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The Simpsons: The Complete First Season [Import]

4.4 out of 5 stars 551 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner, Yeardley Smith, Harry Shearer
  • Directors: Brad Bird, David Silverman, Gregg Vanzo, Kent Butterworth, Milton Gray
  • Writers: Al Jean
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Fox Video (Canada) Limited
  • Release Date: Sept. 25 2001
  • Run Time: 394 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 551 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00005ML6Y
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The 13 episodes on The Simpsons - The Complete First Season 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."

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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Format: DVD
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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Don't get me wrong. I bought the DVD set, and I'm glad to have it. But that doesn't change the fact that these are some of the weakest "Simpsons" episodes ever made.
Of course, it's important to remember two things:
- Even a bad "Simpsons' episode is better than the best episode of, say, "The Family Guy."
- It's easy to diss "The Simpsons"' season 1 in hindsight, having seen the great things that were to come. On its own, season 1's not bad at all.
Of the episodes on this disk, my favorites are "Bart the Genius," "Bart the General," and "Moaning Lisa." Other than audio commentary by Matt Groening and others involved in the production of "The Simpsons," the special features aren't particularly exciting. The purported "unaired episode" is just an unaired version of "Some Enchanted Evening" (the one with the Babysitter Bandit).
I'm still giving this DVD 4 stars. Why? As a sign of things to come -- I'm *really* looking forward to the Seasons 2-10 DVDs -- and because it's nice to have the episodes available uncut after so many years of watching them in syndication.
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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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Format: DVD
This set represents the first of an expected 12 (more?) seasons of the Simpsons to be released on DVD. The current plan is to release 2-3 seasons a year. The second season will be released in time for Christmas.
Since the first season was shorter, this first disc has many extras. First, all of the shorts from the Tracy Ullman show will be there. Also, there will be a "lost" episode included.
Fox must be commended in releasing these discs. When they were preparing to release the discs, they went to the fans, and asked how we would like them released. As season packs? How many extras? How often? Rarely does a publisher care that much.
Specific Contents:
There are 48 shorts from 3 seasons (1987-1989) of the Tracy Ullman Show.
The first season (1989-1990) includes:
7G08 Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire
7G02 Bart the Genius
7G03 Homer's Odyssey
7G04 There's No Disgrace Like Home
7G05 Bart the General
7G06 Moaning Lisa

7G09 Call of the Simpsons
7G07 The Tell-Tale Head
7G11 Jacques To Be Wild (aka Life on the Fast Lane)
7G10 Homer's Night Out
7G13 The Crepes of Wrath
7G12 Krusty Gets Busted
7G01 Some Enchanted Evening

The Simpsons is the longest running comedy, longest running prime time animated series, and is definately some of the wisest, best written comedy and satire ever put on TV. God Bless Fox for giving them all to us.
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