The Simpsons will go full meta to address its eerie history of predictions

Fans of The Simpsons will finally see the iconic animated series address the peculiar theory that it predicts the future.

The show has been credited for foreseeing everything from the ebola outbreak to the election of President Donald Trump, the coronavirus pandemic, Murder Hornets, the Disney-Fox merger, Lady Gaga’s Half-Time show, Virgin CEO Richard Branson’s space flight.

There have also been claims a scene in 1997 episode The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson, in which Homer must retrieve his car from New York City after Barney Gumble left it parked between the World Trade Centre towers, that some credit with ominous references to the 9/11 attacks.

Entering its 34th series next month, series showrunner Matt Selman revealed that the show will address The Simpsons’ uncanny ability to depict things that are eerily accurate.

‘It’s a conceptual episode with lots of crazy stuff in it, but it does an explanation of how The Simpsons can predict the future,’ Selman told Deadline.

‘We have another crazy conceptual episode that explains how The Simpsons knows the future.’

Speaking to, showrunner Al Jean said: ‘There was one crazy cell where Bart held up a brochure that is New York on $9 a day, the World Trade Center, this was 1996, was in the background, so it looked like a 9/11, that was insane, and of course unplanned and a terrible coincidence.’

Recently, fans believe that a 2013 episode of the show prophesised the the UK’s rising energy bills.

In a 2013 episode A Test Before Trying, Mr Burns, voiced by Harry Shearer, announces rising energy prices.

He says: ‘To decide how much your electricity bills will rise, I’ve assembled a team of distinguished economists and placed plausible rate hike percentages on their bikes.

‘Now we will use unfettered free market principles to arrive at a number.’

Some fans also believe the show predicted the Metaverse, championed by Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook.

The prediction is linked to the season 23 episode Holidays of Future Passed, which first aired in 2011, and sees Lisa Simpsons head into the ‘ultra net’.

It sees people interact in an immersive online world in scenes pretty similar to the kinds of virtual reality world we’ve seen teased over recent months.

The Simpsons returns to Fox on September 25 and is available to stream on Disney+ in the UK.

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