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The Simpsons: Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire (Pilot Episode) - Television Series Review

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by Alexander Dermer (subscribe)
Alex is a freelance writer, retail worker, short film maker, an avid lover of The Arts and always willing to explore.
Published December 14th 2012
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The one that started it all; the longest running animated series that we know today.

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Made way back when whilst The Simpsons were a little more innocent minded, 'twas an episode that introduced us to a special member of the Simpson clan; a very touching story titled; Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire. Not only was this the first Christmas fable from our favourite animated family, but it was also the first full-length episode to kick off its long awaited television debut. Aside from of course, the well loved run of Simpsons shorts, previously aired on The Tracey Ullman Show.

Gracie Films / 20th Century Fox Television

Unfortunately for The Simpson family, not everything goes to plan around this jolly season of giving; when Bart gets a tattoo which costs all of there money to remove, and Homer misses out on his end of year bonus. As Homer decides to keep the financial issues to himself, he tries full heartedly to make up for his cash squeeze in other various ways. Despite failed attempts as a shopping mall Santa, and betting in the dog races; Homer and his family, soon discover that there is much more than money as a key to Christmas happiness.

Gracie Films / 20th Century Fox Television

The overall tone in this episode is noticeably tamer, the jokes are more obvious, and somewhat "childlike"; however if your child is desperate to see The Simpsons, and you don't want them exposed to adult content, then this is the perfect place to start.

Gracie Films / 20th Century Fox Television

Although this episode is far from the show's prime, it is easily one of the more touching tales throughout it's 23 year movement; and even today, is still highly regarded amongst the masses of cartoon Christmas specials. The animation maybe a little crude, and the voice acting not quite at its best; however it is indeed obvious that The Simpsons had laid down its exuberant presence from the start, and 'twas a shining star of much better things to come. Like just about every episode of The Simpsons, this one has its fair share of laughs, and even if you're not the biggest fan, it's a nice change from Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol.

Gracie Films / 20th Century Fox Television


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Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire is available through The Simpsons: The Complete First Season DVD, and The Simpsons - Christmas DVD.

You can purchase The Simpsons: The Complete First Season DVD at Amazon and JBHIFI.

You can also purchase The Simpsons - Christmas DVD at Amazon and JBHIFI.

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