David wrote:SouthSideRyan wrote:Sammy Sofa wrote:Sadly, the most obvious demarcation, IMO, for quality episodes is whether or not they are pre- or post-Phil Hartman.
Guest stars as themselves(Michael Jackson excepted)
holy horsefeathers yes
They were doing that all along, but something definitely changed once they hit the double digit seasons when it seemed more like they were trying to bend over backwards more and more to awkwardly fit big names on the show instead of either giving them a character to play or doing something weird playing themselves.
But a quick scan of this shows it does not work as a flat rule:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_T ... uest_stars