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The Simpsons
Putting the "fun" back in "dysfunctional" since 1987!
Genre: Animated sitcom
Running Time: 21-24 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: April 19, 1987 - May 14, 1989 (Tracey Ullman Show shorts)
December 17, 1989 - May 16, 1999 (Seasons 1-10)
September 27, 2020 - present (Season 32-present)
Network(s): Fox (US broadcast)
FXX (US syndication)
Network Ten (1991-2011; Australia)
Eleven (2011-17; Australia)
7mate (2018-present; Australia)
Sky One (1990-2021; UK broadcast)
Sky Showcase (2021-present; UK broadcast)
BBC One (1996-97; UK syndication)
BBC Two (1997-2004; UK syndication)
Channel 4 (2004-present; UK syndication)
Disney+ (Worldwide streaming)
Created by: Matt Groening
James L. Brooks
Sam Simon
Distributed by: 20th Television (On behalf of Disney–ABC Domestic Television)
Starring: Dan Castellaneta
Julie Kavner
Nancy Cartwright
Yeardley Smith
Hank Azaria
Harry Shearer
Seasons: 32
Episodes: 13 (Season 1)
22 (Seasons 2, 4-5, 11, 13, 15, 17-18, 22-28, 31-33)
23 (Seasons 10, 21, 30)
24 (Season 3)
25 (Seasons 6-9)
Previous show: The Simpsons shorts from The Tracey Ullman Show

The Simpsons is an American long-running adult animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. It is based on the 1987-1989 shorts made for the Tracy Ullman Show. Since its debut on December 17, 1989, 720 episodes of the show have been broadcast. It is the longest-running American animated series, longest-running American sitcom, and the longest-running American scripted primetime television series, both in terms of seasons and number of episodes. It is considered to be one of the greatest cartoons of all time, despite its gradual decline afterwards. The show received acclaim throughout its early seasons in the 1990s, which are generally considered its "golden age". Since then, it has been criticized for a perceived decline in quality.

Why These Seasons Make Homer Go "Woo-Hoo!"

  1. Adult animation in its purest form, as this is the first adult animated TV series since The Flintstones to garner major success.
  2. Clever humor and writing.
  3. Good voice acting.
  4. Likable and memorable characters, such as:
    1. Homer Simpson was an amazing character until Season 11 and redeemed in Season 31. Also, he is one of the biggest adult cartoon icons in history.
    2. Bartholomew "Bart" Simpson is one of the most iconic kid characters in adult animation.
    3. Marge Simpson is a trusting and loving wife to Homer and mother to Bart, Lisa and Maggie.
    4. Lisa Simpson (Seasons 1-6, 31-present).
    5. Maggie Simpson is a reasonably cute character.
    6. Ned Flanders was a good character until Season 11 and redeemed in Season 32.
    7. Seymour Skinner was a good character until Season 9 and also redeemed in Season 31.
    8. Gary Chalmers
    9. Willie
    10. Milhouse van Houten
    11. Nelson Muntz (though it varies when he is likeable or unlikeable)
    12. Ralph Wiggum
    13. Otto Mann
    14. Krusty
    15. Sideshow Mel
    16. Troy McClure
    17. Lionel Hutz
    18. Martin Prince
    19. Abraham Simpson II
    20. Lenny Leonard
    21. Carl Carlson
    22. Moe Szylak was a good character until Season 16, and he redeemed in Season 31.
    23. Barney Gumble
    24. Apu Nahasapeemapetilon
    25. Clancy Wiggum
    26. Monty Burns
    27. Waylon Smithers
    28. Patty Bouvier (depending on your view)
    29. Selma Bouvier (depending on your view)
    30. Jimbo Jones (depending on your view)
    31. Kearney Zzyzwicz (depending on your view)
    32. Dolph Starbeam (depending on your view)
    33. Professor Frink
    34. Hans Moleman
    35. Timothy Lovejoy
    36. Kent Brockman
    37. Julius Hibbert
    38. Stu
    39. Duffman
    40. Dr. Nick
    41. Ruth Powers
    42. Graggle Simpson
    43. Each of the Simpsons have a very distinct personality:
      1. Homer is the dimwitted, but well-meaning dad.
      2. Marge is the strict, but loving mother.
      3. Bart is the trouble-making son.
      4. Lisa is the overachieving daughter.
      5. Maggie is the silent member of the family, but is often implied to be smarter than one would expect.
  5. Splendid animation, especially that of Season 32 onwards as it's wonderfully smooth due to being animated using Toom Boom Harmony.
  6. Impressive balancing of an extremely large cast of side characters, most of whom have clearly defined and likeable personalities.
  7. There are so many hilarious and unforgettable running gags:
    1. Sideshow Bob repeatedly trying to kill Bart Simpson after the events of "Krusty Gets Busted".
    2. A different kind of couch gag at the beginning of every episode.
    3. The many catchphrases like Homer Simpson's "D'oh!", Nelson Muntz's laugh, and Bart's rotated catchphrases "Ay Carumba!", "Don't have a cow, man!", "Eat my shorts!" and "I'm Bart Simpson, who the hell are you?".
    4. The way Superintendent Chalmers yells "Skinner!".
    5. The Itchy & Scratchy Show, which parodies the violent cartoons of the early-to-mid 20th century (most notably Tom and Jerry).
    6. Ralph Wiggum's "Ralphisms".
    7. Bart's prank calls to Moe's Tavern.
  8. Lots of great episodes, such as:
    1. "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" (which started the series on a heartwarming note)
    2. "There's No Disgrace Like Home" (although the personalities are different)
    3. "Bart the General"
    4. "Moaning Lisa"
    5. "The Call of the Simpsons"
    6. "The Telltale Head"
    7. "Krusty Gets Busted"
    8. "Some Enchanted Evening" (despite the poorly aged animation, which ended season 1 on a high note)
    9. "Bart Gets an F" (depending on your view)
    10. The "Treehouse of Horror" episodes (except "Treehouse of Horror XXII")
    11. "Bart the Daredevil"
    12. "Bart vs. Thanksgiving"
    13. "One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish"
    14. "Brush With Greatness"
    15. "Lisa's Substitute"
    16. "Stark Raving Dad"
    17. "Homer Defined"
    18. "Like Father, Like Clown"
    19. "Lisa's Pony"
    20. "Saturdays of Thunder"
    21. "Flaming Moe's"
    22. "Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk"
    23. "I Married Marge"
    24. "Homer Alone"
    25. "Bart the Lover"
    26. "Homer at the Bat"
    27. "Separate Vocations"
    28. "Black Widower"
    29. "The Otto Show"
    30. "Bart's Friend Falls in Love"
    31. "Kamp Krusty"
    32. "Homer the Heretic"
    33. "Marge Gets a Job"
    34. "New Kid on the Block"
    35. "Mr. Plow"
    36. "Lisa's First Word"
    37. "Homer's Triple Bypass"
    38. "Marge vs. the Monorail"
    39. "I Love Lisa"
    40. "Selma's Choice"
    41. "Duffless"
    42. "Last Exit to Springfield"
    43. "So It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show"
    44. "The Front"
    45. "Whacking Day"
    46. "Krusty Gets Kancelled"
    47. "Homer's Barbershop Quartet"
    48. "Cape Feare"
    49. "Homer Goes to College"
    50. "Rosebud"
    51. "$pringfield" (also known as "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling")
    52. "Homer and Apu"
    53. "Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy"
    54. "Deep Space Homer"
    55. "Homer Loves Flanders"
    56. "Bart Gets an Elephant"
    57. "Burns' Heir"
    58. "Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song"
    59. "Boy-Scoutz 'n the Hood"
    60. "The Boy Who Knew Too Much"
    61. "Lisa's Rival"
    62. "Sideshow Bob Roberts"
    63. "Bart's Girlfriend"
    64. "Homer Badman"
    65. "Homer the Great"
    66. "And Maggie Makes Three"
    67. "Bart's Comet"
    68. "Lisa's Wedding"
    69. "The PTA Disbands!"
    70. "Itchy & Scratchy Land"
    71. "'Round Springfield"
    72. "The Springfield Connection"
    73. "Lemon of Troy"
    74. "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" (Parts 1 and 2)
    75. "Radioactive Man"
    76. "Bart Sells His Soul"
    77. "King-Size Homer"
    78. "Mother Simpson"
    79. "Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming"
    80. "Team Homer"
    81. "Two Bad Neighbors"
    82. "Homer the Smithers"
    83. "A Fish Called Selma"
    84. "Bart on the Road"
    85. "22 Short Films About Springfield"
    86. "Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in 'The Curse of the Flying Hellfish'"
    87. "Much Apu About Nothing"
    88. "Summer of 4 Ft. 2"
    89. "You Only Move Twice"
    90. "Bart After Dark"
    91. "A Milhouse Divided"
    92. "Lisa's Date with Density"
    93. "Burns Baby Burns"
    94. "Hurricane Neddy"
    95. "El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)"
    96. "They Homer They Fall"
    97. "The Springfield Files"
    98. "Mountain of Madness"
    99. "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show"
    100. "Homer's Phobia"
    101. "Brother from Another Series"
    102. "Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment"
    103. "Grade School Confidential"
    104. "In Marge We Trust"
    105. "Homer's Enemy"
    106. "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson" (despite how badly some of the jokes have aged following 9/11)
    107. "Lisa's Sax"
    108. "The Cartridge Family"
    109. "The Joy of Sect"
    110. "Das Bus"
    111. "This Little Wiggy"
    112. "Trash of the Titans"
    113. "King of the Hill"
    114. "Natural Born Kissers"
    115. "The Wizard of Evergreen Terrance"
    116. "Lisa Gets an 'A'"
    117. "Mayored to the Mob"
    118. "Marge Simpson in: 'Screaming Yellow Honkers'"
    119. "Maximum Homerdrive"
    120. "Mom and Pop Art"
    121. "Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo" (which ended the "Golden Age" of the show on a high note)
    122. "Undercover Burns" (which started season 32 on a high note)
    123. "I, Carumbus"
    124. “Podcast News”
    125. "The Road to Cincinnati"
    126. “The Dad Feelings Limited”
    127. "Diary Queen" (even though the ending feels a bit rushed)
    128. “Uncut Femmes”
    129. "Mother and Child Reunion"
    130. "The Last Barfighter" (which ended Season 32 on a high note)
    131. "A Serious Flanders"
  9. Memorable opening theme music, composed by Danny Elfman and arranged by Alf Clausen.
  10. Most of the in-episode musical numbers are well-written and funny, including:
    1. "We Do!"
    2. "The Monorail Song"
    3. "Who Needs the Kwik-E-Mart?"
    4. "We Put the Spring in Springfield"
    5. "Dr. Zaius"
    6. "Everybody Hates Ned Flanders"
    7. "They'll Never Stop the Simpsons"
    8. "Sold Separately"
    9. "The Garbage Man Can"
    10. "Checkin' In"
    11. "Cut Every Corner"
    12. The musical numbers in "All Singing, All Dancing"
    13. "Jazzman"
    14. "Flaming Moe's" (not to be confused with the episode of the same name)
    15. "Scorpio!" (not to be confused with the character of the same name)
    16. "See My Vest"
    17. "Baby on Board"
    18. "Talkin' Softball"
    19. "Happy Birthday, Lisa"
  11. It's sophisticated and generous in its humor.
  12. Gives out a lot of good morals and lessons for viewers of all ages, like "be careful what you wish for".
  13. The episodes where The Simpsons travel around the world to other countries and other US states are great (except for "Kill the Alligator and Run and Simpson Safari").
  14. Loads of hilarious moments, funny couch gags, great stories and relatable pop-culture references like references to Dr. Seuss, South Park, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Scooby-Doo, The Beatles, Nintendo, Looney Tunes, SpongeBob SquarePants, Michael Jackson, Marvel Comics, etc.
  15. The "Treehouse of Horror" specials are funny, terrifying and unforgettable at the same time.
  16. Gives us decent facts and real-life events about celebrities, politicians, etc.
  17. Many supporting side characters (Lenny Leonard and Carl Carlson, Ned Flanders, Moe Szyslak, Krusty the Clown, Milhouse van Houten, Chief Wiggum, etc.)
  18. It also has its share of many entertaining antagonists (Mr. Burns, Sideshow Bob, Frank Grimes, Hank Scorpio, Kang and Kodos).
  19. Unlike most Fox shows, The Simpsons takes aim at both the Democratic and Republican parties, depicting Republicans as corrupt warmongers and Democrats as brainless idiots (and the opposite, indeed!). Not even presidents were safe from criticism, as Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton have all been subjected to mockery on the show.
  20. The Simpsons has many famous celebrity guest stars in their episodes (Ringo Starr, Barry White, George Carlin, Leonard Nimoy, Mark Hamill, Rupert Murdoch, Michael Jackson, Alec Baldwin, etc).
  21. During the show’s downfall (Seasons 11-31), the show spawned a movie adaptation, The Simpsons Movie, which is great and stays faithful to these seasons.
  22. While the show won't revert back to its classic form anytime soon, it managed to recover from its downfall after complaints from fans and critics when Season 32 aired (not counting the holdover episodes from Season 31 as they aren't that good). This is mainly because that there are more good episodes than bad, many of the characters who were flanderized like Homer, Bart, Marge, Lisa and Ned Flanders got their original personalities back in Season 31 (expect Ned Flanders, which got his original personality back in Season 32).
  23. The Season 32 episode "The Road to Cincinnati", as one of the episodes as the main roles some of supporting characters without the Simpsons family, is extremely hilarious, and it centers to Skinner and Chalmers' relationship.

Bad Qualities That Made Homer Say "D'oh!"

  1. Being such a long-running show, it wasn’t safe from experiencing seasonal rot. Some fans believe it began to go downhill around Seasons 9 and 10, though it didn’t get too noticeable until Season 11 when the series underwent a pretty big decline in quality that lasted for years (though Seasons 12-15, 20 and 25, and 31 are considered average among fans, while Seasons 16-19, 21-24, 26-30 are just as bad, if not worse). It wasn’t until Season 32 when the series finally broke out of the rot.
  2. Quantity Over Quality: Just like Family Guy and SpongeBob SquarePants, the main problem is that the series has been going on for an extreme runtime (it started all the way back in 1989), as the show now has 33 seasons and 700+ episodes and counting. While it sounds like a cool idea on paper, the show will often jump the shark because of this. There is a possibility that the show will never, ever end!
    • It could have ended sometime in the 2000s due to its decline, probably in 2007 when The Simpsons Movie was released, but it instead became the cash cow for the Fox network.
    • There are enough episodes to the point where Wikipedia needed to have two episode lists.
    • While all the seasons are available to watch on Disney+ (excluding Season 33, since it’s still airing new episodes), most of the seasons are still not released on DVD yet, as only the first 20 seasons have a DVD release and for whatever reason, FOX/Disney opted not to release the rest of the seasons on DVD/Blu-ray.
      • Not to mention, there was a gap between the releases of 17th and 18th season sets starting in 2014, as FOX wanted to focus more on digital distribution. It wasn't until July 22, 2017, when the 18th season set was announced due to a fan protest.
  3. On some occasions, the humor is done at the wrong time and barely makes any sense.
  4. Season 1's animation (while decent) isn't that great, as it has a ton of errors, washed out colors and mediocre character designs:
    1. "Some Enchanted Evening" is the worst offender, especially the original version of it. Matt Groening and his crew wanted a show with more restricted, less cartoonish animation, while Klasky Csupo wanted something fluid and expressive à la the Tracey Ullman shorts. Nobody seemed to have told AKOM anything, meaning the animation of the episode was wildly inconsistent, and 70% of the animation had to be redone by David Silverman's domestic unit (only a few scenes from the original director, Kent Butterworth, remained). James L. Brooks is on record as calling the original version "s**t". As a result, the episode (which was originally intended as the series premiere) was pushed back to the season finale.
    2. Anivision had worse animation than either AKOM or Rough Draft Studios or Funbag Animation Studios Inc; the DVD commentary mentioned that they had issues with keeping the characters' pupils the correct size (they weren't mentioned by name, but the staff pointed to "I Married Marge", which was animated by Anivision). Simpsons Archive also considers them the worst overseas studio, citing that they specialize in "lousy colors, misshapen figures (especially the eyes), and generally unfinished-looking, sloppy work." [1] They were let go by the end of Season 10 (either because of the quality of their work or because this was around the time Anivision was absorbed into Sunwoo Entertainment).
    3. Season 2's animation, while better than that of Season 1, still had its fair share of color inconsistencies, probably the biggest example of this is when Bart's shirt was salmon pink in the season’s first half, before gradually switching back to its normal red color by “Blood Feud” (the season’s finale).
  5. The FXX reruns of Seasons 1-20a are remastered and cropped from 4:3 to 16:9. Even though the colors are restored for the cel-animated episodes and the picture quality looks better, it looks really off-putting and claustrophobic compared to the original 4:3 aspect ratio.
    • Disney even used the 'remastered' 16:9 versions for Disney+, but they luckily fixed this issue by giving an option to view the series in the original 4:3 aspect ratio in May 2020 (not counting any of the episodes after the series switched to 16:9).
    • Even the international FOX channels used the 16:9 versions since around 2015 or 2016, which in fact, the only way to watch the 4:3 episodes is on DVD (before Disney+'s launch).
  6. Unlike most Western and European shows being localized to Japan, its Japanese dub lasted only 14 seasons. After the movie was released in Japanese, starting in Season 15, the show is no longer dubbed by Japanese voice artists but is rather shown subtitled, an oddity for a foreign animated show in Japan.
  7. Many of the moments in the earlier seasons intended to be controversial and unexpected feel fairly tame by today's standards. This is inevitable for a series from that era, though.
  8. The good seasons aren't always perfect and have their share of hiccups.
    1. Season 1, while decent, can be considered dull and boring for some compared to the later seasons due to having weaker animation, comedy and the characters being less developed. This can be excusable since, just like any other first seasons of any shows, they are just getting started.
    2. Seasons 9 and 10, while also good, are the weakest of the "Golden Age" seasons, as they're considered to be the start of the series' downfall and there are more bad episodes than in previous seasons, such as "Miracle on Evergreen Terrace", "Homer Simpson in: 'Kidney Trouble'" and the infamous "The Principal and the Pauper", which is widely considered to be the show's "jump the shark" moment. The episodes themselves are also considered a mixed-bag and the Flanderization of the characters (most notably Homer) are starting to kick in.
    3. Season 32, while enjoyable and the first good season since Season 10, is unfortunately the first season where white actors would no longer voice non-white characters because Al Jean, being a über-SJW as of 2018, forced all of them to step down from their roles following the George Floyd riots, which is pandering to SJWs and political correctness. To be fair, most of the new voice actors do a fine job with their work and sound close to the original actors, but Alex Désert, the new voice actor of Carl, sounds like he's trying way too hard to imitate Hank Azaria. Even Kevin Michael Richardson does a mediocre job voicing Dr. Hibbert, since he lacks the charm Harry Shearer had and just comes across as Dr. Hibbert sounding more like he is making a voice impression of Mr. Gus from Uncle Grandpa.
      • Even in Seasons 32-onwards, Marge's voice Julie Kavner, cannot play her role as the character anymore without having vocal cord issues.
    4. Season 33, while still good overall, is arguably considered the weakest of all of the good seasons, as it has more bad episodes than the previous good seasons (though not as much as the bad/average seasons).
  9. Even the good seasons have their fair share of bad-to-mediocre episodes. They once even cluttered the Terrible TV Shows Wiki with their individual pages before they were all removed and sub-sequentially banned on that wiki and were later relocated to the Horrible TV Show Episodes Wiki (though the episodes have been restored on the wiki after they were both merged), such episodes include:
    • "Homer's Night Out" (the first bad episode of the series)
    • "My Sister, My Sitter" (depending on your point of view)
    • "The Principal and the Pauper" (which is widely considered to be the worst episode of the "Golden Age" and is what started the series' minor decline in quality)
    • "Miracle on Evergreen Terrace"
    • "All Singing, All Dancing" (despite being intentionally bad)
    • "When You Dish Upon a Star"
    • "Homer Simpson in: 'Kidney Trouble'"
    • "Now Museum, Now You Don't"
    • "The 7 Beer Itch"
    • "Yokel Hero"
    • "The Star of the Backstage" (which started Season 33 disappointingly; as it has a good concept for a musical episode; but in execution it was very sour)
    • "Portrait of a Lackey on Fire"
    • "The Longest Marge"
    • "You Won't Believe What This Episode Is About - Act Three Will Shock You!"
    • "Bart the Cool Kid"
    • "Pretty Whittle Liar"
    • "The Sound of Bleeding Gums"
    • "Meat Is Murder"
    • "Poorhouse Rock" (another bad musical episode and a terrible way to end Season 33)
  10. Some of the couch gags (whilst very enjoyable) can get pretty weird or outright disturbing for some viewers' tastes (the "Treehouse of Horror" ones being notable examples).
  11. The Disney+ shorts are considered to be mediocre cash-ins, depending on your view.
  12. Whilst the humor for the most part is excellent, the show can sometimes throw in humor or jokes that comes across as unfunny, repetitive or disturbing:
    • Sometimes, the series overuses lowbrow forms of humor such as flatulence jokes and slapstick humor to the point that they overstay their welcome. However, this was much rarer in the first eight seasons or so.
    • It sometimes overuses pop-culture references, even in the earlier seasons. This also means that a lot of these references will go over the heads of younger viewers, as the Simpsons have always been intended as a more family-oriented show compared, say, to the crassness of South Park.
  13. Some of the characters are not very likable, like Lisa (Seasons 7-30), Agnes Skinner, Miss Hoover, Sherri and Terri Mackleberry, Patty and Selma Bouvier, Helen Lovejoy, Mr. Largo, Luann van Houten, the Rich Texan, Jimbo Jones, Kearney Zzyzwicz, Dolph Starbeam and Dr. Marvin Monroe. It also varies when Nelson Muntz is likeable or unlikeable.
    • To be fair, Lisa isn't too bad in the early seasons, but during Seasons 7-30, she is portrayed as a soapbox for whatever liberal viewpoints the creators want to push. Even in the early seasons, she behaves less like an actual child and more like a teenager or young adult, expressing knowledge that no kid her age (at least back then) would know or care about, such as when Texas became a state, what a revolver is, who Mel Brooks and William Shatner are, or that Monaco has a prince, not to mention her feminist Thanksgiving centerpiece in "Bart vs. Thanksgiving". However, since Season 31, she is now more tolerable and keeps most of her charm.
    • Seymour Skinner had not only suffered from flanderization in Season 9, but he also had one of the worst character derailments in the series, as he went from a reasonably competent, no-nonsense principal who was a Vietnam veteran and had an overbearing mother, and was one of Bart's enemies, as he tried to force authority on Bart, to a pathological and pathetic wimp who was revealed to be an imposter named "Armin Tamazarian" in the infamous "The Principal and the Pauper" episode.
    • At times, Nelson Muntz, Jimbo Jones, Kearney Zzyzwicz, Dolph Starbeam can all come across as very unlikable at times. Whilst some of their bully antics can be entertaining at times, there are a few times where their bully antics can come across as mean and cruel than actually funny. But to be fair, that's pretty much the point of their characters as they're normally supposed to be treated like real-life bullies and are not supposed to be rooted for, which makes sense why.
      • Not to mention, Nelson Muntz is mostly sympathetic at times, mainly due to him suffering from child abuse and the fact he had a father who ran away from his family.
    • Though Patty and Selma Bouvier are likable in their own ways from Seasons 1-15 and 31-present since they just make simple mean, yet funny jokes about Homer, they were flanderized in Seasons 16-30 into being even more unlikable by kidnapping Homer on the day he and Marge were going to renew their wedding vows and wanting to hurt him in various ways. Luckily, later seasons tone it down.
    • Homer is sometimes miswritten as being totally selfish, uncaring and borderline abusive towards his family and friends, to the point where there was trope name for it called "Jerkass Homer", which became his notable personality trait in Seasons 11-30. Notable examples of "Jerkass Homer" include him causing his father's kidneys to explode in "Homer Simpson in: "Kidney Trouble"" and framing Marge for drunk driving in "Co-Dependents' Day".
      • This was much rarer in the first ten seasons, but still occasionally cropped up.
    • Martin Prince and Ralph Wiggum, while never unlikeable on the slightest, can get a little bit annoying at times.
  14. The show has spawned some controversies that caused the creators to make some horrible and/or unnecessary changes to the show:
    • "Stark Raving Dad" was banned after allegations against guest star Michael Jackson resurfaced in 2019 with the release of Leaving Neverland. It's bad enough to ban the episode from airing on TV, but the episode was also removed from digital distribution and future reprints of the Season 3 DVD set and has remained absent on Disney+. Thankfully, it was back on the air through FXX on October 9th, 2019 and it can be bought digitally through Amazon Prime in the UK.
    • The recent seasons have relegated the character of Apu to the background due to voice actor Hank Azaria's refusal to voice the character, as he thinks that the character is supposedly a racist caricature. However, Apu has actually shown reasonable levels of nuance and is no more exaggerated than other characters who have been allowed to stay on the series, and even Matt Groening and Al Jean said so.
      • Groening, in particular, says that he has "big plans" for the character and is proud of him.
  15. The Channel 4 airings in the UK are censored, sometimes cutting out good jokes.[2] [3]
    • Sky One and its replacement Sky Showcase also censor the show. However, they're minor compared to Channel 4's censorship.
  16. From Season 2 point on, the episodes are often aired out of order in terms of production orders and airing orders of each episodes and season. If you want to know the episodes and seasons in the correct production orders of each episode, it's right here.
  17. Even outside of the dark age, the show can try to be cool and hip at times, for an example, the title of the Season 33 episode "You Won't Believe What This Episode is About - Act Three Will Shock You!" sounds like something for a click baiter video than an actual episode. Yes, the episode is literally named that way.

Episodes With Their Own Pages

  1. "Krusty Gets Busted"
  2. The "Treehouse of Horror" episodes
  3. "One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish"
  4. "Lisa's Substitute"
  5. "Stark Raving Dad"
  6. "Marge vs. the Monorail"
  7. "Homer's Barbershop Quartet"
  8. "Cape Feare"
  9. "Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy"
  10. "And Maggie Makes Three"
  11. "'Round Springfield"
  12. "Lemon of Troy"
  13. "Bart Sells His Soul"
  14. "Mother Simpson"
  15. "22 Short Films About Springfield"
  16. "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show"
  17. "Homer's Enemy"
  18. "Poppa's Got a Brand New Badge"
  19. "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation"
  20. "Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind"
  21. "Simpsorama"
  22. "Halloween of Horror"
  23. "Thanksgiving of Horror"



  • The show is a spin-off of a successful series of shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show from 1987 to 1989.



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