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By Megan McCluskey
Updated: October 30, 2019 1:31 PM ET | Originally published: March 9, 2017

With 31 seasons and counting on the air, The Simpsons is undeniably a television phenomenon. Both the longest-running American sitcom and animated program, the critically acclaimed cartoon is widely recognized as one of, if not the, best shows of all time for its humorous satire of everything from politics and pop culture to everyday family life.

In fact, throughout its nearly 700 episodes, creator Matt Groening and his team have been so on top of the country’s cultural pulse, they’ve even managed to predict several major historical events — along with a few less momentous happenings.

Here are 16 times The Simpsons made eerily accurate predictions about the future.

Write to Megan McCluskey at megan.mccluskey@time.com.

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