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The Simpsons Celebrate ‘The Most Meaningless Milestone Of All’ With 500th Episode Opening

Last night, The Simpsons aired its 500th episode last night which, by my calculations, equals 349 times Marge and Homer’s marriage has been in trouble, 228 times Homer’s gotten a new job, and 182 times that Krusty’s show was canceled (my favorites were number 213, 38, and 11 respectively). The show’s been on the air so long that the staff’s probably running out of ways to commemorate milestones. Still, they did a perfect job here with an opening credits that featured the best chalkboard moment ever and a compilation of every couch gag in the show’s history.

The episode itself didn’t disappoint either. The plot involved the titular family being banished from Springfield and forced to move into a Mad Max-esque Outland where Jullian Assange replaced Ned Flanders as their next door neighbors (Assange even voiced himself if that’s a big selling point for you). And it ended with this lovely message for the fans.

“Thanks for 500 shows. All we ask is that you go out and get some fresh air before logging on the internet and saying how much this sucked.”

Aw. Thank goodness for The Simpsons. May they never run out of ways to tell stories about how Bart wants to be a Flanders.

Watch the awesome opening credits from Fox below:

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