Debuting as a Christmas special on December 17th 1989, a certain animated sitcom was aired for the first time through the Fox Broadcasting Company. Thirty-three years later, The Simpsons are stronger than ever.
The series, which is a satirical depiction of American life, culture and society, television, and the human condition in general, has been gathering worldwide fans from all ages. It has been dubbed into more than 15 languages and subtitled into more than 27.
FUN FACT! We know why they are yellow! Creator Matt Groening said in an interview back in 2007 that he wanted his characters to be eye-catching, so that when people were zapping, the color would catch their attention and they would go back to watch the show. However, the question still remains… Why are The Simpsons so popular?
Firstly, it was the first animation for both kids and adults because its edgy and casual humor allows dark jokes, only understandable to an older audience. Secondly, the characters’ catchy phrases have been around since last century, so they had time to linger until today. Thirdly, the characters are relatable, and most importantly, adaptable to any socio-cultural environment. In summary, a typical family, unique archetypes, really good stories that never age: the perfect combination for the perfect show.
Back in 2017, on the verge of its 30th anniversary, the fans of the sitcom realized there was no commemorative day for the beloved family. That’s why they decided to run a petition-signing campaign to claim April 19th as the International Simpsons Day. From that moment, every year we see people from every corner of the globe paying tribute to their yellow friends.
Of course, MFC did not want to fall out of this celebration, that is why we gathered three iconic TOP 3:
THEY SAID IT FIRST!
Top 3 predictions from The Simpsons that came true.
3️⃣ President Donald Trump
Season 11, episode 17
In the episode “Bart to the Future”, Lisa replaces Trump as President of the USA. Can you believe it?
2️⃣ Neymar’s injury at the Brazil World Cup
Season 25, episode 16
There was that one time when Homer refereed the World Cup and saw the Brazilian star get injured in the middle of the match. Ouch!
1️⃣ Walt Disney and Fox merger
Season 10, episode 5
Back in 1998, a scene in the season 10 episode “When You Dish Upon A Star” shows the outside of the Fox studio showing that the company is owned by Disney. Coincidence?
I UNDERSTAND THAT REFERENCE
Top 3 references from The Simpsons about the cinematic industry.
3️⃣ Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Season 3, episode 23
In this classic episode, we open on a practically shot-for-shot recreation of a legendary scene from Steven Spielberg’s movie.
2️⃣ Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Season 5, episode 16
Homer taking on the characteristics of the relentless T-1000 when he becomes obsessed with Ned Flanders? James Cameron approves.
1️⃣ Death Note (2006–2007)
Season 34, episode 6
Even after 34 seasons, the show surely knows how to keep updated. This time, we see our beloved characters portraying the successful anime Death Note in another installment of “Treehouse of Horror”.
MORE THAN FANATICISM, A PASSION
Top 3 phrases from The Simpsons that everyone knows and repeats.
3️⃣ “I call the big one ‘Bitey’”
Season 4, episode 12
Who can forget this iconic phrase in the episode “Marge vs. the Monorail” when Homer decided to name the possums living in the fire extinguisher cabinet?
2️⃣ “Dental plan” / “Lisa needs braces”
Season 4, episode 17
More of an interchange than a phrase, this repetition that goes on and on in Homer’s head is certainly an easy way to make new friends with the same taste as yours.
1️⃣ “You don’t win friends with salad”
Season 7, episode 5
Remember that one episode when Lisa becomes a vegetarian? Then, you most likely cannot get the tune out of your mind.
So, MyFamilier? Which TOP 3 would you add to our list? Do you think we left something out? We read you in the comments!