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Why I Still Watch(man) The Simpsons

It’s popular to diss “The Simpsons” these days as having jumped the shark, but I still wouldn’t trade the worst episode of the long-running series for the entire run of “The Flintstones” or “The Jetsons.” If it’s not always as funny as it once was, it still has the grace to suck up to the inner (OK, outer) geek in all of us. The producers may never equal the coup of getting Thomas Pynchon to voice a character (but then, short of getting a microphone in front of J. D. Salinger, how could they?). But if, like me, you sat down to watch the show last night not knowing what to expect, you had to be pretty impressed by this lineup of guests:

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