The Simpsons Quiz: How Well Do You Remember Season 1?

As the show turns 30, how much do you recall about its debut year?

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The Simpsons is a TV show unlike any other.

With its 30th season underway, what started as a short on The Tracey Ullman Show in the 1980s is now the biggest television franchise of all time, with the eponymous yellow family now more globally recognised and influential than most real people could ever hope to be.

The first 10-12 seasons (depending on who you ask) of the show are all glorious, with bad episodes being rarer than a sober Barney Gumble, a pacifist Nelson Muntz, or the day when Lisa agrees to go on a date with Millhouse.

But amongst the golden era of the show lies a very interesting season - the show's very first outings, which aired between 1989 and 1990.

The show feels very different in these early episodes - everything from the characterisation to the humour to the animation style is totally different to the episodes that follow. Whether this is good or bad depends on your preference.

Regardless of your views on the show's debut season, its significance in Simpsons history (and indeed TV history) cannot be understated. But how much do you remember about one of the most important seasons of any television programme ever made?

1. What Was The Name Of The Show’s First Ever Episode, Which Aired On 17th December 1989?

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Jacob Simmons has a great many passions, including professional wrestling, music, watching random clips from The Simpsons on YouTube at 3am and writing about himself in the third person.