Six years into Generation Four, and it’s not done yet. I’d like to think it’s because it deals with timeless issues:
[T]he show celebrated things I thought of as virtues. And things I thought were all too rare in our culture today — stuff like being true to yourself, dealing graciously with mean people (which I have seen more crudely phrased as “dealing with a b*tch without becoming one yourself”), supporting your friends, and so on, and so forth. There have been anti-bullying episodes, episodes about how former mean-girls can reform, episodes about how you don’t have to do things that scare you just because the rest of your friends enjoy them, episodes about how what motivates one person might not motivate another … and on, and on. The overarching themes seem to be “treat other people with love and kindness” and also “be true to who you are” which are both morals a lot of us need to be reminded of.
I figure, if you can pull off something like that and still sell merchandise, you’ve earned your place in history.