TIME magazine named it the 20th century’s best television series. It has won 31 Primetime Emmy Awards and has a star on the Hollywood walk of fame. Despite intense competition, The Simpson has arguably influenced comedy more than any other show. Here are eight examples of just why it has achieved such iconic status. The stills are from babysimpson.co.uk.
Neighbour: I actually had some doubts about moving to Springfield, especially after that TIME cover story, “America’s Worst City”. Marge Simpson: [proudly] You could see our house in that photo!
Announcer: The challenger learned how to fight in the notorious province of Capital City, and honed his skills while serving time for
aggravated assault and manslaughter in Springfield Prison.
Barney Gumble: Alright! A local boy!
Homer: When I started this clown thing, I thought it would be nothing but glory. You know, the glory of being a clown. I tell you, it’s hard, tiring work. But when I see the smiles on their little faces… I just know they’re getting ready to jab me with something.
Mr Burns: I’m going to write a figure on this piece of paper. It’s not quite as large as the last one, but I think you’ll find it fair.
Lionel Hutz: I think we should take it.
Patient: There’s only one way out of here, and it ain’t pretty.
Homer: What’s that?
Patient: Dating a nurse.
Homer: Remember where we parked. Itchy.
Director: Your brother could be anywhere. Even … Detroit.
Homer: I know he could be anywhere, that’s why I want you to narrow it down! Please!
Programme Director: You know, Mr Simpson, if you ask me, the city of brotherly loveisn’t Philadelphia, it’s … Detroit.
Homer: Well, if you asked me, changing the subject makes you the most worthless, heartless excuse for a human being I ever…
Programme Director: Read between the lines, Mr Simpson!
Homer: Oh, I get it! Okay. Here’s twenty bucks. Now will you tell me where my brother lives?
Homer: I don’t remember saying that.