The Simpsons in its golden age was, quite simply, untouchable. With episodes like Homer at the Bat, Homie the Clown and Marge vs. the Monorail to name but a few, seasons three through eight maintained a standard of quality that the show has since been unable to recover, and that would be fair, if it were any other show. But come on, this is The Simpsons!
That five year period genuinely produced some of the greatest TV of all time, and the series just hasn't been the same since. Granted, it does show the occasional good episode and/or couch gag from time to time, but it's just not - nor ever will be - the show it used to be. The animation is almost too crisp, and the voice acting - for some reason or another - has seemingly deteriorated; as has the writing, which seems more concerned with filling as many references into a twenty minute period as possible rather than just producing something that's, well, funny.
The Simpsons will no doubt retain a legacy for its golden period during the nineties, but it's high time that the show called it a day. Matt Groening's other seminal cartoon series - Futurama - managed to end things on its own terms after a shaky period, and it seems almost unjust to deny the same opportunity to the residents of Springfield.
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