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The Simpsons

Specials 1987 - 2017

  • 1987-04-20T00:00:00Z on FOX (US)
  • 25 mins
  • 1 day, 10 mins
  • United States
  • English
  • Animation, Comedy

Set in Springfield, the average American town, the show focuses on the antics and everyday adventures of the Simpson family; Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie, as well as a virtual cast of thousands. Since the beginning, the series has been a pop culture icon, attracting hundreds of celebrities to guest star. The show has also made name for itself in its fearless satirical take on politics, media and American life in general.

62 episodes

Special 1 Good Night

  • 1987-04-20T00:00:00Z — 25 mins

Good Night was the first ever Simpsons short to air on The Tracey Ullman Show. The five main family members - Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie - were first introduced in this short. Homer and Marge attempt to calm their children to sleep, with the opposite results. Maggie can be heard saying "good night". She rarely talks throughout the run of the series.

Special 2 Watching TV

  • 1987-05-04T00:00:00Z — 25 mins

Bart and Lisa quarrel during commercial breaks over what channel they'll watch. Repeatedly Maggie comes up to the television and changes the channel. Later Homer is saying some speech about family matters then stops when the show comes back on. A piece of music from the Tracey Ullman show plays at one part or another during the short.

Special 3 Jumping Bart

  • 1987-05-11T00:00:00Z — 25 mins

Homer makes several attempts to have Bart jump into his arms. Each time Bart jumps Homer is distracted and fails to catch him. Towards the end of the episode boxing gloves are delivered, presumably the ones used in the episode Punching Bag.

Special 4 Babysitting Maggie

  • 1987-06-01T00:00:00Z — 25 mins

Marge puts Bart and Lisa in charge of babysitting Maggie. They watch TV while Maggie gets electrocuted, falls down the stairs, and falls off the roof. Maggie sticks a fork in an electrical socket thereby electocuting herself, she crawls up the stairs and falls down them in insane Slinky fashion then she climbs onto the roof in hot pursuit of a butterfly, and falls off it.

Special 5 The Pacifier

  • 1987-06-22T00:00:00Z — 25 mins

Lisa and Bart try to get Maggie to stop sucking on her pacifier, but Maggie, who has an entire drawer full of them, refuses to kick the habit.

Special 6 Burping Contest

  • 1987-06-29T00:00:00Z — 25 mins

Despite Marge's objections, Bart, Lisa and even Maggie compete in a contest to see who can make the most disgusting burp.

Special 7 Dinner Time

  • 1987-07-13T00:00:00Z — 25 mins

Marge serves the family purple goop for dinner, insisting that they say grace first.

Special 8 Making Faces

  • 1987-09-23T00:00:00Z — 25 mins

Despite Marge's warnings, the kids make faces. Maggie unclearly speaks in this episode.

Special 9 The Funeral

  • 1987-10-05T00:00:00Z — 25 mins

Bart is determined to see his uncle's corpse...but not for long. This is the only appearance of Uncle Hubert.

Special 10 Maggie's Brain

  • 1987-10-12T00:00:00Z — 25 mins

Bart and Lisa wonder what's inside Maggie's mind.

Special 11 Football

  • 1987-10-19T00:00:00Z — 25 mins

Homer teaches Bart about the importance of Football.

Special 12 House of Cards

  • 1987-10-26T01:00:00Z — 25 mins

Bart tries to make a house of cards, but Lisa & Maggie make noises that have the "house" fall every time.

Bart can't stomach it when he and Homer are forced to fend for themselves.

Special 14 Space Patrol

  • 1987-11-09T01:00:00Z — 25 mins

Bart, Lisa and Maggie play a game of "Space Patrol" while Homer and Marge are out. Lisa plays a superhero with Maggie as her sidekick, while Bart puts a jug on his head with the pretense of it being the helmet of an alien warlord. However, his head accidentally plops into it and the jug is left stuck on his head. Lisa "frees" Bart from the jug using a croquet mallet. Lisa and Maggie then hide, allowing Bart, stumbling in a daze amongst pieces of the precious broken jug lying on the floor, to take the blame.

Special 15 Bart's Haircut

  • 1987-11-16T01:00:00Z — 25 mins

Bart has his hair cut too short by a barber. This is the first time we hear a character from The Simpsons series say a curse word.

Special 16 World War III

  • 1987-11-23T01:00:00Z — 25 mins

Homer wakes up the family to practice for a nuclear drill... in the middle of the night.

Special 17 The Perfect Crime

  • 1987-12-14T01:00:00Z — 25 mins

Marge bakes a batch of delicious cookies. Bart attempts to steal them, but burns his fingers trying to pick them up. Everyone except Bart and Maggie leave the kitchen to let them cool down, and Bart takes this opportunity to swipe them, muttering to himself "Aha! The perfect crime!" Homer and Marge come back to find the tray empty. Marge suspects Maggie of eating the cookies, but as a witness she knows exactly who took them and guides them along a trail of cookies running across the floor. His family catch him lying on his back in his bedroom amidst a pile of cookie crumbs. Looking up at them with his stomach full, he groans, "There is no perfect crime." His head bangs back down on the ground and Maggie, secretively, snacks on an uneaten cookie.

Special 18 Scary Stories

  • 1987-12-21T01:00:00Z — 25 mins

Bart tells Lisa & Maggie a series of scary stories (in the middle of the dark) only to believe they're coming true.

Special 19 Grampa and the Kids

  • 1988-01-11T01:00:00Z — 25 mins

Grampa spends time with the kids. This is Grampa's first appearance.

Bart and Homer go on a fishing trip. Homer asks Bart for a bologna sandwich, but Bart forgot the bologna. He puts the bait on the sandwich instead. Later on they hit rapids and Homer is almost knocked unconscious. They later fall off of a waterfall.

Special 21 Skateboarding

  • 1988-02-08T01:00:00Z — 25 mins

Bart teaches his sisters how to skateboard...or is it the other way around.

Special 22 The Pagans

  • 1988-02-15T01:00:00Z — 25 mins

The kids discuss paganism. This is the first time Bart calls his dad "Homer".

Special 23 Closeted

  • 1988-02-22T01:00:00Z — 25 mins

Bart locks himself in the closet, and when he busts out, he finds out that the family has gone out without him.

Special 24 The Aquarium

  • 1988-02-29T01:00:00Z — 25 mins

At an aquarium Bart swims with the sharks...literally. This is the first time we see a naked Simpsons character. This also marks Lisa Simpson saying the word hell in this short.

Special 25 Family Portrait

  • 1988-03-07T01:00:00Z — 25 mins

Homer has trouble taking a normal family portrait.

Special 26 Bart's Hiccups

  • 1988-03-14T01:00:00Z — 25 mins

Lisa and Maggie try to cure Bart's hiccups...the hard way.

Special 27 The Money Jar

  • 1988-03-21T01:00:00Z — 25 mins

The kids try to steal money from Marge's money jar..

Special 28 The Art Museum

  • 1988-05-02T00:00:00Z — 25 mins

The Simpsons go to the art museum. This is the first time we hear Bart say "Whoooa, Mama!".

Special 29 Zoo Story

  • 1988-05-09T00:00:00Z — 25 mins

Homer unwisely teases a monkey at the zoo and gets a faceful of poo for his trouble. This is the shortest Simpsons Short.

Special 30 Shut Up, Simpsons

  • 1988-11-07T01:00:00Z — 25 mins

Maggie squeaks her toy, causing a chain reaction of anger in the family.

Special 31 Shell Game

  • 1988-11-14T01:00:00Z — 25 mins

Bart tries to hide the cookies he stole from the jar from his parents.

Special 32 The Bart Simpson Show

  • 1988-11-21T01:00:00Z — 25 mins

Bart puts on his own show after Homer tells him to stop watching cartoons. First appearance of Itchy and Scratchy. This is the first time we hear Lisa call her dad "Homer".

Special 33 Punching Bag

  • 1988-11-28T01:00:00Z — 25 mins

Bart, Lisa and eventually Marge take out their frustrations on a punching bag with Homer's picture on it.

The kids get to see Krusty's show live for the first time. First appearance of Krusty the Clown.

Special 36 Bart the Hero

  • 1989-01-30T01:00:00Z — 25 mins

Sent out to exercise, Bart foils a robbery attempt.

Special 37 Bart's Little Fantasy

  • 1989-02-06T01:00:00Z — 25 mins

Bart tells a story about large kids who throw their small parents into a small room.

Special 38 Scary Movie

  • 1989-02-13T01:00:00Z — 25 mins

Bart, Lisa and Maggie go to the movie to see "The Happy Little Elves Return" (much to Bart's dismay), but Bart convinces the girls to see "Space Mutants" instead. Guess who's the scaredy-cat!

Special 39 Home Hypnotism

  • 1989-02-20T01:00:00Z — 25 mins

Homer tries hypnosis to calm down his crazy kids.

Special 40 Shoplifting

  • 1989-02-27T01:00:00Z — 25 mins

Bart's attempt to swipe some chocolate is foiled.

Special 41 Echo Canyon

  • 1989-03-13T01:00:00Z — 25 mins

The family drives to Echo Canyon, takes turns making echoes, and Bart almost makes a boulder crunch the family car.

Special 42 Bathtime

  • 1989-03-20T01:00:00Z — 25 mins

Homer makes Bart take his "Sunday Night Bath", only to flood the bathroom.

Special 43 Bart's Nightmare

  • 1989-03-27T01:00:00Z — 25 mins

In this sequel to "Shell Game", Bart has a nightmare after eating every single cookie from the cookie jar.

Special 44 Bart of the Jungle

  • 1989-04-17T00:00:00Z — 25 mins

The kids swing from the trees off Homer's ties.

Special 45 Family Therapy

  • 1989-04-24T00:00:00Z — 25 mins

Homer takes the family to a psychologist. This is last Tracey Ullman Short we hear a character from The Simpsons series say a curse word.

Bart kicks Maggie's ball out of sight and she takes off to retrieve it back. (To be Continued...)

Part 2. Maggie floats in the air hanging on to balloons and lands safely back in her playpen.

Special 48 TV Simpsons

  • 1989-05-15T00:00:00Z — 25 mins

Homer attempts to fix the television antenna on the roof.

This special was aired before the premier of the 7th season opener; hosted by John Walsh (from the FOX series "Americas Most Wanted"), it offered up all sorts of theories and insights into who might have shot Montgomery Burns.

Special 50 The Simpsons Movie

  • 2007-07-28T00:00:00Z — 25 mins

After Homer accidentally pollutes the town's water supply, Springfield is encased in a gigantic dome by the EPA and the Simpsons family are declared fugitives.

Marge comments on David and Victoria Beckham's marriage in a negative comparison with hers and Homer's, and compared the special relationship between the UK and the US to that of Mini Me and Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers films ("Helping out in all our zany schemes to take over the world"). Lisa Simpson also held a banner supporting Cornwall's secession: "UK OUT OF CORNWALL", while chanting "Rydhsys rag Kernow lemmyn" (freedom for Cornwall now).

Not long before the anticipated release of their movie, and after celebrating the 400th episode and 20 years, The Culture Show paid homage to the great success of The Simpsons with this special half-hour documentary about them. Hosted by Lauren Laverne (who co-hosts Culture Show along with the great film critic Mark Kermode), this programme basically looked back from their first appearance on The Tracey Ullman Show in 1987 and episodes gone by to see why everyone loves this cartoon sitcom so much. This included the key and supporting characters, the jokes, the celebrity appearances, the writers, the mocking of everyday things, and much more, a great one-off documentary with plenty of clips, information and opinion to keep you interested. With contributions from creator Matt Groening, Ricky Gervais, Nick Park, Stephen Hawking, Phill Jupitus, Helen Fielding and Johnny Vegas.

Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock takes on the behemoth task of documenting 20 years of the global phenomenon that is THE SIMPSONS. In his distinctive and innovative style, the unprecedented one-hour special follows Spurlock as he sets off on a cross-country globe-trotting mission combing the streets for interviews from fans young and old. His travels take him from the home of THE SIMPSONS' biggest fan to the organization at the center of THE SIMPSONS' biggest controversies to landmarks such as the birthplace of "Groundskeeper Willie" and the Springfield Isotopes' playing field. In addition, Spurlock talks to cast, writers and celebrities about the undying cultural obsession with THE SIMPSONS.

Special 58 Access All Areas

  • 2010-01-12T01:00:00Z — 25 mins

In the first of Sky One's specials celebrating 20 years of "The Simpsons", Ricky Gervais takes you behind the scenes to see how the show is made, talking to those who put each episode together, plus celebrity fans like Simon Cowell and Hugh Hefner.

Special 59 Mischief & Mayhem

  • 2010-01-13T01:00:00Z — 25 mins

In the second of Sky One's specials celebrating 20 years of "The Simpsons", Ricky Gervais takes a look at the vast array of Simpsons merchandise the colourful characters have inspired and catches up with some of the programme's biggest devotees.

Special 60 Celebrity Friends

  • 2010-01-14T01:00:00Z — 25 mins

In the third of Sky One's specials celebrating 20 years of "The Simpsons", Ricky Gervais speaks to a selection of the huge number of celebrities who have guest-starred on the show over the years.

Special 61 The Longest Daycare

  • 2013-02-18T01:00:00Z — 25 mins

The youngest member of the Simpson family has a big adventure at the 'Ayn Rand School for Tots' in this Oscar-nominated animated short film.

The special, which satirizes Ken Burns' seminal documentary miniseries Baseball, will pay tribute to the episode "Homer at the Bat" while offering up interviews from eight of the baseball stars who appeared as ringers in the episode, as well as Yankees All-Star Aaron Judge, Nick Offerman, Russell Brand, George Will, Tim Gunn, and Dr. Oz, not to mention sportscasters Bob Costas, Joe Buck, Bob Uecker, and Charissa Thompson. In addition, the documentary includes "interviews" with Homer, Moe, Chief Wiggum, Apu, and Comic Book Guy.