Talking Simpsons

TALKING SIMPSONS is a weekly chronological exploration of the greatest show ever made! Each week, funny guests join us to tackle a different episode of The Simpsons and break down every 22 minutes into an embiggening discussion about Our Favorite Family. Since starting in 2015, we’ve released hundreds of episodes with comedians, writers, artists, and other Simpsons fans who bring their unique perspectives and insight to the table. We’ve even interviewed folks who’ve worked on the show and learned behind-the-scenes info never revealed anywhere else. To sum it up, we heartily endorse this event and/or product!

What a cartoon!

WHAT A CARTOON! is an audio exploration of every cartoon ever. We take an in-depth look at an episode of a different cartoon every first Monday of the month. On the last Monday of the month, we release a super-sized episode about an animated feature film chosen by our Patreon subscribers in an online poll. There’s no doubt about it: if you love animation history, you’ll be wowed by our deep dives into cartoons from present and the past!


That’s not all! We’ve released several miniseries exclusively for Patreon: TALKING FUTURAMA (monthly!), TALKING OF THE HILL (monthly!), BLABBIN ‘BOUT BATMAN, TALKING MISSION HILL, and TALKING CRITIC, with more to come.


We’re two independent podcasters in Berkeley, California, who work full-time on these shows thanks to the support of our loyal listeners on Patreon. In other words: we can’t do this without you, so join today and be rewarded with hours of extra content!

meet the hosts

A Simpsons-style drawing of Bob Mackey

Bob Mackey

Co-host & producer

Bob has been podcasting since 2009. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Literature and a Masters in Critical Theory, and somehow managed to fit in 8 hours of TV a day. His other podcast, Retronauts, celebrates retro video games. ACAB (All Cops Are Bonkers.)

A Simpsons-style drawing of Henry Gilbert

Henry Gilbert

Co-host & producer

Henry has over a decade of experience as a podcaster, and a lifetime of experience as a fan of TV, films, comics, games, and wrestling. He does not wish for people to get fired for their animation blunders, but he will point them out. He is known to be the owner of an air fryer.


What A Cartoon! theme song by Hot Dad. Logo and art for Talking Simpsons and site banner art by Nina Matsumoto. Logo and art for What A Cartoon! and all miniseries by Maddie Copp.

Bob Mackey & Henry Gilbert posing for a picture in Henry's Berkeley apartment.

Bob Mackey and Henry Gilbert in 2023