TV Club: The Simpsons: “Peeping Mom”

While the prevailing wisdom is that 26 years of The Simpsons is too long for a sitcom to maintain, I’ve always maintained that the essentially unchanging nature of the show means The Simpsons can go on being The Simpsons for as long as the voice cast holds out. Even in its beloved early seasons (say, until season 9 or so), The Simpsons repeated stories, themes, and comic conflicts, but it didn’t matter because the show used its template of the American nuclear family to find new angles on universal situations. To quote Zack Handlen in his review of the season 8 episode “Marge Be Not Proud,” (which will become relevant itself in just a minute):

There’s a fundamental stasis to the core relationships of The Simpsons. Homer and Marge will always be married; Maggie will always be the baby; Lisa and Bart will always be in grade …

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