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Judd Apatow's 25-Year-Old Script for The Simpsons Will Air Next Week

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Back in 1990, a 22-year-old Judd Apatow -- the acclaimed director behind comedy gems including The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up -- wrote a spec script for The Simpsons. The Fox animated series had aired just six episodes at the time, and alas, Apatow's script didn't get picked up for that first season. In fact, it took would take 25 years for the episode, entitled "Bart's New Best Friend," to come to fruition. Apatow told TV Guide, "It's a pretty rough script -- when I reread it, I wasn't exactly glowing with pride," but he says that producer Al Jean (who first reached out to the auteur about producing the script) and the staff worked their Simpsons magic on it. The episode is set to air on Fox on January 11, featuring a plot in which Homer gets hypnotized and comes to believe he's a 10-year-old.