Timeless I was thinking about the Simpsons after the last post, and started pondering how strange time moves on the show. That is, time moves forward on each episode, but each episode doesn't advance the time frame of the larger show. At the same time, the characters remember past episodes, but in sort of a hazy way. One theory is presented by Brendan Riley in his excellent essay Sitcom Time and Narrative Tweaking in the Simpsons. Brendan has a whole lot of other info on Simpsons time on his site.