Community Post: 18 Facts You Probably Don’t Know About “The Simpsons”
1. In 1990, Barbara Bush criticised The Simpsons. Marge responded.
And then Barbara Bush responded as well!
2. Fox owns the rights to The Simpsons through to 2082.
Meaning we’re unlikely to see the Simpsons anywhere else. Ever.
3. There is a clause in the creator’s contract that the network can’t give notes – meaning the producers are free to make fun of FOX itself.
A clause that has been made regular use of.
4. If Bart aged normally, he’d now be 34, the age given to Marge in the first season.
5. The staff of The Simpsons and South Park both REALLY hate Family Guy.
So much so, that when South Park aired its anti-Family Guy episode, the crew of The Simpsons sent them flowers.
6. Over the course of multiple seasons, the brief clips of McBain actually form a coherent mini-movie.
It’s not very good, but still.
7. The episode where Bart wins an elephant on a gameshow was based on a real incident.
Intended to be a joke prize to be turned down in favour of money, the winner decided he wanted the elephant anyway. Eventually, one was flown in from Africa.
8. Staff Writer John Swartzwelder was a well-known recluse – which the writers referenced in a running joke.
He got dispensation not to attend meetings, instead writing in a diner booth he’d had installed in his house – and the rest of the staff responded by including cameos for him in numerous episodes.
9. Paul McCartney agreed to appear on the show only if the writers agreed to maintain Lisa’s vegetarianism for the rest of series.
10. Homer was intended to be revealed as Krusty The Clown.
Hence their remarkably similar appearances.
11. God (and Jesus) are the only characters to be given five fingers.
Still yellow, though.
12. The Alburquerque Isotopes baseball team was named for the Springfield Isotopes.
As of yet, Darryl Strawberry hasn’t turned out for them.
13. A competition winner was given a full-scale replica of the Simpsons house. He took the money instead.
It cost $120,000 to build, and yet the $70,000 prize seemed preferable. No word on if it actually has the ever-changing interior layout.
14. Someone also made a working replica of Homer’s prototype car.
15. Homer’s theory of a doughnut shaped universe was later announced as a valid theory.
Though not by Stephen Hawking. Honorable.
16. Bart’s prank calls to Moe’s Tavern use the number 764-84377. It spells out ‘Smithers.’
17. The ‘Who Shot Mr. Burns?’ episode ran a contest for fans to guess. No-one guessed the correct answer.
In fairness, they did make a baby guilty. Spoiler Alert? What’s the Statute of Limitations on spoilers?
18. In his appearance Justin Timberlake really didn’t want to say “Word,” so once he did, that take was looped and used repeatedly through the episode.
He allegedly felt it was so unlike something he would actually say. The staff also brought all their kids along to meet them. As did Tom Hanks, who was filming nearby.