The Simpsons have graced us with their special brand of familial madness for over 26 years and 584 episodes. For each episode, as Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie made their way through Springfield and to the waiting rabbit-eared TV that never seemed to get upgraded (thankfully bypassing the plasma era at least), a couch gag was there. A gatekeeper for the threshold to be crossed into a world of comedy genius.
In recent years, The Simpsons have stepped up their couch gag game, getting far more intricate and expansive with how far they’ll go for a simple laugh tied into a family sitting on a couch. This week, they turned to animator Steve Cutts, who took the cast of The Simpsons and wrapped them in an 80’s burrito with a healthy amount of Vice City (Miami Vice, if you insist) and a healthy cocaine habit.
Watch the spent bullet shells pile up, marvel at the pastel jacket sleeves rolled up, and look at Ned Flanders all jacked up.