The Simpsons is undeniably the best show to ever be shown on television. Every episode is a timeless classic, subtle Simpsons humor and doesn’t depend on common jokes that so many rip-off cartoon shows and sitcoms use today. It is original, and no other show can ever top its humor. The characters are all amazingly funny and they always think of the most surprising and hilarious things to say. The Simpsons is one of the few shows that have managed to retain its popularity over the years.
Bart pulls a prank at church, resulting in a punishment for himself and Milhouse. They have a conversation about it, and Bart tells Milhouse that he does not believe in souls. To prove it, he sells his soul to Milhouse for $5, well actually; he sells him a piece of paper with “Bart Simpson’s soul” written on it. He notices that animals are afraid of him and automatic doors don’t recognize him. Bart continues to notice that he is different. He loses his ability to laugh at senseless violence. He tries unsuccessfully to get his soul back from Milhouse. Bart has nightmares, so he goes on to beg for Milhouse’s help. Milhouse does not have the soul anymore; he sold it to Comic Book Guy, who then sold it to an unnamed person. Bart is relieved to discover it is Lisa, and she gives him back his soul. Bart is back to normal, metaphysically.
A major reason why its maintained its popularity is because of its overall quality. While other cartoons and sitcoms center on vulgar themes and pathetic plot-lines, The Simpsons is able to shine far above the rest with its hilarious plots, and good messages. We all know its impossible to sell your soul, but thats the creativity. At the end of the episode Bart learns the true meaning of having a soul and respecting the church. The Simpsons is a ride through a fantasy society, which mock very human trait. Beer is drunk in every episode, bad habits are given into, ignorance and disdain to normal people, but somehow, everyone gets along in the end. Some features can be irritating, such as the portrayal of women, its always the mother and sister who are working hard and very intelligent, and the men are laid back with no worry. It also discriminates against Indians like Apu the kwiki- mart owner. But its important to know that the Simpson is not meant to be taken seriously, after all it is an animated show.
There never seems to be a boring moment with the Simpsons. The beautiful music and wacky songs accompany the Simpsons through their dysfunctional lives. If you have never seen “The Simpsons,” I encourage you to watch it. I highly recommend it for its great humor. It takes only a moment to be absorbed completely into their wonderful world. So that is reason why the Simpsons have had such great success and popularity.