Ever since the very first episode hit the screens, The Simpsons have been famous for bringing tons of entertainment to households worldwide. Beyond all the funny moments, they've also shown some pretty interesting episodes. It's almost like they knew about stuff that hadn't even occurred yet and somehow managed to put it in their shows, as if they had glimpses of the future. Here, I've got 25 instances of their uncanny predictions for you.
1. Super Bowl Predictions
Back in 1992, Lisa Simpson made a pretty spot-on prediction during Season 3, Episode 14. It was all about Super Bowl XXVI, and she called it by saying the Washington Redskins would be the champs. And guess what? Her prediction actually came true!
2. Simpsons Predict the Super Bowl, Again!
Back in 1993, The Simpsons made yet another prediction about who would come out on top in the Super Bowl. Fresh off their successful call from the previous year, where they got it right, folks were pretty amazed by this second accurate prediction. They went with the Dallas Cowboys as the winners, and wouldn't you know it, they nailed it once again!
3. And Again!!
Nobody could have seen it coming, but guess what? The Simpsons managed to hit the mark for a third time! It's a mix of funny and kind of spooky how they pulled off yet another accurate prediction. This time, they called it for the San Francisco 49ers to win Super Bowl XXIX.
4. Simpsons Predicted Trump as President
In Season 11, Episode 17 of The Simpsons titled "Bart to the Future," Bart Simpson takes a trip to the future. In this episode, they make a suggestion that in the year 2024, Donald Trump would be serving as the President of the United States. Interestingly, Trump was indeed the president from 2017 to 2021. Even more intriguing, he later announced his intention to run for president again in 2024, just as The Simpsons had predicted.
5. Simpsons Sensory
Marge Simpson once gave a shot at making their beloved in-show cartoon, Itchy and Scratchy, more morally upright in Season 2, Episode 9 titled "Itchy & Scratchy & Marge." In simple terms, she aimed to tone down their crudeness and violence. However, things didn't go as planned, and it backfired when the public started clamoring to cover up nudity in famous artworks, much like what happened with Michelangelo's David. In 2016, there was a similar situation in Russia, where they wanted to add clothing to one of their renowned statues.
6. Ferrets for Poodles
The Simpsons had a prediction that people could pull off a scam by selling ferrets as if they were cute toy poodle puppies. Believe it or not, this prediction turned into a real-life story in Argentina. There was a guy who believed he was getting a poodle puppy but ended up with a sneaky ferret instead.
7. Doughnut Shaped universe
In Season 10, Episode 22 of The Simpsons titled "They Saved Lisa's Brain," Homer had a chat with Stephen Hawking. During their conversation, Homer shared his theory about the universe being shaped like a doughnut. Interestingly, this theory is indeed a real one that emerged in the 1980s.
8. Simpsons Submersible Emergency
Many folks around the globe likely recall the recent incident involving the Ocean Gate submersible, which unfortunately went missing during a tour of the Titanic. Well, in Season 17, Episode 10 of The Simpsons titled "Homer's Paternity Coot," Homer believed he had finally found his father after a long search. They embarked on an underwater adventure using submersible vessels. However, things took a tense turn when Homer's vessel got entangled in coral, and his oxygen supply started dwindling.
9. Video Calls
The Simpsons once again seemed to foresee a cool tech advancement – video calls, to be precise, like Facetime.
10. FIFA corruption
The Simpsons once again called it right when it came to another sports prediction. In Season 25, episode 16, they hilariously depicted Homer stepping up as a referee because FIFA was all tangled up in corruption and had no one else to turn to.
11. Germany Wins
In that same Simpsons episode I mentioned earlier, Germany ended up winning the game thanks to Homer's whistle-blowing skills. It's kind of crazy because a few months down the line, in real life, Germany went on to win the FIFA World Cup. It's like the show had some magical crystal ball!
12. Simpsons Tiger Attack
This episode is hard to dismiss. I mean, who could've seen that coming, a tiger attacking its trainer on stage? But it really does make you wonder if The Simpsons have some kind of magic crystal ball. You see, back in Season 5, Episode 10: "$pringfield," they basically nailed it. Fast forward ten years, and in real life, Roy Horn got attacked by a tiger in front of a live audience. It's like they had a glimpse into the future!
13. Mathematical Predictions of Homer Simpson
In a 1998 episode of The Simpsons, Homer Simpson appeared to be a near scientific genius. It was in Season 10, Episode 2: "The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace," where Homer made a prediction that came surprisingly close to the discovery of the Higgs Boson.
14. False Elections
In Season 20, Episode 4 of The Simpsons, titled "The Tree House of Terror XIX," Homer Simpson wanted to cast his vote for Barack Obama. But, here's the twist, the voting machine seemed to have a mind of its own and switched his vote to John McCain. Oddly enough, in 2012, there was a real-life incident in Pennsylvania where a voting booth did the exact same thing, and it was caught on camera.
15. All You Can Eat
In a Simpsons episode, Homer took the idea of an "All You Can Eat" buffet to an extreme level. He ended up getting kicked out and even took the matter to court, claiming it was "false advertising." What's really ironic is that a similar situation played out in real life in 2017, and it happened right in Springfield, Massachusetts.
16. Just Horsing Around
It's kind of eerie how The Simpsons appeared to anticipate a scenario where a particular company started sneaking horse meat into school lunches. This prediction was made in Season 5, Episode 19: "Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song." What's even stranger is that in 2013, health officials caused a stir when they disclosed that many beef products actually had small amounts of horse meat in them.
17. Lady Gaga Suspended Prediction
Lady Gaga is famous for her wild performances, but who could've predicted just how extreme she'd go? Well, maybe The Simpsons had an inkling. They actually depicted her grand entrance at the Super Bowl, wearing a sparkling Versace dress, suspended high above the crowd - and this was years before she actually did it in real life.
18. Simpsons Send an Average Person into Space
The United Kingdom organized a competition where an everyday person with no background in space got a chance to experience space like an astronaut. Interestingly, The Simpsons seemed to predict something similar back in Season 5, Episode 15: "Deep Space Homer."
19. Prediction of the Smartwatches
Once again, The Simpsons seemed to foresee an incredible piece of technology. Back in Season 6, Episode 19, Lisa had a boyfriend who used to talk to his watch. It's quite remarkable because years later, similar devices became accessible to the public.
Could it be that The Simpsons somehow predicted the onset of a pandemic? It's a bit eerie, but in Season 9, Episode 3: "Lisa's Sax," it appears they might have had a glimpse into the future with their portrayal of the Ebola virus spreading worldwide.
21. Stealing Restaurant Grease Simpsons Prediction
Here's another case where The Simpsons seemed to tap into something that was already happening instead of making a prediction. In Season 10, Episode 1: "Lard of the Dance," Homer found an unconventional way to make quick money by siphoning grease from restaurants and selling it for a profit. Strangely enough, according to the New York Post, this was actually occurring in real life.
22. Baby Talks
A lot of folks might not be aware, but Homer Simpson actually has a half-brother named Herb. Herb doesn't show up much in the series, but in Season 3, Episode 24: "Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?" Herb invents a gadget that can turn baby babble into understandable conversation.
23. NSA Exposed
It's not exactly a prediction, but there was a Simpsons episode that shed light on the NSA (National Security Agency) spy scandal. In that episode, Marge Simpson got a peek inside the NSA headquarters, where they revealed the surveillance technology they used to monitor America's most wanted criminals. Interestingly, in 2013, Edward Snowden exposed that very same technology - six years later.
24. Simpsons Prediction of Nobel Economics Prize Winner
In Season 22, Episode 1 of The Simpsons titled "Elementary School Musical," they playfully awarded Jagdish Bhagwati the Nobel Economics Prize. Yet, Milhouse had bet on Bengt R. Holmstrom winning, and he was wrong at the time. However, it's quite a twist because a few years down the road, in 2016, Milhouse's prediction actually came true when Holmstrom did win the Nobel Prize.
25. Olympics Predictions
The American curling team snagged a gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics, and it's almost like The Simpsons had a crystal ball. They depicted the same scenario eight years before it actually happened, way back in Season 21, Episode 12: "Boy Meets Curling."