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    Should The Simpsons do season-long story arcs?

    I would be interested in seeing them attempt a story arc for an entire season. The closest we got to a story arc was probably Who Shot Mr. Burns?, or maybe that Mary Spuckler duo.
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    It would probably be a bit much. I wouldn't mind as much if it was done how Seinfeld managed it though, where the season-long story isn't given much notice in most episodes. But I don't even watch the newest episodes, so I wouldn't try to stop them, especially after all these years. Might still work best for something like Disenchantment though, which has a whole half a season released at once rather than fragmented over a much longer period.

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    I wouldn’t care for that. I think it could be one of two extremes, though: Either it would garner audiences not seen in decades because people want to follow the story and find it enthralling, or people could just not bother watching because they’re not interested in the story in the first place, leading to even fewer viewers.
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    Not a whole season long but maybe once in a while having something that follows up on the last episode might work. Or as mentioned, where it's mostly out of focus for a lot of it. Like maybe one episode or so released after the movie that addressed some things that were dropped but it's a bit late now.

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    I do not think it's a good idea. I think it would remove that timelessness that characterizes this series, which allows you to see the last episode and then the first without any problem. On the contrary, and although they seem contradictory ideas, it would not bother me (and, in fact, I would like it) that they allow themselves not to return to the status quo on each occasion, and that they can establish some changes in the reality of the characters, such as , that Lisa has a new friend. Otherwise, any plot involving a new friendship of Lisa will be no surprises, as has happened with The Girl in the Bus, which could be much better if Sam would truly mean a change in Lisa's life.

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    I think it would be excessive, but like I've said before in similar threads pertaining to stort arcs it could be interesting having some shorter ones with some ongoing subplot things spanning across a smaller number of episodes (not unlike with how they did in season 6 of South Park); those could probably work as it wouldn't be anything too big or drastic.

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    Ehhh, no not really. It would be kind of interesting, not gonna lie, but I don't think the show could handle it that well, to do 20+ episodes that all revolve around a story or narrative just doesn't seem like something The Simpsons can pull off. Interesting in theory, but I think in practice it could backfire. I'm fine with The Simpsons maintaining a largely standalone episodic season where each episode can stand on it's own, and not one big season long arc.

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    I've given up on a number of shows because I got so sick of season-long story arcs and "big bads" and drawn-out scooby doo reveals

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    Longer and drawn out story arcs and serialized storytelling in general is very much the norm in series nowadays and it's no doubt a detriment in a lot of instances. I like how The Simpsons has kept away from that and stays episodic but I would still welcome those shorter and more subtle story arcs (that doesn't demand the viewer to see them all to understand it).

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    I'd like it though not for an entire season, I would like it if it were three episodes or something like that.

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    This would be an absolute horrorshow that I'd love to witness. Can you imagine Jeany showrunning a season long arc???
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    I'd take a multiple story-arc season so the whole thing doesn't become one big slog. There has to be a major catalyst in the first episode that set events in motion for the family and town to be resolved in the last few episodes. For me, the big moment is the Nuclear plant finally closes due to automation and Mr. Burns running for president (and winning) and Homer loosing his job ends up breaking up with Marge and for the rest of the season. All of the story arcs would stem from these conflicts.
    Well, ya'know if you stay positive and forget about trivial things like "proper characterization," "Satire," and "emotional depth" watching new Simpsons episodes can be a seemingly enjoyable lie.

    I tried watching a new episode the Simpsons, but I realized the show hit a new low, like a brand new, underground parking structure of sadness.



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