The premier of The Simpsons 27th season aired this week. That’s right — 27 seasons of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie, and hundreds of other characters we have grown to love. Literally. We have grown up knowing and loving the Simpsons characters. For anyone 27 or under, this show has been on television for our entire lives. The show continues to hold the record for the longest-running American sitcom, the longest-running American animated program, and the longest-running American scripted primetime television series. Not too shabby.
Throughout all 27 seasons, fans have stood by the show. We have (for decades) loved and supported these characters who we feel as if we know through and through. But there’s one major character who has kept a side of his true self hidden, but this season that will all change when he comes out as gay.
Spoiler alert: if you don’t want to find out who it is, stop reading now!
It’s Smithers! Waylon Smithers will be coming out to Mr. Burns this season.
This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise to fans, considering all the innuendos over the years, but now it’s official! Simpsons showrunner Al Jean made the announcement in an interview with TV Line. He said, “In Springfield now, most people know he’s gay, but obviously Burns doesn’t. We deal with that in two episodes . . . We actually do a lot with Smithers this year; he gets fed up with Burns not appreciating him and considers his options.”
So there you have it. No word on how or when it’ll happen and what the reaction will be, but it’s always a good thing when someone chooses to be upfront and honest about their true identity (whether that person is real or animated).
This great news follows other great news that Harry Shearer signed a new contract to stick with the show and continue to voice his characters: Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Otto, Kent Brockman, Reverend Lovejoy, Mr. Burns, and yes, Smithers. So much good news, so little time.
Speaking of little time, Jean also added some troubling news for fans — the show may be coming to an end sooner rather than later. Noooooooooo! “I wouldn’t be stunned if we stopped at 28, but my bet is on at least 30,” Jean said. If his bet is on at least 30, then that’s where our bet is too. Simpsons forever!