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15 Mind-Blowing Facts You Didn’t Know About The Simpsons

The Simpson which is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening has become iconic for years. And it has been 26 seasons and the beloved animated show is going strong as ever. We never forget every member of the iconic yellow-skinned family. Needless to say, The Simpsons has a lot of fans supporting the film and include an incredibly recognizable pool of character thanks to their comedic gags and adult humor.

Although The Simpson is famous for its comedy, the film is not just a film to entertain. Indeed, it contains a lot of meaningful stories and even reflects social problems in real life. Hence, there’re many metaphors or facts about The Simpson.

Today, we have compiled a list of 15 exciting facts about the iconic film that will leave you in awe. Let’s scroll down and enjoy!

#1 The Simpsons is based on creator Matt Groening’s family

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Matt Groening certainly knows how to equip his environment for profit, and The Simpsons is proof of that. Matt based the Simpsons family on his own family.

Corresponding to the cartoon family, Matt’s father’s name is Homer. His mother’s name is Margaret. His two younger sisters are named Lisa and Maggie. As far as Bart knows, Matt’s brother Mark was the inspiration and the character’s name is an anagram of a kid.

#2 The six lead actors get $300,000 per episode

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As the show’s voice actors, the main voice actors received $30,000 per episode until 1998. Asking for a raise, they were paid $125,000 per episode from 1998 to 2004. Things didn’t stop there when the show started making tons of money from their DVDs and the voice actors asked for another raise, resulting in their salaries being between $250,000 and $360,000 per episode.

In 2008, the cast wanted a “salary increase” and it was raised to $400,000 per episode. Three years later, Fox threatened to cancel the show if production costs were not reduced, so the cast agreed to $300,000 per episode.

#3 President George H. W. Bush blamed Simpsons for society’s problems

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No stranger to controversies, The Simpsons features mind games with various celebrities and even politicians. In a 1992 speech, then-President George H. W. Bush expressed his distaste for the program and stated: “We are going to keep on trying to … make American families a lot more like the Waltons and a lot less like the Simpsons.”

The show’s writers prepared a witty response to the President when a short segment was produced featuring Bart Simpson, who sarcastically exclaimed: “Hey, we’re just like the Waltons. We’re praying for an end to the Depression, too.”

#4 The Simpsons is a spin-off show

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Initially starting with short segments for The Tracey Ullman Show, the dear family was introduced as animated stories before and after the commercial pause. Running for four seasons, the show fell apart but it was just the beginning of something special.

Acknowledging strong potential in the show, The Simpsons was granted a very personal golden half-hour show to Fox Broadcasting Company in 1989 and the rest is history.

#5 Paul McCartney requested Lisa to be a vegetarian

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More than 600 celebrities have guest-starred on The Simpsons, a world record for most guest stars on a TV show, but Paul McCartney is the most important. The former Beatles member guest starred in the seventh season episode: “Lisa the Vegetarian” along with his wife Linda.

Still, things could be completely different for the fate of Lisa Simpson’s character if the studio doesn’t agree to McCartney’s condition: Lisa goes vegan for the duration of the film. With nineteen seasons followed, Lisa is still one.

#6 D’oh! has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary

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The annoyed grunt has been used by Homer Simpson a million times and a few times, even with family members and unrelated characters like Krusty the Clown and Mr. Burns. In 2001, D’oh! was amazingly added to the Oxford English Dictionary and is defined as:

“Expressing frustration at the realization that things have turned out badly or not as planned, or that one has just said or done something foolish. Also (usu. mildly derogatory): implying that another person has said or done something foolish.”

#7 French voice actors of Homer and Marge married in real life

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Over a thousand longtime fans of the series still enjoy watching The Simpsons with their lovers and spouses even to this day. While many of them have devoted themselves to the beloved animated series, none of them come close to the French voice actors of the on-screen couple Homer and Marge Simpson.

Quickly meeting each other while auditioning for the French version of the show, voice actors Phillipe Peythieu and Veronique Augereau not only landed the role but also won each other’s hearts and were married a decade later.

#8 Krusty the clown was almost Homer Simpson

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The striking resemblance between Krusty the Clown and Homer Simpson is barely noticeable. That’s because it was intended as a plot twist with Bart Simpson realizing that his clown idol was none other than his own father, whom he never respected. As the show’s popularity grew, Krusty as a character and original plans were scrapped.

#9 TIME Included Bart in 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century

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The principal called him rebellious, his sisters called him naughty, his parents called him unruly, and TIME Magazine named him one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century.

As amazing as it sounds, he’s the only fictional character on the entire list; a list featuring Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi, Muhammad Ali, Henry Ford, Marlon Brando, Walt Disney, Princess Diana, Winston Churchill, and even The Beatles.

#10 First Lady Barbara Bush received a real letter from Marge Simpson

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It’s no secret that many people are intrigued by The Simpsons and former First Lady Barbara Bush is one of them, calling it “the dumbest thing” she’s ever seen. Believe it or not, Barbara soon received a personal letter from Marge Simpson.

The concerned mother from the show politely admitted that her family was “a bit out of the ordinary” but she taught her kids not to say anything bad about anyone. Interestingly, Barbara replied to the letter and apologized for her “loose tongue”.

#11 Danny Elfman composed the theme in just three days

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In addition to being the most recognizable TV character of all time, the popular opening theme titled “The Simpsons Family Main Theme” is also one of the most familiar tunes ever. Composed by veteran Danny Elfman, it took him 3 days, 2 hours, 48 ​​minutes, and 19 seconds to create the track 1 minute 23 seconds.

The Simpsons theme won the Country Music Award for “Favorite TV Theme” in 2002 and won the BMI Television Music Award on three different occasions in 1996, 1998, and 2003.

#12 The reason behind characters being yellow

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Creator Matt Groening didn’t intend for his characters to be yellow, but when an animator drew them on yellow paper, he suddenly had the perfect idea for a powerful visual.

He explained to the BBC: “This is the answer! Because when you’re flicking through channels with your remote control, and a flash of yellow goes by, you’ll know you’re watching The Simpsons.”

#13 The Simpsons broke its couch tradition one time

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The Simpsons’ repetitive couch jokes present great creativity using cultural references, meta-templates, and humorous jokes. As a tradition that has spanned 26 seasons, the show actually neglected it once.

Kesha’s TikTok was the hottest song at the time of its release and was used to open the episode “To Surveil with Love”; the entire cast performed dubs for the song. One might think that Kesha would be grateful for the show but on the contrary, she simply tweeted “Wooo!!” as a reaction.

#14 The family guy crossover featured both show’s creators

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When it was announced that longtime rival animated show Family Guy would have a 45-minute special starring none other than The Simpsons, fans exploded with absolute anticipation. It’s interesting to see both of the show’s characters interact with each other, it’s interesting to note that their creators – in animated form – also appear in the episode.

In the court scene, not only are similar characters from both shows sitting side by side but The Simpsons creator Matt Groening and Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane are shown sitting at the far end of the room in the extreme left and right corners, respectively.

#15 Barney is not nelson’s father

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Yes, you read that right and we know one of the weirdest Simpsons facts, which is probably the biggest misconception about the beloved show and even many die-hard fans of The Simpsons as well. unaware of the fact that school bullies Nelson Muntz and the drunk town Barney Gumble has nothing to do with it.

Despite strong similarities such as disheveled hair, facial expressions, appropriate clothing, and difficulty adjusting to society, Nelson is neither Barney’s son nor relative.

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