Don’t worry, everyone’s favorite yellow, cartoon, four-fingered family will be around for the foreseeable future. “The Simpsons” has been renewed for an incredible 23rd season. This move will give the long-running animated Fox series more than 500 episodes by the time that the next season is done. That’s a lot of episodes.
While the show isn’t as consistently good at is once was, and I no longer make it a point to be in front of a television at 8PM on Sunday evenings, it’s still has bright shining moments. In 23 seasons there are going to be some missteps. Seriously, “South Park” and “Family Guy”, neither of which would exist without the first family of Springfield, have only a fraction of the number of episodes of “The Simpsons”, and the quality on those bounces around like one of those 25 cent rubber balls you used to get at the supermarket that you chucked against the corner of a small room.
I still use “The Simpsons” as a measuring stick for fame. You know you’re famous when you have a cameo or appearance on “The Simpsons”. The current season, the 22nd, isn’t any different. Scheduled guest stars include Hugh Laurie, Daniel Radcliffe, John Hamm, Mark Zuckerburg, Mike Scioscia, Paul Rudd, Katy Perry, Cheech and Chong, and Kareem-Abdul Jabbar, to name a few of the many.
For now I’ll keep watching, when I can.