Monday Night Raw vs. The World: How does Raw stack up to other episodic classics?

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June 29, 2012

"The Simpsons"

How does Raw stack up against TV's gold standards, like "The Simpsons?"

The premise: The various adventures of an ageless family of yellow-skinned, middle-class Americans in the small town of Springfield.

Number of episodes: 508 and counting

What made it great: We could go the easy route and say Homer Simpson, but the long-running sitcom has a lot more going for it than just its breakout character. “The Simpsons’ ” blend of subtle humor and outright pop culture parody, coupled with an army of supporting characters makes it one of the most diverse shows in television history. It added the word “D’OH!” to the American lexicon. The show is so influential it has featured guest spots from (among others) three Beatles, two Rolling Stones, the Ramones, Johnny Cash, Stephen Hawking, “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling, the Manning brothers, former Prime Minister Tony Blair and Michael Jackson.

“The Simpsons” vs. Raw: We added the word “smackdown” to the American lexicon. None of the “Simpsons” guest stars ever executed a textbook crossbody or broke a gold record over Heath Slater’s head. Oh, and they got the PM, but we got the “Queen.” And unless Homer snaps and smashes C. Montgomery Burns with a chair (it’s still in play, Groening), we think it’s safe to say our “breakout bald guy vs. evil, rich boss” rivalry had a better payoff.

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