There are extensive historical references as Bobo’s journey is traced from Mr. Burns through the hands of Adolf Hitler and an expedit… [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]. In the end, Marge visits Homer at the nuclear plant. It is 20 minutes long. This episode lost to fellow The Simpsons episode "Life on the Fast Lane". Although she agrees, Marge undergoes a moral dilemma. [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. Movies. 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 confesses that he cheated on the test and is subsequently sent back to Springfield Elementary School. TV Shows. This was later changed because the people behind the show thought that only members of the Simpson … Bart is treated like a slave by two unscrupulous winemakers, César and Ugolin, who eventually feed him wine tainted with antifreeze. The next day, Marge takes the kids Christmas shopping at the mall. The first episode was "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" (pictured). [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. Bart pleads with Homer to keep the dog as a pet. 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. 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 next day, the entire town grieves for the vandalized statue and Bart discovers that his new friends want to attack the vandal. 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. "The executive producers for the first production season were Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, and Sam Simon.. [22], The special was the subject of the series' first home video release, The Simpsons Christmas Special, released on VHS in 1991. Homer starts treating Bart with respect, but Bart immediately feels out of place among his new classmates and alienated from his former peers. However, the animators merely re-traced his drawings, which led to the crude appearance of the characters in the initial short episodes. Commercials for the next episode ("Bart the Genius") ran during breaks for this episode. Bart realizes the robbery was actually committed by Bob, who was trying to frame Krusty. 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. Bart sneaks away to get a tattoo that reads "Mother" on his arm, thinking Marge will like it. [8], Bart has trouble on an intelligence test and sneakily switches tests with Martin Prince, the class genius. 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. In the first episode, Barney had yellow hair, which was the same color as his skin. [6] In 1989, a team of production companies adapted The Simpsons into a half-hour series for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The pictures of The Simpsons who had four fingers and yellow skin were used in a TV show for about four years. The episode was written by Mimi Pond and directed by David Silverman. The producers considered aborting the series if the next episode turned out as bad, but it suffered from only easily fixable problems. [9] Seymour Skinner, Milhouse Van Houten, Sherri and Terri, Moe Szyslak, Mr. Burns, Barney Gumble, Patty and Selma, Ned and Todd Flanders, Santa's Little Helper, Snowball II, Dewey Largo, and Lewis all make their first appearances in 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." 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. They are sent Ms. Botz, who Bart and Lisa soon discover is actually a burglar nicknamed "The Babysitter Bandit". 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 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. 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