Things Got Strange – Bart Simpson’s Sad Future

Why does the oldest Simpson child seem to be doomed to a life of sadness?

Long time fans of The Simpsons will know the show has many cuts to the titular family’s future whether it’s Lisa’s eventual venture into politics or science, Maggie’s destiny of being a rebel rock-star, or Homer and Marge’s eternal love. The Simpsons future can inspire all of us that no matter what age their is hope.

Except for Bart Simpson.

In almost every glimpse forward, Bart’s future is terrible and nearly inevitable according to the show.

A sad future that includes failure, heartbreak, a shattered family and inability to move onward with his life. (Let’s save the physically abusive aspect he lives lived through as a kid for another analyzation.)

Bart’s future is most notably present in the episode, “Holidays of Future Passed”. While not officially canon, it was written to serve as a potential series finale and all it does is paint a sad dismal future for the only Simpson son.

Bart seems assigned a future while his younger siblings have gone far.

Maggie becoming a rock-star.


Lisa on her way to starting a family after graduating from Yale.



But Bart is left on the couch.


A divorcee with two young sons. Those things are far from being a sign of a end of life, but he decides to sit on the couch in what seems like a lack of drive to move forward.

So he stays on the couch…


And in the end of the non canonical episode, the Simpson children learn about the difficulty of raising children and guiding a family.


It’s not the the only flashcard episode that says Bart’s fate is left to be a sad one. Again and again, The Simpsons show that Bart’s doomed to peak in high school, flunk out of college, and be left envious of both of his sisters success and happiness.

Only one possible future has Bart matching them where he becomes a Supreme Court Justice.


So, do The Simpson‘s writers hate Bart? Maybe. Bart has shown a higher intelligence than most show characters give him credit for. The ability to quickly pick up languages, a predictive understanding of the human psyche, and nearly genius level information retaining when he puts his mind to something.

“Holidays of Future Passed” is not canon. None of the future jump episodes count towards the show’s overall plot. It has to be pondered though: if all the future plots don’t matter, do they need to paint Bart’s life as something to pity?


About Tai

Editor-in-Chief of the Tides. He has contributed articles and helped write for sites across the wide expanse of the internet. Comic book craving, video game playing, Star Wars fanboy at your service. Mention all forms of geekdom and you will have a friend in him.

1 comment on “Things Got Strange – Bart Simpson’s Sad Future

  1. In my sense, there are people out there that have a FAR worse story. And most of the time they don’t know how to cope with it. I am not saying that bart’s story isn’t sad, it is, but people like him know there is no way to fix the past. But you can fix the future, and I pretty much tell from experience.


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