The Simpsons Review: Lady Blah-Blah

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For a season finale that's been hyped so much in the past few weeks, "Lisa Goes Gaga" was a little underwhelming.

The series did make good use of their guest star instead of reducing her role to a small cameo. But that wasn't necessarily a good thing. The episode ended up turning into one long running gag about Gaga's eccentricities and a rehashing of all her most "shocking" moments.

Lady Gaga on The Simpsons

The Gaga Express is rolling through the countryside, affecting all those in its vicinity with strange side-effects like hens laying crystallized eggs. Gaga feels drawn to Springfield and its low self-esteem (since her music is all about inspiring self-confidence through gaudy shows of her own attention-seeking behavior), but she is especially moved by her odd psychic vision of Lisa in distress.

Lisa probably inspired the most sympathy from me in this episode because she actually lost the one thing she was able to retain through all the years of torment and alienation - her integrity. Her little faux pas with the school blog left her feeling hopeless, a trait that Lisa rarely displays. However, like Lisa, I wasn't sure that Gaga was the one to help her through her self-doubt.

My favorite moment was definitely when Lisa called out Gaga on her shameless self-promotion and semi-narcissitic theatricality. Her comments really zeroed in on all the criticisms of Gaga's constant performativity, especially the ridiculous heels!

The Gaga outfits were probably the only other part of the episode that was amusing. Sight gags of Gaga's hummingbird or meat dress (which Homer kept eating, of course) and the outrageously high heels really showed how comfortable Gaga must be with making fun of herself and the image she's cultivated. It was a nice little piece of satire, but it began to wear to thin towards the end of the episode.

Did you have any favorite Gaga jokes this evening?

Despite the lack of any really hilarious comedic moments, the episode did offer up some pretty funny The Simpsons quotes. I guess we'll see what next season (number 24!)holds for The Simpsons.


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Rating: 2.9 / 5.0 (211 Votes)

This episode is the reason I can't watch Simpsons anymore..... Soooooo bad


I really love the simpsons! And I love Lady Gaga! But this episode wasn't that great! Too much Gaga!! She should make an appearence, not run the episode! And normally the episode begins with a certain story and then something crazy happens and the story becomes completly different! That didn't happen this time! It just started getting boring...
If you like Gaga but don't care much for the show, you'll like the episode
If you're a fan of both, it will be ok...
If you like the show but not gaga, you'll probably won't like it at all


This is not what simpsons used to be. the episode was very poor and weak, i like gaga but this is like she paid for the episode just to call out the attention of new others.


Well, I have been dreading for years the day that The SImpsons will inevitably have to end. I honestly felt as if it would impact my life like a close relative passing away. However after this steaming pile was dropped on us they could announce that the show has been cancelled over the Summer and I wouldn't care all that much.


I raced home from work for this? A full half hour of pandering to the world's most annoying, derivative pop music celebrity? Come on.


With the exception of the episodes where Lisa and her friend write a fairy tale and the Glee-motivated episode, this has to be the WORST EPISODE EVER. The only funny line was when Milhouse begs for Lady Gaga's song to end when she sings about Lisa marrying him. Other than that one line, the episode was TORTURE. If you liked that pathetic pandering episode which missed every mark of Simpson-esque humor, you're not a Simpsons fan.


I actually liked the fact that they made an episode about Lady Gaga, there were funny things and it was so cool to have her as a guest star voice, even if playing herself.


Whoa i just finished watching that twenty minute advertisement for a talentless pop icon, the simspons usually pokes fun at pop culture not immerse its self in utter garbage. Matt Groening & the writers should hang their head in shame!


I thought the season finale was excellent! Even though it had a megastar like Gaga as a guest, the episode's theme of self-acceptance was the true star. I thought it was well written, with good jokes and gags, and the original music was very enjoyable. Gaga, the cast, and the writers produced a very memorable season finale. Well done!


pathetic. just another reminder that the simpsons sold out years ago.

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