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Everything The Simpsons Predicted Correctly… So Far


Presidents, spaceships, and submarines, The Simpsons has seen many things coming over the years.

Everything The Simpsons Predicted
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After 34 seasons and counting, The Simpsons embodies many things. The longest running scripted series in the history of television began as an upstart, and grew to a Methuselah, with the wisdom of a dinosaur, and the prophetic voice of Nostradamus. Every other month, some news item or deleted tweet fulfills a prediction made by The Simpsons. It appears to follow what the kids in South Park knew decades ago: whenever something unexpected happens, The Simpsons already did it. They usually know because they were expecting it, don’t underestimate the studies of the writing team.

Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. Luckily, The Simpsons is constantly being rerun somewhere, reminding us even the most current events are old news in syndication. Most of the gags which have been interpreted as predictions are cases of The Simpsons pouring commentary on existing, if little known, events.

Even the foretelling of Donald Trump’s presidency was a dig at an exploratory commission Trump put in the field at the time the episode first aired. As Lisa Simpson (voiced by Yeardley Smith) tells the psychic reader in “Lisa’s Wedding,” “Wow. You can see into the present.” 

A prediction from the 1996 episode “Much Apu About Nothing” exemplifies the prognostic ratio. Springfield Mayor Quimby (Dan Castellaneta) is confronted by an angry mob of protesters. He asks “Are these morons getting dumber or just louder?” His security detail answers “Dumber, sir.” This is only a half-truth, not a hard statistic like how the rise in gang activity can be linked to a decrease in interest in the Spirograph. Think about it. We know Bart (voiced by Nancy Cartwright) won’t.

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