Simpsons, The Easter Egg - 1989

In the episode where the itchy and scrathcy episode is that the simpsons watch is skinless in seattle, Itchy drops reads do not drop pennies off tower. He walks over the the edge pulls out a penny and drops it. The date on the penny is 1989 in reference to when the show first began.

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deejdude writes:
In one episode, the tire yard fire says "Springfield Tire Yard Fire est. 1989"
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bjr1822 writes:
The Christmas Special is and isn't the first episode. It was the first episode to air, but it wasn't originally intended to be. The 'Bart the Genius' episode was originally produced to be the first episode but it happened that Fox was looking for a special for Christmas and decided to bump up the Simpsons special to fit the bill instead of waiting a little longer to launch the show. Turned out to be a good move, obviously.
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Even though the episode "Simpsons roasting on an open fire" (The Christmas Special) was aired on the 17th of December 1989, at the closing credits it says it was made in 1990. If you don't believe me, see for yourself. Also, many episodes mention 1989 and other years from the '80s somewhere in the show.
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Nive writes:
Another 1989 Egg: When the french waiter falls into the rat trap truck at the end of the episode where Freddy Quimby goes on trial, you can plainly see that at the bottom of the rat trap truck, it says: "Since 1989". I never would have noticed this if I hadn't read the thing about the Penny. Good eyes...
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Mike454SS writes:
It has something to do with a lightswitch, Homer says, hmm, I wonder what this switch is for, then he hits it and they show the roof which reads Merry Christmas 1989, which is funnier every time they air the episode because its that much further past 1989
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elitemrp writes:
Actually, umm... I saw this episode TODAY, and I could *swear* it said "Merry Christmas 1985" not 1989, also the reason this happens is. Homers brother (voiced by Danny DeVito) comes back to invent his baby talker invention thing, and homer gives him a tour of the house and the first thing he shows is a light switch, and Marge says "he knows how to work a light switch", so homer says "oh yeah" or something, and then says "I'm not sure what this switch does", he turns it on, and the scene cuts to outside where the Christmas lights are on. Oh, and technically I saw it yesterday since its 1:30am :)
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Mike Mu writes:
It also says 1989 when the sticker on the mono rail rips off. It says that the mono rail was from the World Fair of 1989.
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Pumpkingrrl writes:
The lights did say 1985. I've got it on tape.
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Dave R. writes:
Running through some old tapes, I ran across the episode that aired as the Simpson's 100th episode (Sweet Seymour Skinner's Badassssss Song). During the commercials, they advertised that the "first" Simpson's episode would follow... which was "Bart the Genius". I still consider the Christmas special (Simpson's Roasting on an Open Fire) the first episode... which aired in 1989.
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yfrunts writes:
Am I right in thinking there is another 1989 reference? I'm sorry it is a bit blank but I haven't seen the episode for ages all I remember is that at one point Marge and Homer are talking then you see the front of the house which is lit up in lights and says ''happy 1989'' post a message or mail me if im right
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Goat writes:
Actually, The Simpsons existed on Tracy Ullman's show in '87 and '88.
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kicking222 writes:
The Simpsons really did not become its own show in 1989. It was, of course, given a Christmas special, but was never intended to be a regular show until Fox got the ratings back, seeing that everyone on Earth loved the special episode.
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ben baker writes:
The first episode made was actually 'Some Enchanted Evening', according to the official Simpsons episode guide. As you'll all know, this was broadcast last in Season 1. As U.K viewers may remember, the first episode of The Simpsons shown by Sky One was 'The Call Of The Simpsons' (which is like episode 7 in season 1 or something) Boy. Don't you just feel like we should be all doing something else less boring instead?
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Can anyone make sense of this egg?
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me writes:
it is true that they existed on the "Tracy Ulman Show"(everyone knows that) but they became their own show in '89. thank you
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This is even funnier that it says Merry Christmas 1989 considering the first show was a christmas special in 1989.
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