“The Simpsons” TV show started 27 years ago, and today it is a well-known international comic institution. Here are 20 fun facts about one of the funniest cartoon in the last 30 years…
The number that Bart dials when he calls Moe’s Tavern to prank him is 764-84377. This number is one digit longer than the usual American phone number and if you turn it to letters, it says “SMITHERS”.
We all noticed that everyone from Springfield is yellow. Have you ever wondered why is that so? “An animator came up with “the Simpsons” yellow and as soon as she showed it to me I said:”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.” explains the creator Matt Groening.
The Homer’s saying “D’oh!”, when an episode that you’re watching is dubbed in French, is translated to “T’oh!” and in the Spanish is “Ouch!”.
The Oxford English Dictionary actually added the word “d’oh” to the list in 2001 and it is spelled “doh”. The meaning of the word is:” 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.”
Every character in the show has only four fingers. The God is the only one that has been given all five fingers.
Making of each episode takes around six to eight months.
Lisa’s 8th birthday has been celebrated on two totally different episodes.
Supermarket, skateboarding, Lisa playing saxophone and couch stunts are the show’s usual intro, but in one episode, its creators broke that trend. Instead of that, they put a cover of Ke$ha’s “Tik-Tok” and her response was just a simple tweet of “Wooo!!”.
Matt Groening, the show’s creator, is the voice behind the sound of Maggie’s “sucking”.
By the words of former US President George Bush, The Simpsons were to blame for society’s problems. He also said that families in America should be more like The Waltons than The Simpsons.
Middle name of Milhouse Van Houten is Mussolini.
The show’s animators had a problem in the episode “Angry Dad”. In this episode, Bart draws a cartoon/comic and no one could do the drawings to look like a child did them, so a son of one of the animators did them.
Matt Groening’s comic strip called “Life in Hell” has Maggie’s stuffed bunny as the main character.
If an episode is made a little bit shorter, the couch gag in the opening scene will be longer, and it will be shorter if an episode is longer.
To keep fans guessing in which state the Simpsons live in, Matt Groening called the town Springfield, because there are many different cities called just like that.
Street names in Groening’s hometown Portland, Oregon are the last names of many characters in the show.
24601 was principal Skinner’s prisoner number in Vietnam. Twin Peaks Hank Jennings and Les Miserables Jean Valjean both had this same Prisoner number.
Today, six main voice actors for the show earn £400,000 per episode. From 1998 to 2004 they would get $125,000 per show and before 1998, their earnings were “just” $30,000 per episode.
Robert Underdunk Terwilliger is the actual name of Sideshow Bob.
Danny Elfman needed only two days to compose the show’s famous theme tune back in 1989.