the-simpsons

How ‘Ireland Simpsons Fans’ Saved the Soul of Their Favorite Show

I’ve spent decades obsessively watching The Simpsons, and I’ve lost count of the pieces I’ve written on it. Just in my time at MEL, I’ve…

Duff Is the Platonic Ideal of Bad American Beer

A strange thing about fiction is that it can make you crave what doesn’t exist. I grow hungry when I watch Bob’s Burgers, wishing I…

I’m the Son of an Indian Shopkeeper. This Is What Apu Taught Me About Being a Man

My first memory of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon was completely against type — or better put, completely against stereotype. If anything, it was shockingly different from anything else my…

When Homer Simpson Got Hair — And A Gay Assistant

A longtime ‘Simpsons’ writer explains why, for an episode at least, he cured Homer’s baldness and had him share in one of TV’s first man-on-man…