There are few things as hallowed for Simpsons fans as Seasons 2 to 11. The pinnacle, the Golden Era, the cromulent core of a show beloved by many. However, what happens when two superfans journey a little, well… a lot later into the Simpsons canon? Welcome to Springfield: The Later Years. Join long time friends, Patrick Brennan and Craig Mazerolle, as they dive into seasons 24 to the present day of The Simpsons. Each episode, the boys will go where few fans have dared to explore to see what stands up and what stinks.
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Hosted by Patrick Brennan and Craig Mazerolle
Research by Craig Mazerolle
Produced by Patrick Brennan
Logo by Stephen Belyea
050.5 – Glory Days (Part 1)
on 12 June, 2019 at 10:12 am
It’s finally here! Part one of our 50th Episode Extravaganza begins with this solid collection of early years Simpsons! Listen to the episode.
049.5 – Crystal Cunundrums (S: 30, E:23)
on 22 May, 2019 at 10:52 pm
In an unprecedented first, the guys take a look at the most recent (later years-iest?) episode of the Simpsons they possibly can with this season’s finale. They also continue to hype up a special anniversary that’s around the bend... Listen to the episode.
049 – Grand v. Bland (S: 27, E:19)
on 15 May, 2019 at 10:34 am
The guys come to blows over their opinions of this later year episode of the Simpsons. Is it hilarious, contrived, or a little bit of both? You decide! Listen to the episode.
048 – Good Till It Isn’t (S: 28, E:9)
on 8 May, 2019 at 10:20 am
Wow. Just...wow. We’ve seen some weird plot decisions in some of the episodes we’ve covered in this podcast’s short run so far, but this one really takes the cake. And what a bitter cake it is! Listen to the episode.
047 – Back in the Laugh-Saddle (S: 25, E:22)
on 1 May, 2019 at 11:22 am
After another hiatus (what a year for podcast-derailing life events) the guys are finally back! In today’s episode they tackle a pretty good Simpsons installment, while also wondering if we’re all eventually going to be replaced by memes in the future. Listen to the episode.
046 – Dirty Daniel (S: 1, E:1)
on 3 April, 2019 at 12:46 am
This is a weird one, folks. In an effort to cleanse their pallets of the Simpsons stinkers they’ve recently encountered, Pat and Craig thought it would be funny to take a look at the first episode of the ill-begotten Michael Richards Show. And it was funny alright, but not “Ha-Ha” funny. Strap yourselves in for a bumpy one! Listen to the episode.
045 – Tina May (S: 24, E:15)
on 27 March, 2019 at 2:00 am
Pat and Craig hike up their short-pants and do their darnedest to not lose their minds during this strange, Frankenstein’s monster of an episode. Also, apologies for the audio quality...we have no idea what happened there. &nbs Listen to the episode.
044 – Crippling Existential Crisis (S: 26, E:5)
on 18 March, 2019 at 7:58 pm
The Simpsons swerve back into “Issues” territory, with this episode which tackles fracking. You can probably guess how it goes. Listen to the episode.
043 – Wafting on a Zephyr
on 25 February, 2019 at 2:00 am
Pat and Craig go back in time to the year 2011! They talk about their past lives, Pat's new belief in the occult, and a fantastic episode from that year. Listen to the episode.
042 – Blade Rummy
on 18 February, 2019 at 8:27 pm
After last week’s stinker and dark contemplations, Pat and Craig turn to alcohol to make it through their next outing. And wouldn’t you just know it: this crossover episode is actually amazing! Isn’t that always the way? Listen to the episode.
041 – Hard Foul
on 11 February, 2019 at 2:00 am
After having sat through this turd of an episode, and with the show’s one year anniversary looming, Pat and Craig wonder whether their stamina for later-year Simpsons has been drained. &nbs Listen to the episode.
040 – Hot Dog Caboose
on 4 February, 2019 at 2:00 am
The guys finally tackle Pat’s white whale with this strangely alluring episode. Listen to the episode.
039 – Not Pizza Friday!?
on 28 January, 2019 at 2:41 pm
Craig and Pat get back into the swing of things with this politically charged(??) episode. Listen to the episode.
038 – A Commotion at the Telegraph Office (Feat. Jake Martin)
on 21 January, 2019 at 12:30 pm
We’re back! Pat’s now a dad, Craig has a new apartment, and we’ve got a pretty decent episode of the Simpsons on the docket. Life is good! Oh, and Jake Martin returns too! Listen to the episode.
037 – Insert Space Joke Here (Feat. Norah Kennedy)
on 19 November, 2018 at 2:33 pm
The guys, and special guest Norah Kennedy, blast off into an episode featuring everyone’s favorite Simpsons alien duo. Listen to the episode.
036 – We Are In Hell
on 12 November, 2018 at 6:18 pm
Craig finally hits rock bottom. Listen to the episode.
035 – 1st Annual Post-Halloween Halloween Special
on 6 November, 2018 at 1:04 am
What’s spookier than a Halloween special that airs on Halloween? A Halloween special that airs a week after Halloween. HALLOWEEEEeeeeEEeeen! Listen to the episode.
034 – Miami Joe
on 29 October, 2018 at 2:09 am
The guys attempt to deal with a shockingly good episode as well as a bone of contention that could end their friendship forever. Listen to the episode.
033 – Serf’s Up!
on 22 October, 2018 at 2:34 am
Patrick’s bitterness reaches new heights as he and Craig breakdown last season’s flawed but fun premier. Listen to the episode.
032 – Bull-eep
on 15 October, 2018 at 11:30 am
Springfield passes an anti-bullying law and Ned finally calls Homer out on his crap. Sounds like a good episode, right? Well…. Listen to the episode.
031 – Dem Golden Slippers
on 1 October, 2018 at 2:30 am
Sometimes the episode you never wanted turns out to be the one you needed all along. Or something like that. Anyways, this week Mr. Burns puts on a talent show or something. Listen to the episode.
030 – A Dead Bug’s Life
on 24 September, 2018 at 2:51 am
Craig survived his travels in Europe and rejoins Pat for an episode that features both an all-time great celebrity cameo and one of the grossest story-lines of in recent memory. Hurrah! Listen to the episode.
029 – This Episode Needs Improv-ment (Feat. Dusty Green)
on 17 September, 2018 at 2:23 am
Dusty Green returns to help Pat make sense of this head-scratcher of an episode. Listen to the episode.
028 – Days of Future Lisa’s Past (Feat. Chris Nyarady & Keegan Flick-Parker)
on 10 September, 2018 at 2:50 am
With Craig living it up in Europe, Pat is joined by not one but TWO guest hosts: the incomparable Chris and Keegan from the new Station Zed podcast Boozing and Bonding! Listen to the episode.
027 – Bad Dads and Lads
on 3 September, 2018 at 12:51 pm
Craig and Pat marvel at this strange episode that somehow manages to use Grandpa Simpsons possibly getting someone pregnant as its B-Story. What’s its A-Story? Tune and find out! Listen to the episode.
026 – I Like You, Manacek (Feat. Jake Martin)
on 27 August, 2018 at 2:58 am
Wrestle Daddy Jake Martin stops by just in time to watch this surprisingly wonderful Simpsons send-up of the obscure 1970’s detective show, “Banacek”. Listen to the episode.
025 – The Return
on 20 August, 2018 at 2:14 am
After a short summer hiatus, Craig and Pat are back! On this week’s episode they take to the high seas with this quality outing featuring the fantastic Nick Offerman. Listen to the episode.
024 – I’ve Been Calling Her Crandell (Feat. Matt Clarke)
on 23 July, 2018 at 2:11 am
New guest alert! The wonderful Matt Clarke joins us for the Burning Man parody every Simpsons fan has been asking for. FINALLY! Listen to the episode.
023 – Sweaty Bald Boys (Feat. Matt Goodwin)
on 16 July, 2018 at 2:42 am
The Dynamic Duo, plus first-time guest Matt Goodwin, endure record temperatures in Pat’s apartment, but thankfully also get to watch a solid Simpsons episode. Listen to the episode.
022 – Clowns And Frowns
on 9 July, 2018 at 2:23 am
After a short break to celebrate their home and native land (and to be terribly, terribly sick) the guys return with an episode that is the picture of what you could call a “mixed bag”. Listen to the episode.
021 – Hard To Give A Duff
on 25 June, 2018 at 2:06 am
The guys are left wondering if their dreams of a Simpsons parody of “Waiting For Godot” will ever be realized after their hopes get dashed by this crappy episode. Listen to the episode.
020 – Weaponized Beehive (Feat. Stephen Belyea)
on 18 June, 2018 at 2:00 am
Steve rejoins the guys for this stink-fest of an episode. Also, for some reason Pat thinks Marge’s mom is dead. What a dumb-dumb. Listen to the episode.
019.5 – Lemon Of Troy (Minisode)
on 13 June, 2018 at 2:44 am
Pat talks about an episode he initially hated but has grown to love: "Lemon Of Troy". Listen to the episode.
019 – Gotta Get ‘Em All
on 11 June, 2018 at 2:46 am
In a show first, Pat and Craig butt heads over whether or not this later-year Simpsons episode is a keeper or a reeker. &nbs Listen to the episode.
018.5 – The Love-Matic Grandpa (Minisode)
on 6 June, 2018 at 2:20 am
“The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase” (Season 8, Episode 24) Craig lays his heart out on the line for one of the best Simpsons anthology segments ever. Hosted by Craig Mazerolle Research by Craig Mazerolle Produced by Patrick Brennan Logo by Stephen Belyea Theme – “Children’s TV 2” by Dorian Kelly Listen to the episode.
018 – Guffaw-mageddon
on 4 June, 2018 at 2:58 am
Fridge-ra-tors! Fridge-ra-tors! On this week’s episode we enjoy yet another surprisingly great later-year Simpsons episode, this one involving Homer joining a gang of Doomsday preppers. &nbs Listen to the episode.
017.5 – Homer The Smithers (Minisode)
on 30 May, 2018 at 2:22 am
Craig reminisces about some of his favorite Simpsons-watching moments, his love of scratched up DVD box sets, and that time Homer was Mr. Burns' assistant. Listen to the episode.
017 – Ay Caramba X5
on 28 May, 2018 at 2:28 am
With the Frinktron 5000 on the fritz, Craig and Pat are forced to improvise and decide to review some random Simpsons-related merchandise. Listen to the episode.
016.5 – You Got The Dud! (Minisode)
on 23 May, 2018 at 2:01 am
The title says it all for this minisode. Listen to the episode.
016 – Baby Octopus Walk
on 21 May, 2018 at 2:23 am
It might be a weird one but this week’s episode was definitely watchable, and that’s something we can all be happy about. Plus Craig unearths some choice trivia about Michael Richards’ failed solo sitcom. Win-win! Listen to the episode.
015.5 – Lisa’s Pony (Minisode)
on 16 May, 2018 at 2:23 am
Pat continues his trend of getting overly personal about his personal favorite Simpsons episodes, with this week’s victim being the classic “Lisa’s Pony”. He also makes a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT about his life that he technically already made in an early episode but whatever. Listen to the episode.
015 – Random Word Generator
on 14 May, 2018 at 2:34 am
This week, Pat and Craig talk about one of the most mindbogglingly strange Simpsons episode they’ve ever come across. Listen to the episode.
014.5 – Barts Gets An F (Minisode)
on 9 May, 2018 at 2:47 am
For this week’s minisode, Pat dives into one of his first ever Simpsons viewings and talks about why he thinks Bart is more than just a slingshot and skateboard.&nbs Listen to the episode.
014 – Voodoo Nightmare
on 7 May, 2018 at 2:10 am
Remember last week when Pat said there was no way this episode would be able Bart getting someone pregnant? Remember how preposterous that sounded!?! Listen to the episode.
013.5 – Homer Goes To College (Minisode)
on 2 May, 2018 at 6:00 am
Time for a new minisode! Today Professor Craig talks about the classic “Homer Goes To College” and specifically how the episode might have turned out if it had been written today. Tune in! &nbs Listen to the episode.
013 – Not A Children’s Fight Club
on 30 April, 2018 at 2:46 am
New guest alert! Steve Belyea (co-host of The Dust Off podcast, fearless leader of the Station Zed network, and creator of the Frinktron 5000) joins Craig and Pat on today’s episode. Listen to the episode.
012.5 – Itchy and Scratchy Land (Minisode)
on 25 April, 2018 at 2:00 am
Welcome to our first minisode! Every Wednesday Pat or Craig (or maybe even a past guest host) will take a few minutes to talk about an episode of the Simpsons that they consider to be a classic. Today, Craig talks about one of his all-time favorites, "Itchy and Scratchy Land". Listen to the episode.
012 – Back In My Day
on 23 April, 2018 at 2:00 am
Last week’s Simpsons episode was a surprise hit with Craig and Pat, but if we’ve learned anything so far on our journey together it’s that what comes up must come down. Listen to the episode.
011 – Get Your Poop Spooked (Feat. Dusty Green)
on 16 April, 2018 at 2:00 am
Long-time friend and fellow Springfield-head Dusty Green joins the guys as they approach with optimistic caution (is that a thing?) the very first canonical Simpsons Halloween special! Listen to the episode.
010 – Hot Tub Timmy
on 9 April, 2018 at 11:27 am
“Pulpit Friction” (Season 24, Episodes 18) Timothy Lovejoy: Reverend. Family man. Train aficionado. Seller of hot tubs. Join Craig and Pat this week as they discover a new layer to Springfield’s favorite holy man. Hosted by Patrick Brennan and Craig Mazerolle Research by Craig Mazerolle Produced by Patrick Brennan Logo by Stephen Belyea Theme – … Continue reading "010 – Hot Tub Timmy" Listen to the episode.
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