After Phil Hartman was murdered, the various characters he played, such as lawyer Lionel Hutz, and actor Troy McClure, were retired, rather than re-cast. However, they continued to appear silently in crowd scenes. The Simpsons: Bart the Mother (1998) (#10.3 September 27, 1998) was his final voice performance.
According to a Simpson family tree designed by Matt Groening, Mr. Burns is a distant relative of Homer. Further, it's also revealed at the end The Simpsons: The Color Yellow (2010) (#21.13) that Grandpa Simpson's great-grandfather was black, making him 1/8 black, so Homer is 1/16 and Bart, Lisa, and Maggie are 1/32.
The main characters were given a yellow coloring to attract the attention of channel hoppers.
This is the longest running prime-time comedy series, as well as the longest-running prime-time animated series, in U.S. television history.
In season three, episode fourteen, "Lisa the Greek", Lisa, angry at Homer for tricking her into helping him gamble on football, makes a bet that if she loves him, the winner of the Super Bowl will be the Washington Redskins, and if she doesn't, the Buffalo Bills would come out on top (Washington won). Actually, when the show premiered just before the Super Bowl, those two teams were squaring off in Superbowl XXVI, and Washington came out on top 37-24. Over the next three years, FOX made it a tradition to air the episode just before the Super Bowl, and change the dialogue, so that the teams would include whatever teams were playing that year. According to the DVD commentary, Lisa accurately picked the winning team every single year.
Homer (Dan Castellaneta) is the only character to have dialogue in every episode. Marge (Julie Kavner) and Lisa (Yeardley Smith) have also appeared in every episode, but Marge did not deliver any dialogue in season four, episode twenty-two, "Krusty Gets Kancelled", and Lisa did not deliver any dialogue in season twenty-one, episode eighteen, "Chief of Hearts". Bart (Nancy Cartwright) did not appear in season twenty, episode twenty, "Four Great Women and a Manicure".
A television critic titled his article "Worst Episode Ever!" after watching a late 1990s episode, and criticized the show's writing. In the later seasons, there are many episodes in which the Comic Book Guy criticizes a character by saying "Worst episode ever!" and "Worst (action) ever!" in reference to the television critic's article.
Elizabeth Taylor, Susan Sarandon, Alec Baldwin, Mark Hamill, Steve Buscemi, James Caan, Ricky Gervais and Joe Mantegna are the only guest actors to play both themselves and a fictional character on the series.
The primary cast all have agreements in their contracts that hold them to doing three movies based on the show in the future.
Characters' full names: Lisa Marie Simpson, Bartholomew JoJo Simpson, Margaret Evelyn Simpson, Marjorie Jacqueline Bouvier Simpson, and Homer Jay Simpson.
In the "birth" flashbacks for the children, Bart's first words were "Ay Caramba!", Lisa's first word was "Bart" and Maggie's was "Daddy".
To celebrate the Simpsons' tenth anniversary, Entertainment Weekly asked creator Matt Groening to select his ten favorite episodes of the show. His choices were: 1. The Simpsons: Bart the Daredevil (1990) 2. The Simpsons: Life on the Fast Lane (1990) 3. The Simpsons: Much Apu About Nothing (1996) 4. The Simpsons: A Streetcar Named Marge (1992) 5. The Simpsons: In Marge We Trust (1997) 6. The Simpsons: Homer's Enemy (1997) 7. The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror VII (1996) 8. The Simpsons: Natural Born Kissers (1998) 9. The Simpsons: Krusty Gets Busted (1990) 10. The Simpsons: There's No Disgrace Like Home (1990)
People banned for life in the comic book store are: Bart Simpson, Milhouse Van Houten, Sideshow Bob Terwilliger, Nelson Muntz, George Lucas, and Matt Groening.
The blue and red discrepancy of Bart's shirt is referenced in one episode. Homer holds out Lisa (who wears a red dress) to tease a bull, then, thinking that he can placate the bull with something blue, he reaches for Bart, only to find him wearing his red shirt. He asks, "Where's your blue shirt?", to which Bart replies that he doesn't have one.
Although it was believed that Dr. Marvin Monroe was killed off in 1995 (as his tombstone can be seen in the Springfield cemetery), he reappeared in season fifteen, episode ten, "Diatribe of a Mad Housewife", in which he tells Marge that he has been "very sick". The real reason for Monroe's relative absence in the series, was because he became too much of a strain on Harry Shearer's voice.
In the scripts, Homer's "D'oh" is written as "(ANNOYED GRUNT)", Marge's disapproving murmur is written as "(FRUSTRATED MURMUR)", and Professor Frink's mumblings are written as "(FRINK NOISE)".
Comic Book Guy is based on Matt Groening himself: "He's the way I think I look to other people."
As in most cartoons, the characters have only four fingers on each hand, except God, who always has five. However, in what is probably a mistake, God has four digits during Homer's dream at the end of season four, episode three, "Homer the Heretic".
Lionel Hutz says he got his law degree from Princeton. Although most Ivy League schools offer a law degree, Princeton does not, which helps confirm that he is phony.
Some of the store and place names around town: Air conditioner store: It Blows; Airport Bookstore: Just Crichton and King Books (Michael Crichton, Stephen King); Boys' Clothing Store: Wee Monsieur; Comic book store: Androids Dungeon; Cookware store: Stoner's Pot Palace; Discount Store: Try 'n' Save; Dog Obedience Schools: Eastside Ruff-Form School, Professor Von Bowser's Sanitarium For Dogs; Donut Shop: Lard Lad Donuts; Family Restaurant: Texas Cheesecake Depository; Financial Planning: Let's Get Fiscal (based on Olivia Newton-John's "Let's Get Physical") The Simpsons: She of Little Faith (2001); Girls' Clothing Store: Saks Fifth Grade and Dingo Junction; Girls school: Saint Sebastian's School for Wicked Girls; Gourmet Food store: Eatie Gourmet's; Gun Shop: BloodBath and Beyond; Hair Stylist: Turn Your Head and Coif; Hair Stylist (where Julio works): Hairy Shears (a play on Harry Shearer); Healthcare Facility- HMO (Hibbert Moneymaking Organization); Indian restaurant: Taj Majal You Can Eat; Investing service: IPO Friday's; Jewelry store: The Family Jewels; Joke/Novelty Shop: Yuckingham Palace; Junkyard: Uriah's Heap (Uriah Heep, from the story of David Copperfield by Charles Dickens); Law Office: I Can't Believe It's A Law Firm!; Middle Eastern restaurant: Two Guys from Kabul; Museum: Louvre: American Style; Music shop: Suicide Notes, Tommy Toots and King Toots; New Age Shop: Karmaceuticals; Optometrist: Eye Carumba; Optometrist: Eye Care, Do You?; Outdoor Clothing Store: Malaria Zone; Pastry Shop: The French Confection (The French Connection (1971)); Repo man: Repo Depot; Roach Motel: The Ritz Carlton Hotel for Vagrants; Seafood Restaurant: The Fryin' Dutchman; Soup Kitchen: Helter Shelter; Toy Store: Valley of the Dolls (1967) Toy Store: J.R.R. Toykins (J.R.R. Tolkien); Toy store in Chinatown: Toys "L" Us. Many of the characters are named after major streets in Portland, Oregon, where creator Matt Groening grew up. Examples: Flanders, Lovejoy, Terwilliger, Kearney.
Bender, the robot from Futurama (1999), appeared in season fourteen, episode three, "Bart vs. Lisa vs. the Third Grade", and season eleven, episode fifteen, "Missionary Impossible", with other FOX Network characters. He made a speaking appearance in season sixteen, episode fifteen, "Future-Drama", as well as season twenty-six, episode six, "Simpsorama".
The creators jokingly insist that they have parodied Citizen Kane (1941) so much (fifteen times as of 2018 to be exact), that one could re-create the entire film, solely from Simpsons clips. They also have made the same claim about The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974).
Sideshow Bob is voiced by Frasier (1993) star Kelsey Grammer. In season eight, episode sixteen, "Brother from Another Series", Cecil, Sideshow Bob's brother, is featured, and is voiced by David Hyde Pierce, who played Frasier's brother Niles. Cecil also mentions Maris, Niles' never-seen wife, which is said ironically, since Bart is covering Cecil's eyes. They later completed the joke in season nineteen, episode eight, "Funeral for a Friend", in which Dr. Robert Terwilliger, Sr., father to Bob and Cecil, is voiced by John Mahoney, who played Frasier's father.
Milhouse has been cursed with a nefarious name. "Milhous" was Richard Nixon's middle name (spelled differently in this show) and Miss Leslie Van Houten was a member of the Charles Manson family. She was one of those who were convicted in the LaBianca murders. His middle name, "Mussolini", references Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.
Bart's anonymous prank calls to Moe were inspired by "The Tube Bar Recordings", tapes of actual prank calls to Louis "Red" Deutsch, a New Jersey bartender famous for his violent temper (the pranksters, John Elmo and Jim Davidson, got the idea to prank him one day when, while passing his bar, they saw him beating up one of his customers for not drinking fast enough). Louis "Red" Deutsch would unfailingly respond to the prank calls with a stream of cursing, abuse, and threats. Bart's prank calls became less frequent after the first seasons, simply because the writers had a hard time coming up with new ones.
In one episode, a letter to Mr. Burns from the Simpsons does not show the state, in which the Simpsons live, but reads Mr. Burns as living in Springfield, New Jersey.
Channel Ten, the Australian television network that airs The Simpsons in Australia, reportedly paid twenty-five thousand dollars per episode. Following a change of network ownership in 2017, FOX terminated its agreement with Ten, ending a twenty-six year relationship in Australia.
Matt Groening has stated that since the fifth season in 1994, the episodes' running time have been shortened by two minutes, which he claims could be just enough time for an entire subplot.
Donald Sutherland, who guest starred on season seven, episode sixteen, "Lisa the Iconoclast", appeared in The Day of the Locust (1975), where he played a character named Homer Simpson.
In the opening credits, the cash register shows $847.63 when Maggie is "scanned" (figure was taken from a survey (found by Matt Groening) done at the time that said that this was the average monthly cost of caring for a newborn baby, food, clothes, health, et cetera). But during The Simpsons spin-off episode, the 138th Episode Spectacular (hosted by Troy McClure) the credit sequence is paused and the machine is shown to read "NRA 4EVER".
Matt Groening based the character Bart Simpson on the title character in Dennis the Menace (1959), which he watched as a child, but was disappointed that Dennis was not as mischievous as he was in the comic strip.
Nancy Cartwright, voice of Bart, first tried out for Lisa's voice with her Bart voice.
In 1997, The Simpsons broke The Flintstones (1960) record for longest-running prime time animated television show. The show also holds the record for most guest stars in a television series.
Dr. Nick is named after George "Dr. Nick" Nichopoulos, who was charged after Elvis Presley's death for prescribing thousands of doses of narcotics to cater to Elvis's massive appetite for prescription drugs.
The motto for the Springfield Penitentiary is "If you committed murder, you'd be home by now!", a parody of the Firesign Theater's motto for Shadow Valley Condos...'If you lived here, you'd be home by now'.
Yeardley Smith (Lisa Simpson) and Marcia Wallace (Edna Krabappel) are the only cast members who do only one voice on a regular basis.
Throughout the run of the series, a cawing crow is heard in nearly every establishing shot of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant. This tradition was parodied in The Simpsons: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bangalore (2006) (#17.17), in which a cow is heard mooing during the establishing shot of an India-based nuclear power plant.
The official city motto for Springfield is "Corruptus in Extremis", was invented to sound like Latin, but can be best described as "Latin gibberish". The show's translation for it is "Corrupt to the Extreme".
The telephone number at Moe's Tavern is apparently 764-8437, or "SMITHER", revealed when Mr. Burns tries to call Smithers but does not know his phone number. Naturally, SMITHER was his only guess: The Simpsons: Homer the Smithers (1996) (#7.17).
Cletus (The Slack Jawed Yokel) and Brandine's children are named Tiffany, Heather, Cody, Dylan, Dermot, Jordan, Taylor, Brittany, Wesley, Rumer, Scout, Cassidy, Zoe, Chloe, Max, Hunter, Kendall, Caitlin, Noah, Sasha, Morgan, Kyra, Ian, Lauren, Q-Bert, Phil, Rubella, and Condoleezza/Cory McDowell Marie, and Crystal Meth. In season nineteen, episode seventeen, "Apocalypse Cow", two more were revealed as Mary and Stabbed In Jail, who were named for what Cletus and Brandine speculated as their eventual fates.
Before emigrating to America, Groundskeeper Willie's name was Dr. William McDougle. At Ellis Island he was told "From now on, you'll be known as Groundskeeper Willie."
In the episode when Lisa is elected President of Springfield Elementary, she gives her e-mail address as smartgirl63_\@yahoo.com (she says it as: smart girl six three underscore backslash at Yahoo dot com)
According to the creators, their most frequently parodied film is Citizen Kane (1941) followed by the films of Stanley Kubrick, especially 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), The Shining (1980), and A Clockwork Orange (1971).
Series Creator Matt Groening sketched out the original drawings for the Simpson family in a matter of a few minutes while sitting outside Producer James L. Brooks' office. The idea was that each family member had to be instantly recognizable by his silhouette.
The new high definition opening sequence includes a gag at the format's expense. Their new high definition television is shown hooked up with white, yellow, and red composite A/V cables, which can't carry a high definition signal.
Many of the characters are named after Matt Groening's family and relatives, including Homer, Marge, Lisa, and Maggie, which are the real names of his parents and younger sisters.
Real names of unnamed characters: Comic book guy - Jeff Albertson: The Simpsons: Homer and Ned's Hail Mary Pass (2005). Crazy cat lady: Eleanor Abernathy. Sea Captain: Captain McAllister, according to Conan O'Brien, the character's creator. Conan talks about this on the season four DVD commentary. Squeaky voiced teen: Jeremy.
Several characters in prison have the number 24601. That same prisoner number was Jean Valjean's in Victor Hugo's nineteenth century novel "Les Misérables".
Krusty the Klown's real name is revealed as Herschel Schmoikel Krustofski and Herschel Pinkus Yerucham Krustofski in different episodes.
Celebrities have been known to be so eager to make a guest appearance on this show that they'll even play themselves in an unflattering light. For instance, Jasper Johns played himself as a kleptomaniac, Gary Coleman played himself as a pathetic has-been, and Tom Arnold played himself as an obnoxious non-talent who gets fired into the sun for being such a bad actor.
The giant stone head in the Simpson basement (originally given as a thank-you gift for Bart donating blood to save Mr. Burns' life by blood transfusion in season two, episode twenty-two, "Blood Feud") is named Xtapolopacetl. That episode also revealed that Mr. Burns and Bart Simpson have the same blood type.
For a short period of time, the show was dubbed to Swedish in Sweden, but after receiving mountains of hate-mail, the network brought back the original show. The show started out dubbed in Dutch in The Netherlands, but when it was realized that adults did not like the dubbing, and children did not get the jokes mostly directed towards a mature audience, the original version was aired.
Hank Azaria said that he adopted his characters' voices from celebrities and people he has met. Among others, Chief Wiggum's voice is based on Edward G. Robinson, Lou's on Sylvester Stallone, and Comic Book Guy's on Hank Azaria's roommate in college.
The original voice of Homer on The Tracey Ullman Show (1987) and the beginning of the first season was inspired by Walter Matthau, as the original sketch of Homer had a large overbite. However, Dan Castellaneta dumbed him down and said "my jaw would go out, my neck would go in, and then my I.Q. would drop about seventy points."
Ralph Wiggum was named after Ralph Kramden on The Honeymooners (1955) because the character was intended to be a loudmouthed child version of Homer. He originally was not Chief Wiggum's son. Chief Wiggum had a boy with blue curls. It wasn't until later that Ralph and his mom became part of the Wiggums. The boy with blue curls never appeared again. It was hinted at in season four, episode one, "Kamp Krusty" that Ralph was Chief Wiggum's son when Ralph answered to the name Wiggum during mail call. It wasn't until season four, episode fifteen, "I Love Lisa", that it was explicitly stated.
The website that Homer created with false "dirt" on many of the citizens was able to be accessed as www.mrxswebpage.com. While the website still exists, it appears to be identical to www.fox.com.
The salesman character Gil, who can't catch a break, was based on the character "Shelley Levene", played by Jack Lemmon in Glengarry Glen Ross (1992). It is also believed that Gil was based on Al Bundy, from Married with Children (1986).
The Itchy & Scratchy cartoons are animated shorts which are part of the Krusty the Klown Show. In a way, these cartoons are analogous to The Simpsons (1989) series, as The Simpsons originally started as thirty-second animated shorts which were part of The Tracey Ullman Show (1987).
Several recurring characters are spoofs for former or current celebrities: Arnie Pye: Ernie Pyle. Bumblebee Man: Roberto Gómez Bolaños (based on his Chapulin Colorado character) Drederick Tatum: Mike Tyson Judge Constance Harm: Judge Judy Sheindlin (Judge Judy) Rainier Wolfcastle: Arnold Schwarzenegger. This is made obvious in season fourteen, episode nine, "The Strong Arms of the Ma", presumably because the motif of that episode is bodybuilding.
Kang and Kodos (the aliens) are named for two Star Trek (1966) characters. In season three, episode seven, "Day of the Dove", Kang was a Klingon warrior, and in season one, episode thirteen, "The Conscience of the King", Kodos was an Adolf Hitler-like mass murderer.
The show grew from thirty-second segments that aired between comedy sketches on The Tracey Ullman Show (1987). Julie Kavner and Dan Castellaneta were regulars on the show, while Nancy Cartwright and Yeardley Smith were drafted in specially for the animation. In 1992, Tracey Ullman sued unsuccessfully to earn a share of the show's merchandise-related profit.
By April 2005, this show beat Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (1969) and its spin-offs for the most cartoon episodes with three hundred seventy-eight, beating Scooby Doo's three hundred seventy-one episodes.
Homer's mother, Mona, is named after author Mona Simpson (whose books include "Anywhere but Here" and "A Regular Guy"), who was married to "Simpsons" Writer Richard Appel when he introduced the character in season seven, episode eight, "Mother Simpson".
The many deaths of Hans Moleman: Forced off the road by Homer; flies off a cliff. Otto runs his AMC Gremlin off the road; his car stops narrowly missing a tree and then explodes anyway. His thick eyeglasses act as a magnifying glass and set him on fire. Is executed in Springfield after Homer eats his last meal. Burns, on an ether-induced hallucination, drills into Moleman's head thinking he's the Lucky Charms leprechaun. Engulfed by an anti-escape orb as Marge escapes from the Movementarians. Blown up by an explosive éclair meant to poison Homer. Knocked out by Homer in jail with a book. (possible death) The French neutron bomb Springfield, presumably killing Hans along with most everyone else. Hauled away by thugs at the retirement home when he makes a comment about the senior-edited Gone with the Wind (1939) they are watching. (he is possibly killed) Seen trapped in the phone booth in the bird sanctuary (which becomes a parody of The Birds (1963)). We don't see his death, but if you've seen The Birds (1963), you know his fate is sealed. Drowned in quicksand in season twelve, episode twenty-one, "Simpsons Tall Tales". Accidentally run over by Homer at the end of season thirteen, episode two, "The Parent Rap". In season two, episode three, "Treehouse of Horror". 15 when Ned predicts Moleman's death, Ned saves Moleman, but then drops him into a manhole where there are lots of crocodiles.
As part of the many running jokes in the series, the location of the fictitious town of Springfield is never revealed. Whenever they locate the town on a map, for instance, we never see the map. Whenever someone says it out loud, the sound is muffled or masked by noise. The capitol of the state, in which Springfield is located, is simply called "Capitol City", which eliminates Illinois. In the "Behind The Music" episode, the state is mentioned, but there are several versions of the show, each with a different state name (including Kentucky and Missouri), to keep the not-revealing-the-location-of-Springfield joke going.
This is one of those series that doesn't have a specific first episode. The first episode created was season one, episode thirteen, "Some Enchanted Evening" (pushed to the end of the first season because scenes were being re-animated). It was first aired on May 13, 1990. The first broadcast half hour was season one, episode one, "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" (aired December 17, 1989). The pilot was season one, episode two, Bart the Genius", which aired January 14, 1990 as the second episode ever shown.
A nude portrait of Marge Simpson was featured in Playboy in celebration of The Simpsons' 20th Anniversary, issue released October 16, 2009.
Chief Wiggum and Apu were created by Hank Azaria. According to Hank Azaria, Apu was created during his times when Azaria did not have a car while in Los Angeles, and the only place in walking distance was the 7-Eleven store. Apu was also based on Peter Sellers in The Party (1968), and was named after the title character in Satyajit Ray's Apu trilogy.
In one episode, the Simpsons' phone number is given as (939)-555-0113. The area code 939 is one of two area codes for Puerto Rico.
Moe's favorite movie is The Godfather (1972). Hank Azaria based Moe's voice on Al Pacino's performance as Michael Corleone in The Godfather trilogy.
Springfield's zip code is 80085. In season twenty-one, episode twenty-one, "Moe Letter Blues", Moe states that he moved to Springfield because the zip code spells the word "BOOBS". The U.S. Postal Service website reports that there is no zip code 80085. However, the reverse (58008) which would spell "BOOBS" if turned upside down, happens to be the zip code of the tiny town of Barney, North Dakota. If the zip code 80085 did exist, it would be located somewhere in Colorado. All the actual zip codes from 80001 through 80049 are in Colorado, with zips 80050-80099 not being used.
The Simpson family is a tri-denominational religious family. Homer and Bart converted to Catholicism in season sixteen, episode twenty-one, "The Father, the Son, and the Holy Guest Star", Lisa converted to Buddhism in season thirteen, episode six, "She of Little Faith", and Marge and Maggie belong to Reverend Lovejoy's church, whose denomination would later be identified as "The Western Branch of American Reformed Presbo-Lutheranism" in the same one where Homer and Bart converted.
The Simpsons live on Evergreen Terrace. Early in the show's life the house number was given differently a few times (including 1094), but in later episodes the address settled down to 742 Evergreen Terrace.
When appealing to Danny Elfman for the perfect theme song, Matt Groening gave him a cassette tape of songs similar to the one he wanted. The tape included The Jetsons (1962) theme, selections from Nino Rota's Juliet Of The Spirits, a Remington electric shaver jingle by Frank Zappa, easy-listening music by Juan García Esquivel, and a teach-your-parrot-to-talk record.
The distinctive voice of "Lunchlady Doris", as well as various other characters, belonged to the show's Script Supervisor Doris Grau. She provided the voice until her death in December 1995.
The map of Springfield, located in the police station, shows the city is shaped almost exactly like medieval Constantinople, complete with a large road in almost the same position as the Mese, the main road of Constantinople.
The Simpsons is the longest running spin-off series of all time, and the most successful spin-off compared to its parent series, having outlasted The Tracey Ullman Show (1987) by more than 28 years.
Mr. Burns was inspired by the famous William Randolph Hearst, and the lesser known Olav Thon, a Norwegian businessman who, when Matt Groening was young, reportedly took over a couple of industries in his town, and shut them down, leaving many people without work. Burns is also the name of a central Oregon city.
The sign outside the Springfield retirement castle says "Thank you for not discussing the outside world".
Time Magazine named this show the century's best television series. In that same issue, Time included Bart Simpson in the Time 100, the publication's list of the century's 100 most influential people. Bart was the only fictional character on the list. It was also rumored that Time Magazine called Bart "the Devil's cabana boy" too.
The character "Krusty the Clown" was inspired by a real-life television kiddie show host named "Rusty Nails", and Dan Castellaneta's voice characterization was based on Chicago television legend Bob Bell, who portrayed WGN-TV's Bozo from 1960-1984.
The Simpsons' house address has been mentioned several times and has not been the same: - In The Simpsons: Blood Feud (1991): 94 Evergreen Terrace, Springfield, USA - In The Simpsons: Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington (1991): 59 Evergreen Terrace, Springfield, TA - In The Simpsons: Beyond Blunderdome (1999): 743 Evergreen Terrace - In The Simpsons: Bart the Lover (1992): 94 Evergreen Terrace, Springfield, USA - In "Kamp Krusty": 430 Spalding Way, Springfield, USA - In "New Kid on the Block": 1094 Evergreen Terrace - In "Marge in Chains": 742 Evergreen Terrace, Springfield - In "Homer the Vigilante": 723 Evergreen Terrace - In The Simpsons: Bart vs. Australia (1995): 742 Evergreen Terrace - In "Sunday, Cruddy Sunday": 742 Evergreen Terrace - In The Simpsons: Lisa's Date with Density (1996): 742 Evergreen Terrace.
The character of Otto the bus driver is believed to be based on Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash. Both have long black curly hair, and both are avid snake collectors.
In season eleven, episode twenty-two, "Behind the Laughter", the narrator announces "this Kentuckian family...", so with this information, Springfield is generally thought to be in Kentucky. However, the narrator was indicating that the family originally came from Kentucky, but that is not where they currently live.
Snake once attended Princeton University. While taking a year off he began stealing for kicks, and became a career criminal.
Ricky Gervais became the first guest star to get a writing credit. Conan O'Brien has written some episodes and starred in others, but unlike Gervais, has not simultaneously starred in and written an episode.
Websites mentioned on the show link to actual websites. These sites are more or less show-related sites that offer fans wallpaper downloads for their computer. The sites include, but are not limited to, www.whatbadgerseat.com , www.dorks-gone-wild.com and www.sexyslumberparty.com .
Places where the "El Barto" graffiti shows up: police station; elementary school; by the lake, where the Indians once lived, and the Kwik-E-Mart in season fourteen, episode nine, "The Strong Arms of the Ma".
Before he opened The Leftorium in the third season, Ned Flanders described his occupation as "the pharmaceutical game".
According to Matt Groening: Bart's middle name is Jo-Jo, and not Jebediah as stated previously in the Rainy Day Fun Book. The name was given to him by Nancy Cartwright. Fat Tony's middle name is Marion: The Simpsons: Insane Clown Poppy (2000) (#12.3) Homer's middle name is Jay. Lisa's is Marie: The Simpsons: Lisa's Wedding (1995) (#6.19) Milhouse's middle name is Mussolini, after Benito Mussolini. Superintendent Chalmers' first name is Gary: The Simpsons: Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts (2011) (#23.2).
With the exception of special episodes (such as holidays), the variant ending couch gag, and edited versions, the show kept the same opening sequence for twenty years. It wasn't until February 2009 it received a brand new introduction in conjunction with its switch to high definition. Even then, the new sequence was modelled after the original.
In France, Homer and Marge are dubbed by a married couple, Philippe Peythieu and Véronique Augereau.
Moe's Tavern is based on a real bar called Fireside Restaurant. It was located at 8522 Lincoln Boulevard in Los Angeles near Loyola Marymount University where David Mirkin went to college. Sadly, the bar is now closed.
Despite the huge number of guest stars, as of 2012 only two actors and one actress, Jackie Mason, Kelsey Grammer, and Anne Hathaway have won an Emmy for a special appearance (although Marcia Wallace only has one character, she is listed as a regular).
Cast changes (appearances, deaths, disappearances, lifestyle) The Simpsons: Lisa the Vegetarian (1995) (#7.5 October 15, 1995) Lisa became a vegetarian. The Simpsons: Two Bad Neighbors (1996) (#7.13 January 14, 1996) Disco Stu's first appearance. The Simpsons: The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons (1997) (#9.7 November 16, 1997) Apu married Manjula. The Simpsons: Eight Misbehavin' (1999) (#11.7 November 21, 1999) Apu and Manjula have have octuplets. The Simpsons: Alone Again, Natura-Diddly (2000) (#11.14 February 13, 2000) Maude Flanders dies. The Simpsons: She of Little Faith (2001) (#13.6 December 16, 2001) Lisa converted to Buddhism. The Simpsons: The Man Who Grew Too Much (2014) (#25.13 March 9, 2014) Final appearance of Edna Krabapple.
Most episodes have no on-screen title, with the exception of non-canon episodes like Halloween specials. Only seven canon episodes have on-screen titles: The Simpsons: The Telltale Head (1990), The Simpsons: Bart Gets Hit by a Car (1991), The Simpsons: 22 Short Films About Springfield (1996), The Simpsons: The Book Job (2011), The Simpsons: Homerland (2013), The Simpsons: Barthood (2015), and The Simpsons: The Great Phatsby: Part 1 (2017). The series premiere The Simpsons: Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire (1989) is titled on-screen as "The Simpsons Christmas Special" rather than the official title.
Many of the people and places on this show are named after cities, streets, and landmarks in Oregon, specifically Portland. Springfield is a medium sized city in Lane County, which is home to monuments and museum exhibits of the characters, and has a restaurant called Moe's Tavern (named after the animated one) near its downtown. Many character names (Flanders, Lovejoy, Terwilliger, et cetera) are streets in Portland. Matt Groening grew up in Portland. Eugene, the third largest city in Oregon (and one of the state's great centers of education and performing arts), was founded by a man named Eugene Skinner, and thus has several landmarks with Skinner in the name. Eugene and Springfield are adjacent to each other, and at one point, the border between the two cities is so vague that visitors to the region are sometimes unaware as to whether they are in Eugene or Springfield. Burns is a city in central Oregon.
Though seldom mentioned on the show, the mascot of Springfield Elementary School is the puma.
The animation in the series became noticeably more sophisticated and fluid after the first season. What also changed after the early episodes was Homer's voice (which was made higher pitched and less intelligent-sounding than it initially was), Chief Wiggum's hair color, and Smithers' skin color (he is black in his first appearance, but became yellow/caucasian in all future appearances). Early episodes have a slightly different opening credit sequence. After Homer tosses the radioactive rod into the street, Bart is seen skateboarding, but we do not see any recognizable characters in the streetscape as we do later. The skateboard sequence ends by showing a group of generic townspeople running after a bus. We then see Lisa riding home on her bike, overloaded with schoolbooks, parking it in the garage just before Homer's car pulls into the driveway (after which the credits continue as usual).
Matt Groening is left-handed, and as a result many of the characters on the show are left-handed (though this is not always consistent).The only exception is in season six, episode fourteen, "Bart's Comet", when Skinner and Bart find the comet. Bart uses his right hand in one scene when star watching.
Most of the main cast of Cheers (1982) has appeared on this show. Most notably, Kelsey Grammer as Sideshow Bob. In an episode where Homer was kicked out of Moe's Tavern, he seeks a new bar, and walks into Cheers. This is where the other Cheers (1982) cast members voice their old characters. However, Kelsey Grammer's character of Frasier does not speak.
Season fourteen, episode eleven, "Barting Over" was billed by FOX as the series' three hundredth episode because it was considered to be the three hundredth episode produced. However, FOX does not count the Christmas Special pilot towards that total. So technically, it was actually the three hundred first. FOX was very adamant about airing the three hundredth episode on the same day as the Daytona 500, which is one of the biggest ratings draws of the year for the network, so they pushed the air date back to February 16. So when the episode finally did air, it was the three hundred second to do so (Christmas special included), even though FOX was hyping it up as number three hundred. To further add to the confusion, all previous milestone episodes (one hundredth, one hundred fiftieth, two hundredth, two hundred fiftieth) were based on airing order rather than production order, and with the Christmas special included.
Bart Simpson was ranked number one in TV Guide's list of "TV's 10 Biggest Brats" (March 27, 2005 issue).
The character of Hans Moleman appeared a few times in various background scenes before making his first speaking appearance in season two, episode fourteen, "Principal Charming". At this point, his name, as shown on a driver's license, was "Ralph Melish" (a variation of the Ralph Melhuish character from Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969)). His appearance provoked quite a stir among the writers, because he was written as a generalized "old man" part, but he came back from the animators, in the words of Creator Matt Groening, "looking like a shrivelled potato." They then ended up jokingly referring to him as Moleman, and eventually giving him the permanent name of Hans Moleman.
Homer's trademark expression is the frustrated "D'oh!" When Matt Groening asked Dan Castellaneta to create an "annoyed grunt" for Homer, the only thing Dan could think of was "D'ooohh...", from James Finlayson of the Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy films; Finlayson may have created that as a euphemism for the then-forbidden "damn". But Groening thought Finlayson's term took too long to say for the episode time budget, so Castellaneta shortened it drastically. Homer's annoyed grunt (Do'h!) has grown popular since the catchphrase's appearance. After a few seasons, "D'oh!" became firmly set in the American popular lexicon, and the term was accepted for the online version of The Oxford Dictionary. The French version of the television show translated "D'oh" into "T'oh." The Spanish version of the television show translated "D'oh" into "Ouch!" In one episode, Maggie is seen playing with a modelling compound similar to Play-Doh. The label of the compound's container reads "Play- (Annoyed Grunt)". Homer's famous catchphrase "D'oh" is written as "annoyed grunt" in scripts, meaning Maggie's modelling compound is in fact Play-D'oh. Homer's annoyed grunt, "D'oh!", has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary, considered to be the ultimate authority on the English language. In the scripts, Homer's "D'oh" is written as "(ANNOYED GRUNT)", Marge's disapproving murmur is written as "(FRUSTRATED MURMUR)", and Professor Frink's mumblings are written as "(FRINK NOISE)".
Season two, episode three, "Treehouse of Horror", is the only "Treehouse of Horror" to use the treehouse motif, and is so far one of two "Treehouse of Horrors" that don't use the spooky names. The second is season fourteen, episode one, "Treehouse of Horror XIII".
Albert Brooks (no relation to James L. Brooks) appeared as six different characters in the Simpsons' universe, more characters than any non-cast member, and is always credited as "A. Brooks".
This is the longest running primetime show in television history, beating Gunsmoke (1955).
The "Yeeeeees!" character is based on a character played by Frank Nelson on The Jack Benny Program (1950) on radio and television who would make himself known by that distinctive "Yeeeeees!"
In the DVD commentary for season four, it is said that Bumblebee Man is based on a character in a Mexican sitcom that played a lot in southern California involving otherwise normal-looking people, and someone dressed as a "red cricket". The speakers in the commentary do not provide more information, but this is almost certainly a reference to El Chapulin Colorado, a character played by Roberto Gómez Bolaños "Chespirito", and that appeared in his own show and in sketches from other shows.
Since the start of the second season, Bart is seen riding his skateboard in the intro around several characters. They are (from left to right) Mrs. Lovejoy, Apu, Moe, Barney, Jacques the Bowling Instructor, "Bleeding Gums" Murphy, and Chief Wiggum.
For the new high definition opening credits, there are now three specific items in the check-out line from various episodes: A box of Krusty O's (from season six, episode twenty-two, "'Round Springfield"), a box of Mr. Sparkle Japanese dish detergent (from season eight, episode twenty-two, "In Marge We Trust"), and a bottle of Tomacco juice (from season eleven, episode five, "E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)".
When Homer goes to college, he passes through the arch and gate with the name of the school "Springfield Heights Institute of Technology", the acronym turns into S.H.I.T. Somehow, it got past the censors.
This is the only non-variety television show that contains special guest appearances by three former Beatles: Ringo Starr and George Harrison in The Simpsons: Brush with Greatness (1991). Sir Paul McCartney (who appeared with Linda McCartney) in The Simpsons: Lisa the Vegetarian (1995) (#7.5)
As of the season fifteen premiere, there are over one thousand culture references on this show. According to Writer and Producer Al Jean, the most referenced film is Citizen Kane (1941).
On May 7, 2009, the U.S. Postal Service issued a set of five forty-four cent commemorative postage stamps honoring this show, with each member of the Simpson family (Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie) appearing on a different stamp. A set of five picture post cards, one for each stamp design, was also released.
According to the season four DVD commentary, the character of the Sea Captain was created by Conan O'Brien. When he first appeared, his name was given as Captain McAllister.
Milhouse is of Danish descent (on his mother's side) and of Dutch and Italian descent (on his father's side).
Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer were not on the The Tracey Ullman Show (1987) and joined the cast when it became its own series.
The first, and so far the only, animated series to be nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy.
Whenever a scene is called for Lisa to burp or whistle, Nancy Cartwright fills in for Yeardley Smith.
What Bart writes on the chalkboard in the opening credits is different in almost every episode.
Marge's birthday is inconsistent throughout the series, given in various episodes as "the same as Randy Quaid" (October 1), or some date in either February, March, or May.
At the supermarket check-out, in the new high definition intro, a box of "frosty Krusty O's" cost $6.66 bringing the total to $243.26. When Maggie gets scanned, the price doubles to $486.52
Ned Flanders is sixty years old. He looks so young because of the three C's: 1. Clean living. 2. Chewing thoroughly. 3. A daily dose of vitamin Church.
Dan Castellaneta has stated that in The Tracey Ullman Show (1987) shorts and the first season, he based the then-undeveloped voice of Homer on Walter Matthau.
Dan Castellaneta based the voice of Barney Gumble on Daws Butler's portrayal of Mister Magoo (1960)'s nephew Waldo.
Norm Peterson from Cheers (1982) is considered a strong influence behind Barney Gumble.
When looking at Homer from the side, one can see that the zig-zag of his hair forms an "M", while his ear forms the "G". The show's creator and animator Matt Groening has stated that his initials appear in any animation of Homer Simpson.
In Spain, two actresses did the voices of Marge, Patty, Selma, and their mother from seasons one to six. They were Amparo Soto and Begoña Hernando, who eventually abandoned their role due to voice problems that came from struggling to imitate Julie Kavner. Margarita de Francia became the final voice for the Bouvier family.
The name of Bart's principal, Seymour Skinner, is said to be taken from behavior specialist B.F. Skinner. But it could also be from the founder of Eugene, Oregon, which is the city adjacent to Springfield, Oregon, and has numerous monuments and landmarks with Skinner in the name. Harry Shearer claims his idea for the voice of the principal was partially based on Charles Kuralt.
Ranked at number one in multiple Channel 4 television polls in the UK, The Greatest: 100 Greatest TV Characters (2001), The 100 Greatest Kids TV Shows (2001), and 100 Greatest Cartoons (2005).
In 2004, The Simpsons replaced The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952) as the longest-running sitcom (animated or live-action) in the United States. As of 2017, The Simpsons has the record for the number of episodes by an American animated show.
Every speaking member of the Simpson family, except for Homer, is fluent in French. Marge speaks and tutors French in season two, episode twelve, "The Way We Was", Bart becomes fluent after his time as an exchange student in France in season one, episode eleven, "The Crepes of Wrath", and Lisa is revealed to be fully fluent in season twenty-seven, episode eight, "Paths of Glory".
Homer Simpson was named number one by Bravo TV's "100 Greatest TV Characters of All Time".
Homer Simpson was ranked Entertainment Weekly's number one character in its 2010 issue listing the best characters of the previous twenty years.
Although Homer, Marge, Bart, and Lisa appear in every episode (and each has a speaking part, except that Marge's was cut from season four, episode twenty-two, "Krusty Gets Kancelled" (she was part of the traffic jam caused by the billboard)), there are at least two episodes where Maggie does not appear: season five, episode nine, "The Last Temptation of Homer", and season eight, episode seven, "Lisa's Date with Density".
The character Professor John Frink was named after a producer of the show, and based on Jerry Lewis' character in The Nutty Professor (1963).
As of season twenty, The Simpsons has utilized three aspect ratios: 4:3 for seasons one through twenty, 16:9 for seasons twenty onward, and 2.35:1 for The Simpsons Movie (2007).
Season one, episode thirteen, "Some Enchanted Evening", was originally going to be the season premiere. However, at the Gracie Films studio screening, James L. Brooks said of the animation "this is sh*t", which cleared the room and created a heated argument with Klasky-Csupo animation studio head Gabor Csupo, who countered with "maybe this sh*t isn't funny". An estimated seventy percent of the episode had to be redone, which had several knock-on effects: There was major concern the show would be cancelled if the next episode, season one, episode two, "Bart the Genius", came back in a similar state (luckily it did not). Season one, episode one, "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire", was now to be the season premiere, which in turn meant the show could not debut on FOX until December, and what's more, the reordering of the air dates meant that Santa's Little Helper, who now debuted as the "first" episode was mysteriously absent throughout most of the remainder of the season, including this episode. There is also a noticeable difference between the old and new animation, perhaps most notably the scene where Marge is getting ready in front of the bedroom mirror talking to Lisa about Homer's dancing; Marge is hugely off-model and would be unrecognizable under normal circumstances. The delay had at least one positive effect, however; it allowed time for Hank Azaria to overdub the original voice track for Moe (performed by Christopher Collins), and by season two, Azaria had become a regular member of the cast. Sever years later, when Brooks and Csupo were both on-stage accepting an Emmy for "The Simpsons", Brooks jokingly whispered in his ear "maybe this sh*t isn't funny". The joke was taken in good humor as Csupo had long since admitted he was wrong about the whole affair.
The French-Canadian version (different from the France-dubbed version) has many particularities: it is the longest television series dubbed in Quebec, for continuity, which is quite rare, as the producers are very impressed by its quality. Most of the voice actors and actresses are still there (Marge's voice is done by veteran Beatrice Picard, who starred in Quebec-made sitcoms in the 1960s through the 1980s). At one point, some actors died (among them, Benoit Marleau and Jean-Louis Millette, who made voice-dubbing in most television series and movies) and were appropriately replaced. Veteran Hubert Gagnon (Homer's French-Canadian voice) did replace one actor who did Homer's Father Abraham voice (as opposed to Dan Castellaneta, who did both for the entire series). Though many fans asked the producers to re-do a season one DVD, with the French-Canadian version, only the France dubbed version exists up to this day, for the North American DVD.
The running joke of Bart's prank calls, is he calls Moe's Tavern and asks for whomever he wishes to speak, unbeknownst to Moe, the name is a pun, or double entendre, and says the last name first (I.P. Freely, Ivana Tinkle, et cetera). When Moe realizes the call is a prank, he threatens to reveal his true identity and finds multiple ways to track him down. However, this backfires in season three, episode ten, "Flaming Moe's", when he calls and wishes to speak to a Hugh Jass which is a play on the word "huge ass". Moe initially thinks the call is a prank at first, however, there is actually a person in the bar named Hugh Jass. It backfires again when Bart prank calls Sweden, when someone thanks Bart for providing validation of his World-Weary Cynicism.
The beginning couch gags are used as a trick to lengthen the running time of an episode.
The season two opener, "Bart Gets an "F"", is the most watched episode (in its first run) in Simpsons history, by thirty-three million people.
Comic Book Guy has a statuette which is a "Krusty the Clown" version of the "Han Solo in carbonite" image from Star Wars: Episodes V and VI.
Animation company, Klasky Csupo was responsible for the animation production starting with the shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show (1987) and the series until 1992, when they were replaced with Film Roman. Company head Gabor Csupo didn't want Gracie Films to send in their own producer to oversee the animation, and Gracie Films wasn't happy with Csupo's chosen producer.
Homer Simpson's alarm code at 742 Evergreen Terrace is "3679", which is the same as his PIN.
Homer and Marge's ages have changed as the years have gone on while Bart, Lisa, and Maggie's have remained ten, eight, and one, respectively. Homer was thirty-six and Marge was thirty-four in earlier seasons. Homer was then thirty-eight for a few seasons before settling on thirty-nine. Most recently, his age was said to be forty-two. Marge's age remained thirty-four for many years until an episode that revealed she was now thirty-six. Grampa's age has never officially been confirmed. It is commonly referenced that he is in his eighties, after getting upset that he and Maggie couldn't participate in a game for ages 8-80.
Frank Sivero attempted to sue 20th Century Fox for two hundred fifty million dollars, because he claimed Fat Tony's sidekick, "Louie" was based on his character "Frankie Carbone" from Goodfellas (1990). He claimed he had "created" Frankie Carbone especially for Goodfellas. However, due to the lack of proof, the lawsuit was dismissed.
In the Anthony Horowitz novel Scorpia Rising, Alex Rider questions the sexuality of a character called Derek Smithers. This is no doubt a dig at this series' Smithers, who is a closet homosexual.
Patty's hair and head look vaguely like a letter "P" when viewed from her left profile, and Selma's hair looks like a letter M when viewing her face. This is how Patty and Selma can be told apart.
In season twenty-nine, this show beat Gunsmoke (1955) for the television series with the biggest amount of episodes (excluding soap operas).
Snake the criminal was named after Snake Plissken, the protagonist of Escape from New York (1981) and Escape from L.A. (1996).
J.R. Ewing, the antagonist from Dallas (1978) is a major influence behind The Rich Texan.
The show is in the Guinness Book of World Records, with its record for the longest animated television series.
Bart Simpson's birthday is stated in different episodes to be April 1 and February 23.
In season ten, episode nine, "Mayored to the Mob", Üter walks by with a Futurama (1999) shirt on, a show also created by the makers of the Simpsons.
In the German dubbed version, the name Homer has been mispronounced as "who-ma" in the first five seasons. Later seasons have the correct pronunciation.
Season twenty-six, episode six, "Simpsorama", which was a crossover of this show and Futurama (1999), was written to celebrate this show's 25th Anniversary.
Season two, episode eight, "Bart the Daredevil" is Matt Groening's favorite episode.
Producer Mike Reiss came up with Bart's phrase "Yoink!" whenever he swipes something from someone, from the sound effect from The Flintstones (1960), when Barney would swipe something from Fred.
Mayor Quimby is named after Quimby Street in Portland, Oregon. Quimby Street is named after the character Ramona Quimby, from the series of books written by Beverly Cleary. The books were later made into the Ramona (1988) television series, and the Ramona and Beezus (2010) movie.
Tom and Jerry, the MGM cartoon characters, were major influences behind Itchy and Scratchy.
The current voice actor of Professor Frink, tried out and then stuttered a "MoHOiVin" sound and has caught on to how his character acts.
Sideshow Bob transitions from usually wanting to kill Bart to usually helping the family.
It was revealed in season twenty-seven, episode nine, "Barthood", that the sailboat painting hanging above the Simpson's couch was done by Lisa.
The character of "Sideshow" Bob Terwilliger shares a name with the Dr. Terwilliger from the Dr. Seuss film The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. (1953).
The Simpsons contains multiple references to Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange (1971). Two of them occur in season four and are referenced by Bart. The most notable and obvious one however is in season twenty-six, episode four, "Treehouse of Horror XXV", in a segment titled "A Clockwork Yellow". During this segment, there is also a reference to many other Kubrick films, such as Eyes Wide Shut (1999), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Full Metal Jacket (1987), and Barry Lyndon (1975).
McBain, the movie action hero Rainier Wolfcastle plays in the "McBain" movies is heavily influenced by the James Bond films, Dirty Harry, and Arnold Schwarzenegger action flicks.
The first season episode numbers began with "7G'", which is also the sector at the power plant in which Homer works.
Ned Flanders did not have a wife until season eight, episode five, "Bart After Dark". However, she appeared on season three, episode three, "When Flanders Failed", as Ned's sister, Nediana.
Bart's prank calls are inspired by the infamous "Tube Bar" prank calls in the mid 1970s to the Tube Bar in Jersey City, in which pranksters would ask the proprietor of the bar if they could speak to a fictitiously named customer. The fictitious gag names given by the pranksters were puns and homophones for other, oftentimes more offensive, phrases. Recordings of the calls were circulated widely on duplicated cassette tapes.
Homer falling down Springfield Gorge in season two, episode eight, "Bart the Daredevil", ranked number eighteen in the "TV's Funniest Moments" special by the Museum of Television and Radio.
Season twelve, episode eight, "Skinner's Sense of Snow", was the final episode, and season twelve, episode one, "Treehouse of Horror XI", was the final Treehouse Of Horror of the second millennium. Season twelve, episode nine, "HOMR", was the first episode of the third millennium. The second millennium ended on December 31, 2000, and the third millennium started on January 1, 2001.
This show has, since the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, been the subject of numerous conspiracy theories, including one that it "predicted" the tragedy, based upon various shots of the numbers "9" and "11" in the season nine opener, "City of New York vs. Homer Simpson", and a fan-fiction theory (not connected to the official show) that the Blue-Haired Lawyer character, having a New York City accent, had become so obsessed with law and order because he was upset about the loss of his own family in the Twin Towers bombing. There was a segment of this show as well which featured Homer rushing around between Tower 1 and Tower 2, trying to locate a bathroom while hoping that the police wouldn't tow away his car, but after 9/11, this segment was removed until its DVD release, out of sympathy for victims of the attacks in real-life. There is another segment in which Selma Bouvier admits to kissing Springfield's news anchorman Kent Brockman, to which he replies, "oh yeah, everyone did crazy things during 9/11". This segment has never been cut, unlike the Homer World Trade Center segment.
Sideshow Bob's passion for singing is a dimension to the character that was uniquely Kelsey Grammer's, stemming from his own personal history of singing standards on the set of Cheers (1982).
The Simpsons (1989) became the longest running American primetime series when Family Matters (1989) ended on July 18, 1998 and has retained that status ever since. At 20 years, this is by far the longest period which any series has held this distinction. Conversely, Cheers (1982) held it for the shortest time: for only one week from the end of Knots Landing (1979) on May 13, 1993 until its own final episode on May 20, 1993. The Simpsons (1989) is the last remaining such series to have premiered in the 1980s as well as the only animated series to become the longest running primetime scripted series.
Rusty Nails, a real-life clown Matt Groening used to watch as a child, was a major influences behind Krusty the Clown. Additionally, his personality was based on Jewish comedian Jackie Mason, who would occasionally voice Hyman Krustofsky, Krusty's father.
Montgomery Scott, the Scottish chief engineer aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise in Star Trek (1966) is reported to be an influence behind Groundkeeper Willie.
Emperor Palpatine, the antagonist of the first six Star Wars movies, is considered to be an influence behind Montgomery Burns.
Grandad Trotter from the long-running BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses.... (1981) is considered to be an influence behind Abe Simpson.
Elizabeth Taylor provided the voice of Maggie when she said, "Daddy", in season four, episode ten, "Lisa's First Word". However, when the scene of Maggie saying "Daddy" was shown in season seven, episode ten, "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular". Maggie's voice was provided by Liz Georges.
Homer jokes that God needs money because of all the expensive little things like the ring he gave Saturn. Interestingly, there were people who believed Saturn had rings because of God, but not because of the reason Homer came up with.
Milhouse Van Houten is a parody of Paul Pfeiffer, Kevin Arnold's best friend in The Wonder Years (1988).
Vito Corleone, the head of the Corleone crime family in The Godfather (1972) is a strong influence behind Fat Tony.
In the Simpsons shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show (1987), Homer was voiced by John Ratzenberger. Since The Simpsons became their own show, Homer has been voiced by Dan Castellaneta. But during season two, Dan started to find doing Homer's voice was hard, so he asked if he could do the voice in a higher pitch, and his request was accepted. In season twenty-six, when The Simpsons met their old selves, John Ratzenberger had to step in for the voice of the older version of Homer, as Dan Castellaneta found he couldn't pull off the voice of that character anymore.
In Short Time (1990)'s theatrical run, a special presentation of "The Simpsons" first full length feature was shown before the start of the movie. It featured the family pawning the television to get help from Marvin Monroes, which ran a television ad, "If we don't cure you, you get double the money back, guaranteed." Meanwhile, the family kept shocking each other to the point that Dr. Monroe gave them their "double money back guarantee" and kicked them out of his office. In Short Time (1990), Dabney Coleman's character was named "Detective Simpson".
Frank Spencer, the accident-prone protagonist of the BBC sitcom Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973) is considered an influence behind Homer Simpson.
Dan Castellaneta provided the voice of Santa's Little Helper in season four, episode fourteen, "Brother from the Same Planet".
One of the shows covered in TV (The Book): Two Experts Pick the Greatest American Shows of All Time by Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall.
The song, "Georgy Girl", has twice been sung to different lyrics: season four, episode four, "Lisa the Beauty Queen", and season thirteen, episode ten, "Half-Decent Proposal". The original song was written by Tom Springfield.
The following characters are gay: Duff Man: season fourteen, episode seventeen, "Three Gays of the Condo". Patty Bouvier: Hinted at in season thirteen, episode nine, "Jaws Wired Shut", then confirmed in season sixteen, episode ten, "There's Something About Marrying". Waylan Smithers. As of 2018, he is still in the closet, but there are many hints throughout the series, such as season thirteen, episode nine, "Jaws Wired Shut", for example.
BART happens to be an acronym for Bay Area Rapid Transit; the San Francisco's area's light rail public transit system. Mike Johansen once joked that the BART was useful for going to BARs, so they needed a HOMER line to get you home if you'd had too much to drink.
Lisa's I.Q. is 159 and Maggie's is 167: The Simpsons: Smart & Smarter (2004) (#15.13).
Krusty The Clown has been divorced 14 times. This is revealed in The Simpsons: Once Upon a Time in Springfield (2010).
According to DVD commentary, the season one episode "Some Enchanted Evening" was originally intended to be the pilot for the series, and ended up as the finale for season one due to the poor animation and quality of the episode that displeased the creators. Matt Groening called it "the show that almost killed 'The Simpsons.'" If you compare the animation quality and style of the episode, you'll notice it matches the quality and style of the first few episodes of the first season as compared to the last episodes leading up to it. The animation quality was improved as compared to the original version by up to 70% and officially aired as the season finale.
The address "742 Evergreen Terrace" was first used in the episode "Homer's Triple Bypass", and then eventually became the Simpsons address.
According to Hank Azaria, Moe Szyslak was originally played by Christopher Collins. The creators thought his work was great, but everyone found him to be "too much of a dick" to work with and brought in Azaria to dub over all of his lines. Collins was also the original voice of Mr. Burns in his first three appearances before Harry Shearer took over.
There was an online theory that Homer causes Bart's bad behavior because Homer is a bad father and is neglectful and abusive.
Although the recurring gag of Homer choking Bart is played for laughs. Child abuse in real life is not funny and is a crime which the abusive parent could face 5 years in prison for. If this were real, Homer Simpson could go to jail for his abuse and neglect of his son.
In a flashback of Homer first choking Bart. When Bart hits Homer on the head with a lamp, Homer says to Marge "Where is he learning this violence?". Bart gets it from Homer due to Homer's abuse of Bart.
Before season twenty-six, episode six, "Simpsorama", a character from Futurama (1999) made a cameo. In season twelve, episode nine, "HOMR", the lead character Phillip Fry made a cameo in the couch gag.
In a list appearing Spectrum issue #22, dated April 2000 of the best television series of the 1990s, John Thorne ranked this show as number four.
The Simpsons have a backyard garden, and in it there is a dog house, a barbeque grill, a flower bed, and two trees (instead of one tree with the treehouse on top). However, all four objects are more often mentioned rather than seen.
In some episodes , the Simpsons pets look different than they usually do. Snowball, the cat, black-furred and female, is rarely shown white-furred and male.
In 1990, this show was parodied in a Beechams Powders capsules advertisement on British television called "The Symptoms: Victor Knows Best".
It's revealed in The Simpsons: Boy Meets Curl (2010) why Agnes Skinner is so hard on Seymour.
Season 18's The Boys of Bummer has been voted by the fans as the worst episode. In that episode, Bart becomes the most hated person in Springfield when he fails to catch a ball during a baseball game which angers the residents of Springfield nastily mocks and bullies Bart which soon causes Bart to suffer a mental breakdown and attempt suicide.