The Simpsons has a few episodes set sooner or later, and the timeline of those might be complicated. Logic shouldn’t be one thing that may be anticipated from a cartoon, not to mention one which has been energetic for 30 years, and it’s specifically tough with non-canon tales, although they will nonetheless be positioned in a timeline, one way or the other. Episodes just like the Treehouse of Horror specials usually are not a part of The Simpsons canon, however these set sooner or later might or couldn’t be a part of it.
Created by Matt Groening within the 1980s, The Simpsons debuted in The Tracey Ullman Present in 1987 as a sequence of shorts, and it was upgraded to a half-hour prime time present after three seasons. The sequence formally premiered in 1989 and has since turn out to be the longest-running American scripted primetime TV sequence. The Simpsons follows the day by day adventures of the title household and different colourful residents from the fictional city of Springfield, and in 30 years, none of them has aged a day – aside from these occasions the sequence has taken a glance into their futures.
The sequence has jumped to the longer term a few occasions, however solely a few episodes have been solely or for probably the most half set in occasions the place Bart, Lisa, and Maggie usually are not youngsters anymore. The way forward for the Simpsons has been explored underneath totally different circumstances – so, can they be positioned in a timeline? And might they be thought of canon?
YouTube person TheRealJims picked the episodes set sooner or later and positioned them chronologically (not by airdate, however by when the occasions in every one occur throughout the lives of the characters). The Simpsons future timeline might be divided in two: what occurs to Homer and Marge, and what occurs to the children. First off, Homer and Marge, as seen in season 27’s episode “Barthood”, are nonetheless married by the point Bart turns 12, although because the episode (and the years) progress, they separate quickly. After courting Krusty and Homer attacking him, Marge takes the latter again – simply displaying that some dynamics don’t change, regardless of what number of years go.
Leaping to season 6’s episode “Lisa’s Wedding ceremony”, Homer and Marge are nonetheless married, and in season 23’s “Holidays of Future Handed”, they’re grandparents (Bart has two sons, Lisa has a daughter, and Maggie is pregnant). Then there’s season 11’s “Bart to the Future”, during which they go to Lisa on the White Home, as she’s now the President of america. Homer and Marge’s future goes on with none issues, besides their transient separation throughout Bart and Lisa’s highschool years, however ultimately every little thing turned out okay. The tough a part of The Simpsons’ future is definitely in Bart, Lisa, and Maggie’s lives.
“Barthood” reveals the shut relationship between Bart and Grandpa Simpson, in addition to his rivalry with Lisa from a really younger age. When Lisa turns 13, she and Marge go to camp, and Bart and Homer keep at dwelling, the place Bart throws a celebration. After an argument with Homer, Bart visits grandpa’s grave. A yr later, Bart is a extremely popular determine on the earth of BMX, and Lisa saves him when he crashes throughout a stunt, making him really feel like he’ll at all times be the second Simpson. In “Future-Drama”, followers acquired a glimpse at Bart and Lisa in highschool, each seniors as Lisa skipped two grades… and he or she’s now courting Milhouse. Lisa will get a scholarship to review in Yale and breaks up with Milhouse, and Bart’s relationship with Jenda additionally involves an finish. Bart finally ends up by chance stealing Lisa’s scholarship after saving Mr. Burns’ life, however offers it to her to avoid wasting her from marrying Milhouse. By no means say that Bart doesn’t care about her.
Again to “Barthood”, Lisa remains to be going to Yale however attends Milhouse’s commencement occasion, and Bart is working as a caricaturist close to the seaside. Whereas in Yale, Lisa meets Hugh Parkfield (as seen in “Lisa’s Wedding ceremony”), and is about to marry him till she learns he’s ashamed of her household. In the meantime, Bart works within the demolition business as he prepares to go to legislation faculty, and at this level, Maggie is a high-schooler. Years later, as soon as once more in “Barthood”, Bart opens a motorcycle store named “Simpson and Grandson”, to honor his grandfather, and Lisa is completed with med faculty (which allowed her to create a synthetic pituitary gland for her boyfriend Nelson, as he was earlier proven to be manner older after promoting his).
In “Holidays of Future Handed”, Lisa and Milhouse are married and have a daughter, Zia, whereas Bart marries (and divorces) Jenda and have two sons – and Maggie, who grew to become an enormous rockstar, is pregnant together with her first little one. “Bart to the Future” sees Bart dwelling with Ralph and having a band with him that’s not as profitable as they want, and Lisa is now the President (with Milhouse as her Chief of Workers). When Bart turns 50, he turns into Chief Justice of the Supreme Courtroom, suggesting he did go on together with his plan of attending legislation faculty. The Simpsons future episodes can’t be positioned in a timeline one after the opposite, as an alternative getting intertwined and complementing one another – however there’s nonetheless one huge query.
What’s canon in The Simpsons universe and what’s not might be tough, as solely the Treehouse of Horror specials are formally non-canon, however there are lots of occasions from the supposed canon that don’t fairly play as such. Episodes like “Lisa’s Wedding ceremony” and “Bart to the Future” are questionable as their futures are being informed by a fortune teller and a on line casino proprietor, respectively, so there’s an enormous margin of error there. “Holidays of Future Handed”, however, is a correct flash ahead somewhat than a prediction, but it’s not thought of canon by some. The looks of Jenda on this episode additionally makes “Future-Drama” depend.
Alternatively, season 25’s episode “Days of Future Future” positively isn’t a part of canon given all of the sci-fi components in it that don’t match the continuity of the remaining in any respect, similar to Homer being cloned a number of occasions and Milhouse being changed into a zombie. In the long run, whether or not The Simpsons future episodes are canon or not is as much as each viewer, as they do have a variety of inconsistencies but additionally moments and components that match – and that’s the place the enjoyable is, in any case.
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