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At the moment, it doesn't look like The Simpsons is going to end its series run anytime soon. It's been on Fox for 28 seasons and just got renewed for two more.
Eventually, though, #TheSimpsons will have to conclude at some point. And their stories will have to be resolved one way or another. When that happens, one of two things can follow: either The Simpsons draws to a close with a defining moment ... or, a spin-off can be developed as its replacement, such as how AMC's critically acclaimed Better Call Saul is keeping Breaking Bad's legacy alive.
Many hardcore fans would disagree with the latter direction, but there are definitely some ways for it to work. The Simpsons even had an episode dedicated to three satirical spinoffs, "The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase."
The logical direction would be to follow the lives of one or two of the main characters after (or before) the events of the original series. We'd see them in a completely different setting with new supporting characters and circumstances. With that in mind, here are three directions a Simpsons spinoff could go in:
Bart And Lisa's College Years
We've already caught a glimpse of Bart and Lisa's future with help from Professor Frink. And Bart himself has had multiple episodes centered around him and his future, the most recent being "Barthood," which showed him changing over the years, like in the film Boyhood.
It would be interesting to see how Lisa's journey progresses as well. She deserves an equal amount of time, so the siblings' college years would be ideal.
After Bart and Lisa go off to college, what will Maggie do? She's only one or two years old on The Simpsons, while Lisa is eight and Bart is 10. So, moving forward a decade, Maggie would be the only kid left at home.
And that presents the perfect opportunity to follow Maggie's story. We caught a brief glimpse of an older Maggie in the "Barthood" episode, but a spinoff could tell so many stories from her perspective. Despite having several episodes of The Simpsons centered around Maggie, we barely know her! Maybe Jodie Foster could continue to provide her voice?
Marge And Homer After The Divorce
It was quite disheartening to see Marge and Homer separate back in 2015. Fortunately, the episode's events were just a dream and the couple is still happily married.
But what if they were to call it quits? Homer's antics have been building up to a boiling point for decades; if Marge were to say enough is enough, this would lead to some dramatic possibilities for a spinoff as they go their separate ways, trying to create new lives for themselves in a rapidly changing world.
There's so much more that can be done for Marge than merely finding a new husband, as the 2015 episode imagined; she could discover a passion or a new job, giving her more purpose than she ever felt staying at home for all those years.
A spinoff could go in a totally different direction and feature none of the main family members — maybe Wiggum P.I. isn't the best idea, but the writers behind The Simpsons have so many other characters to choose from. A parody of The Newsroom with Kent Brockman? A Cheers-style comedy at Moe's? The possibilities are endless.
However, we'll have to wait until The Simpsons concludes its legendary run — which hopefully won't be any time soon.