The Tracey Ullman Show

FOX (ended 1990)
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  • A variety/sketch show brought to you by a British comedian Tracey Ullman. The show was one of the first programs on the then-new FOX Network in the U.S. in the mid 1980s. Tracey's show was a sketch comedy show including lots of singing and dancing. "The Simpsons" appeared as short, animated sketches, interspersed between the main, live-action sketches.The Tracey Ullman Show led to the creation of the hit FOX show, "The Simpsons." It began as short skits on Ullman's Show. Overall the Simpsons made appearances in 48 episodes in the show's first three seasons and one additional appearance in the fourth and final season.moreless

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 4 : Ep 24

    Best of... (90 min)

    Aired 5/26/90

  • S 4 : Ep 23

    Modern Maturity / Spies / Baseball Wives

    Aired 5/12/90

  • S 4 : Ep 22

    Under the Bounding Main / Arms Control

    Aired 5/5/90

  • S 4 : Ep 21

    Her First Grownup / Daisy's Decline

    Aired 4/28/90

  • S 4 : Ep 20

    The Hormonal Conversion / Who is He? / Face the Music

    Aired 4/21/90

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dan Castellaneta

    Homer Simpson; Krusty the Clown; Grampa Abe Simpson; Dr. Alexander Gibson; Greg Downey; Mr. Leroy; Dave McDowell; various roles

  • Sam McMurray

    William Barns; Gulliver Dark; Keith; Gary Sours; various roles

  • Nancy Cartwright

    Bart Simpson (1987-1989) (voice)

  • Tracey Ullman

    Herself; Ginny Tillman; Francesca McDowell; Tina; Sara Downey; Kay Clark; Sandra Decker; Kiki; Summer Storm; various roles

  • Yeardley Smith

    Lisa Simpson; Maggie Simpson (1987-1989) (voice)

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • (Marge tucks Maggie into her crib.) Marge: (singing) Rock-a-bye baby, in the treetop... (Maggie imagines herself in a cradle balanced on a tree bough.) When the wind blows, the cradle will rock. (The wind blows Maggie's bow off, rustles her hair, and starts rocking the cradle.) When the bough breaks (The bough breaks) ... the cradle will fall... (It does. Maggie screams (silently) as the cradle plummets to earth. Her pacifier also falls on a parallel course.) And down will come baby, cradle and all. (Zoom in on Maggie's open mouth, wishing back to reality. Maggie lies in her crib, sucking on her pacifier.) Sweet dreams. (The lights go off, but Maggie's eyes remain wide open.)

    • (Marge tucks Lisa into bed.) Marge: (sweetly) Good night, Lisa. Lisa: (sweetly) Good night, Mom. Marge: Sweet dreams. Lisa: Thanks, Mom. Marge: Sleep tight. Lisa: I will, Mom. Marge: Don't let the bedbugs bite. (The lights go off, but Lisa's eyes remain wide open.) Lisa: Bedbugs?

    • (Marge and Homer lie in bed.) Homer: We may be the best parents in the world. Marge: (sweetly) Mmm... Good night, dear. Homer: Good night. (They kiss. The three kids suddenly appear in the doorway, waving their arms frantically and talking simultaneously.) Bart: Dad, what you were saying about mind over matter? Could you be more specific? Lisa: Mom, are those bedbugs... (unintelligible) I can't sleep. (Marge and Homer react.) Marge: (sigh) All right, climb in. (The kids zip in. Bart next to Marge, Lisa next to Homer, and Maggie between her parents. All three shiver.) Homer: There's nothing to worry about. Now, everyone go to sleep. Good night. (The lights go off, and one by one, the family members close their eyes. Maggie's is last.) Maggie: Goo' nigh', Da'.

    • (Homer tucks Bart into bed with a smile. He then steps back...) Homer: (mildly annoyed) Now, good night, son. Bart: Uh, Dad? Homer: What. Bart: What is the mind? Is it just a system of impulses? Or is it something tangible? Homer: Relax. What is mind? No matter. What is matter? Never mind! (Homer laughs one of his weird laughs you only get to see on the Tracey Ullman show.) Bart: (not entirely convinced) Thanks, Dad. Homer: Good night, son. (The lights go off, but Bart's eyes remain wide open. They also do weird things.)

    • Grampa: You know, when I was your age, I had to walk twenty miles just to get to school. And back then, we didn't have pacifiers. We had to suck on pieces of wood. And in my day, we didn't have TV sets. We used to sit on our grandpa's lap all evening and listen politely to his entertaining stories. Bart: Was your grandpa a liar too? Grampa: No, but his lap was awful slippery!

    Notes (81)

    • Musical numbers: "I Feel Pretty" by Tracey Ullman in "The Makover," and "You Don't Own Me" also by Tracey Ullman in "The Audition."

    • The closing monologue is titled 'Take Care' as Tracey explains about a UK game show where the hostess says that to close the show.

    • Closing monologue: British Men.

    • On this Simpsons short, all but Lisa were nameless characters.

    • Closing monologue: Golf. Tracy describes her experiences on a golf course involving her husband Allan.

    • Musical number: "If I Knew What I Want" by Tracy Ullman and Joe Malone in the segment "Girl on a Ledge."

    • First appearance of cartoon family, The Simpsons, who would spin off into their own successful series a few years later.

    • Closing monologue: Inhale Pink. Tracey talks about her yoga class about her instructor.

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    Trivia (3)

    • Bart's name is given in this episode.

    • Maggie's name is given in this episode.

    • The Simpson's last name is revealed in this episode.

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • Fun Show

    By kippydoodle, Nov 16, 2009

  • Where's the DVD?

    By bhaverty, Oct 01, 2008

  • True Wackiness

    By Wally699, Jan 12, 2006

  • not funny

    By kuririnsan, Oct 08, 2005