“Push out the jive. Bring in the love.” – C.M. Burns
If there is one persistent misperception about this blog on the wider plains of the internet, it is that we simply hate Zombie Simpsons and that’s it. Beneath that strong and oft expressed dislike, however, is the real reason we’re all here: love. We love The Simpsons. It was a show beyond even the most enthusiastic superlatives, and it remains so more than two decades after it took America and the world by storm. Its creation was a once in a lifetime alignment of immensely improbable coincidences that came together with perfect timing. It never should’ve happened, but it did, and the world is a much funnier place for it.
That incredible show has endured so well that, in nearly four years of weekly Reading Digest posts, we’ve been able to link to thousands of Simpsons related pages that were viewed by untold millions of people, and that’s just the stuff that came into the narrow slice of the internet that we survey. Every week there are blog posts about favorite episodes, fan art of various kinds, and an endless stream of people who quote the show when something in their life resembles that collection of twenty year old television episodes. All the time, thought, attention and creativity that goes into generating that endless torrent of words, images and real world stuff is a testament to how much joy The Simpsons still produces. It seems unlikely that any other two decade old piece of culture – in any medium – still generates even a significant fraction of that interest and activity. So we are hardly alone in our love of this show.
To celebrate that, and keeping in mind the show’s traditional disdain for meaningless milestones, today we are launching The Simpsons 23rd Anniversary Yellow Jubilee. What is that? Well, we’re not entirely sure yet. For starters, we’re going to be watching Season 1 and following along as the episodes move through the 23rd anniversary of their original broadcasts. Starting today and continuing throughout the week with “Bart the Genius”, we’ll be looking at the DVD commentaries, the animation, the quotes, the sign gags, and the episodes as a whole. As for what precisely that entails in terms of recurring posts, well, that’s what we’re still figuring out.
And we want to hear from you. (Yes, you!) Whether in comments or via e-mail, we want to hear about your favorite parts of the episodes, personal memories, and anything else you can think of. Guest posts about each week’s episode are most definitely welcome, but this is much more “Do What You Feel” than “Do As We Say”.
The important thing is that we’re watching television. So if you’ve got the DVDs at home, know where to watch them elsewhere [legally unactionable stage cough], or can score them from a library, Netflix, or Amazon (Season 1 $25 new, ~$6-10 used), sit down and bask in television’s warm glowing warming glow with us.