First, I’d like to apologize (mostly to myself) for not posting the past two days. One day it was because I was having so much fun. The other day, it was because I was too busy/tired. I’m not writing this blog with a hard deadline, though, but to get back into writing. So I’m not too worried about it.

Anyway…I’ve just finished watching The Simpsons and The Simpsons: 20th Anniversary Special. This week’s episode (the 450th!) was not all that great, although it had a pleasant and heartfelt ending. The special, though, was great. Moreover, it reminded me of how much I love The Simpsons. The Simpsons has rarely been the best show on television at any time, but has been in the top five for nearly all of its 20 year reign (at least in my opinion) and has earned its spot as my all-time favorite show. The Simpsons is funny, smart, edgy (at least it used to be), creative, heartwarming, humble, and honest. The animation allows the show to get away with sex and murder (quite literally). The Simpsons opened doors for shows like Family Guy and South Park, and much like those two shows, The Simpsons has a knack for social criticism–anyone and everyone is a target. I grew up watching The Simpsons, and learned both my sense of humor and social mores from it. My father and I spent many night watching 60 minutes on CBS and then The Simpsons on Fox. Oh, that reminds me. The Simpsons, if I’m not mistaken, was also a pioneer show in mocking itself and its own network. It truly didn’t take itself too seriously.

Besides the infinite lines I quote and the limitless trivia I know from The Simpsons, what is love most about the show is the family. It paints a picture of a family that is mostly dysfunctional, seldom on the same page, and made up of a bunch of “unique” people. However, the Simpson family loves  . While most of the family members bring out unfortunately true characteristics of many Americans (or people, for that matter), in their love for one another, the Simpson family represents the family ideal–a bunch of people, all with their own sometimes-hilarious, sometimes-infuriating shortcomings and nuances that live together and love each other.

I will never stop watching The Simpsons. I learn something new about the characters and about myself each time I watch an episode–no matter how many times I’ve seen it. I wonder, whatever readers are out there, what is your experience with The Simpsons? Were you like many of my friends growing up, and not allowed to watch them? Do you think they’re funny? Stupid? Whatever your thoughts/feelings, I encourage you to brush up on your Simpsons knowledge–first, to be culturally literate, but second, to explore what thoughts (or laughs!!) it will bring out in you. You can try watching this year’s episodes at 8:00 EST on Sunday on FOX, or borrow a DVD from me (I…have Seasons 1-12…all of them that have been released so far). There are also many websites that stream old Simpsons episodes. I recommend just about any episode from seasons 3-5.

Blessings to you and yours. Goodnight. I’ve got to get up and run a bunch of miles tomorrow. “D’oh!”

P.S. If you ever want to come over and watch The Simpsons with me, let me know!! I’ve also got a Simpsons trivia game!