Have you ever wondered why “The Simpsons” was such a great show? Welcome to a “Simpsons History Hour” — pull up a chair.
I have been watching my entire life. The show always had a knack for skewering the world’s current events. I never knew exactly why I loved it so much. Surely, I identified with Lisa’s introversion, Bart’s sense of destruction and Maggie’s invisibility. There was always a subversive element to it; the writers and animators were on a mission. You could feel an undercurrent of dissatisfaction with the dumbest elements of society.
But I never knew it was also historically iterative.
I came across a couple of images from episodes of the show. I noticed they were similar to iconic photographs from history. So, I did a little research, and of course, someone had already done all the legwork. I mean, it’s the Internet… which is Navajo for “everyone already knows.”
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“Simpsons” images property of Fox Broadcasting Company and historical photos used under Fair Use laws.
So, parents: fret not. Your kids have been learning all this time without even knowing it. Take solace in the thought that, at the very least, somewhere in our minds there are historical images sitting as reference points when we decide to crack open the books and learn about our history. We have the keys now that need just the right locks so we can open our minds. Pretty cool if you ask me.
Thanks, “Simpsons” writers, animators and producers. We always knew you were the smartest kids in the class.