Fox recently decided to renew one of the greatest television shows in American history.
The Simpsons, the hysterical animated cartoon that depicts the life and times of the whacky middle class family captured the imagination of the world more than 30 years ago.
Hard to believe that its been almost 30 years!
The renewal cements the Simpsons as the longest running scripted televison show in history.
From Rolling Stone
“This is yet another record-setting moment for what is truly a landmark series,” Fox Television Group chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman said in a statement. “The Simpsons has meant so much to the network, the studio and everyone at Fox, and its continued cultural impact around the globe is a testament to the combined brilliance of [executive producers Matt Groening, James L. Brooks and Al Jean].”
The Simpsons is not just a television program, over the course of its tenure it has become an American institution.
No different than cheeseburgers.
The Simpsons is not just about comedy, it has continually provided viewers with important social commentary in regards to the family, politics, and the global community in general.
The shows stars are legends unto themselves.
Bart, Maggie, Marge, Homer, and the baby, and that’s just the main characters.
Citizens all over the fictional town of Springfied have developed a cult following over the last 3 decades.
All of these characters could go solo, and sell.
Which begs the question.
Why is Fox refusing to advance the show, or create spinoffs?
The premise has become stale, there has been zero progression within the program itself.
Nobody gets older, Bart and Maggie are still the same age with essentially the same problems.
The baby is still an infant, Homer and Marge has been middle aged for 30 years.
Money talks and BS walks, so the ratings must justify Fox’s insistence that this show carry on.
But at this point, it seems to be undermining the brand, at some point, you have to let go of this particular narrative.
Bart and Maggie becoming adults would make for fantastic entertainment, such a show could run for an additonal 20 years.
But the same tired song and dance will only hurt the tremendous legacy this show has carved out for itself.
Perhaps Fox had it’s eye on the record, they might see value in being able to claim that the Simpsons was the most successful television show ever.
But we already knew that.
The argument was just made to me, that the Simpsons is much like Saturday Night Live, that discontinuing is not needed at this point in time.
My coworker also posed an interesting question to this writer.
What would you replace it with?
That is a fair point, and a darn good question.
I would replace it with a spinoff, a fresh take on the children of the show that deals with maturation.
The time has come to pull the plug.