Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Homer and Roseanne - Keepin' it Real for Halloween

Two sitcoms that always hoist the skull and crossbones in celebration of Halloween are The Simpsons and Roseanne. Let the other riff-raff grovel over Valentine's Day, these two know a real holiday when they see one.

As Johnno pointed out in an earlier comment, The Simpson's annual "Treehouse of Horror" is always worth a watch. The writers do an absolute top-notch job of ripping off every iconic horror thread - Poe, Stephen King, Rod Serling - and it makes the segments 'way funnier and more brilliant if you're familiar with the original source. Plus, they do funny things with the titles. Here's a guy who gives his opinion on the top 5 ToH episodes. Who can choose just five? Can you leave out "House of Whacks" or "Hex and the City"? Grab a Duffs and a bag of candy corn and enjoy.

The Connor family of Roseanne-fame knew how a solid, loving, mid-American family should celebrate Halloween. It was kind of a cross between Halloween and April Fool's Day, with everybody trying to out-scare everybody else. The parties! The costumes! The fake blood! A real family holiday (in comparison to the disastrous Thanksgivings and Christmases they shared). The Roseanne Halloween shows have been compiled on DVD this year. Not trying to sell you anything, but if you scroll past all the Amazon money-grabbing information, you'll find a good list/synopsis of the episodes. Sure to bring back fond memories.

What other sitcoms have good Halloween episodes (not counting The Addams Family and The Munsters)?

2 comments:

PT said...

It was only watching 'Roseanne' that made me first aware of what a big holiday Halloween is in the States. Over here it's not taken nearly so seriously. In fact it's a wonder why kids bother to go trick-or-treating here as I imagine no-one has any treats to give out. Last year we went to the effort of buying a big bowl of sweets and my nephew was the only person who came around!

This year, I think we'll go out...

jomoore said...

We only ever did Halloween when I was a kid because my best friend's birthday was the day after, so we always had a party.

I maintain that trick-or-treating didn't exist in the UK until ET came out, then it gradually became the norm...