The Simpsons has been on for a long time…
When I was a wee lad, episodes of the Simpsons that took place in the future had far off, impossible sounding dates… like 2010. Five. Years. Ago. It’s almost more than I can bear.
“Lisa’s Wedding” is an amazing, highly quotable episode. It also reinforces the future we see at the end of “Itchy and Scratchy: The Movie” where Bart is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (In this episode, Bart mentions he’s “getting out all of my aggression before I go to law school.”) And, it’s just fun to see where people are in their lives 15 years later. (This episode premiered in March of 1995.) There are a zillion moments to choose from, but I think I’ve settled on this one as (perhaps) my favorite:
For whatever reason, the image of Lisa’s wedding invitation really hit home to me that the show has been on forever. Season 26 began this past fall and while it’s only 16 episodes, I have to wonder if the show will truly be on until, as Troy McClure once put it, ” the time the show becomes unprofitable.” If you’re tired of The Simpsons, I certainly understand that, and it’s probably fair to say that its best days are long since passed, but I still find entertainment in the trappings of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and little Maggie. This is probably because what was true in 1989* is still true today: the characters are likable. Even if they go on adventures that are eerily similar to ones they’ve gone on before (If Marge starts one more business I am going to freak right the funk out – did she do the Subway franchise and Uber in this season alone?), the characters are, at their core, the same they’ve always been: fun people you can relate to and root for through endless episodes.
And that’s enough for me to keep watching.
Also DVR. DVR is incredible!