The Simpsons Christmas

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  • TV-14
  • 1989
  • 1 Season
  • 8.7  (435,879)

The Simpsons Christmas Special, also known as "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire," is an early holiday-themed episode of the popular American animated sitcom, The Simpsons. It was first broadcast on December 17, 1989, and is notable for being the first full-length episode of the series. The show, created by Matt Groening, follows the lives of a dysfunctional nuclear family living in the fictional town of Springfield.

The Christmas special begins with the family attending a Christmas pageant at Springfield Elementary School, where Lisa Simpson plays the role of an angel in the school play. However, things quickly take a turn for the worse when Homer, the patriarch of the Simpson family, accidentally ruins the show by exposing himself onstage while disguised as Santa Claus.

After the mishap, the Simpsons head to the local shopping mall to do some last-minute Christmas shopping. While there, Bart Simpson decides to get a tattoo, despite his family's objections. However, the tattoo artist ends up spelling "Mother" wrong, leading to the family having to pay more money to get it fixed.

As the family is leaving the mall, they stumble upon a greyhound race track, where they see a mistreated greyhound named Santa's Little Helper. Feeling sorry for the mistreated animal, the Simpsons decide to adopt him and give him a new home.

The rest of the episode follows the family as they struggle to acclimate to life with their new pet, including dealing with his destructive behavior and training him for a race at the track in order to win some much-needed money.

The Simpsons Christmas Special is a heartwarming tale that shows the importance of family and compassion during the holiday season. The episode also features some classic holiday-themed moments, such as the Simpson family singing Christmas carols and decorating their tree, as they try to make the most of the holiday season despite their financial struggles.

The show features an all-star cast of voice actors, including Dan Castellaneta as Homer Simpson, Nancy Cartwright as Bart Simpson, Harry Shearer as Mr. Burns and Ned Flanders, and Julie Kavner as Marge Simpson. These talented actors bring the animated characters to life, providing entertaining and memorable performances that have made The Simpsons one of the most beloved television shows of all time.

Despite being over 30 years old, The Simpsons Christmas Special still resonates with audiences today, offering a timeless message of hope and joy during the holiday season. The episode has become a classic in its own right, and continues to be enjoyed by audiences young and old every year.

In conclusion, The Simpsons Christmas Special is a must-watch for fans of the show and anyone who loves heartwarming holiday stories. With its talented voice cast, memorable characters, and classic storyline, this episode is sure to entertain and inspire viewers for years to come.

The Simpsons Christmas is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (7 episodes). The series first aired on December 17, 1989.

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Simpsons Christmas Stories
7. Simpsons Christmas Stories
December 18, 2005
The Simpsons appear in three Christmas tales: the story of the birth of Jesus; a World War II tale featuring Grampa, Mr. Burns, and Santa; and a musical featuring "The Nutcracker Suite."
Tis The Fifteenth Season
6. Tis The Fifteenth Season
December 14, 2003
As Christmas approaches, Homer discovers the true meaning of the season after watching an animated version of A Christmas Carol on television. Flanders finds it impossible to live as the second-nicest guy in town.
Dude, Where's My Ranch?
5. Dude, Where's My Ranch?
April 27, 2003
While vacationing at a dude ranch, Lisa falls for a cute 13-year-old cowboy; Homer vows to stop beavers who've dammed a river and kept Native Americans from their land.
Skinner's Sense of Snow
4. Skinner's Sense of Snow
December 17, 2000
As Christmas approaches, a winter snowstorm traps Bart, Lisa and their fellow students inside Springfield Elementary, where Principal Skinner attempts to keep chaos from erupting.
Grift of the Magi
3. Grift of the Magi
October 5, 2005
As the Christmas holiday approaches...Springfield Elementary closes its doors for financial reasons, only to reopen when a mysterious organization steps in to help.
Miracle on Evergreen Terrace
2. Miracle on Evergreen Terrace
December 21, 1997
People throughout Springfield open their hearts--and wallets--after Bart claims the family's Christmas presents were stolen by a burglar.
Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire
1. Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire
December 17, 1989
After Bart's tattoo removal, Homer's failure as a department store Santa, and a bad day at the dog track, Christmas prospects look dim for the Simpsons.
Where to Watch The Simpsons Christmas
The Simpsons Christmas is available for streaming on the FOX website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Simpsons Christmas on demand at Amazon and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    December 17, 1989
  • IMDB Rating
    8.7  (435,879)