The Simpsons is the longest running animated show on television, and is loved by millions of people around the world! The show has made a huge impact on mainstream culture, proving even animated shows can change our world.
The Show Predicts The Future
During the 2016 election, The Simpsons was put on the spot and highlighted in the media for predicting the future. In an episode from 2000 entitled “Bart To The Future,” The Simpsons accurately predicted Donald Trump’s run for the presidency, as well as specific events from his campaign trail.
The episode features a scene where Donald Trump is waving on an escalator to his fans holding Trump signs. This exact same scene happened in real life in 2015, which shocked fans and conspiracy theorists alike. The show also predicted that in the future Hillary Clinton would become the first female president of all time.
The Longest EVER
The Simpsons has made history for being the longest-running animated show on television. The Simpsons is also the longest running prime-time comedy show in US television history, with 26 years on the Fox network to date. The characters would also be MUCH older in real life than they appear on the show.
Bart, in real life, would be 36. The youngest children of the show, Maggie and Lisa would be 29 and 34. The ages of the characters prove that this iconic show doesn’t need a timeline (an accurate one, at least) to be well liked by viewers. The show is also set up for at least five more seasons, so fans will never be without!
The Dialogue Is Very Specific
The dialogue in The Simpsons is incredibly intricate and is specifically chosen. Homer is actually the only character in the show to have dialogue in every single one of the episodes, which is meant to show that he is the patriarch of the family.
Although the characters Lisa, Bart, and Marge all appear in every episode, they don’t always have speaking lines. This is done specifically to show fans that the characters are struggling or that they are supposed to be doing other things “off camera.” The dialogue is meant to make the show as life-like as possible.
There’s A Long Future In Film For These Characters
Even though the show has been on the air for over 26 years and is still going strong, the characters are soon to be film and movie stars. The primary cast of the show, including the voices of Bart, Lisa, Marge, and Homer all have agreements in their contracts that hold them for doing and participating in three more movies in the The Simpsons franchise.
The characters have already completed one film, which was released to average to reviews in 2007. The second film is said to be in the works and has taken an outstanding four years to make, instead of the originally suggested two.
Memes For Bernie
The Simpsons isn’t just some meaningless animated show, but is a part of today’s cultural lexicon. The show is also very much well known for creating memes and for representing modern day cultural attitudes. One of the biggest memes and themes to come out of the show is support for Democratic presidential nominee Bernie Sanders. Homer Simpson endorsed Bernie Sanders in a very special episode of The Simpsons entitled “Simprovised.”
The show featured Homer professing his love for Bernie Sanders when he stated, “That’s why I’m for Bernie Sanders. I love his chicken. But out of respect, we should refer to his as the Colonel.” Even though Homer clearly meant Colonel Sanders, the show proved its support for the Millennial’s candidate.
It’s Created Legit Words
It’s not every day that an adult animated show changes pop culture so much that one of its catch phrases becomes a legit word. That was exactly the case when it came to the utterance which Homer Simpson made famous. Homer Simpson’s noise “d’oh” is used every time Homer runs into something, hurts himself, or simply gets aggravated.
The show became so famous that even the word “d’oh” became a household product. Homer’s annoyed grunt, or “d’oh” was added to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) due to its word-like quality and its overuse in American language. The OED is seen as the utmost authority of English language in today’s modern world.
The Show Really Hates Its Network Though
Even though the show has found AMAZING success on the Fox network, The Simpsons isn’t likely to thank it’s higher ups. The show repeatedly makes fun of the Fox network, including character parodies of the show’s producers and network officials.
This is mainly a retaliation by the writers who were told the show would never take off and would never last for much long. The show also has many cross-over episodes with other Fox network shows, including Futurama, to suggest that more shows under the network actually hate their bosses. Even though this might seem like a gutsy move, the network loves it because these types of shows boost ratings. It seems to be a win-win!
It’s In English In Most Countries
Most American shows which are broadcast in other countries are dubbed in the country’s native language. This is very much not the case with The Simpsons franchise. The show first premiered in Sweden in the native language Swedish, but was soon changed back to English. The Swedish fans stated that the jokes were so intricate that the show didn’t even make sense.
The show was then changed back to English after so many fans in Sweden mailed the network with letters stating they would only return to the show if the show was broadcast in English. This was also the case in the Netherlands, in which case the show was changed from Dutch to English.
Matt Groening is the mind and the creator behind the amazing series of The Simpsons. Groening is also the creator and the writer behind the Fox show Futurama, which is why the two shows have a couple of crossover episodes.
At the beginning of his career, Groening started out as a simple cartoonist for the magazine Wet in 1978. His cartoon Life In Hell was extremely popular for its sarcasm and social commentary, which was very critical of the world around him. The Simpsons sent his career into overdrive and he is now one of the richest cartoonists in the world. Over the course of his career, Groening has collected over 12 Primetime Emmy awards, which is the highest award for his field.
The Show Is Inspired By Some Serious Classics
Even though most people wouldn’t expect an adult animated show to be so poignant, this show is extremely meta. The Simpsons is known to take inspiration from some of the greatest literary and film classics. The show is influenced heavily by the classic film Citizen Kane, which is widely considered by critics to be the best film ever made. Particular scenes are reused to try to convey different parts of Homer’s life for comedic purposes.
The book Les Misérables is also referenced when the characters go to prison. Every time a character is featured in prison, their prison number is 24601, which is famously known as Jean Valjean’s prison number. Jean Valjean is the main character of the book and musical Les Misérables.
You Might Not Recognize Hank Azaria
Even though you might not know Hank Azaria, who is the voice of Moe Szyslak, you have seen him before. Hank Azaria is also known for his iconic role as David on the hit show Friends. Azaria played Phoebe’s first love, who was sent to Russia to do an experimental science study. Azaria is loved by many fans.
Azaria is one of the greatest voice actors in this day and age, even though many fans would not be able to recognize him inperson. The actor has been featured in The Smurfs, Family Guy, and 606 episodes of The Simpsons. The show just wouldn’t be the same without this unknown actor!
George Takei, Glenn Close, and Stephen Hawking
The Simpsons was one of the first adult animated show to incorporate celebrity voice guest stars, who voiced other characters or animated versions of themselves. The show has featured celebrities such as George Takei, Glenn Close, and Stephen Hawking, who played a humorous version of himself. Even though their appearances were awesome, three stars took it to another level.
Anne Hathaway, Jackie Mason, and Kelsey Grammer have all appeared as guest voice actors on the show who have also won Emmy’s for their performances. Ricky Gervais is also the first person to ever be a guest vocal artist who is also credited with his own writing. His name appears in the credits as both a character and an actor.
The Credits Are Half The Fun
The credits in The Simpsons are usually specific to the show which they are attached to and also hold small jokes. In the opening credits of the show, Bart writes something on a chalkboard, but every episode what he writes in completely different. This scene also varies and is sometimes not used.
The ending credits are also specific. The ending credits of Halloween specials change the cast and crew names to sound more morbid, including “Grave Yeardly Smith” and others. The credits are also changed if a guest star appears in the show. In the episode “Smart and Smarter,” guest voice star Simon Cowell is featured in the credits making fun of all of the cast and crew, like he does on the famous reality show American Idol.
The Canadian Version Is So Different
Canadians always seem to take it to a different level. The Quebec version of the show is the longest running Quebec and French Canadian show on television in the entire world. The producers of the show say that the show is so popular in French Canadian that even after the original actors pass away, they simply replace them instead of cancelling the show.
The only problem is that the first season of the French Canadian and Quebec version is missing and is not available to the public. The only available copy of the first season is dubbed in French, which is very different from French Canadian. Fans of the Quebec show have begged producers to re-dub the classic first season, but no effort has yet to be made.
Hans Moleman The Death Man
Hans Moleman was the inspiration for Kenny from South Park, due to the fact that the character always seems to die. Hans Moleman was first introduced onto the show as a background character, but was soon given an arc due to fans’ interest. Moleman caught the interest of the writers, not only because of his old man appeal, but because his face “looked like a shriveling potato.”
Moleman was killed in various ways, and they are all extremely random. He was forced off the road by Homer, flew off a cliff, and he was also once executed by Springfield after Homer ate his last meal. His constant dying is a way for the audience to connect with him, while also rooting for his demise.
Danny Elfman’s complete collection of work might surprise you. Danny Elfman is the composer and writer of the beloved Simpsons theme song, and he is also the composer for many other works.
Elfman is one of the biggest composers and musical arrangers in Hollywood. His work has been used on big films including Good Will Hunting, Silver Linings Playbook, and Donnie Darko. Elfman is also known for his many collaborations with Tim Burton, and his haunting tone while composing. Elfman has won two Primetime Emmy Awards, six Saturn Awards, and one Grammy Award. He has also been nominated for four Academy Awards for his work in Milk, Big Fish, Men in Black, and Good Will Hunting.
The Bush Family HATED The Show
Even though the show was loved by many, there were some haters when it came to The Simpsons. In the episode “Two Bad Neighbors,” which was the seventh episode of The Simpson’s seventh season, George H.W. Bush moves across the street from the Simpson family. This episode was inspired by quotes from the Bush family, who were very public in hating on the show. In an interview with People magazine in 1990, Barbara Bush told the press that she thought The Simpsons was “the dumbest thing she had ever seen.”
The episode reflected also on George H.W, Bush’s speech which stated, “We are going to keep on trying to strengthen the American family, to make American families a lot more like The Waltons and a lot less like The Simpsons.” The episode was one of the highest rated episodes of the series, but also one of the highest rated Fox episodes of all time.
Death Is A Huge Part Of The Show
Death is a huge part of the plot of The Simpsons, even though the show is considered one of the greatest comedies of all time. The show takes inspiration from a lot of real life death. The character Dr. Nick is named after George “Dr. Nick” Nichopoulos, who prescribed large doses of narcotics to cater to Elvis’ addiction for prescription pills.
As said before, the death of Hans Moleman iss also a huge part of the show’s running plot, and one that provides comedic relief. The writers of the show wanted to use death as a way of making jokes to prove to the world that even sadness can be changed into comedy. Not only is this admirable, but it illustrates that The Simpsons is way deeper than you thought it was.
There’s No First Episode
One of the most interesting facets of this show’s history is that there was no “first episode”. The first episode created was said to be called “The Simpsons: Some Enchanted Evening,” and was released in 1990 at the end of the first season. The first episode ever to ever air was entitled “The Simpsons: Simpsons Roasting On A Fire”, and was released in 1989.
The show is said to have no first “real” episode because the story itself is never introduced, the plot is just dived into. The pilot of the series is called “The Simpsons: Bart The Genius.” It was released as the second episode ever and is not shown in reruns.
The Simpsons Are Low-Key Religious
Even though this show is relatively “adult,” the family on the television show The Simpsons is very religious. Homer and Bart are said to be Catholic, while Lisa is a converted Buddhist. Marge and Maggie are also religious on the show, and are a part of Reverend Lovejoy’s church. He’s a preacher of “The Western Branch of American Reformed Presbo-Lutheranism.”
Even though some of these religions are not real, the show is progressive in portraying a Buddhist in a family with other practicing Catholics. This is one of the only primetime shows to have a practicing Buddhist as one of its stars.