Is ‘The Simpsons’ good again?

Homer Simpson is convinced, in the middle of a municipal assembly, that he will make an eloquent contribution and that he will contribute to solving the problems of Springfield. Actually, he blurts out. The neighbors laugh at him and, frustrated, Homer finds a way to feel smart and validated: by creating a search party for the oldest torture at the zoo, who he himself has discovered is missing.

The episode with which the new season of The Simpsonnumber 34 (!!), is well presented, developed, delves into the insecurities of the character and, incidentally, dissects the conspiracy drift of the American population, where it seems that anything goes and without the need to get into the literalness of the QAnon or the resurrection of Kennedy. And it is that it is said, it is rumored, it is said that The Simpsons, the series that has been broadcast continuously since 1989, is good again after more than a decade of skepticism.

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The episode with which he returns is well presented, developed, delves into the character’s insecurities and, incidentally, dissects the conspiracy drift of the American population

The general consensus is that, after the tenth or eleventh season, The Simpson they had lost their inspiration. In this sense, the reflection raised by Chitra Ramaswamy in Guardian on The Simpson that, in her best days, she was “silly, sweet, deeply, fiercely political, absurd, sharp, sad, and most of all, hilarious” and, since then, “nothing has matched her ability to be both profoundly intelligent and so unbelievably stupid.”

“It is difficult to pinpoint the precise moment when her yellow sweetness began to fade. When Homer was no longer an ordinary man, flawed but essentially huggable, to be what he had always threatened to be: lazy, selfish, and a cowardly oaf? When did it become criminally unfair that Lisa, that proto-Hermione whose intellect was always overshadowed by her idiot brother, was still ignored? ”, Raised the British columnist.

Causes

The repetition of ideas and the reduction of the characters to their worst instincts, among the reasons that stagnated the series

The consensus dictated multiple causes for the fall of The Simpson which, despite maintaining a ratings success on free-to-air television, did so by receiving a disappointed look from its unconditional audience. There was the stagnation of the characters in a format that, being animation, allowed them not to make them grow, which was both an advantage and a drawback. Was it possible not to repeat itself? Don’t get a feeling deja vu with each delivery? And how can the same characters be squeezed for so many seasons without betraying their essence or reducing them?

The number of professionals who have passed through his writers’ room is infinite, but the number of showrunners is not that high: Matt Groening, James L. Brooks and Sam Simon began as showrunners (seasons 1 and 2) to hand over the baton to Al Jean and Mike Reiss (3 and 4), David Mirkin (5 and 6), Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein (7 and 8), Mike Scully (between 9 and 12) and Al Jean have led the creative direction of the series since 13 , sharing his position with Matt Selman, who also knows the series inside out since he worked on it as a writer and producer since the tenth, the twilight of its golden age.

The Halloween special, another good example of television.

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And, in fact, perhaps there was another factor to be added to the fall from grace of the reputation of The Simpson: the rise of Family Guy which began its broadcasts in 1999 and acquired a cult status that allowed it to return after an unexpected cancellation in 2001. Seth McFarlane’s model of animated comedy was all the rage at the beginning of the new millennium (and as the proliferation of titles like Father made in the USA either The Cleveland Show) Y The Simpsonmistaking this more eccentric and acid model of comedy, changed its nature.

The Simpson he abandoned the polished and personal structure of his episodes to devote himself to a less cohesive script, more focused on achieving histrionic moments than on telling a fun story, centered on the characters and at the same time taking an X-ray of American society. And the saddest? That he has spent two decades contenting himself with drawing attention for his predictions about the present (from the presidency of Donald Trump to the Ukrainian War) and very occasionally for his headlines (with that of the entertainer Mr. Hertzfeldt in head).

Bad example

The influence of ‘Family Guy’ was noted: ‘The Simpsons’ indulged in less cohesive scripts and focused on achieving histrionic moments

With this season, released this Wednesday on Disney+, The Simpson seems to reconcile two fronts: well-structured episodes focused on the characters’ persistent conflicts and more experimental exercises in keeping with the timeless nature of fiction, which must provide stimuli to an audience that has seen it all. Thus, while the second episode focuses on Marge’s obsession with her new stationary bike (and her telematics teacher), which parodies the furor of Peloton in the United States while making Homer restless who sees his marriage in danger, the third reboot an episode of the seventh season.

with the title of Lisa the Boy Scoutthe 22 Short Films of Springfield starting with two hackers who ask for a ransom for not leaking the most compromised videos of The Simpsons, the craziest ideas that the producers never dared to broadcast. There are interesting, failed and fascinating and, at the same time that they are broadcast, the viewer can see the interactions of the hackers that make up the episode (and that work very well as an unexpected romantic comedy).

And, regarding the Halloween special, humor is well combined with current references such as The Babadook, Death Note either Westworld, and drawing terror from the characters we meet. A short of the episode, in fact, is produced by the South Korean studio DR Movie and, in the parody of Westworld that analyzes the seniority of the yellow family, the writers take the opportunity to pay homage to Bob’s burgers, Rick and Morty, SpongeBob, Family guy, Futurama either Big Mouth.

“One factor that should be noted is that the female writers (…) should be recognized for the comedic revival of the series,” they pointed out from movievieweb referring to Broti Gupta, who was starting in The Simpson with the start of the season, to Jessica Conrad, who has been present for two seasons and signs the marital crisis caused by Peloton, or Carolyn Omine, who has worked on the series since 2000 and is the co-author of the last Treehouse of Horrors. “If anyone hasn’t checked it out yet, now is a good time to go back to Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie to see that, while the family may have hit a rough patch in their 34-year run, they still has what it has to have. With new young blood running through his veins, it looks like he will continue to be fit in the coming weeks and months.”


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Beyond the more experimental facets, there is something familiar and close when tackling the new season of The Simpson and that very recognizable mold: the presentation of a situation that later serves to trigger the real plot of the episode, the insecurities of a family with its shortcomings but where love is never lacking, their way of reading society and the present without having to shout it at them to the viewer’s face. Is it true that The Simpsons is good again? Taking into account that The Simpsons is that series that has to bury us all, that it is a television milestone, a cultural icon and a constant of our times, it better be that way.

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Bearing in mind that ‘The Simpsons’ is that series that has to bury us all, that it is a television landmark, cultural icon and constant of our times, it better be good again

Is ‘The Simpsons’ good again?