27 Facts About ‘The Simpsons’ You Probably Didn’t Know

‘The Simpsons’ have been deemed as ‘America’s Favorite Family’ by many people from all across the world over the years, and it’s true!

There’s nothing else I love more than sitting on my couch, laughing along to the latest Simpson shenanigans.

It’s the best way to spend an afternoon!

The cartoon focuses on Homer, Marge, Lisa, Bart, and Magie, and their weird and wacky lives in Springfield!

Seriously, they get up to some pretty weird stuff!

The show actually started as a series of short cartoons for The Tracey Ullman Show in 1987, but after three seasons, it soon was commissioned into being a prime-time cartoon series in 1989!

This beloved family hasn’t looked back since!

The show has been on our screens for 29 seasons, and has had 620 episodes air!

Talk about an impressive number!

The Simpsons are on our screens on a weekly basis, but just how much do we know about our favorit family?

Here are some incredible Simpsons facts you probably didn’t know about!

1. Many Jobs

Despite working at the nuclear power plant, Homer has had 187 other jobs over the course of the show.

2. Star Power

When Michael Jackson guest starred in an episode of the Simpsons, he wouldn’t allow the show to use his name at all, so they credited him as “John Jay Smith.”

3. Flowers

The writers of The Simpsons sent flowers to the writers of South Park soon after South Park parodied Family Guy in an episode of the show!

4. One But Not Both

Smithers was originally drawn as African-American. But, the writers that having a character that was black and gay was too much for the show!

5. Lockers

Bart’s locker combination is 36-24-26, which are the numbers from AC/DC’s “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”.

6. Children

One of Cletus’s children is actually named after Crystal Meth.

7. Email Address

Homer’s email address is [email protected] I wonder if I could actually email him?

8. A Hit Single

“Do the Bartman” was actually a big hit in England and Australia. It topped the UK and Australian singles charts in 1990 but it was never released as a single in the US!

9. Dare Devil

Matt Groening, the creator of the show, actually has a favorite episode which is “Bart the Daredevil”.

10. Real And Fiction

Elizabeth Taylor, Susan Sarandon, Alec Baldwin, Mark Hamill, Steve Buscemi, and Joe Mantegna are the only actors to play themselves and a fictional character on the show.

11. One And Only

Yeardley Smith, the actress who voices Lisa, is the only cast member to voice one regular character on the show.

12. Crows

The sound of crows is played in almost every establishing shot of the Springfield Power Plant. I bet you didn’t know that!

13. All Over The World

The Simpsons have visited every continent during the course of the show.

14. Emmy Winners

Anne Hathaway, Kelsey Grammer, and Jackie Mason have actually won Emmys for their outstanding voiceover work for The Simpsons.

15. Couch Scene

The couch skit in the opening credits is a way to adjust the show’s running time to the necessary length. If it’s a short episode, they’ll make a longer couch gag to make up the time difference.

16. Italian

Milhouse’s middle name is Mussolini. His grandmother is Italian and speaks Italian fluently.

17. 2082

Fox owns the rights to the show until 2082. Now that’s what I call forward planning!

18. Meh!

The Simpsons popularised the word “meh”.

19. Krusty

Originally, Krusty was going to be Homer’s secret identity.

That’s why the two look similar and even share mannerisms. But they never went through with it because it would complicate the show too much!

20. McBain

When all the McBain scenes from The Simpsons are played back to back, they actually form a proper movie plot!

21. The Final

Showrunner Al Jean wants to end the final episode of The Simpsons with the arrival at a Christmas pageant. Why?

Because this is how the first episode started, and would make the entire show one continuous loop! Clever, right?

22. Original Words

Both “embiggen” and “cromulent” are words invented by The Simpsons, words which are even in research materials and are even in the dictionary!

23. Street Names

A lot of characters are named after streets in Portland, Oregon, the place where Matt Groening grew up!

There’s a Van Houten Avenue, a Quimby Street, and even a Terwilliger Boulevard.

24. A Quick Flash

Most characters are yellow to grab you attention.

According to Matt Groening, “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”.

25. Always Homer

Homer is the only character in the show to have dialogue in every single episode.

26. Side Show 

Sideshow Bob is voiced by Kelsey Grammer who is also known as Frasier.

Sideshow Bob’s brother is voiced by David Hyde Pierce, who also plays Frasier’s brother.

So, it only made sense that they had Sideshow Bob’s father voiced by the same guy who voiced Frasier’s dad!

27. Brat

Matt Groening’s real-life parents are actually named Homer and Marge, and his sisters are named Maggie and Lisa.

Originally, Matt’s name was going to be in the mix, but he decided to us Bart instead because it was an anagram of “brat”.