[21] In 2020, Jean acknowledged "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" as an episode many consider to be a favorite. While I don't feel it's anything special, it remains a fairly entertaining show that has a few entertaining moments. When he learns Marge spent the family's holiday money on tattoo removal, Homer moonlights as a shopping mall Santa at the suggestion of his friend Barney Gumble. [34], Episode list for season of animated series, DVD cover featuring the Simpsons family sitting on their couch watching television inside a TV. In the first episode, Barney had yellow hair, which was the same color as his skin. These seasons contained the most original storylines, drawn from the heart of the writers. Millions of people start to watch The Simpsons. Commercials for the next episode ("Bart the Genius") ran during breaks for this episode. The first season of the American animated television series The Simpsons originally aired on the Fox network between December 17, 1989, and May 13, 1990, beginning with the Christmas special "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire." Before the artist can finish the tattoo, Marge finds Bart and drags him to the dermatologist to have it removed. Krusty is sent to jail and his show is taken over by his assistant, Sideshow Bob. The last episode is halarious. [4] The DVD boxset was released on September 25, 2001 in Region 1 and September 24, 2001 in both Region 2 and Region 4. Jacques begins to fall for Marge and invites her to his apartment. "[16] Warren Martyn and Adrian Wood, the authors of the book I Can't Believe It's a Bigger and Better Updated Unofficial Simpsons Guide, said of the episode: "pretty standard early fare, with the series not quite hitting its stride." [5] Groening submitted only basic sketches to the animators and assumed that the figures would be cleaned up in production. [25], "The Simpsons: Writer of first episode says she was kept out of the writer's room for being a woman", "The Simpsons Flashback: "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" Review", "The Simpsons: The Complete First Season (1990)", "Interview: Al Jean knows which Simpsons episodes you think are the best—and worst", "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire episode capsule", A Springfield Summer Christmas for Christmas, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Simpsons_Roasting_on_an_Open_Fire&oldid=1001189569, Short description is different from Wikidata, Television episode articles with short description for single episodes, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 18 January 2021, at 16:52. The season won one Emmy award and had four other nominations. In the first segment, they have that old trope where a dead person (in this one Homer) comes back as a ghost. Since airing, the episode has received mixed reviews from television critics. The second one is amazingly forgettable, and the third one is terrible as well, it just wasn't good at all, and it was the worst Treehouse of horror episode. Marge, Bart and, Lisa becomes depressed, which begins to affect her performance in school. Meanwhile, an Albanian boy named Adil starts to live with the Simpsons who, unbeknownst to Homer, is a spy sent by his country to obtain nuclear blueprints. Brooks, the producer of the sketch comedy program The Tracey Ullman Show, wanted to use a series of animated shorts as bumpers between sketches. The producers convinced Fox to move the debut to December 17, and aired "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" as the first episode of the series. Then on December 17, 1989, people watch the first episode. Bart is certain Krusty is innocent, and gathers evidence to support his claim, which he takes to "Krusty's bestest friend", Sideshow Bob. [8], Bart has trouble on an intelligence test and sneakily switches tests with Martin Prince, the class genius. The family is overjoyed by this gesture, and celebrates by singing "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer". [4], On Metacritic, a site which uses a weighted mean score, the season scored a 79/100 from six critics, translating to "generally favorable reviews". Looking back at the very first episode of 'The Simpsons,' a hilarious Christmas episode, which premiered 25 years ago today. [2] The first season won one Emmy Award, and received four additional nominations. Groening, Brooks, and Silverman participated in the DVD's audio commentary. After losing all his Santa earnings at a dog-racing track on Christmas Eve, Homer lets Bart keep Santa's Little Helper when the dog finishes last and is abandoned by its owner. Although television shows are limited to one episode per category, "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" was considered a separate special and nominated alongside fellow episode "Life on the Fast Lane" for Outstanding Animated Program; "Life on the Fast Lane" won. Users on social media couldn't help but wonder at the latest coincidence between Vice President Kamala Harris' outfit during her inauguration and Lisa Simpson in an episode from 2000. After Homer's Santa gig pays far less than expected due to high tax deductions, he and Bart receive a greyhound racing tip from Barney. [1] Snowball I is mentioned for the first time and Waylon Smithers can be heard over the speaker at the power plant, but he is not seen. When the Simpsons are good, they can be very good, but when they are bad they are so much better. The greyhound finishes last. "Good Night" is the first Simpsons short that appeared on The Tracey Ullman Show. However, when Groening realized that animating Life in Hell would require the rescinding of publication rights for his life's work, he chose another approach and formulated his version of a dysfunctional family. The family is forced to spend all of their savings to get Bart's new tattoo removed, and with no money for Christmas, Homer is forced to become a store Santa. As Homer and Bart leave the track, they see the dog's owner berate and abandon him for losing the race. When the father, Homer, learns his boss is not giving employees Christmas bonuses, he takes a job as a shopping mall Santa, but fails to earn enough money for presents. [7] Groening said his goal in creating the show was to offer the audience an alternative to what he called "the mainstream trash" they were watching. [33] When the first season DVD was released in 2001, it quickly became the best-selling television DVD in history, although it was later overtaken by the first season of Chappelle's Show. \"Life on the Fast Lane\" won \"Outstanding Animated Program,\" for which \"Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire\" was also a nominee. This is a list of The Simpsons episodes by broadcast order. It is 20 minutes long. It's about Marge and Homer have a date night, and they hire a baby sitter who turns out to be a wanted criminal; featured on "America's Armed and Dangerous" tv show, and that's all I'll say. Bart realizes the robbery was actually committed by Bob, who was trying to frame Krusty. [9] During Lisa's performance at the Christmas pageant, she appears to be naked from the waist down. Fandom Apps Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. "[17] Colin Jacobson at DVD Movie Guide said in a review that the episode "is good but not great early Simpsons" and further commented: "For many years I thought of 'Roasting' as a terrible episode, but it's not. Just last month, The Simpsons celebrated the thirty-first anniversary of its debut as its own show on Fox, way back in 1989.Granted, the Simpson family themselves has been in existence for a touch longer, but the show, as it is known today, appeared just a week before Christmas Eve and two weeks before the 1990s began. "[1] David Silverman directed this episode, while Rich Moore storyboarded it and designed Ned Flanders. The pictures of The Simpsons are used in a TV show for about four years. Information is taken from the opening and ending credits of each episode. "The executive producers for the first production season were Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, and Sam Simon.. 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