The Simpsons

Season 14 Episode 10:

Pray Anything

Homer becomes depressed when he sees that Ned Flanders seems to be better off than him. To remedy this, he begins to pray constantly. Meanwhile, the Simpsons discover that tree roots have clogged up their plumbing. The house becomes too run down to live in, and Homer prays for a solution. Homer is injured while attending church; he sues Reverend Lovejoy and is awarded the deed to the church. He throws a huge house-warming party, in which all of the partiers drink and engage in sinful activities. It suddenly starts raining and the town begins to flood. The townspeople flee to the roof of the church. Homer tries praying again but the flood keeps rising. Reverend Lovejoy returns in a helicopter and leads everyone in prayer, asking God to forgive them, and the rain stops.
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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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