Disney+ curates collection of Simpsons episodes that predict the future

Fans think The Simpsons predicted everything from Trump’s presidency to coronavirus

Isobel Lewis
Friday 24 April 2020 08:08 BST
Did this Simpsons scene predict Tom Hanks would need to self-quarantine?

Disney+ is compiling a collection of The Simpsons episodes that seem to have predicted the future.

Over the 30 years it’s been on the air, The Simpsons has been accused of predicting a range of major historical events from Donald Trump’s presidency to the football World Cup results.

Now, Disney+ subscribers will be able to find these moments all in one place through a “The Simpsons Predict” collection, which contains 13 of the show’s most impressive soothsayer episodes.

Included in the playlist are 2000’s “Bart to the Future”, which makes reference to a future Trump presidency and 1997’s “The City of New York vs Homer Simpson”, which some fans said foreshadowed 9/11.

Disney+ launched in the UK in March with all 30 previous seasons of the long-running cartoon available, but subscribers quickly complained that the show was “unwatchable” as the unusual original aspect ratio of the show’s older episodes meant episodes were being cropped and distorted with whole jokes cropped out.

Fans recently suggested that a 1993 episode of the show predicted the coronavirus pandemic after Japanese factory workers spread “Osaka Flu” to the US.

However, these jokes were condemned by a former Simpsons writer, who told The Hollywood Reporter: “The idea that anyone misappropriates it to make coronavirus seem like an Asian plot is terrible. In terms of trying to place blame on Asia – I think that is gross.”

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