On March 19, 2000, the “Bart to the Future” episode of The Simpsons aired on FOX. It was the 17th episode of the 11th season of the show, and it was the 243rd episode of The Simpsons overall. The premise of the episode is that Bart sees into the future and discovers that he grows up to be a deadbeat musician, while Lisa becomes the President of the United States. During a meeting with her staff, Lisa talks about overcoming the debt she inherited from President Trump.
Crazy stuff. It’s amazing how many times The Simpsons have been spot-on with their predictions over the years. They need to give out some lottery ticket numbers in an episode ASAP.
Here’s what Dan Greaney, the writer of “Bart to the Future,” told The Hollywood Reporter in March about the decision to make Trump president.
“It was a warning to America,” writer Dan Greaney tells The Hollywood Reporter.
He adds: “And that just seemed like the logical last stop before hitting bottom. It was pitched because it was consistent with the vision of America going insane.”
“The important thing is that Lisa comes into the presidency when America is on the ropes, and that is the condition left by the Trump presidency,” Greaney tells THR. “What we needed was for Lisa to have problems that were beyond her fixing, that everything went as bad as it possibly could, and that’s why we had Trump be president before her.”
Goddamn, that’s depressing. Greaney tried to envision the most f*cked up situation imaginable for our country, and that is exactly what we ended up with. If you need me, I’ll be trying to cheer myself up by watching “Homer at the Bat” on a continuous loop for the rest of the day.