September 07, 2005

Happy Birthday, Marge Simpson


Today is the birthday of Julie Kavner, the Voice of Reason in the Simpson household. How about a few quotes, courtesy of this site?

Marge (drinking a Long Island Iced Tea): I'd like to visit that Long Island Place, if only it were real.

Marge: You know, the courts may not be working any more, but as long as everyone is videotaping everyone else, justice will be done.

Marge: You should listen to your heart, and not the voices in your head.

Marge: Homer, I thought our marriage could survive anything, but last night, you not only crossed the line, you threw up on it.

Marge: Bart, stop pestering Satan!

Marge: You like Shake n' Bake. You used to put it in your coffee.

Marge: Homer! There's someone here who can help you...
Homer: Is it Batman?
Marge: No, he's a scientist.
Homer: Batman's a scientist?!
Marge: It's not Batman!

Marge: This is the worst thing you've ever done.
Homer: You say that so often that it lost its meaning.

Marge: Homer, is this how you pictured married life?
Homer: Yeah, pretty much, except we drove around in a van solving mysteries.

Marge; Grandpa, are you sitting on the apple pie?
Grandpa: I sure hope so...

Marge: Grandpa, this flag only has 49 stars on it
Grandpa: I'll be deep in the cold, cold ground before I recognize Missourah!

Abe: That doll is EVIL, I tells ya. Evil! Eeeeeeviillll!!!
Marge: Grandpa, you said that about all the presents.
Abe: I just want attention.

(BTW, I am old enough to remember Kavner as Brenda Morgenstern.)

Posted by Robert at September 7, 2005 11:59 AM | TrackBack

I beleive her name is Judy

Posted by: Ron at September 7, 2005 12:37 PM

Remind me again -- was Maude a spinoff of Rhoda, or was it the other way around? And if I'm not mistaken, both were spinoffs off Mary Tyler Moore.

Or something like that.

Posted by: The Colossus at September 7, 2005 12:47 PM

"Rhoda" was a spinoff of MTM (as was a show called "Phyllis", starring Cloris Leachman). I don't recall that either of them lasted very long.

I couldn't tell you the antecedents of "Maude" because Bea Arthur gives me hives.

Posted by: Robbo the LB at September 7, 2005 01:37 PM

Maude was spun off from All In the Family.

I wish I could free up the space in my brain that this useless piece of information is taking up.

Posted by: John from WuzzaDem at September 7, 2005 01:47 PM

"Maybe they should call it a TALL Island Iced Tea. ... No, Long Island Iced Tea is better."

Posted by: Sobek at September 7, 2005 02:42 PM

Yep, All in the Family begat Maude, and oh how I wish I could do a major file dump on my brain. A while back I amused my GF's daughter by singing the theme song to the Saturday morning animated version of "Spiderman," ca. 1970. It turned out I still remembered all three verses plus the break. She was thrilled, I was appalled.

Posted by: utron at September 7, 2005 02:45 PM

Yes, but do you remember the Spidey theme from The Electric Company?

Posted by: Robbo the LB at September 7, 2005 02:59 PM

You think y'all got useless crap in your head:

All in the Family begat both "The Jeffersons" and "Maude" (and, if you can call it a spinoff, "Archie's Place").

"Maude" begat "Good Times" (Florida was Maude's maid). Which is the only tertiary spin off I can think off.

Posted by: JFH at September 7, 2005 03:07 PM

Then again, isn't "The Simpsons" technically a spin off of "The Tracy Ullman Show"?

Posted by: JFH at September 7, 2005 03:10 PM

I took a short break from the killing pressure of my work as a trouble-shooter for the Counter-Terrorism Unit to google on this, and it turns out that "All in the Family" actually spawned seven spinoffs, including a second tertiary spinoff. They are:

--Maude (1972-1978)
--Good Times (1974-1979)
--The Jeffersons (1975-1985)
--Checking In (1981); tertiary spinoff of "The Jeffersons"
--Archie Bunker's Place (1979-1983)
--Gloria (1982-1983)
--704 Hauser Street (1994)

Sadly, if you ask me about this ten years from now I'll probably still be able to name those shows.

Posted by: utron at September 7, 2005 03:38 PM

There was only one good thing about "Maude":

Adrienne Barbeau...

Posted by: JFH at September 7, 2005 03:46 PM

Yes, but do you remember the Spidey theme from The Electric Company?

Damn you, Robbo, Damn you to Hell.

Posted by: Brian B at September 7, 2005 03:57 PM

MWAAAHAHAHA! - Welcome to my world!

Posted by: Robbo the LB at September 7, 2005 04:03 PM

Spidey theme was reprised in an amusing scene in Spider Man 2.

"Spider Man, Spider Man . . .
Does whatever a Spider can!"

Ah, but do you remember Zoom? Or was that a regional thing.

Come on and zoom zoom!
Come on and zooma-zooma-zooma zoom . . . "

If you're from Boston, you're laughing right now.

Posted by: The Colossus at September 7, 2005 04:27 PM

Nope, my local PBS station carried it in San Antonio:

Write Zoom,
Zee, double-o, em
Box Three Five Oh
Boston, Mass

Posted by: Robbo the LB at September 7, 2005 04:30 PM

"Zoom." Ah, yes. Remember the Ubbi-dubbi language?

Discussions like this make me think of Jack Handey, who once said, "When I think of the thousands of hours I've spent sitting in front of the television, I realize that my life has been truly rich in television." I heard him say that on TV once.

Posted by: utron at September 7, 2005 04:37 PM


Evidently you can buy it on video. Not that anyone would want to, mind you.

Scroll down below the disturbing Barry Williams picture.

I think it would be akin to a war crime to subject another generation to Ubbi Dubbi, though. On my school's playground, it was generally understood that anyone speaking Ubbi Dubbi was fair game for a beating.

Posted by: The Colossus at September 7, 2005 04:37 PM

There were other people on Maude besides Adrienne Barbeau? (grin)...

Actually, Bea Arthur was probably the highlight of Comedy Central's semi-recent celebrity roast of Pamela Anderson: Bea read some racy excerpts from Pam's 'novels' -- that prose, delivered (with a straight face) by that voice, was *hysterical*...

Posted by: LDH at September 7, 2005 05:11 PM

Actually, there is a new Zoom out now, with a hip-hop theme song and "Z-mail" address and... just put me in the retirement home now.

Posted by: Brian B at September 8, 2005 12:48 PM
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