Thanks zdje! I guess that 46-second song has been performed by a LOT of people. But I hope I can record the episode, particularly if there's actually another song in the middle of the episode!!! As turbo said, I hope a bunch of people record it.
‘Simpsons’ writers issue apologetic disclaimer at end of 5ooth episode
By Anna Howell / 21 February 2012
Simpsons writers issued an apologetic disclaimer at the end of their much publicised 500th episode in anticiaption of viewer dissappointment.
The disclaimer read: “Thanks for 500 shows. All we ask is that you go out and Get some fresh air before logging onto the internet and saying how much this sucked” which appeared at the end of the landmark anniversary episode on a simple black screen, similar to the dialogue panels used in silent, black and white films.
The episode should have been a spectacular celebration of twenty-three years in the lime light, as Longest-running American sitcom, longest-running American animated program and longest-running American primetime, scripted television series, but even before it was shown, the format looked dissappointing.
Whilst The Simpsons is used to housing A-List cameo’s such as Barry White, Elizabeth Taylor and Elton John, the 500th episode, shown in America last week, could only boast the appearance of Julian Assage, the founder of WikiLeaks, and a flimsy plot line where Springfield turned against the yellow family and tried to drive them out of town, which was not too dissimilar from their 2007 feature length movie.
CNN’s review of the episode was far from positive, writing: “It wasn’t terrible, but it also wasn’t spectacular – especially after all of the hype.’.
Before adding: “WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was an odd choice as a guest, and the jokes were only chuckle-worthy. Yet even with all of these elements and numerous references put together, this episode still served as a fitting tribute to a classic that we love.”
At the beginning of the episode a montage of jokes from the shows life span was shown, and a revised theme song written by Grammy award winner Alison Krauss was featured to mark the occasion.
TVEquals.com wrote: ‘The episode certainly had its funny moments but was not the grand event one would expect for such a landmark occasion. But after 500 episodes, The Simpsons are owed a bit of a break. After a television run this long, the expectation is perhaps better aimed towards consistency rather than novelty. Although The Simpsons have been relegated to social pariah status many times before, the episode was still funny and enjoyable.”
Fox News commented: “Even a bad episode of The Simpsons is better than most of the rest of the comedy on broadcast television, and that we’ll continue to watch this show for many, many years to come.”