One of my favorite parts of The Simpsons is The Itchy & Scratchy Show, a cartoon within a live action show within a cartoon (Itchy & Scratchy is a cartoon on The Krusty the Clown Show, which is presented as a live action show seen within the cartoon show The Simpsons -- meta enough for you?). Itchy & Scratchy is the epitome of cartoon violence, with the minimum plot necessary to lead to the gruesome death of Scratchy, the hapless black cat. Of course, this tremendous violence is endlessly entertaining to Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. And me.
My all-time-favorite Itchy & Scratchy episode is "Porch Pals," starting around 1:48 in this video. In it, the show has undergone a redesign after parental protests about its violence. Also notable is "Dazed and Contused," starting around 7:45, an immensely boring anti-drug cartoon. Also, around 20:36 you can catch "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show" -- best tertiary character ever. Anyhoo, YouTube patriot MrBestDeni has managed to collect all 48 minutes of Itchy & Scratchy (which is apparently the entire canon) for your viewing enjoyment. Get it while it's still extant:
Note: contains extreme cartoon violence.
What's Your Favorite?
I think we all have favorite Itchy & Scratchy moments. What's yours? I'm also curious whether you think watching 48 minutes of the show all in a row makes it more or less funny.