The Simpsons season 27 proves the show is truly in tune with the times. Hence, it could explain its longevity after all these years on television.
The animation series will feature a story that is close to the heart of one of its writers, The Wrap reported. The website cited the interview of Rob LaZebnik, the episode writer with the New York Post.
After 27 years, Waylon Smithers Jr. finally comes out. The website revealed that on Sunday night Smithers would seek the help of Homer Simpson as he hopes to find new love. At this point, he realized that his affection for Mr. Burns would remain unrequited. Hence, he’s chosen to move forward and hopefully get over his boss.
LaZebnik explained to the The Post why he wrote the episode.
“I am a Midwestern guy, so I don’t tend to wear my emotions on my sleeve, but I thought, ‘What better way to tell my son I love him than to write a cartoon about it?’” LaZebnik revealed.
Fox 6 Now reported earlier about his coming out in The Simpsons season 27. However, prior to the “big reveal” Smithers’ sexual orientation was always somewhat implied.
The website noted how Smithers is often featured hanging out in the gay part of Springfield. It also mentioned his fondness for all-male resort holidays. His large collection of Malibu Stacy dolls in town could also be a clue.
The website cited Al Jean’s interview with TV Line. Jean is the show’s executive producer.
“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,” Jean revealed.
As one of the longest running TV series, The Simpsons is known for its innovation. For the first time ever, Homer will appear live to answer questions from Twitter fans during season 27.
The Simpsons might have even foretold the presidential run of Donald Trump way back in 2000.