The Simpsons

Season 1 Episode 1

Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 17, 1989 on FOX
SUBMIT REVIEW

Episode Fan Reviews page 4 of 5

8.6
out of 10
Average
775 votes
  • The Simpsons make a great start to the series.

    9.4
    This episode is like no other. It shows a great deal of story and after all, it IS the pilot episode. This is the debut of all the major characters, Santa's Little Helper gets debuted near the end of the episode after the Simpsons lose their bet at the races. And Bart gets a tattoo with "Moth" on it.
  • The starting of it all!

    8.5
    This has to be one of the best because its the very first 30 minute simpson episode and its when they first got their dog santa's little helper. Now the animation might not have bin that well but it was just the starting, still this episode is the first so we gotta give it some credit if this episode never came out we might of never experienced the laughter of this great show. since homer spends all their christmas money on the dog race and loses he knows how upset everyone one will be but when he brings a dog home everyone is still happy so homer does not get in trouble and he still brings home a christmas present for the familly. Now this might not be the best episode but its still one of my favorites!
  • The first episode of the Simpsons!

    9.5
    The first episode of The Simpsons is a christmas special, and let me tell you it's a great episode to introduce the Simpsons!.
    Bart spends Christmas money on a tattoo that thinks is going to impress Marge, but it doesn't and Marge wants it removed. To remove the tattoo though all of the christmas money must be used, and there's no money left and Marge hopes that Homer gets a christmas bonus at the Nuclear Power Plant. He doesn't, and to not disappoint the family he starts working as Santa for the money.

    I think this is a nice episode to start off the Simpsons. It's interesting to see Ned Flanders and Santa's Little Helper introduced in this episode. Lisa isn't that smart in this episode either, and Bart just seems normal. Sure the animation is a bit crummy but if you can look past it it's a solid christmas episode.
  • The Start of a matathon.

    8.3
    The first episode of the Simpsons could be a forgetable episode if it weren't the first episode, (alos having 378 episodes to remember does't help).

    The episode centers around Christmas. Bart gets a tatto and the entire Christmas fund is wasted removing. This prompts Homer to get a job as a store Santa. After recieving only $13.00 for his pay he takes Barney's advice and heads to the dog track. Betting on Santa's Little Helper because it is Christmas Homer and Bart lose the only Christmas money they had left. Leaving the track Santa's little helper is realesed by his owner. Seeing an opertunity Homer and Bart bring home the Dog for the Chrsitmas gift.


    The episode is a great start to a great show, it manages to introduce all the characters well so you have an idea of what kind of person the are. (Bart as a prankster for example) and a heartwarmig story we've all become accoustomed to.
  • This is the first episode of the emmy award winning series "The Simpsons"

    10
    During Christmas time Marge takes Bart, Lisa, and baby Maggie to the mall to buy Christmas presents. Bart gets a tatoo and Marge uses all of the Christmas money to get it removed. Meanwhile Homers boss Mr. Burns tells all the workers that they wont be getting a Christmas bonus this year. That left the family broke. Homer doesn't tell Marge and says he wants to do the Christmas shopping. Homer takes a part time as a mall Santa, and Bart finds out. Homer and Bart go to get his check for being the Santa and it is only for 13$. Barney tells Homer he should go to a dog race. Homer and Bart bet the 13$ on the dog Santas Little Helper. Santas Little Helper looses and comes in last place. Outside the man that owns Santas Little Helper chases him out and tells him not to come back. Bart asks Homer if they could keep him, and Homer says yes. When they bring Santas Little Helper home, everyone thanks that was the Christmas gift for the whole family. At the end during the credits the family sings a slightly different version of Rudolth the Red Nosed Raindeer.
  • I love the very first season of The Simpsons and right now, it's a Christmas special!

    10
    I really watch the very first Christmas special and here why that I love this part when Bart is signning "Jingle Bells' in a Batman & Robin version (This is so funny!), also when Marge went to a Christmas shopping, Bart really wants a tatoo but Marge pay the whole money after Bart tatoo is remove (How sad for the Simpsons why Bart really loves so much.), next Homer wants to get a Christmas tree when the guard dogs are chasing it! Finally Homer and Bart that relly want is a dog (which is Santa's Little Helper when Bart called his named). This special is great for the whole family that enjoys you for the holidays every year!

    If you really want to watch the very first Christmas special, get the First season of the Simpsons DVD or The Simpsons Christmas 1 DVD. I hope you really enjoy that show!
  • A good show that started off to a good start.

    8.9
    As its first episode it started off well. The way The Simpsons had received Santa's Little Helper was nice too. This episode had a good ending to it too where their Christmas wasn't all a bad ending. They now have a new family member to The Simpsons. It is just nice that this happen in the event of Christmas.
  • A legendary show begins.

    8.2
    This episode is a little dated but is still extremely enjoyable because it launched one of the greatest television shows in history. The characters are different than they are currently and they evolve over the next 16 odd years. Definately worth watching to see where this show began and to compare to its current form.
  • What started it all!

    9.2
    Where it all began, the first episode of The Simpsons it was named:
    The Simpsons Christmas Special: The Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire. This was a good episode it introduced characters well and pulled off a good story. It was about The Simpsons Christmas nearly being ruined because Bart got a tatoo and Marge has to spend all their Christmas money on getting it removed. Homer has to work as a department store Santa Clause to earn more money. Then, being Homer, bets all his earnings at the dog races and loses. Then Homer and Bart save Christmas by adopting the losing dog, as the families gift.
  • Beginining of an epic

    8.8
    Great episode. The begining of The Simpsons and started Fox's most sucesful show and, the longest running Sitcom in TV history. Also showed how Santas Little Helper was gotten [this was dne later than some of the season 1 eps]. The voices were a little off and the animation was weird but the show was just starting so it dosent matter.
  • Ok!!!

    9.0
    I think as it was the first episode it was good and a briliant start to the series of The Simpsons. Also I think it was a good Idea to bring the dog (Santa's Little Helper)into The Simpsons as it was a nice first episodes and give The Simpsons a good name.

  • Where it all began!

    9.0
    This is the fist episode, first christmas episode and the story of how the simpsons got their dog - Santas Litte Helper.

    Obviously the visual quality characters voices have come a long way since this episode so I instead of focussing on that its the storyline that really matters.

    After Bart gets a tattoo that has to be removed Christmas is almost ruined because Homer isn't getting paid enough to by presents for his family.

    After a last ditch effort to get money fails, Homer gets Santa's Little Helper (the dog who he bet on but lost) after he got kicked out of the race tracks.

    Early on homer came across as a pretty responsible parent! I actually laugh at how different he was back then!

    The final rendition of Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer is a great way to end this classic start to the show!
  • Not bad

    8.9
    I thought this was pretty good for a Simpsons ep. It showed how SLH came into the family, and how desperate their times can be. I also though it was funny the way Homer couldn't remember the names of the reindeer. That was hilarious! It was a very funny ep, and I really enjoyed it.
  • A good start

    7.5
    How can I forget the first episode that made the Simpsons what it is today? It told us about the Simpsons and their origins, and also introduced Santa's Little Helper in the family. The animation wasn't at it's finest, and Homer wasn't very funny like he is in season 2 on, but still, this is a classic episode definately worth watching!
  • The Simpsons Christmas Special: The Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire

    10
    This is the great episode of The Simpsons. Its the first ever episode and it was enjoyable. Not my favourite Christmas episode but really good anyway. It shows that they can have a good Christmas by getting a dog named Santa's Little helper from the dog racing track for free.
  • i like this episode

    9.5
    i like this episode because this is the first episode that actually shows homer simpson actually "caring" for his family. i thought this was odd cos in later episodes he tends to be "incompetant" which is one of those mysterious that i dont understand. this episode is both funny and kinda depressing but mainly good.
  • The Simpsons debut

    8.4
    The Simpsons first episode. It is a good induction to what the series is about to become in the future. Bart the boy who is always ready for doing naughty things (singing different "Jingle Bells" at the choir, ripping out Santa's (Homer disguised) beard at the mall), Lisa who will always want a pony, Marge the faithful wife, and Maggie the baby. And we also met Moe the bartender and its clients, Patty and Selma, to name a few. And we have a sweet ending of the episode
  • A perfect start to the Simpson's franchise

    9.9
    Although the Simpson’s were first aired on the Tracy Ulman show, we remember this being the first ever episode of the Simpson’s on prime time. Simpson’s roasting on an open fire was a perfect start to the Simpson’s franchise because the episode has many laughs but also shows sadness since Homer receives no Christmas bonus this year and Marge has to spend all the money in the jar getting Bart’s tattoo removed. Just when all hope is lost the dog that they bet on (Santa’s little helper) runs and jumps on Homer. The line is “But he’s a loser, he’s pathetic, he’s a Simpson”.
  • The first ever episode and a great one at that.

    8.9
    It was all down to this episode that got The Simpsons train up and running.The downfall of many new programmes is that they have a poor few episodes and therefore aren't given the chance to get into their stride. But The Simpsons was different as instead of a mediocre start, it got off to a flier and was on its way to brilliance. A great script and storyline for this episode. Rather than just being an introduction to The Simpsons it got straight to the talking with Homer saving Christmas by bringing home Santa's Little Helper. Although there are better episodes than this ,Those episodes wouldn't have happened if it were not for this and its immediate followers. Thats what makes this a great episode.

    8.9 out of 10.
  • The first christmas episode!

    7.3
    THis episode is great i only saw it once but it was great. Bart usually ruins christmas Here are some examples: Getting the tattoo,burning down the christmas tree, and shoplifting. Some examples he didnt do are: Funzo's,homer the cheapskate,and kids taking over the school. This is also the first episode!
  • The first episode of the Simpsons

    8.2
    really was a bit of a let down. it was a reasonably written episode it just lacked excitement. the whole thing just didnt live up to wat i thought it could. i dont think tat any family would spend their entire christmas fund to remove a tattoo. it was not like it was a bad tattoo, it was for his mum. it was really unrealistic
  • When i first saw this Simpons episode a year or so back, i couldn't believe that it was actually the first Simpsons episode.

    8.5
    When i first saw this film i found it hard to believe that this episode, was the episode that would start the Simpsons series. I knew that it seemed to be one of the older Simpson shows, but not this old.

    The plot of this show is excellent, just like almost every other Simpsons episode. All the characters that were intoduced into this film are still in the Simpon cartoon series today.

    In this Simpsons episode, Homer and Marge have trouble getting the Christmas they had planned because of Marge spening her money on getting rid of Bart's tatoo, and Homer's work bonus not going through. Homer then decides to get a second job as Santa, but the pay was not as much as he had planned. Homer then goes to the dog track to bet some money and even though he didn't win any money, he still got a present which the whole family would love, a dog, Santa's Little Helper, who is still in the cartoon series today.
  • a great introduction to the simpsons characters

    7.7
    this episode shows just how much the simpsons have changed and also how little they've changed. this episode immediately introduces bart as a troublemaker, changing the lyrics to jingle bells, getting a tatoo and pulling off "santa's" beard. it also introduces homer as being gullible enough to listen to barney who is introduced as a drunk. however the simpsons has evolved for instance, homer's voice, barney's hair and the animation has improved since this episode. i think this is the best way to introduce all of the simpsons characters as it shows that all of them will occasionally care about something when santa's little helper or number eight as homer was calling their new pet was brought into the household. this episode shows that this series would be more of a cartoon. and it still is
  • The SImpsons at their start

    9.6
    In 1989, a new cartoon primetime show came and took the US and Canada by storm. The SImpsons lept off Tracy Ullman straight to a 8pm time slot on FOX. The first episode shown was dealing with the Simpsons' losing their first cat, Snowball I, Homer not getting a Christmas bonus thanks to Mr. Burns, Bart's attempt to wow his mom with a tattoo gone astray, Marge losing the Christmas money because of Bart, and Homer having to work as a store Santa to fit the bills, whatever $13.50 can buy for a fmaily of five. A new pet comes into Homer's life and things look good but not Patty and Selma.
  • Not the pilot, but still the first aired! {Spoiler warning}

    8.5
    Christmas is nearly ruined when Marge has to pay all her shopping money on removing a tatoo that Bart recently got. To make it even worse, old man Burns isn't giving the employees at the power plant a Christmas bonus; Homer doesn't tell Marge about that. With almost no money for Christmas shopping, Homer secretly gets a job as a santa at the mall. When Bart sits on his lap and finds out, Homer is devastated.

    Then on Christmas Eve, when he and Barney receive their checks, he is persuaded to go to the Springfield Downs to watch the dog races. When Homer bets on a losing dog, Santa's Little Helper, he runs out of money. He and Bart see the dog being kicked onto the streets, Bart asks if they can keep him. Homer refuses, but then changes his mind when SLH licks him. Now the Simpsons have a new dog.

    For it only being in the first season, it wasn't really that funny or anything. Although, I did like Bart's vision of Marge loving his tatoo that he got. That cracked me up.

    It wasn't the best Christmas episode, but it started a whole bunch of them. It's like Treehouse of Horror I; it wasn't the best, but it shaped the mold. There are going to be a lot of good holiday episodes after this.



    Grade: B
  • This is the pilot episode of the simpsons and it is great.

    8.5
    The simpsons roasting on a open campfire is a good pilot episode. I liked it. This episode is a christmas special. It is funny like all episodes are. Bart gets a tatto and they have to remove it and it waste all their money and they can't get anything for anybody. They get a dog called santa's little helper. I liked this episode and alot of people should have seen this one since it is on the season 1 dvd. If you don't have it and haven't seen this episode you should see it.
  • the episode where they welcome santa's little helper

    8.0
    In this episode they welcome a new member of the family, Santa's Little Helper. the simpsons start out as Homer not getting his bonus and having to work part time at a mall as an santa clause. there he is discovered by his son bart. well u kno the rest. for me this was a good show since they introduced santa's little helper and the result of being a family. the began the age of the simpsons
  • Despite not actually being the first episode in the production run, The Simpsons' "pilot" episode is a fairly solid insight into the wacky adventures of Our Favorite Family.

    7.0
    It's often debated whether this or "Some Enchanted Evening" is The Simpsons' TRUE pilot episode, seeing as how SEE was first in production, but SRoaOF was actually the first post-Ullman episode era. Nonethless, "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" is a solid premiere. It follows the simple story of not being able to afford anything for the holidays, forcing Homer to take up a job posing as a mall Santa. Bart is the main source of comedy throughout this episode, as with the majority of the show's first season. The ending sequence with the introduction of Santa's Little Helper is far and away the most memorable aspect of the episode. Despite being only slightly above average for the series as a whole, it's still one of Season 1's best episodes.
  • This is the first episode of one of the best shows ever

    8.2
    In this episode Homer is low on money at christmas time and then he trys getting a job as a mall santa and so Bart (not know it was Homer) pulled off his beard and then tell Bart about hin being low on money. To get a christmas tree he chops down one from a forest.
  • Well this is not really a Pilot episode, although it was the first 30 minute episode of the simpsons that aired.

    8.2
    This was the first aired episode of The Simpsons. Aired on December 17, 1989. It featured the introduction of the Simpsons, Ned and Todd Flanders, Patty and Selma, Millhouse, Barney. Some others were also introduced, Grandpa, Skinner, Smithers, and Burns were also in the episode. The episode does have its animation glitches, in coloring (Barney's yellow hair for example), and some continuity issues, but hey, the series was just starting, and it is just a cartoon (and a great one at that). The pacing of this episode is a little slower compared to the later episodes, but it has some good moments.
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