Specials

Specials (1987)




Episodes List

Ep.1 Good Night

Air Date: 1987-04-19

Good Night was the first ever Simpsons short to air on The Tracey Ullman Show. The five main family members - Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie - were first introduced in this short. Homer and Marge attempt to calm their children to sleep, with the opposite results. Maggie can be heard saying "good night". She rarely talks throughout the run of the series.

Ep.2 Watching TV

Air Date: 1987-05-03

Bart and Lisa quarrel during commercial breaks over what channel they'll watch. Repeatedly Maggie comes up to the television and changes the channel. Later Homer is saying some speech about family matters then stops when the show comes back on. A piece of music from the Tracey Ullman show plays at one part or another during the short.

Ep.3 Jumping Bart

Air Date: 1987-05-10

Homer makes several attempts to have Bart jump into his arms. Each time Bart jumps Homer is distracted and fails to catch him. Towards the end of the episode boxing gloves are delivered, presumably the ones used in the episode Punching Bag.

Ep.4 Babysitting Maggie

Air Date: 1987-05-31

Marge puts Bart and Lisa in charge of babysitting Maggie. They watch TV while Maggie gets electrocuted, falls down the stairs, and falls off the roof. Maggie sticks a fork in an electrical socket thereby electocuting herself, she crawls up the stairs and falls down them in insane Slinky fashion then she climbs onto the roof in hot pursuit of a butterfly, and falls off it.

Ep.5 The Pacifier

Air Date: 1987-06-21

Lisa and Bart try to get Maggie to stop sucking on her pacifier, but Maggie, who has an entire drawer full of them, refuses to kick the habit.

Ep.6 Burping Contest

Air Date: 1987-06-28

Despite Marge's objections, Bart, Lisa and even Maggie compete in a contest to see who can make the most disgusting burp.

Ep.7 Dinner Time

Air Date: 1987-07-12

Marge serves the family purple goop for dinner, insisting that they say grace first.

Ep.8 Making Faces

Air Date: 1987-09-22

Despite Marge's warnings, the kids make faces. Maggie unclearly speaks in this episode.

Ep.9 The Funeral

Air Date: 1987-10-04

Bart is determined to see his uncle's corpse...but not for long. This is the only appearance of Uncle Hubert.

Ep.10 Maggie's Brain

Air Date: 1987-10-11

Bart and Lisa wonder what's inside Maggie's mind.

Ep.11 Football

Air Date: 1987-10-18

Homer teaches Bart about the importance of Football.

Ep.12 House of Cards

Air Date: 1987-10-25

Bart tries to make a house of cards, but Lisa Maggie make noises that have the "house" fall every time.

Ep.13 Bart and Homer's Dinner

Air Date: 1987-11-01

Bart can't stomach it when he and Homer are forced to fend for themselves.

Ep.14 Space Patrol

Air Date: 1987-11-08

Bart, Lisa and Maggie play a game of "Space Patrol" while Homer and Marge are out. Lisa plays a superhero with Maggie as her sidekick, while Bart puts a jug on his head with the pretense of it being the helmet of an alien warlord. However, his head accidentally plops into it and the jug is left stuck on his head. Lisa "frees" Bart from the jug using a croquet mallet. Lisa and Maggie then hide, allowing Bart, stumbling in a daze amongst pieces of the precious broken jug lying on the floor, to take the blame.

Ep.15 Bart's Haircut

Air Date: 1987-11-15

Bart has his hair cut too short by a barber. This is the first time we hear a character from The Simpsons series say a curse word.

Ep.16 World War III

Air Date: 1987-11-22

Homer wakes up the family to practice for a nuclear drill... in the middle of the night.

Ep.17 The Perfect Crime

Air Date: 1987-12-13

Marge bakes a batch of delicious cookies. Bart attempts to steal them, but burns his fingers trying to pick them up. Everyone except Bart and Maggie leave the kitchen to let them cool down, and Bart takes this opportunity to swipe them, muttering to himself "Aha! The perfect crime!" Homer and Marge come back to find the tray empty. Marge suspects Maggie of eating the cookies, but as a witness she knows exactly who took them and guides them along a trail of cookies running across the floor. His family catch him lying on his back in his bedroom amidst a pile of cookie crumbs. Looking up at them with his stomach full, he groans, "There is no perfect crime." His head bangs back down on the ground and Maggie, secretively, snacks on an uneaten cookie.

Ep.18 Scary Stories

Air Date: 1987-12-20

Bart tells Lisa & Maggie a series of scary stories (in the middle of the dark) only to believe they're coming true.

Ep.19 Grampa and the Kids

Air Date: 1988-01-10

Grampa spends time with the kids. This is Grampa's first appearance.

Ep.20 Gone Fishin' (Sort of)

Air Date: 1988-01-24

Bart and Homer go on a fishing trip. Homer asks Bart for a bologna sandwich, but Bart forgot the bologna. He puts the bait on the sandwich instead. Later on they hit rapids and Homer is almost knocked unconscious. They later fall off of a waterfall.

Ep.21 Skateboarding

Air Date: 1988-02-07

Bart teaches his sisters how to skateboard...or is it the other way around.

Ep.22 The Pagans

Air Date: 1988-02-14

The kids discuss paganism. This is the first time Bart calls his dad "Homer".

Ep.23 Closeted

Air Date: 1988-02-21

Bart locks himself in the closet, and when he busts out, he finds out that the family has gone out without him.

Ep.24 The Aquarium

Air Date: 1988-02-28

At an aquarium Bart swims with the sharks...literally. This is the first time we see a naked Simpsons character. This also marks Lisa Simpson saying the word hell in this short.

Ep.25 Family Portrait

Air Date: 1988-03-06

Homer has trouble taking a normal family portrait.

Ep.26 Bart's Hiccups

Air Date: 1988-03-13

Lisa and Maggie try to cure Bart's hiccups...the hard way.

Ep.27 The Money Jar

Air Date: 1988-03-20

The kids try to steal money from Marge's money jar..

Ep.28 The Art Museum

Air Date: 1988-05-01

The Simpsons go to the art museum. This is the first time we hear Bart say "Whoooa, Mama!".

Ep.29 Zoo Story

Air Date: 1988-05-08

Homer unwisely teases a monkey at the zoo and gets a faceful of poo for his trouble. This is the shortest Simpsons Short.

Ep.30 Shut Up, Simpsons

Air Date: 1988-11-06

Maggie squeaks her toy, causing a chain reaction of anger in the family.

Ep.31 Shell Game

Air Date: 1988-11-13

Bart tries to hide the cookies he stole from the jar from his parents.

Ep.32 The Bart Simpson Show

Air Date: 1988-11-20

Bart puts on his own show after Homer tells him to stop watching cartoons. First appearance of Itchy and Scratchy. This is the first time we hear Lisa call her dad "Homer".

Ep.33 Punching Bag

Air Date: 1988-11-27

Bart, Lisa and eventually Marge take out their frustrations on a punching bag with Homer's picture on it.

Ep.34 Simpsons Christmas

Air Date: 1988-12-18

Bart's version of Christmas.

Ep.35 The Krusty the Clown Show

Air Date: 1989-01-15

The kids get to see Krusty's show live for the first time. First appearance of Krusty the Clown.

Ep.36 Bart the Hero

Air Date: 1989-01-29

Sent out to exercise, Bart foils a robbery attempt.

Ep.37 Bart's Little Fantasy

Air Date: 1989-02-05

Bart tells a story about large kids who throw their small parents into a small room.

Ep.38 Scary Movie

Air Date: 1989-02-12

Bart, Lisa and Maggie go to the movie to see "The Happy Little Elves Return" (much to Bart's dismay), but Bart convinces the girls to see "Space Mutants" instead. Guess who's the scaredy-cat!

Ep.39 Home Hypnotism

Air Date: 1989-02-19

Homer tries hypnosis to calm down his crazy kids.

Ep.40 Shoplifting

Air Date: 1989-02-26

Bart's attempt to swipe some chocolate is foiled.

Ep.41 Echo Canyon

Air Date: 1989-03-12

The family drives to Echo Canyon, takes turns making echoes, and Bart almost makes a boulder crunch the family car.

Ep.42 Bathtime

Air Date: 1989-03-19

Homer makes Bart take his "Sunday Night Bath", only to flood the bathroom. this is the last Simpsons short in which we see a naked Simpsons character.

Ep.43 Bart's Nightmare

Air Date: 1989-03-26

In this sequel to "Shell Game", Bart has a nightmare after eating every single cookie from the cookie jar.

Ep.44 Bart of the Jungle

Air Date: 1989-04-16

The kids swing from the trees off Homer's ties.

Ep.45 Family Therapy

Air Date: 1989-04-23

Homer takes the family to a psychologist. This is last Tracey Ullman Short we hear a character from The Simpsons series say a curse word.

Ep.46 Maggie in Peril (Chapter One)

Air Date: 1989-04-30

Bart kicks Maggie's ball out of sight and she takes off to retrieve it back. (To be Continued...)

Ep.47 Maggie in Peril (The Thrilling Conclusion)

Air Date: 1989-05-07

Part 2. Maggie floats in the air hanging on to balloons and lands safely back in her playpen.

Ep.48 TV Simpsons

Air Date: 1989-05-14

Homer attempts to fix the television antenna on the roof.

Ep.49 Springfield's Most Wanted

Air Date: 1995-09-17

This special was aired before the premier of the 7th season opener; hosted by John Walsh (from the FOX series "Americas Most Wanted"), it offered up all sorts of theories and insights into who might have shot Montgomery Burns.

Ep.50 The Simpsons Movie

Air Date: 2007-07-27

After Homer accidentally pollutes the town's water supply, Springfield is encased in a gigantic dome by the EPA and the Simpsons family are declared fugitives.

Ep.51 The Wiggum Files

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Ep.52 Making Of

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Ep.53 The Simpsons' Christmas Message

Air Date: 2008-12-25

Marge comments on David and Victoria Beckham's marriage in a negative comparison with hers and Homer's, and compared the special relationship between the UK and the US to that of Mini Me and Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers films ("Helping out in all our zany schemes to take over the world"). Lisa Simpson also held a banner supporting Cornwall's secession: "UK OUT OF CORNWALL", while chanting "Rydhsys rag Kernow lemmyn" (freedom for Cornwall now).

Ep.54 Inside the actors' studio

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Ep.55 The world according to the simpsons

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Ep.56 A Culture Show Special

Air Date: 2007-07-25

Despite Marge's warnings, the kids make faces. Maggie unclearly speaks in this episode.

Ep.57 The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special in 3-D on Ice

Air Date: 2010-01-10

After getting lost in a game of hide-and-seek, Lisa wanders into the field and discovers three teenage girls who are practising Wiccans. Though she is sceptical of their spells, the girls assure Lisa that they never hurt anyone and ask her to join their coven. Just before Lisa is inducted into their pact, Chief Wiggum arrives and arrests the three girls for witchcraft and Lisa becomes the star witness in the trial.

Ep.58 Access All Areas

Air Date: 2010-01-11

In the first of Sky One's specials celebrating 20 years of "The Simpsons", Ricky Gervais takes you behind the scenes to see how the show is made, talking to those who put each episode together, plus celebrity fans like Simon Cowell and Hugh Hefner.

Ep.59 Mischief And Mayhem

Air Date: 2010-01-12

In the second of Sky One's specials celebrating 20 years of "The Simpsons", Ricky Gervais takes a look at the vast array of Simpsons merchandise the colourful characters have inspired and catches up with some of the programme's biggest devotees.

Ep.60 Celebrity Friends

Air Date: 2010-01-13

In the third of Sky One's specials celebrating 20 years of "The Simpsons", Ricky Gervais speaks to a selection of the huge number of celebrities who have guest-starred on the show over the years.

Ep.61 The Longest Daycare

Air Date: 2013-03-17

The youngest member of the Simpson family has a big adventure at the 'Ayn Rand School for Tots' in this Oscar-nominated animated short film.