The Simpsons predictions which have gained popularity in the animated sitcom world sometimes have proved correct in current scenarios.
About The Simpsons
The Simpsons, an animated American sitcom, debuted in 1989 is created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company . A satirical description of the working-class life it is characterized by the Simpsons family consisting of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie.
Post March 2019 acquisition of 21st Century Fox by The Walt Disney Company, among other franchises and studios The Simpsons is now a property of Disney.
The Simpsons Predictions
The most-famous animated family show, the Simpsons sets the benchmark for other sitcoms with celebrity cameos and also its predictions. Being on screens for almost 30 years now with more than 600 episodes, The Simpsons has in many instances accurately foreseen a number of political and cultural events.
The show’s writer says that working on the programme is like group therapy as there is so much going on in the world that they to just keep talking about it outside of work too. They believe that you make enough predictions and then 10% turns out to be right.
Predictions like Noble Prize Winner in 2016, faulty voting machines, speaking to smart watches way before they were even launched, discovery of a three-eyed mutant fish, The Shard being built in London and many others have been made by The Simpsons animated shows.
Let’s have a look at a few of the Simpsons predictions in detail:
- Donald Trump Presidency: In an episode from the year 2000 titled “Bart to the Future” in which future forward flashes are shown, Lisa is shown taking over the U.S. presidency from Donald Trump after he left a budget crunch for the economy. In 2016, Donald Trump was elected as the President of the U.S.
One of the writers of the show reveals that the prediction was not out of the blue completely as he was talking about running for President at that time.
- Lady Gaga on Super Bowl: In a 2012 episode “Lisa Goes Gaga”, Lady Gaga is shown flying over the audience while attached to cables. At the 2017 Super Bowl, at half time Lady Gaga made her entrance by descending from the stadium’s roof.
- Disney owns Fox: In 1998, a quick opening scene of the episode showed Century Fox as “a Division of Walt Disney Co.” In 2017, Disney agreed to purchase 21st Century Fox, which includes 20th Century Fox Film and Television studios, for $52.4 billion.
- Murder Hornets and Coronavirus: In a 1993 episode, a Japanese factory worker accidentally spreads the contagious “Osaka Flu” to Springfield. And people are shown in a mad rush to find the cure when they accidentally knock over a van with killer bees (hornet) inside. Since this episode, there have been many other outbreaks like the Zika virus, Ebola, SARS and the Swine Flu pandemic in 2009.
People have been linking this episode with the current COVID-19 pandemic. Also, this scenario is been linked to a episode in 2012 when in a prank Bart plays an emergency message on their cruise holiday that all passengers must remain on the ship as a deadly virus is spreading in the world.
- Rumours of Greece Exiting Eurozone: In an episode titled “Politically Inept, with Homer Simpson”, Homer had read a news ticker which said “Europe puts Greece on eBay”. In 2017, Greece was the first developed nation to default on IMF loan repayment post the beginning of a debt crisis in the country in 2009.
- Apple’s Autocorrect: In a 1994 episode which was showing school bully had Dolph typing “beat up Martin”, for it to come out as “Eat up Martha”. It is known that around 2005, Apple executives were so traumatised by the mistake, the phrase ‘Eat Up Martha’, was immortalised among engineers and developers. It was used to signal each other he feature’s importance.
- Game of Thrones: In an episode in Season 29 of The Simpsons, it was predicted that a Game of Thrones dragon would burn down the capital which was similar to the fiery destruction of King’s Landing in one of the final “Game of Thrones” episode.
- Kobe Bryant death: In the same episode of Osaka Flu in the year 1993, a news bulletin had a mention of a helicopter which spins out of control before it crashes. Despite being a casual part of the episode some have linked this to the helicopter accident that killed famed basketballer, Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gigi Bryant