Spend the Rest of Recess With ‘The Simpsons’

FXX is effectively hijacking the rest of any animation-lovers’ summer by airing every Simpsons in consecutive order — all 552 episodes plus the 2007 feature film — beginning Thursday at 10 a.m.  

Some of you may be wondering what, if anything, can we stand to learn from a cartoon that’s run roughshod over competing sitcoms over the past 25 years?  


The award-winning series (30-odd Emmys and counting) has poked fun at politics for decades. And it has typically done so with more wit and charm than its real-life contemporaries.  

Some of the shining examples that immediately come to mind include:  

Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington (Season 3, Episode 37)  

Civic-minded Lisa Simpson learns the awful truth about lobbying in this send-up of Jimmy Stewart’s David vs. Goliath story.  

Airing this Friday at 4 a.m.  

Two Bad Neighbors (S7, E141)  



Former President George H. W. Bush tangles with oafish dad, Homer Simpson, and born troublemaker, Bart Simpson, in a battle royal on Evergreen Terrace.  

Airing Sunday at 8 a.m. The Boy Who Knew Too Much (S5, E101)  

Mayor “Diamond Joe” Quimby must weather a political scandal when his abrasive nephew, Freddy, touches off a Franco-American feud.