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The Simpsons

Season 1 1989 - 1990

  • 1989-12-18T01:00:00Z on FOX (US)
  • 22 mins
  • 4 hours, 55 mins
  • United States
  • English
  • Animation, Comedy

The Simpsons' first season originally aired between December 17, 1989 and May 13, 1990, beginning with the Christmas special "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire". The executive producers for the first production season were Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, and Sam Simon.

The series was originally set to debut in late 1989 with the episode "Some Enchanted Evening", which was meant to introduce the main characters; during the first screening of the episode, the producers discovered that the animation was so appalling that 70% of the episode needed to be redone. The producers considered aborting the series if the next episode turned out as bad, but it only suffered from easily fixable problems. The producers convinced Fox to move the debut to December 17, and aired "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" as the first episode of the series. The first season won one Emmy Award, and received four additional nominations.

The DVD boxset was released on September 25, 2001 in Region 1 and September 24, 2001 in both Region 2 and Region 4. Season one was also released for the iTunes Store on December 22, 2010, dubbed a "digital edition."

13 episodes

1x01 Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire

  • Series Premiere

    1989-12-18T01:00:00Z — 23 mins

When his Christmas bonus is cancelled, Homer becomes a department-store Santa--and then bets his meager earnings at the track. When all seems lost, Homer and Bart save Christmas by adopting the losing greyhound, Santa's Little Helper.

1x02 Bart the Genius

  • 1990-01-15T01:00:00Z — 23 mins

After switching IQ tests with Martin, Bart is mistaken for a child genius. When he's enrolled in a school for gifted students, a series of embarrassments and mishaps makes him long for his old life.

1x03 Homer's Odyssey

  • 1990-01-22T01:00:00Z — 23 mins

Homer is fired for nearly causing a meltdown at the nuclear plant. When he finds a new calling as a public safety advocate, he finds himself facing off against Mr. Burns.

After an embarrassing experience at the company picnic, Homer pawns the TV and uses the proceeds to take the family to therapy sessions.

1x05 Bart the General

  • 1990-02-05T01:00:00Z — 22 mins

Fed up with Nelson's bullying, the kids from Springfield Elementary decide to teach him a lesson. With advice from Grandpa, Bart leads them into battle.

1x06 Moaning Lisa

  • 1990-02-12T01:00:00Z — 23 mins

When Lisa get a bad case of the blues, jazz musician Bleeding Gums Murphy teaches her how to express her feelings through music.

1x07 The Call of the Simpsons

  • 1990-02-19T01:00:00Z — 23 mins

Homer buys an RV and the family takes off on an ill-fated camping trip.

1x08 The Telltale Head

  • 1990-02-26T01:00:00Z — 22 mins

Bart tries to impress the school bullies by stealing the head of the Jebediah Springfield statue in the town square, but everyone is outraged by his act of vandalism.

1x09 Life on the Fast Lane

  • 1990-03-19T01:00:00Z — 23 mins

Homer gives Marge a bowling ball for her birthday, and his self-serving gift backfires: she starts taking lessons from a suave French bowling instructor. When the lessons take a romantic turn, Marge faces temptation.

1x10 Homer's Night Out

  • 1990-03-26T01:00:00Z — 23 mins

Bart puts his new spy camera to use when Homer gets rowdy at a bachelor party, and the incriminating photo gets distributed all over town.

1x11 The Crepes of Wrath

  • 1990-04-16T00:00:00Z — 23 mins

Bart is sent as a foreign exchange student to France, where he is enslaved by corrupt winemakers. Meanwhile, the Simpson family hosts an Albanian student who takes a surprising interest in the workings of the nuclear power plant.

1x12 Krusty Gets Busted

  • 1990-04-30T00:00:00Z — 23 mins

Krusty the Clown gets busted for robbing the Kwik-E-Mart, with Homer as an eyewitness. Convinced that their idol was wrongly accused, Bart and Lisa investigate the crime.

1x13 Some Enchanted Evening

  • 1990-05-14T00:00:00Z — 22 mins

While Homer takes Marge out for a night on the town, the kids spot their babysitter on America's Most Armed and Dangerous.