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. 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, Amazon.com
"Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" (7G08)
In the pilot episode of The Simpsons, the family prepares for the holidays. Homer is forced to resort to desperate measures when his Christmas bonus is canceled and Marge's family money goes to erase the tattoo son Bart thought would be a perfect gift.
Familial bliss is the order of the day at Homer's company picnic, where seeing families actually being nice to each other inspires Homer to order the Simpsons to a family therapist, as advertised on TV.
Terrorized by school bully Nelson Muntz, Bart seeks counsel from "the toughest Simpson alive," but Grampa Simpson defers to warfare expert Herman, who emphasizes troop strength, training discipline and strategy.
The meaning of life and her existence in the second grade have Lisa
playing the blues solo---until she meets Bleeding Gums Murphy. Meanwhile winless Homer seeks tutelage from others to beat Bart at video boxing.
After flushing a cherry bomb down the school toilet, Bart is sent to France via a student exchange, and ends up working for some crooks who want to put anti-freeze in the wine. Meanwhile, the Simpsons receive Adil Hoaxha, an Albanian exchange student who is actually a spy.
No one is sadder than Bart when his TV hero Krusty the Clown is
arrested for a convenience-store robbery, and witness Homer has to
testify against the clown. Kelsey Grammer guest stars for the first time as Sideshow Bob.