join us for Pods in the Key of…*checks notes*...


Eat My Shorts 5: Butterfinger Review

In 1922, Otto Schnering was a man with a simple dream - to invent a chocolate bar with enough sugar in it to send anyone who ate it into a spiral of loathing. From 1988 until 2001, The Simpsons were shilling hard for the bar, with Bart, in particular, putting away more of them than The Simpsons family doctor recommended. Here in Australia, the Butterfinger is harder to find - for this review episode, James had to go to a candy store that specialises in imports and drop down a whopping $6...


23: Homer Defined / Like Father, Like Clown

This week we define Homer, and we look at the various ways in which a clown…is like a father. We delve into Bart’s relationship with Milhouse (who is, in many ways, the ninth Simpson), dig into how the Simpsons has shaped our concept of flavours having colours, pick apart James’ grandfather’s odd speech patterns, and, uh, get surprisingly worked up about how bad Krusty’s dad is. If you want to hear two guys have an epiphany about the imperfections of the third season of The Simpsons, this...


22: When Flanders Failed / Bart the Murderer

We’ve got a pair of belters this week, friends - When Flanders Failed, which rules, and Bart the Murderer, which rules even harder. These are very good episodes of The Simpsons, and we, the podcast hosts you’re listening to, have plenty to say about them. We talk about the difficulties of being left handed like Flanders (one of us is left handed, but you’ll have to listen to find out, if that’s, uh, incentive), make the dumbest damn Black Eyed Peas joke possible, and just heap praise on...


21: Stark Raving Dad / Mr Lisa Goes to Washington

James and Nick are back for season 3 of The Simpsons! This week we’ve got Stark Raving Dad, in which Michael Jackson deals with fragile early 90s masculinity, and Mr Lisa Goes To Washington, in which Mr Lisa (a character we’ve never seen prior and never see again), uh, goes to Washington. If you’ve been listening to this podcast thinking ‘this is good, but what I really want is a lengthy description of the time James won $1500 from Reader’s Digest through ethically questionable means’,...