The Simpsons Takes on Evolution
Although I grew up on it, I haven’t really watched much of The Simpsons in recent years. Lately, this has been due mostly to my living overseas and not watching much television anyway. Before then, though, I think it was clear that the show had lost quite a bit of its earlier magic. Despite this, I thought this episode was hilarious and fairly clever, capturing many of the subtleties of the evolution/creationism debate—from slick creationist ploys to boring scientists who tend to shoot themselves in the foot.
Here’s my favorite quote:
Ned Flanders: We want you to teach alternative theories to Darwinian evolution.
Principal Skinner: You mean Lamarckian evolution?
Reverend Lovejoy: No! The Adam and Eve one!
Note: Not to be outdone, Family Guy gave its take on the issue as well.