With The Simpsons’ 500th episode coming on February 19, TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz wrote a celebration of the series. He used to be in the “It’s stale, pull the plug” camp, but after catching up on more recent seasons, he revised his opinion, and now feels that while the last thirteen years of The Simpsons weren’t as great as the first ten, the series has maintained an impressive level of quality over nearly a quarter century. And, he points out, there have been episodes in the post–Golden Years that stack up against sainted entries in the Meyer/Swartzwelder/O’Brien glory days. Here he picks nine episodes that prove that while The Simpsons can’t reinvent TV forever, it can still make us laugh.
“Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind,” Season 19 - Homer loses his memory Photo: Matt Groening/FOX