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. Season ten, episode three, "Bart the Mother" (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 of season twenty-one, episode thirteen, "The Simpsons: The Color Yellow (2010)" 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.
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.
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.
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".
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".
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.
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.
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).
Milhouse has been cursed with a nefarious name. "Milhous" was Richard Nixon's middle name (spelled differently on 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.
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.
Channel Ten, the Australian television network that airs this show in Australia, reportedly paid $25,000 per episode. Following a change of network ownership in 2017, FOX terminated its agreement with Ten, ending a 26 year relationship in Australia.
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".
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.
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' massive appetite for prescription drugs.
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: season seven, episode seventeen, "Homer the Smithers".
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.
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".
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)
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 season seventeen, episode seventeen, "Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bangalore", in which a cow is heard mooing during the establishing shot of an India-based nuclear power plant.
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 in some episodes the television falls off the wall showing the cables.
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 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 this show, as this show originally started as thirty-second animated shorts which were part of The Tracey Ullman Show (1987).
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.
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.
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 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."
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.
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.
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", when Ned predicts Moleman's death, Ned saves Moleman, but then drops him into a manhole where there are lots of crocodiles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Snake once attended Princeton University. While taking a year off he began stealing for kicks, and became a career criminal although he may have went to Ball State as it is revealed in one episode that he played lacrosse there.
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 .
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.
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: season twelve, episode three, "Insane Clown Poppy" Homer's middle name is Jay. Lisa's is Marie: season six, episode nineteen, "Lisa's Wedding" Milhouse's middle name is Mussolini, after Benito Mussolini. Superintendent Chalmers' first name is Gary: season twenty-three, episode two, "Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts".
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".
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.
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 twenty-eight years.
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.
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.
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 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".
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).
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.
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)".
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.
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.
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.
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 season two, episode eighteen, "Brush with Greatness" Sir Paul McCartney (who appeared with Linda McCartney) in season seven, episode five, "Lisa the Vegetarian".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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 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 Twentieth 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 (1990). However, due to the lack of proof, the lawsuit was dismissed.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
The series 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. This 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.
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.
In addition to Kelsey Grammer playing the voice of Sideshow Bob David Hyde Pierce and John Mahoney who play Frasier's brother and father respectively on Frasier also voice Sideshow Bob's brother and father in the 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.
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".
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 seventy percent and officially aired as the season finale.
Crazy Cat Lady Eleanor Abernathy is based on Edith "Big Edie" Ewing Bouvier Beale - a cousin of JFK who went crazy and owned many cats in her dilapidated mansion, Grey Gardens on Long Island. Crazy Cat Lady happens to be distantly related to Marge Simpson who's maiden name was Bouvier.
The Simpsons is a long-running American animated comedy series created by Matt McNamara and has been on our screens since 1989. The series follows the misadventures of the bald, fat alcoholic, abusive, neglectful, selfish and idiotic nuclear power plant employee Homer Simpson, his family: long suffering and strict wife Marge and their 3 children: evil punk Bart. Intelligent and unpopular Lisa and baby daughter Maggie and other quirky residents of the small American town of Springfield.
In Episode 25F3 "Four Regrettings and a Funeral" Bart writes "We'll really miss you Mrs. K" as a tribute to Edna Krabbaple's voice actress Marcia Wallace who died a week before the episode's airdate it is the only episode of the series to only have one sentence on the chalkboard in the opening title sequence.
The company that produces Itchy and Scratchy is a likely parody of Disney as one episode shows "Steamboat Itchy" a violent parody of the 1928 cartoon "Steamboat Willie" also the company's founder Roger Myers is a subtle reference to Walt Disney.