When crudely drawn animated shorts about a dysfunctional American family began appearing on Fox's "The Tracey Ullman Show" in 1987, nobody predicted the birth of a cultural phenomenon.25 years. When "The Simpsons" debuted on Fox, I was 18 years old. I had hair. Now I look like Homer (and, according to show canon, I am now older than Homer. Both of my kids are older than Bart.) George Herbert Walker Bush was president. Saddam Hussein was ruler of Iraq, and hadn't even invaded Kuwait yet. Barack Obama was still 7 years too young to run for President. Gas was $0.97, and a stamp was $0.25.
But Wednesday marks the 25th anniversary of "The Simpsons," which debuted as a half-hour sitcom on December 17, 1989. That's 561 episodes and counting -- and a lot of D'ohs! and donuts.
I've been a fan pretty much from day one; heck, I watched them in '87 on the Tracey Ullman Show. The earlier seasons, when Conan O'Brien was writing for them, were the best IMHO. Classics like "Monorail", "Homer's Heart Attack", "Stonecutters", and "Lisa's Wedding" never get old. The newer stuff saw Homer get stupid to the point of ridiculous, and I stopped watching somewhere in the 'teens. Recent stuff seems to be getting better, although that's damning with faint praise.
In closing, my favorite scene ever:
"Batman's a scientist." Whoever came up with that deserves a Grammy for spoken word...
That is all.