(CNN) – First things first: No, “The Simpsons” can’t predict the future.
However, being the longest-running comedy in U.S. history, the timeless series often aligns with “life imitates art” -type moments that occur years after its release.
This week, for example, social media users pointed to the latest match between Vice President Kamala Harris ’attire during the ceremony and that of Lisa Simpson in a 2000 episode.
In “Bart to the Future,” Lisa takes over the presidency and says words that have now gone viral: “As you know, we inherited a major budget crisis from President Trump.”
In the episode, Lisa wore a purple jacket and pearls. And at Wednesday’s ceremony, Harris wore a purple jacket and pearls. With the arrival of Harris in office immediately after Donald Trump’s presidency, spectator comparisons emerged easily.
The similarities with the inauguration did not end here for fans of “The Simpsons.” Actor Tom Hanks acted as host during a virtual concert Wednesday night, the goal being to follow the theme of President Joe Biden’s national unity in times of crisis.
In “The Simpsons: The Movie” in 2007, Hanks, in a cameo, promotes a new Grand Canyon proposed in Springfield, the hometown of the Simpsons.
“Hello. I’m Tom Hanks. The U.S. government has lost its credibility, so it is borrowing part of mine, ”he says.
At the end of the scene, he says, “If you’re going to choose a government to trust, why not this one?”
Speculation about the prophetic abilities of the series is nothing new. Followers say the program predicted, among other cases, a tiger attack by tamers Siegfried and Roy, smart watches, “killer wasps” and Disney’s purchase of 20th Century Fox.
The show’s longevity and use of possible comedy scenarios have even been mentioned in other shows, including the episode of “South Park,” “The Simpsons Already Did.”
When asked in 2016 about Donald Trump’s presidency prediction so far in advance, writer Dan Greaney told The Hollywood Reporter, “It was a warning to the United States.”
“And this seemed like the last logical stop before it hit rock bottom. It was launched because it was consistent with the vision of the United States going crazy, “he added.