TV Club: The Simpsons (Classic): “Lisa’s Sax”

October, 1997. The world still reels from the sudden death of Princess Diana just a month and a half prior. Fans of The Simpsons cope with the sudden betrayal of “The Principal And The Pauper.” And Simpsons fans who happened to be Princess Di aficionados wonder if the sun will ever shine again.

For the second group at least, things quickly improved thanks to “Lisa’s Sax.” Although just about everything looks good next to “The Principal And The Pauper”—the great mustache-twirling villain of the Simpsons universe—“Lisa’s Sax” offers a lot of laughs, plenty of heart, and a blueprint that Family Guy would emulate to the point of obnoxiousness just 17 months later.

On the DVD commentary track, writer/executive producer Al Jean, executive producer Mike Reiss, and director Dominic Polcino talk about the simplicity of “Lisa’s Sax.” It’s all right there in the episode …

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