10 Times The Simpsons Jumped The Shark

Thirty one seasons in - are the cracks showing?


Unless the show broadcasts something unspeakably, morally wrong, The Simpsons is and always will be one of the greatest comedies ever to grace the small screen. The golden years of the show remain some of the funniest TV there has ever been, and even the older episodes can be a pleasant surprise from time to time.

More to the point, the sheer longevity of the show is something to behold. But let’s not kid ourselves: The Simpsons has jumped the shark, time and time again.

This isn’t a controversial opinion, and it’s said with love. When you set such high standards for yourself, eventually you’re going to be unable to meet them.

When precisely The Simpsons first jumped the shark is a matter for heated debate, but let’s not beat around the bush: this isn’t an isolated event. Whether this was due to outside influences or the show’s decreasing writing standards, an internal or external issue, or even good episodes opening the door for bad, The Simpsons has had more than its share of regrettable moments.

The good still outweighs the bad by a huge margin - but the show’s follies are adding up.

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