I couldn’t resist. I personally have to write something on the occasion of the 500th episode of The Simpsons. As you can easily see, there is no want of discussion and/or information on the topic. Why? As a woman who grew up during the time period in which The Simpsons debuted, I can safely say that there were very few children unaware of Bart, Lisa, Maggie, Homer, and Marge in 1989, even if they weren’t allowed to watch the TV show.
Unfortunately, I grew up in that category. I knew all about The Simpsons, but was not allowed to watch it as a child. My Mom taught 6th grade at the time, and looking at things objectively as an adult, I really can’t argue against her point. I also think that is part of the reason why I love them so much today. I’m one of those rare people in my generation who first discovered The Simpsons as an adult.
Today there are very few episodes I have not watched. For me, there is no mystery as to why the show has endured while others haven’t. There are so many great cultural references, universal childhood and familial truths, and societal critiques packed into every episode that they will never get old. My favorite feature of the show, aside for the family dynamics between Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie, is the rich town of Springfield itself. I can’t think of another TV show taking such pains to fully develop literally a town full of unique, interesting characters. Personally I can think of half a dozen characters from the town of Springfield, unrelated to the Simpsons, who could easily be developed into spin-off series. Before I get any comments, I would like to add that I fully realize that there is an episode of The Simpsons that spoofs the possibilities. If you haven’t checked it out yet, it’s great.
I hope I’m not around when The Simpsons are not at least in syndication. Recently I heard the rumor of a 24/7 cable network dedicated solely to The Simpsons. I can’t imagine it is true, but I’d be one happy girl if it is! There are so many people who say The Simpsons is not what it once was. I don’t understand what they are talking about. I hope it doesn’t end soon.
- The Simpsons’ 500th episode (thehappiestcow.wordpress.com)
- The Simpsons 500th Episode: Every Couch Gag, Blackboard Quote From the First 23 Seasons [Video] (inquisitr.com)
- The Simpson’s 500th Episode (929dave.radio.com)
- 10 reasons to celebrate the genius of The Simpsons (guardian.co.uk)
- Every Bart Simpson Chalkboard Quote Ever Written (geektyrant.com)
- The Simpsons Get Exiled From Springfield in Their 500th Episode (seattlepi.com)
- The Simpsons: Pay Cut or Cancellation? (celebritynetworth.com)
- The 10 Best Simpsons Episodes of All Time… So Far (tv.com)
- Simpson Stamps (deltiolog.wordpress.com)