Matt Groening’s bigger-than-iconic cartoon sitcom about a family of yellow people, which is both high and low culture, has run 23 seasons and will air it’s 500th episode on Sunday, February 19th. This is a huge achievement! Two decades ago, it was considered “dangerous” and evangelists and politicians denounced The Simpsons as “a televised toxin that weakened parental authority and coarsened the culture”. Today, it is quoted more than anything else. I’ve actually heard friends of mine use Homer’s lines to explain things in their own lives. Check out some of the pics from the The Simpsons’ 500th Episode fan party on February 8th. This week we should all celebrate Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie…true pop icons!
NY Mag has published a great article this week about The Simpsons and explains how it went from cartoon to “refining a new TV template”…
Over the last two-plus decades, The Simpsons has spawned T-shirts, soundtracks, plush toys, figurines, bedsheets, costumes, comic books, video games, velvet paintings, tattoos, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day floats, college courses, and a wiki with 8,059 articles. It was, and remains, a densely written and supremely self-aware show and a comedic achievement on par with George Carlin’s discography and the films of Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, and the Marx Brothers. Together with Seinfeld and It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, The Simpsons refined a new TV template, the meta-sitcom — a half-hour comedy spiked with satire, pop-culture references, and postmodern riffs worthy of Ernie Kovacs and Monty Python.
Do you agree that The Simpsons is the meta-sitcom? What is your all-time favorite episode or Simpsons quote??
Check out the gallery of pics from the 500th episode party on Feb 8…0