May 01 - ''Simpsons'' remain relevant 25 years after America's beloved family first hit the airwaves. Sharon Reich reports.
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Fox's hit animated show "The Simpsons" is about to celebrate its 25th year ... and to mark the milestone, the show is getting a plastic makeover.
"Brick Like Me," will mark the 550th installment of the world's most watched U.S. television program.
The episode's co-writer Matt Selman says he knew something special needed to happen in Springfield to mark the occasion.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) Matt Selman, writer for "The Simpsons" Lego episode, saying (English):
"If you watch the episode slowly we put in tons of hidden background jokes, references to "The Simpsons," references to Legos. So, it really rewards a close viewing. We are not going to waste this opportunity, we jammed every little freeze frame Lego reference background joke we could possibly do. So, watch it closely superfans."
"The Simpsons" premiered in 1989 and since has rarely changed its basic visual form.
Executive producer Al Jean believes what keeps the show relevant is that the family has not changed in 25 years, even though the U.S. has.
SOUNDBITE: Executive producer Al Jean saying (English):
"I think that the mood now is maybe a little more pessimistic than it was 25 years ago, in the general view of the world," "We were always sarcastic and didn't take institutions too seriously."
Jean hints that next season a character will die - but won't say who.
In the meantime, superfans can see "Brick Like Me" on May 4th.
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