The Simpsons

The Simpsons (1989)

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Corrected entry: In the opening, Homer tosses out the uranium stuck on his shirt. It bounces once, and disappears mid bounce.

Movie Nut

Correction: It disappears as Bart swings round the lamppost. There is nothing to say he didn't hit it with his skateboard, which would send it flying in another direction, thus making it seem like it has vanished.

A Demon

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Corrected entry: In the episode 'In The Name Of The Grandfather', Homer and Grandpa apparently buy the pub in a drunken mistake. The previous owner says, "You sure do know a lot about Irish Real Estate Law". However, the episode is set in Northern Ireland and so any laws are those of the UK. He wouldn't make that mistake.

SexyIrishLeprechaun

Correction: While Northern Ireland is part of the UK, the laws differ slightly between Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales, so therefore what he said is true.

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Corrected entry: In the opening sequence of the show Marge's car pulls in and parks on the left side of the driveway (actually garage but still the left side) while Homer's car is on the right side. However, throughout the series Homer has always parked his car on the left side and Marge has parked hers on the right.

Tobin OReilly

Correction: They do not always park with Homer on the left. When Homer hotwires her car in the Canyonaro episode, for example. His is on the right.

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Corrected entry: This is for the Season 17 episode 'Marge's Son Poisoning'. Principal Skinner says that he and his mother have been doing karaoke together since he was in the 4th grade, but in the Season 9 episode 'The Principal and the Pauper', it was revealed that the 'Seymour Skinner' we know is an impostor, a man who assumed his army sergeant's identity after he was killed in combat.

enter_a_uh

Correction: Skinner (or Armin Tamzarian, if you want to be totally truthful) has been telling lots of stories about his childhood with Mrs. Skinner. It doesn't mean that the stories are true, but he tells them to gain credibility for his role as Seymour Skinner.

Twotall

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Corrected entry: Sheri and Teri are the same height as Bart and Lisa, yet in the opening they sit beside Lisa in the orchestra and they are huge - almost twice the size of her.

Correction: Actually, they seem to be the right size.

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Corrected entry: Creator Matt Groening's initals were initially in Homer Simpson's hair and ear from the side. Matt Groening says himself (in one of the Simpsons comic book specials) that he changed it because it would be too distracting if the secret ever got out. He also says that he puts them in now only when he is drawing pictures for fans.

ShooterMcGavin34

Correction: Matt groening didnt take the initials from homers hair and ear away for along time, and not for that reason, in fact in one episod Homer shows Lisa how to draw simpsons and he actually says, "and for some strange reason my hair and my ear make up the letters M and G."

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Corrected entry: Marge's real hair color changes throughout the show. There are some episodes that show her hair is naturally blue, such as ones with flashbacks that show her as a child or younger teen with blue hair. Other episodes indicate that her hair is really brown, but she dyes it.

Correction: Obviously a character in a tv show can change their hair whenever they feel like it. While an example of what you are talking about would be easier to comment on, I can only recall Marge changing her hair colour once and that was on purpose.

Lummie

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Corrected entry: The oil stain on the Simpsons driveway changes from being there to not being there depending on the episode.

Tobin OReilly

Correction: Seeing as this is between episodes, something could have happened to get rid of the stain and cause it to be there. For example, by one episode it could have been cleaned and by another the car could have leaked some oil. If that happened often, then it was probably done for humour.

OL1V3R666

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Corrected entry: In "Boy Scoutz 'N The Hood", Springfield is on the east coast of the US. However, later in "Simpson Tide", it's on the west coast.

Correction: It is never mentioned where Springfield is. Several references are made but the producers want to keep people guessing so it is not really a mistake.

William Bergquist

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Corrected entry: In the opening part, you see Lisa playing a trumpet, there is a boy to the top right of her, when it cuts to the conductor you can see the same boy in the background.

Correction: The boy by Lisa has black hair, whilst the one in the next shot has purple hair. Hence they are two different boys.

OL1V3R666

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Corrected entry: In the opening sequence which turns into a large circus (as seen in "Bart After Dark" and "Cape Feare") the elephants in the background don't have any tusks.

OL1V3R666

Correction: Most times the tusks are removed for circus performing elephants. They don't want to have a trainer impaled on the tusks. Also, Female Asian elephants usually lack visible tusks, as do males in some populations.

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Corrected entry: Lisa's bedroom shifts positions in her house throughout the series. This is especially visible in the episode where she goes out with Nelson, and in the episode where she thinks that she is losing her intelligence.

Correction: There's no reason why, if the Simpsons have a spare room, Lisa can't move her stuff into another room. It isn't exactly out of character.

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Corrected entry: Whenever Disco Stu is mentioned when Marge is around, she always says 'Who's Disco Stu?'

Kara

Correction: Marge doesn't say that *every time* Disco Stu is mentioned. She doesn't say that when Disco Stu is flirting with her at the ski lodge in the episode "Little Big Mom". The only time I can recall Marge saying that is when she sees Homer's Disco Stud jacket.

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Corrected entry: In the opening of the show, when Marge pulls into the driveway, you can see that there is no badge on the hood of the car, but when it shows a close up of the front of the car when Homer is running away, there is a grey badge with a star on it

Correction: I've viewed the opening in seasons 1,2,3,4 and 5 etc., and in every opening you can make out a small grey badge on the hood as Marge pulls into the drive in the wideshot. It's then very noticeable when it cuts to the closeup of the front of the car.

Hamster

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Corrected entry: No matter what happens to the Simpsons' car(s) in an episode, whether they are damaged, crushed, shot with a gun or misused in someway they are always back the way they were originally in the following show.

Tobin OReilly

Correction: The Simpsons doesn't flow from one episode to another. The treehouse has been broken. The house has been lit on fire. A lot of the characters die in the Halloween episodes, but they always come back.

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Corrected entry: Homer and Marge in most episodes say that they had Bart in high school, but they're 38 and Bart's 10. As stupid as Homer is, I doubt he was in high school at 28.

Matthew Gem

Correction: They didn't have Bart in school. Marge and Homer didn't even hook up until The Prom, and he was in the workplace by the time Bart came along (you can see Homer coming home from work, singing "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" in an early episode when Bart was young).

SexyIrishLeprechaun

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Corrected entry: Whenever Bart speaks to Akira he says 'Akira, my good man'.

Kara

Correction: All well and good, but not really trivia.

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Corrected entry: (It's best if you watch this on a DVD, you will need to pause it) In the full opening credits, when the school kids are playing the Simpsons tune, the director will point to Lisa and the camera will quickly pan over to her. When it is doing this, pause it immediately. If you look carefully, you will notice Milhouse playing the trumpet. However, in one episode, Milhouse is seen playing the clarinet.

Correction: So Millhouse can play the trumpet and the clarinet. In one scene Lisa - a saxophone player - plays the guitar. They both have wide ranging musical skills, and that's not a mistake.

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Corrected entry: At certain points in the series, the multi-armed elephant god that Apu worships is called, "Vishnu," and at other times, it's referred to as, "Ganesh."

Correction: No, it's always called Ganesh because that's it's name. He sometimes prays to Vishnu, but the name of the elephant god never changed when he is talking to it.

David Mercier

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Corrected entry: In the opening of some of the episodes, just when Bart is skateboarding by Homer, he rides past Moe's. Then, right beside Moe's, is a TV or electronic shop of some sorts. King Toots moves around from episode to episode. At times it is across the street, and other times it is on the same side of Moe's.

Correction: Everything in Springfield moves around. In the episode where Homer likes to walk to places instead of driving, you can see their home from Moes. At another time, their home is right behind the parking lot for the power plant. The whole show would technically be an error.

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Corrected entry: Throughout the whole show, Homer indicates he has three religions. The first one where he becomes an astronaut, he says he is Christian. Then when he becomes a body guard for the mayor, he indicates he is Muslim when his instructor says he can't worship Muhammad and Homer replies, "Not even during Ramadan?" which is a holy day in Islam. And finally in "Bye, Bye Nerdy" he tells Apu he is Hindu.

Correction: The Simpsons are Christians. The Ramadan thing was just a throwaway joke. I don't know about the Hindu comment, but I bet it was a throwaway joke, too.

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Corrected entry: The location of Evergreen Terrace and the Simpson home changes dramatically. In 'Homer the Great' the power plant car park runs past the Simpson's backyard while in the rest of the series its in the middle of a housing estate. In 'two bad neighbours' and other episodes there is a row of houses opposite the Simpsons, while in some episodes the Simpson's house is visible without opposite houses.

Correction: Whenever something like this happens it's usually done intentionally for comedic effect, such as Homer having to park so far away from work that it's right by his house. It's not like the writers and animators forgot what is around the Simpson's house.

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Corrected entry: In some episodes where they show Marge as a teenager, she has long hair thats down and straight. In others, she has her hair the way it is currently, straight up.

Correction: Marge as a "child" had her hair up like her mother, she than had it down when she was in high school but put it up again for the prom and later put it up permanently.

Dan Moat

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Corrected entry: This is not for a particular episode, but it happens in many episodes. Sometimes, people will enter the living room (where the TV is), from sides which don't actually have doors.

Correction: Not so, there are doors on all three sides of the room (not including the 'TV Wall'). Assuming the position of the TV, there is a door on the wall in front of you, into the kitchen, an archway that leads into the entrance hall and one to the left. A little used but obvious door to the garden.

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Corrected entry: At the beginning of each episode Homer is working at the power plant when some radioactive material becomes lodged on his back. Later, when he is driving home, the material is on his shirt even though he was wearing a protective suit when the material became lodged.

Correction: The radioactive bar doesn't stick to the outside of his suit, it goes down inside his collar. When he's in the car, he finally figures out that something's in his shirt and pulls it out.

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Corrected entry: What happened to Waylon Smithers? In the first season he is a black man but as the series progresses he becomes a white man.

Correction: On the DVD commentary of this episode Matt Groening says this is a animation mistake and says you should look on it as a really dark tan.

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Corrected entry: Milhouse actually has two 10th birthday parties, the one that Bart was not invited because Milhouse's mom said he was a bad influence, and the one where he is bragging to Bart about how his dad got Krusty the Klown (which really was Homer) to his party.

Correction: Technically, Milhouse has probably had many more 10th b-day parties than that (as has the whole cast), considering no one has aged during the entire series (Bart's still in 4th grade, Lisa is still 8 years old, and Maggie's only said one word.)

starsfan97

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Corrected entry: Why is Edna Krabappel called Mrs. Krabappel if she isn't (and was never) married?

Correction: In several episodes, Mrs. Krabappel talks to other teachers at the school, students, and even Bart about her ex, Mr. Krabappel.

Padzter

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