You don’t know what’s on your TV until it’s on the table, and if you do, you’ll probably end up eating it.
But the new series of The Simpsons has taken that concept to the next level.
The Simpsons are back, and this time they’re cooking up something new.
The show is set to air on the same week the US presidential election is held, and in the days before the election it’s been revealed that an episode featuring a character who plays an internet-savvy detective will air.
In the Simpsons episode, called “The Simpsons vs. The Police”, we get to see the world through the eyes of an internet detective who solves mysteries by analysing information and looking for patterns.
It’s a smart move for a show that has long been obsessed with online and social media and has a huge following online, especially for its young fans.
In a recent interview with BuzzFeed News, the show’s creator Matt Groening described the episode as an attempt to make The Simpsons a “digital family”.
“We wanted to create a family, we wanted to be family, and that’s why this show is such a big deal,” he said.
“We wanted it to feel like family, not just like a sitcom.”
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“We want to create an internet family and we want to be part of that family,” Groening said.
Matt Groen said the show was not designed for an audience that was used to seeing the sitcom as an excuse to binge-watch.
“I don’t think we’re meant to have that much fun,” he told BuzzFeed News.
“If you want to binge watch The Simpsons, that’s fine, we can do that, but we need to be able to do this, not watch it.”
It’s also not the first time The Simpsons have made a digital family.
In 2013, the series took a more traditional approach with “The Family”, a series featuring an online family that included a teenage Bart and a younger Marge.
“There’s a lot of stuff that’s just not like the show that I think we’ll be seeing in the show,” Groaning said.
“We’re still going to have characters that are real people that are going to be there and they’re going to say things, and we’re still getting to see how real they are, so I’m really excited about that.”
Matt, Groening and Lisa all speak English.
Matt, who is a native English speaker, said it was “absolutely beautiful” to have the show brought to life in digital form.
“It’s just really fun to be on the other side of the world and I think it’s really, really important to be an international community, and to see people from around the world come together and make a big splash and be able say that the Simpsons is their show,” he added.