"Krusty Gets Busted". It's a not-so-merry Christmas for the Simpsons. The Simpsons was originally intended to debut earlier in 1989 with "Some Enchanted Evening", but due to animation problems with that episode, the show debuted with this episode on December 17. However, the show was controversial from its beginning. "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire", titled onscreen as "The Simpsons Christmas Special",[1][3] is the first syndicated episode and series premiere of the American animated TV series The Simpsons. According to David Silverman, this was an animation error and she was intended to be wearing a body stocking, but the Korean animators never colored it in. "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" was nominated for two Emmy Awards in 1990 and has received positive reviews from television critics. This Citizen Kane homage gets into the backstory of Mr. Burns, recalling his beloved childhood teddy bear, Bobo, that he discarded in exchange for ascension to a life of wealth — and his lifelong quest to recover the treasured object. Bart is treated like a slave by two unscrupulous winemakers, César and Ugolin, who eventually feed him wine tainted with antifreeze. Then on December 17, 1989, people watched the first 20-minute episode. While the Simpsons are Christmas shopping, Homer takes his family to the company picnic at Mr. Burns's manor. The family is overjoyed by this gesture, and celebrates by singing "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer". The pictures of The Simpsons are used in a TV show for about four years. Marge, Bart and, Lisa becomes depressed, which begins to affect her performance in school. It is 20 minutes long. Homer, wanting to make it up to Marge, decides to take her to dinner at a fancy restaurant and hires a babysitter to take care of Bart and Lisa. The commentaries were recorded in late 2000. In the first segment, they have that old trope where a dead person (in this one Homer) comes back as a ghost. Bart apologizes for the prank and praises his father for moonlighting to give the family Christmas presents. It was the second-highest-rated show on the Fox network up to that point. "[18], The episode was nominated for two Emmy Awards in 1990: "Outstanding Animated Program" and "Outstanding Editing for a Miniseries or Special." "[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. Menu. "[1] David Silverman directed this episode, while Rich Moore storyboarded it and designed Ned Flanders. The sitcom became popular in other countries, too. [5] It won an Emmy and received four additional nominations. [8] Despite the ban, The Simpsons merchandise sold well and generated US$2 billion in revenue during the first 14 months of sales. [6] In 1989, a team of production companies adapted The Simpsons into a half-hour series for the Fox Broadcasting Company. This episode lost to fellow The Simpsons episode "Life on the Fast Lane". Marge, feeling unappreciated by Homer, makes a call to a radio therapist, which Homer overhears at work. Back in France, Bart learns French and reports the winemakers' crimes to the authorities. His mother, Marge, spends all the family's holiday budget having it removed. This The Simpsons review contains spoilers. Mr. Burns plans to cut Christmas bonuses, Marge has to spend the family's Christmas savings to erase a tattoo Bart thought would make a great Christmas present, and when Homer learns he won't be getting a Christmas bonus, life in Springfieldgets even tighter. The TV special "The Simpsons Christmas Special" originally aired on December 17, 1989. The episode was written by Don Payne and directed by Steven Dean Moore. [4] The DVD boxset was released on September 25, 2001 in Region 1 and September 24, 2001 in both Region 2 and Region 4. The series was originally set to debut in autumn 1989 … He confesses that he cheated on the test and is subsequently sent back to Springfield Elementary School. She is forced to spend the family's entire holiday budget on the procedure, thinking that Homer's Christmas bonus will cover gift expenses. [21], Principal Skinner finally becomes fed up with Bart's pranks and proposes that Bart be sent to France as part of the student exchange program. Brooks negotiated a provision in the contract with the Fox network that prevented Fox from interfering with the show's content. Brooks, the producer of the sketch comedy program The Tracey Ullman Show, wanted to use a series of animated shorts as bumpers between sketches. Bob is arrested and Krusty thanks Bart for saving him. TV Shows. Bart realizes the robbery was actually committed by Bob, who was trying to frame Krusty. Bart purchases a mini spy camera and manages to take a picture of Homer dancing next to stripper named Princess Kashmir at a co-worker's strip club party. Created by James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Sam Simon. "[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." [1], The series was originally set to debut in autumn 1989 with the episode "Some Enchanted Evening", (which was meant to introduce the main characters)[2] but during the first screening of the episode, the producers discovered that the animation was so poor that 70% of the episode needed to be redone.[3]. IGN's Robert Canning in a 2008 review of the episode noted, "though not the funniest of episodes, it certainly was groundbreaking. [15], Since airing, the episode has received mostly positive reviews from television critics. The satiric adventures of … "The executive producers for the first production season were Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, and Sam Simon.. The executive producers for the first production season were Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, and Sam Simon. 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. The Simpsons began as a series of "bumpers" or animated shorts for on April 19, 1987, and premiered as a full animated series on December 17, 1989, on FOX. Although she agrees, Marge undergoes a moral dilemma. Be the first one to add a plot. [9], The "Santas of Many Lands" portion of the Christmas pageant is based on Groening's experience in the second grade when he did a report on Christmas in Russia. She kicks Homer out of the house, but the next day explains that she is not upset about his dancing next to a woman, but rather that Bart saw it. [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". Simpsons future episodes. She demands that he take Bart and go apologize to Princess Kashmir. 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. Brooks, the producer of the sketch comedy program The Tracey Ullman Show, wanted to use a series of animated shorts as bumpers between sketches. They are sent Ms. Botz, who Bart and Lisa soon discover is actually a burglar nicknamed "The Babysitter Bandit". The last episode is halarious. Watch The Simpsons Season 1 Episode 12. Bart is certain Krusty is innocent, and gathers evidence to support his claim, which he takes to "Krusty's bestest friend", Sideshow Bob. Then on December 17, 1989, people watch the first episode. [9] Because "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" was the eighth episode produced, but the first one aired, it has more refined animation than the episodes following it, such as "Bart the Genius" and "Homer's Odyssey". As Homer and Bart leave the track, they see the dog's owner berate and abandon him for losing the race. Homer agrees and says he is ready to start respecting women. For a list of episodes in production order, see List of episodes by production order. The Simpsons creator Matt Groening conceived of the idea for the Simpsons in the lobby of James L. Brooks' office. As well as every episode from the season, the DVD release features bonus material including deleted scenes, Animatics, and commentaries for every episode. This was later changed because the people behind the show thought that only members of the Simpson … [9] During Lisa's performance at the Christmas pageant, she appears to be naked from the waist down. Feeling remorse, Bart confesses to his family and Homer and Bart take the head back to the statue after passing through the furious people. A Clip from the first episode: Simpsons roasting on an open fire! [27], While buying ice cream at the Kwik-E-Mart, Homer witnesses a robbery perpetrated by a man believed to be Krusty the Clown, host of "Krusty the Clown Show", Bart's favorite program. It was the first episode of The Simpsons to air in 16:9 720p high-definition television. The greyhound finishes last. The Simpsons creator Matt Groening conceived of the idea for the Simpsons in the lobby of James L. Brooks' office. Many of The Simpsons original writers were heavily involved with the show during these seasons. [5] Groening submitted only basic sketches to the animators and assumed that the figures would be cleaned up in production. When the Simpsons are good, they can be very good, but when they are bad they are so much better. 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. These seasons contained the most original storylines, drawn from the heart of the writers. [19], In 2009, IGN named the episode number 4 on its "Top 10 Holiday Specials" list, writing "With the off-beat sense of humor that we have learned to love from The Simpsons and a story showing the value of family on the Christmas holiday, we can't help but watch this great special every year. It was viewed by approximately 13.4 million people in its original airing. [10], Bart becomes friends with Jimbo, Dolph, and Kearney, a group of local troublemakers. She meets. They return home, where Homer's confession to not getting his Christmas bonus is interrupted when Bart introduces Santa's Little Helper to the others. Because "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" was considered a separate special, The Simpsons was nominated twice in the Animated Program category. Groening also used that reference in his comic strip Life in Hell when he spoofed himself as a young man, being told that it is too bad his grandmother is from Russia because Christmas was against the law there. The first episode was "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" (pictured). Several of the scenes were laid out by Eric Stefani, brother of Gwen Stefani, the lead singer of the rock band No Doubt. 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. The 31st annual Simpsons Halloween special includes a frightening look at the 2020 election, parodies of Pixar and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and a ninth birthday Lisa just can't get over. As The Simpsons turns 30, a superfan picks the best 20 episodes ever. 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. Groening, Brooks, and Silverman participated in the DVD's audio commentary. 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. "The Ratings. 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. [11] The episode, being the first to air, lacked the opening sequence which was later added in the second episode, "Bart the Genius", when Groening realized that a longer opening sequence resulted in less animation. “It’s as perfect an episode of television as I’ve ever seen,” Ortved says. D&D Beyond Information is taken from the opening and ending credits of each episode. As a result, some of the show's greatest episodes were produced between … 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. The success is very big. 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. Bart pleads with Homer to keep the dog as a pet. While I don't feel it's anything special, it remains a fairly entertaining show that has a few entertaining moments. They went on to say, "the realism of the first season is much apparent, with only the laser used to remove Bart's tattoo hinting at what the series will become. The Simpsons first season was Fox network's first TV series to rank among a season's top 30 highest-rated shows. [8], Bart has trouble on an intelligence test and sneakily switches tests with Martin Prince, the class genius. Also, Groening claims that this episode has been incorrectly credited with creating the "alternate version" of "Jingle Bells" that has become a well-known children's playground song. With a total of 13 episodes, this is the shortest season of the show to date. "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" was also nominated for "Outstanding Editing in a Miniseries or Special", while "The Call of the Simpsons" was nominated for "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special". [22], The special was the subject of the series' first home video release, The Simpsons Christmas Special, released on VHS in 1991. There are extensive historical references as Bobo’s journey is traced from Mr. Burns through the hands of Adolf Hitler and an expedit… With Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Harry Shearer, Julie Kavner. [8] The half-hour series premiered on December 17, 1989, with "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire". Krusty is sent to jail and his show is taken over by his assistant, Sideshow Bob. Viewers had to wait until the second episode however, ‘Bart the Genius’ broadcast in January 1990, before getting their first glimpse of the now famous opening title sequence. The Simpsons: Season 1 Episode 1. After attending the Springfield Elementary School Christmas pageant, the Simpsons prepare for the holiday season. The Simpsons have four fingers and yellow skin. 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. The Simpsons make fun of everything. The episode was written by Mimi Pond and directed by David Silverman. The next day, Marge takes the kids Christmas shopping at the mall. While at the mall on Christmas Eve, Bart removes Santa's beard, exposing Homer's secret. [2], "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" is the first episode of The Simpsons and the Fox network was nervous about the show because they were unsure if it could sustain the audience's attention for the duration of the episode. \"Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire\" was nominated for \"Outstanding Editing in a Miniseries or Special\"; \"The Call of the Simpsons\" was nominated for \"Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special\"; and \"The Simpsons Theme,\" composed by Danny Elfman, w… [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. 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. 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." He had asked Groening to pitch an idea for a series of animated shorts, which Groening initially intended to present as his Life in Hell series. [21] In 2020, Jean acknowledged "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" as an episode many consider to be a favorite. The family agrees and Bart is sent to the "beautiful" Château Maison, which is actually a dilapidated farmhouse on a neglected vineyard. Homer starts treating Bart with respect, but Bart immediately feels out of place among his new classmates and alienated from his former peers. 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Having forgotten about Marge's birthday, Homer rushes to the Springfield mall and impulsively buys her a bowling ball. "[20] Al Jean, the current showrunner, selected the episode as one of five essential episodes in the show's history in 2014. He gives copies of the picture to his friends, and eventually the picture starts to circulate around until eventually Marge sees it. Regular broadcasts … 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. [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. [12] In this episode, Barney Gumble has blonde hair which was the same color as his skin, but that was later dropped because of the belief that only the Simpson family should have such hair. [29], The DVD boxset for season one was released by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment in the United States and Canada in September 2001, eleven years after it had completed broadcast on television. The best future episode of The Simpsons, and one of the best of the show in general, does pretty much everything right.Through the powers of a future-telling casino manager, Bart is transported to the year 2030. Millions of people started to watch The Simpsons. Marge is not impressed with the gift and after discovering that he intends to use it, she decides to spite him by going bowling herself. [34], Episode list for season of animated series, DVD cover featuring the Simpsons family sitting on their couch watching television inside a TV. [24] The episode was also included on The Simpsons season one DVD set, which was released on September 25, 2001. The first 10 seasons of The Simpsons are often considered by fans as containing the classic episodes of the animated sitcom. [10] The series was originally planned to premiere earlier in the fall of 1989 with the episode "Some Enchanted Evening", but due to major problems with the animation of that episode, the series began on December 17 with this episode. [12], Mimi Pond wrote the episode, the only one she wrote for the series,[13] while staff writer Al Jean came up with the title,[14] which alludes to "The Christmas Song", also known as "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire. Bart and Lisa write letters to Santa; Lisa asks for a pony — which Marge tries to tactfully discourage by claiming that there would not be enough room for one on Santa's sleigh — and Bart wants a tattoo, which Marge and Homer forbid him from getting. He is a failed musician living with Ralph Wiggum, while Homer and Marge are still back in Springfield eating Soylent Green (which, by the way, is made of humans). [9] They proposed doing three seven-minute shorts per episode and four specials until the audience adjusted,[9] but in the end, the producers gambled by asking Fox for 13 full-length episodes. Bart sneaks away to get a tattoo that reads "Mother" on his arm, thinking Marge will like it. In the end, Marge visits Homer at the nuclear plant. TV chart for week of April 9—15, 1990", https://www.simpsonsarchive.com/other/interviews/groening00c.html, "Simpsons, The — The Complete 1st Season", "The Simpsons Make Their DVD Debut In Fox Home Entertainment's Worldwide Release Of The Simpsons Season One Collector's Edition DVD Box Set", TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Simpsons_(season_1)&oldid=1001033275, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Introducing the family into half-hour television in this episode, their son Bart disobediently gets a tattoo. [23] The episode was also included in The Simpsons – Christmas (later retitled Christmas with The Simpsons), a DVD compilation of the series' Christmas episodes, produced in 2003. So what's a breadwinner to do, except take a second job as a shopping mall Santa? In the first episode, Barney had yellow hair, which was the same color as his skin. They are captured by Ms. Botz and tied up but eventually are freed by, Optional commentaries for all 13 episodes, This page was last edited on 17 January 2021, at 23:05. [1], In its original American broadcast, "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" finished thirtieth place in the weekly ratings for the week of December 11–17, 1989 with a Nielsen rating of 14.5 and was viewed in approximately 13.4 million homes. The trope is good, bur it was handled abysmally in this episode. The success was very big. Instead the Christmas Special, entitled ‘Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire’, was the first time that audiences encountered Homer and Marge and their children Bart, Lisa and Maggie. [2] The first season won one Emmy Award, and received four additional nominations. This is a list of The Simpsons episodes by broadcast order. On This Day: 'The Simpsons' airs first standalone episode On Dec. 17, 1989, "The Simpsons," which began as a feature of The Tracy Ullman Show, had its first stand-alone episode broadcast. The Simpsons Christmas Special is actually the first full-length episode of the popular animated television sitcom. [4], The Simpson family first appeared as shorts in The Tracey Ullman Show on April 19, 1987. The pictures of The Simpsons who had four fingers and yellow skin were used in a TV show for about four years. One night, she hears distant Jazz music and sneaks out of her room to follow it. 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