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51: Boy-Scoutz 'n the Hood / The Last Temptation of Homer

Oh wow, the Simpsons was good in season 5. Like, seriously, bloody hell. What a good pair of episodes. This week, James and Nick join the Junior Campers to talk about the 90s economy, abstraction in animation, and just how long Bart and company spend stranded at sea. They talk about the stupid things they believed as kids, their own experiences with scout troops, and...do some actual critique. Wow! In the back half, your two podfriends talk the greatness of Mindy Simmons, the regressive...


50: Marge on the Lam / Bart's Inner Child

In honour of this episode pairing's 'Do As You Feel Festival', we're going to skip the standard podcast description. It's episode 50. You get it right now, and if you don't, you should listen to us until you do (uh, please). email: podsinthekeyofspringfield@gmail.com


49: Treehouse of Horror IV

It's the end of November, so naturally those smart lads at Pods in the Key of Springfield, with their good sense of scheduling, are putting out a Halloween episode. In this spooky chat they pick apart Treehouse of Horror IV (The Devil & Homer Simpson, Terror at 5 1/2 Feet, Bart Simpson's Dracula), and come away with a few questions. What is the legal precedent for the case of Homer v. Satan? What's going on with the funny little green ghoul? Who is HP Lovecraft, exactly? Will Adam Scott do a...


Eat My Shorts 11: The Final Simpsons Comic / Interview with Alottagreen's Daniel Wilks

It's two (significantly shorter than usual) episodes for the price of one (which is still nothing, this podcast is entirely free)! Recently, Bongo's long running Simpsons Comics released its 245th-and-final issue, ending a run that has lasted for over twenty years. James and Nick picked up the final issue to read through it, and present here their condensed rendition of the weird little story it tells. Does Batman get involved? Will they reference that letter James had published once? What...


48: Homer Goes to College / Rosebud

We keep rolling through season 5, asking the important questions about all things The Simpsons. What sort of job should James seek, since his university gig is starting to get old? Why aren't the head bee guys of our nation doing their jobs? Did Citizen Kane end by blasting 1000 years into the future, or are we remembering it wrong? What is 'Sheriff Lobo'? Will our listeners be able to forgive the terrible cold James has, but never directly mentions, after he managed to cut out about 70% of...


47: Homer's Barbershop Quartet / Cape Feare

Your good podcast friends James and Nick are back for season 5 of The Simpsons, which is a strong contender for 'Very Best Season'. And wouldn't you know it, it opens with a pair of bangers. In this one we try to unpack the reasoning behind calling Surgeon General C. Everett Koop about all the latest medical poop, bicker over what 'barbershop' is, exactly, and get Die, Bart, Die tattooed across our chests mid-recording (but we had to cut all of that because the buzzing was so...





Twenty-Two Films About Springfield: Citizen Kane

In 1941, Orson Welles released Citizen Kane into cinemas. With its innovative use of deep focus and its extraordinary commitment to detail, it, of course, flopped hard. Years later, The Simpsons would reference it a bunch. Some other stuff happened in-between. This week, on our season finale of Pods in the Key of Springfield, movie buff James forces Nick to watch Citizen Kane to see if it matches up with the image of the film he's gotten from The Simpsons and the rest of our cultural...


46: Krusty Gets Kancelled / Top 5 Episodes of Season 4

Imagine that bit in Krusty Gets Kancelled where 'GABBO' flashes on the screen repeatedly, except it says 'PODS IN THE KEY OF SPRINGFIELD' instead. This week on the podcast we break down the star-studded season 4 finale, try to unpack the absolute horror of Gabbo's existence, and James irritates Nick by insisting that they list their five favourite episodes of the season. We have a competition this week too! You can win a copy of Giant Margarita's 'Party Crashers'. Don't worry, I put it...


45: Whacking Day / Marge in Chains

Oh, 'casting day / Oh, 'casting day / Our hallowed shit-talk spouting day / (We'll talk broadly) / (About our lives) / (And 'The Simpsons') / (Should it arise) / Oh, 'casting day / Oh, 'casting day / Please rate, subscribe and Tweet RT Twitter: @KeySpringfield FB: facebook.com/podsinthekeyofspringfield email: podsinthekeyofspringfield@gmail.com Part of the Alottagreen podcast network.


44: So It's Come To This: A Simpsons Clip Show / The Front

Hens love roosters! Astronauts love heat shield! Everyone else, loves Pods in the Key of Springfield! (Not many things rhyme with Springfield). This week, we watch a bad episode, and then a good one! It's the one where Bart and Lisa write a new Itchy and Scratchy cartoon. I know that one doesn't stand out in your head so much, but trust us, it's funny. Part of the Alottagreen network. email: podsinthekeyofspringfield@gmail.com


Eat My Shorts 10: Our (Presumably Correct) Season 30 Predictions

So get this - apparently The Simpsons is still going? It's true! Season 30 is starting on September 30. To help everyone prepare, we turned our in-depth knowledge and laser focus on the episode titles announced for the new season and guessed what 20 of next season's episodes will look like. Why are so many of them named after Beatles songs? Is there going to be a terrible reckoning this season? And could James and Nick make it as sports broadcasters if they took a hard turn? Presumptive...


43: Duffless / Last Exit to Springfield

Here it is - the (canonical) best episode of the show, as declared by Entertainment Weekly (if you want to hear about the actual best episode you're going to have to either scroll back to episode 40 or wait for next season, depending on your views). This week we talk through beer-related misadventures, spider issues, and ask our listeners to declare fealty to either #TeamJames or #TeamNick. We also talk about The Simpsons! Twitter: @KeySpringfield FB:...


42: The Bubble Boy / The Cheever Letters

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41: Brother from the Same Planet / I Love Lisa

This week, we love Lisa. And also Phil Hartman. It's a wild episode of this, the only Simpsons podcast. FB: facebook.com/podsinthekeyofspringfield Twitter: @KeySpringfield Insta: podsinthekeyofspringfield email: podsinthekeyofspringfield@gmail.com


Disenchantment First Thoughts (feat. The Simpsons Index)

Matt Groening has a new show! Holy heck, right? To mark this monumentous occasion we've joined forces with Elliot and BT from The Simpsons Index to discuss the first two episodes - what we thought, what we liked, what works and doesn't work, the discography of Hanson, Homer's 'The Odyssey', Smurfs, and a bunch of other stuff. Does it hold up to our expectations? Or did we come away from it...disencha(etc)? (I've watched the whole first season since, by the way. It's pretty decent. Not...


Eat My Shorts 9: Krusty's Super Fun House / Bart's Nightmare

In this, the 53rd episode of Pods in the Key of Springfield / the ninth episode of the Eat My Shorts subseries / the third episode in our newly christened 'Control Pods in the Key of Springfield' on-going...thing, we jump back into videogames (and talk about Shrek for a bit, naturally). This week we look at Krusty's Super Fun House - which is like Lemmings, but not as good - and Bart's Nightmare, which is actually kind of legitimately interesting. It's good! Come listen! email:...


40: Marge vs. the Monorail / Selma's Choice

Monorail! Monorail! Monorail! Monorail! I hear those guys are awfully loud? / They prefer 'vocally endowed'! Does this episode ever end? / Eventually, my listening friend! Aren't these guys just brain-dead slobs? / What are you, a podcast snob? Is this a full ninety minutes of revel? / Yes, I'd say that's about our level! The ring came off my pudding can! / Not really relevant, podcast fan! The number one episode, James' choice, Turn down the volume when he raises...


39: Lisa's First Word / Homer's Triple Bypass

Hey! You want to hear a drawn-out sugar crash as your podfriends talk about two very good episodes of The Simpsons? And then talk about Assassin's Creed a bunch? Well then, you're in luck! In this episode we travel back to 1983-ish to see Lisa's origin story, and then watch as Homer survives some dodgy surgery. How good is TV, though? Pretty good. Twitter: @KeySpringfield Facebook: facebook.com/podsinthekeyofspringfield email: podsinthekeyofspringfield@gmail.com


38: New Kid on the Block / Mr Plow

This week. as the universe of The Simpsons fissures and folds in on itself, we ask the important questions. Something is amiss, and as great as these episodes are (Señor Plow no es macho / Es solamente un borracho) we must face up to the darkness they contain. What is causing the rift in space and time we witnessed in New Kid on the Block? Is there a sinister cabal working to bring something malevolent about? Who is Doctor Tongue? Who do you think that is there? We also talk plows, and give...