Did Homer Simpson ever come out of his coma back in 1993? If not, has every episode of The Simpsons since then taken place in the comatose mind of Homer? The answer: Who cares, its a cartoon.
That said redditor Hardtopickaname has put forward a fairly crazy theory about the show, but who doesn’t love hearing theories like this! It’s pretty much the reason the internet was invented other than being able to access porn much faster without having to go to that weird porn shop where Carl works (I miss you Carl, your choice in pornography was matched only by your savory Chicken Gumbo recipe).
Back to Homer and his potentially sad existence. This fan’s theory is similar to the Saved By The Bell was all in Zack’s dream theory in that basically the show as we know it seems to take place in the dreams of the main character.
You can read a breakdown of the entire theory here but the main points are basically this:
Back in 1992, in an episode of The Simpsons titled “Homer the Heretic” Homer had this conversation with God:
Homer: God, I gotta ask you something. What’s the meaning of life?
God: Homer, I can’t tell you that.
God: You’ll find out when you die.
Homer: I can’t wait that long!
God: You can’t wait six months?
Homer: No, tell me now!
God: Well, OK. The meaning of life is…
Six months later was the iconic “So It’s Come to This: A Simpson Clip Show” or as most of us know it as “The April Fools Episode” where Homer is pranked by Bart and is left in a coma.
I encourage you to read the other post but basically it states that Homer never actually woke up from the coma and is the reason why none of the Simpsons age and why the storylines have gotten more and more outlandish over time. I’m sure The Simpsons writers would buy into this theory over the popular theory that after 20 plus years they are simply just out of good ideas.
I think it’s a fun read and all Simpsons fans should give it a look. Because the next time you have a die-hard conversation with any other Simpsons and don’t know anything about this you may “look quite the fool…the April fool as it were…”