It's just another middling mid-00s episode that's not very good, but you'll watch it if comes on Channel 4. It's nice that they're trying to do something more grounded and character-based, but in terms of Homer-Marge marital strife episodes, it is no 'Secrets of a Successful Marriage'. Still, it … They’ve only done 13 Christmas episodes. The idea that his life is so empty that he's genuinely excited to spend Christmas trapped at work is perfectly true to the character, even if the episode itself doesn't get all the nuance. On The Simpsons Season 32 Episode 10, a cable channel films a Christmas movie in Springfield, and Skinner falls in love in the holiday-themed episode. The Simpsons Movie, a feature-length film, was released in theaters worldwide on July 26 and 27, 2007 and grossed US$526.2 million worldwide. But, to be fair, Bart’s Christmas-ruining in “Miracle on Evergreen Terrace” comes about as a complete accident—though one fueled by selfishness. Miracle on Evergreen Terrace. That’s not to say that this is only worth watching a history piece. Menu. Having run for over 30 years and 649 episodes, The Simpsons has had its fair share of Christmas specials. Club, Gamasutra, USgamer, and many others. There are tons of Homer and Bart episodes, but this is one of the rare stories to nail Marge's relationship with her special little guy. The brand new football show from Joe Cole and Tom Davis. Since The Simpsons’ immediate rise to fame shortly after its premiere, the show’s producers have played their Christmas cards carefully. No one needs an Xmas special where Krusty converts to Christianity. And the full month between said special and the first season’s start only made The Simpsons’ take on Christmas more popular. While most year-long TV series typically produce an annual holiday episode, The Simpsons tends to be much choosier when it comes to Christmas content. Since its official debut on December 17, 1989, The Simpsons has been synonymous with the holiday season. Nothing says the mid-teen seasons of The Simpsons like going through the motions, and damn, if 'Tis the Fifteenth Season’ isn't just lumbering through those motions. It is delightful. Check out the special version of The Simpsons opening credits made for the December 15th episode, "White Christmas Blues." 10 The Fight Before Christmas (Season 22, Episode 8) "The Flight Before Christmas" takes a page from the "Treehouse of Horror" episodes by telling three separate Christmas stories. And then, the episode itself has nothing to do with Christmas, being a Sideshow Bob story with Bart trapped down a well (didn’t they already do that?). Katy Perry turns up in a vinyl dress I can't believe got past Fox's standards and practices, and the episode ends with the Moe puppet appearing to perform cunnilingus on Perry. Bart’s attempt to win his mom over again gives “Marge Be Not Proud” the most heartwarming ending of any Christmas episode—one the writers aren’t afraid to immediately undercut afterwards with a look at the lousy (unbeknownst to her) video game she bought him. It’s a nice satire on a media circus, if not quite 'Homer Badman', with the family essentially getting milkshake ducked after losing all their possessions on Christmas Eve. The true series finale—whenever that happens—will have to work pretty hard to beat this one. It also became apparent that the show didn't actually do many holiday episodes during its so-called 'golden-era' - seasons two to about nine, give or take. Many shows have done the “presents don’t matter” holiday message before, but only The Simpsons would deploy this moral using mob justice. In fact, the first-ever episode of The Simpsons to air was a Christmas special. The Simpsons Halloween episodes are obviously beloved, allowing the show to do anything from CGI animation to elaborate parodies of The Shining. And arguably, there is no greater emotional ringer in the show’s thirty years than the seventh season’s Christmas episode. However, over the show's current 32 season span, it has had 15 Christmas episodes, with a new one set to be released 13th December. Still watchable though. In fact, the first full-length episode of “The Simpsons”- “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire” – was a Christmas episode. “Bart ruins Christmas” seems to be a common thread throughout these holiday Simpsons episodes. The Simpsons have pumped out many a Christmas episode – but what is the best? Marge Be Not Proud. It ends on a shamelessly tear-jerking, heart-warming moment – but what Bart goes through in the lead up in excruciating. The first holiday episode since the pilot, ‘Marge Be Not Proud’ is the one where is caught stealing a video game from the mall, and Marge finds herself unsure how to react. The Christmas-to-Christmas year-long time frame is nice, but this is standard stuff. Or... well, you see where I'm going with this. Follow him on Twitter @bobservo. When Marge refuses to buy him such an expensive, violent gift, Bart shoplifts a copy from the Try-N-Save, setting up some of the more heart-wrenching moments ever seen on The Simpsons. Homer’s plan backfires, though, when he misinterprets some Buddhist advice from Lisa and steals the townspeople’s gifts with the intent of burning them in the town square. Which was strange, as even though it is my favourite TV show of all time, like many people I haven't kept up with the newer series. Bob Mackey is Games Editor at Fandom. If you loved video games in the mid-’90s, “Marge Be Not Proud” definitely spoke to you with its pitch-perfect parodies when it aired in 1995. Then the finale goes completely nuts, in an elaborate Muppet Show riff, made with real live action and slightly terrifying puppets. Plus it gave us everyone's favourite adorable runt, Santa’s Little Helper. Gimmick episodes really tend to kick modern Simpsons out its rut, and the inventive character redesigns and backgrounds easily make up for any dud jokes here. She of Little Faith. Though launching with a Christmas special seems ingenious in retrospect, Fox originally planned to premiere the first season in the fall of 1989. 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BBC Radio 1 says it won’t play original version of Fairytale of New York this Christmas. “Simpsons Christmas Stories” – Original Air Date: December 11, 2005 This was right around the point where all the three-part episodes The Simpsons were doing started to really get tiresome. That’s fine, though, since this darkly comic Christmas adventure does a much better job of introducing the core cast than the true first episode where Bart squares off against his one-time enemy, The Babysitter Bandit. Release Calendar DVD & Blu-ray Releases Top Rated Movies Most Popular Movies Browse Movies by Genre Top Box Office Showtimes & Tickets Showtimes & Tickets In Theaters Coming Soon Coming Soon … Tis the 30th Season "Tis the 30th Season" is the tenth episode of Season 30. She Of Little Faith Season 13's She Of Little Faith is almost more of a Lisa episode than a Christmas episode, and is known as the episode in which Lisa converts to Buddhism. Regardless of holiday-content levels, ‘Homer Vs. Dignity’ is largely remembered for being one of the worst Simpsons episodes of all time – mostly for its mean-spirited main story, rehashing of overused set-up, and the infamous scene where Homer appears to be molested by a panda. After watching “Mr. Surprisingly, “Holidays of Future Passed” could very well have been The Simpsons series finale when it aired in 2011. Lovejoy has a crisis of faith. In an attempt to get the jump on Christmas presents, Bart wakes up before the rest of the family and digs into his bounty. In the 30 years of hilarity that followed, the holiday season has served … At its best, The Simpsons is probably the greatest and most important TV show of all time, but its fall from grace in the post-1990s era has been well documented. It might not hit the heights the show would in the years to come, but it remains a reassuring warm blanket of an episode, filled with fond memories, and that’s what a Christmas special should be. Unless you caught Fox’s famous cartoon family in their interstitial The Tracey Ullman Show shorts, they first entered your life in the form of a Christmas special. But a mishap with a remote control fire truck soon turns the tree and the gifts beneath into a congealed mass of melted plastic. He confesses to the family, who then has to share some of the guilt, and ultimately gets found out as a fraud when Kent Brockman’s crew uncovers the frozen Christmas blob where Bart buried it under snow. Bobby, It's Cold Outside. If an episode even mentioned Christmas it was thrown on this DVD. ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the town, not a creature was stirring – not even Krusty the Clown. This well-stuffed stocking of Simpsons Holiday Treats includes classic tales of the season, from Simpsons seasons one through seventeen. “Roasting on an Open Fire” doesn’t quite have the same energy as the more quoted episodes, but as an introduction to 30 years of The Simpsons, it certainly does a great job. Stream full episodes online & watch live Sundays at 8/7c! As such, we’re about to get in the holiday mood, Disney+ style. Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire. Or 'The Mysterious Voyage of Homer'. Urgh. The Simpsons Christmas is available for streaming on FOX, both individual episodes … Even though Bart’s ready to take his medicine, the punishment he receives is far worse than anything he anticipated: complete emotional detachment from Marge. Expect him to move in with the Simpsons for an episode around season 36. And despite being a possible series finale, this episode doesn’t focus on The Simpsons we know and love. Simpson Christmas (Tracy Ullman show The Simpsons Short) Simpson’s roasting on an open fire (Season 1 episode 1) Marge be not proud (Season 7 episode 11) Miracle on Evergreen Terrace (Season 9 episode 10) Grift of the Magi (Season 11 episode 9) Skinner’s sense of snow (Season 12 episode 8) I've watched the Simpsons on and off since they first aired when I was in 3rd grade. Even though “Holidays of Future Passed” contains plenty of Futurama-style jokes about things to come, the pure emotionality shines through and gives the series a nice sense of closure. For this particular Christmas, Bart has his eyes set on Bonestorm: An uber-violent take on Mortal Kombat that honestly doesn’t feel that ridiculous 20 years later. S32, Ep5 It turned out to be a more mammoth task than expected - while there are several fully-festive episodes, many just start or end during the holidays. It was kind of like hanging around with someone you were best mates with in year seven, but now they are weird and really into World of Warcraft and samurai swords, and it's just not the same. Only someone who truly loves you can get you a gift so, so close to what you want that also misses the mark so spectacularly. ‘Gone Boy’ opens with a wonderful Christmas-ized version of the familiar Simpsons opening credits – Bart is on a snowboard instead of a skateboard, the nuclear plant becomes Santa’s workshop, everyone has elf ears. The Simpsons is an Emmy Award-, Annie Award- and Peabody Award-winning animated comedy. Since joining the games press in 2007, he's written for sites like 1UP, Joystiq, The A.V. If you’re looking to watch some holiday appropriate Simpsons episodes in this, the season of nog, you can’t go wrong with our top five. Hilariously, Gere teaches her about being Buddhist while Marge works on bribing her back into celebrating Christmas. "Simpsons Christmas Stories" is the ninth episode of The Simpsons' seventeenth season. Irish ban on travel from United Kingdom likely to be extended this week, Matt Hancock criticises "totally irresponsible behaviour" of people fleeing London for Christmas. However, Homer and the kids surprise Marge with a vacation to a Florida resort. "Simpsons Christmas Stories" tells three separate holiday stories. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. The Simpsons have always loved to feature episodes in which they tell various stories within one episode.The Treehouse of Horror specials famously do this and in their 17th season, they attempted to recreate it with a Christmas episode. Every minor character eventually ends up moving in with the Simpsons at some point – it is practically Springfield by-law by now. QUIZ: How well do you remember the football that happened in 2020? 13. 14) "Simpson Christmas Stories" - Season 17, Episode 9 (Photo: FOX) Likely due to the success they found with the "Treehouse of Horror" concept, The Simpsons would go on to … The first two instalments are pretty great - first, Bart goes to a trippy Santa's Workshop, and then Marge stars in an Inglourious Basterds parody. It is hard to overstate how revolutionary this first episode would have felt, with its elaborate tattoo removal lasers and parade of deadbeat Santas. The Simpsons only started really doing Christmas episodes towards the end of the 1990s – hence there’s not many from the shows golden era. Go watch that King of the Hill Christmas special where Bill ends up wearing his ex-wife's dress instead. Holidays of Future Passed. And it is... not good. 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