The Simpsons

They say laughter is the best medicine, and there’s solid science to back the claim. Laughing more actually reduces blood pressure and stress, helps in memory retention, and serves as a natural painkiller, among other benefits.

Luckily for us, there are many reasons to laugh through the day. One among them is animated sitcom, The Simpsons. It’s been running successfully for 25 years, cheering up millions of viewers with its satirical depiction of the American middle-class family. It’s timely to remember and celebrate its co-creator Sam Simon, who passed away recently.

Through his brilliant conception of the show, which ran for 568 episodes (and counting), the writer-producer made our prime-time television viewing a lot more exciting. At 59, he died on Sunday, March 8, 2015. He was diagnosed with terminal colorectal cancer in February 2013. Z Living pays tribute to the talented gentleman by sharing five of the funniest moments on the show.

This episode parodies the hit film The Hobbit, which was based on the book by JRR Tolkien:

This horror special celebrates the films of acclaimed Mexican filmmaker, Guillermo del Toro:

This episode spoofs the hit TV series, Breaking Bad:

Here’s a clip of Homer Simpson doing an ice bucket challenge, to raise awareness of ALS:

This retro episode is a tribute to pixel art and 8-bit video games:

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Simona is a journalist who has worked with several leading publications in India over the last 17 years, writing on lifestyle topics and the arts, besides interviewing celebrities. She made the switch to public relations and headed the division as PR Manager at ITC Hotels’ flagship property, the ITC Grand Chola, but has since returned to her first love, journalism. Now she writes on food, which she is sincerely passionate about and wellness, which she finds fascinating and full of surprises. When she isn’t writing, she is busy playing the role of co-founder and communications director of The Bicycle Project, a six-year-old charity initiative that empowers tribal children in rural areas, while addressing the issue of urban waste.