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Monday, January 11, 2010

Doh! 20 Years of The Simpsons

     Can you believe that Matt Groenig's The Simpsons has been on Fox for twenty years?  The longest running primetime show on television, it started as a short on The Tracey Ullman Show, and became a cultural phenomenon.  I was six when the show premiered, and was not allowed to watch it for many years.  However, I, of course, did become a fan awhile ago, and though some people think the show has lost its freshness, it still consistently delivers the funny.

     The anniversary kicked off last night with an episode featuring Krusty the Clown.  It wasn't anything special, but fairly good, as most episodes are.  Krusty was forced to share his show with a young woman dressed as a princess (voiced by Anne Hathaway).  The two fell in love, and it was a sweet story, ending with them together.  Meanwhile, Homer and his friends were wooed by another power plant after Mr. Burns dropped the daily doughnuts in the break room.  The episode was not earth shattering, but provided a few chuckles, which after twenty years, is pretty good.  As the credits rolled, the following words appeared on the screen: "Thanks for 20 wonderful years.  The best is yet to come."  Eh, maybe not, but it's still certainly worth watching.  Other guest voices in the episode included Eartha Kitt, Maurice LaMarche, Gary Larson ("The Far Side" cartoonist), and Jackie Mason.

     Following the regular episode, Fox aired a one hour special ("In 3-D!  On Ice!", though it was neither)  Hosted by documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), it featured interviews with Seth McFarlane (Family Guy), Trey Parker and Matt Stone (South Park), Conan O'Brien (The Tonight Show), Sting, Bryan Williams, Hugh Hefner (Playboy), Seth Meyers (Saturday Night Live), David Cross (Arrested Development), Dan Rather, and many others, including many people that worked on the show, and even fans.  The opening was very cool, featuring a variety of bands, well known and not, playing the theme song.  It chronicled the way the creation of the series, and the effect it has had on the world.

     Whether you like them or not, The Simpsons has certainly left its mark on the world.  And it shows no signs of stopping.  There are currently no plans to stop making the show.  It airs Sunday nights on Fox.

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