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The Simpsons: Season 1

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America's first family of dysfunction, the Simpsons, appear in all their depraved glory in this wonderful DVD compilation of their show's premiere season. Fans accustomed to the slick appearance of the later episodes will be delighted by the rougher nature of these earlier episodes, when the characters weren't as well defined (Homer isn't quite as dumb as he is in later seasons) and the animation was still evolving. This only adds to the charm of these 13 episodes, which begin with "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire," the December 1989 Christmas special in which a down-and-out Simpson family adopt Santa's Little Helper. Throughout the season, familiar faces are introduced, as we catch first glimpses of Smithers, Mr. Burns, the Flanderses, and Patty and Selma. Highlights of the season include "The Crepes of Wrath," in which Bart is sent to France as an exchange student ("Don't mess up France the way you messed up your room"); "Bart the Genius," in which Bart ends up in a school for the gifted; and "Krusty Gets Busted," in which Bart's lifelong animosity with Sideshow Bob begins. --Jenny Brown

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The Simpsons: The Complete First Season

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Doublage en français Aug. 12 2004
À noter que la traduction française n'est pas celle du Québec, mais celle de la France. Pensez-y deux fois avant d'acheter. Vous trouverez la traduction du Québec à partir de la deuxième saison.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the simpsons rock Nov. 1 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I have been watching the Simpsons since 1989 . I was hooked then... some seasons are good some are great.......like everything else in life.......its nice to step out of reality once in a while......
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By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
I was one of those fans who watched The Simpsons from the very start; back in those days, even at college, all we had were rabbit ears to pick up the less than clear local Fox station - some folks back then, in 1989, still did not even have a local Fox station. Things have changed a whole lot since the thirteen-episode first season of this classic comedy, but in many ways The Simpsons has not. As I write this, the show's still going strong and building upon the work done all those years ago. While there was a bit of experimentation back in the early days, the characters emerged fully formed from the very first show. It's quite a treat to be able to watch these first thirteen episodes in order again and to reflect back upon the controversy and instant impact this animated show immediately made on popular culture.

I was amazed at how vibrant and familiar these first shows seemed; it seems like only yesterday that I was introduced to Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie, and all the denizens of Springfield. Every episode here is a classic. Watching There's No Disgrace Like Home, the third episode, I was unexpectedly taken back to the very beginning of Simpsons mania as I watched the Simpsons repeatedly administer shocks to themselves to the consternation of family therapist Marvin Monroe. And who could forget the terrible ordeal Bart endured at the hands of two French cretins (or little Adil Hoxha, foreign exchange student from Albania - a legend in the lore of Simpsons trivia) in The Crepes of Wrath. In terms of pure hilarity, look no farther than Homer's Night Out, in which Homer becomes the swingingest swinger in town and elicits a plea for help in the ladies' department from none other than Mr. Skinner himself.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An incredible series, but easily the worst season Oct. 13 2005
By Kevin Deluca TOP 500 REVIEWER
I'm not trying to make The Simpsons sound like a bad show or anything because it's one of my favourites, but the first season they were still working out a lot of the kinks, finding their identity. The episodes are "fine" which is the reason for the 3-star rating, but not the great ones that they started doing once season 2 started.
This set is strictly for completists (like myself), although the comments by Matt Groening on the inside of the cover should be worth an extra half-star.
It's good, but ALL the other seasons are better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem July 16 2004
This is a must buy for sure. The episodes may look badly animated, and they may not be as funny as the newer episodes, but I still laughed and laughed as the Simpsons crawled their way to fame. The Simpsons is the funniest tv show out there along side Family Guy. As for the episodes in this collection
well I can't complain. They are a very good start. There is only one episode in this season I didn't like and that was Moaning Lisa. I'll rate each episode out of 10.
Simpsons Roating On An Open Fire....7/10
Bart The Genius....7/10
Homers Odyssey....6/10
There's No Disgrace Like Home....8/10
Bart The General....8/10
Moaning Lisa....5/10 (The only episode I didn't really care for)
Call Of The Simpsons....8/10
The Telltale Head....7/10
Life On The Fast Lane....7/10
Homer's Night Out....6/10
The Crepes Of Wrath....9/10 (My favorite episode of the season)
Krusty Gets Busted....8/10
Some Enchanted Evening....7/10
So, I really recommend this set because you get to see the Simpsons back when they first came out. And soon we should have all the 15 seasons on dvd.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Simpsons' Odyssey June 20 2004
The rough animation and slower humor of the first season is in sharp contrast to the caustic satire of politics and the American lifestyle the writers would adopt for later seasons of the Simpsons. The show also relies heavily on the antics of the "bad-boy" behavior of Bart, evidenced by the prank phone calls and generally sub-par intellect of Bart that would be phased out by the third season, moving more to the socially relevant scripts.
In December 1989, America got it's first glimpse at the Simpsons in it's half hour format, with "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire", in which we see an early critique through the Simpson writers of the prototypical American family. Being the first produced half hour episode of the historic franchise, the Simpsons' wily dog Santa's Little Helper is absent in "Bart the Genious", which showcases the underachieving intellect of Bart that would be symbollic of the show in it's earlier years.
The show in it's first season borrows much of the personalities from it's time as crude filler material on The Tracey Ullman Show, taking another season to evolve to what the show would become for the next 6 years. Also, in the 13 episodes, the writers were very eclectic in the selection of characters as the center of each episode.
The season should be an eye opener to people as to how shows evolve over the course of years. The Simpsons in it's incipient stages on DVD is a must have for any fan.
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2.0 out of 5 stars No Quebec French traduction it's a bad thing!
No Quebec French traduction it's a bad thing! They lost a lot of people in Quebec for this first box released They should re release with the adjustement made!
Published on Aug. 27 2009 by Eric Berard
5.0 out of 5 stars Question
Does anyone know if the French track is the one from Quebec?
Thanks for the info!
Published on Oct. 6 2007 by Capucine
5.0 out of 5 stars Where it all started..
The simpson back in the late 80s started as comic strips then they began on the tracey ulman show then they got their own show. Read more
Published on Aug. 28 2007 by Tommy Sixx Morais
4.0 out of 5 stars Where it all started..
The simpson back in the late 80s started as comic strips then they began on the tracey ulman show then they got their own show. Read more
Published on Aug. 30 2006 by Tommy Sixx Morais
5.0 out of 5 stars It's finally here.
The beginning of a great series. If you love the Simpsons, this has to be added to your DVD collection.
Published on Dec 23 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Defining picture and sound!
The 5.1 Dolby Digital track is one of the best on any DVD, with pounding LFEs (check out the cherry-bomb-flushed-down-the-toilet from The Crepes of Wrath) and some excellent, but... Read more
Published on April 1 2005 by Nathan Redmond
5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of an institution!
...Mental institution, that is! The Simpsons have been gradually getting funnier and better every season and this is where it all started. Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2005 by Disco Stu
1.0 out of 5 stars sucks
all the old episodes aren't as funny sorry. I'd only buy this if i were a simpsons geek.
Published on July 15 2004 by kennyzombie
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