Is there anyone that still hasn’t heard of “America’s Favorite Family”? Of course I am talking about The Simpsons, the famous American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of working-class life, epitomized by the Simpson family, consisting of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie. Their lives are set in the fictional town of Springfield and parody American culture and society, television and the human condition.
Moreover, The Simsons is the longest-running American sitcom and animated program
The show actually started as a series of short cartoons for The Tracey Ullman Show in 1987, but after three seasons, it was commissioned into being a prime-time cartoon series in 1989.
In other words, we have been watching the weird lives of Homer and his family for 29 seasons and 620 episodes!
Finally, in honor of their commitment, we collected some incredible Simsons facts you probably didn’t know about!
1. Numerous jobs
Regardless of the fact that most of the time we saw Homer, the main character, working at the nuclear power plant, he has actually had 187 other jobs over the course of the show.
2. Star power
Michael Jackson was a guest in one episode of the show, as did countless other stars from music and film. He, however, did not allow the show to use his name, and was credited as “John Jay Smith” instead.
3. The origin of the Simpsons
4. One but not both
Smithers was originally drawn as an African-American. Ultimately, however, the writers decided that having a character that was black and gay would have been too much in those days.
Bart’s locker combination is 36-24-26, which are the numbers from AC/DC’s “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”.
6. The children’s names
One of Cletus Spuckler’s children is named Crystal Meth. The children’s names seem to mock the pretentiousness that celebrities exhibit in giving their own children unorthodox, non-traditional names or simply obnoxious names.
7. Homer’s email address
Homer’s email address is ChunkyLover53@aol.com.
8. A hit single
“Do the Bartman” was actually a big hit in England and Australia. In fact, it topped the UK and Australian singles charts in 1990, but it was never released as a single in the US!
Matt Groening has said Bart the Daredevil to be his favorite episode.
10. Fiction and reality
Elizabeth Taylor, Susan Sarandon, Alec Baldwin, Mark Hamill, Steve Buscemi, and Joe Mantegna are the only actors to play both themselves and a fictional character on the show.
11. One and only
Yeardley Smith, the actress who voices Lisa, is the only cast member to voice one regular character on the show.
The sound of crows is played in almost every establishing shot of the Springfield Power Plant.
13. All over the world
The Simpsons have visited every continent during the course of the show.
14. Emmy Winners
Anne Hathaway, Kelsey Grammer, and Jackie Mason have won an Emmy award for their outstanding voiceover work on The Simpsons.
15. Couch scene
The couch skit in the opening credits serves to adjust the show’s running time to the necessary length. If it’s a short episode, they’ll make a longer couch gag to make up the time difference.
Milhouse’s middle name is Mussolini. His grandmother is Italian and speaks Italian fluently.
Fox owns the rights to the show until 2082.
18. Meh & D’oh!
It’s the Simpsons’ fault that the word “meh” has become popular and Homer’s trademark “D’oh” has made it into the Oxford English Dictionary in 2001.
Surprisigly, Krusty was initially going to be Homer’s secret identity.
That explains the fact why they look so similar and why they share various mannerisms. The creators never went through with the idea because they thought it would complicate the show too much.
When all the McBain scenes from The Simpsons are played back to back, they actually form a proper movie plot!
21. The Final
Show-runner Al Jean wants to end the final episode of The Simpsons with the arrival at a Christmas pageant. As weird as this might sound, it’s hard to argue with the idea’s originality: that’s how the show’s first ever episode began, and it would mean The Simpsons would end up being one continuous loop.
22. Original words
Both “embiggen” and “cromulent” are words invented by The Simpsons, words that can be found in the dictionary and even research materials.
23. Street names
A lot of characters are named after streets in Portland, Oregon, the place where the creator of the show, Matt Groening grew up.
There’s a Van Houten Avenue, a Quimby Street, and even a Terwilliger Boulevard in The City of Roses.
24. A quick flash
If you, like most people, wondered why most characters are yellow at some point, there’s a simple explanation for that: they’re actually yellow to grab your attention. Clever, right?
According to Matt Groening, “when you’re flicking through channels with your remote control, and a flash of yellow goes by, you’ll know you’re watching The Simpsons”.
25. Always Homer
Homer is the only character in the show to have dialogue in every single episode.
26. Side show
Sideshow Bob is voiced by Kelsey Grammer of Frasier fame. Sideshow Bob’s brother is voiced by David Hyde Pierce, who also plays Frasier’s brother.
So, it only made sense that they had Sideshow Bob’s father voiced by the same guy who voiced Frasier’s dad!
Like the rest of the Simpson family, Bart is also based on Matt Groening’s family: the character is loosely based on Groening himself and his brother Mark.
In addition, the name is really just a simple anagram for “brat.”