What I’m Watching Now: The Simpsons
What’s It About: Honestly, do I really even need to fill this out? It’s The Simpsons!
Do I Like It: Duh.
Thoughts: So I realize that probably everyone is currently watching the Every Simpsons Ever marathon, but oh man, am I enjoying it! Every time I turn on the TV, Simpsons! Every time I’m not sure what to watch on my DVR, Simpsons! Bad mood? Simpsons. Good mood? Simpsons. Sushi for dinner? Simpsons, duh. This has easily been one of the best TV watching weekends/weeks of my life, and I hope it has been for you.
And all this Simpsons-watching has gotten me thinking…what is it about this show that makes us love it so darn much? That keeps it on the air year after year after year, despite all the complaints about the show going downhill after the 10th season (of 25, mind you) and keeps us watching it? Well honestly, much smarter more TV-critic minds than mine have already addressed that issue. So I’m going to settle for just a small list of some of my own favorite things about The Simpsons.
Lisa – If it were not already abundantly clear, I am a huge nerd. And a bookworm. And sometimes an armchair activist (and sometimes an effective one.) And, although I hope this is slightly less obvious, a know-it-all. In short, before I had Hermione Granger in my life, there was no fictional character I could relate to as much as Lisa Simpson, right down to the annoying brother (or brothers, in my case.) As far as I’m concerned, everything about Lisa is perfection, and many of my favorite episodes center on her.
Bart and Lisa’s Relationship – I know I just made a dig at annoying brothers, but here’s the thing: My brothers are awesome. They are among my best friends in the world. They can make me laugh like nobody else, but they can push my buttons like nobody else too, because they know me better than almost anyone else in the world. Growing up, we fought like cats and dogs sometimes, but we also had a ton of fun together, banded together when we needed to, and looked out for each other – just like Bart and Lisa. Although they fight, they also enjoy making prank calls together, often work together against Sideshow Bob, watch Itchy & Scratchy together, and just get each other when no-one else does. It’s such a great, realistic picture of so many sibling relationships, and it makes me happy.
The Catchphrases – Though Bart’s in particular were mocked by Ned Flanders in the “Hurricane Neddy” episode, there’s no denying that the catchphrases are part of what makes The Simpsons so enduring. I can’t even tell you how many times a day phrases like “d’oh” “woo-hoo!” “okily-dokily” “worst [blank] ever” and other catchphrases, even Marge’s signature disapproving “hmmm,” come out of my mouth. And I love it. I love the familiarity of the phrases, their recurrence episode after episode, and the fact that they are a shared language with most anyone in the millennial generation.
All the Amazing Side Characters – I mean, is there really any need to elaborate on this? Springfield is just chock full of amazing characters, and it’s awesome!\
What about you? Have you been watching some of the Simpsons ultra-marathon? What keeps you watching the show?