The Simpsons ain’t what it used to be. Fans will always treasure the glory years and there were many of them.
The much-derided episodes of the last decade might contain the odd rib-tickler but what they’re missing is any semblance of a heart. It’s defied expectations with its staying power when many were kind of hoping it would die.
It’s a bleak assessment that also happens to be true. We all have such happy memories of the Simpsons that, despite all the built-up resentment, seeing it cancelled would still be a punch in the feels.
So here’s the perfect solution: Cancel the show but keep the characters alive through regular couch gags.
Let’s face it, the couch gags are one of the only things about the Simpsons that has actually improved over time thanks to the show’s willingness to dedicate up to two minutes to more elaborate gags.
They’ve become darkly comic parables about commercialism (Banksy), incredibly detailed tributes to the horror genre (Guillermo Del Toro) and collaborations with other animated shows (Rick and Morty, Robot Chicken).
See the latest brilliant gag, a parody of 80s crime dramas like Scarface and Miami Vice, in the video below.