With word of the Simpsons going downhill I hate to say, but... Are we in the same era?
The simpsons are now in season 18...well going into 19, but The Simpsons are still as strong as ever. Every show has a few quirky episodes here and there and the simpsons have had there share. Atleast once in every episode you will find yourself atleast chuckling, or discovering the creativity in this show.
Even if someone doesn't like the newer episodes...the older ones are classics. When people look back at the earlier seasons of the Simpsons they hear how different the characters sound and realize what brought this show to life. The simpsons deffinetly are worth your time and you should watch when you get a chance.