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Well Mr Burns had done it…if by “it” you mean wrecked a perfectly good works softball team in “Homer At The Bat”, aired on February 20 1992, the same day as Ross Perot announced his run as an independent candidate for President of the USA. Along the way we’ll drown in memes, find out which of the numerous guest stars is a failed fighter and hear th…
 
Episode 51, and it’s a doozy from the Simpsons side: “Bart The Lover” from 13 February 1992, featuring Woodrow, the swear jar and a world without zinc! Tom then takes us to meet Hugo Chavez and his attempted coup in Venezuela, which reached a crescendo a few days beforehand. Along the way Garreth will try to chat up an 80s pop star who probably isn…
 
Retrospecticus has reached the big five-oh, so we celebreate by talking about “Homer Alone”, the episode that sees Marge snap through stress and visit Rancho Relaxo, while Homer tries and fails to look after Maggie. The episode was first broastcast the day before the Maastricht treaty was signed, so we tell the story of how it came to be and how it…
 
This week, Lisa and Homer bet on the Washington Football Team in “Lisa The Greek”, and we take a look at the history of Zaire, plus its bloody history as a colony of Belgium. Somehow we also touch on Pinchy the lobster and the Rumble in the Jungle, plus a king for hire, a genius idea to relaunch an American football team and a look at a very damp b…
 
As Britain reels from a Cayman Islands-style heatwave, your perspiring hosts take you back to a colder time – January 9, 1992 – to send our love down the well in “Radio Bart” and witness the merciful end of the Salvadoran Civil War. Along the way we’ll castigate pop stars for their charity efforts, negotiate over ice cream and drop in on the Footba…
 
So it’s come to this: the end of the Soviet Union, with a suitably nostalgic partner in “I Married Marge”. Along the way we’ll impersonate a world leader, say another goodbye to Freddie Mercury, and visit with a different Crazy Otto. And you’ll never believe who’s advertising Pizza Hut. If you enjoy the show, please listen and share!…
 
We’re back in the USSR – but not for long! This week, we witness the signing of the Belovezha Accords, one of the last nails in the coffin for the USSR, whilst Springfield says a hearty willkommen bei den Deutschen in “Burns Verkaufen Der Kraftwerk”. Along the way we’ll meet the drummer for every band ever, take an unlikely detour to Lee Harvey Osw…
 
Welcome to the podcast where happiness is just a Flaming Homer away – yes! It’s time for “Flaming Moe’s”, an episode where greed tears a friendship asunder and Aerosmith play nightly. Plus, Tom looks at the life and times of Freddie Mercury, taking in the history of Zanzibar and some horrific behaviour from the UK tabloids along the way. Please lis…
 
This week we’re telling the tale of one Terry Waite, hostage negotiator turned hostage, whose fascinating story we recount along with “Saturdays Of Thunder”, in which Bart and Homer go soapbox derby racing. Along the way we’ll judge the grimness of the North, have a chance encounter with Idi Amin and probably mention that curling episode, AGAIN. Pl…
 
It’s episode 43, where Homer pulls double duty in “Lisa’s Pony” and we cover the death of Robert Maxwell, with a dive into his fascinating origins. Along the way we’ll discuss “My Ding-A-Ling” (but not our ding-a-lings, mercifully), the north-east’s top light entertainer, football mergers, Tetris and our old favourites, various totalitarian Eastern…
 
It’s all about reconciliations this time at Retrospecticus, as we cover Krusty building bridges with his dad in “Like Father Like Clown” and the end of the Cambodia-Vietnam war. Along the way we’ll meet a seemingly never-ending prime minister, see the squarest moat ever and discover the traffic warden who changed 90s pop. Please listen… Read More »…
 
Not even a Covid-19 outbreak can derail Retrospecticus! We’ve gone back to our Skype roots to discuss the opening of the Leftorium in “When Flanders Failed”, first aired as Slick Willie himself, Bill Clinton, announced he was running for the presidency of the USA! We’ll also look at other presidents in The Simpsons, be they… Read More »…
 
It’s season three at last, and we’re keeping super cool and staying frosty with Otzi the iceman and then losing said cool over “Stark Raving Dad”. We’ll also tackle Wishbone Ash, mummy ownership and some famous bottoms! Please listen and share! Warning – we discuss the first episode of series three of the Simpsons, and… Read More »…
 
It’s festive fury from a raging Retrospecticus, as we discuss paranoid thriller “Three Men And A Comic Book” and taunt Xenu with the New York Times’ expose on Scientology. Along the way we’ll get disgusted with politics, discuss Flanderization and dump a dead sheep outside the Brit awards. Merry Christmas, everyone!…
 
Things take a turn for the vulgar this week, as we discuss “War of the Simpsons”, an episode written by the non-existent John Schwartzwelder that sees Homer embarrass himself at a party by getting drunk and lecherous, before winding up at a couples retreat where he almost catches a massive catfish. Along the way we… Read More »…
 
We’re looking at easily the best episode of season two, as we tackle Lisa’s Substitute, an episode that sees Dustin Hoffman take on the role of substitute teacher Mr Bergstrom, while Bart runs for class president. For the history, we go over the conflict between the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of China,… Read More »…
 
Political tensions are running high in the Retrospecticus powder keg, as we join the Assassins’ conspiracy in “Bart’s Dog Gets An ‘F'” and some police brutality against Rodney King sparks the LA riots. Along the way we’ll take in number ones from jeans adverts, learn some Korean social mores and celebrate animation’s greatest animal noise… Read Mor…
 
It’s brotherly love and terrorism this week, as we discuss “Oh Brother Where Art Thou?”, the episode of the Simpsons that sees Homer reunited with his long lost half brother Herb Powell, voiced by Danny DeVito. For the history we talk about the bombings of Paddington and Victoria stations by the Provisional IRA, part of… Read More »…
 
Garreth and Tom both struggle with pronunciation as they tackle Beethoven and Michelangelo in “Itchy and Scratchy and Marge” and the Polish government in exile! They’ll also stumble over Russ Meyer, Winged Hussars, more royal epithets and Denis Thatcher! All this, plus Cliff Richard gets a well-deserved slagging off – unmissable!…
 
Episode 21, and this time out we discuss “Homer Falls Down The Gorge”… I mean, “Bart The Daredevil” and Saddam Hussein’s rise to power. We cover around 8,000 years of Iraqi history, from the Sumerians to the build up to the Gulf War. Also featuring: Asterix! “Steel Justice”! Sergeant Slaughter! And a bonus amount of… Read More »…
 
A huge moment in the Retrospecticus timeline as Maggie Maggie Maggie is OUT! OUT! OUT!… And we cover “Bart vs. Thanksgiving”! Featuring loadsa cool Peter Alliss facts, Karl Marx getting mistaken for a Caramac, Marilyn Manson in Milton Keynes and the debunking of a whippy myth. And all the while we ask: where’s Cersei’s elephant?…
 
Our new episode is packed with fun for every Joe Sixpack and Sally Housecoat! We discuss the Simpsons episode “Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish” and the ascendancy of Mary Robinson, the first woman to become president of Ireland. Along the way we kick the Beautiful South while they’re down… Read More »…
 
It’s a spooktacular episode as we look at ‘Treehouse Of Horror’ and the collapse of the Norwegian Government. But don’t worry, we’ll still have time for digressions such as Brock not being canon, John Schwartzwelder’s ‘The Raven’, the Viking with the least threatening nickname and a horrible feeling of vu deja……
 
It’s a rather hirsute episode this week as we look at the Simpsons episode Simpson and Delilah, which features Homer acquiring a supply of Dimoxinil, growing a full head of hair and gaining a promotion eighties-style. We talk about his assistant Karl and the Simpsons first gay kiss (sort of). The episode first aired shortly… Read More »…
 
It’s a tongue twisting Retrospecticus this time, as Garreth discovers that “sideshow” and “slideshow” are a deadly combination in “Krusty Gets Busted”, and Tom tries to avoid Baltic names during The Singing Revolution. Plus: wacky early plans for Marge and Krusty, the least essential cultural artefact of the nineties, compound flags and the return …
 
It’s episode eleven of Retrospecticus, and we’re discussing Bart’s (first) trip to France in “The Crepes Of Wrath”. Tom tells the story of the election of the first democratically chosen East German prime minister, which hastened the end of the Cold War. We also tackle reds under the bed, laugh at Ian Maxton-Graham’s small automobile,… Read More »…
 
This episode we talk about “The Telltale Head”, a Simpsons morality tale featuring bullying, stealing, terrible life advice and decapitation. For this history bit, we tell the story of the 1990 Nicaraguan election, the background of which contains revolution, counter revolution, hostage taking, dodgy CIA arms dealings, a highly successful literacy …
 
This week on the show we discuss Call of the Simpsons, the one where Homer buys an RV and eventually gets mistaken for Bigfoot. The discussion ends up meandering into a rant about Mr Blobby, so look out for that! For the history we talk about the UK and Argentina restoring diplomatic relations, but really… Read More »…
 
Join your hosts Tom and Garreth for another episode of Retrospecticus! On this show we talk about the episode “Bart the General” and discuss the opening of the first McDonald’s in the Soviet Union. Tom corrects himself on some Panamanian flagwrong from the previous episode, Garreth tells us about a conspiracy theory on the existence… Read More »…
 
In this episode of the show Garreth tackles the rather strange Simpsons episode “There’s No Disgrace Like Home”, the first to be penned by legendary Simpsons writers Al Jean and Mike Reiss. For the history, Tom tells the story of the roller coaster ride that was the life of Manuel Noriega, former military leader of… Read More »…
 
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