Here’s How Old The Simpsons Would Be If It Started in 1923

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The Simpsons is a television institution that has been on the air for a very long time. Specifically, since 1989. This December it will have been on for 34 years. Have you ever wondered how old The Simpsons would be if it started in 1923? Read on to find out.

Before we do some number-crunching, let’s talk about the year 1923. The song “Yes! We Have No Bananas” was a major hit. Calvin Coolidge succeeded to the presidency after Warren G. Harding died in office. Time magazine began publication. Over in Hollywoodland, Warner Bros. Pictures was formally incorporated, as was the Disney Brothers Studio. Across the pond, a major earthquake devasted Japan, and a young go-getter named Adolf Hitler attempted to overthrow the German government. The year 1923 is also the subject of 1923, a prequel to the hit show Yellowstone.

Anyway, back to The Simpsons. If we subtract 1923 from the current year, 2023, we will find out how many years separate these two dates. According to my calculator, that number is 100. That means that if The Simpsons had started in the year 1923, it would now be 100 years old. Wow! That is a lot of time. If you had one penny for each of those years, that would amount to one whole dollar.