Simpsons from The Ullman Shorts to season 8
Simpsons begun when cartoonist Matt Groening, the creator of the cartoon
stripe Life in Hell, was offered to do an animation on
the Tracey Ullman show. James L. Brooks the executive producer of the
show, had seen one of Matt’s comics,
and wanted him to make short clips they could put into the show. Matt
originally wanted to animate his Life in Hell characters,
but in the last minute he came up with new characters, so his cartoon
wouldn’t be ruined if this failed. In a moment with lacking creativity,
Matt named the characters after his own family: His mother Margaret became
Marge, his father is named Homer, and he has two sisters named Lisa and
Maggie. Instead of naming the boy after himself, he came up with Bart.
The Simpson characters in the Ullman
shorts looks quite different from the ones in the half hour shows. According
to Matt, is this because he only drew sketches. He thought the producers
would clean them up, and make them look like professional cartoons, but
instead they only traced them.
eventually realized that this could become a prime time animation, but
was sceptical in the beginning because neither of the producers had any
experience doing 30 minutes long shows. After 48 Ullman shorts, the first
half hour show with the Simpsons aired December 17, 1989. In this Christmas
special we can see how Santa’s Little Helper becomes a part of the
family. Patty and Selma and Ned and Todd Flanders are also introduced.
Season one is generally a very good season. It only features 13 episodes,
but they are all very good. Among my favourites are the episodes where
Bart becomes a general, Call of The Simpsons where Homer
is mistaken for Bigfoot and Krusty Gets Busted, where
we can hear Sideshow Bob voiced by Kelsey Grammer (Fraiser), for the first
time. Looking back at this season, after watching all the
newer ones, it’s easy to see that things have certainly changed
over the years: Moe, Police Chief Wiggum and Smithers don’t have
black hair, and several characters have different voices. During the first
season Bart also makes his first prank calls to Moe’s Tavern.
months after the season final of season one, the first season
two episode aired. Bart has to get a D-minus, to avoid being
held back in the fourth grade for an extra year. After lots of studying,
Bart passes the test. Twelve years later, Bart still attends fourth grade.
During this season, we can see the first Treehouse of Horror episode.
The bad dream house decides to destroy itself, instead
of living with the Simpsons. In Hungry are the damned,
we meet Kang and Kodos for the first time. Other great moments from season
2 includes the episodes where Mr. Burns runs for governor, when Marge
starts the campaign against Itchy & Scratchy and violence in cartoons,
and when Homer meets his unknown brother, Herb.
season three we learn more about different characters
outside our favourite family. In Bart the Murderer we
learn more about Fat Tony and his ‘Legitimate Businessman's Social
Club’. Bart starts working as a bartender there, because he makes
excellent Manhatens. In Like Father Like Clown, we learn
more about Krusty’s difficult relationship with his father, Rabbi
Krustofski. Thanks to Bart and Lisa, they get reunited on the Krusty the
Clown Show. Ned Flanders opens his store for left-handed, The Leftorium,
in the episode When Flanders Failed. Homer really wants
Ned to fail, but eventually he’s the reason the store survives.
Bart starts writing love letters to his teacher, Edna Krabappel, in the
episode Bart The Lover. Sideshow Bob returns,
released from prison, to marry Selma Bouvier, but Bart knows he got cruel
intentions. In Bart’s Friend Falls In Love, Milhouse
falls in love with the new girl at school, Samantha Stanky and his friendship
with Bart is being tested. The season ends with the episode Brother,
Can You Spare Two Dimes? Where Homer is reunited with his
brother Herb. Herb is now poor, since the car Homer made for me, was a
gigantic failure. Herb comes up with a great invention, that makes him
rich. When he leaves he has forgiven Homer. The episode Mr. Lisa
Goes To Washington, is the first episode broadcasted in Dolby
season four's first episode Bart and Lisa spends the
summer vacation at Kamp Krusty. The kids are treated badly, and Bart leads
a revolt against the leaders. Marge and Ned Flanders stars in a musical
called A Streetcar Named Desire. In Itchy And Scratchy:
The Movie, Homer and Marge starts punishing Bart, because they
realize that he needs better discipline. A flash fourty years forward
in time shows that Bart has become a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
He and Homer sees the movie for the first time. When Marge Gets
A Job at the Power Plant, Mr Burns falls in love with her and
kidnaps Tom Jones to make a special night for the two of them. In New
Kid On The Block, we see Ruth and Laura Powers for the first
time. Bart falls in love with the older Laura, but she's going on a date
with Jimbo. Maggie says her first word - Daddy, in the episode Lisa's
First Word, and Homer gets a triple bypass operation by Dr. Nick
Riviera for $129.95 in the episode Homer's Triple Bypass.
After Krusty gets Cancelled in the season final, Bette
Midler, Hugh Heffner, Elizabeth Taylor and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers
guest stars in a special Krusty show to bring him back to the screen.
Homer's Barbershop Quartet, the first season
five episode, we learn about the barbershop quartet Homer formed
together with Apu, Chief Wiggum and Principal Skinner. Wiggum was soon
replaced with Barney. Homer's song 'Baby On Board' becomes a big hit and
the group wins a Grammy. After Sideshow Bob has been released on parole
in the episode Cape Feare, the family has to join a witness
relocation program, known as the Thomsons. You can see Mr. Burns'/Maggie's
teddy bear, Bobo, for the first time in the episode Rosebud.
In the Thelma & Louise parody , Marge On The Lamb,
Marge and Ruth Power is chased by Chief Wiggum and Homer is seduced by
the new Power Plant employee, Mindy, in the episode The Last Temptation
Of Homer. Bart Gets Famous when he knocks over
a set on live television and says: "I didn't do it." In the
episode Deep Space Homer, Homer is sent up in space when NASA discovers
that no one is interested in rocket launches anymore.
Bart breakes his leg
in the first season six episode, Bart of Darkness.
After spying on Ned Flanders from his window, he is convinced that Ned
has killed his wife. A new student named Alison joins Lisa's class in
the episode Lisa's Rival. She is just as smart as her.
The Simpsons are hunted by Itchy & Scratchy robots in the episode
Itchy & Scratchy Land. Sideshow Bob Roberts
is running for Mayor and wins, but Lisa and Bart discovers that the election
is rigged. Bart falls in love with Reverend Lovejoy's daughter, Jessica,
and Lisa starts playing hockey. Homer becomes a member of the Stonecutters
in the episode Homer the Great. One of the best seasons
ever of The Simpsons also includes the episodes when Homer joins Krusty's
clown college, when the Simpsons travels to Australia, Lisa's
Wedding, the episode were Marge becomes a cop, Lemon
Of Troy where Springfield's lemon tree is stolen and the very
exciting season final Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part One).
During the automn
of 1995, the first season 7 episode aired for the first
time, giving answers to Who Shot Mr. Burns. Homer was
charged for the crime, but when Mr. Burns came out of his coma he revealed
that it was Maggie who fired the gun. Bart's trying to get the roll as
Fallout Boy for the new Radioactive Man movie, but Milhouse
ends up getting it. In Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily
Homer and Marge loose custety over their children to the Flanders.
Of Horror VI you can see the infamous Homer 3D episode,
which includes both 3D animation and real humans. Glenn Close gives the
voice to Homer's mother in the episode Mother Simpson.
She turns out to be wanted by the FBI for releasing antibiothichs in Montgomery
Burns' germ lab. Sideshow Bob returns in Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming,
where he steals a nuclear bomb and threathens to detonate it unless all
tv is abolished in Springfield. Troy McClure hosts the 138. episode of
the Simpsons which includes behind the scene material, Tracey Ullman clips,
never before seen clips and alternative endings to Who Shots Mr. Burns!
George Bush Sr. becomes the Simpson's new
neighbor in the episode Two Bad Neighbors. In Lisa
The Iconoclast Lisa finds out that Springfield's founder Jebediah
Springfield actually was a murderous pirate named Hans Sprungfled. 22
Short Films About Springfield includes two hilarious Pulp Fiction
parodies and Homer joins the Hullabalooza festival as the canonball man
in the episode Homerpalooza.
premiered during the autumn of 1996 with the 7th Treehouse
of Horror episode. In the first segment Bart meets his unknown
brother, Hugo, who has been locked up in the attic since he was born.
In the episode You Only Move Twice, the Simpsons moves
to Cypress Creek when Homer gets a job at Globex Corporations. Mr. Burns
meets his son, Larry, in the episode Burns,
Baby Burns and Milhouse's parents get separated in A
Milhouse Divided. After repressing his feelings for years,
Ned Flanders lets it all out in Hurricane
Neddy before he commits himself to a mental institution.
In the "crossover" episode The
Springfield Files, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully from The X-Files
come to Springfield to interview Homer about an encounter with an glowing
creature in the woods.