The Simpsons Didn’t Care For FOX’s Potential Lawsuit And The Show Was Right To Call Their Bluff

The Simpson’s is one of the longest and oldest running American animated sitcoms both in terms of the number of seasons and number of episodes. The show was created by Matt Groening in 1989 and aired on the Fox Broadcasting Company.

Fox was launched in 1986 by 20th Century Fox and News Corporation and has been airing The Simpsons for more than two decades. However, the show sadly has had an uphill battle with the airing company since there are things that Fox wants buried.

The Simpsons’ focuses on an amicable but sometimes dysfunctional nuclear family of five. They include the parents, Homer and Marge Simpson, and their three children, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie who are most times the primary focus. The series takes viewers around the fictional town of Springfield to follow the title family and some regular citizens in a number of situations. The show covers a lot about aspects of family, work, love, and real-life circumstances, just to name a few.

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However, is there really a right way to depict these common aspects of everyday living? Well, this is what FOX Company might have thought.

The Simpsons Never Failed Fox

In several episodes of The Simpsons, the characters are often seen watching a mock version of the channel “FOX,” and if not careful, viewers could often mistake the rolling news ticker for real news. Often, the news tickers look very real and can be very misleading since the show is somehow known to predict current events. As a result, the company has threatened to sue the show on multiple occasions for their parodies.

Simpson’s creator Groening says that Fox News tried to sue the show because of a few controversial episodes that aired. The 400th episode included a newsflash “Do Democrats cause cancer?, find out at foxnews.com.” He said in the interview: “We did the crawl along the bottom of the screen. Fox said that they would sue the show. And we called their bluff because we didn’t think Rupert Murdoch would pay for Fox to sue itself. We got away with it.”


Unfortunately, FOX News retracted their allegations because they would be suing themselves if they tried to sue the show.

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The Simpsons’ Switch to Disney

The Simpsons’ has been unstoppable ever since its inception in the late 80s and any fan of the show may have been caught by surprise when Walt Disney decided to take over the show from FOX entertainment since Disney’s purchase of FOX in 2019. Fans then began to wonder whether Disney would be making alterations to the show since it is not exactly wholesome material for the entire family, especially the younger audiences.

Although the series is not as bad as other animated films such as Rick and Morty and Family Guy when it comes to decency and keeping its rating at PG, fans can’t help but wonder whether the show will lose its dynamism since its transfer to a different network. Thankfully, viewers have nothing to worry about. Fans can now watch every single episode of The Simpsons’ on Disney+. There are a total of 679 episodes and the 700th episode airs in season 32.

It is no doubt that Disney does an excellent job of making things better. Fans were absolutely relieved when they found out that the streaming service would be keeping the original formatting of the show especially since Disney has a track record for frame-cropping certain shows.

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The Simpsons’ Now Made To Be More Kid Friendly

If anyone were to compare the episodes of The Simpsons’ now to those from the 90s or early 00s, one can surely notice a difference. The show has been known for portraying many contentious skits, dark humor, and mild sexual innuendos. However, in today’s world, some real-life issues that were okay to make fun of then are not applicable today.

Currently, in the US, great emphasis is being placed on mental health and the importance of good mental health. Some episodes of The Simpsons have been so controversial that they have been banned in different countries around the world for various reasons.


In season 3, one of the best-known controversial episodes that include battling mental health issues is “Stark Raving Dad,” where Homer was admitted into a mental institution and labeled “insane.” Fortunately, this is not how one goes around handling issues of mental health today since folks are now made to be more aware of this subject and especially how it affects children and teenagers.

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