Season 15 comes to an end with Fraudcast News, the 22nd episode of the season and the 335th overall, first broadcasted on May 23, 2004 with a script by Don Payne and directed by Bob Anderson.
Mr. Burns buys out Springfield’s media outlets after a newspaper mistakenly reports his death, and Lisa’s homemade newspaper is next on his list.
Hard to believe this predated the inevitable newspaper drought that would follow years later, this was like five years before most of the traditional newspapers started switching over to the internet and many peoples’ constant fears that newspapers were dead…of course, that’s not entirely true, we still use newspapers to this day, we still start our mornings with our papers and our coffees…well, okay, most people do, I personally don’t drink coffee myself but you get the point, newspapers are still around, they just aren’t just resorted to just paper nowadays.
Let’s talk about the actual episode, how does it fare up?
Overall, it’s a good one to end the season out on, it’s got its’ funny moments, it does a great job satirizing the newspaper business and media as a whole and it has a good ending with a good message about how much one person can inspire others to do something and it’s a nice message to end out on.
Maybe not the best episode of the season but certainly more than a good one to end season 15 out on.
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