The Simpsons became a pop cultural phenomenon when the series debuted with a Christmas special in December of 1989. Schools banned merchandise depicting the show. Brilliant comedic minds like Conan O’Brien established their bona fides as television writers. The influence of the series could be felt everywhere.

Now in its 33rd season, the end of The Simpsons is likely just a matter of time. Changing tastes and a core fanbase that believes the show has experienced a significant decline in quality over time have many thinking that the time has already passed. In an interview with Radio Times, 32-year veteran Simpsons showrunner Al Jean shared his thoughts on how the show should end.

“There would be an ending where they [the Simpsons] would be going back to the Christmas pageant from the first episode, so that the whole series was a continuous loop — that’s how I would end it.”

While many think the show is only living off the good name it established through the early 1990’s, Jean says it’s still doing well. There are no plans for the show to stop. Even with their 700th episode coming soon, The Simpsons will roll on.

“To be honest … especially as we’re doing really well on Disney+ in the US and the UK and other countries in the Americas, I don’t see anybody going, ‘Let’s wrap it up, or figure out how to get out of it’ at the moment,” 

The sharp social satire and political wit in The Simpsons has made the show a favorite among Americans and around the world. It’s the only prime-time series to air a new episode in five different decades. Whether it’s now or ten years from now, all shows must eventually end. Al Jean doesn’t think that time is now.

What’s your favorite episode of The Simpsons? Let us know in the comments!

Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a writer for Ringside News and its sister pop-culture news site, Thirsty for News. He’s been a pro wrestling fan since he was old enough to talk, which places his origins as a fan back to WrestleMania 3. If you look closely, you can find him in his teenage form in the crowd during the 1998 King of the Ring and any number of ECW FanCam tapes. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. His writing experience includes work for 247Sports, F4WOnline, and a litany of completely random freelance copywriting and ghostwriting jobs. Michael is working hard every day to bring a little extra to the stories he tells. With a passion for pro wrestling and pop culture, he’s delivering the news with the context it takes to understand it. He believes the world of professional wrestling is one of the most fascinating cultural phenomena of all time and loves to weave together it’s past and present. In his spare time, Michael likes to torture himself as a University of Pittsburgh football fan, sample tasty beers, and pretending to be good at Rocket League.

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