Revisiting Matt Groening’s animated firsts


Matt Groening has been meddling with time forever. His latest show, the Netflix Original comedy Disenchantment, is billed as a story from a fantastical past, but his other two shows are similarly unbound by the continuity of live-action shows. Futurama takes place on Earth one thousand years in the future and The Simpsons has become timeless by dint of its longevity, taking an ordinary American family, turning them bright yellow, and playing out their adventures across an almost static thirty-year period.

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