The Simpsons

Season 23 Episode 9

Holidays of Future Passed

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 11, 2011 on FOX
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Episode Summary


It's the most wonderful time of the year, and THE SIMPSONS flash forward thirty years and find themselves in a tech-savvy, futuristic Springfield. Bart and Lisa have children of their own and decide to spend the holidays as one big family at Homer and Marge's house. Lisa and Bart turn to Homer and Marge for parenting advice and begin to realize that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.


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  • Best episode ever since season 8

    This has to be my most favorite episode of the simpson's since the early years. This episode is just as great and comparable to like almost every episode in season 8 like you only move twice, homers enemy, homers phobia and even the springfield files. This episode made my top 10.
  • no cartoon has impressed me this much in a long time

    a very creative plot, i really enjoyed it and was really impressed.
  • Simpsons best episode in a long time...

    This episode is the best Simpsons holiday special ever and the funniest Simpsons episode in a long time (11 years or so). Bart lives in Springfield Elementary, Maggie is an international singer and is pregnant, Homer becomes sober, etc. This is a classic episode.

  • simpsons still got it

    the show stills got the laughs this year holiday episode was the best i seen in a while made me laugh and still had a great plotline and 2 things that surprised me 1 homer gave up beer and 2 better as a grandfather
  • Perfect sums this up!

    This is the best episode of The Simpsons I've ever seen!! Brilliantly written with plenty of laugh out loud moments (The Ralph Wiggum bit had me cracking up for ages!). The future insight into not just the lives of The Simpson family, but also the rest of our favourite Springfield stars was both fantastically creative yet 100% true to the characters! An awesome episode that will still be great when I watch it 20 years in the future! :)moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

Chris Edgerly

Chris Edgerly

Voice of Unknown

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • In 2 pictures, Lisa is seen with lesbian partners.

    • Sideshow Bob is depicted as dead for the second time this season, the first being in the (admittedly non-canon) "Treehouse of Horror XXII".

    • It would appear that Lisa turned goth but than went to dress up as Sailor Moon.

    • Even though, according to Ned, Edna has been 'accidentally killed' by Homer before this episode, she is still in the list of people who want to 'friend' Lisa.

    • When Lisa sees the "Google" type she says it's Dr. Seuss' birthday. However it's Christmas time and Dr Seuss' birthday was March 2nd.

    • In the view of London of the future, Daleks from "Doctor Who" can be seen as policemen on the streets.

      Despite Maggie being the most famous singer of her generation, her voice is never heard in the episode.

      Bart has married (and divorced) his high school girlfriend Jenda, who was previously seen in the sixteenth season episode "Future-Drama".

    • This is the second time adult Maggie does not talk, the first time was back in "Lisa's Wedding".

  • QUOTES (0)

  • NOTES (1)

    • Show Title: Sleigh bells ringing as reindeer fly Santa Claus' sled in the air. However, it's evil alien Kang dressed as Santa shouting "Ho, ho, ho!"
      Billboard Gag: Bah Humbug & Happy Hanukkah: Christmas Ignorers United (with Mr. Burns and Krusty the Clown's rabbi father pictured).
      Chalkboard Gag: Cafeteria Trays are not toboggans.
      Couch Gag: Instead of the usual couch gag, the Simpsons are seen in the form of gingerbread cookies rushing to lie down on a Christmas-themed plate with a hand placing a "For Santa" note next to it. Homer likes his cookie form so much, he bites off his left arm.