The Simpsons

Season 16 Episode 1:

Treehouse of Horror XV

We open with an episode of "Keepin' It Kodos" with Kang. In this episode, Kang and Kodos have the Simpson family for dinner with their boss. The meal is a success as Kang gets a hyper-galactic promotion. a). "The Ned Zone" Homer knocks Ned unconscious with his bowling ball, when he recovers he discovers that he was really dying of a brain tumour & the bowling ball lodged it out (which give him premonitions of doom). He tells Homer about his new power and Homer wants to know his future. Ned sees Homer being shot in the back, and the shooter is he. Ned keeps this information to himself and manages to not shoot Homer. He then finds out that Homer is going to cause the destruction of all of Springfield by destroying the plant's nuclear reactor. Ned goes to the power plant to try to prevent the catastrophe. Unfortunately, he had to kill Homer to save everyone (but even through that, Homer accidently fell onto the nuclear reactor button still consious from the bullet & killed everyone in the end). At least, everyone is in a better place. b). "Four Beheadings and a Funeral" The "Mutton Chop Murderer" has taken another victim, and Eliza Simpson and her sidekick Dr. Bartley join with Inspector Wiggum of Scotland Yard to find the killer. The dagger used is the latest crime is found to be one of a set, and they find that the set was owned by C. Ebenezer Burns. They go to the opium den and find that Burns had sold the daggers to a fat man (Homer) to get money for opium. The fat man is caught and sentenced to death, but when Eliza and Dr. Bartley find yet another body, Eliza knows the fat man is innocent and finds an important clue to the real killer's identity on the latest murder weapon. c). "In the Belly of the Boss" At the "New Invention Expo" Maggie gets inside of a new vitamin pill that is going to be reduced by Prof. Frink's new shrink ray. The pill is swallowed by Mr. Burns. The other Simpson family members become bionauts inside a submarine that is miniaturized and sent inside of Mr. Burn's body. Maggie is found, but there is not enough power to get everyone and the submarine out of the body, someone must stay behind, & that person is (drumroll) Homer (again). Everyone else makes it out & Frink announces that there is still a chance to save Homer. Unfortunately, he returns to normal size inside the skin of Mr. Burn's. Then, everyone from all three segments of the episode start dancing.
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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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