The Simpsons (Season 26) (2014)

As I’ve mentioned before, the latter day input from “The Simpsons” is definitely a take-it-or-leave-it proposition. Some returning fans are happy to indulge, while others wish the show had ended during its classic run. However, no matter where you stand on the subject, Season 26 of “The Simpsons” is no better or worse than the more recent ones. There are some episodes that recall the show’s golden age, like “Simpsorama” and “Bart’s New Friend,” while others like “Clown in the Dumps” and “The Musk That Fell to Earth” (featuring a stiff, lifeless voice performance by Elon Musk, whose involvement comes across as both desperate and out of place on the part of the show-runners) instead land with a thud and a shrug. The show will always have its supporters and detractors, but it’s still a remarkably strong, if occasionally sputtering, satire of modern American life.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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