Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.
September 30 seems like an appropriate day for The Simpsons to kick off its 30th season. That’s another huge milestone for the series in 2018, after it already broke Gunsmoke’s record as the longest-running primetime scripted series in history. Not that the series went out of tis way to mark the occasion (aside from a quick nod during the intro). That’s probably for the best. Last season kicked off with the gimmicky, medieval-themed “The Serfsons,” an episode that failed to give the show much early momentum. “Bart’s Not Dead” sticks to treading more traditional ground, and in the process becomes one of the series’ better season premieres in recent memory.
Source: IGN.com The Simpsons Season 30 Premiere: "Bart's Not Dead" Review