Fans are Convinced That 'The Simpsons' Predicted The Downfall Of 'Toys R Us'

Date March 27, 2018

This isn't the first time, and it's creepy but a little weird when you think about it. Writers of the show, 'The Simpsons' have earned a reputation for predicting the future.

It seems that their physic capabilities led them to forecast the closing of Toys ‘R’ Us—14 years before the toy franchise announced it was going out of business.


The other predictions they made.

There is no crystal ball in “The Simpsons” writers' room, but you'd be forgiven for wondering. Or, is there?


After over 30 years, the series about the world's most famous animated family has alluded to many real-life events long before they've happened. Here are some of the most accurate predictions:

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1. Autocorrect Fails

Season 6, Episode 8: Lisa on Ice. It was predicted in 1994, and it came true in 2007. During a Springfield Elementary School assembly, Kearney asks fellow bully Dolph to take a memo to “Beat up Martin” on his “Newton” which was Apple’s early attempt at a personal digital assistant. However, the machine translated the message into “Eat up Martha”, foreshadowing the common messaging errors people blame on iPhone’s autocorrect technology.

2. Faulty Voter Machines

Season 20, Episode 4: Treehouse of Horror XIX. It was predicted in 2008, and it came true in 2012. In a period inspired by the 2008 presidential election, Homer tries to vote for Barack Obama only to have a voting machine record his selection as John McCain several times.

3. Smartwatches

Season 6, Episode 19: Lisa’s Wedding. It was predicted in 1995 and came true in 2014. When Lisa visits a fortune-teller at a renaissance fair, viewers are transported 15 years into the future to 2010 — a time when wristwatch communication technology exists.

4. America's Ebola Outbreak

Season 9, Episode 3: Lisa’s Sax. It was predicted in 1997 and came true in 2014. This installment saw Marge offer to read a depressed Bart a book titled Curious George and the Ebola Virus.

5. Donald Trump's Presidency

Season 11, Episode 17: Bart to the Future. It was predicted in 2000, and it came true in 2016. When Bart flashes forward into adulthood, viewers learn that Lisa not only becomes president but inherits “quite a budget crunch” from her predecessor, Donald Trump. “The country is broke?” she asks her aides in one scene. “How can that be?”.

The Toys R Us shutdown

Toys ‘R’ Us filed for bankruptcy in September, and on March 14 the company announced it would shut down or sell all 735 of its stores in the US.


In January 2004, a Season 15 episode of 'The Simpsons' saw a similar outcome for the toy store. But on the show, it wasn't an ending that saw the toy mecca going bankrupt.

Instead, youth-hater Lindsay Naegle formed an anti-children group—Singles, Seniors, Childless Couples and Teens and Gays Against Parasitic Parents—and instructed the members of the organization to “kill every child…friendly thing in town”.

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Perhaps not as destructive of the actual ending for Toys ‘R’ Us in real life, but the event will be as sad when the company closes its doors after 70 years of business and lays off about 31,000 workers in the U.S.

Fan reactions

When the news broke that the store was officially shutting down, swarms of people took to social media to express their thoughts.

Now, we await the next prophecy from "The Simpsons" fortune tellers.

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