became more emotionally heavy handed


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Hello everyone. I'm a non-native English speaker. I'm having a little problem understanding English sentence in bold type. Do I understand correctly that an author says the show used dramatic moments in scenes with a farce? I hope you can help me.

Like Homer, the rest of Springfield now bore only a surface resemblance to the characters they’d once been. But this newfound enthusiasm for character development created another problem that has endured throughout Simpsons. As the show became more emotionally heavy handed it also became wackier. And instead of doing one or the other, it tried to have it both ways at once.
[Quoted text edited to reduce it to the permitted maximum. From the review Season 11 – The Destruction of Springfield by Charlie Sweatpants. DonnyB - moderator]
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