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.
Airing Saturday at noon.
Bart vs. Australia (S6, E119)
International diplomacy is put to the test when Bart prank calls our pals Down Under.
Airing Saturday at 9 p.m.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to set my out-of-office response to “D’oh! Don’t bother trying to reach me again till Tuesday, Sept. 2”
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