The reason for everything in the Simpson's being far removed from what it was before is because of Mr Burns.Mr Burns has to be killed off for good in order for everyone to age, based off of 1990 season 1 premiere established back stories and everything to become good again. Because Mr Burns living longer and longer is messing up the real progression of things. Because he is the embodiment of evil and puts up a facade of a generous old man who loves Springfield to cover up the fact that he trapped Springfield in a time warp, where he gets to be powerful forever and everyone else is stuck as they are and they can only deal with whatever this old superhuman creature decides to do their universe nothing more, nothing less. And the only way for them to be freed is Mr Burns being destroyed. The flash forward episodes of everyone being older and things being different is Mr Burns tormenting the residents saying this is what you'll never get to experience. Mr Smithers is going along with it out of love for him not because he endorses what he's doing at all.
The reason no one seems to age is because the entire Simpsons episodic has occurred within the span of just a few years.Any mention of more time passing is just a case of Unreliable Narrator.
Number One from the Stonecutters is Sideshow BobThey have very similar facial features. And the fact that No. One has normal feet is easily explained: I'm sure that in one episode, Bob was able to fold his feet under themselves, to create the illusion of normal sized ones.
- Bob has never been shown to be able to do this.
- He did that in "The Bob Next Door. That's how he was able to trick Bart into getting in the car with him.
Number One from the Stonecutters is Director Bullock from American DadBeing head of a massive and powerful secret society would explain how he got to be Deputy Director in the CIA. Both are secretive organizations which he runs like frat houses. Also, they have suspiciously similar voices...
The show isn't as good because Homer knows he's in a cartoon and can therefore do what he wantsWe know the show isn't as good as the Golden Era, and lots of people point to Homer's increasingly Jerkass behaviour. But why would he care less and less about his actions? Because he knows he faces almost no repercussions for his actions. In Homer the Heretic, Homer meets God, and God tells him the meaning of life. And this is when God tells him that he lives in a cartoon. Homer begins to use this knowledge to his advantage. It can't undo death, which is why his mum stays dead after passing away in Mona Leaves-a. Other changes stay because A) he doesn't care, such as Kirk and Luann splitting up, or doesn't mind, such as Lisa's vegetarianism.
- Wait, are you saying that Homer now controls the universe?!
The Simpson family's money problems or lack there ofThe reason that for the last ten seasons or so it always seems like the Simpsons have enough money, despite always being nearly broke in the early years of the show is that Mister Burns has been paying off Homer, as the nuclear plant's safety inspector, to overlook the many appalling safety violations that could shut the plant down. Homer being who he is doesn't realize what the payola is for and thinks it's for being a good nuclear guy. Mister Burns doesn't realize that Homer's laxness at enforcing safety regs is due to stupidity and laziness rather than a desire to play ball and keeps the payola coming.
- Alternatively the Simpsons have plenty of money. Being THE safety inspector for a nuclear power plant he could easily pull 6 figures. Their money problems come from all the foolish things Homer spends money on. He buys eleven hundred dollars of itchy and scratchy money and suddenly even with his salary it is hard to pay the electric bill.
- A little from Column A and a little from Column B. Or alternately:
Homer and Burns are secretly in cahoots.Mr Burns and Homer are secretly in cahoots. Burns is bribing Homer, as the nuclear plant's safety inspector, to overlook the many appalling safety violations that could shut the plant down. Homer accepts the extra cash and forges documents that give a clean safety bill and destroys documents that point out any safety violations. That's the reason why Homer is so lax at enforcing safety regs; it's not due to stupidity and laziness, he just doesn't care, because if any important accident happens, he knows that he can just push a button to stop it and will alter the documents to say that everything was fine.
- If Matt Groening, Al Jean and James L. Brooks all denied this to my face, I would still suspect it.
- All the toxic runoff and radiation from the near misses will add up over the years; what if that's what caused the extreme exacerbation of the Springfieldians' flaws?
Armin Tamzarian was born out of an affair between Sheldon Skinner and a hooker from Capital CityAlright, before you start running to my door with pitchforks and torches, watch Curse of the Flying Hellfish again, do you see how similar Sheldon Skinner looks to Armin Tamzarian? So here we go, at some point before joining the Flying Hellfish, Sheldon Skinner had spent some time in Capital City and had an affair with a Prostitute, this resulted in the conceiving of Armin Tamzarian, which would technically make both Tamzarian and the real Seymour Skinner half-brothers.
- This actually would make that episode a lot less ridiculous. Just a little bit.
The Simpsons Movie, as well as the Christmas Episode "Holidays of Future Passed" are the true series finales.In the movie Homer messes up big time to the point where he almost destroys Springfield, the town wants him dead, Bart finds a new father figure, and Marge tapes over their wedding video. In the end, he saves the day, Bart and Homer finally bond, Homer learns that other people are more important than him, a minor character is Killed Off for Real, and Lisa meets her first real boyfriend so far. Unlike other future episodes, Holiday of Future Passed isn't told by a fortune teller or a look into the future. The main plot is set up by Bart and Lisa whining about having to get their Christmas pictures taken, then fast forward. Unlike other flashfowards, this one seems to be canon.
- Like SpongeBob SquarePants's Big Damn Movie, no matter how many episodes continue to get made, these are the true finales.
- Jossed at least for the movie part. Some characters like Spider-Pig and the Inuit Shaman are seen again. And in the episode "The Fool Monty", when Mr. Burns tries to cover all of Springfield under a giant dome, he is informed that this has been done before, proving that this episode is set after the movie. Willie also has a sign mentioning the dome in "The Kid is All Right."
- "Holidays of Future Passed" was meant to be the series finale in case it didn't make it to Season 24, so the latter is highly plausible.
- Not anymore. They made another flash forward that takes place after Holidays.
- Sequel series?
Bart's Preschool Teacher was eventually firedHows that for Laser-Guided Karma?
A second movie will be made after the show finally ends to give the series one, big, final sendoff.And it will be the only thing that could possibly make sense: Sideshow Bob joins with and/or tricks Mr. Burns in aiding him in assembling a group of people who the Simpson Family has made enemies of.
- Frank Grimes Jr.! Russ Cargill! The unibrow baby! And, in the final act, Kang and Kodos!
- And then, the Simpsons also get help from everyone they became allies with during the ensuing final battle. Think of all those Springfieldians that are not evil per se (such as Chief Wiggum, who can be a hypocrite but is never really evil, if you don't count The Boys of Bummer; or even Skinner, who's not evil either, but appears antagonistic because he's the school's principal and Bart is a troublemaker), and all those one-time characters (every character that appeared for an episode, or sometimes twice or three times, like Lurleen Lumpkin), all helping the Simpsons.
- Bonus points if the aliens do come into play and double-cross Burns, Sideshow Bob, and the other villains, and things suddenly get serious. Very serious.
- More bonus points if Russ Cargill also double-crosses the other villains and commit one of the biggest Anti-Moral Event Horizons in ''The Simpsons history to prove/remind the characters and audience that despite all of his Disproportionate Retribution, he is still a genuine hero at heart and he only does bad deeds to benefit ''and'' protect the environment.
- Bonus points if the aliens do come into play and double-cross Burns, Sideshow Bob, and the other villains, and things suddenly get serious. Very serious.
- So basically, like Ragnarok but in Springfield and with marginally fewer monsters and no Loki (unless we count Bart...)
Marge and Homer could be siblings.When Marge's mother and Homer's father met in an episode, their attraction is immediate and they start dating, as if they not only knew each other but had a romantic history. This means Marge and Homer could be half-siblings.. which explains the family's yellow skin and numerous cracks about their family inbreeding.
- Then how do you explain every one in Springfield, and the entire world (except people of non-Caucasian origin) being yellow-skinned (ironically the Asians, once derogatorily referred to as 'yellow people', are white)?
- Actually, not all Asians are depicted with pale skin.
The Simpsons and the town of Springfield are sentient, computer-created simulations involved in a "Dark City" experimentThe Simpsons and their fellow Springfieldians think they are regular people living in a regular town, but in reality they are computer simulations being run by a bored group of aliens in a Dark City type of simulation. The reason why Status Quo is God is because they usually set back events, memories, and the progression of time at the end of each "arc" (represented as episodes). Just for kicks, though, they'll often leave some hint or memory of what came before, enough for that memory to have an effect on the personality of the character, but not enough for them to put two-and-two together. That's why their personalities tend towards Flanderization over time - the repeated simulations are reinforcing certain traits, until
- Flanders becomes Flanders,
- Lisa the smart schoolgirl becomes a tree-hugging, vegetarian liberal,
- Bart the troublemaker and slow kid becomes a prankster of legendary and ludicrous capabilities,
- Homer the slightly stupid but generally sympathetic working-class protagonist becomes incredibly childish and awful, among others.
Nelson Muntz is a Powerful PsychicOr at least a powerful telepath. His influence covers the entire town. This is how he's able to laugh at the misfortune of other people he can't even see, and call them on the phone so they can hear him laugh. One episode even has him Astral Projecting! The only things holding him back from making good use of his power are his crippling Parental Abandonment Issues and his being a card-carrying bully.
- He can even dominate the minds of others over long distances too judging by "Homerpalooza"
- He also once beat up a ghost. While the commentary talks about the power of Nelson.
Springfield and everything associated with it is a fantasy world created by Haruhi Suzumiya.Think about it. It would explain so many things. Nobody seems to know what state it's in. There's the constant Flanderization and idiocy of so many of its residents. Most of them are yellow, and all of them have four fingers. The Status Quo Is God. The whole messy Separate Simpsons Geography Thing.
- Why Haruhi Suzumiya in particular?
- She's exactly the sort of person who would do such a thing.
- Why the hell not?
- Springfield's universe might be a universe she discarded before arriving at her current one, which she was subconsciously kind enough to leave intact. Well, as intact as it gets, anyway.
- She's Flanders. There's no other person she could be.
- Look below.
- She's Flanders. There's no other person she could be.
We see Springfield through the eyes of Maggie Simpson
- The residents do not get old. Why would a toddler have a sense of time?
- Why would a toddler care about living in a specific state?
- The Flanderization is Maggie recognizing patterns in behavior.
- While Maggie is a smart child, her near-superhuman portrayal of her as a genius is... well, not very modest.
- She has a little sister's hero-worship of her sister; when she was declared more intelligent than Lisa, she almost immediately retconned it.
- This could also explain Lisa's status as a near-Mary Sue. Maggie is just thinking very highly of her (we're all guilty of thinking our heroes are close to perfection sometimes....)
- Every important event focuses around the Simpson family. Because it should.
- Matt Groening has said that Marge's hair represents a small child's perspective of a normal hairstyle.
- The art gets more refined every year because her eyesight is improving as the months go by.
- It would be an Ugly Cute, funny, exaggerated version of the world anyway.
- The Halloween episodes are when she's having nightmares.
Bart and Lisa are at the centre of a Status Quo Is God effectOkay, this takes a fair bit of explaining. Bart and Lisa are at the centre of a Status Quo Is God phenomenon, which explains why Status Quo Is God in this show. The rest of the cast is affected to a degree directly proportionate to how often they interact with Bart or Lisa, with twice the effect for any incident if it's with both at the same time. Homer, for example, spends a large amount of time in proximity to Bart and Lisa both and interacts with them on a far greater scale than anyone else in the series; thus, nearly EVERYTHING that happens to him is neatly resolved at the end of the episode or snapped back by the next one. Sideshow Bob spends very little time near them, as he's in prison most of the time for trying to kill Bart; when he IS trying to kill Bart, he seems to be prone to the same kind of mistakes each time (that is, letting his ego get in the way). Apu has just enough contact with Bart and Lisa to be a recurrer, but little more. When he interacts with them, the status quo is restored promptly (such as the episode where he gets fired from the Kwik-E-Mart). But the longer he stays away from them, the more his personal story develops: he gets married, has octuplets, etc etc... and at least some of this is Take Our Word for It.
- Makes sense. Maude Flanders had less contact with them than her family and she eventually died for reals. Frank Grimes had no contact with them and didn't even survive past the end of his 1st episode.
- Also, Selma has an adopted daughter. We barely see her or have her mentioned. This could be because she semi-frequently visits the Simpsons, and thus her adoption is retgoned most of the time.
- Bart and Lisa are cosmic horrors warping reality to get a status quo effect.
- Maggie is still a baby when Apu's children are fighting to go to toddler preschool and she's technically younger than them...
- Younger or older?
- Mind... needs... birth control.
Millhouse's mother Luanne is his father Kirk's dopplerganger from ShelbyvilleShe mentions she was born in Shelbyville, and several other characters had counterparts.
Lisa became a Buddhist because Richard Gere, a famous celebrity, didShe didn't need to convert to another religion; she only had to change to another church or parish. Lisa is prone to jump on trendy intellectual bandwagons - think how she embraced vegetarianism - and it's no stretch to assume she became a Buddhist because it was a trend among the Hollywood elite prior to Scientology.
- She wouldn't go for Scientology because she probably accesses 4chan. A lot.
- I feel the need to note Lisa became a vegetarian because eating animals (and dissecting them) became disturbing to her. The fact she was shunned by pretty much everyone shows she didn't do it because it was trendy.
- If there's any subgroup more hated than vegetarians, it's children more intelligent than the average adult. Bear that in mind, when reading these sorts of comments.
An ancient prophecy states that Rupert Murdoch's media empire will only last as long as The Simpsons keeps airing new episodesThis explains the show's unprecedented longevity on a network with a cancel-happy reputation.
- Oh God, it's the Winchester Mansion of television shows!
The secret to The Simpsons' longevity involves Matt Groening selling his soul and Al Jean and Mike Scully sabotaging their own show and the competitionAfter season four, Matt Groening was facing a crisis: his best writers were leaving due to exhaustion, the show was at the height of its popularity, and there was a line of Dueling Shows waiting to replace The Simpsons as the edgy sitcom that dares to reflect life's foibles with loving satire. Rather than call it quits and cancel the show like a sane person, Groening took a page from Saturday Night Live and decided to make it better with new writers, not accounting for the fact that this practice doesn't always garner great results. Distraught over how cartoony and surreal the show was turning out, Groening planned to end the show and attempt suicide after completion of the season five finale "Secrets to a Successful Marriage" (the episode where Homer gets thrown out of the house for telling Marge's secrets during a "How to Fix Your Marriage" class at the local Learning Annex), but stopped when Mike Scully and Al Jean offered to help Matt fix the show — for a price. This led to episodes featuring plots normally found in wacky Saturday morning cartoons or sappy, traditional sitcoms — the only things making them Simpson-esque are the pop culture references and the characters. Groening was too whacked out on antidepressants to care, which is why he never intervened. He did protest over that Crossover episode with Jay Sherman from The Critic, but he was force-fed more antidepressants and blacked out before any action could be taken. By the time season eight rolled around, Mike Scully and Al Jean were having too much fun warping The Simpsons and hired Bill Oakley and Josh Weinsten to create the episode "The Itchy, Scratchy, and Poochie Show" as a "Screw You" to fans who loved the show's early years (even though seasons one and two were wretched—in both animation and writing, so the fans * really* need to take off the rose-colored glasses when waxing nostalgic about The Simpsons's early years). Matt Groening confronted Jean and Scully about the episode, but Jean and Scully took care of the upcoming conflict by giving Matt loads and loads of money and decided, "What the hell? Plenty more fans where that come from." This was not to last, though. Following the creation and airing of "The Principal and the Pauper" (the episode where Principal Skinner turns out to be an impostor named Armin Tamzarian and the real Seymour Skinner was a POW who was thought to have died during the Vietnam War), Groening realized that he had sold his soul and left the show in disgrace (his final wish was to have his names in the Executive Producer so no one would know that he had left). After a year of trying to find himself, Groening teamed up with David X. Cohen (who was also screwed over by Jean and Scully for suggesting to revert The Simpsons back to the way it was in season 3 — somewhat like a sappy family sitcom, but with enough sarcasm to keep the treacle from sticking and poke fun at how cornball family sitcom conventions can be) and together, the two went to work on creating Futurama. Angry that Groening reneged on their deal (and took a fellow writer with him), Jean and Scully decided to sabotage the show so Matt Groening can get blamed for the show's sorry state. Things got worse when Phil Hartman (the man who voiced crooked lawyer Lionel Hutz and washed-up, alcoholic, fish-humping B-movie actor Troy McClure) died at the hands of his wife — now Jean and Scully had no hook to get the more jaded viewers to watch the show. To make matters worse, Jean and Scully hired old college friends, drinking buddies, and their own family members as writers, who may be fans of the show, but wouldn't know how to write an episode if someone held them at gunpoint and forced them, so in a desperate bid to keep The Simpsons on the air (especially around the time that a batch of Dueling Shows were airing on network TV and cable), Jean and Scully pulled every trick in the book to get people to watch the show — celebrity guests that added nothing to the plot, wackier stories, a Very Special Episode where someone important dies but it turns out to be the least important character in the cast. When that served only to drive more viewers away (leaving behind only but the truly braindead/heavily medicated/rabid fans who couldn't tell a good episode from a bad one), Jean and Scully called upon the studio janitor (who practices voodoo in his spare time) to create dolls symbolizing all the shows that threatened to take the place of The Simpsons and regularly stuck needles in them whenever Jean and/or Scully read a scathing review about this week's episode of The Simpsons being a steaming pile and declaring that an hour of The Weather Channel would make for better, smarter viewing. A lot of the Dueling Shows, like Mission Hill, The Oblongs, Baby Blues, King of the Hill, and Sit Down, Shut Up were easily defeated, but the ones like South Park, Family Guy, Futurama, Cartoon Network's [adult swim] line-up, and American Dad! proved to be harder to defeat and sticking needles in them only got the shows temporarily canceled (cf. Futurama and American Dad!) or gave them temporary-to-severe Seasonal Rot (cf. Family Guy, South Park, some of the shows on Adult Swim that weren't cancelled after one or two seasons). When that failed, Jean and Scully simply bribed people to praise the show and favor it over other superior shows such as Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Battlestar Galactica and created The Simpsons Movie in a feeble attempt at staying culturally relevant. Sadly, it worked well enough for The Simpsons to stay on the air longer. To this day, Jean and Scully continue to curse good animated shows and use their janitor's magic to keep the Simpsons on the air as a Franchise Zombie, but with the tepid reviews from season 21's "Judge Me Tender," the magic may be fading.
- This is freaking brilliant.
Springfield is in a parallel universeWhy else do you think we can never find it?
Homer has powers of similar magnitude to Haruhi SuzumiyaLike all the other Haruhi Suzumiya WMGs on this page, it explains the Status Quo Is God and all of Homer's abilities. Homer may or may not realize that he has these powers. If not, his powers are whimsical. If he DOES know, then he is playing with everyone and generally using Obfuscating Stupidity. Think about it: all of the times he has died and come back to life, his vast number of jobs, his whimsical abilities, his constantly losing money, the number of things that have no longer taken place as soon as he forgets about them, and his losing and regaining his job so often. Several times, he has changed the past to accommodate himself (the barbershop quartet, the grunge band, his and Marge's several first meetings...). Bart and Lisa may or may not have powers. Maggie, in accordance to the WMG above, may have inherited his powers and become Haruhi Suzumiya. Also take note that the person he married is one of the most normal people in the show, aside from any abilities he may have given her. Marge could be Homer's Kyon. The Treehouse of Horror segments could be Homer or Maggie's stress relievers where they kill themselves and anybody else that annoys them. Also, Springfield is nearly permanently enclosed in Closed Space. The surroundings vary by state, proximity to the ocean, desert, forests and mountains depending on how Homer feels. As a side note, Homer's way of instantly traveling is to say "Well, here we are at the...!"
Ralph Wiggum had a severe mental injuryBecause he wasn't always that stupid.
- In the episode Moms I'd Like to Forget, Chief Wiggum is shown dropping a baby Ralph at a Fourth of July fireworks show.
Ralph Wiggum is a complete idiot because he is part pigWord of Dante has said that Chief Wiggum is 'from the shallow end of the gene pool', explaining his pig-like nose, and that of his wife. Ralph inherited both the nose and the shallowness.
- Alternatively, Chief Wiggum and his wife are too much physically similar. Incest?
Homer is aware of the show's Status Quo Is God / Negative Continuity issues and uses it to his advantageThis is why he lives so far beyond his means: he knows that by next week it won't matter.
- Also a play on how people will do this in real life (credit card debt, etc), and sometimes, sometimes, get away with it.
Homer Simpson is in his own Truman ShowAnd he's gone insane from decades of it. This is why Homer can get away with anything. His entire reality is geared around keeping him safe and the status quo the same. Maude Flanders cracked under the pressure and left years ago. And this is why Marge keeps returning to him; her real relatives need the money.
- One of the comic stories did have TV producers setting up a Truman Show around Homer. It ended once he found out and agreed to keep it going - and tried to be funny, which ended up backfiring horribly.
"Behind The Laughter" provides an in-universe explanation for everythingThe show declining in quality over the years? That's Homer's Executive Meddling. Flanders becoming increasingly unlikable? Homer doesn't like the real guy who he's based on, so he made him less sympathetic. The characters never aging? Gary Coleman syndrome: they're a lot older than they appear.
- "How could I get all three required drops of [anti-growth hormone] into her cereal?" Answer: he wouldn't; he spiked the water supply.
Bart practices Obfuscating StupidityWhenever he's tasked with something other than school work, he tends to show intelligence and aptitude. But the minute he's in a school setting, he's shown to be a straight F student, dumber than a sack of hammers. Bart just hates school, and it's easier for him to get away with his behaviour if everyone thinks he's stupid, when in fact he simply can't be bothered with it.
- Canon: there's a difference between "stupid" and "underachiever". Hmmm...wasn't it the line "Underachiever and Proud of It" which provoked Bush père into making the show a Moral Guardian target, albeit not quite in such a Windmill Crusader fashion as Quayle's attack on Murphy Brown?
Each season of The Simpsons exists in a parallel universe, completely separate from one another.This would explain why time never passes, no matter how long the show has been on and no matter how much time passes during each individual episode. There have been over 400 episodes to date, and yet the characters never age. Even if each episode represented one day, at least one year should have passed in their timeline; and the episode with the Itchy and Scratchy movie spans about eight months. Also, this theory would explain the contradictory origins of each of the characters, such as the numerous accounts of how Homer and Marge met, whether they met during the 1970s, 1980s, or 1990s. And then there's the matter of why Homer is stupid - whether it's because of a gene that makes all male Simpsons become stupid as they get older, or if Homer was once a genius and a crayon that he shoved up his nose as a child made him stupid. Each season is its own timeline, excepting Seasons 6 and 7, which are directly connected by a two-part episode and so are only one timeline. Any time an episode references events from an earlier season, they acknowledge those events as happening in Broad Strokes. When Homer asks, "Marge, what were your gambling debts last year?" he is referencing a gambling problem that Marge had; but in the reality of that episode, it might have been dealt with differently, and the characters would have been one year younger.
- A larger theory of this would be the first ten seasons are a different Springfield, sort of like Earths 1 and 2.
- Alternatively, each time an episode contradicts a previous episode we start viewing a new Springfield that doesn't have the contradicted episode in its continuity.
- Jossed in the Season 6 episode Sideshow Bob Roberts (1994) where Lisa mentions previous events from the season 1 episode Krusty Gets Busted (1990) and actually mentions those events happening in 1990. If they were mentioning a present year in this episode, it would probably have been 1994.
- Medium Awareness explains everything. While they don't have the outright curb-stomp of the fourth wall like Family Guy, The Simpsons are aware they're in a show, which is where the Lampshade Hanging comes from(besides Rule of Funny). Lisa is referring to Sideshow Bob being arrested in real time. That, and its possible previous non-contradictory events happened relatively recently(1993 in this example) in-universe.
- Jossed in the Season 6 episode Sideshow Bob Roberts (1994) where Lisa mentions previous events from the season 1 episode Krusty Gets Busted (1990) and actually mentions those events happening in 1990. If they were mentioning a present year in this episode, it would probably have been 1994.
Time passes in a different way, and people don't get older that easily on Simpsons.They're probably living on a time where years aren't really that much compared to days, and thus, a school "year" could take a while to pass; also, they probably live a lifespan of 300~350 of our years, explaining how they don't get old. Any references to age told by them were according to our notion of years, and vague idea of apparent age in characters; Abe Simpson might look 80 years old, but he's probably around 275 of our years.
Principal Skinner's Freudian Slip about "his beloved smother" represented his deep seated desire to kill herHe wasn't saying it because she was smothering him, he was saying it because he wants to smother her.
- Pretty much proven in the episode where Brad Goodman, the pop psychologist, visits Springfield. When asked to confront a stuffed doll stand-in of his mother, Principal Skinner ends up beating the tar out of it.
- Skinner didn't just beat the doll up. Just before Goodman interrupted him, he was busy ripping the doll's stuffing out with his teeth.
- And in the episode were Lisa enters the Sundance movie festival we learn Skinner has written a screen play called "killing Seymour's Mother".
- Don't forget the carnival game when she nags him about failing and he starts trying to win the knife.
Celebrity Guest Stars show up in Springfield due to it being in another universeOne thing that supports this is that no one knows where Springfield is in the USA, Springfield (and surrounding towns) is in a parallel universe and celebrities are somehow zapped through a wormhole or a tear in reality and become yellow with 4 finger and forget everything from their universe after leaving Springfield, they just lose their memories of what just happened when they come back.
The series The Simpsons is attempting to bring about the end of the world.In a few years, the show will have used 30-40% of all celebrities in existence. On December 12, 2012, an episode will air featuring Summer Glau, Drew Carey and Kevin Bacon. This will cause the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon to compress and eventually collapse in on itself, taking the rest of the world with it.
- Or Homer will reveal that he was a sparkling vampire that used a really strong sunscreen to not sparkle, all the time. Or both.
- As an oblique reference to this, the writers decided to name the detergent "Mr. Sparkle".
- Jossed, it's already past December 12, 2012 and that hasn't happened yet.
- Key word is "attempt."
Nelson Muntz grew up, built a time machine, and came back as Barney Gumble.Just look at the two next to each other; the resemblance is uncanny.
- Alternatively, Barney Gumble is Muntz' real father and no one (including both of them) knows or even suspects it.
- Jossed, Mr. Muntz made an appearance in last season.
- Maybe that wasn't the real Mr. Muntz. It could have just been a drunk hobo who was extremely suggestible. There's no proof that they're related except for his backstory that could have easily been fabricated.
- Or his mother cheated on him with Barney, as she's implied to be rather promiscuous.
- Barney was shown to be a sperm donor in an early episode, with several women having kids resembling him.
- Jossed, Mr. Muntz made an appearance in last season.
Alternatively, Barney is another relative of Nelson.Nelson's father looks a lot like an older Barney Gumble. They're half-brothers; Eddie Muntz from her marriage with the Judge, and Barney Gumble from her marriage with the veteran Arnie. By extension, that makes him the half-uncle of Nelson Muntz. They don't mention it in-show because Eddie is embarrassed of his boozing sibling, and doesn't let him have contact with the family.
"Eddie" and "Lou" are titles, not namesI got the idea from this quote:
Wiggum: And Eddie, you're promoted to Lou.
Eddie: Nice. And, uh, who's gonna be Eddie?
Wiggum: We don't need an Eddie.
Superdude the gerbil really shot Mr. Burns.Don't believe me? Open your eyes to the truth!
- Or, Superdude set the wheels of motion of Mr. Burns being shot by being a ''Magnificent Bastard'
The entire series exists in a warped reality.The earliest sign? During the episode where Bart becomes a scout he points out the inaccurate tenting technique used in an Itchy and Scratchy episode, where Lisa points out that cartoons don't have to be realistic. At which point Homer walks by the living room window even though he's sitting behind them on the couch. This is how we know that no matter what happens in continuity, it won't be constant! The Simpsons live in a world were physics do not exist!
The entire city of Springfield changes its location every week.It has the power to travel to any place in the USA, much like the mansion in Popotan can in Japan. Also, like in Popotan, the residents never age. The only major difference is that it doesn't jump forward in time when it moves.
The city of Springfield was built by Bloody Stupid Johnson.This explains the rapidly shifting geography and impossibility to locate.
An Eldritch Abomination has taken root in Springfield.This thing also has reality warping abilities that prevent time from moving forward as part of its goals. Only time is moving forward at the same time it isn't. This is what allows Springfielders to acknowledge past events despite never aging. The mass Flanderization is a side effect of people reliving existence continuously while moving forward. The one thing it has problems dealing with is death, thus why dead characters tend to remain dead.
The Flanderization is all due to the machinations of the Cult of SkaroAlright, this might need some explanation, the characters of The Simpsons' universe, along with Family Guy and South Park are being manipulated by the Cult of Skaro, who are making the characters behave in a way they wouldn't do normally, allowing the characters to help them proceed to their ultimate goal; reality itself being conquered. They are using different tactics with each universe; with this one, Sec, realising that he can't simply use stupidity to his advantage, is being cleverer and more manipulative, using each of the characters' flaws to his advantage (e.g. Homer's gullible tendencies, depression and worry that he amounts to nothing and Marge's worry about the safety of her family). Bart and Lisa? Deliberately working with Sec and are currently manipulating others into helping them. In Bart's case, it's because he simply signed up For the Lulz. In Lisa's case, it's because she genuinely believes (or knows) that working with Sec will make her universe, as well as others, a better place, making her a Well-Intentioned Extremist who believes Utopia Justifies the Means.
Everything will soon hit the fanAlright, this might need some explanation, possible crossovers between The Simpsons, Family Guy (with possibly American Dad thrown in the mix) and/or South Park will, probably, be Crisis Crossovers with one underlying threat continuing through seasons of both shows, with special comic one-shot tie-ins. As for possible threats:
- Precursors: Possibly reptillian humanoids or highly-evolved apes. These precursors could emerge in one of two ways:
- A genetic plague, possibly embedded in human mtDNA (due to experiments conducted on the mitochondrial Eve) emerges and begins making humans extinct. A character ends up sent back in time 102,000 years to a time when Paleolithic humans were locked in a battle for the future of the planet with these precursor creatures, one of whom plans to defeat the humans with the plague that will ensure his (or her) race's dominance over Earth. The character (or characters) find the mitochondrial Eve (possibly with the help of a Token Good Teammate precursor) and save her from the virus, thus ensuring the survival of the human race 102,000 years hence.
- The precursors are discovered cryogenically frozen and hold the secret numeric codes to the Bible that foretell the end of civilization. It would be revealed that there is a code inscribed in the Bible that predicts all historical events. The precursors were there at the beginning and influenced human religion over thousands of years, putting the code in to either foreshadow their return or ensure their discovery so they can emerge again.
- Transformers: The Transformers came to Earth for some reason and are currently infiltrating Springfield, Quahog and South Park simutaneously. Somwething will happen to make them reveal themselves, with some characters (i.e. the Simpson family, Stan, Kyle) siding with the Autobots and others (e.g. Sideshow Bob, Stewie, Cartman) with the Decepticons. The story will end with Stan Smith talking to Avery Bullock over the phone about the Autobot/Decepticon battle and (possibly) the events of the one-shots. Bullock will say something like "Well, it's time to fight fire with fire" and the camera pans up to reveal deacivated Transformers (possibly beast-formers like the Dinobots, Maximals or Predacons or Seekers e.g. Jetifire, Ransack). This will set up a sequel.
- Kaiju: A Godzilla crossover in which giant monsters (initially Godzilla, Rodan and Anguirus, with possibly others appearing later on)begin appearing and wreaking havoc across Earth. It will focus on characters who survived the destruction that the monsters initially created and their struggle to live amongst these giants.
Lisa is actually Al GoreEnvironmental obsession, everyone?
- Her talk in the movie was called An Irritating Truth.
Springfield is a Traction CityThis would answer the the age-old question: Why is Springfield a coastal city one day and landlocked the next? Simple: between the episodes, the citizens simply put the city on wheels and move to another location. The reason being time in the past, the Mayor of Springfield (possibly as a misinterpretation of orders during the Vietnam War) literally mobilized the city. However, instead of practicing Municipal Darwinism, they simply go along trading with the locals.
The reason no one ever ages in this (or almost every cartoon) is due to cartoons living in an alternate universeWe'll use the Springfield Universe in this case. One Springfieldian year (as in 1 year for their species, like dog years) is MUCH longer than ours (as far as I can tell it's over 20 years), but 1 calendar year is still 365 days. That is why Abe and Mr. Burns are both WWI and WWII Vets when the last WWI Vet is almost dead (if not already).
Homer Dies All The Time EverWhenever some event happens that should logically result in Homer's death, he does in fact die, and the rest of the episode takes place in a new reality created by his brain, which he is then brought back to life in. Because Homer would have remained dead in the time it takes his brain to create a new reality, brain cells start dying, making him stupider. Every continuity error or instance of Flanderization, is a result of Homer's decaying mind not able to completely recreate the previous reality. The series will end when the last of his brain cells finally die.
- That would explain how someone as stupid as Homer could be a nuclear engineer- he used to be smart (even with the crayon in his brain).
- Alternatively: Homer is suffering the same fate as the Bikura in the Hyperion Cantos—at some point he ran across the Shrike which implanted a cruciform in him which guaranteed a sort of immortality and, like the Bikura, each regeneration diminishes his intelligence
Homer is a literal example of quantum immortalityEvery time Homer does something stupid that should result in his death or maiming the show switches to an alternate reality where he somehow survives. With time Homer, who started off with sub-par intelligence, comes to ignore everyone around him who warns him about danger because they've been wrong literally every time in the past. Hence his Flanderization as the series has progressed. With some adjustments this could explain why there's so little change in the town and why all the characters become more and more extremely caricatured with time - the idea behind quantum suicide is applied not just to death but also to major negative consequences to all actions for most of the towns inhabitants most of the time. Because none of the towns natives ever suffer any real negative reinforcement due to their actions they never learn to termper their behaviour to make themselves more acceptable to the world at large.
Homer really did sleep with Mindy, he just imagined she was Marge"Marge" is wearing the exact same dress and it's in the exact same hotel room. Homer just imagines she was Marge to relive his guilt.
Kirk and Luanne Van Houten (Milhouse's parents) are first cousins about a dozen generations removed.Anyone can see that they look almost identical, even without eyeglasses. Plus, it's been established that Luanne was born in Shelbyville, and Shelbyville was established by a settler partner of Jebediah Springfield's who wanted to legalize incest. The Van Houtens are one of the original Shelbyville settler families who later repudiated incest; they consciously split the family up in about 1890, with different relatives relocating to different communities, so they wouldn't be tempted to "experiment" anymore. Kirk's great-grandparents moved to Springfield and renamed themselves "Van Houten"; they never told any of their descendants about their shameful past, which is why Kirk believes that he and his wife have roots in separate towns. The fact that Luanne looks so much like him never made him suspicious because Kirk is mildly mentally retarded and as a child was told by his mother that "every boy wants a girl who reminds him of his mother" - and Kirk took it literally.
- In a new episode someone taunts Bart and Lisa for bickering like they are together, and both of them act appropriatly disgusted, in Lisa's words "He's my brother!". But Milhouse then says "But I thought my parents were siblings?". Bart once asked them if they were related but they denied it.
- I don't think that Shelbyville was founded by a guy who was ACTUALLY an incest advocate, just that Grandpa was telling the story, and he was biased towards Springfield. If you watch the episode, a lot of things he said about Shelbyville were very odd, ever for The Simpsons Universe. That said, I agree with you that Milhouse's parents actually are closely related.
- In a new episode someone taunts Bart and Lisa for bickering like they are together, and both of them act appropriatly disgusted, in Lisa's words "He's my brother!". But Milhouse then says "But I thought my parents were siblings?". Bart once asked them if they were related but they denied it.
- Seems confirmed; in "Let's Go Fly a Coot", Milhouse reveals his parents are first cousins, and has an interest in his own cousin. Luanne has an Italian mother, Nana Sophie, and her last name is Mussolini. So I'm assuming she's the immigrant sister of Kirk's father.
Abe and Mona Simpson were already related before marriage.Similar to the previous WMG. This is the only way to fit 'The Color Yellow' into the (admittedly feeble) continuity. Abe was descended from Virgil and Mabel, while Mona was descended from Eliza's part of the family after Hiram remarried.
- If so, this means Lisa is related to Milhouse from both her paternal grandparents.
Lester and Eliza are descended from Eliza Simpson.This explains why they look so much like Bart and Lisa. Presumably, their entire family consists of Simpsons lookalikes.
Lester and Eliza's father is Guy Incognito (Homer's lookalike)
Springfield exists on a floating continent somewhere above the U.S.Take into mind that such contains not only Springfield, but at least Shelbyville and Capitol City as well. It's obviously a large enough landmass that it can have its own highways, airports, and so forth, but small enough that the garbage of other cities can cause the end of "Trash of the Titans" - incidentally, a part of the continent must be uninhabitable due to it. It stays high enough that it can appear to border Nevada, Ohio, Maine, and Kentucky from the vantage point of the highest mountains, but can come low enough to enable the Simpsons rapid transit via car or train to places like New York or Florida. Incidentally, in-universe people don't seem to care, have become used to it, or perhaps convince themselves that Springfield doesn't actually exist.
Bart is strawberry blond.In one episode he has been shown to have natural red hair. He said he dyed it blond. Even when he was little it was blond. So he probably has very dark strawberry blond. Ignore the impossibilities of this theory. The Simpsons isn't sensible.
The show was originally supposed to take place during The 60s.The early Tracey Ullman shorts seem kind of... retro, even for the 80s. In some shorts, their TV looks like it was made in the 50s, and it comes complete with a rabbit-ears antenna. Matt Groening has said that Marge's hair was inspired by the "beehive" hairstyle that was popular at the time. It could be possible that the entire show began as a nostalgic look at Matt's childhood.
Hans Moleman is a Promethean.Everyone hates him for no reason whatsoever, he's rather hideous (so that just rules out Galateans), and he's literally died and come back to life several times.
Ralph Wiggum is smarter than he appears.In fact, he's above-average in intelligence. One episode, where he was a presidential candidate (don't ask) and the left- and right-wings were hounding him to be on their side, Lisa tries to comfort him. She said that he shouldn't let them use him. Ralph says, "well maybe I want to use them." He then tells her (in a childish way) how he would improve the country. If the comics are to be believed (and they're probably not), Ralph was shown to have an eidetic memory. Lisa took advantage of this and helped him get a B+ on a history test. (He would've gotten a better mark if he didn't write about Lincoln's head melting.) Perhaps he is smart, but lacks the confidence to display it.
Homer is Obfuscating Stupidity.He never had Moe put the crayon back in his brain - he worried that he would have died and left his family in despair. This would account for several outbursts of higher intelligence (such as having a high grasp on the concept of a think tank, sarcastically pointing out little-known facts about European history); his masquerade is slipping.
"Miracle on Evergreen Terrace" is the final episode out of order.Somebody (I forget who) made this suggestion on the DVD commentary for the episode.
They are all suffering from jaundice.
- And this proves it.
- That video also proves that Homer is Bill from King of the Hill's twin.
- Futurama proves that a strain of body-encompassing jaundice does indeed exist◊, and The Simpsons is simply placed in a world where everyone suffers from it.
- Jossed in New Kid on the Block, where Bart is seen taking a bath and says "Sometimes a guy just likes his skin to look it's yellowest."
Homer's Flanderization is the result of head injury.When Homer crashed down the Springfield Chasm, he suffered brain damage that is causing him to be more of a Jerkass, and more injuries make him even less intelligent. Marge puts up with him because he's become mentally ill, which is why he gets away with a lot
Flander's bad luck from 'When Flanders Failed' never went away.In a very Fridge Horror way, Flanders' life has become increasingly worse since then. Instead of Homer fixing the problem, it only made it slightly better. Homer's wish caused the hurricane to destroy Flanders' house and make him go mad, get married to a Vegas hooker, get Maude accidentally killed, have his Bible-based park get closed down, have said hooker return for a short while and undoubtedly confuse his kids, have trouble finding another lover, his Flanderization of getting angrier in each season, and so on. Most of the above events, by the way, were mostly caused by Homer. Homer inadvertently caused misery for the rest of Flanders' life (or at least until it's fixed).
There is little to no continuity due to time travel.Professor Frink has already invented a time machine, and his messing around leads to Flanderization and no continuity. This is also why Springfield can't be found; Frink's time-traveling is changing where Jebediah settled in America and sometimes where buildings were put.
- Not just that, but he's basically screwed over the time stream. That's why no-one ages, even if a measurable amount of time passes. The rest of the planet, (asides from Shelbyville), is unaffected for the most part. Due to the Timey-Wimey Ball, they retain some memories of previous episodes.
Springfield is trapped in a Time Loop.We know it isn't as simple as Negative Continuity, because they refer to previous events. The reason for this is because Springfield(and Shelbyville) is stuck in a time loop, where every year it resets at most two years. However, there's a certain extent of Ripple Effect-Proof Memory, so each version of the year is different from the last. Certain events, such as Maude's death, are constants that can't be negated. Different origin stories are the result of conflicting memories, which causes Flanderization. The rest of the planet is immune from this, hence why it hasn't stayed 1990. This is likely due to the above theory of Frink messing around with time travel, creating the Time Loop. Whenever Negative Continuity is averted, its because the Time Loop is an imperfect one-some events remain, but the timeline is struggling to make sense of them. That, and some events are likely to repeat each time loop.
- It's possible that time froze in 1991 or 1992. Lisa turns 8 and stays 8 in that episode. According to the Simpsons Wiki, Lisa was born on May 9th and Bart was born on April 1st. "Stark Raving Dad" was a holdover episode from Season 2, meaning that it probably would have aired in May. "Radio Bart" would have to take place on 4/1/92 for this theory to work, but it's possible that time froze in between Bart's 11th (or 10th?) birthday and Lisa's 9th birthday. Other birthday episodes like "The Dad Who Knew Too Little" would all have to take place on their respective days, but it all fits when you think about it. Of course, for any part of either of these theories to work, "That 90's Show" has to be considered non-canon.
Mr Burns is undead.In the early seasons, he seemed pretty normal for his age. But now,he's a pathetically weak old man, incapable of simple tasks. The reasons for this is simple-Mr Burns isn't actually alive. At some point, he ended up dying, but he made a Deal with the Devil so he'd stay alive. The result is a body only able to function due to the powers of Satan. Any character incosistencies are the result of having a dead brain. The reason Burns harvests organs is to find a way of being truly alive.
Some day in the future, The Simpsons will be the longest running TV series in human historyWell ... does anybody doubt it?
- Sesame Street would have to be canceled first; they've been going for over 40 seasons.
- As would Doctor Who. Including both the old and the new series they've done 31 seasons, and they're about to start the 32nd.
- If we're including all genres and all timeslots, we'd have to get rid of The Tonight Show too, and then The Simpsons would have to last another 35 years, which is still over twice how long it's been on now. Good luck.
- Considering how most people think the series has decayed over time, I really hope this isn't the case.
Moleman is Kenny McCormick's grandfather of Kenny in about 60/70 yearsThis would explain how many times he's died
- Alternatively, the Cthulhu cultists were at least 26 years early in their actions.
- Moleman once said that he was 34 years old. The reason he looks so old is a result he's slowly mutating into a proper Cthulhu spawn. It would explain why reality hates him.
Springfield's state is really......the State of Existence.
The show's seemingly never-ending run is really Spring Time For Hitler by Matt Groening.Think about it: by the time Season 9 was coming to a close, Groening decided he had enough. He felt the show had a nice run and that it was time to move on. Unfortunately, the show was still a cash cow and Groening knew damn well that the cash-mongering executives at Fox wouldn't can the show just yet. So what better way to abandon your fanbase than to make your show Jump the Shark? Going into season 10, Groening did everything he could to make the show as bad as possible (the jerkassination of Homer, Flanderization, crappy jokes, the works). This plan would've worked...if the show still didn't get substantial ratings. Groening now suffers the consequences and has been forced to create 10+ seasons (and counting!) ever since, thanks to Fox. When will Groening's ingenious plan finally work? Only time will tell...
- Not unprecedented; Springtime For Hitler was a hit.
Randall from Recess is Moe Syzslak as a child.His status carried on through his childhood and he eventually decided to open a bar.
- Jossed in episodes where we see Moe as a kid, such as The Way We Weren't and Springfield Up.
A future Treehouse of Horror episode will feature a Soul Eater parody.Okay, the likelyhood is very low, but how kickass would that be?
The Simpsons takes place in The Sims 1 universeThat's why they never age, and why Homer can quit and get his job back so easily.
Nelson and Lisa Simpson still have feelings for each other, or in the future will have a romance.Nelson always shows his "good side" when with Lisa, and the new episode Loan-a-Lisa they hold hands (for *support*) and rollerskate together. Their past relationship is one of the few things referanced often. Some of the writers have admitted to liking the pairing as well.
Homer is a pyrokinetic, and doesn't know it.Remember that episode where he somehow sets breakfast cereal on fire? Or that episode where he lightly strokes a christmas tree and it bursts into flames? Or that episode where he and a bunch of his drunk buddies drive carelessly in his car in the school, causing a soccer goal to explode for no apparent reason? Rule of funny aside, this is the best possible explanation.
- Homer isn't just a pyrokinetic, but can manipulate any kind of radiation. This would explain why in "Homer Goes To College", he causes a radioactive meltdown without any nuclear material.
Krusty married Princess Penelope.He mentioned being married in the newest season. Why not?
Grandpa Simpson was making up the story of the Simpsons being decendants of black people.He just made all that up to make Lisa feel better. Seriously, he even says so himself that most of his stories are total bull. He's a dodering, senile old man.
The Simpson's are not related to Virgil at all.The only reason Grandpa brought it up is because Lisa was upset. Along with the fact that it wasn't written in the cookbook with the other story about Eliza and Virgil, and that Homer looks just like Hiram, and it was just said by Grandpa to cheer up his granddaughter.
- That's what the WMG above you says.
- This also means that The Simpsons are not 1/64 black.
The A Plot of "Flaming Moe" was partially based on my Fan Fic Day Under The SunPlot gets kicked off by Mr. Burns and Smithers having some sort of squabble? Check. Smithers gets Moe to help him get what he wants from Mr. Burns? Check. Moe/Smithers Ship Tease despite Moe being fully aware that he is straight due to feeling down? Checkity check. I wrote it two seasons ago, plenty of time for them to find it.note
Springfield technically has a one child policyExcept that you're allowed to apply for an exemption. The pattern of acceptance for such means it's more like a 'Stop having kids once you get a healthy girl' policy. Hence:
- Sheri and Terri are only children because they're both girls and at least one of them is healthy.
- The Octuplets aren't getting any more siblings (whether their parents want them to or not) because they're not all boys and at least one girl is healthy.
- The Flanders got their first boy, applied for permission to have a second child. When that child was another boy, they decided God didn't want them to have a daughter and gave up.
- The Simpsons' first child (Bart) was a boy. Their second child was sickly at birth (Lisa) hence why their application to have a third child (Maggie) was granted. Lisa got better, but after they were given permission to have Maggie.
- Lots of parents seem to have older sisters so this policy was introduced shortly before Bart et al's generation.
- Cletus is a special case. He gets away with it under the 'Cultural Exemption Act' i.e. he's treated as a 'farmer' in relation to the real China's policy for equality reasons.
- Except Bart, Lisa and Maggie were all accidents. And Lisa seemed healthy when we saw her as a baby/toddler.
Bart vs. Lisa vs. the Third Grade isn't too memorable to some people.The episode, at one point, implies Springfield to be in Illinois, and yet most fans still don't know Where the Hell Is Springfield?. Now the only reason why nobody else knows where Springfield is (as of 2002, the airdate of that episode) is because they barely or not at all remember that episode.
Milhouse is in love with Bart.We know that Milhouse has been madly infatuated with Lisa for years on the show, right? But in Double, Double Boy in Trouble, he falls in love with Bart's fake sister Quenley immediately after he sees her and with nary a thought to Lisa. When Bart points this out, Milhouse confidently answers, "Yeah, but that [with Lisa] was never gonna happen." What's really going on is that Milhouse is actually in love with Bart, but being only a ten year old boy he can't cope with the emotional strain of realising that he's gay (remember how the school psychiatrist had him classified as "flamboyantly homosexual"?) so he transfers his feelings to the nearest thing he can ever have to Bart — Bart's sister. It doesn't matter who she actually is, Milhouse will always have unrequited feelings for some female relative of his best friend because she represents the person he can never have.
- B: Do you think my mom is cool? M: No, I think she's HOT! Hmmm... perhaps.
Harry Shearer can criticize The Simpsons because he is too invaluable to replace.He's the only one on the crew to admit that the show has Jumped the Shark long ago. (Remember, even if people disagree on when, most people think it has.) But because he plays virtually half the male supporting cast, it would not be worth it for Fox and Gracie Films to replace him. They would have to hire at least a dozen more people to replace the voices of all the characters he voices. And they simply cannot kill or otherwise get rid of all of them, or even half of them.
- Most people think it's jumped the shark, but a chunk of those people think it has recovered since around season 21.
- Jossed due to the fact that Shearer has quit the show following the end of Season 26.
Jasper Beardley is Otto Mann's maternal grandfatheror possibly uncle.
Selma Bouvier only marries characters voiced by recurring guest starsThat's why she married Sideshow Bob (voiced by Kelsey Grammer), Lionel Hutz (voiced by Phil Hartman), Troy Mc Clure (also voiced by Hartman), and Disco Stu (originally voiced by Hartman). Her next husband will either be Fat Tony (voiced by Joe Mantegna) or if she possesses any of her twin sister's lesbian tendencies, Lindsey Naegle or Cookie Kwan (both voiced by Tress Mac Neille.
- Actually, I just found out that Selma recently married Abraham Simpson (voiced by regular Dan Castellaneta), but since that episode (and the one where she married Disco Stu) took place after the series jumped the shark, those two marriages are non-canon.
- Whoa! You're right! She does marry Fat Tony in the next episode!
In the episode where Sideshow Bob tries to kill Selma, Homer was in on the planThe reason for this is because he hated Selma. Whose idea was it to go for a walk when Selma is watching Mcguyver? Homer's. The reason Bob needed Homer to say this idea is because if the idea came from someone else, and Marge could witness it, then Bob would look less suspicious for leaving the room at that exact time. When Bart tries to explain that Sideshow Bob is going to kill Selma, Homer doesn't really not understand what Bart is saying, Homer is just stalling for time.
Regarding Krusty is only illiterate when it comes to EnglishKrusty is illiterate in the first few seasons. His family is Jewish and he probably is bilingual in English and Yiddish or Hebrew. He can speak English but can only read the other language. It's possible his grandparents from Eastern Europe lived with him as a kid and didn't speak English. The cue cards on his show were also in another language. He then didn't learn to read and write English til he was an adult.
- He probably reads Hebrew or Arabic just fine, based on "Today I am a Clown" since he went through with his Aliyah with nary a hitch, based on the amount of prep he had.
Every Three Seasons of the Simpsons represent one year in Springfield, and all of the characters are actually slightly older than the perspective of the show admitsIn Season Three, Bart and Lisa turned 10 and 8 respectively. At that point the show was in its third season. Since there have been 24 seasons, if the show operated on a three season per year timetable, and Bart and Lisa started out as 9 and 7 respectively than at the current time Bart would be 16 and Lisa would be 14. There have been complaints that Lisa's activism and persona don't work if she's still 8, but if she's really 14 her persona may make more sense. As to why there still in a public school run by "Seymour Skinner" Springfield is a terrible town that Houses it's entire public school program within the confines of what was once simply Springfield Elementary back when the Simpson family first welcomed Santa's Little Helper into their midst. All of the direct mentions of age are part of some kind of skewed perspective, exactly who's skewed perspective it is that makes us think Bart is still ten in universe is open to interpretation. But it might be the parents in the family, unwilling to admit their children are growing up. The main problem with this theory is of course Maggie, though of course, the skewed perspective might be at work there too. Perhaps Maggie is actually seven, and Homer and Marge continue to see her as a baby because they won't accept their children gradually growing up. Given Maggie's demonstrated intelligence, I can't think of another explanation for her behavior according to this theory. I'll admit this is a entirely unlikely theory, but if the show may actually be a matter of alternate universes or Truman Show shenanigans, is a show with the false perspective impossible?
Ned and Edna won't stay together.Seriously, Status Quo Is God. They'll either sabotage the vote or break them up two seasons later.
- Pretty much confirmed by Actor Existence Failure - Edna is to be written out of the show completely due to voice actress Marcia Wallace's death.
Bart will get a bear at some point.Remember 'They'll Never Stop the Simpsons'? "Marge becomes a robot" was done as a cutaway gag in "The Heartbroke Kid", "how bout a crazy wedding" happened in 'Rome-old and Juli-eh'... it's only a matter of time before he gets that bear.
- Didnt Lisa have a bear in 18x2 Jazzy and the Pussycats?
- Bart already has a bear and it's living in the basement.
They keep it locked up so that he wont kill again
The Simpson family are cosmic horrors.They just have no clue about it. First off is Abraham Simpson, who's Lovecraftian Superpower allows him and Mr Burns to remain the same age during WWII, despite Comic-Book Time making them younger and younger during then. Homer Simpson, being his son, is next. He has the capabilities of surviving every injury thrown at him, however this causes stupidity. As mentioned above, Lisa and Bart have a Status Quo Is God effect. All members of the Simpson family have the inherent ability to randomly alter history, at during their lifespans. All Simpsons have this ability, originating from their common Eldritch Abomination ancestor, Jebediah Simpson.
Moe Syzslak is the trapped soul of a dead man, forced to atone for his sins before being allowed passage into the next life.
- (His visibility to others may be explained by his bizarre ventures into variations of Voodoo.) Think about the extremity of Moe's morality. Either he is a greedy, self-serving, two-faced little rat (Insurance fraud, death threats) or practically Jesus (reading books to sick children and the poor, saving people from burning cars and forests, personally throwing care packages to those in impoverished nations). Clearly, these good deeds are attempts to cleanse his soul with a quicker pace. His presence as a supernatural being would explain his aversion to holy water, and the fact that his countless suicide attempts never work is probably the effect of his inability to die.
There is a subconcius Reality Warper in the simpson family but it's Marge not HomerI noticed that Marge has a trouble accepting her kids growing up as well as change in general so would subconciously create a world were kids never age and Status Quo Is God and I think the reasons for there being a reality warper in the core family have been stated above.
Marge is a robotJust humour me here... She is extremely strong, and when she's revealed to be left-handed, you notice how her right hand has slightly above average coordination, while her left is extremely skilled. She rarely (if ever?) is out of breath. She is usually the Only Sane Person, but is occasionally over-organised, for instance her obsession with cleaning before the cleaners arrived. Maybe her suburban existance is Marge in hiding. Hell, she could be an escaped Stepford Wife. Or a forgotten Cylon.
Ralph Wiggum isn't stupid, he just has severe mental health disorders.Earlier episodes such as This little Wiggy show Ralph as being more strange and immature for his age than stupid, and also imply he has an incredibly overactive imgination and possibly is schizophrenic (he imagined an elf telling him to burn things at one point). Ralph's increasing stupidity over the seasons isn't to do with Flanderization, its that his mental health is worsening as he grows older, not allowing him to function properly.
A Gypsy cursed Jebadiah Springfield.I always theorized that sometimes in the past, Jebadiah Springfield (under his original name Hans Sprungfeld the Pirate) must've angered a Gypsy who put him under the curse of "You will be founder of a town of idiots and fools" and so years later he did and this can explain why 90% of Springfield's citizens are total idiots, how Lisa and a handful of others escaped this curse is beyond me.
In the Simpsons universe Whites and Asians places in history where invertedHence why the white cast are yellow and the Asian characters look white
Bart and Lisa wished for everyone in Springfield and Shelbyville to stop aging so they could be kids forever on December 24, 1990The second when it struck midnight and 1991 began, everyone in Springfield and Shelbyville ceased to get any older. This explains why no one ever ages, and nobody seems to notice this in over 22 years. Additionally, it also affects the other people's memories and when they happened (such as the births of Bart and Lisa) and sense of time passing. When Homer recalled various times when he was injured from about 15 years back, he thought it all happened in a week. However, Bart and Lisa are still aware of time passing, which has been shown sometimes such as Lisa mentioning earlier events that happened in 1990 while still being the same age in 1994 and when Bart thinks that he's not a kid anymore after he loses his last baby tooth (and this happened when he should be 24 and when Lisa should be 22).
Springfield has been moved more than onceIn the 200th episode, Springfield is moved building by building due to the trash pile up. It's possible that the town gets moved due to disasters quite often, possibly from state to state. If it's a different state it's one that includes a Shelbyville and Capital City is what they say to the audience to keep us guessing. That also explains why Springfield's geography changes, why it's said to "border" four different states that are geographically far away from each other, why people in Springfield have accents from all over the country, and why new parts of the city such as Little Seattle and the Russian district appear out of nowhere. This explains why some characters' living situations change in some episodes. This actually happens again in the 500th episode
The Simpsons is in the same universe as Neon Genesis EvangelionProof—This girl is a dead ringer for Rei Ayanami, possibly a spare clone that slipped the net. She's also as talkative as the "real" Rei (that is, she doesn't talk at all). This reader is not sure what the implications of this are, but they are unfortunate.
Lisa is a powerful reality warper who has the whole town under her thumb.Which explains why all the recent episodes give her the most focus, and she is able to get away with some incredibly dickish things (IE: Million Dollar Abie.)
Certain episodes aren't canon, and certain are.To reiterate, here's a guide
- Any episode refered to in a future episode is likely canon. Any episode important to the Simpsons mythos is definitely canon.
- Any episode with mention of the year is non-canon. The exception being episodes which are essential to the mythos: in this case, they may be canon, but mention of the year is not.
- The maximum duration of the canon is about 2 years, based on Maggie being a baby. Any episode where Springfield Elementary is included logically takes place during her 1st year.
- The series is in a Anachronism Stew.
This series takes place about 1000 years agoSee an episode that says humans will get more fingers due to evolution.
- JOSSED FOR LIFE! Various episodes actually do mention the present year being the same year that the episode aired in.
The final episode will make it clear we'll never see the Simpsons againWhile at the same time making a point of all the many secondary characters Springfield still has to offer for potential new stories. Of course, a spin-off series will follow and receive very mixed reviews.
- They already kind of did that in The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase. But because Status Quo Is God, the Simpsons came back.
The next Treehouse of Horror episode will contain a segment that is a Shout-Out to Higurashi: When They Cry.
- While Homer is in Springfield he notices a murder in Springfield that happened twenty years ago. He asks his father Abe about it, and Abe will appear with cat eyes saying that nothing happened. Bart then sneaks up, and cuts Homer's arm with a ratchet, and Homer strangles him. Soon, Springfield is destroyed, and time seems to repeat itself.
The writers of the new episodes have never seen the old onesJossed for at least a few of them, such as Michael Price, who clearly must have seen all of those episodes where Homer was injured (the clips were reshown in an episode from Season 20 written by him) and Joel H. Cohen, who must have seen the episode A Milhouse Divided because events from that episode were brought up again in an episode in Season 20 written by him.
Bart secretly has a crush on KrabappelHe passed the fourth grade, despite that he still stays in school. She always turns to him whenever she has an emotional problem and he is happy to help her out. She even remarked in one episode that Bart is the closest thing to a man in her life. Last but not least in one of the fortune telling episodes where Bart is a teen she tries unsuccessfully to seduce him while being Homer's wingman.
- I can't remember what episode this was in, but in one when Bart was daydreaming about getting high grades, he smacks her butt to thank her for giving him a good grade.
Matt Groening and/or the writers have Perverse Sexual Lust for LisaExplains a lot.
The "Frank Nelson Type" or as Homer calls him "That Jerk That Goes Ye-e-e-es?" is Stalking Homer.It could explain why is it when Homer goes to a store, he keeps seeing this guy. It can be assumed that in order to get closer to Homer he must have different jobs depending on Homer's location, especially Costington's. it's obvious because he seems so happy to see Homer and Homer is the only Simpson who mostly interacts with this guy so therefore this guy is gay for Homer... but not for Moleman!
The last season will involve revoking the Status Quo Is God.It's only fitting that, if its the end, they might as well do something they've never done before(and they've done a lot). Examples of what they could do can be posted below, as well as a scenario.
- Abe Simpson's death. Considering Homer's "daddy issues", it would be quite interesting to see what emotions he might go through, and how the family will react to one another. I see it as this: the family ends up forgetting/ignoring a routine visit to the Retirement place, unaware that Abe suffered a heart attack due to Jasper cutting in line to his meds. As Abe spends his last days in a hospital bed, there will be massive tension between Homer and Abe. Homer will end up using this time to call the old man out for his poor and abusive parenting skills, and letting this contribute to the way he is. Marge and the kids will call Homer out, but Homer will stand by his words. Pissed off, he'll leave the family to "think about things". At Moe's bar, he'll start talking about it. Moe, being the Jerk with a Heart of Gold we love, will point out that he's being a Jerkass, and should really think if Abe deserved those words. Homer will think about it, and then realise that, while mean, Abe really tried to/does love his son, and is much like himself in that regard. Cue Homer bawling his eyes out, feeling that his dad will die with sadness and hate for what he said. Surprisingly, Grandpa appears in the bar, apologizing for what he's done. Homer will smile hard, saying "it's okay dad, you don't need to apologize." They'll have a last beer together, and Abe will die in peace, with a grin on his face. Commence crying.
- Season 24 has thus far had two Grandpa centric episodes that show him in a more positive light. This could very well happen.
- Lisa and Bart finally moving up a year and how they cope with that. Likewise, Maggie could start talking, but her speech could remain not heard by the viewer (similar to episodes set in the future.
Bart is The AntichristAt the end of Gone Maggie Gone, he does end up turning everything into a living hell.
The man from the gas company in "That 90's Show" was a disgraced Ass. Prof. AugustHis nose is different, but he could've had reconstructive surgery after his Department head hit him in the face. He was fired shortly after his PHD (pound head down) He now works at the gas company because he couldn't find another job, and he gained weight over the years. The gas man even starts to tell a story about how he once loved and lost. He doesn't recognize Homer and Marge because it's been so long and Marge is now married.
The writer(s) of Boys of Bummer and Million Dollar Abie has/have/had serious issuesObviously
Astrid from "Mom and Pop Art" is Astrid from White Oleander grown upIt would explain her preference for outsider art. Weller is her middle name or whatever.
Homer Simpson is immortal, or at the very least has superhuman endurance.Think about it: not only has he gotten over injuries that would maim or kill an average human being, but he has actually "died" on rare occasion(for example, his heart stopping in "Homer's Triple Bypass", causing his spirit to leave his body but later to return to it for cake). Despite a horrendous diet, he's only overweight. He even was punished by eating toxic nuclear waste and it didn't seem to affect him at all. My guess is that Homer Simpson somehow gained immortality, or at least an enormous Healing Factor from all the radioactivity he deals with. Hey, it mutated Lego Land, so mutating Homer isn't too much of a stress.
Lisa's eating disorder will return in a future episode and seriously debilitate her.Being the outcast + the constant pressure on herself to make perfect grades + dealing with her ever-slipping-deeper-into-insanity family...what the heck else COULD happen? Ralph or even Sideshow Bob of all people give Springfield "The Reason You Suck" Speech. The latter may however may just gloat on how he and the whole town are Not So Different and compliments them.
Sideshow Bob's final appearance will involve him becoming insane and animal-like in appearance.All of his pasts attempts to kill Bart finally take a toll on his mind and he becomes very insane and will try to forcefully murder Bart instead of putting him in a death trap such as trying to burn him alive.
Rod and Todd will actually turn up as background characters among the kids at Springfield Elementary.Their mom stayed dead, the Leftorium is still open and Ned and Edna are still married so apparently major changes in the Flanders' lives stick.
- They were shown at the school in earlier episodes, and Tod went with the other boys in the class to Shelbyville to save the lemon tree.
A future season will invoke South Park's You're Getting Old to explain all of Homer's shenanigans.
Mindy Simmons from "The Last Temptation of Homer" is the daughter or niece of Bea Simmons from "Old Money."In season 5 Homer is temped by a new coworker Mindy Simmons. A couple seasons earlier Bea Simmons is Grampa's love interest. Since they share a last name and are attracted to Simpson males of their generation, it is possible they may be related.
In the Simpson's universe, Springfeld is in it's OWN state.Think about it. It's often near oceans, mountins, old growth forests, deserts and so on. The town has more schools, hospitals, companies, and such things that most STATES would like to have in those sorts of numbers. Plus, Lisa points out that the West Springfeld oil wells area is three times the size of Texas, thus meaning that Springfeld must be in it's own state. Said state is the largest of them all, being even biggger then whole countries. The Earth here is much larger then ours to explain the extra room on North America, thus explaing why people like Comic Book Guy haven't just died by now and why the Simpson's plane is attacked by Godzilla and the like at the end of the episode in Japan, since by the laws of phyics, the weight of the creature's would squash their insides like Homer sitting on a ripe mango. And why the US maps look the same? Well, I guess the Simpsons like messing with people on a large scale.
- Jossed in Bart vs. Lisa vs. the Third Grade, which implies Springfield's state to be Illinois.
- This also josses the other WMGs of why Springfield "can never be found".
- Springfield's location on the map changes from time to time. Sometimes it's in the Rockies, sometimes it's in the Midwest, in one episode it's in Louisiana.
- This also josses the other WMGs of why Springfield "can never be found".
The answer to the kid's questions at the end of "Homer's Barbershop Quartet".Remeber the questions the kids had for Homer at the end of the episode? Lisa: How come we never heard about this until today? Bart: Yeah, and what happened to the money you made? Lisa: Why haven't you hung up your gold records? Bart: Since when could you write a song? They are all easy to answer. One, they're kids. The episode told us that the story took place when the kids where fairly young, so it's only natural that it's not an easy thing to remember off hand. Not to mention that TV has kind of messed up the kid's ability to recall stuff, especially Bart. Two, the money was burned off the same way the Simpsons usally burn off cash: Homer falling for scams, blowing it away on stuff like beer, going towards taxes, and stuff like that. Any of that money that is left, Marge must have put in a bank account that Homer can't access. Three, knowing that kids will be kids and would end up braking it, Homer put the gold records in the attic where Bart wouldn't try and smash it with a hammer or something. Plus, he probably doesn't want people constantly asking about it where telling the story becomes a chore. Four, one hit wonders happen all the time: Disco Duck, Mambo Number 5, Whoomp there it is, the list goes on. Plus, they wouldn't have even had a hit song in the first place if the "Baby on Board" sticker had not inspired Homer to write the song. Talent can sometimes be very inconsistent that way.
- However, Homer has written good songs when motivated (for example, the hit song he wrote about hating Flanders).
All episodes take place in an alternate timeline due to Homer's actions in Time and Punishment (Treehouse of Horror V)The lack of continuity between episodes and Springfield's inconsistent geography could be explained this way.
- Jossed in Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind.
Troy Mc Clure and Lionell Hutz will make one final appearance at the very last episode of the Simpsons, just so the fans can see them one last time before the show's ultimate conclusion
Doing DVD commentaries for older seasons inspired the writers and show runners to remember what made the show work in the first place.This explains a lot of the callbacks in later seasons, the uptick in quality in recent seasons after long ago Jumping the Shark, and return appearances of long forgotten characters. If you listen to the commentaries, they repeatedly talk about how they haven't used such-and-such for a long time, and sit watching and laughing at things they had done years ago and had forgotten about.
The treehouse of horror episodes are all nightmares/dreams the simpsons are having.Because the characters that get killed,transformed and eaten always appears fine in the later episodes so all the treehouse of horror episodes are just dreams,nightmares the simpsons are having.
Springfield is sitting on a giant deposit of Folsense GasThe main characters of the show never age, but time seems to pass (Bill Clinton appearing in an older episode but things like Ipads (Or "Mypads) appearing in later episodes). This could be explained as Comic-Book Time, but you have to admit, the symptoms of Folsense Gas are there. Perhaps Mr. Burns discovered the gas first, which is why he seems to be immortal even though he is ridiculously fragile and dependant on Smithers. That's why Homer is getting dumber and dumber (He's actually sixty, and is going senile like his father) and Lisa is becoming increasingly intelligent (She's in her twenties, and should be going to university), among other things. The reason Springfield isn't in any state is because it has been isolated from society (because of the gas) to the point where it could be in ANY state. The events of the movie weren't just caused by overpolluting, the EPA wanted to isolate Springfield because of the dangerous gas that permeated the town, which hadn't been studied enough to be considered safe. People in Shelbyville don't look like people from Springfield, they too are affected by the gas, and the people from Springfield expect the town to look similar to theirs, so it does.
The gradual Flanderization of Homer Simpson is a result of countless head trauma incidents.The first time we saw Homer suffer major injuries was falling off the gorge in "Bart the Daredevil". Before that, Homer was less stupid and more somewhat clueless and bumbling, and significantly less violent. However that and a number of blows to the head have led to Homer getting "stupider every year"(as for why the gorge didn't just leave him brain-dead, thank his natural resistance to head-blows). With every blow to the head, Homer becomes less aware of the risks that he's taking, which just creates the lovable buffoon we see him as. The reason why he becomes more of a Jerkass is a result of both lashing out at the world and because of Bart. Had Bart not decided to try and jump off the gorge, Homer wouldn't have fallen off it. Thus Homer strangles Bart primarily out of anger for the head blow that's started his downwards spiral, even when he isn't aware of this. The Multiple-Choice Past? Its Homer remembering it incorrectly, and his family humouring him-they happened much differently, or not at all. The Negative Continuity of all this? Unreliable Narrator in full effect-Grandpa Simpson is senile and the other male Simpsons are stupid for a multitude of other reasons, and/or the Simpsons Gene doesn't cause such a severe effect. The "crayon in brain" may have just screwed up his sinuses. Of course, the crayon and Simpsons Gene may have caused a lot of damage, but Homer was initially super-intelligent and it took all this to bring him down.
There will be an episode plot revolving around an Angry Birds-like smartphone game.Several years after the popularity was actually news.
- Mr. Burns does have a game called "Angry Burns" on his My Pad. It wouldn't surprise me if that was the focus of the episode.
- There is also one in the episode "A Tree Grows in Springfield", where Homer is playing a driving simulator on his My Pad where the driver plays a role reversal: The pigs were the birds, and the birds(probably chickens?) were the pigs.
In 2-3 years, there will be a Treehouse of Horror episode parodying The Hunger Games.In typical new Simpsons fashion, it comes in a few years, long after it was new and relevant.
- Confirmed by the first segment of "Treehouse of Horror XXVII" ("Dry Hard"), aired in 2016.
Bart never really sold his soul to MilhouseThat was just a piece of paper with the words "Bart Simpson's Soul" written on it, and the whole business with Bart thinking he really did sell his soul was all in his head.
Guy Incognito was actually Krusty in disguiseHomer and Krusty have all of the same physical characteristics.
The Flanderization of the characters is explainable.
- Trope Namer Ned Flanders already has a discussed(if canonically implied) Freudian Excuse-the breakdown during "Hurricane Neddy" and Maude being killed in a freak clothing accident. Due to the therapy when he was a kid, Ned psychologically can't express normal rage. Instead, he takes out his frustration on being an irritating religious fundamentalist(which is also a coping mechanism for grief in general). Given what we saw in "Days of Future Passed", this is going to go just as well as before
- Homer Simpson's intelligence has dropped due to the number of head injuries he's suffered, starting from falling off Springfield Gorge. The crayon in his skull? That's the reason he had dim moments to begin with, and if it were removed then Homer could've been a genius. Throttling his son? Said son almost got him killed, so no wonder Homer's an Angry Dad. The Jerkass qualities come from a deadly combination of alcohol and the general suckiness of his life. This is also why he eats even more-it's a coping mechanism
- Marge has become an extreme Moral Guardian as a result of her family falling apart. When you have a smrt husband, Dennis the Menace for a son and Springfield as a whole, you would become less tolerant rather quickly.
- Bart's quasi-sociopathic tendencies are a consequence of all the abuse he's suffered. His dad has little self-control yet gets away with it, so Bart thinks the same can apply to him. His teachers care less and less about their role, so why should he listen to them? Stupidity ensues.
- Lisa's Holier Than Thou attitude is a result of starting as the Only Sane Man in her family, and as the series progressed, Springfield. Being intelligent compared to the surrounding people? That's textbook fuel for a Narcissist
- Patty and Selma were always dicks, but their psychotic attempts to remove Homer from the occasion are the result of thinking he deserves it at this point.
- Due to Comic-Book Time, Grandpa is getting older and older to still be a Flying Hellfish. This would add even more senility. Being in a poor nursing home where your family rarely visits must've done wonders for his sanity.
- Due to running out of money numerous times, Moe has been forced to some rather illegal and risque tactics to keep his business going, teaching him the cut-throat tactics need to stay in buisness. The reason why Moe has moments of humanity(usually when not doing his job) is the same reason criminal buisnessmen do-they're amoral out of a necessity for the job, so can be nice when it doesn't contradict with that.
- Mr. Burns' was merely a wealthy curmudgeon until he was shot. Aside from the casino incident, the shooting marked his increased regression into the past and separation from reality. PTSD anyone?
- Continuity itself has been Flanderized, because its been told by the characters! When do you see a flashback that's not told or hinted by them?
There is no God in the Simpsons universe, just Matt Groening disguised as him with Harry Shearer throwing his voice
- Would a real God have let Springfield get away with their All of the Other Reindeer Jerkass treatment towards the Simpson family for as long as they have. Even Lovejoy would have been punished by now.
The source of the Springfield Mystery Spot is the reason for any paranormal activity in Springfield (outside of the THOH episodes)The reason is that the Springfield Mystery Spot is a Weirdness Magnet for any type of paranormal activity
Ling Bouvier in "Changing of the Guardian" was suddenly made a toddler by the same person or force who made Gary Andrews into a rat
Many of the background children at Springfield Elementary are just puppets or robots that Skinner and Groundskeeper Willie stuff back into the storage closet at the end of the day
- 500 Keys foreshadows this somewhat.
Ms. Hoover does not know ANY of her students names, aside from Lisa and Ralph, nor would she remember long enough to care
- If her idea of a lesson plan and her class schedule is a complete joke, who knows what her roster looks like.
The Simpson family themselves are marionettes, with each performed personally by Matt Groening
- Seeing as how Conflict Ball, heartwarming moments, and character development episodes have no long-term effect on them, and how they can mingle so well with almost every celebrity-of-the-week
The Simpsons is Matt Groening's answer to Jim Henson's The Muppet Show, with his own cast of characters and selection of celebrities-of-the-week.
- The year Henson died is the same year Groening entered the 90's with the full series of The Simpsons.
- Springfieldians tend to barge into other peoples affairs and gawk about it.
- Both the Muppets and Springfieldians give celebrities more respect than they deserve.
Springfield is its own micronation.Hence why it can't be found: Springfield isn't in any state, but a micronation under the control of the United States government. Springfield is considered American partly for convenience and partly because its technically "in" the United States. Springfield is likely where the micronation was founded, and due to it becoming a crapsack city they changed the capital to Capitol City. Shelbyville and Ogdenville are also part of this. "West Springfield" is just a name for a desert that borders Springfield. Going by the Fan Nickname, the name of the micronation is Takota. Where its situated though remains a mystery.
Barney Gumble is related to Otto the Bus DriverThe two kind of look a like in the face. The two are both addicts of some type, meaning it's genetic. Barney could very well be a maternal uncle.
Flanders has become both more religious and less likeable due to changes in attitude towards religion.When the Simpsons first came out, Flanders' base concept was "better American than Homer", which is why he was both a more sincere Christian and a nicer guy all around. At the time, America had a pretty strong tendency to associate "adherence to Christian faith" with "moral superiority". However, as time has gone by, Christianity and religiosity have stopped being quite as synonymous with being a good person as they were. Combine this with the creator's own antitheistic tendencies (as evidenced somewhat in Futurama) Flanders being so religious has stopped being a reason as to why he's a good guy and more a way for him to be Not So Different to Homer.
Bart has a crush on Mrs Krabappel.He's enemies with her on school related manners. However, when it's other issues, like her dating woes, Bart is always the one to either give her helpful advice or simply listen to her problems. She even at one point depressingly remarks that Bart is the closest thing to a man in her life in Bart The Lover.
They're going to kill off Edna KrabappelIn the most respectful way, of course. Unlike what they did would Maude, it would be a more realistic and respectable end. It would feature Ned coming to terms with the death of another wife, the impact of the kids, and how he'll pick up the pieces. Or, alternately, the episode will be Bart-centric as we see him cope with Krabappel's death, possibly being the last person to speak to her before her death, with it ending with Bart accepting her death and saying that he will never forget her. As for causes of death:
- Brain Aneurysm: Appropriately sudden and would fit the Darker and Edgier tone most tropers seem to be looking for.
- Breast Cancer: Since Maria Wallace fought breast cancer and became an activist for the subject.
- Car Accident: Would be sudden and lead to plotlines about Ned coming to terms with the fact her death was an accident.
- Childbirth: Someone to represent the love Ned and Edna had together, add storylines about Ned raising a baby, or give Maggie another friend.
- Heart Attack: The easiest way to kill her.
- Terminal illness: Gives the death some drama and will cause a complete Tear Jerker ending.
- Or quite alternately, the Flanders family will simply leave Springfield.
- Or Homer, at an outside sports game, wants a t-shirt, the girl with the t-shirt cannon shoots one at him but he ducks and the shirt hits Edna and she falls to her death.
- The Holidays of Future Past episode confirms this if that episode is canon. Ha, canon.
Squeaky Voiced Teen is not a real teenHe is shown to be operating the train during Marge and Homer's first anniversary-he is a teenager at this point-in the episode "Dangers on a Train." Ten years later, he would be in his twenties, at least. He may just have a squeaky voice and have adult acne...
- If you take supplementary info like Tapped Out, he can do quests designated for children and teens.
Springfield is in its own pocket dimension, which can be accessed through various points in normal-universe America.Basically another way of solving all the geographical anomalies like the fact it borders states with no fixed boundary, why "West Springfield" is three times the size of Texas, and basically no-one knows precisely where it is.
Ned Flanders will also be retiredI mean, think about it - he's married to Edna, and they can't retire her and not him without it seeming weird.
- Jossed. Edna Krabappel died sometime during The Man Who Grew Too Much in a case of The Character Died with Him
The reason that Springfield is in an unknown state is because of Tapped OutHomer blew up the town multiple times, landing in a different state every time. This explains how some buildings can be next to different buildings, like how the Simpsons house was once close to a prison so Homer can make a joke about a prison.
Predictions on who is going to be Killed Off for Real.
- Sidshow Bob; being Bart's Arch-Enemy, and Word of God says the actor of the character being killed off is an Emmy winner, and Sideshow Bob's voice actor is an Emmy winner, wouldn't be surprised if he was killed in a Final Battle Scenario with Bart.
- Probably not Sideshow Bob, since he's now part of the Universal Studios Simpsons attraction. It would be odd to have him killed off so shortly after his inclusion. My guess is Krusty's dad - not big enough for the show to lose anything, and his death could be milked for emotional sympathy.
- Word of God is that Edna wasn't the one to be killed off, and they planned to feature her and Ned's wedding life in the future. So that leaves 14 people left.
- Also,Kelsey Grammer has revealed that Sideshow Bob is not the one who dies. The proof is here.
- And Hank Azaria has recently confirmed that none of his characters will die. So we're now down to 10 characters to choose from.
- Now we're down to Krusty, Krusty's father (Rabbi Krustofsky), Sideshow Mel, Groundskeeper Willie, Grampa Simpson, and Barney Gumble.
- It was Krusty's father.
Springfield is built on a deposit of Folsense Gas
- Everyone ages in the show, but they don't think of themselves as aging, and hallucinate that they are the same age as they were decades ago. Hence why nobody ages despite Bill Clinton being President in one episode and Apple product expies existing in others. Homer is actually quite old, and slowly becoming senile, which is why he is slowly growing less intelligent. Bart and Lisa are teenagers, which is why Bart has become more rebellious and why Lisa has turned into a Soapbox Sadie. Maggie is actually as old as Bart and Lisa appear to be, which is why she is intelligent.
The Simpsons show ages like a human being
- Age/Season 0: just starting
- Age/Season 1-4: innocent and pure
- Age/Season 5-11: just learning and free caring
- Age/Season 12-17: a bit juvenile and awkward
- Age/Season 18-25+: more into political and topical humor mixed with toilet humor
The Simpsons Gene does not actually make the Simpsons dumber.In The City of New York VS Homer Simpson, Homer attempts to figure out how long 9:00am to 5:00pm is using denominators. Maybe this isn't because he doesn't know how to solve time: it's because he doesn't remember how to. The gene kicking in at 8 even makes sense. This is around the age, give or take, that children begin to find new ways of solving problems. Homer and Bart (and the rest of the Simpsons males) understand all of these methods: they just don't know which to use.
Tress MacNeille will voice Bart's new teacherShe voiced every other divisive character on the show, and the series is starting to see the end, if its lifespan is as good as the longevity of its core voice actors.
The Simpsons staff's hypocrisy will be revealed eventually. When a voice actor dies/retires, their characters are retired/written off out of "respect". Once enough voice actors have left the series (from Azaria's Apu to Castellaneta's Homer), they will start replacing them with new voice actors just to keep the show alive.
- With Harry Shearer having left the show following the end of Season 26, we may be finding out if this WMG is true sooner rather than later.
They'll bring back Troy McClure and Lionel HutzEven though they retired Lunchlady Doris due to Doris Grau's death, they've brought her back voiced by Tress MacNeille. If they bring Lionel Hutz and Troy McClure, they'll be voiced by Billy West. Phil Hartman was supposed to voice Zapp Brannigan until his death and Billy West took over.
- I doubt they'd bring back Hutz at the very least; his role is already covered by Gill, who's a lot more popular than him.
Ned Flanders is secretly Bill Gates in disguiseLook at a picture of both of them. The only difference is that Ned Flanders has a Stalin moustache and yellow skin. He is hiding out in Springfield, disguised as a fanatical Christian family man to throw any suspicious people off. He's doing this because an angry mob is after him because of his company's perceived poor customer service.
The opening for Brick Like Me......will be completely LEGO-fied... except for the actual Couch Gag, because Midnight Towboy already did have a LEGO Couch Gag. That's something that the animators haven't done before — a special opening sequence with a couch gag that can be used in any episode.
Lisa won't ever graduate from higher educationEvery time she gets into or is offered a chance to go to a private school she ends up back in Springfield Elementary. The only time she is shown with a deploma it is rolled up in her hand so it may just be a gift from the family (or heriotrying to pass it off as real to her family). The school she went to in that episode was also a private school which again she has a bad track record of staying in.
Homer is actually bisexual, but his marriage to Marge and lingering homophobia stops him from fully realizing a homosexual relationship.Several times now Homer has been drawn in by the looks of other men, gushing over them and engaging in romantic and perverted activities with them. He's been Mistaken for Gay hundreds of times, and he's even been able to engage in relationships with other men such as Chief Wiggum, Fat Tony and Barney Gumble that border on(And have been portrayed as/joked about) being romantic and sexual in nature. When he questions if Marge is truly his soul mate, he suspects Barney right out the gate of being his true soul mate. Although Homer's come to terms with his homophobia when it comes to other people, he's still afraid of being gay himself, which causes him to become absolutely frightened and run away when his homoerotic interactions are brought to his attention. When he's allowed to develop a homosexual relationship on his own terms without anyone pointing it out to him however, he falls into the role quite easily without any protest. It's his love for and marriage to Marge that keeps him from fully acting on his desires and even then he has a hard time coming back around to her sometimes.
- Supporting this is that Lisa has been shown to date both women and men in the future, it is possible she inherited her sexuality from her dad. To show this wasn't a one episode joke, there was a storyline that introduced a young girl, Taffy, that started dating Milhouse only to brake up with him once she sees that Lisa has been stacking them, Lisa when asked about her behaviour by Milhouse, said she didn't know then kisses him.
- He seems pretty lax as of later episodes. I'd say by now, he's open about it and willing to experiment if Marge ever lets.
The finale episode will have Bart leaving School
The characters never age because the length of each episode in human years is the only the timespan of the events that happen in itLet me explain. If an episode is set over the course of one week, it's one week in the life of The Simpsons. The family never has any boring off-screen adventures because when episodes air they usually take place months earlier. The characters are aging, but the reason that none of the characters are 25 years older is that the show's timeline is out of order. The show does have continuity, but some episodes that air in 2014 can take place in 2013 without being a future episode. The "Time Loop" WMG matches up nicely with this in that the rest of the world is aging normally, or the show just takes place in an alternate universe 20 Minutes into the Future which is exactly the same as real life except that technology advances very quickly. If you pretend that each episode only takes place over one day, than 557 episodes = 557 days after the events of "Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire". Lisa would be about 11 or 12 and Bart would be 13 or 14. What about school years? Simple. Any episodes where the school isn't mentioned are presumed to take place over the summer. The pieces of the puzzle slowly start to fall together when you think of the many plot holes which could actually be open doors for theories instead.
Motherly love is outlawed in the future (from Simpsorama ) because Mom copyrighted it as a marketing ploy to sell her robots/make the robots feel extra loved by her specially.
Everyone in Springfield has the same eating disorder and nobody ages because they don't have the proper nutritionThere was just a throwaway line in "Moe Goes From Rags To Riches" which made me think of this.
Homer can actually read perfect French.It is the author of the BBQ’s instructions that can’t write in French. “Le grille – WHAT THE HELL IS THAT‼” It’s ‘la grille’ – it’s feminine – minus five.
In the (non-canon) "Simpsorama" episode, Springfield is a suburb located in or near New York City.In 21st century Springfield, there's a Panucci's Pizza restaurant (with a cameo from Seymour the dog). In 31st century New New York City, the monsters that were inadvertently created by Bart and Milhouse are seen destroying this area.
The bear at the beginning of "Much Apu About Nothing" is the same one from "Call of the Simpsons.In COTS, the family goes camping and Maggie wanders off to a cave where she befriends some bears. The bear we see could be the one Maggie gave a pacifier to, and she was looking for her "cub."
Abbie, Homer's suspected half-sister, is a transwoman.That's why she exhibits the traditional male Simpsons gene and otherwise looks like a female Homer. When we see that woman that looks like Homer in Brother From the Same Planet, we are in fact looking at Abbie. Her mother is just really open-minded, so doesn't make any mention of this.
The Nuclear Power Plant ended up creating a Fountain of Youth.The nuclear run-off has already done a number of crazy things, like creating Blinky or making tomacco. The reason why nobody has aged is because the radioactive waste has polluted the water and somehow managed to prevent aging. This also serves as a handy explanation for why everyone outside of Springfield ages normally-every other country refuses to accept the toxic waters. Whenever someone in Springfield seems to age, it's because they're drinking less of the polluted water. So what's with the contradictory flashbacks? That's the negative consequence of the power plant-it may stop their aging, but it also causes mass stupidity and memory problems.
The "fair weather" assessment of Lisa's "friends" is actually backwardsWhile a lot of episodes about Lisa having no friends tends to try and paint Lisa's occasional buddies (Janey, Sherri, Terri, Allison, ect) in a bad light there's something to consider. While the fact that she'll make a friend and then suddenly never see them again half the time can be chalked up to guest stars, there's a few things to suggest Lisa doesn't give the other girls any better treatment. Main thing that triggered this thought was Sherri and Terri in "Mypods and Boomsticks" complaining about how Lisa's ignoring them, her supposed "best friends" while they do immediately declare they hate Lisa so they might just be flighty, it does bring some suspicious points. After all, Lisa became "Best friends" with Allison Taylor in the latter's episode and even when she got a speaking role again in "Lard of the Dance" Lisa didn't directly talk to her at all focusing on the new kid, Alex, instead. Then there's Sherri and Terri being oddly friendly to Lisa in "The Last of the Red Hot Mamas" only to be blown off and ditched without so much as a "see ya" or letting Lisa sit between them in "The Mook, The Chef, The Wife and Her Homer" only for Lisa to just sit there acting above it all. This and the fact that Lisa will sometimes be hanging out with the girls one moment and acting like she doesn't know them the next paint Lisa herself as the negligent friend, by the time we get to episodes like "The Doh-cial Network" and "Father knows worst" the girls (even Allison) have gotten sick of Lisa messing them about. Interestingly, in "The Doh-cial Network" is Sherri and Terri's attitude to Lisa, while they typically mock and tease people with a gleeful smile while reserving the coldness for behind people's backs, in that episode they act openly cold and even get mad at Lisa for asking if she can hang out with them.
- I wouldn't be surprised if Lisa's preachy tendencies wouldn't also have to do with it. A lot of characters have already expressed annoyance with how Lisa will go off into a tirade about her beliefs. I wouldn't be surprised if her friends often just ditch her when she starts bringing up social/moral/political issues they don't understand when they just want to have fun and be kids.
Allison from "Lisa's Rival" and Laura from "New Kid on the Block" are half sisters.The two look a like, despite Laura being a teenager. They face the same facial structures, hair, and eye shape. Laura's dad is said to be a deadbeat and probably slept around, or Allison was put up for adoption.
Homer will die in a glorious mannerHomer, despite his flaws, has done many awesome things in his life: gone into space, win a Grammy, stopped a nuclear blast with his enormous ass. If he should die, it must be on one final adventure.
Homer's Jerkass behavior is due to guilt over Frank GrimesIn the early Simpsons, you could call Homer a slob, a bad dad, and a bum, but you could never call him heartless. He clearly had empathy for the people around him. Why else would he take a second job and buy Lisa a pony so she would talk to him again? Why else would he dig like crazy to get his son Bart out of a well, despite him pulling a despicable prank? Why would he save the business of a neighbor he frequently bemoans? Because he did honestly care about the feelings of those around him. Then comes Frank Grimes, a man who rejects Homer for his very existence. Homer felt bad about what he did to Grimes, and tried to make it up to him, and when that only angered Grimes, he tried to change his work ethic. When Grimes blew up and killed himself, Homer felt terrible about how his efforts to help Grimes ended up blowing up in his face, so he stopped caring about people in his guilt. really did like Flanders and grieving over losing a good friend and neighbor; Carl taking over as the new head of SNPP while trying to cope with losing Lenny; Arnie Pie finally getting his wish of taking Brockman's role as Channel 6's chief anchorman; Springfield Elementary looking for a new principal to replace Skinner, etc.)
Season 27 will be the final seasonIt certainly looks like it, what with Homer and Marge divorcing and such.
- Possibly jossed. The news reports said they're separating, which has happened dozens of times on the show and some future episodes mention both Marge and Homer. It'll be similar to the story arc of Brian's death and only last a few episodes. Plus, the show has been renewed until season 28.
- Well then, maybe season 28 will be the final season.
Kearney's son is adopted.In one episode, Kearney refers to himself as "a teenager, and the parent of a teenager". At most, that gives him and his son the ages of nineteen and thirteen - six years apart. Rule of Funny aside, it's pretty much impossible for him to have a biological son that young: logically, his son would have to be adopted, or else a stepson.
- We've seen he has a biological son. He ended up marrying an much older woman so he can better raise his son, and she herself had a son
Other potential anime-themed possibilitiesWe have already had a Death Note parody, An Anime Among Us, and Smithers dressed up as Captain Harlock in the Futurama Crossover Comic so these are some other thoughts that I got Treehouse of Horror or otherwise.
- Black Butler-Smithers being in the role of Sebastian
Bart Simpson really loves cross-dressing.Bart seems to get a lot of enjoyment out of wearing girl's clothes:
- In "Lisa The Beauty Queen" he shows Lisa how to walk in high heels. He is good at it, implying that he has worn them before several times.
- In "I Love Lisa" when Ralph invites Lisa to a Krusty the Clown concert, Bart offers to attend in her place, cross-dressed as her.
- In "Marge In Chains" he fantasizes about disguising himself as a woman in order to get Marge out of jail.
- In "Two Dozen and One Greyhounds" Bart's socks get eaten by his dog's newborn children. Thus, he is forced to wear Lisa's fancy girl socks to school. However, he also chooses to wear one of her skirts as well, even though he doesn't have to.
- In "Homer's Phobia" Bart wears a large women's wig while dancing in one scene.
- In "Brother's Little Helper" Bart steals and wears a girl's cheerleader outfit for fun.
- In "Grift Of The Magi" Bart and Milhouse both try on Marge's dresses and wear wigs. Bart is reluctant to at first, but after Milhouse says "Scared you'll like it?" he admits that he does like it.
The Trickster from Supernatural created The Simpsons universe.Sometime during his tenure as The Trickster, he grew bored and created an entire city of idiots. The continuity snarl is due to him being able to reset time, which also explains why the Simpsons haven't aged in the 25 years the show was on air. He could just be having them relive the same year, again and again and again.
The real reason why Springfield doesn't age is that Mr Popo won't let themThe Hyperbolic Time Chamber runs on chronotons, Mr Popo uses these chronotons to stop the characters from aging by creating an inverse time field. To keep people from knowing about this, Mr Popo alters the characters memories so that it appears to them that the timeline flows normally, except he allows events like death to still occur just for fun and to keep the illusion. To keep others from finding Springfield he moves it constantly and/or keeps it in a separate dimension (similar to in the Harry Potter universe). Just when they start aging, he resets the year just to keep them the same age.
Every single episode of the show is set in an alternate timeline created by Homer's memoryThe show actually once had perfect continuity. Homer jumping between memories in "Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind" screwed up time (because he was basically time traveling inside his head in that episode...) and created a bunch of alternate timelines, therefore screwing up the continuity. The episodes WE see are the result of Homer messing with the continuity.
There will eventually be a Simpsons/South Park crossover episodeBased on the success of the Simpson Guy and Simpsorama, and the fact that the two shows have always referenced one another for years. Cartman and Bart will have a rivalry and Lisa could bond with Kyle or Stan. Garrison could be a foil for both Skinner and Smithers. Have the off-the-walls extravagant stories of both towns slightly rub-off one another. The only tricky thing to properly do would be the animation and join the different art styles, but I'm sure something interesting will be done for it.
It's all in Marge's headIn the episode “It's a mad, mad, mad, mad Marge” everything that happens after Marge is admitted into the insane asylum (and every episode since) is just a deluded fantasy in Marge's mind. The way she effortlessly escapes the asylum; the way the Krusty the Clown show goes from being a children's show to a late-night talk show that talks exclusively about her; and especially the moment that Becky just happens to admit to plotting all the things Marge expected her to (before disappearing from existence).
The Simpsons' USA is a little more northern than our own.Numerous times its suggested that Springfield exists in a fictional state, North Takoma. Presumably, there is a South Takoma. However, there are still fifty states, so how could it fit? Notice how in all the episode, we have not gotten one reference to Arkansas and Oklahoma in any canonical episode. In this universe, the region of Arkansas and Oklahoma aren't US States, but either independent countries or belong to another. In this universe, the southern-most part of Canada's British Columbia/New Brunswick(since Springfield is consistently a town bordering the ocean) became part of America, as the small twin states of Takoma.
Grandpa Simpson once had feelings for Mr Burns' mother.In "New Kid on the Block", Grandpa Simpson reveals he fell for "the oldest woman", who was 120. Later on, it would be revealed that Mr Burns' mother is still alive, at the staggering old age of 122. Two years ago Abraham fell for Mr Burns' mom, who ended up with the Guiness Book of World Records(the actual record holder, Jeanne Calment, was 117 when this episode aired). Mr Burns didn't know this though, since he and his mom don't have much contact.
Mona and Abe are distant cousins.Explaining the discrepancy between the "The Simpsons Uncensored Family Album" and "The Color Yellow." We don't know anything about Mother Simpson asides from the name of her parents, so it's possible. While Grandpa is descended from Virgil's son Abraham, Mona comes from Mabel's original child, Eliza; Mona and Abe are half-third cousins. All Abraham has do to is claim he's a full third cousin to hide he's 1/16th black(like changing Abraham to "Howland") and they'll be fine(no-one's gonna care if you share the same great-great grandparent).
"The Others" from Treehouse of Horror XXV is a canonical Distant Finale." This shot from "Adventures in Baby-Getting canonizes the fact that the Simpsons from The Tracey Ullman Show are dead and burried below the Simpsons' house. Sometime after the final episode of the show, the Ullman Simpsons will start haunting them, the Modern Simpsons will end up dying, and the CGI Simpsons will move into their home, just like Treehouse of Horror XXV foretells.
After the finale's end credits, Fox will show a short of The Simpsons family sing "My Way".Marge will sing the first verse, with the line "and so I face the final curtain" referencing the earlier Treehouse of Horror openings Homer will sing the second verse. Regrets, he's had a few. Lisa will sing the first part of the first chorus and then Marge and Homer will chime in. Bart will sing the third and final verse, with the line "If find it all so amusing" alluding to his prankster personality, and because he is the most popular character. Then they all sing the second chorus, and after that, it will show us the family living room. The family run to the couch and...nothing happens. They've earned their happy ending. It then pans out to show Matt Groening having drawn the final frame, before saying "Yes, I did it my way." before turning off the desk light next to him. Then a Thank You message will pop up thanking the audeince for watching this whole time.
The series will end with a 1000 episodesMeaning the show will end at its 45th season in 2034
The Burns family fortune was originally in steel manufacturingIn 'Last Exit To Springfield', we see a flashback to Burns with his grandfather at his "atom mill". It is likely that the atom mill was formerly a steel mill. We see men using sledgehammers and anvils, and there is apparently an abandoned coke oven. Steel was a huge industry in the 19th century "robber baron" era, which is certainly the era seen in the flashback. It is likely that the Burns family made their fortune in steel and later expanded into energy production- which became the nuclear power plant by at least the 1960s. The "atom mill" seen in this episode is a silly joke, but gives a realistic clue into the history of how the Burns dynasty began.
Springfield is under the effects of the Dragon BreakAnybody familiar with The Elder Scrolls would know of an event where time becomes nonlinear and incredibly messed up where two contradictory events are simultaneously true (which is why the episodes keep flip-flopping between Lisa having friends or not or why Homer has so many jobs but end up back in the Nuclear Power Plant). The Break happened around the late 80s when the show started so anything before that will always be true (Homer and Marge's teenage years will always be the 70s, Skinner served in Vietnam, etc).
The reason why future episodes are non-canon is how they're delivered.The first three future episodes are predictions given to the main characters, and as it turns out Screw Destiny is in effect. The first prediction was about Lisa and Hugh's relationship, which turned out badly. As such Lisa swears never to let herself meet him. This chain of events either lead to Bart become more of a drop-out or possibly him just losing his demolition career, and Lisa taking a career in politics that make her become President. When she sees how that turns out, she decides she doesn't want to run in politics at all. Eventually Professor Frink shows them the future, though Bart is less successful at averting his relationship with Jenda.
Ned Flanders will end up with Selma Bouvier.After the deaths of both of his wives, it seems entirely possible that Ned might end up back in the dating world once again and with Selma, no less. Selma has had her share of failed marriages, so maybe things might work out better between her and Ned, making him part of the Simpsons extended family.