ED­I­TOR’S LET­TER

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What's your favourite

The Simp­sons

episode? Marge vs. the Mono­rail, Itchy and Scratchy Land, Who Shot Mr Burns Parts 1 & 2? I'll haz­ard a guess and say it's not one from the more re­cent shows. Back in the hal­cyon days, The Simp­sons

crammed gen­uine belly laughs into ev­ery scene. Now? Not so much. The tired­ness has set in on Amer­ica's favourite fam­ily, but sadly it shows no signs of re­tir­ing any­time soon prob­a­bly some­thing to do with it be­ing a bil­lion dol­lar fran­chise. Still, when it was at the top of its game, The Simp­sons ef­fort­lessly set the stan­dard for com­edy shows. There's a sci­ence to suc­cess­ful sit­coms, which we dive into on page 18. Now, if you don't mind, I'm off to watch the Mr Plow episode for the bazil­lionth time. Nathan Irvine, Ed­i­tor

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