12.17.09 9 years ago 135 Comments

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the original air date of “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire,” the first full episode of the iconic animated series that shaped the sense of humor for an entire generation of bloggers, including yours truly.

There’s an excellent interview with John Ortveldt, author of the unauthorized Simpsons history, over at Salon that discusses the show’s fall from relevance while paying respect to its staying power and lasting effect on American culture. It does a much better job of discussing the show than I’m going to be able to do in 200 words or less, so I suggest you head over there if you want to immerse yourself in Simpsons nostalgia. Or you can just hang out in the comments section here and share your favorite quotes.

“Then when he’s not expecting it, BAM! The ol’ fork in the eye!”

“…where nothing can possibl-eye go wrong. Er, possibly go wrong. That’s the first thing that’s ever gone wrong.”

“Forty seconds? But I want it now!”

(Image via The Live Feed. It’s actually three times the size shown, so click on it once, then right-click and select “view image” for full size)

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