Currently on FXX they’re showing every Simpsons episode ever, as the tagline suggests. I sit down in the living room, turn on the television and get flooded with nostalgia.
It reminds of a time when new episodes were on Thursday and I had to choose between that and the show Dinosaurs to watch. I remember my mom complaining about Married with Children, how the main character was a pig and no one was allowed to watch it.
Then they moved it to Sunday night and I sort of lost track of it. That was until 5th grade when I met who would be one of my best friends all throughout school, Jeff. When he wasn’t coming over and kicking my ass in Super Mario Kart, playing with Z-Bots or showing me how to beat the Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past we were stopping everything we were doing to watch reruns of the Simpsons at 7 p.m, then at 7:30 p.m., then at both 7 and 7:30.
When the Nintendo 64 came out, the entire class was enamored with who shot Mr. Burns. Only one kid guessed it right and no one believed him and when we did find out it was to be honest a bitter disappointment. We didn’t care though because the show went on being hilarious and we went on playing video games.
Even in 1998 when The Legend of Zelda; Ocarina of Time finally came out after two years of constant delays Jeff and I would be on the phone saying what part of the game we were up to, where we had found certain secrets and heart pieces but oh wait, it’s 7:00 time to watch two back to back episodes of the Simpson. Unless it was Sunday in which we stopped to watch new episodes.
Watching this marathon reminded me how much I watched the Simpsons as a kid. There are w hole episodes that I can anticipate the next line or the next joke.
This isn’t a post to bash about the quality of the Simpsons now because I simply stopped watching it so whom am to judge it?
What I will say is that the older episodes managed to both pull at the heart strings and still be funny. I’d go into details but I’m missing the next episode.