How television has evolved! This very week in 1989, civilization took a giant slouch forward with the arrival of the most wonderfully dysfunctional family ever. 30 years later The Simpsons is the longest running scripted primetime television series–and one of the most influential–in U.S. history.
It’s hard to fathom now, but back in the prehistoric 80s many primitive parents were afraid to let their children watch The Simpsons. During those primordial years, cave-dwelling progenitors feared it would have a bad influence on their little rock rats. To which my wife and I sympathetically replied, “Don’t have a cow, man!”
We gleefully solved the problem by watching the series with our kids and regularly inserting comments like, “Don’t act like Bart or you’ll grow up to be a Homer!” It worked. We would often overhear them admonishing one another when either did something sneaky or selfish, “Hey, don’t be a Bart!” I also frequently reminded myself (still do) not to be a Homer, i.e. to use my brain for something other than a DTD (donut tracking device).
So thank you, Simpsons, for teaching us how not to be. And for making us laugh so hard that our beverages of choice still frequently emanate from our collective noses.
D’oh! and one final note: To those who don’t like The Simpsons, I would simply like to add, with much love and respect,
“Eat my shorts.” ;>)