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Original run December 17, 1989 – May 13, 1990
No. of episodes 13
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DVD boxet The Complete First Season

The first season is the inaugural season of The Simpsons. It began on December 17, 1989 with the series premiere, “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire,” and ended on May 13, 1990 with “Some Enchanted Evening”. Matt Groening, James L. Brooks and Sam Simon were the show runners of the season.

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Season 1 Intro Beginning

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Left to Right: Bart, Maggie, and Lisa Simpson

The original plan was to begin the season and the series in the Autumn of 1989 with “Some Enchanted Evening.” However, the workprint of the episode was of poor quality and was declined to be used. Seventy percent of its animation had to be redone, delaying it for months throughout the season until it finally being aired as the season finale on May 13, 1990. Subsequent episodes such as “Bart the Genius” had minor problems in production that were easy to fix and were suitable for airing. As “Some Enchanted Evening” was being overhauled, the producers decided to air the Christmas special, “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire,” on December 17, 1989. The timing was very fortunate, as the episode would have had to be aired in the Christmas holidays of 1989 regardless of any other issues.

The season won one Emmy award and had four other nominations. "Life on the Fast Lane" won "Outstanding Animated Program," for which "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" was also a nominee. "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" was nominated for "Outstanding Editing in a Miniseries or Special"; "The Call of the Simpsons" was nominated for "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special"; and "The Simpsons Theme," composed by Danny Elfman, was nominated for "Outstanding Achievement in Main Title Theme Music."

All 13 episodes of Season 1, including extras such as the "Some Enchanted Evening" work print, were released on DVD on September 25, 2001 in Region 1 and September 24, 2001 in Regions 2 and 4. This is the First of the Complete Seasons of The Simpsons released in boxsets for home media. After receiving many praises, Matt groening decided to launch More seasons.

Episodes Edit

Picture # Original title (top)
Alternate title (bottom)
Original airdate Directed by Written by Prod. code
Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire 1 - 1

"Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire"

"The Simpsons Christmas Special"

December 17, 1989 David Silverman Mimi Pond 7G08

Christmas is coming, and it's going to be a difficult one due to the family's financial woes: Homer's expected Christmas bonus at work doesn't come through, and the family is forced to spend money previously set aside for shopping on an expensive tattoo removal procedure for Bart. Homer tries to earn money by other means such as being a department store Santa Claus, and the family does their best to have a good holiday in spite of the circumstances. The episode introduces Santa's Little Helper as the family dog.

Bart the Genius 2 - 2 "Bart the Genius" January 14, 1990 David Silverman Jon Vitti 7G02

When the school has an intelligence test, Bart is considered to be a genius when he switches his name and Martin Prince's on the test's answer sheets. Bart is then enrolled in the Enriched Learning Center for Gifted Children, a school which quickly proves to be beyond his capabilities. The experience actually brings Bart and Homer closer together, until Bart confesses to the switch.

SimpsonsMPG 7G03 3 - 3 "Homer's Odyssey" January 21, 1990 Wes Archer Jay Kogen & Wallace Wolodarsky 7G03
Homer is fired after he causes an accident due to being distracted by greeting Bart and his class on their field trip to the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant. Depressed and unemployed, Homer considers suicide until he notes the dangers around town and becomes a safety crusader. Waylon Smithers, Chief Wiggum, and Otto Mann the school bus driver make their first appearances.
Theres No Disgrace Like Home 4 - 4 "There's No Disgrace Like Home" January 28, 1990 Gregg Vanzo &
Kent Butterworth
Al Jean & Mike Reiss 7G04

The Simpson family attends the company picnic at the Burns manor. After seeing the other families at the picnic, Homer notices his own family's shortcomings and dysfunctions and decides to improve everyone's behavior. The episode introduces Springfield police officers Eddie and Lou, as well as Dr. Marvin Monroe, and marks the first series appearance of Itchy and Scratchy.

Bart the General 5 - 5 "Bart the General" February 4, 1990 David Silverman John Swartzwelder 7G05

Lisa is bullied at school by Nelson Muntz (introduced in this episode) and Bart stands up for her, only to find himself the target of constant bullying by Nelson and his two Weasels. With Grampa's help, Bart then organizes many other students at school into an army to fight back against Nelson. Herman the military antiques dealer also makes his first appearance.

Moaning Lisa 6 - 6 "Moaning Lisa" February 11, 1990 Wes Archer Al Jean & Mike Reiss 7G06

Lisa is continually unhappy, and it begins to affect her performance at school. Nothing that Marge and Homer try seems to help. Lisa then meets jazz musician and fellow saxophone player Bleeding Gums Murphy, who helps Lisa to express her depression by playing the blues on her sax.

SimpsonsMPG 7G09 7 - 7 "The Call of the Simpsons" February 18, 1990 Wes Archer John Swartzwelder 7G09
The Simpsons go camping in their dilapidated RV, and problems arise when the RV is destroyed by falling off a cliff. The family are separated in the woods, where Maggie is cared for by bears and Homer (who has lost his clothes and is wearing a heavy coating of mud instead) is mistaken for a hideous Bigfoot-like monster.
SimpsonsMPG 7G07 8 - 8 "The Telltale Head" February 25, 1990 Rich Moore Al Jean, Mike Reiss,

Sam Simon & Matt Groening

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Bart severs the head of Jebediah Springfield's statue in order to impress some troublemaker boys he is trying to make friends with, but the vandalism outrages the townspeople and Bart finds himself targeted by an angry mob. The episode marks the first appearances of Sideshow Bob, Jimbo, Dolph, Kearney, Rev. Lovejoy, and Apu; as well as the first series appearance of Krusty the Clown.

Life on the Fast Lane 9 - 9 "Life on the Fast Lane" March 18, 1990 David Silverman John Swartzwelder 7G11

Marge becomes unhappy when her birthday present from Homer is a bowling ball (which he clearly intended for himself), and she does not even bowl. To spite Homer, Marge sets out to learn to bowl, and ends up taking lessons from an instructor named Jacques, who pursues an affair with her. 

SimpsonsMPG 7G10 10 - 10 "Homer's Night Out" March 25, 1990 Rich Moore Jon Vitti 7G10
Bart takes a picture of Homer dancing with Princess Kashmir, a belly dancer. The photo is then copied all over Springfield, and when Marge sees it she at first thinks that Homer is having an affair. Homer explains the photo, but a still-angry Marge kicks him out of the house and demands that Homer introduce Bart to Princess Kashmir in person to show him that women are not sex objects.
SimpsonsMPG 7G13 11 - 11 "The Crepes of Wrath" April 15, 1990 Wesley Archer &
Milton Gray
George Meyer, Sam Simon,
John Swartzwelder & Jon Vitti
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After Bart blows up a cherry bomb in the school toilets, Principal Skinner decides to put Bart into a student exchange program. Bart ends up in France, where he is hosted by a pair of criminals and becomes a national hero when he exposes their plan to spike wine with antifreeze. Back in Springfield, the Simpsons host an Albanian student named Adil, who (unknown to the family) is actually a spy in search of nuclear secrets. Touched by Adil's interest in his work, Homer ends up giving Adil the secrets he's after by showing him all over the nuclear plant.
Krustysbrobs 12 - 12 "Krusty Gets Busted" April 29, 1990 Brad Bird Jay Kogen & Wallace Wolodarsky 7G12

Krusty the Clown is accused, tried, and convicted of robbing the Kwik-E-Mart, and Sideshow Bob takes his place as TV show host. Bart, however, believes that Krusty was framed. He enlists Lisa's help, and together they uncover the truth behind the robbery. 

SimpsonsMPG 7G01 13 - 13 "Some Enchanted Evening" May 13, 1990 David Silverman &
Kent Butterworth
Matt Groening & Sam Simon 7G01
Homer and Marge spend an evening out on the town, leaving the kids with a babysitter named Ms. Botz. Bart and Lisa, however, learn from watching TV that Ms. Botz is actually a wanted fugitive named Lucille Botzkowski, better known as the "Babysitter Bandit."

DVD Release Edit

Season 1 was released on DVD by 20th Century Fox in Regions 2 and 4 on 24 September 2001, and on 25 September in Region 1. While primarily consisting of the original 13 episodes, the DVD release features bonus material including deleted scenes, Animatics, and commentaries for every episode. The set sold 1.9 million units, becoming the highest-selling television program on DVD—a record which it held until October 2004 when it was passed by the first season of Chappelle's Show.

The Complete First Season
Set Details Special Features
Release Dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
September 25, 2001 September 24, 2001 September 24, 2001

Awards Edit

The season won one Emmy award and had four other nominations. "Life on the Fast Lane" won "Outstanding Animated Program," for which "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" was also a nominee. "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" was nominated for "Outstanding Editing in a Miniseries or Special"; "The Call of the Simpsons" was nominated for "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special"; and "The Simpsons Theme," composed by Danny Elfman, was nominated for "Outstanding Achievement in Main Title Theme Music."

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