We’ve rounded up our top 5 favourite facts about the Simpsons, just for your pleasure. You’re welcome. 

The Simpsons is the longest running American sit-com to date, with nearly 700 broadcasted episodes. You probably watched it as a kid, and still tune in now – that’s the magic of the show. We hope you enjoy these facts almost as much as you would enjoy watching an actual episode. 

  1. Maggie’s Price

Wow. Expensive! Maggie’s price, however, does change throughout the series. In 2008, we see Marge’s total shopping price rise from $243.26 to $486.52 when Maggie is added to the scanner, meaning that Maggie individually now costs less than $847.63 (obviously). Despite being less expensive, Maggie is still responsible for doubling Marge’s overall expenses, something that has been suggested to be a nod to the the fact that having a child in general doubles your spending.

2. Why They Are Yellow

Bright yellow certainly does stand out. In an interview for CBBC, Groening revealed that one of the animators had come up with the idea to make them yellow. Groening loved the idea because “when you’re flicking through channels with your remote control, and a flash of yellow goes by, you’ll know you’re watching The Simpsons.”

3. Paul McCartney’s Influence

McCartney featured on an episode called “Lisa the Vegetarian” in 1995, but only did so after making the producers promise him Lisa would remain vegetarian for the rest of the series. Speaking in an interview this year, McCartney revealed that he was initially worried that she would not remain vegetarian. He said: “we were a bit worried that she would be a vegetarian for a week, then Homer would persuade her to eat a hot dog. The producers of the programme assured us that she would remain that way and they kept their word.”

4. Homer’s Salary

In the episode ‘Much Apu About Nothing’, which aired in 2007, viewers were given a glimpse of Homer’s pay check for the first time. The pay check revealed Homer to be on $24,395 a year. It’s honestly a wonder how he has afforded all those medical bills over the years.

5. Homer’s Hair

All hail the subtle genius of Matt Groening. Although we’ve drawn around Homer’s hair and ear for you so you can clearly see the initials MG (you’re welcome), this is something that once you’ve seen, you simply cannot un-see. Matt Groening is responsible for bringing The Simpsons into our lives, so it seems only fair that he has inserted himself into every episode via Homer’s head.


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