The Simpsons (Seasons 1-10)

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The Simpsons (Seasons 1-10)

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Every Sunday at 8pm, you'd always wanna sit on your couch and watch this amazing show
Genre: Animated sitcom
Running Time: 21-24 Minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: December 17, 1989–May 13, 1990 (Season 1)
October 11, 1990-July 11, 1991 (Season 2)
September 19, 1991-August 27, 1992 (Season 3)
September 24, 1992-May 13, 1993 (Season 4)
September 30, 1993-May 19, 1994 (Season 5)
September 4, 1994-May 21, 1995 (Season 6)
September 17, 1995-May 19, 1996 (Season 7)
October 27, 1996-May 18, 1997 (Season 8)
September 21, 1997-May 17, 1998 (Season 9)
August 23, 1998-May 16, 1999 (Season 10)
Network(s): Fox
Created by: Matt Groening
James L. Brooks
Sam Simon
Distributed by: 20th Television (1989-2020)
Disney–ABC Domestic Television (2020–present)
Starring: Dan Castellaneta
Julie Kavner
Nancy Cartwright
Yeardley Smith
Hank Azaria
Harry Shearer
Episodes: 13 (Season 1)
22 (Seasons 2, 4-5)
24 (Season 3)
25 (Seasons 6-9)
23 (Season 10)
Previous show: The Simpsons shorts from The Tracey Ullman Show


The Simpsons is a long-running animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The show is the longest-running American animated TV series of all time which currrently still airs to this day, and is considered to be one of the greatest cartoons of all time.

Why These Seasons Rock

  1. Great, fluid animation in its purest form.
  2. Clever humor and writing.
  3. Good voice acting.
  4. Likable and memorable characters, especially Homer and Bart Simpson.
  5. Each of the family members has a very distinct personality.
    • Homer is the dimwitted, but well-meaning dad.
    • Marge is the strict, but loving mother.
    • Bart is the trouble-making son.
    • Lisa is the overachieving daughter.
    • Maggie is the silent member of the family.
  6. There are so many hilarious and unforgettable running gags.
    • Sideshow Bob repeatedly trying to kill Bart Simpson after the events of "Krusty Gets Busted".
    • A different kind of couch gag at the beginning of every episode.
    • Homer Simpson's famous and signature catchphrase: "D'oh!".
    • The way Superintendent Chalmers says "Skinner!".
    • Itchy & Scratchy, which parodies the violent cartoons of the early-to-mid 20th century.
    • Nelson Muntz's famous laugh.
  7. Lots of great episodes, such as:
    • "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire"
    • "Last Exit to Springfield"
    • "Some Enchanted Evening"
    • "The Joy of Sect"
    • "Stark Raving Dad"
    • "Lemon of Troy"
    • "Bart Gets an F"
    • "Marge vs. The Monorail"
    • "Bart the General"
    • "Whacking Day"
    • "Mother Simpson"
    • "Bart the Daredevil"
    • "The Otto Show"
    • "Cape Feare"
    • "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" (Parts 1 & 2)
    • "Homer's Enemy"
    • "Lisa's Pony"
    • "Homer Defined"
    • The "Treehouse of Horror" episodes (except Treehouse of Horror XXII)
    • "Lisa's First Word"
    • "Krusty Gets Busted"
    • "You Only Move Twice"
    • "Duffless"
    • "Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy"
    • "Bart on the Road"
    • "Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo" (it was a decent way to end of the 'Golden Age' of the show)
    • "Das Bus"
    • "King of the Hill"
    • "Moaning Lisa"
    • "Homer at the Bat"
    • "Lisa's Sax"
    • "The Wizard of Evergreen Terrance"
    • "Bart Sells His Soul"
    • "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochy Show"
    • "Deep Space Homer"
    • "The Call of the Simpsons"
    • "Brush With Greatness"
    • "Homer Alone"
    • "Kamp Krusty"
    • "Mayored To The Mob"
    • "Homer's Barbershop Quartet"
    • "Lisa's Date with Destiny"
    • "Bart Gets an Elephant"
    • "New Kid on the Block"
    • "Selma's Choice"
    • "Bart's Comet"
    • "Marge Gets a Job"
  8. Memorable opening theme music, composed by Danny Elfman and arranged by Alf Clausen.
  9. It's sophisticated and generous in its humor.
  10. Gives out a lot of good morals and lessons for viewers of all ages, like "be careful what you wish for".
  11. 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").
  12. 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, etc.
  13. The "Treehouse of Horror" specials are funny, terrifying and unforgettable at the same time.
  14. Gives us decent facts and real-life events about celebrities, politicians, etc.
  15. Many supporting side characters (Lenny Leonard and Carl Carlson, Ned Flanders, Moe Szyslak, Krusty the Clown, Milhouse van Houten, Chief Wiggum etc.)
  16. It also has its share of many entertaining antagonists (Mr. Burns, Sideshow Bob, Frank Grimes, Hank Scorpio, Kang and Kodos).
  17. The series was so popular that it had its own film adaptation in 2007, which is also well-received.
  18. 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.
  19. 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).

Bad Qualities

  1. On some occasions, the humor is done at the wrong time and barely makes any sense.
  2. Season 1's animation isn't that great, as it has a ton of errors, washed out colors and mediocre character designs.
    • "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 a 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 as the season finale.
    • Anivision had worse animation than either AKOM or Rough Draft Studios; 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. 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).
  4. Unlike most Western and European shows being localized to Japan, it's Japanese dub lasted only 14 seasons, and 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Sadly, the series started to gradually go downhill since Season 11. However, Season 32 has shown to be a slight improvement.
  7. There are even some bad or mediocre episodes before Season 11, 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, such episodes include:
  8. Some of the couch gags (whilst very enjoyable) can get pretty weird or outright disturbing to some viewers (the "Treehouse of Horror" ones being notable examples).
  9. "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 to make matters worse, said episode was also removed from digital distribution and future reprints of the Season 3 DVD set, and 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, but even that wasn't enough.
  10. Certain characters, like Lisa, Agnes Skinner, Miss Hoover, Sherri and Terri, Patty and Selma Bouvier, Helen Lovejoy, Jimbo Jones and Nelson Muntz can be unlikable and/or annoying at times.
    • To be fair, Lisa isn't too bad in the early seasons, but by around Season 6, she started to become a soapbox for whatever liberal viewpoints the creators want to push. And even in those 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".

Trivia

  • The show is a spin-off of a successful series of shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show from 1987 to 1989.
  • The first episode ("Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire") is a Christmas special.
    • "Some Enchanted Evening" was originally going to air as the first-ever episode of the show in September 1989, but due to delays with said episode during production, the episode's plot had to be rewritten and pushed back to the season finale. However, according to the original production order of Season 1, it still remains as the first episode with the production code as 7G01.

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Comments


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Darny212

7 months ago
Score 15
I LOVE THIS CARTOON SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH AND I'M SOOOOOOOOO SAD THAT IT WENT DOWNHILL 😢😥😞
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Blubabluba9990

7 months ago
Score 3
I agree
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Kaiolauro06

6 months ago
Score 4
Same to you
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Necropolis

3 months ago
Score 2
I agree
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Necropolis

3 months ago
Score 1
I only like Seasons 1-10
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Larryding

3 months ago
Score 1
That is why The government needs to build time and so we can go back in time and stop things that should’ve happened like this.
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Blubabluba9990

3 months ago
Score 0
I wish I could go back in time and tell you not to create an account so that you would stop spamming!!!
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DarkMatterMan4500

3 months ago
Score 0
But where's your proof that they are one and the same?
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Katholica

5 months ago
Score 1
"You told me the stream was shallow!"
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JigglypuffGuy04

5 months ago
Score 6
I'll always love the Simpsons, even if the new seasons aren't as wonderful as the old ones, I will still enjoy The Simpsons no matter what!
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DynastiNoble

5 months ago
Score 2

R.I.P. Acutal Good Simpsons

December 17, 1989-May 16, 1999
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Tony Li

4 months ago
Score 5
The best part about the show are the prank calls
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Necropolis

3 months ago
Score 1
Me too.
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8BallBFDI

4 months ago
Score 1
Despite Seasons 1-10 being great, the seasons after that proves why you shouldn't extend your show to 15 seasons or something. Same with Family Guy and Spongebob Squarepants, they were both great for the first few seasons, then declined by a lot (I know Spongebob Squarepants got better after Season 8, but Seasons 6-8 are still examples of overextending.).
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GreenGreen

3 months ago
Score 1
I just wish it stayed at 10 seasons at best
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SkullcrawlerBuddyOfficial

3 months ago
Score 2
I wash myself with a rag on a stick.
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No bias

3 months ago
Score 4
The crazy part is they can predict the future.
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SpongeBobFan99

2 months ago
Score 0
Isn't it oh shit that they predicted Donald Trump's presidency
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TheRandomMan12345

2 months ago
Score 6
Unpopular opinion I still enjoy Simpsons the episodes are still good not as good as seasons 1-21 tho.
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KalloFox34

one month ago
Score 0
I do too.
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HunterZolomon

9 days ago
Score 0
Disney didn't include Michael Jackson episode I'm so pissed
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ThePCGamer

5 days ago
Score 0
D'OH!
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SuperStreetKombat

5 days ago
Score 0
Well, Seymour, I made it... despite your directions.

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