TV Milestone, American Milestone

The Simpsons make TV history
The Simpson's make TV history

The animated television show, The Simpson’s aired it’s season premiere Sunday.   And to go along with the dozens of awards the show has won, as of Sunday night it is tied with 20 for the most seasons in prime-time television.  The show has already achieved other accomplishments of being the longest-running American sitcom and the longest-running American animated program, but the 20 seasons the show tied with Gunsmoke gives the show and audience something more to be proud of.

The Simpson’s newest milestone creates a landmark in American television and will likely go on to set a standard for a while.  While trailing only Lassie and the aforementioned Gunsmoke for having the most episodes in television history, the show could go to be one of the most successful shows, if not the most successful show in television history.

The Simpson’s wide popularity has brought audiences many laughs, thrills and trends over the past 20 years.   Some of the best comedic writers of today worked on the show, including Conan O’Brien, Ricky Gervais, and the writers of hit film Superbad.  Dozens of episodes featured guest voices from all types of actors, athletes and musicians, a list that could rival many talk shows.  The humor from the show has captured many and all types of people throughout it’s run.  Sometimes from cultural references, sometimes it’s different themes, and others there’s reoccurring jokes.  But no other show in history has seen the popularity of it’s catchphrases like The Simpson’s has received.

Before The Simpson’s began, there wasn’t too many animated prime-time programs at the time, but the show broke ground and managed to change television since then and influenced many other shows, live-action and animated.  Animated shows such as South Park, Family Guy, King of the Hill, and Futurama have all gained popularity, but it could be attributed to the success of The Simpson’sas the reason why they were able to thrive. 

Not for nothin’, but the success of the show kind of says something of our society.   The Simpson’s is likely popular with audiences because many people connect with it, or in some uncanny way, can relate to the characters.  Although controversial, the characters, setting, situations, themes, etc are a lot similar to what people see on a day-to-day basis in American society.  Not saying the show isn’t funny, it’s kind of hard to find someone who can’t relate somehow or has a complete disregard for it.  Either way The Simpson’s showcases the typical middle class American lifestyle or it does a great job at taking jabs at the culture.  Maybe both.

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