So I’ve been in a serious relationship with a lovely young lady for just over 6 months now. I’m just as surprised as you that she hasn’t throttled me in my sleep yet. We seem to make each other very happy, but there is a fatal flaw in her character. It’s a red flag I should have noticed on date one. She never watched The Simpsons when she was a kid. Maybe it’s because she’s several years younger than me (I’m 27, she’s 21, in case you thought I was getting some jail bait), or maybe she was too busy “reading books” and “learning” to watch cartoons, or maybe she just plain missed out; for whatever reason The Simpsons was not a mandatory part of her upbringing.
Now this presents a problem. A selfish problem. I’m a (classic) Simpsons nerd. I throw out relevant Simpsons quotes all the time. She doesn’t laugh at any of them. Do you know how much it destroys my fragile self-esteem to make a well-placed, awesome Simpsons reference, and then get no recognition for it…? It kills me inside! She needs to start watching The Simpsons simply to comprehend the lingo she will have to endure throughout our relationship. Oh yeah, and because it’s the best show in the history of television.
Now, asking her to watch seasons 2 through 11 would be a daunting task. Frankly, a task she wouldn’t do. So what I’ve done here, is create a list of 25 episodes of the Simpsons that I want her to watch FIRST. It will give her a core knowledge of the show. It’s not all the best episodes, because obviously there are WAY more than 25 great Simpsons episodes, but it’s a good set of awesome, quotable episodes that a newcomer to the show could appreciate.
I tried to make it almost like a fake season. I’ve attempted to get her some character specific episodes early on, only one Treehouse of Horror, only one flashback, only a small handful of travel episodes, NO clip shows or non-Halloween three-story eps. Sadly, I just can’t include everything in just 25 episodes. So there’s not really any Troy McClure, Grandpa Simpson, Patty & Selma, Principal Skinner, etc heavy episodes. I’d like them to be watched in this order (together of course, can you say RELATIONSHIP ACTIVITY?!), and I hope they flow nicely in this order. Regardless of whether she likes them or not in the end, this seems like a great opportunity to publicly shame her into watching whatever TV show I feel like watching. (laughs into tape recorder)
(laughs into tape recorder again)