THE SIMPSONS ''Elementary School Musical'' Review Season 22, Episode 1

THE SIMPSONS is such a staple of television comedy that it's easy to forget the depth of the characters, especially as this show carries on into the twenty second season (last year surpassing Gunsmoke to become the longest running primetime entertainment show ever).

Elementary School Musical found Marge dropping Lisa off at Arts Camp, where she meets Lea Michele (Rachel), Cory Monteith (Finn) and Amber Riley (Mercedes) from Glee, and Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement from Flight of the Conchords. There she spends a week in bliss, discussing the wonders of performance arts.

The writing could have been better; there are so many theatre jokes The Simpsons writers did not tap into. No Spring Awakening puns? New Zealand jokes? Funny Glee parodies? Glee did a better parody of itself in the opening scene of its second season. I'm sure the writers of The Simpsons could have come up with something.

The thing that sets The Simpsons apart from shows like Family Guy and South Park are the depths of its characters. Lisa garners a lot of sympathy; a creative child growing up in a house where the arts are not appreciated; stuck in a town without a care for theatre or music (besides Roofi.) Her plight is a common and genuinely sweet one.

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