I used to be a fan of The Simpsons. The show used to be a hilarious show. When the movie came out in 2007, I assumed, as did some of my friends, that that would be the end of the show. Not because we wanted it to end, but because we wanted it to end on a high note. Go out with a bang with the movie.
But that….that was not to be.
The show is still on seven years later. Normally this would be a good thing, but the show has stopped being funny. It’s not even interesting to entertaining anymore. I took it off my Hulu watch list back in 2012 because for the last few seasons before then, I’d watch each episode and think, “Let’s get this over with” before clicking it. I think out of two seasons prior to 2012 I laughed maybe three times total.
Compare that to Family Guy. True, they haven’t been on as long, but they are still getting better and funnier with each season. They are willing to try new things to keep the show fresh (such as the recent “Life of Brian – Christmas Guy” storyline. THAT was a huge risk and they took it and it worked out)”. The closest The Simpsons have come to anything close to that was then they had the fans vote for whether or not Ned Flanders and Edna Krabappel will get together. But even that was done poorly. We had to wait for the next season to find out, and by the time that came about, no one cared anymore.
For year I’ve heard or read people saying that Fox needs to cancel the show. I think this is wrong. If it was any other show, then I’d say cancel the crap out of it. But this was a once great show. It’s currently on it’s 25th season. This would be a great time to end it. But it’s been renewed for a 26th season, so it’s going to keep going. Anyway, my point is that it’s been going so long, and it was once such an important show, that it’d be wrong to just pull the plug on it out of nowhere.
The Simpsons deserve a proper sendoff. A final season or even a finale. Futurama was made by pretty much the same people, and they knew when to end that show. Heck, they could even continue The Simpsons in movies. At least that way they could spend a year or two writing good material instead of having to crank out 20+ episodes a year. One thing is certain, the show has definitely dried up. Maybe the “continuing as movies” idea would be best for this series.
Of course, that’s just my opinion.