Did The Simpsons really predict the future?

Who knew that The Simpsons could predict the future? The writers did! Since its debut in 1989, The Simpsons have predicted some pretty crazy events that have come true.

Large ‘Goldfish’

Recently the BBC reported a scarily similar situation with a massive koi carp hybrid fish called Carrot and a man from Kidderminster. In an episode of The Simpsons, Lisa found a giant orange goldfish in a lake outside a nuclear power plant.

The Simpsons fish was called Blinky and had three eyes, but the story is eerily similar (pretty much). How odd is that?


From Donald Trump being US president to Disney’s purchase of Fox, the writers at The Simpsons have certainly pushed the boundaries of futurism. In an episode from 2000, they even predicted the 9/11 attacks with a scene depicting two towers.

Super Bowl

Similarly, their prediction for three separate Super Bowls happened in 2017 when New England Patriots won against Atlanta Falcons, and Philadelphia Eagles won against New England Patriots in 2018. They also predicted that the Cincinnati Bengals would win the 2022 bowl (they didn’t). 

Covid-19 predicted by The Simpsons in 1993

Coincidentally (or not) is their 1993 prediction for a pandemic sparked by an infectious virus. In 1993’s Marge In Chains episode, Springfield residents were infected with a virus known as Osaka Flu. The parallels of this episode to the pandemic we have lived through are uncanny and further reinforce The Simpsons’ reputation for predicting the future.

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The Simpsons writers have unknowingly tapped into a sixth sense when forecasting what’s to come. With over 141 writers contributing (not all simultaneously), they should start investing in the stock market.

Regardless, there is no denying how remarkable their predictions were and continue to be. And that’s not all; the revolutionary cartoon series is renowned for accurately predicting the Apple Watch, Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl fake roof jump, and Greece’s economic problems.

The Simpsons predict chaos in the UK

Here In the UK, The Simpsons might have predicted the resignation of British Prime Minister Elizabeth Truss. from a 2005 episode featuring a rap artist wearing a “Thursday the 20th” gold chain. The connection seems loose and comes from a Simpson’s fan page tweet.

The Queen

Another claim is that The Simpsons predicted the demise of Queen Elizabeth. The clip from Episode 4 of Season 15 shows a scene from The Regina Monologues when Homer runs into the queen’s carriage and flips it over while the Simpson family is on vacation in London. The date of Elizabeth’s death, 8th September 2022, is on a piece of paper at the end of the video. 

Considering season 15 was way back in 2003 -2004, it’s pretty impressive how accurately The Simpsons predicted the future. What will The Simpsons say next? 

Flying Car

The Simpsons predicted the flying car and a rocket to Mars. Elon Musk has appeared in caricature form on the show and was given a stamp of approval from Homer himself. The episode from 2015’s season 26 titled “The Musk Who Fell to Earth,” in which the inventor made a guest appearance, featured self-driving automobiles that Lisa and Bart took joyriding.

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In 2015 the chances of that prediction coming true looked unlikely, yet Musk has built a self-driving car, although Lisa and Bart are still not teenagers. Now, if Musk had invented the machine that stops you from again, that would be something to talk about.

The Simpsons have been predicting the future for over 30 years, and with reports that the show will run until 2026, who knows what other predictions they have?

How to predict the future

Predicting the future is simply a mass of calculations or probabilities, and while this is not easy (if it were, everyone would be at it), there are ways to make some predictions.

The first thing to understand is that you cannot simply predict the future but can use your knowledge of the present and the past to inform predictions. Look for patterns in data and trends over time, which will help educate predictions about what could happen in the future.

Also, look at current events and potential outcomes to help decide how those events may shape our future. Additionally, consider the opinions of experts in their fields or those knowledgeable on specific topics when predicting what could happen in the future.

The Simpsons’ writers have done a remarkable job of using their knowledge and understanding of current news and events to accurately predict some pretty wild stuff over the years. It goes without saying The Simpsons are the true masters of reading a crystal ball.

This article is written by an independent writer not associated with The Simpsons or Fox. 

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