Who needs astrology when you have The Simpsons?
The 31 season-strong animated sitcom has accurately predicted the future so many times, that we might as well call Matt Groening an oracle. Still, it’s no less shocking when an old episode from the 90’s ends up manifesting irl in 2020.
Here are 12 times that The Simpsons ended up predicting the future – for like the thousandth time.
1. We all know this one
You know how Donald Trump is president? Yeah, The Simpsons saw that one coming from like a mile away.
Also… LOOK AT THAT CAMPAIGN SIGN!!! That’s almost the damn font!
2. JCPenney’s bankruptcy
This episode predicted JCPenney going out of business 14 years ago. JCPenney filed for bankruptcy in 2020.
3. Lady Gaga flying in the air
Gaga and Simpsons writers were on the save wavelength here. This episode and the pop legend’s Superbowl performance have strikingly similar choreography.
4. Well, that’s depressing
The Amazon’s been disappearing for a while, but this one hits different after the 2019 wildfires.
5. Now that’s what I call electoral fraud
The Simpsons was way ahead of the game when it came to 2016’s election hacking debacle.
6. This mutant fish
This 1990 episode accurately shows some of the scariest effects of climate change. Three-eyed fish have since been found in a reservoir near a power plant in Argentina.
7. Tiger attack
These two big cat trainers based on the duo Siegfried and Roy were attacked by their tigers, which is exactly what happened in 2003.
8. Greece’s economic collapse
This joke that aired in 2013 wasn’t too far-fetched, considering Greece defaulted on its debt only two years later.
9. The smart watch
The prototype here looks pretty crazy, but it’s become pretty standard to have phone on your wrist nowadays.
10. Disney’s acquisitions
This episode from 1998 had a punchline that was a long time coming. Disney finally bought Fox Studios in 2019.
Only Coronavirus could make this joke more triggering.
12. The Game of Thrones finale
Talk about a premonition. Maybe GoT fans wouldn’t have been caught off guard by Daenerys’ 360-degree turn if they’d gotten a sneak peek in this Simpsons episode.
Is it socially acceptable to just start treating The Simpsons like the news? At this point, I feel like it’s an accurate source of information.
What’s your favorite Simpsons prediction that actually came true? Let us know in the comments below!