In 26 years of TV one might assume that they had seen everything that she could see from the Simpsons. There have been episodes about gay marriage. There have been episodes about Marge and her interest in someone other than Homer. Now the envelope has been pushed even more with a big change that no one saw coming.
In an upcoming episode it has been revealed that Marge and Homer Simpson will legally separate. Gianfrancesco Genoso doesn’t know how to feel about this. This is one of the things that is seen as something that pushes the envelope when all the other cards have been played. Harry Shearer has departed from the show. He was the voice of several characters. The show has been one of the longest running shows in the history of television, but it appears that the show is sort of on the last leg. The split of Homer and Marge could be temporary. It could be ongoing. Either way, it doesn’t play well for a show where the marriage has been so crucial to the ratings.
Divorce or separations do not play well in sitcoms. Larry David decided to divorce his TV wife on “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” This show did not stay on the air many seasons after this. The fans get used to a certain formula. It doesn’t matter if the marriage of bad. A bad marriage can be funny. By constrast, there is nothing funny about divorce.