The Simpsons: Season 1 (1989 - 1990)


Season 1
The Simpsons

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The Simpsons' first season proves a quickly addictive introduction to America's animated first family with a run of entertaining episodes that set the stage for a groundbreaking series.

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Air date: Dec 17, 1989

Marge has to spend all the family's Christmas present money getting Bart's tattoo removed, so Homer gets a job as Santa but bets all his wages on a dog with a festive name.

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Air date: Jan 14, 1990

After Bart cheats on an aptitude test, he is placed in a school for gifted children.

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Air date: Jan 21, 1990

After losing his job, Homer becomes an anti-nuclear activist.

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Air date: Jan 28, 1990

Homer discovers families can get along when the Simpsons attend the company picnic.

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Air date: Feb 4, 1990

Bart's grandfather comes to his aid after he is beaten up by a bully.

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Air date: Feb 11, 1990

Lisa's family attempts to cheer her up when she becomes depressed.

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Air date: Feb 18, 1990

Homer and Bart go for help when the Simpsons' camper breaks down in the woods; Homer is mistaken for Bigfoot.

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Air date: Feb 25, 1990

In an effort to be popular, Bart decapitates the statue of Springfield's founder.

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Air date: Mar 18, 1990

Marge faces a difficult decision when she falls for her bowling instructor.

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Air date: Mar 25, 1990

Bart uses a miniature camera to spy on a bachelor party Homer is attending.

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Cast & Crew

Dan Castellaneta
Homer Jay Simpson

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Julie Kavner
Marjorie Bouvier Simpson

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Nancy Cartwright
Bartholomew Jo-Jo "Bart" Simpson

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Yeardley Smith
Lisa Marie Simpson

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Harry Shearer
Charles Montgomery Burns

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Hank Azaria
Moe Szyslak

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Maggie Roswell
Mother 1

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Jo Ann Harris
Girl

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Marcia Wallace
Mrs. Krabappel

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Susan Blu
Weasel 1

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Albert Brooks
Cowboy Bob (as A. Brooks)

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Penny Marshall
Ms. Botz

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Pamela Hayden
Milhouse Van Houten

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Miriam Flynn
Miss Barr

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Chris Latta
Mr. Burns

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Sam McMurray
SNPP Employee

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Tress MacNeille
Dolph

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June Foray
Rubber Baby Buggy Bumper Babysitting Service Receptionist

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Russi Taylor
Martin Prince

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Ron Taylor
Bleeding Gums Murphy

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James L. Brooks
Executive Producer
Matt Groening
Executive Producer
David Mirkin
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Critic Reviews for The Simpsons: Season 1

Audience Reviews for The Simpsons: Season 1

  • Aug 26, 2021
    Is it The Simpsons at their best? No. Is it The Simpsons at their worst? No. This season definitely just lays the groundwork for one of the best sitcoms of all time.
  • Jun 24, 2021
    This is how it all started. There are some great episodes in the first season, but it's also flawed with moments of rough animation and characters under development, who are inconsistent with their definitive version both visually and behaviorally.
  • May 09, 2021
    Man the first seasons were so flawless and soulful.
  • May 02, 2021
    Very dark flash of reality
  • Apr 15, 2021
    The worst season ever, due to being unfunny and unoriginal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Mar 05, 2021
    Mixing character-driven stories with the soon-to-be-trademarked irreverence of the whole series, this is as good an intro as any animated comedy could hope for.
  • Feb 17, 2021
    It was great to watch these classic Simpson episodes.
  • Jan 30, 2021
    Great, fluid animation in its purest form. It's had crossovers with Family Guy, The Critic and Futurama. Clever humor and writing. Good voice acting. Likable and memorable characters, especially Homer and Bart Simpson. Each of the family members has a very distinct personality. Homer is the dimwitted, but well-meaning dad. Marge is the strict, but loving mother. Bart is the trouble-making son. Lisa is the overachieving daughter. Maggie is the silent member of the family. There are so many hilarious and unforgettable running gags. Sideshow Bob repeatedly trying to kill Bart Simpson after the events of "Krusty Gets Busted". A different kind of couch gag at the beginning of every episode. Homer Simpson's famous and signature catchphrase: "D'oh!". The way Superintendent Chalmers says "Skinner!". Itchy & Scratchy, which parodies the violent cartoons of the early-to-mid 20th century. Nelson Muntz's famous laugh. Memorable opening theme music, composed by Danny Elfman and arranged by Alf Clausen. It's sophisticated and generous in its humor. Gives out a lot of good morals and lessons for viewers of all ages, like "be careful what you wish for". The episodes where The Simpsons travel around the world to other countries and other US states are great (except for "Kill the Alligator and Run"). Loads of hilarious moments, funny couch gags, great stories and relatable pop-culture references like references to Dr. Seuss, South Park, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Scooby-Doo, The Beatles, Nintendo, Looney Tunes, SpongeBob SquarePants, Michael Jackson, Marvel, etc. The "Treehouse of Horror" specials are funny, terrifying and unforgettable at the same time. Gives us decent facts and real-life events about celebrities, politicians, etc. Many supporting side characters (Lenny Leonard and Carl Carlson, Ned Flanders, Moe Szyslak, Krusty the Clown, Milhouse van Houten, Chief Wiggum etc.) It also has its share of many entertaining antagonists (Mr. Burns, Sideshow Bob, Frank Grimes, Hank Scorpio, Kang and Kodos). The series was so popular that it had its own film adaptation in 2007, which is also well-received. Unlike most FOX shows, The Simpsons takes aim at both the Democratic and Republican parties, depicting Republicans as corrupt warmongers and Democrats as brainless idiots. (and the opposite, indeed!) Not even presidents were safe from criticism, as Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton have all been subjected to mockery on the show. The Simpsons has many famous celebrity guest stars in their episodes (Ringo Starr, Barry White, George Carlin, Leonard Nimoy, Mark Hamill, Rupert Murdoch, Michael Jackson, Alec Baldwin, etc).
  • Jan 22, 2021
    A great first season. Not as good as the others though, because the animation isn't the best.
  • Jan 06, 2021
    The Simpsons Season 1 has some really funny bits even if the animation is still a bit rough. A classic in the making.

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