In The Simpsons Season 24, Episode 10 (“Trial Before the Try”), Montgomery Burns (Harry Shearer) has the hounds attack economists with interest on their backs to decide how much electricity bill rates will rise. The evil dogs pick a candidate with 17% of the vote, causing Springfield’s energy prices to skyrocket.
Channel TikTok @cartoonpredictions posted a video of the above clip from the episode, followed by a clip from the Office for National Statistics (via Twitter), which reads: “After the price cap was raised in October 2021, consumer prices for gas and electricity increased by 17.1%.” Once again, The Simpsons called it early and several subscribers expressed their surprise. One TikTok user said: “The Simpsons predictions scare me more than [anything] still in this life! this is the only question I have. How do they do it?”
In an interview on Youtube channel Brut, creator Matt Groening and showrunner Al Jean discussed the show’s ability to predict future events. Gröning said, “We take the most incredible, ridiculous, stupid, impossible joke that will never happen, and then it turns out that our imagination is not so rich.” Jean then added, “I think if you have a group of smart people who are trying to predict the future, if you throw enough darts, enough darts will hit the target.” After over 700 episodes, The Simpsons has lasted several lifetimes. No wonder the writers didn’t need a crystal ball to showcase scenarios, no matter how weird, long before they happen.