Running since 1989, The Simpsons is the longest running prime-time American TV series. And it’s epicness has only seem to be increasing over the years. Here are a few facts that you probably didn’t know about the popular animated show.
Matt Groening’s Family
The adored Simpsons family is actually based on Matt Groening’s own family. Wondering where Matt fits into this picture? He’s Bart Simpson.
Probably the most pointless translation ever, Homer Simpson’s catchphrase is said and read as T’oh! In the French version. Also, D’oh! Has never been scripted, but it’s defined even by the Oxford dictionary.
Milhouse Mussolini Van Houten
The lovable nerd, with the eternal hots for Lisa, has quite a few political undertones to him. His middle name’s shared with the founder of fascism and his first name is shared with the middle name of the only American president to be forced to resign (read: Nixon). Coincidence, much?
Guess what? The Simpsons also has an Arabic version called Al-Shamshooms. With a great number of modifications, which included, Homer, Marge and Bart being named Omar, Mona and Badr, replacing the church with a mosque and deleting all instances of alcohol and pork, 52 episodes were adapted. But, the show didn’t fare anywhere near as well as its American counterpart and had to be plugged after only 34 episodes.
Ever noticed the characters’ hands? No one in the entire show (including all the over 600 celebrity cast members) has more than four fingers. Except God. That’s right, only God is shown to have five fingers in the whole show in all its years of running.
So, Maggie is apparently voiced by…Matt Groening. Just about anyone willing to lend Maggie her voice has done so, adding to the babbling and gurgling. This list includes Elizabeth Taylor and Jodie Foster. But, the most surprising addition to this motley crew has to be Matt Groening himself, who is responsible for the ever-present pacifier sucking. Now, that didn’t sound quite so right.
The Couch Gag
The infamous couch gag, present in the opening roll of every episode is actually a very clever tool used by the makers of the show to shorten or lengthen the show.
Bartholomew Jojo Simpson
Yep, that’s Bart’s complete name. Also, apparently, Bart is an anagram for ‘Brat’. Pretty apt. Can’t say the same for his full name though.
Is Barney Nelson’s Dad?
With the same kind of clothes, the common messy brown hair and that signature slouch, fans have often drawn parallels between drunken Barney and bully Nelson. Sadly, all those theories can be put to rest because Nelson’s dad was featured later in the show and just seems like an older version of his son.
Most Influential Person of the Century
Bart Simpson (yes, the same) was included in Time’s Most Influential Person of the Century. Defending their decision, Time said, “What Bart, or really the Simpsons, have done is merge social satire with popular animation in a way that hasn’t really been done before.” We couldn’t agree more.
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