Beatles Vs. Stones. Oasis Vs. Blur. Pete Doherty Vs. Anyone With A Sense Of Taste. The music world has always had its feuds. Of course, TV Land is bereft of such things, right? It’s all one multi-channel love-in, beaming programme makers linking hands across the airwaves, isn’t it?
Creators of The Simpsons recently struck out at cartoon rival Family Guy, broadcasting an episode in which a cloned Homer was identified as, you guessed it, the "Family Guy".
Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has taken the insult quite well, revealing how he was "definitely influenced" by yellow-skinned antics of those peculiar Springfield dwellers. "Because The Simpsons and Family Guy are really the only two shows of their kind of television," he shrugged, "there’ll be comparisons made."
He did, however, sign up to the growing consensus that Matt Groening’s finest… well, you know… simply isn’t as good as it used to be.
"In its prime, it was one of the greatest comedy shows of all time," he said. "But it’s not the show it was. It can’t be. You can’t do 16 seasons and be consistent."
It pains hecklerspray to say that we agree. Remember when Homer Simpson used to be a genuinely lovable character, rather than the vindictive oaf the scriptwriters favour of late? Remember when the jokes used to be fresh and off-the-wall rather than the obvious, ten-miles-on-the-horizon-a’coming misfires they are now?
Sure. You’ll still watch the show. But only because you can’t be arsed with The Six ‘O Clock News.
Needless to say, Family Guy has revenge on the agenda. And that’s a formidable set of knives to be sharpening, especially when we’re talking about a show which portrays a baby as a sociopath and Death as a drunkard.
So what do you think? Simpson or Griffin? Maggie or Stewie? Hey – why not leave your comments below? You might as well put ‘em somewhere…
[story by C J Davies]