Last updated on January 27, 2021
I used to watch The Simpsons religiously — in the sense that I’d tune in every Sunday regardless of whatever else was happening, not so much in the sense that I’d fall asleep dreaming about pancakes.
I haven’t been a regular viewer in years. Not because the show is bad now, but because they seem to have done every conceivable story, and I eventually got bored.
So the show’s longevity (32 seasons!) and crazy number of episodes (693, according to this site) make it fairly likely that it would intersect with reality in some uncanny and interesting ways.
But the show has seemingly predicted the future so many times, it’s almost reached a kind of unofficial oracle status. If you’re interested, here are 30 examples of the show auguring real events.
Among the most prescient Simpsons episode was 2000’s “Bart to the Future,” in which newly sworn-in President Lisa Simpson lamented that “we inherited quite the budget crunch from President Trump.”
Ding, ding, ding!
And now, that episode has become even eerier, because look …
— the barefoot bandit (@Darth_Tsunami) January 20, 2021
Now, I like to keep my feet planted firmly on the ground during those fleeting moments when I’m not baked out of my gourd, so logic tells me that a) this is either an odd and amusing coincidence or b) Kamala Harris is a big Simpsons fan and she did this on purpose.
I put very little stock in the idea that The Simpsons is actually a harbinger of celebration and/or woe.
And while Trump was as diabolical as Sideshow Bob, as corrupt as Mayor Quimby, and as stupid (though not nearly as lovable) as Ralph Wiggum, I still tend to think this is just happenstance.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t still look to The Simpsons as a warning. Especially if another con man breezes through town trying to sell us a monorail … or something equally as stupid.
“Sorry, Mom, the mob has spoken …”
Truer words were never uttered.
This guy is a natural. Sometimes I laugh so hard I cry.” — Bette Midler on author Aldous J. Pennyfarthing, via Twitter. Trump is gone, but the righteous mocking goes on forever. Thanks to Goodbye, Asshat: 101 Farewell Letters to Donald Trump, Dear Fcking Lunatic: 101 Obscenely Rude Letters to Donald Trump, Dear Prsident A**clown and Dear F*cking Moron, you can purge the Trump years from your soul sans the existential dread. Only laughs from here on out. Click those links!
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