Created by Matt Groening in the 1980s, The Simpsons is still going strong into 2018 as the longest-running television series of all-time. The popular animated Springfield family has its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, while the show itself has won 31 Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award. Even in its 29th season, the show is still culturally relevant and producing decent episodes, although it's clearly not as popular as it once was. During the height of The Simpsons in the 1990s, it was as offensive as cartoons could be, while still having important and relevant central themes - and then South Park and Family Guy came along, ultimately thriving off of the model set forth by The Simpsons creators and writers.
Maybe in a decade or two, we'll look back at recent Simpsons episodes and truly appreciate them for what they are, but it seems unlikely that they'll ever be regarded as important as episodes in the series' first decade. Fans of the long-running show who grew up during the 90s can still quote entire episodes, while references from those episodes are littered throughout popular culture. Some fans refuse to even watch beyond season 11 or 12 and if you're one of those people, this quiz is perfect to challenge just how much you know about those seasons.
1What is the name of the family's dog?
The first ever full-length episode of The Simpsons, titled "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire," lays the groundwork for the characterization of the family. In it, Homer is working extra jobs to save up money for Christmas (money is a constant problem for the family in early seasons) and eventually visits the local dog-racing track in hopes of winning some money. Instead, he returns home with an abandoned greyhound, which is well received by his children. The episode was nominated for two Emmy Awards.
2What's the name of the series' Halloween episodes?
A staple of the show since season two, The Simpsons' Halloween-themed episodes include three short stories that feature the main characters of the show and often parody popular horror films or other stories in popular culture. The names of the stories include "The Raven," based on the Edgar Allen Poe story of the same name, "King Homer," based on King Kong, and "The Thing and I." The episodes are also characterized by the horror-themed names that appear in the credits.