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By Amelia Proud
Updated: 07:10 GMT, 21 February 2012>
It was a curious disclaimer.
The Simpsons team decided to end their 500th episode not with a triumphant postscript with this entreaty to viewers.
A black screen reminiscent of those used in silent films, piped with white framing, popped up after the usual half an hour of yellow fun.
It read: 'Thanks for 500 shows.
Bizarre note to end upon: Anticipating a barrage of criticism, The Simpsons team flashed up this disclaimer at the end of last night's 500th episode
'All we ask is that you go out and get some fresh air before logging onto the internet and saying how much this sucked.'
CNN's review seemed to disagree at first glance, but the praise was faint, they wrote: It wasn't terrible, but it also wasn't spectacular - especially after all of the hype.'.
Before adding: 'WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was an odd choice as a guest, and the jokes were only chuckle-worthy.
'Yet even with all of these elements and numerous references put together, this episode still served as a fitting tribute to a classic that we love.'
Outsiders: The episode sees the beloved family become social pariahs once again
Strange choice: Wikileaks finder Julian Assange was the guest star for the landmark episode
At the beginning of the show, loyal Simpsons fans were treated to a greatest hits montage of some of the best jokes from the past 23 years.
The episode, which featured a reworking of the theme song by Grammy winner Alison Krauss, the cartoon family were exiled to a community of outsiders where they met Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
TVEquals.com wrote: 'The episode certainly had its funny moments but was not the grand event one would expect for such a landmark occasion.
'But after 500 episodes, The Simpsons are owed a bit of a break. After a television run this long, the expectation is perhaps better aimed towards consistency rather than novelty.
'Although The Simpsons have been relegated to social pariah status many times before, the episode was still funny and enjoyable.'
Fox News continued with this theme by maintaining: 'Even a bad episode of The Simpsons is better than most of the rest of the comedy on broadcast television, and that we’ll continue to watch this show for many, many years to come.'
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