The Simpsons

Season 14 Episode 1:

Treehouse of Horror XIII

The 13th Treehouse of Horror episode, consisting of three self-contained segments. Send in the Clones – Homer buys a hammock that can produce clones of himself. He creates numerous clones to help him around the house, but they soon overrun Springfield. The Fright to Creep and Scare Harms – Lisa petitions the town to get rid of their firearms after discovering the gravestone of a young man named William Bonney who died from gun violence. However, Lisa soon discovers that William Bonney is the real name of Western outlaw Billy the Kid, whose ghost, along with the ghosts of other infamous criminals, takes over the defenseless town. The Island of Dr. Hibbert – Dr. Hibbert invites the citizens of Springfield to his island resort, where he turns them into animals.
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About The Simpsons:

The Simpsons is the longest animated sitcom in the world about a classic American family in the fictional town called Springfield. The family Simpsons represent the working-class sitcom family. They consist of Homer and Marge, their three children and their pet dogs and cats. This show has inspired various other animated sitcoms such as Family Guy as well as become a pop culture sensation all around the world thanks to its wide ensemble of cast, use of pop culture, predictions of the future and wide merchandising into other shows and mediums of entertainment. 

The Simpsons can have a larger cast of characters than many live action sitcoms. These characters have made a legacy of their own, becoming icons because they reference different aspects of social commentary. Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, owner of the Kwik-E-Mart, became famous for his catchphrase ‘thank you, come again’ in a thick American Indian accent. The Itchy & Scratchy Show is a more violent depiction of Tom and Jerry, and Krusty the Clown portrays how the entertainment industry burns out its artists. These are just some of the more popular side characters from the show. Others include evil genius Sideshow Bob, irresponsible and easily corrupt Police Chief Wiggum and rich comedic villain Mr Burns. Almost every character is either a reference to social commentary or other tropes found in film and in the entertainment industry.

All these characters allow The Simpsons to explore various references. They also allow the show to talk about American society and issues plaguing it. As the show has been on air since 1989 and thus has talked about many world changing events. Some examples are tackling gun control, immigration, body image, and even difficult parent-child relationships. The series has also been accredited for predicting the future multiple times through its gags. The show has predicted President Trump (hilariously using its title blackboard gag to write ‘being right sucks’.) In another episode they predicted the winners of the Super Bowl, the creation of Smart Watches in the future (the episode aired in 1995) and the ability to have video chats (same episode). 

The Simpsons have had books, comic books, video games and films to expand their merchandise. They have won 34 Emmys, making them one of the most credited shows of our time. The show has also crossed over with other shows such as Family Guy, Futurama, and The Critic. With seasons 33 and 34 already renewed, The Simpsons have more to say about American society in the future. 


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