Rewatching The Simpsons recently has made me realise that there have been slightly more long-lasting changes in the show than I thought there were, though still not many. What major, long-lasting continuity changes have happened throughout the show?

By this, I mean things like Lisa becoming a vegetarian, Apu getting married, or Maude Flanders dying. Not things like Mr. Burns' casino getting destroyed - while nice to know, it's inconsequential as it's bought up only twice (when it's opened, then when it's shut).

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    This may be one of those things that isn't already answered; but is compiled here. I don't have a full list, but I'll throw these out as three additional that come to mind. Homer Was promoted to Safety Inspector in Season 1 (Homer's Odyssey) and has been so since. Milhouse's parents are divorced in "A Milhouse Divided". Smithers came out in "The Burns Cage" S27.
    – sonnik
    Jul 27, 2022 at 19:31
  • How many times should something be mentioned before it should count for an answer?
    – user96544
    Jul 29, 2022 at 1:51
  • @user133469 lets go with an arbitrary 5, though most of these changes have a feeling of intent to be changes, though that is something to hard to quantify
    – chip
    Jul 29, 2022 at 7:29
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    What about Sideshow Bob no longer being Krusty's side... show.. guy
    – komodosp
    Jul 29, 2022 at 10:35
  • @komodosp him not being krustys sidekick is part of his introduction, so i wouldn't call it a continuity change. His introduction might be as some characters like disco Stu are added like 7 seasons in, but thats probably falling outside the question scope
    – chip
    Jul 29, 2022 at 12:01

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Here's a few...

Patty is out as gay

Patty Bouvier (one of Marge's sisters) has been out as lesbian since Season 16. You could argue that she always was a lesbian, but she started as closeted and became out.

Moe is married

Moe Syzlak was married in Season 33. This is notable because his now-wife Maya was one of those temporary changes that gets undone so as not to change continuity and then later came back as a permanent continuity change.

Comic Book Guy is married (Yes, really)

Comic Book Guy got married to Kumiko in Season 25, and she has been shown to still be his wife on multiple occasion since.

Bleeding Gums Murphy died

Lisa's musical mentor died in Season 6. Not a really major character, but he appeared in at least 10 episodes.

Rabbi Krustovsky died

Krusty's father Rabbi Krustovsky passed away in season 26. Again, not as much of a regular as Maude Flanders, but he appeared in a bunch of episodes.


The death of Mona Simpson springs to mind. This was mentioned in multiple episodes after the fact.

  • It's a TV show, it's it self referencing? It's in the actual episodes, not in additional material. Aug 3, 2022 at 18:21

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