“The Simpsons” Predicted Richard Branson’s Space Travel

Richard Branson made waves this last week after his Virgin Galactic finally conducted it’s first flight with Richard Branson onboard. This, of course, has publications thinking back to the episodes “The War of Art” where Branson is seen floating in a space shuttle admiring a painting during a brief cutaway. The billionaire would later guest star on an episode of The Simpsons entitled “The Princess Guide” where he voices himself.

I’m not sure if this makes up for recent reports that The Simpsons weren’t allowed to have Stan Lee in a recent Disney+ short thanks to some ridiculous politics, but The Simpsons seem to continue to keep reminding everybody that they are at the forefront of prognostication. Some are pining the fact that Virgin Galactic had been founded a decade prior to the aforementioned episode’s broadcast premiere, however, there’s no guarantee that Richard could potentially still be here all these years later, making it very much still a good bet by the longest running animated sitcom in broadcast history.

Synopsis:

The longest-running primetime scripted show in television history, THE SIMPSONS exploded into popular culture in 1990 and has remained one of the most groundbreaking and innovative entertainment franchises, recognizable throughout the world. HOMER (Dan Castellaneta), MARGE (Julie Kavner), BART (Nancy Cartwright), LISA (Yeardley Smith) and MAGGIE are instantly identifiable television icons. Rounding out this cast of characters are many beloved Springfield residents, including tavern proprietor MOE SZYSLAK (Hank Azaria) and nuclear power plant owner MR. BURNS (Harry Shearer). The Emmy Award-, Annie Award- and Peabody Award-winning animated comedy will begin its 32nd season this year and will celebrate a landmark 700 episodes this spring. Additional upcoming guest voice stars this season include Olivia Colman, Hannibal Buress, Ben Platt and Michael Palin.

THE SIMPSONS is a Gracie Films Production in association with 20th Television. James L. Brooks, Matt Groening and Al Jean are the executive producers. The Gracie Films Worldwide Brand Division develops and produces the licensed content for the series.

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