Nevertheless, the timeless series, as the longest series in American history, often coincides with moments of “life imitating art” that occur years after airing.
This week, for example, users on social media couldn’t help but marvel at the recent coincidence of Vice President Kamala Harris ’dress during the inauguration and Lisa Simpson’s dress in the 2000 episode.
In the show “Bart to the Future,” Lisa takes over as president and asks the now viral line, “As you know, we’ve inherited a lot of budget cramps from President Trump.”
In the episode, Lisa wore a purple jacket and pearls. At the opening on Wednesday, Harris wore a purple jacket and pearls. Because Harris served immediately after Donald Trump’s presidency, viewers immediately made comparisons.
The similarities with the inauguration did not stop with the Simpsons fans. Actor Tom Hanks performed as host during a virtual concert on Wednesday night aimed at preserving the theme of President Joe Biden’s national unity in times of crisis.
In the 2007 Simpsons film, Hanks presents the proposed new Grand Canyon in Springfield, the Simpsons’ hometown, as a cameo.
“Hello. I’m Tom Hanks. The U.S. government has lost credibility, so it borrowed something,” he says.
At the end of the scene, he says, “If you’re going to choose a government that you trust, why not you?”
Guessing about the show’s prejudice is nothing new. Fans claim the show heralded, among other things, the attack of tiger Siegfried and Roy, smartwatches, “horror murders” and Disney buying 20th Century Fox.
The longevity of the show and the exhaustion of possible comedy scripts have even been mentioned in other comedies, including the episode “South Park,” “The Simpsons Have Already Done It.”
Asked in 2016 about the announcement of Donald Trump’s presidency in advance, writer Dan Greaney told The Hollywood Reporter: “It was a warning to America.”
“And that seemed a logical last stop before the hit. It was set up because it was in line with the vision of America sinking,” he added.