Though The Simpsons writers downplay claims that the series predicts the future, fans are still excited to see when the cartoon gets it right.
Fans often share their “Simpsons predictions” online whenever a new claim emerges, so here are the various conspiracies that have been conjured up over the years.
What did The Simpsons predict?
1992 – SUPER BOWL PREDICTION
In the 1992 episode Lisa the Greek, Lisa predicts that if she still loves her father, Washington will win, and the Buffalo Bills will win if she doesn’t anymore. In the end, Washington wins.
The episode, which aired a few days before Super Bowl VXVI, accurately predicted Washington’s loss to Buffalo.
Fox also aired a rerun episode predicting the winner of Super Bowl XXVII. Their prediction that Dallas would beat the Buffalos was correct once again.
The show has predicted numerous Super Bowl victories from then on.
1995 – FACETIME PREDICTION
In the 1995 episode, Lisa’s Wedding, Lisa and Marge are shown conversing using their phone’s video chat feature in 2010.
The Simpsons episode predicted the birth of Apple’s FaceTime to the year! Steve Jobs announced the video feature in 2010.
1998 – DISNEY CONGLOMERATES PREDICTION
In the 1998 episode When You Dish Upon a Star, towards the end of the episode, Homer comments that 20th Century Fox will become part of Disney Corporation.
The episode accurately predicted Disney’s purchase of 21st Century Fox for $52 billion in 2017.
2000 – TRUMP’S PRESIDENTIAL PREDICTION
In the 2000 episode Bart to the Future, Lisa is the US President and is heard speaking to her staff about the “budget crisis” she inherited from former President Trump.
The episode accurately predicted Trump’s presidency in 2016 and the economic recovery during the pandemic.
2005 – LEGALIZATION OF WEED IN CANADA PREDICTION
In the 2005 episode, Midnight Rx, Homer, Ned, Apu and Grampa Simpson visit Canada and find out that marijuana is legal.
The episode accurately predicted the legalization of marijuana in Canada, which took place in 2018.
2008 – E-VOTING ISSUE PREDICTION
In the 2008 episode Treehouse of Horror XIX, Homer tries to vote for Barack Obama on an e-voting machine, but the machine registers his vote for John McCain instead.
The episode accurately predicted a vote-swapping problem that occurred on electronic voting machines in 2012. Votes cast for Obama were swapped to become votes for then-Republican candidate Mitt Romney.
2010 – OLYMPIC PREDICTION
In the 2010 episode, Boy Meets Curl, Homer and Marge win gold against Sweden, who take silver at the Olympics.
The episode accurately predicted that the Swedish curling team would win silver against the US men’s team, which came true at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
2010 – NOBEL PRIZE PREDICTION
In the 2010 episode, Elementary School Musical, Milhouse predicts that Finnish MIT economics professor Bengt Holmstrom and Dutch chemist Ben Feringa would win Nobel prizes in their respective fields.
The episode accurately predicted both Holmstrom’s and Feringa’s first Nobel Prizes, which finally came true in 2016.
2012 – LADY GAGA SUPER BOWL PREDICTION
In the 2012 episode Lisa Goes Gaga, Lady Gaga flies over the audience attached to cables.
In 2017, the prediction came true when the pop star performed at the halftime show and when her massive entrance descended from the stadium’s roof.
2014 – FIFA FRAUD PREDICTION
In the 2014 episode, You Don’t Have to Live Like a Referee, FIFA was ridiculed for internal corruption, and world football’s governing body was arrested.
In 2015, the prediction came true after an investigation into a number of senior FIFA officials who were sacked for corruption.
What other predictions have come true?
The Simpsons’ 31st Halloween special, Treehouse of Horror XXXI, features an end of the world in 2021.
The episode begins with Election Day, and in classic Simpsons humor, a campaign sign reads “Biden Harris,” “Trump Putin,” and “Elect Someone Everyone.”
Homer dreams of voting, which causes him to oversleep election day.
On Inauguration Day, January 20th, Springfield has turned into an apocalyptic wasteland.
Robots fill the city, buildings are on fire, and Homer wears armor while wielding a rifle.
“This is what I get for voting for Kanye!” Hans Moleman screams as a robot forces him through the air.
At the end there are four flags that say “Pestilence”, “Famine”, “War” and “Treehouse of Horror XXXI”.
And after the chaos on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, January 6, in which Trump’s supporters stormed Congress in a riot that left four dead, fans of the show have claimed the writers have once again predicted the future.
Fans joked the series predicted Britain’s phased lockdown by comparing it to the massive glass-domed prison that covered Springfield in The Simpsons movie.
In the film, Springfield is quarantined under a giant glass dome by government order to protect it from pollution.
And fans of the hit TV show couldn’t resist comparing the UK’s Covid lockdown to the domed prison.
There have been several predictions over the years that have seemingly come true, with some even claiming the show predicted the coronavirus back in 1993.
Did you predict the outcome of the US election?
Fans believe the Simpsons predicted the results of the US election in which Biden became the next US President.
In a 2012 episode, an election map is shown that looks noticeably similar to today’s map with its red and blue states.
However, some are skeptical, saying that all The Simpsons did was research likely outcomes.
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