Will The Simpsons Get It Right?
On Sunday, The Simpsons will start it’s 28th season, a remarkable feat that seems to be unmatched. The next closest long-running scripted television show is (ironically) South Park, which is created in its vein.
Debuting in 1989, The Simpsons has always been ahead of its times. Appealing to a wide-range of viewers with its parodies of American culture, society issues, and trending news. As the years past we forget how important this show is the culture, at times discrediting its impact. In today’s world, we opt for the reality and opinion based shows to fulfill our need for entertainment. We are single-handedly taking the fun out of television with the constant fact-checking and need to be offended by someone’s personal views. We overlook the fact that even with the tongue-in-cheek jokes and parody comedy, The Simpsons has gotten a lot of things right.
Don’t forget the importance of The Simpsons and its ability to find the humor is something so real and controversial. They have done this countless times, poking the bear with a proverbial stick. It didn’t matter if it was bout gay marriage, or President George Bush (father and son), or talking about issues in other countries such as Australia or Brazil — they just kept making jokes. The controversy sometimes was warranted for insensitive plays at a culture’s expense.
Earlier this year a video was posted on YouTube, 10 times The Simpsons predicted the future. Some of the mentions in the videos were far fetched but for the most part, they were ahead of their time. That is the secret for successful for The Simpsons. It has maintained the ability to get as close to the truth as possible while preserving humor. Dark comedy and satirical humor is a trait all the great stand-up comedians possess. They use tragedies and reality to make people smile. Even if it is for 20 minutes or so, the ability to make someone suspend the realities of life and just laugh is something needed more often than not in today’s world of extreme seriousness.
As The Simpsons embarked on another season, they will cross another historic moment by airing their 600th episode. This episode will be the latest additional to the Treehouse of Horrors series and will also be an ode to hip-hop culture. With their track record spanning over 25 years, will they get this right? Will it be tasteful and funny? We will soon know, but I’ll bet a significant sum of money that it will be.