Seldom do we come across something in this world that has a long lasting, profound, and continued impact on society and the world around us, even more seldom for that thing to be a television show. (newsday) Once a television show makes a massive impact on society, it usually hits, makes a mark, and then goes away as quickly as it debuted, shortly after the impact is made the show typically goes downhill and ultimately ends leaving that one moment in history for all of us to look back upon fondly. (mentalfloss) Very rarely does the show make an impact, then make another, and another, and another, once or twice maybe but it’s almost unheard of for a show to hit once or twice before the rock that is the show finally stops rolling. (whatculture) When you think about shows that did this, that have become thought of as greats that changed the television landscape, very few come to mind that are of the animated variety and those that do all owe their success to one show that somewhat started it all. (ign) The Simpsons started a trend that had networks looking for the next show to match their success, many have tried, few have succeeded with a majority of the successful animated shows happen to share a network with the Springfield heavyweights.
The Simpsons, as a standalone show, began it’s run in December of 1989, let that sink in for a bit. (wikipedia) This is a show that’s spanned four different decades in it’s twenty five year run on television, one of the most impressive feats in the history of the medium. (collider) How many shows can you think of that are regarded as groundbreaking, timeless, and amazingly entertaining that have made it to ten years before they were ultimately canceled or the producers finally decided to give up the ghost before it got too late and people lost interest? (uproxx) Now, think of that list and look at those shows and ask yourself if there’s any chance that they would have kept their audience into a fifteenth season, how about a twentieth, or even more unlikely a twenty fifth season? The easy answer is no, absolutely not, ten seasons is even a stretch for most sitcoms, yet somehow The Simpsons has pulled off the impossible. (telegraph) The show has made it to twenty five seasons, one thing that’s helped is making an animated show palatable to an adult audience while not going too far and alienating the youth of society, by doing this you’ve now created the largest demographic possible and insured your success for years to come. (forbes) As the adults age they continue to watch, as the children grow they continue to watch, and as their children watch television they get hooked as well, it’s a cycle that will keep the show running, well beyond it’s final episode which will certainly go down as one of the most watched shows of all time. (tv) When ranking the greatest shows of all time you have to place The Simpsons at the top, and all other shows bow to their greatness, just ask Seth McFarlane, Trey Parker, and Matt Stone.