[This is a review of The Simpsons season 27 premiere. There will be SPOILERS.]
The Simpsons 27th season premiere has proven once again that America's lovable yellow family has lost none of its potency. You heard it here, there are still plenty of laughs to be had.
For over two decades, Homer remains the focal point for which the series revolves around. He is after all, one of the most dynamic characters in television history, and surprisingly remains one of its funniest.
In 'Every Man's Dream', Homer is in danger of losing his family for the umpteenth time. It's difficult to keep track of all the times this scenario has happened over the years; in a creative turn, though, the team behind this animation marvel has managed to keep this episode from feeling repetitive. This "freshness" was due in no small part to the addition of the stars from HBO's love it/hate it TV series Girls.
Lena Dunham's portrayal of the pharmaceutical vixen named Candace was superb, as she takes Homer to a part of Springfield that unmistakable resembles the same burrow that Girls takes place in. These two series couldn't be more dissimilar, but that's what also makes them play so well off of each other. Unlike the characters in Girls, which exist in a promiscuous 21st century New York City lifestyle, The Simpson family by comparison appear rather chaste. Even with all of his faults, Homer continues to stay true to his wife and family, where Candace and her friends (as Homer observes), complain about everything even when there is nothing to complain about.
The Simpsons stubbornly remains steadfast in the beliefs its characters have inhabited since 1989. While South Park's season 19 premiere features Subway's former spokesperson Jared Fogle chasing after tiny immigrant children, the writers behind The Simpsons decide to open their season with a story about a couple trying to work on their marriage. How boring is that, right? Well, perhaps, depending on when you were born, but it's nice to see some good old fashioned values every now and again, instead of the nihilistic view of so many modern shows. In an age of television where the darker your show is, the better, it's nice to see The Simpsons are still trying to capture the lighter side of things.
The dream sequences were also a nice touch this week, since many of us probably assumed that this was all Homer's imagination. One of the funnier bits was seeing Homer's outfit after he had supposedly been a good husband for the entire month of March. Watching him sit their with his St. Patrick's Day hat and coffee mug that read "sober" was hilarious. Even the ending with Dunham's character saying one should never get drunk in Brooklyn was a nice moment as well. In the end, as we all expected, Homer and Marge are still a "happily" married couple.
Even though The Simpsons may feel dated at times, it still remains one of the better animated comedies on television. 'Every Man's Dream' was an excellent start to what is hopefully a stellar 27th year for the series. So, what did you think of this week's premiere?
The Simpsons continues with 'Cue Detective' next Sunday @8pm on Fox.