Did They Ever “Jump the Shark”? – The Simpsons [video]
I’ve been alive for as long as the Simpsons has been on the air. It’s the longest-running American animated program, the longest-running primetime series in American television history, and it’s currently on season number 27. I can’t imagine a world without The Simpsons in it.
(The Simpsons includes: Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie as the main characters.)
Even though the show has been ordered for a 28th season, its end times are coming soon. When the topic of a 30th season came up, showrunner Al Jean told the Hollywood Reporter:
“It’s quite possible that we don’t have to go through the whole negotiation for 30. I wouldn’t be stunned if we stopped at 28, but my bet is on at least 30. But then you’d have to resign them again. If you made me pick one, I’d say the likeliest is ending after 30, but I’ve been wrong before. I thought five seasons was good when I got there.”
Loyal fans might tell you they have been observing some repeated backgrounds in recent episodes.
Salty though fans have become about recent seasons of The Simpsons, I’m sure there will still be a fair few tears shed when the jaundiced family sit down on their couch for the last time.
Ending the show must be a daunting prospect for the creators, given how many characters there are to say goodbye to and with a sense of closure viewers will demand.
According to reports, Smithers is going to come out as gay at some stage in season 27.
They say there’s no better way to ruin a joke than to have to explain it, and so it is with The Simpsons, which announced yesterday that an upcoming episode of the show’s 27th season will see Waylon Smithers, assistant to and long-time admirer of Power Plant owner Mr Burns, finally come out as gay.
Showrunner Al Jean told TVLine that despite most of Springfield aready knowing Smithers is gay, Mr Burns is still clueless, which forms part of the upcoming storyline.
Having him come out seems completely pointless given that, over time, the joke about him being in a closet has grown thin to the point where nobody even believes it anymore.
Ten years ago, when the show did a highly-publicized campaign promising a well-known character would be coming out, people dismissed Smithers’ being the first gay resident in Springfield because, well, it was a bit obvious (it ended up being Patty, Marge’s sister).
But how will it end?
SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER ALERT!!!
“I had an idea, I thought it’d be cool if the last episode ended with them getting ready for the Christmas pageant that appeared in the first episode, so that the whole series was a loop that didn’t have a beginning or end.
“That’s my two cents – but no one has approved that or anything.”
The Simpsons debuted on December 17, 1989. It has broadcast over 575 episodes. In May of this past year Fox renewed the show for up to the end of the 28th season. It was announced Season 27 and Season 28 would each have 22 episodes.
‘The Simpsons’ has won numerous awards including 31 Emmy’s, 30 Annie’s and a Peabody. Several fans of the show, at least those in my own family, have uttered Homer’s catchphrase, “D’oh!” at several points in time throughout the course of the show.
My only claim to fame is I went to school, Northern Illinois University, with Dan Castellaneta, the voice of – Homer, Grampa, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willier, Mayor Quimby, Barney Gumble and other adult male characters. That’s right! Dan and my husband even lived in the same dorm, Grant South, on the same floor. Who knew then, Dan would turn out to be on a hit show, let alone the longest-running primetime show in TV history! Go figure! That dude makes over $300,000 an episode these days!
‘The Simpsons’ will always have a warm spot in our lives. I remember when the boys were little, my husband would dress them all up in their TVland Simpson’s T-shirts and lay around and watch the shows together, often while I was working (by the way they still have those classic shirts). Later in life, they would play Simpson’s trivia games, including several times when traveling by car to Florida for vacations, they would just name characters, back and forth, until someone couldn’t name any more, and one player remained sometimes the game lasted for 3 hours. By the way, in case you’re wondering their have been over 657 guest stars on the show, from actors, athletes, authors, musicians, artists, politicians and scientists. Amazing isn’t it! On that note….
To Dan Castellaneta and the rest of ‘The Simpsons’ cast – Best wishes and Thanks for the Memories!
Written by Nancy Hayes
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