by James MacSmith
LONG recognised as a comic Zeitgeist, The Simpsons reputation as the Nostradamus of television shows has been further enhanced.
The long-running comedy classic predicted Donald Trump's rise to the Presidency as far back as 2000.
And now another of the show's bold predictions has come true.
The Simpsons appears to have successfully foreseen Walt Disney's overnight purchase of 21st Century Fox.
An episode that aired in 1998 displayed a 20th Century Fox sign, with the note "A Division of Walt Disney Co" underneath.
Now almost two decades later, Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox has agreed to sell its entertainment businesses to Walt Disney in a groundbreaking $68.3 billion deal.
It is another example of what many Simpsons fans' claim is the long-running show's uncanny ability to peer into the future.
The hugely popular show, featuring the trials and tribulations of the famous Springfield family, is also credited with telling viewers about the role smartwatches would play in our lives in an episode aired in 1995, when Lisa's fiancee talks to a phone on his wrist.
The show, which is currently in its 29th season is also said to have seen Greece's financial misfortunes, which have resulted in a bailout by the European Union.
The Simpsons movie, which was released in 2007, also appears to have predicted American's National Security Administration drama involving Edward Snowden.
In 2013 Snowden revealed the extent to which the US government was monitoring the phone and internet records of its citizens.
But it had all been seen before by Simpsons fans, when the NSA locates Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie by listening into one of their conversations.
Creator Matt Groenig and his crew have also been given credit for pointing out the danger faced by entertainers Siegfried and Roy.
In a 1993 episode Montgomery Burns opens a casino after Springfield decides to legalise gambling. In one scene of the episode a routine that spoofs magicians Gunter and Ernest turns bad when Gunter and Ernst are attacked by their tiger.
Ten years later Roy Horn was mauled on stage by a Bengal tiger, leaving him with serious injuries and ending their long-running show.