April 19th 2014. 27 years ago, a 6-year-old Wookiee sat in his living room watching Sunday night entertainment with his family. As often happened, his grandparents had chosen to watch the Tracy Ullman Show because they liked the comedy. Little did this young Fuzzball know, but his life was never going to be the same again.
“Good Night, Son”
Three simple words from a yellow cartoon father (first dialogue ever) to his son followed by a great little clip of a Mom and Dad saying good night to their children only to discover that the things they say to us often don’t give us sweet dreams. The first clip of the Simpsons (Good Night) set the tone for what we’ve come to expect. Loving parents doing the best they can with their three kids. Sure everything doesn’t go perfectly but that’s what life is all about. As a kid without a Dad… I liked seeing one who cared even if he blundered at it.
As for their sweet good nights… Bed bugs? What the heck are those and how can I sleep when they might be biting me. The baby fell out of the treetop? I know I’m not in a cradle but that’s not bueno Mom. As for Homer’s quote about mind over matter… priceless. If you’re wondering what I’m rambling about, it’s all in this little short that resulted in a show that continues to strike a chord with its viewers 27 years later. I’d love to show you a video but I couldn’t find one that wouldn’t violate copyright. Trust me when I say you can find it online.
The Simpsons celebrates 27 years today and I for one am stoked. The “No. 1 Greatest American Sitcom” (according to Entertainment Weekly) and “Best Show of the 20th Century” (according to Time Magazine) has gone on to win a Peabody Award, 28 Emmy Awards, 29 Annie Awards, five Genesis Awards and seven Environmental Media Awards. It spawned a hit movie, postage stamps, more merchandise than any geek could collect and its own themed land in Florida (as well as one coming in Hollywood). As a Southern California kid, I also have to point out the show even garnered its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
BEST. SHOW. EVER.
Let’s all take the time to realize that its so cool we all bond over a game having to do with the longest running sitcom in television history (take that Bonanza!). Crack open your beverage of choice and raise a toast to these funny yellow characters. Here’s to 27 more!
Hope every one has a great weekend and y’all stay classy. Keep whacking those wabbits and have fun. TTFN… Wookiee out!