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The Simpsons: The Complete First Season

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The 13 episodes on The Simpsons - The Complete First Season are: "Some Enchanted Evening," "Bart the Genius," "Homer’s Odyssey," "There’s No Disgrace Like Home," "Bart the General," "Moaning Lisa," "The Telltale Head," "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire," "Call of the Simpsons," "Homer’s Night Out," "Life in the Fast Lane," "Krusty Gets Busted," and "The Crepes of Wrath."


America's first family of dysfunction, the Simpsons, appear in all their depraved glory in this wonderful DVD compilation of their show's premiere season. Fans accustomed to the slick appearance of the later episodes will be delighted by the rougher nature of these earlier episodes, when the characters weren't as well defined (Homer isn't quite as dumb as he is in later seasons) and the animation was still evolving. This only adds to the charm of these 13 episodes, which begin with "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire," the December 1989 Christmas special in which a down-and-out Simpson family adopt Santa's Little Helper. Throughout the season, familiar faces are introduced, as we catch first glimpses of Smithers, Mr. Burns, the Flanderses, and Patty and Selma. Highlights of the season include "The Crepes of Wrath," in which Bart is sent to France as an exchange student ("Don't mess up France the way you messed up your room"); "Bart the Genius," in which Bart ends up in a school for the gifted; and "Krusty Gets Busted," in which Bart's lifelong animosity with Sideshow Bob begins. --Jenny Brown

Special Features

  • 13 episodes on three discs
  • Disc 1:
  • Commentaries on each episode
  • Bart the Genius: Original Script
  • Bart the General: Original Script
  • Moaning Lisa: Original Script
  • Disc 2:
  • Disc 3:
  • Some Enchanted: Original Script
  • Unaired Episode with Optional Commentary
  • Animatic: Bart the General w/Commentary, Albert Brooks
  • Outtakes
  • America's First Family BBC Special
  • Bart T-shirt Controversy ABC News
  • Tracy Ulman: Good Night Simpsons
  • Foreign Language Clips (7)
  • Early Sketches (Still Gallery-100)
  • 12 stills and magazine covers

Product Details

  • Actors: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner, Yeardley Smith, Harry Shearer
  • Directors: Brad Bird, David Silverman, Gregg Vanzo, Kent Butterworth, Milton Gray
  • Writers: Al Jean
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2001
  • Run Time: 394 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (778 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005ML6Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,383 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Simpsons: The Complete First Season" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
This set represents the first of an expected 12 (more?) seasons of the Simpsons to be released on DVD. The current plan is to release 2-3 seasons a year. The second season will be released in time for Christmas.
Since the first season was shorter, this first disc has many extras. First, all of the shorts from the Tracy Ullman show will be there. Also, there will be a "lost" episode included.
Fox must be commended in releasing these discs. When they were preparing to release the discs, they went to the fans, and asked how we would like them released. As season packs? How many extras? How often? Rarely does a publisher care that much.
Specific Contents:
There are 48 shorts from 3 seasons (1987-1989) of the Tracy Ullman Show.
The first season (1989-1990) includes:
7G08 Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire
7G02 Bart the Genius
7G03 Homer's Odyssey
7G04 There's No Disgrace Like Home
7G05 Bart the General
7G06 Moaning Lisa

7G09 Call of the Simpsons
7G07 The Tell-Tale Head
7G11 Jacques To Be Wild (aka Life on the Fast Lane)
7G10 Homer's Night Out
7G13 The Crepes of Wrath
7G12 Krusty Gets Busted
7G01 Some Enchanted Evening

The Simpsons is the longest running comedy, longest running prime time animated series, and is definately some of the wisest, best written comedy and satire ever put on TV. God Bless Fox for giving them all to us.
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The Simpsons is art at its finest. The opening season is the shortest containing 13 classic episodes compared to 20+ in the following seasons, which will all be released in order eventually. Sure the animation isn't as good and Homer's voice is a little different (even though it is the same person), but these stories are among the best and started the most entertaining series ever. This is the origin of many funny phrases that have become apart of American culture. Also, this will show each episode in its entirety. Syndicated reruns often cut out a few seconds per episode to make room for commercials, so unless you recorded the original airing you're probably missing something.
Season One (1989-1990) consists of: Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire (7G08) Bart the Genius (7G02) Homer's Odyssey (7G03) There's No Disgrace Like Home (7G04) Bart the General (7G05) Moaning Lisa (7G06) Call of the Simpsons (7G09) The Telltale Head (7G07) Life on the Fast Lane (7G11) Homer's Night Out (7G10) The Crepes of Wrath (7G13) Krusty Gets Busted (7G12) and Some Enchanted Evening (7G01).
If you still don't own a DVD player, unlimited replay of the funniest show ever should be reason enough to finally get one. Pick this up when you get the chance, but beware you may never go outside again.
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Wow. I didn't expect the reviews of Season 1 to be so overwhelmingly negative.

I've discovered something interesting. "The Simpsons" is like politics. Two people look at the very same thing, but come to incredibly different conclusions that seem to directly contradict each other. I'm beginning to understand why Washington is so bitterly partisan. But I digress!

I'll come out and say it: I love these thirteen quirky little films. I know many people have been denouncing them as unfunny, poorly animated, awkward-looking, and slowly-paced. You can make a case for all these arguments---humor is always subjective---but it's important to view things in context. The causually negative reviews seem like an odd case of amnesia. As awful as you might think these are, just 15 short years ago they had critics and audiences alike rolling on the floor. They were, to put it bluntly, groundbreakers. Things have caught up, as they always do, and have made the innovators look old-fashioned.

People begin a television series knowing full well that if they get to make more seasons, the show will inevitably change. Things develop, characters are fleshed out, awkward ideas are dropped, the internal logic works itself out.

What if "The Simpsons" had been a ratings failure, loved by critics and audiences but cancelled after just one or two seasons? This first season would be a cult classic today, and there would have been mounds of unfulfilled potential, something that pervades any first season of any show. Homer can't go into space yet--we've got to get to know him first!

What one thinks of this first season (and what what thinks of the current seasons) depends on what they like about the show to begin with.
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By A Customer on July 5, 2001
Format: DVD
The best television art North America has ever produced comes to DVD at last. All 13 original episodes and with commentary by Matt Groening too and then some !! Mmmmmmmm DVD with sprinkles. Here are more details: Disc One: 1. "Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire" ­ episode and commentary. 2. "Bart The Genius" ­ episode, commentary and original script. 3. "Homer's Odyssey" ­ episode and commentary. 4. "There's No Disgrace Like Homer"­ episode and commentary. "Bart The General"­ episode, commentary and original script. 5. "Moaning Lisa"­ episode, commentary and original script. Disc Two: 1. "Call Of The Simpsons"­ episode and commentary. 2. "The Telltale Head"­ episode and commentary. 3. "Life On The Fast Lane"­ episode and commentary. 4. "Homer's Night Out"­ episode and commentary. "The Crepes Of Wrath"­ episode and commentary. 5. "Krusty Gets Busted"­ episode and commentary. Disc Three: 1. "Some Enchanted Evening"­ episode, commentary, unaired outtakes and original script. 2. Animatic of "Bart The General" with commentary by Matt Groening and David Silverman. 3. Albert Brooks outtakes from "Life On The Fast Lane." 4. "America's First Family" BBC special. 5. ABC News special report on the famous Bart Simpson T-shirt controversy. 6. "Good Night Simpsons" short, the first to air on "The Tracey Ullman Show. " 7. At least five foreign language clips. 8. 100 early sketches in a still gallery. 9. 12 stills and magazine covers.
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Am I missing something?
Depends on whether the originals were done on film, then transferred to video. That said, looking at the first season DVDs... I really don't think there's any more res to get out of the old Simpsons. :)
Apr 14, 2008 by TheGiantSquirrel |  See all 4 posts
Simpsons Season One on Blu-Ray?
Not necessarily. Whether this is a real listing or not (which might explain why it's taking so long for Season 11 to get released), the picture quality could be vastly improved, as long as it is taken from the original source tapes and not from an old syndication tape. Even if the resolution... Read More
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