The best explanation for why the Simpsons is so crazy besides 'it's a cartoon.'
If you've had access to television almost anywhere in the world in the past three decades, chances are you know The Simpsons. Chances are also good that you've heard people say that as the years go by, the plotlines on the show have gotten wackier and wackier, as well as becoming significantly more Homer-centric after the first few Bart-led seasons.
Well, a certain fan theory posted on reddit that explains all this went viral last week. The theory states that the past 20 seasons have all been dreams in Homer's mind after he was put in a coma on April Fool's Day, 1993, in Season 4, Episode 18, "So It's Come To This." This video from Cartoon Conspiracy explains all this in a way that's impossible to misunderstand (but will still make you want to rewatch all the old episodes).
Everything since I was 8 has been a lie. What else is new?
For the record, that coma was initially intended to give the writers a break—it was the show's first flashback clip episode—although the theory goes on to posit that this also let the writers create modern storylines (Homer can hear pop culture references on TV through his coma) without worrying about aging characters or too much plot consistency.
As redditor Hardtopickname pointed out, maybe we should have listened to God.
Also for the record, Simpsons producer Al Jean has called the theory "intriguing but false." Which is exactly what he would say.