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Animated television dramedy which started its life as animated shorts on the Tracey Ullman show to progress into the longest-running prime-time (animated or otherwise) television show, starting its prime-time life in the 1989-1990 television season for Fox Broadcasting Network, itself just out of its own studio infancy.

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What is the foot-prints logo on Homer's shirt - and Homer's childhood acquaintance's shirt - referencing?

In S06E12 Homer the Great (2F09), a childhood acquaintance (clearly not a childhood friend...) of Homer's wears a shirt with a logo comprised of two footprints: The same logo is seen on a shirt worn ...
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What is supposed to be ominous about the 1976 Philadelpha Flyers?

In The Simpsons episode 1F04 "Treehouse of Horror IV", Devil Flanders summons the "Jury of the Damned" to sit in judgment of Homer. The jury consists of "Benedict Arnold, ...
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Do any characters in The Simpsons age over time?

Do any non celebrity characters in The Simpsons get older over the course of the series? I know that most characters stay the same age but want to know if anyone bucks this trend. I am asking about ...
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Could we locate Springfield using the characters' accents?

It's a kind of game amongst The Simpsons fans to try and narrow down the state that Springfield is in, using the numerous clues within the various episodes, even though the show's creators don't ...
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What long-lasting continuity changes has The Simpsons undergone throughout the years?

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 ...
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In the Simpsons credits why does it say “starring” and then after a few names it says, “also starring?” [duplicate]

In the Simpsons credits why does it say “starring” and then after a few names it says, “also starring?” My guess is that the “also starring” aren’t regular voices but the characters voices are on ...
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Was this Simpsons - Boy Scout link intentional?

Someone posted Canyonero gif from The Simpsons, in our office chat recently. I noticed the signwriting on the side of the scout's bus. https://c.tenor.com/j3Et7zLSG1cAAAAd/canyonero-arrow.gif (too ...
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Was there a reason why the blowfish poison didn't kill Homer?

In Season 2, Episode 11 of The Simpsons, "One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish", Homer accidentally eats the poison in a blowfish at a sushi restaurant, and as a result he's told he has ...
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When did The Simpsons start repeating Couch Gags?

After several years away I've come back to The Simpsons around S20. I have noticed on at least two separate occasions that longer 'couch gags' have been repeated on more than one episode (one featured ...
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Reference in dolphin flipping a coin in front of a yellow sports car scene

Which movie reference is this, in The Simpsons - Night Of The Dolphins (S12E01-Treehouse of Horror 11), A dolphin is flipping a coin in front of a yellow sports car. Is this a 1932 Ford Standard ...
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How did US viewers learn The Simpsons episodes' names?

In Argentina (and Latin America in general), The Simpsons get broadcast on TV dubbed in Spanish. When the credits on the TV show (after the Couch Gag), there's an added line by Homer's voice stating ...
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In "Burns' Heir", what is the "Westport Dinner Theatre" reference?

In Burn's Heir, the actors playing the Simpsons family at Burn's behest complain of the difficulty of capturing their many idiosyncrasies. Burns then says: Yes. Well, just get it right, or ya’ll be ...
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Why does Bart Simpson frequently speak British sentences in the classic The Simpsons episodes?

In many situations in the old The Simpsons episodes, Bart inexplicably speaks a sentence in British, out of the blue. For example: You mean it ain't me noggin', it's me peepers? (After his American ...
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Was there ever an explanation for the change in Ralph's character in the Simpsons?

In the earlier seasons of the Simpsons there is a version of Ralph that both appears slightly different and acts different. He appears even up to Season 4 Episode 4 Lisa the Beauty Queen, which is ...
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Why Is the Simpson's backyard tree blue in 'Grampa vs. Sexual Inadequacy' (S06E10)?

While the show makes use of pastel colors, I don't remember this level of liberties taken with domestic plants. This tree on the Simpsons' yard looks standard in every other episode of the hand-...
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Have any celebrity guests noticeably "aged" over the course of their appearances on The Simpsons?

The Simpsons has been on the air for over 30 years. In that time it has become known for frequently casting celebrities in guest roles. Many of these celebrities play themselves, or their characters ...
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What is the origin of scheduled high-school battles, usually with bullies? [closed]

I've often seen high school bullies in TV and movies scheduling and upcoming fight. This might involve the bully saying something like "3pm on Friday, YOU'RE DEAD" or similar. I always ...
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What are the 22 short films in "22 Short Films About Springfield"?

Commonly referred to as the "Pulp Fiction" episode of The Simpsons, season 7's episode titled "22 Short Films About Springfield" is a series of short stories about a minute long. ...
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Why didn't Lisa Simpson become an atheist?

Lisa Simpson is naturally skeptical and there was even the Season 9 episode Lisa the Skeptic, where she doesn't believe that a recently discovered fossil is that of an angel. However, in the Season 13 ...
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Quebec's got the bomb

In S10E13 of The Simpsons, "Homer to the Max", Homer and Marge attend a garden party. During which, Marge dances with then-president Bill Clinton. However, he is forced to excuse himself on ...
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Were the early Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror" episodes always officially titled "Treehouse of Horror"?

The onscreen titles of the first 12 "Treehouse of Horror" episodes of The Simpsons were given as "The Simpsons Halloween Special". "Treehouse of Horror XIII" was the ...
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Why is Jimmy Carter "history's greatest monster"?

In one episode of The Simpsons, the town is unable to raise enough money to build a statue of Abraham Lincoln (due to Marge's unavailability to sell treats because of her incarceration) and so instead ...
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What is the punchline to this Carnac the Magnificent joke from The Simpsons?

In The Simpsons episode "Treehouse of Horror II", there is a short clip of Johnny Carson doing his Carnac the Magnificent bit. For those unfamiliar with this bit, Johnny (Carnac the Magnificent) holds ...
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Why are the boxers so similar to Homer and Bart? Is it coincidental?

In "Moaning Lisa," Bart and Homer get involved in video-game boxing. The boxers displayed in the game look very similar to Homer and Bart. Production-wise this makes sense, as it eliminates the need ...
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Do the Simpsons have to pay copyright?

I can recall an episode of The Simpsons in which Bart and the bullies go to a bully meeting. In this meeting one that seems to be the boss starts a speach but is interrupted by another bully who hits ...
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Why does Mr Burns check his watch in the opening credits of The Simpsons?

This might seem like a somewhat obvious question but I've always been curious and never really thought enough to ask about it until now. In the opening credits of The Simpsons, at least in the early ...
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Why does Rod Flanders have black hair in the episode "Lisa's First Word" (9F08)?

In The Simpsons season four episode Lisa's First Word Rod is displayed as black-haired in one scene, but otherwise appears with his typical brown hair. I would have expected that the coloring errors ...
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Why did they not dig under the dome in the movie?

In The Simpsons Movie, the town of Springfield is covered in a giant impenetrable dome, leaving the people trapped inside. There is a scene showing various characters trying to break through (...
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Was it possible to determine who shot Mr. Burns before Part 2 aired?

The Simpsons had a two-part episode event, Who Shot Mr. Burns Part 1 and Part 2, where the viewer was tasked with working out who shot Mr. Burns at the end of Part 1. It's revealed to be Maggie at the ...
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Did the Simpsons (cartoon) couple ever cheat on each other?

Homer and Marge look like a loving couple. Has any one of them committed adultery and cheated before?
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Why does Homer handle a rod of uranium in the opening?

In The Simpsons opening Homer handles a rod of uranium, that he gets rid of while commuting to home afterward. However, as he works as a safety inspector, it doesn't seem to be part of his work ...
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Is Comic Book Guy's Treehouse of Horror alter ego based off the Marvel franchise?

In The Simpson Treehouse of Horror X, Comic Book Guy has the alter ego called The Collector. The plot is that he kidnaps sci-fi/fantasy characters and preserves them. From the hot network questions, ...
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Do we know why Nelson says "epidermis means your hair"?

In Bart of Darkness, we have the following dialogue starting with Bart standing on his treehouse: Nelson: Hey Bart, your epidermis is showing! Bart: It is? [Bart looks in vain for the problem, only ...
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Simpsons intro changes

Does an intro exist from The Simpsons where Bart hits the uranium stick with his skateboard? Because I remember such a scene but can't find it. In the normal intro the uranium stick misses the ...
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When does The Simpsons display episode title?

In particular when watching the show on television it is never evident what episode starts playing. Is the episode title displayed at any point during the intro or credits?
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Have the Tracey Ullman episodes of The Simpsons been officially released since their original air date?

Around 50 one-minute shorts were produced for The Tracey Ullman Show before The Simpsons got its own series. Only the first episode has been released as a DVD extra feature ("The Simpsons 138th ...
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What is the origin of the “double entendre” stock footage trope?

In Monty Python’s And Now For Something Completely Different, there is a “romantic interlude” sketch (I think it was in the TV series too) where two people start to get passionate, then various stock ...
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Does Homer dream of killing his father?

In the episode "Papa Don't Leech" (S19E16) unconscious Homer dreams of suffocating his father (however, I personally think that some of the modern episodes shouldn't be considered as canon). Does this ...
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What is/was the thing about armed postmen in the US?

Since I was a child, I was intrigued by two similar apparent inside jokes that I never understood: in an episode of "The Simpsons" when Ned Flanders runs amok, he shoots various people from a church ...
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How much does Homer owe Moe?

In almost every episode, Homer can be found in Moe's Tavern drinking with Barney, Carl and Lenny. Yet we never see them paying for their drinks so presumably they put them on a tab. However, ...
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Is every Simpsons episode beginning unique?

I'm currently watching The Great Wife Hope which I know I have never seen before. However, while watching the opening couch gag, I was convinced I had seen the start before on a different episode. I ...
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Does Hank Scorpio still control the East coast of America?

In the episode You Only Move Twice after Homer leaves Globex and returns to Springfield, it is revealed that Hank Scorpio seized the East coast of the USA. Has it ever been confirmed if Hank Scorpio ...
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Simpsons episode with $1000 [closed]

I'm thinking of a Simpsons episode where the plot is triggered by Bart obtaining a $1000 bill from Mr Burns. Does anyone remember which episode it is? I've been wracking my brain for ages.
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Homer's deeper voice

I recently watched the Simpsons episode "Homer's Night Out" (S1E10) and noticed that Homer's voice was much lower than the latest episodes in Season 26. I saw that the same voice actor was in both, ...
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Did Fox need permission for the 'Spider-Pig' parody in The Simpsons Movie?

In The Simpsons Movie, there's a scene where Homer makes a pig walk on the ceiling while singing a parody of the Spider-Man theme. The tune matches the original ...
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Is Artie Ziff richer than Mr Burns?

In The Simpsons, series 13, episode 10; Half-Decent Proposal, Marge is reminded of her former boyfriend Artie Ziff by a news report in which Kent Brockman says these lines: Gentlemen, start your ...
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In which episode of The Simpsons did this animation error occur? [closed]

I'm looking for an episode where a black faceless man stands behind Homer in his home. This due to an animation error. (E.g. Like in the episode with Mel Gibson where Homer has a "third hand").
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Did Michael Jackson do a voiceover in The Simpsons?

Did Michael Jackson actually do the voiceover of himself in The Simpsons episode Stark Raving Dad? I hear that it was someone else that did the voice.
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What is the meaning behind Lisa Simpsons triangle shaped red eyes?

In the Simpsons S28E3, titled The Town, Simpsons try to permanently move to Boston. Lisa gets really fond of Boston, as most of the town is made for intellectuals like her. Eventually the get back to ...
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Origin of Mr. Burns use of "like a spaniard"

In episode 253 of the Simpsons TV show, "Homer vs. Dignity", Mr. Burns has Homer play a prank on Comic Book Guy wherein Homer buys a rare comic book and eats it in front of Comic Book Guy. Before the ...
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