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    Very, very good episode! Not only is it the first full length episode aired, but it's the first episode with the beloved Simpson Mutt, Santa's Little Helper! (some of us more attentive viewers will notice that in the first episode in the production order, "Some Enchanted Evening" does not have SLH... well, that's because that was made before this episode)

    So, the story is that the Simpsons don't have a lot of money because they spent a lot of it trying to get Bart's tattoo removed, and, well... we all know the story. Homer gets a job as a mall Santa, technically making this the first "Homer gets a job" episode, not that it matters. Homer plays a great Santa Claus, until Bart rips off Homer's white beard. He didn't know about Homer's secret, that he got this job as a mall Santa.

    So, the job didn't work out too well, as Homer only got $13 from it in the end, what with all the fees. That's okay, as Bart is confident in a Christmas miracle. I always loved Bart's speech. He talks about how he's seen so many Christmas specials on television that he knows there's always a miracle on Christmas. It is a very good episode to introduce the Simpson family, as it shows how they have to steal a Christmas tree, and how their neighbors, the Flanders family, have much better decorations than them. (first appearance of Ned and Todd Flanders as well!)

    In the end, Homer bets the $13 on Santa's Little Helper, who was still racing at the racetrack at this time. Homer thought the name was a good sign, but Bart dismissed it as a coincidence. Bart was right, and the dog disowned. Bart wants them to keep the dog. Homer says "He's a loser! He's pathetic! He's... a Simpson." I thought that scene was very touching.

    I also like the scene where the family sings "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", with the children's ad libs that anger Homer... Funny stuff!

    My love for Season 1 keeps growing all the time. So, this gets... 4/5. (damn my seeming inability to rate episodes 5/5!)

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    23 years ago which premiered this episode
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    "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire"

    And thus begins my entire rewatch of The Simpsons

    The first episode is special in that it introduces us to The Simpsons yet doesn't feel like a first episode or a pilot. It's nice to see the school play and to introduce characters like Ralph and Milhouse. There are gags which are typical of the first season, I'm thinking about Marge hiding the savings in her hair.
    Bart's fantasy before getting a tattoo is pretty funny and was daring at the time.
    I liked the Santa Claus class and how Homer was being a good Santa and was releasing the pressure he feels at home ("I'll feel better when Mrs. Claus' sisters are out of town...Thanks for listening kid!")
    The scene at the dog race is essential to what The Simpsons are. It's a place for Homer and Bart to bond to and what's left of hope for them is in gambling their money.
    One of my favorite jokes from the episode is when Homer waits for Santa's Little Helper to finish before ceding.
    Another one is the introduction of the adult-minded Lisa who is defending her father before Patty condescendingly telling her to watch her cartoon. (That was my favorite moment from Season 1 for a while). It's nice to see Lisa defend her father who was behaving respectably at that time.
    The ending is, I believe, the first instance of the "Simpsons Twist" in the show. They didn't win, yet they find happiness about being Simpsons. It's a good moral and a very good Christmas episode!

    A- A nice touching episode!

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    I know it's the first episode and all, but it really isn't very funny. The plot is nice though. 4.5/10, but voted 3/5 on the poll because I'm not going to hate on the 1st episode.

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    4/5 with touching moments and a great Simpsons Christmas episode.
    5/5 if you mention it's the first episode ever.

    4/5 on the poll.

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    How can you possibly hate this episode? It was so funny, I loved the characterization and it had such a heart-felt ending. Classic, love it 5/5


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    Wouldn't make my top 50, but solid and good start nonetheless (god I hope that's one word). 4/5

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    Pretty average. The first season in general is kind of boring, and being used to more recent episodes of the Simpsons, I have always thought the first season was strange (because they hadn't finalized a lot of the designs, and the voices changed, etc). I guess Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire is a nice story, but nothing spectacular. 6/10

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    I was a bit harsh on this episode before, but I still don't find it to be a very good episode. It's pretty low on humour, but I don't think there is enough of an emotional core to make up for the relative lack of gags.6.5/10

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    I just rewatched this episode. And its a pretty decent start to The Simpsons, although i think i was a little to nice voting 5/5 before as now i think its closer to a 4/5 episode. That dosent mean there are good stuff here too. Hes a Simpson, Little Bart I meant Partner, Pattys exchange with Lisa, The false lyrics to jingle bells, Homer stealing the tree and the dogs coming after him etc are all very funny. It also captures the christmas sprit quite well, with having nearly all the christmas elements in the episode. The plot was also fine. Its was not too surreal and jumped around to much and it was not boring and unfunny either. The caracters were generally spot-on. Overall i have no real complaints about the episode, other than perhaps being a little dull at times. So it was a fine episode, but it just did not feel like anything special, it was mostly just very enjoyable but not the best. Grade:B
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    I would say 3/5 - Probably one of the best from season 1 but nowhere near its peak

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    It's an okay pilot, nothing special. There's some potential for good jokes like Bart getting his tattoo removed, or the school play scene, but other than that, it's pretty mediocre.

    B-

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    Still one of the best.
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    2/5. My least favorite of Season 1

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    An absolutely great start to an awesome series. 5/5

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    Great start to a great series.

    5/5

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    Had to rewatch this recently not just because its Christmas but because I wanted to wash out the horrible taste of the recent Christmas special White Christmas Blues. Any as for how well it holds up, I say its held up decently. As many have pointed it out, its far from hilarious but I still chuckled at some of the subtle stuff with the characters. I still laugh at Homer going to get a tree, ultimately ending with him stealing one and almost getting shot. I think what really works about this episode is that it works so well as the first episode. Each character's role is defined and we know exactly who these characters are in the first 5 minutes. Homer's an angry dim-wit with a big heart, Bart is the trouble making 10 year old, Lisa's the mature but innocent 8 year old, Maggie's the baby and Marge is the glue that keeps them together. And we also get to see the Flanders, Grampa and Patty and Selma.

    I also like that the episode is basically the opposite to every Christmas special at the time. No matter how hard Homer tries to save Christmas, there's always something that stops him from doing so. Watching him try his best to provide his family with gifts is both touching and heart-breaking (He was going to give Maggie a dog toy). You can totally understand why he would be so grouchy around Flanders, who seems to be succeeding at everything Homer's failing at. Lisa's speech to Patty is also a touching moment showing both her child-like innocence and her maturity as she defends her father in such a loving and well worded manner. The episode has a great end that feel satisfactory instead of contrived and overly sentimental. It feels real and also very touching. Overall its a great opening to the show and one to watch every Christmas. 4/5

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    Brilliant way to start off a series.

    4.5/5 rounded up to 5/5 what a classic.

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    So after two years, I've finally decided to review The Simpsons episodes. It's odd to think that the reason I joined was to review them and yet I never did it...until now. I would have liked to start with the shorts but I figured that reviewing a full episode would kick things off much easier.

    I'll start off by saying that I adore this episode. Sure it's not the funniest or the most clever idea for a plot ever made, but I do love how realistic the story is. What makes this a classic is the portrayal of Homer: a middle-class man who takes a turn for the worst right before a holiday and works hard to give his family the chance to celebrate a merry Christmas. The hardship he goes through seems like something a real father of the same social class would endure and that helped me feel a connection to Homer who was simply trying to make everything right.

    Another aspect that I like is how 'Christmassy' it is. Even the soundtrack has that cheery and enthusiastic holiday spirit! However for me the ending is what really demonstrates that feeling. It showed that commercialism isn't the only way to make Christmas great and that a loving new family member can bring them together. It created a fantastic scene in which the family rejoices at Santa's Little Helper's introduction to the household which was very sweet. Homer may not have had success in his goal to raise money, but his work hard paid off in the end thanks to a Christmas miracle. One could argue that's such a tired cliché but the writing staff really pulled through to make it an amazing episode with a few funny bits here and there.

    And how I weep for those golden days with proper animation. This episode had quite a few timbits. The girl with the freakishly long head in the fourth grade chore is one of my favourites alongside the Santa instructor's cone head. I really do miss it when they experimented with such odd shapes and figures for the character models.

    It's a 5/5 for me. It's not the funniest Christmas special episode they've made but it is definitely the one that follows the Christmas spirit the most. The fact that I can watch it on Christmas Eve and it can bring out the best holiday feeling of all the Simpsons Xmas episodes is truly unique to the series, which is very impressive considering the longevity of the show!

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    This episode, as well as most of the early ones, try to balance humor, story, and emotion equally. This episode is a perfect example of that.

    Homer is his usual disagreeable self, but it takes on a more nasty tone here than it does later on. Marge is writing a thoughtful letter to her relatives, and Homer rather angrily interjects if she’s done writing that ‘stupid letter’ and snaps on her when he can’t find the extension cord. Thankfully she doesn’t put up with his attitude and snaps right back at him.

    As for the stuff that works, Bart’s ‘MOTH’ tattoo is wonderful, as is the tattoo removal. Homer shopping for cheap gifts is great, especially Rods “You forgot your porkchop.” It’s touching as well – Homer cries a single tear. They also must not have established Ned’s religiosity yet, as his Christmas lights feature Santa and say ‘Merry X-mas.”

    Homer as Santa is a great sight gag. The episode gets a little more emotional towards the end after Bart discovers Homer’s second job, and as such, the laughs slow down significantly. But it’s also where the wonderful animation really makes up for it. First his trip to get a Christmas tree, followed by the dog race, and lastly, Santa’s Little Helper running leap into Homer’s arms.

    The emotion here feels genuine, especially when Bart and Homer are looking around the parking lot for winning tickets. And SLH’s lick is just wonderful. I really can’t think of a better episode to set the tone in terms of every aspect of the show than this one. Even the voice acting here is superb. From the start Patty and Selma are two distinctly different voices. Normally I cannot stand Christmas or anything Christmas related. But here it just serves Homer’s desire to make his family happy. Great episode. 5/5

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    4/5, Great episode for the first season. Not that amusing

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    5/5 Great opening to the simpsons

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    This was a decent start to The Simpsons. The animation was not that good, but it was quite funny. I think Bart was the best character in this episode. It's amazing to see how far The Simpsons have come. B+/A-
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    This is the first Simpsons episode, and I think one of the most classic ones too.
    The plot starts with Homer and Marge driving to the Christmas concert of the Springfield Elementary School.
    I liked the portrayals of the Christmas celebrations in other countries (even though we don’t really call Santa "Ruprecht" anymore here in Germany; or at least not where I live). I also like how when Bart interrupts the singing, Homer gets angry and becomes bored for the rest of the concert. I think they did a good job with Marge introducing the family in her letter, and how she tries to explain to Lisa why she can't get a Pony.
    I thought Bart's reason to get a tattoo was sweet, and the scene at the power plant where all the workers are eating donuts during Mr. Burns' speech was pretty funny.
    This episode is really good at portraying Homer as a caring father, who tries his best to make his family happy, but still fails at it, what in the end brings him to accept Santa’s Little Helper as a real Simpson. The dislike between Homer and Patty/Selma is pretty clear here, and Lisa's words showed that she, even if Homer isn't the best father, still loves him. The singing during the credits was a great last touch to the episode.
    If I had to write negative things about this episode, there wouldn't be too many. The show’s animation is still in its early footsteps. And there weren’t a lot of funny scenes, as this was more of an emotional episode (and since this is season 1).

    As I said in the beginning, this is a classic. It introduces the main family, we get to know the characters and learn about the relationships between them.
    Not only that, it is a great thing to watch every Christmas as well, since it gets the Christmas spirit right in my opinion.


    Rating: 5/5
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    I rate this episode a 7/10. It was a good introduction to all the main characters of the immediate simpsons family. What i loved about the classic simpsons alot was the actual storyline behind episodes. Less gags but still plenty of laughs. It introduces Bart Simpson as a mischievous little devil with his trip to the tattoo parlor and the prank he pulls on Homer at the Mall dressed as Santa. Lisa's intelligence is put on display here when she responds to aunt Pattys criticism of her dad Homer. Right off the bat the producers of this show let it be known that Homer doesnt get along with his inlaws hence the conversation over the phone. In my opinion no better way to start off the show and introduce its characters.

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    the first ever Simpsons epsisode on tv! 5/5!
    Simpsons collector cince 2007 and i like it!

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    This is a great pilot episode, but that's about it. We see how Homer tries to get the family a nice christmas despite his holiday bonus being cut. That kind of stuff is why we all love Homer, or loved to be honest. He is not the most successful man nor the smartest man, but does everything to keep his family together.
    Also, nice introduction of Santa's Little Helper.

    Not a funny episode, but introduces the family pretty well and has a nice emotional feeling in the plot. But because it lacks humor I can't really give this more than 4/5.


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    Brilliant start to the series -- a great combination of humor and pathos between the characters. The episode seems to establish the characteristics of each character effortlessly -- Homer's naive bone-headedness, Bart's irreverence and sly sense of humor, Lisa's articulate-ness, etc. It's also nice to see Homer portrayed as someone who's really trying to provide for his family, and I feel like the episode does a great job at making all the characters in the family likable right off the bat (except for Marge's sisters of course, lol).
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    A good start to the series.

    4/5

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    I revisited this one today after not having seen it in a while and whaddaya know, I actually like it more than I remember. It's one of the best of the first season, and a perfect series opener. Certainly one of the funniest of the first season. It introduces the family and a lot of the side characters and quickly defines them all pretty well, and, well, there's not a lot else I can say that hasn't already been said many times. I have the minor complaint that it falls a little too earnestly into the feel-good shmaltz it's making fun of at first, but I can still mostly ignore that. I think it's a great episode, even if it isn't one of the funniest.

    8/10



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