Homer (voiced by Dan Castellaneta), Marge (voiced by Julie Kavner), Lisa (voiced by Yeardley Smith), Bart (voiced by Nancy Cartwright), and Maggie (voiced by Nancy Cartwright) are the core members of the Simpsons family.
There is a lot of interaction between the Simpsons and Springfield locals in each episode, including guest stars who have featured on The Simpsons before.
The fact that several of these events were foreseen at least five years in advance by The Simpsons writers amazes fans. Is the world truly following The Simpsons script or does the show genuinely foretell world events?
The Superbowl and Lady Gaga
A prediction of a musical artist’s performance was made in a Super Bowl episode of The Simpsons. Episode 22 of Season 23 of Springfield featured a performance by Lady Gaga in which she sang and played the piano while flying over an audience.
Super Bowl LI Halftime Show 2017 saw Gaga sing her most popular songs, including “Poker Face” and “Bad Romance.” Gaga was elevated above the crowd for her halftime show performance. She also sang “Million Reasons” on the piano later in the show.
Walt Disney and Fox’s Combined Company
After meeting Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger in 1998’s “When You Wish Upon a Star” (season 10, episode 5), Homer opted to work for Baldwin and Basinger’s characters. Homer pitched a movie idea to the executives of 20th Century Fox over the phone. The following scene in the episode revealed that Walt Disney had acquired 20th Century Fox.
Walt Disney and 21st Century Fox announced a $71 billion merger in March 2019. Toward the end of 2021, Disney and Fox reached an agreement on the streaming rights for Disney-owned films. As a result, it was determined which films will be available only through Hulu/Disney+ or HBO Max.
Presidency of Trump
“Bart to the Future” (Season 11, Episode 17) broadcast in 2000, where Bart Simpson predicted the futures of himself and his sister. Lisa Simpson was the country’s leader, and she claimed that the United States was entrusted with repairing the economy following the presidency of Donald Trump.
Not only was Trump elected president in 2016, but a scene from the programme looked like it could have been taken straight from the screen. A large throng gathered to witness Donald Trump descend an escalator in the same episode. In actuality, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump ascended the escalator with the help of a small number of cheering fans.
Members of the United States Curling Team
Homer and Marge were disappointed to find the ice skating rink closed to curling practise when they arrived in the episode “Boy Meets Curl” (season 21, episode 12) in 2010.
They tried their hand at curling and finally became part of the U.S. Curling (Mixed Doubles) Team at the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang. The U.S. team won gold and defeated Sweden during the episode.
For the first time, the United States Olympic Curling Team, led by Josh Shuster, took home a gold medal in 2018. In the most recent edition of the Olympics, the United States triumphed over Sweden 10-7.
During the episode “Lisa’s Wedding” in 1995, Lisa went to a fortune teller who prophesied Lisa’s destiny up until 2010.
Future plans included a marriage to Lisa’s college beau. She immediately dialled her mother’s number, eager to break the news. In addition to the rotary dial, Lisa’s phone had a screen that displayed Marge’s face in real time.
Since its inception in 2003, Skype has largely served as a means of making phone calls from within a computer. Known as “FaceTime,” the programme allowed users to see and converse with their callers through their phone’s camera in 2010. This was announced by Apple in 2010.
The Matrix 4: Awakening
‘The Ziff Who Came To Dinner,’ from Season 15, Episode 14, aired in 2004 and featured an easy-to-miss Simpsons prediction. There is a movie poster that reads “A Matrix Christmas,” “Coming Soon” at the opening of the episode. Neo (Keanu Reeves) was depicted wearing a Santa hat in the illustration.
The first Matrix film was released in 1999, followed by sequels in 2003 in the form of The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. The next dystopian film in the Matrix series would not be published until 2021. In the United States, The Matrix Resurrections was released on December 22, 2021. Neo was prominently displayed on the poster, although he was missing his traditional Christmas headgear.
Episode “Marge in Chains” from Season 4, Episode 21 of the Simpsons was first shown in 1993. Marge (Kavner’s voice) is in prison for theft, and the episode revolves around her experience there. After a shipment of merchandise arrived in Springfield, the Osaka Flu spread throughout the city.
The COVID-19 pandemic was modelled after the Osaka Flu epidemic. Before making its way to the United States, the Osaka Flu had its origins in another country. While there was no quick therapy for the occurrence, the doctor recommended that patients get some bed rest, just like scientists were still testing their vaccine to prevent the COVID-19 virus from spreading.
Destroy the hornets
A pandemic was prophesied by The Simpsons in the same episode when another epidemic was hinted at. There was a gathering of people who requested that they be given placebos to alleviate their illnesses in the episode “Marge in Chains.” People in the crowd pushed over a truck carrying placebos when one person pointed it out, unleashing a swarm of “killing bees.”
Similar to the emergence of COVID19, the Asian Giant Hornet, a “killing bee,” was reported in the United States at the same period. The New York Times warned that the Asian Giant Hornet was a danger to bee populations because it might wipe out an entire hive.
Tom Hanks Speaks Out in Favor of the United States
Actor Tom Hanks makes a brief cameo appearance in The Simpsons Movie (2007) during a commercial scene.
When a man took his two daughters to view the Grand Canyon, his daughter was unimpressed and asked for a new one. “The U.S. government lost its credibility, so it’s borrowing some of mine,” says Hanks in the following scene.
Hanks appears in the commercial in 2022, a year after President Joe Biden’s reign, expressing the Americans’ resoluteness in the face of the COVID19 Pandemic’s economic troubles. The movie centred on the issue of rebuilding the economy in the United States and emphasising the achievements of Vice President Biden’s administration.
Conflict in the Republic of Ukraine
Season 9, Episode 19 of The Simpsons aired in 1998 and was titled “The Simpson Tide.” Each country’s delegation convened at the United Nations to discuss its plans, as seen in the episode.
It was claimed by a Russian diplomat that the Soviet Union had long since faded from the world’s consciousness. That was followed by images of the Soviet Union’s flag flying and soldiers lining up.
As of 2022, this tragic prophecy is thought to be the most recent to come true. In 2014, Russia had taken over Crimea. Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022 and launched airstrikes against Ukrainian civilians. There is no comparison to some of the show’s “trivial” forecasts, but rather to the persistent tensions that have been visible in history.