Yeah, BFF and i commented that Homer has become a complete moron now, not the lovable oaf he once was. The homer of old would never torch a blood bank when they only gave him one cookie, he's not a vandal, he's just dumb. I also think the show lacks heart now. I remember older episodes, such as "Lisa on Ice" and relating to the scene where Bart and Lisa flashback to their youth and whatnot; it was a touching scene and showed the characters emotions and how through thick and thin, the family always stuck together. I could even use the example in i believe "Bart Gets an F" where Bart studies all day and still ends up getting an F, only to be saved by the heart of Ms. Krabopple after he splerts out a fact about George washington. I think the shows had emotion and everybody could relate to them and thus, it was funnier. It seems that the new writers, as i believe there are a few new guys, they follow the formula of something happening, some montage with a song being played over it and then the problem is solved, yay. There aren't any really good sight gags or references anymore. Just my thoughst though.