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Almost three decades after its premiere, 'The Simpsons' still matters

Here is a broken down the history of 'The Simpsons' into six distinct eras, based on the ways its humor has changed over the years

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Brian Tallerico | NYT
For the past three decades, there has been one constant in America’s comedy landscape: The Simpsons. With that animated sitcom now approaching the start of its 30th season, on September 30, it’s a good time to reflect on how The Simpsons has evolved during its unparalleled run, and how each era in that evolution has reflected — or failed to reflect — the state of comedy, and of the culture, as a whole.

Neither The Simpsons nor history has stood still since the show debuted in 1989. The first family of Springfield has witnessed five American presidents, the dawn of the

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First Published: Sep 29 2018 | 10:30 PM IST

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