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The Greatest Fan Theories About The Simpsons  

Lisa Waugh
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With a show spanning two decades, there’s been plenty of time to dissect the characters and storylines to come up with all manner of The Simpsons fan theories. Despite being an animation show, The Simpsons is still one of the best current sitcoms out there and its popularity has resulted in many fan theories. For instance, some fans believe The Simpsons are geniuses and choose to be dullards (except for Lisa) because it’s more fun. Others think that the show is a show within The Simpsons universe. There are also a lot of The Simpsons theories about where Springfield actually is; is it in another dimension or the Southern Hemisphere or Northern Kentucky?
 
The Simpsons conspiracy theories run the gamut, explaining the trap doors of character behavior and the running inconsistencies in the plot. Like why Hans Moleman dies, but shows up for more episodes. This The Simpsons theory suggests that it’s because he’s part of a legion of hybrid molemen who live underground and they are thwarted in their attempts to take over Springfield, mainly because of Homer. And that Grandpa Abe’s time traveling interferes with history and causes plot holes.
 
There are other popular fan theories about The Simpsons such as that Moe has known all along that Bart is the prank caller. Or that Homer has been in a coma for since the beginning and that’s why the characters never age. There’s a bizarre fan theory that the Simpsons are yellow because of Duff beer. What’s your favorite The Simpsons fan theory? Vote it up to the top of the list.

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Bart Was a Stonecutter Before Homer
Bart Was a Stonecutter Before ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Fan Theories About The Simpsons
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TyPiper93x2 lays out the argument that Bart was part of the secret order because of Grandpa Abe’s membership, and that he already knows all about it when Homer brings it up. Bart also knows the lingo, how to behave, and he never gets into serious trouble at school because Skinner is a Stonecutter himself.
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Homer Owns the Denver Broncos and Can Do What He Wants
Homer Owns the Denver Broncos ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Fan Theories About The Simpsons
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This fan theory from awkwardhipsters holds that, "In season eight episode two, Hank Scorpio gives the Denver Broncos to Homer Simpson. As of 2012, the Denver Broncos [were] worth $1,160,000,000. This source of income gives Homer the means to do whatever he wants, spend as much time out of work as he wants, and so on.

The only reason he remains stingy is because 1. He's an idiot, and 2. He does not care much for the Denver Broncos, and doesn't keep track of their worth.”

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Are Nelson and Barney One and the Same?
Are Nelson and Barney One and ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Fan Theories About The Simpsons
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Here's Redditor firerobin88's theory: “Nelson Muntz's life of bullying leads him to grow up to become an alcoholic loser. Seeking to change his depressing life, he bullies Professor Frink into using his time machine to change his childhood under the pseudonym Barney Gumble. He walks into Moe's and forgets his mission.”
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Homer Knows He’s a Cartoon
Homer Knows He’s a Cartoon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Fan Theories About The Simpsons
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Or at least God tells him that in a dream. This led to a fan theory that posits Homer does what he wants because he knows he’s just a cartoon.
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