The Simpsons Problem: Knowing When to Stop

Like so many kids of the 90s and beyond, I grew up watching The Simpsons. I’d sit down every week at 6:00pm and wait with baited breath to see which episode it’d be. The best thing was, they were all brilliant. There was no way to lose because around 1999, when season 10 was new, there wasn’t a single episode that could be called bad. Sure, some weren’t as good as others, but none were truly unwatchable.

But around this time, things were admittedly starting to take a downward turn for the show. From the first season, ratings had only been getting better and had hit an all-time high…