Ciara’s Top 5 TV Shows: #5 – THE SIMPSONS

The Simpsons (FOX)

Nothing outstrips THE SIMPSONS in popularity. Not Harry Potter, not that accursed Twilight, not Bieber Fever, nothing. Everyone I’ve met has seen at least one episode of The Simpsons; even my Nana, with her pop-culture-post-1963 allergies, knows who Homer and Bart and Lisa and Comic Book Guy are. And with good reason. Has there ever been a more consistently hilarious show? For over 2 decades, The Simpsons has been reliable to bring the funny, which is why I’m naming it my fifth favourite television show of all time.

Why I Love It

Whether you’re on an airplane heading to Mongolia or sitting in your local cafe you can strike up a conversation with just about anyone using this simple question: “What’s your favourite Simpsons’ line?”
How some of Homer’s…em…valuable parenting lessons?
“Tell me all about your day…until the commercial’s over.”
Bart (sobs): “This is the worst day of my life.” Homer: “The worst day of your life…so far.”
“Lisa, if the Bible has taught us nothing else, and it hasn’t, it’s that girls should stick to girls sports, such as hot oil wrestling and foxy boxing and such and such.”

Why You Should Watch It

From The Simpsons came raunchier cartoons like South Park and Family Guy who have pushed the envelope even farther. But The Simpsons was never really about pushing the envelope. It still isn’t. And although they’re excellent cartoons, neither have what The Simpsons have: those moments of sweetness amidst all the satire and jokes and dumbness, like when Lisa sees the world from Homer’s point of view and vice versa or when she sacrifices ‘smart Homer’ for the happier but more aloof ‘dumb Homer’. The countless selfless acts Homer does to help his kids; Marge and Homer’s marriage, the sweet beginning, the tests of endurance, the unrelenting love they have for one another. I won’t even get into the secondary characters! The Simpsons is at once heartfelt, silly, cultural, satirical, empathetic, unpredictable, clever, quotable, philosophical and fun. All in 22 minutes.