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The Simpsons — Season One

Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire

Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire »

P-code 7G08 • Index 1×01 • Aired Dec 17, 1989

It's Christmas time in the Simpsons household, and to hide the fact that he didn't get his Christmas bonus, Homer takes a second job as a store Santa.

Bart the Genius

Bart the Genius »

P-code 7G02 • Index 1×02 • Aired Jan 14, 1990

After Bart swaps aptitude tests with Martin Prince, he is sent to a special school for gifted kids.

Homer's Odyssey

Homer's Odyssey »

P-code 7G03 • Index 1×03 • Aired Jan 21, 1990

After Homer causes another accident at the nuclear plant, he is fired. He becomes a safety activist, and takes on Mr. Burns.

There's No Disgrace Like Home

There's No Disgrace Like Home »

P-code 7G04 • Index 1×04 • Aired Jan 28, 1990

After the family embarrass Homer at the company picnic, he pawns the TV and takes the family to a psychiatrist.

Bart the General

Bart the General »

P-code 7G05 • Index 1×05 • Aired Feb 04, 1990

When Bart gets beat up by Nelson Muntz, he forms an army of his friends to wage war on the bully.

Moaning Lisa

Moaning Lisa »

P-code 7G06 • Index 1×06 • Aired Feb 11, 1990

Lisa is feeling blue, and her family just don't understand. She meets a jazz musician, Bleeding Gums Murphy, who helps her feel better.

Call of the Simpsons

Call of the Simpsons »

P-code 7G09 • Index 1×07 • Aired Feb 18, 1990

The Simpsons decide to take a camping trip, however, everything does not go to plan.

The Telltale Head

The Telltale Head »

P-code 7G07 • Index 1×08 • Aired Feb 25, 1990

Bart falls in with the wrong crowd, and to impress them, he cuts the head off a statue of Jebediah Springfield (the town's founder).

Life on the Fast Lane

Life on the Fast Lane »

P-code 7G11 • Index 1×09 • Aired Mar 18, 1990

Homer gives Marge a bowling ball for her birthday, intending to use it for himself. So Marge takes up bowling to spite him, but falls in love with her teacher.

Homer's Night Out

Homer's Night Out »

P-code 7G10 • Index 1×10 • Aired Mar 25, 1990

Using his new mail-order spy camera, Bart catches Homer dancing with an exotic belly-dancer at a stag party.

The Crepes of Wrath

The Crepes of Wrath »

P-code 7G13 • Index 1×11 • Aired Apr 15, 1990

After flushing a cherry bomb down the school toilet, Bart is sent to France via a student exchange.

Krusty Gets Busted

Krusty Gets Busted »

P-code 7G12 • Index 1×12 • Aired Apr 29, 1990

Krusty the Clown is caught robbing the Kwik-E-Mart, however, only Bart believes he didn't do it.

Some Enchanted Evening

Some Enchanted Evening »

P-code 7G01 • Index 1×13 • Aired May 13, 1990

Homer takes Marge out to a nice dinner and a night at the Offramp Inn, unaware that the babysitter they hired is a crook...

Season 1

The first series of full-length episodes, running from December 1989 to May 1990. Like the Tracey Ullman shorts which preceded the series, this Season is quite crudely animated. You may also notice that Homer's voice sounds quite different from later episodes - this is because Dan Castellaneta was trying to do a Walter Matthau impersonation when he did the voice. In later Seasons, the pitch of his voice was raised slightly.

The episodes in Season One use a '7G' production code - Matt Groening chose this because Homer works in sector 7G at the Nuclear Plant.

Groening's DVD intro

Welcome to the first of many deluxe overpriced DVD sets of The Simpsons. With 280-odd shows in the can and no end in sight, you might be able to complete your collection just before the next format comes along. Thanks for buying!

What we have here are thirteen crudely animated episodes, first aired in 1989 and 1990, all spiffed up, cleaned off, and augmented with bells and whistles, bonus materials, and self-pitying audio commentaries. If Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie look weirdly off-model, if their voices sound spooky and different, and if the animation seems particularly glitch filled, just remember this: we didn't know what the hell we were doing back then.

What's fun for me in looking back at all these old episodes is how many jokes and characters have stayed vivid for more than a decade. I love Santa's Little Helper leaping into Homer's arms at Christmas; the debut of Blinky, the three-eyed fish; Bart's game-winning scrabble word "KWYJIBO" ("a fat, dumb, balding North American ape with no chin"); the Simpsons giving each other electroshock therapy courtesy of Dr. Marvin Monroe; Lisa playing saxophone with Bleeding Gums Murphy; Homer being mistaken for Bigfoot; and Marge's bowling instructor Jacques strangely losing his French accent when yelling for onion rings.

I also dig Grandpa Simpson's letter to TV advertisers: "I am disgusted with the way old people are depicted on television. We are not all vibrant, fun-loving sex maniacs. Many of us are bitter, resentful individuals, who remember the good old days when entertainment was bland and inoffensive."

So enjoy. We've got more Simpsons episodes to make, then broadcast, then re-run, then chop up for syndication, then sell to you on DVD. But you know something? We wouldn't have it any other way!

Your pal,
Matt Groening