Fox recently announced plans to renew The Simpsons for a 26th season. Think about that for a second. Twenty. Six. Seasons. That’s a batch of shows for every year I’ve been alive and a mammoth task that’s likely to never happen again. Especially in today’s landscape of fickle viewers and TV shows with dangerously low mortality rates. While the show has certainly had its ups and downs, there’s no denying that for a period of time, The Simpsons was on fire. I’m not talking in terms of pure popularity – more in terms of genuine, innovative hilarity. Ironically, as the show started to look better some might say the writing got considerably worse but I’d argue that between, say, seasons 2 and 10 The Simpsons boasted a collection of gags that still hold up today.
In fact, they go beyond just holding up today – they’ve somehow managed to seamlessly work their way into the day-to-day vocabulary of a generation that grew up hooked on Homer’s ‘Mmmm’ gags and things we might recognise Troy McClure from. Some Simpsons one-liners are so ingrained in my brain that I subconsciously fire them out all the time. Like, all the time. We may live in a Golden Age of Television but it’s hard to imagine any other TV show having that much of a long-lasting effect on its viewers. With this in mind, here are 16 Simpsons’ quotes that I use day-in-day-out along with a little explanation on how to best use them in conversation. I’ve included clips wherever I can because as we all know, video is way more interesting than words. Enjoy!
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