TV Club Classic: The Simpsons (Classic): “Homer’s Enemy”

“Homer’s Enemy” (originally aired 5/4/1997)

In which a new character questions the whole premise of the show…

What’s left to say about “Homer’s Enemy” here at The A.V. Club, after we’ve based an entire Inventory around Frank Grimes, and dissected the episode in a lengthy TV Roundtable? This is one of the most controversial Simpsons, beloved by many for its boldness and dark humor, and held up by others as a prime example of how the series started to lose its way toward the end of its first decade. The Simpsons winked at its audience early and often, and never shied away from throwing in a good gag even if it violated the “reality” of the show; but from season eight onward, the anything-for-a-laugh approach started to outweigh the strong storytelling and careful character-building of the first seven years. And for some, “Homer …

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