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It may have taken 750 episodes and 34 years, but The Simpsons have seemingly finally abandoned the running gag of Homer strangling his son Bart.
A clip is floating around the internet from episode three of Season 35 where Homer shakes the hand of a man who compliments his firm grip. Homer responds with, "See, Marge, strangling the boy paid off. Just kidding, I don't do that anymore. Times have changed."
Fans are remarking on the character development and sharing their thoughts on social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter.
I liked of like this as a character development moment between Homer and Bart and how it reflect Homer being a better farther to his son. https://t.co/l0rDLu9f6q
— Nathan Martin (@NathanMartinEX) November 6, 2023
I'm gonna say this right now. I never found Homer strangling Bart funny in the least. It's a tired out gag and I'm so grateful that they finallly dropped it. https://t.co/rD5pWC0yYe
— Omeed aka The Renamon stan (@DKRenamonfan32) November 2, 2023
Good. The gag got old after a while (no pun intended). https://t.co/6Ayo6QpMab
— Phinal Flash (@Phinal_Flash) November 4, 2023
Others, however, are not so happy. Saying the show has gone "soft" in the Disney age.
— Aj Webb 🇬🇧🇯🇲 (@BillieJeanKid) November 5, 2023
Damn you Disney for sanitizing one of the most popular sitcoms of all time!!! https://t.co/JGC5H4C9m2
— Thomas Liuzzi (@GemmygodOffical) November 2, 2023
Having been on air for over three decades, audiences cannot be surprised that as times change, so will the show. The creators have adapted to acknowledge new lines of thinking just like any other long-running sitcom.
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