THE SIMPSONS Wants You To Watch It Again Once

Time to kill off another of their 5,000,000 characters.

Every once in a while I run into someone who still watches The Simpsons. Her name is Madison and she's my daughter.

The show has been on for over two decades, but I haven't watched it since the late '90s. Sometimes I'll see a new episode and marvel at what it's become. The show isn't bad necessarily. It's just there. Still. And it's kind of dirtier than I remember.

One benefit boasted by The Simpsons is its willingness to kill off beloved characters every half century or so. In the show's 11th season they offed Maude Flanders. I was already done watching by then, but I assume she never came back from the dead à la every other character on every other show ever, so at least The Simpsons sticks to its guns when it comes to death's permanence.

That's important because they're killing off someone else this year. We don't know who, but Al Jean told Canada's Sun News that "the actor playing the character won an Emmy for playing that character." If I'm working Wikipedia correctly, that could be quite a few characters. I'm personally gunning for Jackie Mason's Rabbi Hyman Krustofski.

We'll just have to wait and hear who it was from other people, whenever it happens. Or maybe a couple weeks after it happens.