Fans hated Lisa Goes Gaga so much that it turned out to be the worst of all 751 episodes.
In 1998, Time magazine named The Simpsons the best television show of the 20th century. This is not surprising, as it not only tells the story of an American family, but is also full of social satire. Creators are not afraid to make fun of celebrities and politicians, as well as touch on serious issues.
The Simpsons is a major cultural phenomenon that has influenced the values and beliefs of an entire generation. The popular animated series, which has already achieved classic status, has turned references to other works into a genre in its own right.
Another feature of the series was the appearance of the biggest stars. And so, in 2012, the episode “Lisa Goes Gaga” was released with the participation of Lady Gaga, who at that time was at the peak of her musical career.
But this time, the creators didn’t get the ratings they expected from viewers.
According to the plot, the singer comes to Springfield to help Lisa Simpson overcome depression. Season 23’s Lisa Goes Gaga has the lowest Simpsons fan rating, with just 4 out of 10, according to IMDb.
When stars are invited to join an animated series, it creates a great basis for comedy. For example, Robert Smith from The Cure fought the giant Barbra Streisand in South Park. The Simpsons, Futurama, and South Park have long been known as celebrity parodies and a platform for self-irony. But that’s not the case with Lisa Goes Gaga.
According to fans, the creators of The Simpsons didn’t make the series as satirical as it used to be. The episode was a tribute to the pop star, as she becomes a wise mentor to Lisa and solves her problems. It looked more like a commercial than an episode of a touching animated series with social commentary.
Meanwhile, fans feel there is no need to shame or insult Lady Gaga. But why didn’t the writers come up with something more original for her than the boring role of idol and teacher? In the 2000s, Gaga often acted provocatively and gave plenty of reasons for jokes, but unfortunately none of them were used.
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