Like clockwork for three decades, another year means another season of the record-breaking, long-running sitcom, but this season is definitely showing some cracks in the show’s armor. The writing isn’t as strong as it used to be, not even at the show’s creative peak in the 1990s but even with the later seasons that followed, and what’s left here is a bit on the underwhelming side. There are a number of tone-deaf episodes that callously dismiss legitimate social conversations from a hostile perspective, such as in “No Good Read Goes Unpunished,” which handles the shifting public perception of Apu’s Hindu character with all the finesse and precision of a chainsaw handled by a drunken toddler. Any season of “The Simpsons” is worth watching thanks the show’s well-established and maintained universe, but there are few standout episodes to be found here.
Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)