Zach Binges… The Simpsons

It’s my all-time favorite television franchise, and by a significant margin, so I’m going to make the ultimate commitment.

The Simpsons have always held a very special place in my heart. Whether it was watching seasons one through six with my sister on weekends in junior high through our bulky, five-DVD player, or waiting anxiously to end my weekend with FOX’s Animation Domination, or watching it at a really young age with Uncle Tom, who used to wear Simpsons socks around the house. I have always held an affinity for that dysfunctional family from Springfield.

No other television series or franchise has ever come close to it, either. From a personal standpoint, I’ve always valued it on the same level as I value the Cubs in baseball or Rush in music. It’s pretty much untouchable, and I have watched some episodes over a hundred times without ever getting tired of it.

For the last six months, I have talked about watching the series the entire way through — seasons one through 27 (well, 28 now) — taking notes, and ultimately reviewing the show season-by-season on this blog. No, not all at once; that would take an eternity. Progressively, over the next few months.

I’ll watch each season, take notes from each episode and give them a grade. From there, I’ll recap each season, giving the season an overall score while highlighting good and bad episodes, quotes and moments before listing the grades for each episode of the entire season.

It sounds like a lot, but in two hours I’m already halfway through the first season. Trust me, it’s not that complex of a system.

Now, the ideal thing for me here is to do all 28 seasons consecutively with no interruptions. Unfortunately, that’s a big ask, so if necessary I will take a self-imposed break around seasons 13 or 14, watch (and write about) some other shows before finishing the job. It may not come to that; I may get so invested in this and go all the way. But it’s nice to have a backup plan.

When it’s all said and done, I hope to have watched and graded every episode in the series (as well as the movie, which I plan to bring into this process when that time comes), and hope to have a “Best Of” ranking of episodes from my findings. Could be 25, or more. We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.

What I do know is, I’m really excited for this. Watching season one with a critical eye has been thrilling, and with access to something like Frinkiac, referencing moments from the show is a few easy clicks away. Plus, I can’t think of anything better than unwinding from a Cubs playoff win with a Simpsons marathon after the game. That’s the high life, right there.

If all goes according to plan, I’ll actually have season one ready for review by tomorrow or Monday. It’s short — only 13 episodes — and they’re familiar to me. But if you don’t mind, I’m going to finish here and watch some now.

SEASONS REVIEWED (UPDATED 10/15)

Season One (1989–1990)
Season Two (1990–1991)

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