Sky plans Simpsons Day to celebrate the start of season 30

The 30th series of The Simpsons begins Friday, February 1, and to celebrate, Sky One is airing some of the best episodes of the series.

Starting at 1 p.m., Sky One will air “some of the most beloved episodes of the series’ 30 years.” What will be included? Trojan Lemon? Margin against the monorail? Homer’s enemy? As long as they stay in playoffs two through eight, we’ll be happy. Everything that follows is a waste of time.

Series 30 begins at 8 p.m. that night, so there are a full seven hours of classic episodes to enjoy. The season 30 debut sees Bart end up in the hospital after a stunt goes awry. To avoid getting into trouble, he lies and says he saw Heaven while he was unconscious. This leads Christian producers to propose turning his supposed religious experience into a film.

Chances are it’s not great. The show hasn’t mattered for about two decades now, a sad state of affairs underscored by the recent controversy surrounding the character of Apu (a 2017 documentary accused the character of being a racist stereotype; the directors of programs responded by actually saying ‘Get over it’).

But still, if you want to remember how good the show was, settle in for an afternoon viewing on February 1.

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