Seasons:   1-56-10
Simpsons Couch

The Simpsons sit on the couch

The following is a list of couch gags seen in the opening sequence of The Simpsons for Seasons 6 through 10.

Season 6

# Airdate Screenshot Gag Name Episode Code
104 September 4, 1994 CouchGagS6E01 The Simpsons sit down in midair; the couch builds itself on top of the family and makes them fall. "Bart of Darkness" 1F22
105 September 11, 1994 CouchGagS6E02 The living room floor is a shallow body of water. The Simpsons swim their way to the couch. Once on the couch, Bart removes his scuba mask and Homer dries out his ear by sticking his finger in it. "Lisa's Rival" 1F17
106 September 25, 1994 repeat of 1F02's gag "Another Simpsons Clip Show" 2F33
107 October 2, 1994 CouchGagS6E04 The family is beamed onto the couch, Star Trek-style. "Itchy & Scratchy Land" 2F01
108 October 9, 1994 repeat of 1F06's gag (first airing)/no gag (repeats) "Sideshow Bob Roberts" 2F02
109 October 30, 1994 CouchGagS6E06 The Simpson family members are built à la Frankenstein’s monster with each other’s body parts. They exchange body parts until they nearly match.(Halloween episode) "Treehouse of Horror V" 2F03
110 November 6, 1994 repeat of 1F06's gag "Bart's Girlfriend" 2F04
111 November 13, 1994 CouchGagS6E08 The Simpsons sit on the couch and get shot into the ceiling, with only their legs and feet showing. "Lisa on Ice" 2F05
112 November 27, 1994 CouchGagS6E09 In a loose parody of the film, Time Bandits, the family chases after the couch and the back wall as it slides down an endless hallway. "Homer Badman" 2F06
113 December 4, 1994 CouchGagS6E10 The family run in from the side past a repeating background shot of the couch and TV (a parody where 1950s and 1960s cartoons repeated backgrounds in order to save money.) "Grampa vs. Sexual Inadequacy" 2F07
114 December 18, 1994 repeat of 9F08's gag "Fear of Flying" 2F08
115 January 8, 1995 CouchGagS6E12 The living room is at the center of an M.C. Escher's Relativity style environment with multiple staircases and conflicting perspectives; the family enters from various directions (and dimensions) and sits. "Homer the Great" 2F09
116 January 22, 1995 CouchGagS6E13 The living room is seen through the barrel of a gun with music typically heard in a James Bond film playing. Homer walks in and fires at the unseen gunman. The screen “bleeds” red and falls. "And Maggie Makes Three" 2F10
117 February 5, 1995 CouchGagS6E14 The living room is shown in black and white. The Simpsons—animated as smiling, rubber-hosed cartoon characters of the early 1930s—come in and do a stiff dance. "Bart's Comet" 2F11
118 February 12, 1995 repeat of 1F22's gag "Homie the Clown" 2F12
119 February 19, 1995 repeat of 1F17's gag "Bart vs. Australia" 2F13
120 February 26, 1995 repeat of 2F01's gag (except The Simpsons now appear on the couch in a burst of whitish-blue light as seen on the show Quantum Leap). "Homer vs. Patty and Selma" 2F14
121 March 5, 1995 CouchGagS6E18 The family's heights are reversed; Maggie is now the largest while Homer is the smallest. Bart's height is still the same. "A Star is Burns" 2F31
122 March 19, 1995 repeat of 2F05's gag "Lisa's Wedding" 2F15
123 April 9, 1995 repeat of 2F06's gag "Two Dozen and One Greyhounds" 2F18
124 April 16, 1995 repeat of 2F09's gag "The PTA Disbands" 2F19
125 April 30, 1995 repeat of 2F31's gag "'Round Springfield" 2F32
126 May 7, 1995 repeat of 2F10's gag "The Springfield Connection" 2F21
127 May 14, 1995 repeat of 2F11's gag "Lemon of Troy" 2F22
128 May 21, 1995 repeat of 2F07's gag "Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part One)" 2F16

Season 7

# Airdate Screenshot Gag Name Episode Code
129 September 17, 1995 CouchGagS7E01 The theme from "Dragnet" plays as the couch slides away and a police lineup height chart unfurls from above. The family lines up in front of it.). "Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part Two)" 2F20
130 September 24, 1995 CouchGagS7E02 Like a fax machine, the couch ejects a sheet of paper with a screenshot of the family, which then floats up into the air, before sliding beneath the couch. "Radioactive Man" 2F17
131 October 1, 1995 CouchGagS7E03 Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie, Grampa (who’s sleeping), Santa's Little Helper, and Snowball II are in a Brady Bunch-style nine-square grid, with the couch in the center square. Everyone (except Grampa) runs to the center square. "Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily" 3F01
132 October 8, 1995 CouchGagS7E04 The family drive around the room in go-karts, wearing Shriner fezzes. They line up in front of the couch and honk their horns simultaneously. "Bart Sells His Soul" 3F02
133 October 15, 1995 CouchGagS7E05 The Simpsons are colorless blobs. Mechanical arms color and detail the family. "Lisa the Vegetarian" 3F03
134 October 29, 1995 HangingCouch The family are hanged on nooses, staring blankly. Despite being dead from asphyxiation, Maggie manages to suck on her pacificer. (Halloween episode) "Treehouse of Horror VI" 3F04
135 November 5, 1995 CouchGagS7E07 The Simpsons are five malfunctioning wind-up dolls who buzz and waddle their way to the couch (or at least near it). "King-Size Homer" 3F05
136 November 19, 1995 CouchGagS7E08 A bowling pin clearing bar scares Snowball II off the couch, then a pinsetter places the family on the couch like bowling pins. "Mother Simpson" 3F06
137 November 26, 1995 CouchGagS7E09 The whole room is under water, the couch is made of clam shells, and a treasure chest is in place of the TV. Sea monkey versions of the family members swim in and sit on the clam couch. "Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming" 3F08
138 December 3, 1995 A montage of couch gags from 8F18, 9F02, 9F10, 9F09, 8F09, 1F02, 2F31, 2F09, 2F06, 1F17, 2F11, and 9F08. "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular" 3F31
139 December 17, 1995 CouchGagS7E11 The family sits on the couch. Homer notices a plug in the middle of the floor and pulls it. Everyone and everything gets sucked down the drain. "Marge Be Not Proud" 3F07
140 January 7, 1996 CouchGagS7E12 The family sits. The camera then zooms in through a mouse hole, where a family of mice with similar features to The Simpson family rush to the couch and sit as well. "Team Homer" 3F10
141 January 14, 1996 CouchGagS7E13 Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie are moose heads on the wall and Homer is a bearskin rug on the floor. A game hunter comes in, sits on the couch, and smokes a pipe. "Two Bad Neighbors" 3F09
142 February 4, 1996 CouchGagS7E14 The living room is bathed in black light, with the Simpsons in fluorescent colors while a hard rock guitar riff plays. Homer turns the light on and the normal music plays. "Scenes from the Class Struggle in Springfield" 3F11
143 February 11, 1996 repeat of 2F17's gag (but this time, the paper doesn't slide back under the couch) "Bart the Fink" 3F12
144 February 18, 1996 repeat of 3F01's gag "Lisa the Iconoclast" 3F13
145 February 25, 1996 repeat of 3F02's gag "Homer the Smithers" 3F14
146 March 17, 1996 repeat of 3F03's gag "The Day the Violence Died" 3F16
147 March 24, 1996 repeat of 3F05's gag "A Fish Called Selma" 3F15
148 March 31, 1996 repeat of 3F06's gag (all airings)/ repeat of 9F08 for edited version "Bart on the Road" 3F17
149 April 14, 1996 repeat of 3F08's gag "22 Short Films About Springfield" 3F18
150 April 28, 1996 repeat of 3F07's gag "Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in "The Curse of the Flying Hellfish"" 3F19
151 May 5, 1996 repeat of 3F09's gag "Much Apu About Nothing" 3F20
152 May 19, 1996 repeat of 3F11's gag "Homerpalooza" 3F21
153 May 19, 1996 repeat of 2F17's gag "Summer of 4 Ft. 2" 3F22

Season 8

# Airdate Screenshot Gag Name Episode Code
154 October 27, 1996 CouchGagS8E01 The Grim Reaper is on the couch. The family runs in, but keel over and die one by one. The Reaper then puts his feet up on the corpses of the Simpson family. (Halloween episode) "Treehouse of Horror VII" 4F02
155 November 3, 1996 CouchGagS8E02 Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie deploy parachutes as they fall from the sky onto the couch. Homer comes down screaming and lands on his face from an unopened parachute pack. "You Only Move Twice" 3F23
156 November 10, 1996 CouchGagS8E03 The couch sits in the middle of a desert; the family, in western cowboy garb, sits on the couch, which gallops off into the sunset. "The Homer They Fall" 4F03
157 November 17, 1996 CouchGagS8E04 Clear blue bubble versions of the family members float into the room, land on the couch, and pop. "Burns, Baby Burns" 4F05
158 November 24, 1996 CouchGagS8E05 The whole scene is a Simpsons rendition of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper album, featuring a large crowd of regulars, several objects associated with the show, wax statues of the Simpsons as they were on The Tracey Ullman Show. The last chord to the Beatles song, "A Day in the Life" plays instead of the traditional Simpsons music as the family comes in, standing front and center and dressed in Sgt. Pepper regalia. Homer looks around and turns to look at the crowded scene behind him. "Bart After Dark" 4F06
159 December 1, 1996 CouchGagS8E06 The family sits down, but now Bart is green. Homer fiddles with the TV antenna and Bart changes to red. Homer then returns to the couch, and smacks Bart in the back of the head in order to return him to his normal color (yellow). "A Milhouse Divided" 4F04
160 December 15, 1996 CouchGagS8E07 Everybody and everything is upside-down. The Simpsons (also upside-down) come in and sit on the couch, but end up falling on the ceiling/floor. "Lisa's Date with Density" 4F01
161 December 29, 1996 CouchGagS8E08 The couch is replaced with a coin slot and the words “Vend-A-Couch” written on the wall. Homer puts a coin in; nothing happens. Homer pounds on the wall four times before the couch falls on him. "Hurricane Neddy" 4F07
162 January 5, 1997 repeat of 3F23's gag "El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)" 3F24
163 January 12, 1997 CouchGagS8E10 The family flies into the room wearing jet packs. Maggie spirals in last, landing in Marge's lap. "The Springfield Files" 3G01
164 January 19, 1997 CouchGagS8E11 The couch is now a giant Whack-A-Mole game, with The Simpson family as the moles. The clown hallucination music from the season six episode “Homie the Clown” plays as an unseen player tries to hit one of the Simpson moles — and successfully gets Homer. "The Twisted World of Marge Simpson" 4F08
165 February 2, 1997 CouchGagS8E12 The couch is folded out into a bed with Grampa sleeping on it. The Simpsons fold the couch in (with Grampa shouting "Huh?" before he's folded in) and sit. "Mountain of Madness" 4F10
166 February 7, 1997 CouchGagS8E13 The living room is empty. Cut to outside where Homer is struggling with a locked front door while the other members of the family wait impatiently. "Simpsoncalifragi- listicexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious" 3G03
167 February 9, 1997

repeat of 4F06's gag

"The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show" 4F12
168 February 16, 1997 CouchGagS8E15 The living room is in an “America Onlink” window on a computer screen. An unseen computer user tries to download the family, but the download shows no signs of progress after a few seconds and the user tries to exit the window (which also doesn’t work). "Homer's Phobia" 4F11
169 February 23, 1997 repeat of 4F01's gag "Brother from Another Series" 4F14
170 March 2, 1997 CouchGagS8E17 The couch is on the deck of a ship at sea in rough waters, sliding back and forth with the tilt of the ship. The family, dressed in rain gear, sits on the couch, before an enormous wave washes them away. The TV surfaces moments later. "My Sister, My Sitter" 4F13
171 March 16, 1997 repeat of 4F03's gag "Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment" 4F15
172 April 6, 1997 repeat of 4F05's gag "Grade School Confidential" 4F09
173 April 13, 1997 repeat of 4F10's gag "The Canine Mutiny" 4F16
174 April 20, 1997 repeat of 4F08's gag (only now, the sounds of the mallet hitting the family members is more aggressive.) "The Old Man and the Lisa" 4F17
175 April 27, 1997 repeat of 4F07's gag "In Marge We Trust" 4F18
176 May 4, 1997 repeat of 4F04's gag "Homer's Enemy" 4F19
177 May 11, 1997 no gag (special opening) "The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase" 4F20
178 May 18, 1997 repeat of 4F01's gag "The Secret War of Lisa Simpson" 4F21

Season 9

# Airdate Screenshot Gag Name Episode Code
179 September 21, 1997 CouchGagS9E01 The family comes in, dressed as the Harlem Globetrotters, passing a basketball to each other while Sweet Georgia Brown plays. Maggie dunks the ball into the basket above the couch, hitting Homer on the head. "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson" 4F22
180 September 28, 1997 CouchGagS9E02 The Simpsons are dressed as astronauts and sit on the couch just as it blasts off into space. "The Principal and the Pauper" 4F23
181 October 19, 1997 CouchGagS9E03 Homer runs in alone and stands in front of the couch. The top half of him pops off and on to the couch revealing a smaller Marge standing inside the lower half of Homer, like a Russian nesting doll. The top half of Marge pops off revealing Bart, whose top half pops off revealing Lisa, whose top half finally pops off to reveal Maggie, who stays in the middle of Homer’s body and sucks on her pacifier. "Lisa's Sax" 3G02
182 October 26, 1997 CouchGagS9E04 The Simpsons sit on the couch. Metal shackles restrain their wrists and ankles and a metal cap comes down on all of their heads. The family writhes in pain as they get electrocuted. (Halloween episode) "Treehouse of Horror VIII" 5F02
183 November 2, 1997 CouchGagS9E05 The couch is a trough filled with water. The Simpsons, with their butts on fire, rush to the trough and sit to extinguish the fire. They all sigh in relief as steam billows out. "The Cartridge Family" 5F01
184 November 9, 1997 CouchGagS9E06 The family sits. An auto-crusher compresses them all into a rectangular block. "Bart Star" 5F03
185 November 16, 1997 CouchGagS9E07 Bart runs in and spray-paints the family onto the couch, tagging it with an "El Barto" signature, then runs off. "The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons" 5F04
186 November 23, 1997 CouchGagS9E08 The living room is a sauna, with three men in towels relaxing. The Simpsons (also in towels) arrive, but leave sheepishly as the three men glare at them. "Lisa the Skeptic" 5F05
187 December 7, 1997 CouchGagS9E09 The family sits; Matt Groening's live action hand spins the Screenshot around, smearing the shot's paint. "Realty Bites" 5F06
188 December 21, 1997 CouchGagS9E10 The Simpsons sit on the couch as normal. The camera zooms out and reveals that the living room is part of a snow globe that two hands shake to make the snow fall. (Christmas episode for this first usage) "Miracle on Evergreen Terrace" 5F07
189 January 4, 1998 CouchGagS9E11 The floor is a treadmill. Marge, Lisa, Bart, and Maggie run in place for a few seconds, then successfully dismount, while Homer gets stuck on it, yelling, "Marge, stop this crazy thing!" a la George Jetson in the original closing credits of The Jetsons. "All Singing, All Dancing" 5F24
190 January 11, 1998 CouchGagS9E12 The Simpsons go to sit on the couch, but fall on their butts when the couch gets pulled back. Nelson Muntz comes from behind the couch and laughs. "Bart Carny" 5F08
191 February 8, 1998 CouchGagS9E13 Similar to the couch gag on "Homer's Triple Bypass", the Simpsons are minimized and trying to get on the giant couch. Unlike the couch gag to "Homer's Triple Bypass," The Simpsons take a little longer to climb onto the couch and, once they reach the top, Santa's Little Helper grabs Homer and carries him away in his mouth. "The Joy of Sect" 5F23
192 February 15, 1998 CouchGagS9E14 The Simpsons are frogs (with Maggie as a tadpole) jumping to a lily pad "couch. Homer turns on the TV with his tongue. (according to the season 9 DVD commentary, Dan Castellaneta's daughter came up with the idea for this couch gag) "Das Bus" 5F11
193 February 22, 1998 repeat of 5F01's gag "The Last Temptation of Krust" 5F10
194 March 1, 1998 repeat of 5F03's gag "Dumbbell Indemnity" 5F12
195 March 8, 1998 CouchGagS9E17 A vine growns in the middle of the living room and sprouts into a tree bearing Simpsons family versions of various fruits and vegetables: Bart is a strawberry, Homer is a squash, Marge is an asparagus, Maggie is broccoli, and Lisa is a pineapple. "Lisa the Simpson" 4F24
196 March 22, 1998 repeat of 5F04's gag (but this time, Bart peeks from around the TV first to make sure the coast is clear) "This Little Wiggy" 5F13
197 March 29, 1998 CouchGagS9E19 In a parody of the Rocky & Bullwinkle bumpers, The Simpsons fall off a cliff during a lightning storm as the Rocky & Bullwinkle theme plays throughout. Their eyes are shown floating towards the heavens. The scene then cuts to The Simpsons sprouting from the ground amidst a garden of flowers. Bart spits up a clod of dirt. "Simpson Tide" 3G04
198 April 5, 1998 repeat of 5F05's gag "The Trouble with Trillions" 5F14
199 April 19, 1998 repeat of 5F06's gag "Girly Edition" 5F15
200 April 26, 1998 ChalkboardGagS9CouchGagE22 The Simpson family find themselves in Mrs. Krabappel's classroom where Bart is writing the blackboard punishment phrase, "I will not mess with the opening credits", making a chalkboard gag within a couch gag. "Trash of the Titans" 5F09
201 May 3, 1998 repeat of 5F07's gag "King of the Hill" 5F16
202 May 10, 1998 repeat of 5F08's gag "Lost Our Lisa" 5F17
203 May 17, 1998 repeat of 5F11's gag "Natural Born Kissers" 5F18

Season 10

# Airdate Screenshot Gag Name Episode Code
204 August 23, 1998 repeat of 5F08's gag "Lard of the Dance" 5F20
205 September 20, 1998 CouchGagS10E02 Similar to the couch gag in Marge vs. the Monorail, the living room is filled with supporting characters from the show. Unlike the episode, the living room is now a movie theater and the Simpsons are shuffling their way through to find a seat. After they sit down, Homer leans in and eats from the Comic Book Guy's popcorn tub. "The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace" 5F21
206 September 27, 1998 CouchGagS10E03 Two firemen hold the couch like a safety net. Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie land safely on the couch. Homer, however, falls screaming through the floor. "Bart the Mother" 5F22
207 October 25, 1998 CouchGagSeason10E04 The family never makes it to the couch; Bart falls off of his skateboard. Lisa gets catapulted into the garage roof, and Homer gets run down by Marge(with Maggie next to her as they honk horns) as she drives into the garage. Meanwhile, in the living room Freddy Krueger (of the A Nightmare on Elm Street movies) and Jason Voorhees (of the Friday the 13th movies) sit on the couch, wondering where the family is. "Treehouse of Horror IX" AABF01
208 November 8, 1998 CouchGagS10E05 Marge enters with a laundry basket, humming as she hangs wet sheet versions of Homer, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie on a clothesline. "When You Dish Upon a Star" 5F19
209 November 15, 1998 CouchGagS10E06 The family sits. a safety bar lowers over their laps and the couch zooms around the room like a roller coaster car. "D'oh-in' in the Wind" AABF02
210 November 22, 1998 CouchGagS10E07 The family sits. Salon-style hair dryers descend onto their heads, then lift up, revealing the family members all have swapped hairdos. Homer has Maggie's spikes, Marge has Bart's spikes, Bart has Lisa's spikes, Lisa has Homer's "combover," and Maggie has Marge's big, blue bouffant (the weight of which causes Maggie to fall off the couch). "Lisa Gets an "A"" AABF03
211 December 6, 1998 repeat of 5F11's gag "Homer Simpson in: "Kidney Trouble"" AABF04
212 December 20, 1998 repeat of 5F03's gag "Mayored to the Mob" AABF05
213 January 10, 1999 repeat of 5F06's gag "Viva Ned Flanders" AABF06
214 January 17, 1999 CouchGagS10E11 In a parody of the famous scene in Dr. Strangelove where Slim Pickens’ character rides the bomb, the Simpsons (wearing white cowboy hats) straddle the couch as it drops from a bomb bay door. The Simpsons scream, “Yahoo!” as they plummet into oblivion. "Wild Barts Can't Be Broken" AABF07
215 January 31, 1999 CouchGagS10E12 The living room is in shallow water and the Simpsons sit on the couch. When an iceberg floats by, the couch sinks vertically like the RMS Titanic and the family clings to dear life as it goes under. Maggie resurfaces on a couch cushion moments later with the remote control in hand. "Sunday, Cruddy Sunday" AABF08
216 February 7, 1999 repeat of 5F19's gag "Homer to the Max" AABF09
217 February 14, 1999 repeat of AABF03's gag "I'm with Cupid" AABF11
218 February 21, 1999 repeat of AABF02's gag "Marge Simpson in: "Screaming Yellow Honkers"" AABF10
219 February 28, 1999 repeat of 5F22's gag "Make Room for Lisa" AABF12
220 March 28, 1999 CouchGagS10E17 Marge and Homer are depicted as children while Bart and Lisa are depicted as adults (and Maggie is a baby doll in Homer’s arms). Homer reaches for the remote control, but Lisa slaps it away from him. "Maximum Homerdrive" AABF13
221 April 4, 1999 CouchGagS10E18 The family slips on banana peels on the floor, flipping upside-down in the air, but all land safely on the couch. "Simpsons Bible Stories" AABF14
222 April 11, 1999 repeat of AABF07's gag "Mom and Pop Art" AABF15
223 April 25, 1999 repeat of 5F21's gag "The Old Man and the "C" Student" AABF16
224 May 2, 1999 repeat of 9F08's gag "Monty Can't Buy Me Love" AABF17
225 May 9, 1999 repeat of AABF08's gag "They Saved Lisa's Brain" AABF18
226 May 16, 1999 CouchGagS10E23 The Simpsons sit on the couch, but get sucked inside and come out looking like a shredded piece of paper. "Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo" AABF20