The Simpsons: "Once Upon a Time in Springfield" Review Season 21, Episode 10


The 450th episode of The Simpsons was further proof that it's nice to still have this series around. All sorts of arguments can be made that the show just isn't as good as it used to be, and to an extent, it would be hard to argue. But I don't think you'd have such an easy time convincing people that the current state of the series is bottom-of-the-barrel terrible. Okay, it may not be turning out classic after classic after classic, but The Simpsons can still deliver smart and solid entertainment. "Once Upon a Time in Springfield" was another solid episode, from television's longest running series. And, honestly, to deliver an effective, funny episode on your 450th turn is quite an accomplishment.


The Simpsons has reached milestones like this a number of times in its history. On each occasion, the episode itself paid little mind to the goal being accomplished. Only "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show" stands out as an episode actually saying something about the feat it was achieving. With that episode, The Simpsons became the longest running primetime animated series, surpassing The Flintstones. And in that episode, the Itchy and Scratchy cartoon was portrayed as faltering and losing its edge, much like The Simpsons itself was being talked about at that time. "Once Upon a Time in Springfield" took a similar route when the producers of "The Krusty the Clown Show" complained that the show was losing ratings among young girls and decided to add Princess Penelope to the cast.


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