The Simpsons

Trivia: The Simpsons holds the record for most guest stars; it is also the only non-variety show to have had appearances from three former Beatles (Paul, George and Ringo).

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Trivia: The only voice artists who regularly perform as only one character are Yeardley Smith as Lisa and Marcia Wallace as Edna Krabappel. Yeardley has also voiced different versions of Lisa (Lisa Jr. and Lisabella) in at least two other episodes.

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He's My Brother

Trivia: Many of the characters in the show are named after streets in Portland, Oregon. These include Flanders, Kearney, Lovejoy, Quimby and Terwilliger (Sideshow Bob).

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Trivia: Maggie scans as $847.63 in the supermarket at the beginning (not NRA4EVER, as Troy Maclure asserts in 3F31 "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular), the price it costs to feed and care for the average American baby every month.

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Trivia: Initially, Yeardley Smith auditioned for the voice of Bart and Nancy Cartwright for the voice of Lisa. They play them the other way around.

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He's My Brother

Trivia: The salesman character Gil, who can't catch a break, is based on Jack Lemmon in Glengarry Glen Ross (1992).

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He's My Brother

Trivia: The character Professor John Frink is named after a producer of the show and based on Jerry Lewis's The Nutty Professor. Professor Frink alludes to being charged with copyright infringement in connection with Jerry Lewis at a convention.

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Trivia: Evergreen Terrace, the street the Simpsons live on, is also the street Matt Groening grew up on in Portland, Oregon.

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Trivia: Homer's voice is based on the dramatic style Dan Castellaneta's father used when he talked.

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Trivia: The aliens Kang and Kodos are named for two "Star Trek" characters - Kang was a Klingon warrior, and Kodos was a Hitler-like mass murderer.

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Trivia: Milhouse was named after Richard Milhous Nixon.

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Trivia: A running joke throughout the series is that no one knows where Springfield is. The writers are always coming up with ways to keep the audience guessing. Some examples of this are: in 'Sunday, Cruddy Sunday' when Marge phones the egg painting company and gives her address, she says, "742 Evergreen Terrace, Springfield Ohi...", then cuts out to say, "Oh hiya Maude!" to Maude Flanders, who suddenly appears in the kitchen. When Homer and Bart are off to the Edison Museum in 'The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace' they drive past a sign with exits to New Jersey, Michigan and Oregon, none of which are close to each other. When Larry Burns spots Mr. Burns on the train, he asks where the train is going. The conductor says, "Springfield." and Burns asks, "Springfield where?", but the conductor's reply is drowned out by the train's engine.

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Trivia: In several episodes, one of Maggie's stuffed toys is a stiff-limbed rabbit. This rabbit starred in a comic strip Matt Groening used to write, about a rabbit and his journey through a troubled life. Titled "life in hell" it was renamed "life is swell" in recent years before concluding.

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Trivia: Marge was in labor with Bart for 53 hours.

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Trivia: Bart's anonymous prank calls to Moe the bartender were inspired by tapes of real-life prank calls made to New Jersey bartender Louis "Red" Deutsch (the tapes were widely circulated during the 1980s). Deutsch constantly received calls requesting fictitious bar patrons (Al Coholic, Stu Pitt, etc), and always responded in a hostile manner every time he realized he'd been duped.

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He's My Brother

Trivia: The Simpsons continually pokes fun at the Fox network because it is the only show on Fox that does not have to be checked by its executives and edited accordingly. This also means the producers of the show can get away with a lot more on prime time television.

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Trivia: The Simpsons are named after Matt Groening's own immediate family. His parents are called Margaret and Homer, and he has sisters called Maggie and Lisa. Bart is the only one not named after a Groening, although he takes Matt's place in the Simpson family.

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He's My Brother

Trivia: In most of the establishing shots of the Power Plant, there is a crow caw heard.

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Trivia: Whenever Homer says he wants to fulfill his life -long dream, Marge tells him that he has already fulfilled it and the dream is a different one every time.

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Trivia: Check out the doorknocker on the Simpsons' front door. It looks a lot like Mr Burns when he puts his head down, complete with the three liver spots and the pointy nose.

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Trivia: When the cast appeared on "Inside the Actors' Studio," Hank Azaria stated that the voice of Moe was based on a bad impression of Al Pacino. Ironically, not only did Azaria and Pacino share a scene together in Michael Mann's Heat (1995), they also share the same birthday.

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Trivia: Another gag that makes the location of Springfield more ambiguous. In one episode the superintendent of the Springfield school systems says "This school used to be the worst in the state of Missouri." Everyone gives him a shocked look, and then he adds "which was why it was moved brick by brick to its present location."

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Trivia: Mayor Quimby is based on John F. Kennedy, who had a habit of having sexual relations with many women whilst in office.

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Trivia: Matt Growning did all his animation in black and white and another animator was in charge of coloring. When she chose yellow, Matt said it worked and liked it (consequently when she chose purple for trees they rejected it.) The idea behind the yellow after that is so when you're flipping through the channels and come across yellow animated characters, you'll know right away it's The Simpsons.

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Tobin OReilly

Trivia: Ned's real name is Nedward.

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Jackie Menechino

Trivia: The comic book store guy's real name is Jeff Albertson.

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Trivia: Marge's mother's name is Jacqueline Bouvier, which was Jackie Kennedy's maiden name.

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Trivia: Hank Azaria, voice for many of the characters on the Simpsons, said in an interview with Conan O'Brien that most of his voices were just bad celebrity impressions. Moe Syzlak is Al Pacino, Louie the cop is Sylvester Stalone, and Comic Book Guy is someone he went to college with who had a personality much like comic book guys. With other characters who Azaria doesn't do are also celebrity impressions. For example, Mayor Quimby is JFK.

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Trivia: In New Zealand when the show was being shown on the TV2 network, the Itchy & Scratchy cartoons over a period of time were continually edited to try and remove as much violent content from them as possible. However around 2000-2001 the network edited out every single Itchy & Scratchy cartoon making the cartoon almost non-existent in the show despite some of the cartoon's content not being as objectionable as the rest.

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Lummie

Trivia: If you watch older episodes versus newer ones, Homer's voice changes noticeably. Dan Castellaneta claims that doing the original voice became too taxing on his vocal cords, so he gradually morphed into talking in the voice we now recognize.

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Trivia: Creator Matt Groening holds the world record for the most DVD commentaries by one person. In total he has done over 100 commentaries over the first five seasons on DVD. The only episodes from seasons 1-5 he has not commented on are "Call of the Simpsons", "The Telltale Head", "The Crepes of Wrath" (all season one), "Homer and Apu" and "Secrets of a Successful Marriage" (both season five).

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Trivia: The Simpsons has a joke that has been run many times in different forms. They make a reference to the movie "Ben Hur", a movie about a Roman Gladiator. It has a famous chariot scene where one of his opponents has a chariot with spikes on the wheels. He uses it to cut up his opponents wheels and make them crash. This joke is frequently used in the show. It can be seen in the episode where they go to New York, where Bart makes a Soap Box racer, and many others.

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Trivia: Otto the bus driver is based on Slash, ex-guitarist of Guns N' Roses and guitarist of Velvet Revolver.

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A Demon

Trivia: In the episode where the Simpsons go to Japan, Bart puts on a cartoon that causes everyone to have seizures because of flashing eyes. The same kind of thing happened to real children during an episode of Pokemon where a character's flashing eyes caused them to have real seizures.

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Trivia: The show was to have spawned a live-action spinoff, "Krusty the Clown", starring Dan Castellanata. Matt Groening abandoned the project in order to concentrate on "Futurama".

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Trivia: Matt Greoning is a big fan of the band Guns N' Roses. He displays this by often making references, such as playing their music, in episodes.

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A Demon

Trivia: Bart's voice is the only one that never changes. Confirmed on DVD commentary.

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Trivia: The Simpson family appeared in the Tracey Ullman Show as crudely drawn cartoons. Matt Groening had submitted basic sketches to the animators and assumed they would clean the figures up during production, but instead the animators just re-traced Groening's drawings.

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Trivia: One of the sliest jokes in the series' entire run is the name of talk-show host Opal's boyfriend, Straightman. Steadman Graham, the longtime beau of Oprah Winfrey (on whom Opal is based), is rumored to be gay.

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Trivia: Although Marge's sisters, Patty and Selma, are identical in appearance, there is an easy way to distinguish the two: Selma has an "M" in her name, and her hair is parted in the shape of that letter.

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Trivia: Dan Castellaneta and Hank Azaria both voice about ten regular characters, with Azaria contributing another ten recurring, and Harry Shearer voices twelve regulars.

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Trivia: In a recent episode (I saw it when it premiered on 5/17/09) the Odgenvillians move into Springfeild, then are forced out. When Lenny and Carl go on the chair attached to balloons, you can see the house for Pixar's latest film, Up, in the background.

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Trivia: The property next to the Simpson house is very versatile. It has been Flanders house (both sides), a cemetery, the parking lot to the nuclear plant and a vacant lot.

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