Simpsons - Season 1

The Simpsons - Season 1

Director: Brad Bird, Dan Castellaneta, David Silverman, Kent Butterworth

Cast: Brad Bird, Dan Castellaneta, David Silverman, Kent Butterworth


Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Jason Bergenfeld
Evolving from a crudely drawn, recurring vignette on The Tracey Ullman Show to a cultural icon (appearing now in the dictionary: "D'oh!"), The Simpsons easily ranks among the greatest programs in TV history. The first animated series to become a prime-time ratings powerhouse, the show remains the litmus test for offerings in that genre. After the series pilot -- a 1989 Christmas special, also included here -- proved a hit for the fledgling Fox Broadcast Network, the series officially launched on January 14, 1990, and underground comic book artist Matt Groening was soon well above ground. The premiere episode, "Bart the Genius," found Bart (Nancy Cartwright) cheating on an IQ test, leading parents Homer (Dan Castellaneta) and Marge (Julie Kavner) to enroll him in a school for gifted children. Naturally, his oft-ignored and truly gifted sister Lisa (Yeardley Smith) was peeved. Absurdist yet very human and grounded in traditional family values, The Simpsons drew lots of fans and a bit of controversy. Brash and irreverent, it paved the way not only for subsequent Fox entries such as King of the Hill but also for such rule-breaking cable hits as Beavis and Butt-head and South Park. Highlights of the first Simpsons season run the gamut: from "Bart the General," in which a bullied Bart stands up to his longtime schoolyard foe Nelson Muntz, to "The Crepes of Wrath," in which Bart crosses the Atlantic in a student-exchange program while his family welcomes an Albanian boy with a suspicious interest in Homer's work at the power plant. A mix of biting satire and postmodern slapstick peppered with sly pop-culture references, The Simpsons tackled prime-time taboos with vigor and sass. Where else but in our weekly visit to Springfield could we expect laugh-out-loud fun with shock therapy, childhood depression, or even adultery? As loyal viewers say week after week, "Only on The Simpsons." The 13 episodes included in this collection are "Some Enchanted Evening," "Bart the Genius," "Homer's Odyssey," "There's No Disgrace Like Home," "Bart the General," "Moaning Lisa," "The Telltale Head," "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire," "Call of the Simpsons," "Homer's Night Out," "Life in the Fast Lane," "Krusty Gets Busted," and "The Crepes of Wrath."
Entertainment Weekly
The three-disc set is buoyed by bountiful goodies, including hilarious running commentary from Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, and the rest of the original team, and the much-nattered-about-but-never-seen original pilot episode (''Some Enchanted Evening''). Daniel Fierman

Product Details

Release Date:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Disc 1: Audio commentaries on each episode, original script of "Bart the Genius," original script of "Moaning Lisa." Disc 2: Audio commentaries on each episode. Disc 3: Original script of "Some Enchanted," unaired episode with optional commentary, animatic: "Bart the General" with commentary, Albert Brooks outtakes, "America's First Family" BBC Special, "Bart T-shirt Controversy" from ABC News, "Tracy Ulmann: Good Night Simpsons," seven foreign language clips, early sketches, 12 stills and magazine covers.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dan Castellaneta Actor,Voice Only,Homer Simpson,Krusty The Clown
Nancy Cartwright Voice Only,Bart Simpson,Actress
Julie Kavner Actress,Voice Only,Marge Simpson
Harry Shearer Actor,C. Montgomery Burns,Voice Only,Herman,Principal Skinner
Maggie Roswell Voice Only
Yeardley Smith Lisa Simpson
Albert Brooks Jacques
Ron Taylor Bleeding Gums Murphy

Technical Credits
Brad Bird Director
David Silverman Director
Kent Butterworth Director
Wesley M. Archer Director
Gregg Vanzo Director
Milton Gray Director

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