Fans of The Simpsons have been remembering their favourite moments and episodes from the classic sitcom as it celebrates its 30th birthday.
#TheSimpsons is trending on Twitter today to mark the anniversary of the release of the show’s pilot episode, the Christmas special Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire, which aired on December 17, 1989.
Memes and gifs from the iconic show have been out in force on the internet today, with fans remembering their favourite episodes, and many calling The Simpsons the greatest TV show of all time.
— Neil Gartland (@GartlandNeil) December 17, 2019
Simpsons fans are a devoted bunch, and each seems to have a different favourite episode, line and character.
Shown by fans’ anger when the aspect ratio of some classic episodes was changed on new streaming service Disney+, cropping out some iconic jokes in the process, a love of The Simpsons comes from the little details, and they’ve come out in force on Twitter today.
it's #TheSimpsons 30th anniversary and I'm reaffirming that my fave ever episode is 2×19, Lisa's Substitute. The way the arrival of an inspiring teacher puts Lisa and Homer's bond under the microscope is SO heartfelt. And the B-plot with Bart running for class president is ? pic.twitter.com/BIGIMVPLyc
— Shaun Kitchener (@ShaunKitchener) December 17, 2019
— K a t y (@katymcnairxo) December 17, 2019
Still one of my favourite lines:
— John Espirian (@espirian) December 17, 2019
— Calum Sherwood (@CalumSSherwood) December 17, 2019
— Joe ? (@JoePassmore) December 17, 2019
— OllieBrowning (@Olliebrowning8) December 17, 2019
Fans are also sharing their memories of when and where they first saw The Simpsons, and which episodes ignited their love for Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie.
— Jamie Bevan (@ManicallyBevs) December 17, 2019
Happy 30th Birthday to my first ever fandom, #TheSimpsons
You taught me so much and have given us many quotes, parodies and cultural touchpoints. I don't think I had a conversation in my teens without referring to you. How would I relate to others without your pearls of wisdom? pic.twitter.com/9PtUVf86t3
— Siânta Clause is Coming to Town ?? (@SianMP) December 17, 2019
Happy 30th birthday to #TheSimpsons
This show has gotten me through so much!
I first watched it when visiting family in San Diego in 1990 – I was small, jetlagged and the first episode was Krusty Gets Busted!
What was your first episode?!https://t.co/kiOS0Jr0qq
— My name means Christmas ? (@__nca) December 17, 2019
Last year, The Simpsons became the longest running prime time scripted series in history after it aired its 636th episode.
Back in November, the show’s composer Danny Elfman said The Simpsons was “in its last year” and will be coming to an end soon, though this rumour was soon quashed by showrunner Al Jean, who said there are “no plans” to stop the show just yet.