Ah, Homer, It Seems Just Like Yesterday (NY Times Review)

The Simpsons has been on the air longer than"Gunsmoke", but that' not a reason to watch the show's 20th-anniversary special on Fox this Sunday night. Tributes to even the best shows can smother them in pomposity. The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special: In 3-D! On Ice! is worth a look because - as the self-mocking title suggests- it doesn't make too big a deal of one of the most innovative, influential and irresistibly irreverent shows in the history of television.

The event opens with a new episode, "Once Upon a Time in Springfield," followed by an hourlong documentary by Morgan Spurlock, the director and star of "Super Size Me."he writers make a few smirking references to the show's longevity - Bart at the blackboard writes over and over, "The world may end in 2012, but this show won't." Mostly it's a typical half-hour of animated lunacy and a reminder to apostates of why they loved the show in the first place.

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