The world’s longest-running television series is giving its viewers the low-down on cryptocurrency. In “Frinkcoin”, episode 13 of season 31 of “The Simpsons,” airing on Sunday, the animated show dedicates over 80 seconds to educate its viewers on the basics of virtual coins.
The scene begins with Professor Frink introducing cryptocurrency to Lisa Simpson by turning on the TV so that “TV’s most beloved scientist,” Jim Parsons, can explain how digital tokens work.
Parsons’ discussion is reminiscent of educational shows for kids during the early 2000s. It comes with an animated book bursting into song to describe how a distributed ledger works.
“I’m a consensus of shared and synchronized digital data spread across multiple platforms from Shanghai to Grenada. Each day I’m closer to being the cash of the future. Not in your wallet, I’m in your computer.”
While the book is belting it out, the show shifts into a scene where Parsons hits the jackpot and the slot machine pushes out Bitcoin. It also features a clip where the book is relaxing on a Caribbean island.
Parsons then takes over to point out the connection between the ledger and the blockchain.
“When you use the currency, the transaction is recorded in the ledger. And when one ledger book gets filled up, we add to a chain of previous books. That’s the blockchain.”
While cryptocurrency is a space that’s chock-full of technical jargon, the show manages to deliver an explanation that appeals to the average Joe.
The Simpsons, which draws an average of over 4 million viewers, gives mass exposure to the one minute and twenty-second clip on cryptocurrencies. You can watch the entire scene below.
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