39 years of Homer

'The Simpsons' creatively satirizes a popular YouTube video.

Now in its 19th season, The Simpsons is definitely past its prime. But every once in a while, the show will send me into hysterics. Last night, after Homer's sisters-in-law (and nemeses) Patty and Selma pushed him from a bridge, the past 39 years of Homer's life flash before his eyes. I recognized it right away as a very sharp parody of a popular YouTube video posted last year where Noah Kalima took a picture of himself every day for six years.

As Homer ages, gains weight, and loses his hair you'll see the various events of his life. His anarchist mother Mona leaves him and his father, he racks up bad grades in school, he goes through puberty (complete with loads of pimples), and he joins the Kiss Army. And this all happens while the same Philip Glass-style minimalist piano music that was in Kalima's video plays in the background. It even ends with a simulated YouTube screen. Sheer brilliance, and a nod to Kalima. You know you've arrived when The Simpsons takes a shot at you.

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