The Simpsons season 34 will show how they predict the future

If you want to know where the world is going, start The Simpsons.

The popular adult animated series has predicted wild and detailed world events such as Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy, the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bengals’ victory in the 2022 Super Bowl, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the 9/11 terrorist attacks and much more .

For decades, viewers have watched and wondered how the show’s writers consistently predicted the future, and after 33 seasons, we’re finally going to find out.

Showrunner Matt Selman told Deadline that the show’s latest season will finally show fans how it continues to shock viewers by accurately predicting the future.

“We have another crazy concept episode that explains how ‘The Simpsons’ [knows] the future. It’s a conceptual episode with a lot of crazy stuff, but it also explains how The Simpsons can predict the future,” Selman said.

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Showrunner Matt Selman shared that the upcoming season of The Simpsons will feature a “conceptual episode” showing how the creators continue to predict the future.
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The Simpsons has continued to set records as the longest-running prime-time series, with 728 episodes to date and 98 Emmy nominations and 35 wins.

The series is nominated for Best Animated Program again this year.

“I’m looking forward to season 34. It’s probably the best 34th season of any show you’ve ever seen,” Selman joked.

He joined the writing team on the hit series in 1997 and became a co-showrunner with Al Jean in 2020. Jean has previously shared that he believes the show has been able to continuously predict the future thanks to luck and the number of episodes produced.

“One of our writers, the guy whose episode predicted Donald Trump as President, put it best: ‘If you write 700 episodes and you don’t predict anything, you’re pretty bad. If you throw enough darts, you’re going to hit some bull’s eye,” Jean told NME.

Still, he noted that he finds the show’s unintended 9/11 prediction particularly creepy.

“9/11 is so bizarre,” Jean said of The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson. “In the World Trade Center episode, there was a pamphlet that said $9 a day with an 11 styled like the towers. That was in 1996, that was crazy, like this crazy coincidence.”

The show has been running since 1989 and has stunned viewers as it consistently predicts the future, from Kamala Harris becoming vice president to Richard Branson going to space.
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But other predictions were more thoughtful. “[Mostly] it’s just educated guesswork,” Jean continued. “Stanley Kubrick made the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, and it has Zoom and iPads in it — but that’s because futurologists helped him construct what the world might be like 30 years from now.”

Jean told fans on Twitter that one of his “reasonable suspicions” was Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“Very sad to say this wasn’t hard to predict,” Jean tweeted on February 24, the first day of the invasion, in response to an article entitled “Did The Simpsons ‘Predict’ the Russia-Ukraine Crisis Back in 1998?”

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Co-showrunner Al Jean believes “reasonable guesswork”, luck and the sheer volume of episodes allow creators to predict the future.
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“I hate to say it, but I was born in 1961, so I spent 30 years of my life with the ghost of the Soviet Union,” Jean explained in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “For me, unfortunately, that’s more the norm than a prediction. We just thought things were going to go badly.”

The Michigan-born animator continued, “Historical aggression never really goes away, and you have to be very vigilant. When this clip aired in 1998, it was perhaps the pinnacle of US-Russia relations.”

“But since then [Russian President Vladimir] Putin has stepped in, almost everyone has made it clear that he is a bad guy and bad things are going to happen,” he added.

Fox announced that the new season of The Simpsons will premiere on Sunday September 25th. Tune in to find out how the rest of the year will end. The Simpsons season 34 will show how they predict the future

Emma Bowman

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