Matt Groening is what you get if you took the good parts of Michael Moore and Ted Rall, and combined them (with a lot of needed filler) into one human being.
If you aren’t familiar with his alt-weekly comic strip, Life Is Hell, go pick up your local alt weekly and start reading it, pronto.
I’m pretty damn sure you’re already familiar with Matt’s other baby. A little TV show called The Simpsons. It’s been running for over a dozen years now, and seems to have a few devoted fans here and there.
But now Matt Groening says the end may be near for Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, & Maggie.
From the Financial Times story:
“I think we are closer to winding it up,” he says. “Although what happens generally if we win the Emmy for best animation show is that that gives us another couple of years to run it into the ground.”
Matt is right. And they should have cancelled the series two seasons ago.
Don’t get me wrong — there have been some classic episodes the last two years. There was the one, uh. . .well, and. . .let’s face it, the show has been pretty lame.
When Matt left to work full-time on Futurama, and the late, great Phil Hartman went to work for God personally, The Simpsons suffered greatly. I mostly watch now out of habit. Better to have killed it off at the top of its game (seasons Ten and Eleven were among the Best. Seasons. Ever.), than to let it suffer the long, slow decline it’s in now.
It would be a mercy killing, really.