Homer Simpson, for the most part, has been presented as an Only Child. Well, sometimes he isn’t.
The nature of an animated show means the producers can easily do flashbacks and flash forwards without having to worry about make-up or recasting for the various roles.
Animation also means you can drop Homer Simpson down Springfield Gorge twice and no one will wonder how he isn’t dead.
Here’s a question: how much comedy can you mine from an episode of a show where the premise is one of the main characters may be dying?
Holidays on sitcoms are old hat. Many shows will have episodes devoted to specific holidays.
When The Simpsons does Thanksgiving, it’s bound to bring da pain, da noise, and da funk. Or at least something on fire.
The Simpsons is a cultural institution that’s run 27 seasons…and counting.
Seriously, it’s been on longer than my current batch of students have been alive.
Well, realizing I had FX Now, where they have Every Simpsons Ever, I thought I’d try to do some write-ups for the series and see how long I could go before I gave this project up. I mean, I probably quit watching more than the occasional episode ages ago for a good reason. How long can I possibly keep this going?
Let’s find out. We’ll start at the beginning.