Thursday, May 02, 2013
Watched the latest episode of the twenty-fourth season of The Simpsons. Simpsons is one of those pop culture franchises that has survived the teevee ratings battle-ground and been around for so long that it has gone from fighting the power to a planet-wide seemingly unstoppable phenomenon. At this point I have a feeling that Simpsons might just end up like Batman or Bugs Bunny and never go away.
Any time that something goes from indie cred to mainstream profitability, a portion of the audience backlashes, angry that was was theirs now belongs to the pop-culture consuming masses. Then there's the audience members who cry sell-out and jump to other now edgier shows that pop-up through the years like South Park or Family Guy or American Dad. I eventually got bored with the high-horse better-than-though attitude that South Park undertook, and Seth MacFarlane's good taste pushing style went a lil too over the top for my liking and pushed me away. Simpsons has gone through peaks and valleys over nearly two and a half decades of programming, but I keep tuning in and I keep wanting to come back for more.
A wise friend of mine pointed out that Simpsons is like pizza. Even when it's not so good, it's still something that you love that is familiar and good that brings you joy over and over again.