"Gaga makes Michael Jackson-like history on The Simpsons"
Lady Gaga makes Michael Jackson-like History on The Simpsons
Last week we were excited to tell you that Lady Gaga was going to be on the season finale of one of her and our favorite shows, The Simpsons Now that the episode has aired this past Sunday (May 20, 2012) we wanted to share a couple of cool clips related to the episode in case you missed it.
In the episode, “Lisa Goes Gaga” Lady Gaga passes through Springfield via train while on her way to a concert; when she sees how low the city’s self esteem is, she takes it up herself to cheer the whole city up. However, no one in town is more depressed than Lisa, who was voted Most Unpopular Student by her peers. She tries to reverse her status as one of the least popular girls in school by ghostwriting positive things about herself on the school blog under the heading “Truth Teller”. When Bart finds out her secret and reveals it to the school, her social ranking plummets to a new low – until a psychic force tells Lady Gaga that Lisa needs her help immediately. After much soul searching and yelling at Lady Gaga for trying to help, Lisa realizes that her outburst helped her because she is finally expressing her anger instead of bottling it up inside her (referring to Lisa tearfully telling Homer and Marge that she never began sobbing at home over her lonely status unless she knew they were both asleep), in effect making Gaga’s mission successful. Lisa then catches Gaga just before she leaves town to apologize, and after being forgiven Lisa and Gaga perform a duet together. With Gaga’s assistance, Lisa and the entire town of Springfield realize that being yourself is better than being like anyone else.
Gaga joins an extremely long list of superstar musicians who played a guest role on the show. Some of those include Aerosmith, Sting, Tom Jones, Linda Ronstadt, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, James Brown, Peter Frampton, Cypress Hill, The Smashing Pumpkins, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Jr., U2, Dolly Parton, Elton John, The B52’s, Willie Nelson, The Who, *N Sync, R.E.M., Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, Lenny Kravitz, Brian Setzer, Little Richard, Blink 182, “Weird Al” Yankovic, 50 Cent, Fantasia Barrino, Mandy Moore, Metallica, The White Stripes, Ludacris, Lionel Richie, Ted Nugent, Fallout Boy, Coldplay, and Katy Perry.
However, not since Michael Jackson’s legendary secret guest appearance (credited as John Jay Smith) has a musician possibly had such a large impact on an episode’s story. Fans will remember that Michael appeared on the Season 3 premiere, “Stark Raving Dad” from September of 1991. In that episode Michael playing the role of some one who believes himself to be “Michael Jackson” from a mental hospital. He forges a bond with first Homer, and then Bart Simpson. Lady Gaga’s episode has something in common with Michael Jackson’s episode, each of them feature original songs dedicated to Lisa Simpson. “Stark Raving Dad” features Michael Jackson performing the duet, “Happy Birthday Lisa” with Nancy Cartwright. (Voice of Bart Simpson) “Lisa Goes Gaga” features two songs directed at Lisa, “Little Monsters” and “Superstar”, which is a duet with Yeardley Smith. (Voice of Lisa Simpson) Below you will find a cool behind the scenes video with Simpsons creator, Matt Groening and Lady Gag taking about the uniqueness of the “Lisa Goes Gaga” episode from Fox.com! Also along with that clip we are going to share with you the songs from both Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga from “Stark Raving Dad” in 1991, and “Lisa Goes Gaga” in 2012! Congrats to you Lady Gaga for finding such a cool way to make TV history!
[3:48 AM] poobear: its it true
[3:49 AM] poobear: that little slave girls
[3:49 AM] poobear: come on yall doors
[3:49 AM] poobear: and sell cookies :o
[3:49 AM] summer: They aren't slaves they're called girl scouts
[11:47 PM] cookie: my monotone voice and accent would make a funny rape
[11:47 PM] cookie: *rap
Upon airing, it acquired 4.79 million viewers and a 2.1 rating in the 18–49 demographic, indicating that 2.1% of individuals from the respective demographic who watched television viewed the episode. "Lisa Goes Gaga" faced fierce competition, airing simultaneously with 60 Minutes on CBS, America's Got Talent on NBC, and the 2012 Billboard Music Awards on ABC. Total viewership and ratings for the program evoked significant increases from the previous episode, "Ned 'n Edna's Blend", which attained 4.07 million viewers and a 1.9 rating in the 18–49 demographic.