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The Simpsons: The Complete First Season (1989)

Dan Castellaneta , Nancy Cartwright , Brad Bird , David Silverman  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (689 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005ML6Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,566 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Simpsons: The Complete First Season" on IMDb

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

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Description

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."

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179 of 214 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More information on this incredible release. July 2, 2001
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This DVD is... Excellent July 3, 2001
By Joecool
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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327 of 413 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last July 5, 2001
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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49 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally July 3, 2001
By A Customer
Oh my God. When I found out about the Simpsons Season 1 Dvd's I fell of my bed. I'm so happy, because the Simpsons is the best show in the world, anyway I think the 1st season is the 3rd best. The first two being 3 and 11. Okay, so the episodes are... 1. SIMPSONS ROASTING ON AN OPEN FIRE - When bart get's a tatto, marge has to use the family's christmas money on a removal, and Homer doesn't get a bonus, Homer gets a job as a Mall Santa. 2. BART THE GENIUS-Bart cheats on a IQ test and goes a new school. 3. HOMER'S ODYSSEY - Homer get's fired and goes on a safty kick. 4. THERE'S NO DISGRACE LIKE HOMER - After a picnic homer thinks the family needs theorapy. 5. BART THE GENERAL - Bart leads a battle against Nelson. 6. MOANING LISA - Lisa is sad, but cheered up by Bleeding Gums. 7. THE CALL OF THE SIMPSONS - the Simpsons get lost on a camping trip. 8. THE TELLTALE HEAD - Bart steals a statues Head 9. LIFE ON THE FAST LANE - Marge considers having an affair. 10. HOMER'S NIGHT OUT - Homer get's caught dancing with a stripper. 11. CREEPS OF WRATH - Bart goes to Paris. 12. KRUSTY GET'S BUSTED - This is the episodes were Sideshow Bob frames Krusty. 13. SOME ENCHANTED EVENING - Homer hires a burglar to babysit the kids. This is great set for new viewers trying to catch up. Or old to go down Simpson memorie Lane
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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
the simpsons on blu ray???????????
Blu-rays cost as little as $120 nowadays.
Feb 15, 2012 by Ben Mutuc |  See all 2 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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