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The First Lines of 63 'Simpsons' Characters

The Simpsons has now been on television for one quarter of a century—its first episode, "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire," debuted on December 17, 1989. Since then, Springfield's residents have become vibrant characters in their own right, so let's take a look at where their stories all started, in their own words. (Note: These first lines are all from the series only—Tracey Ullman shorts or commercials don't count.)

1. Marge Simpson

"Ooh, careful, Homer."

This is the first sentence uttered in Simpsons history, from the series premiere "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire."

2. Homer Simpson

"There's no time to be careful. We're late."

Homer's first line, in response to Marge's plea to drive safely.

3. Seymour Skinner

"Wasn't that wonderful? And now, the Santas of many lands, as presented by the entire second grade class."

Principal Skinner emceeing the Springfield Elementary holiday pageant.

4. Bart Simpson

"Jingle Bells/Batman Smells/Robin Laid an Egg/The Batmobile Broke Its Wheel/The Joker Got Away..."

We're introduced to Bart with his interpretation of "Jingle Bells."

5. Lisa Simpson

"But I really want a pony and I have been really really good this year."

Lisa eventually got that pony, albeit for a brief period of time.

6. Patty Bouvier

"Marge please."

On the phone, Patty had no interest in speaking with Homer.

7. Ned Flanders

"Hold your horses, son. Hey, Simpson!"

We meet Ned right before he shows off his "too bright" Christmas display.

8. Waylon Smithers

"Attention all personnel. Please keep working during the following announcement."

Mr. Smithers, as dutiful as ever.

9. Charles Montgomery Burns

"Hello. I'm proud to announce that we've been able to increase safety here at the power plant without increasing the cost to the consumer or affecting management pay raises. However, for you semi-skilled workers, there will be no Christmas bonuses. Oh, and one more thing, Merry Christmas."

Mr. Burns, as gracious as ever.

10. Todd Flanders

"Hey, Mr. Simpson. You dropped your pork chop."

Inadvertently embarrassing Homer Simpson, just like his father.

11. Moe Szyslak

"What's the matter, Homer? Did someone leave a lump of coal in your stocking? You've been sitting there sucking on a beer all day long."

Moe, moments before uncharacteristically offering a candy cane.

12. Barney Gumble

"Drinks all around!"

Barney, even more uncharacteristically having money.

13. Selma Bouvier

"Thank you."

Said with feigned politeness in response to Homer's insincere statement that she looks well.

14. Milhouse Van Houten

"Get a load of that quote-unquote Santa."

Questioning Homer's Santa skills.

15. Abraham Simpson

"Oh, Brother."

Grampa Simpson, rolling his eyes at the "unadulterated pap" that is Happy Little Elves with Lisa.

16. Martin Prince Jr.

"Principal Skinner, one of my fellow children is vandalizing school property."

A big-time tattle for a big-time tattler's first line. From "Bart the Genius."

17. Edna Krabappel

"Now, I don't want you to worry, class. These tests will have no effect on your grades. They merely determine your future social status and financial success ... if any."

18. Otto Mann

"Sorry little dudes. Party Hardy equals tardy."

Otto, running late in "Homer's Odyssey."

19. Sherri (or Terri) Mackleberry.

"We're going to make you sing, Bart Simpson."

20. Terri (or Sherri) Mackleberry

"Yeah Bart Simpson, we're going to make you sing."

21. Clancy Wiggum

"Well, it's no secret this city is under siege by a graffiti vandal know as 'El Barto.' Police artists have a composite sketch of the culprit. If anyone has any information, please contact us immediately."

El Barto would forever remain out of his grasp.

22. Officer Eddie

"Evening, Moe."

Said moments before accepting a beer, but not pretzels, while on duty in "There's No Disgrace Like Home."

23. Officer Lou

"Good one, Moe. Listen, we're looking for a family of Peeping Toms who've been terrorizing the neighborhood."

That family was, of course, the Simpsons.

24. Nelson Muntz

"Nah, happens all the time. Somebody else's blood spatters on me. Hey, wait a minute. You're right. You made me bleed my own blood."

Nelson was welcomed to the show with a punch to the face by Bart in "Bart the General."

25. Jasper Beardly

"Simpson, give me your newspaper!"

26. Ralph Wiggum

"Hey, what are you talking to her for? She's just gonna say something weird."

In "Moaning Lisa," before the show dumbed Ralph down considerably.

27. Krusty the Clown

"Kell 'em!"

Springfield's favorite clown, very upset at Bart and Homer in "The Telltale Head."

28. Reverend Timothy Lovejoy Jr.

"Look, now we've got them!"

Rev. Lovejoy was also angry at Bart and Homer in "The Telltale Head."

29. Jimbo Jones

"Hey, hot dog."

Said in an effort to break Bart's concentration on his skateboard.

30. Kearney Zzyzwicz

"Oh yeah? Well, do it again."

31. Dolph Starbeam

"Psst, coast is clear."

Dolph informs his fellow bullies (minus Nelson) that they can view Space Mutants 4 free of charge.

32. Apu Nahasapeemapetilon

"Okay. Now don't you kids take anything. I'm watching you. I've got eyes on the back of my head. $4.52."

33. Helen Lovejoy

"Marge? Marge Simpson? You remember me, don't you? I'm Helen Lovejoy, the gossipy wife of the minister."

She ruins Marge's brunch date with Jacques (and provides plenty of character detail) in "Life on the Fast Lane."

34. Lenny Leonard

"Ain't you hungry, Homer?"

Lenny was concerned from the very beginning whenever Homer wasn't eating, first in "Life on the Fast Lane."

35. Carl Carlson

"Hey don't worry. Things are gonna pick up once the entertainment gets here."

Lenny's best friend was introduced in the very next episode, "Homer's Night Out"."

36. Agnes Skinner

"You certainly have done well for yourself, Spanky."

Mrs. Skinner was initially impressed with her son Seymour, getting her first speaking line in "The Crepes of Wrath."

37. "Sideshow" Bob Terwilliger

"Ow, my foot, you lousy stupid clumsy...hand over all of your money in a paper bag."

This was said in the guise of his boss, Krusty the Clown, during a failed attempt to frame him in "Krusty Gets Busted".

38. Kent Brockman

"Good evening again Springfield. Krusty the Clown, the beloved idol of countless tots, now nothing more than a common alleged criminal."

39. Mayor "Diamond" Joe Quimby

"I hereby declare this day to be 'Snow Day'—the funnest day in the history of Springfield."

From "Bart Gets An F."

40. Kang

"Greetings, earthlings. I am Kang. Do not be frightened. We mean you no harm."

A very cordial-seeming start for the murderous space alien in the original "Treehouse of Horror."

41. Kodos

"Come earthlings, eat. Grow large with food."

42. Maude Flanders

"Hello spongecake. I thought you boys might be hungry so I whipped up some club sandwiches."

Mrs. Flanders in "Dead Putting Society."

43. Rod Flanders

"When's Todd's solo, dad?"

The elder Flanders boy in "Bart the Daredevil."

44. Julius Murphy Hibbert II M.D.

"Mrs. Simpson, Bart tells me he injured himself training for a career in 'death defiance'?"

Dr. Hibbert introduced himself to the world with straightlaced concern for Bart in "Bart the Daredevil."

45. Scratchy

"Lemonade?"

Thanks to Marge, Scratchy's first word was a kind offer of a refreshing beverage to Itchy in "Itchy and Scratchy and Marge."

46. Itchy

"Please."

Itchy's response, from The Itchy and Scratchy Show's "Porch Pals."

47. Lionel Hutz

"Hutz is the name, Mr. Simpson. Lionel Hutz: Attorney at law. Here's my card—it turns into a sponge when you put it in water."

Lionel Hutz, classy from the very start in "Bart Gets Hit by a Car."

48. Dr. Nick Riviera

"Bad news! Your son is a very sick boy. Just look at the X-rays. See that dark spot there? Whiplash."

49. Rainier Wolfcastle

"Captain, I have proof that he's head of an international drug cartel."

Wolfcastle—in character here as the action hero McBain—was always convinced that Senator Mendoza was up to no good throughout the running gag of the McBain movie clips, starting in "The Way We Was."

50. TROY MCCLURE

"Hello, I'm Troy McClure. You may remember me from such movies as Cry Yuma and Here Comes the Coast Guard. But today, I'd like to talk to you about a pleasant tasting candy that actually cleans and straightens your teeth."

From "Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment."

51. Hans Moleman

"'F,' 'L,' oh no I'm sorry, that's a 'C' isn't it?"

Poor Moleman flunking an eye exam at the DMV in "Principal Charming."

52. Groundskeeper Willie

"Save your strength, Lad. There's a whole field for you to resod left."

53. Professor Frink

"Why, it's a death ray, my good man. Behold."

Professor John Nerdelbaum Frink, Jr., failing to get grant money from Grampa in "Old Money."

54. Ms. Hoover

"He's bad, but he'll die. So I like it."

Ms. Hoover on Marge's painting of a naked Mr. Burns in "Brush With Greatness."

55. Snake

"All right. I get out at noon and I'm already invited to a party."

Recurring felon Snake, first seen on a prison phone talking to Otto in "The War of the Simpsons."

56. Comic Book Guy

"Tell you what. I'll show you something very special if you promise to put your grubby little hands behind your back and keep 'em there."

From "Three Men and a Comic Book."

57. Lunch Lady Doris

"This is a whole lot of nothing."

Lunch Lady Doris, along with Groundskeeper Willie and Bleeding Gums Murphy, judging Springfield Elementary's talent show in "Lisa's Pony."

58. Maggie Simpson

"Daddy."

Elizabeth Taylor voiced Maggie's famous first word, the result of a "lot of takes." It was the last line of the fourth season episode "Lisa's First Word."

59. Superintendent Gary Chalmers

"Hello, Seymour."

From "Whacking Day."

60. Cletus Spuckler

"Hey ma, look at that pointy-hairded little girl."

Moments earlier, Lisa first refers to him as a "slack-jawed yokel" in "Bart Gets An Elephant."

61. Disco Stu

"Hey, Disco Stu doesn't advertise."

Disco Stu started as a one-off joke, paying off the set-up of Homer running out of room on his jacket to write "Disco Stud" in season seven's Two Bad Neighbors."

62. Duffman

"ARE YOU READY TO GET DUFFED?"

Duffman ruined Barney's night of designated driving in "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson."

63. Gil Gunderson

"Marge, it's a real pleasure. You got any leads? I need some leads. Please, help me."

Sad sack Gil was introduced to Marge by Lionel Hutz as a 42-year veteran of the real estate business, not that his experience was helping, in season nine's "Realty Bites."

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[Warning: There are lots of Stranger Things season two spoilers ahead.]

Stranger Things season two is in the books, and like we all hoped, it turned out to be a worthy follow-up to an addictive debut season. Now, though, we’re left with plenty of questions, mysteries, and theories to chew on as the wait for a third season begins. But for everything we don’t know about what the next year of Stranger Things will bring us (such as an actual release date), there are more than enough things we do know to keep those fan theories coming well into 2018. While the show hasn't been officially greenlit for a third season by Netflix yet, new details have already begun to trickle out. Here’s everything we know about Stranger Things season three so far.

1. THERE WILL BE ANOTHER TIME JUMP.

The third season of Stranger Things won’t pick up right where the second one left off. Like the show experienced between the first two seasons, there will be a time jump between seasons two and three as well. The reason is simple: the child actors are all growing up, and instead of having the kids look noticeably older without explanation for year three, the Duffer Brothers told The Hollywood Reporter:

“Our kids are aging. We can only write and produce the show so fast. They're going to be almost a year older by the time we start shooting season three. It provides certain challenges. You can't start right after season two ended. It forces you to do a time jump. But what I like is that it makes you evolve the show. It forces the show to evolve and change, because the kids are changing.”

2. THE IDEA IS TO BE SMALLER IN SCALE.

If the series’s second season was about expanding the Stranger Things mythology, the third season won't go bigger just for the sake of it, with the brothers even going so far as to say that it will be a more intimate story.

“It’s not necessarily going to be bigger in scale,” Matt Duffer said in an interview with IndieWire. “What I am really excited about is giving these characters an interesting journey to go on.”

Ross Duffer did stress, though, that as of early November, season three is basically “… Matt and me working with some writers and figuring out where it’s going to go.”

3. THE MIND FLAYER WILL BE BACK.

The second season ended on a bit of a foreboding note when it was revealed that the Mind Flayer was still in the Upside Down and was seen looming over the Hawkins school as the winter dance was going on. Though we know there will be a time jump at the start of next season, it’s clear that the monster will still have a big presence on the show.

Executive producer Dan Cohen told TV Guide: "There were other ways we could have ended beyond that, but I think that was a very strong, lyrical ending, and it really lets us decide to focus where we ultimately are going to want to go as we dive into Season 3."

What does the Mind Flayer’s presence mean for the new crop of episodes? Well, there will be plenty of fan theories to ponder between now and the season three premiere (whenever that may be).

4. PLENTY OF LEFTOVER SEASON TWO STORYLINES WILL BE IN SEASON THREE.

The Duffer Brothers had a lot of material for the latest season of the show—probably a bit too much. Talking to Vulture, Matt Duffer detailed a few details and plot points that had to be pushed to season three:

"Billy was supposed to have a bigger role. We ended up having so many characters it ended up, in a way, more teed up for season three than anything. There was a whole teen supernatural story line that just got booted because it was just too cluttered, you know? A lot of that’s just getting kicked into season three."

The good news is that he also told the site that this wealth of cut material could make the writing process for the third season much quicker.

5. THERE WILL BE MORE ERICA.

Stranger Things already had a roster of fan-favorite characters heading into season two, but newcomer Erica, Lucas’s little sister, may have overshadowed them all. Played by 11-year-old Priah Ferguson, Erica is equal parts expressive, snarky, and charismatic. And the Duffer Brothers couldn’t agree more, saying that there will be much more Erica next season.

“There will definitely be more Erica in Season 3,” Ross Duffer told Yahoo!. “That is the fun thing about the show—you discover stuff as you’re filming. We were able to integrate more of her in, but not as much you want because the story [was] already going. ‘We got to use more Erica’—that was one of the first things we said in the writers’ room.”

“I thought she’s very GIF-able, if that’s a word,” Matt Duffer added. “She was great.”

6. EXPECT KALI TO RETURN.

The season two episode “The Lost Sister” was a bit of an outlier for the series. It’s a standalone episode that focuses solely on the character Eleven, leaving the central plot and main cast of Hawkins behind. As well-received as Stranger Things season two was, this episode was a near-unanimous miss among fans and critics.

The episode did, however, introduce us to the character of Kali (Linnea Berthelsen), who has the ability to manipulate people’s minds with illusions she creates. Despite the reaction, the Duffers felt the episode was vital to Eleven’s development, and that Kali won’t be forgotten moving forward.

“It feels weird to me that we wouldn’t solve [Kali’s] storyline. I would say chances are very high she comes back,” Matt Duffer said at the Vulture Festival.

7. OTHER "NUMBERS" MIGHT SHOW UP.

We're already well acquainted with Eleven, and season two introduced us to Eight (a.k.a. Kali), and executive producer Shawn Levy heavily hinted to E! that there are probably more Hawkins Laboratory experiments on the horizon.

"I think we've clearly implied there are other numbers, and I can't imagine that the world will only ever know Eleven and Eight," Levy said.

8. THERE MIGHT NOT BE MANY SEASONS LEFT.

Don’t be in too much of a rush to find out everything about the next season of Stranger Things; there might not be many more left. The Duffer Brothers have said in the past that the plan is to do four seasons and end it. However, Levy gave fans a glimmer of hope that things may go on a little while longer—just by a bit, though.

“Hearts were heard breaking in Netflix headquarters when the Brothers made four seasons sound like an official end, and I was suddenly getting phone calls from our actors’ agents,” Levy told Entertainment Weekly. “The truth is we’re definitely going four seasons and there’s very much the possibility of a fifth. Beyond that, it becomes I think very unlikely.”

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Shopping on Black Friday—or, really, any time during the holiday season—is a good news/bad news kind of endeavor. The good news? The deals are killer! The bad news? So are the lines. If you find yourself standing behind 200 other people who braved the crowds and sacrificed sleep in order to hit the stores early today, here's one way to pass the time: check out these fascinating facts about shopping through the ages.

1. The oldest customer service complaint was written on a clay cuneiform tablet in Mesopotamia 4000 years ago. (In it, a customer named Nanni complains that he was sold inferior copper ingots.)

2. Before battles, some Roman gladiators read product endorsements. The makers of the film Gladiator planned to show this, but they nixed the idea out of fear that audiences wouldn’t believe it.

3. Like casinos, shopping malls are intentionally designed to make people lose track of time, removing clocks and windows to prevent views of the outside world. This kind of “scripted disorientation” has a name: It’s called the Gruen Transfer.

4. According to a study in Social Influence, people who shopped at or stood near luxury stores were less likely to help people in need.

5. A shopper who first purchases something on his or her shopping list is more likely to buy unrelated items later as a kind of reward.

6. On the Pacific island of Vanuatu, some villages still use pigs and seashells as currency. In fact, the indigenous bank there uses a unit of currency called the Livatu. Its value is equivalent to a boar’s tusk. 

7. Sears used to sell build-your-own homes in its mail order catalogs.

8. The first shopping catalog appeared way back in the 1400s, when an Italian publisher named Aldus Manutius compiled a handprinted catalog of the books that he produced for sale and passed it out at town fairs.

9. The first product ever sold by mail order? Welsh flannel.

10. The first shopping cart was a folding chair with a basket on the seat and wheels on the legs.

11. In the late 1800s in Corinne, Utah, you could buy legal divorce papers from a vending machine for $2.50.

12. Some of the oldest known writing in the world includes a 5000-year-old receipt inscribed on a clay tablet. (It was for clothing that was sent by boat from Ancient Mesopotamia to Dilmun, or current day Bahrain.)

13. Beginning in 112 CE, Emperor Trajan began construction on the largest of Rome's imperial forums, which housed a variety of shops and services and two libraries. Today, Trajan’s Market is regarded as the oldest shopping mall in the world.

14. The Chinese invented paper money. For a time, there was a warning written right on the currency that all counterfeiters would be decapitated.

15. Halle Berry was named after Cleveland, Ohio's Halle Building, which was home to the Halle Brothers department store.

16. At Boston University, students can sign up for a class on the history of shopping. (Technically, it’s called “The Modern American Consumer”)

17. Barbra Streisand had a mini-mall installed in her basement. “Instead of just storing my things in the basement, I can make a street of shops and display them,” she told Harper's Bazaar. (There are photos of it here.)

18. Shopping online is not necessarily greener. A 2016 study at the University of Delaware concluded that “home shopping has a greater impact on the transportation sector than the public might suspect.”

19. Don’t want to waste too much money shopping? Go to the mall in high heels. A 2013 Brigham Young University study discovered that shoppers in high heels made more balanced buying decisions while balancing in pumps.

20. Cyber Monday is not the biggest day for online shopping. The title belongs to November 11, or Singles Day, a holiday in China that encourages singles to send themselves gifts. According to Fortune, this year's event smashed all previous records with more than $38 million in sales.

A heaping handful of these facts came from John Lloyd, John Mitchinson, and James Harkin's delightful book, 1,234 Quite Interesting Facts to Leave You Speechless.

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