Few television shows have lasted as long as The Simpsons. You don't find yourself sitting comfortably and enjoying solid ratings for over 27 years unless you're doing everything right. Each time we're invited into the Simpsons' home, we find ourselves laughing and hooting at the abundance of pop culture references and witty one-liners.
According to some, things have changed over the years. Perhaps The Simpsons doesn't have the same stranglehold on the entertainment community as it once did, but it's still very much a hilarious experience. There is a lot of competition out there, with new animated shows releasing every year, but The Simpsons is going strong thanks to its wonderful cast of characters and voice actors.
This show has provided us with a slew of rib-tickling quotes over the years, some more famous than others. There are so many amazing jokes and clever writing strewn through The Simpsons 600+ episodes that we just had to put together a Who Said It style quiz. This is the perfect test for all you truly dedicated Simpsons fans out there and a great way to prove you know more than your friends!
We won't lie, this quiz is pretty tough! Some of these questions can only be answered by those that live and breathe the animated series. So what are you waiting for? Dive in and show us how well you know the dialogue from this long-running animated series!
Have you ever met someone so nice and enamored with life that you just despise them? It seems like the world is treating them better than you, or that some cosmic force is giving them everything they want and desire. Of course, we know those things aren't really true (we hope). These divine qualities show up in one of Springfield's most "despised" (by Homer) residents. "Okilly-dokilly" is just one crazy quip in this chipper individual's repertoire. We also hear catchphrases like "Neighbor-eeno" and "Hey-Diddly-Ho"
If a cow ever got the chance, he'd eat you and everyone you care about."
"Lisa the Vegetarian" (Season 7, Episode 5) follows Lisa as she struggles with the concept of eating meat. After visiting a petting zoo with the family, she becomes enamored with a lamb. Later that night, Marge serves the family some lamb chops for dinner, and Lisa finds herself unable to eat the dish. She denounces meat and becomes a vegetarian, receiving ridicule from those around her. To make matters worse, a meat propaganda film is shown at school. In a display of classic Simpsons satire, the above quote is uttered by the video's star.
"My eyes! The goggles do nothing!"
The Simpsons universe is filled to the brim with celebrity cameos and local "stars." Matt Groening isn't afraid to take shots at some of the crazier characters in Hollywood. In Season 7, Episode 2, one of Hollywood's iconic (yet fictional) stars is cast as Radioactive Man. In one particular scene, the hero finds himself swept away by a wave of radioactive goo. During this moment he shouts out this hilarious and well-known phrase. Which of these fictional Simpsons actors shouted "My eyes! The goggles do nothing!" during filming?
At its core, The Simpsons is a comedic show that parodies a lot of pop culture and social issues. Because of this, we see a lot of purposely stereotypical "bad guys" each week. Some are worse than others, but one reigns supreme as Springfield's quintessential "villain." The old adage "only the good die young," must be true, because this particular character has been alive for who knows how long. His ill intent, egocentric attitude, and piles of money, make him a force to be reckoned with.
"Hi, Super Nintendo Chalmers"
During The Simpsons, we see moments in which hilarious one-liners and quotes catch us off guard. A good example of this is during "Lisa Gets an A" (Season 10, Episode 7). One of Springfield Elementary's students is using a Coleco computer to play a spelling-based game when he's approached by Lisa, Principal Skinner, and Superintendent Chalmers. The boy greets Lisa and then speaks the following greeting to a confused Chalmers, creating one of the best random quotes in Simpsons' history.
"Me fail English? That's unpossible!"
We won't sugar coat it, Springfield Elementary isn't the best school in the country. The are many better educational institutions in The Simpsons universe, and many of Springfield's children could benefit from a higher quality education. Enough mincing words, it's a fact that some kids featured on The Simpsons aren't exactly smart. Whether they struggle with a basic schooling structure or simply lack an attention span, these kids don't seem to be grasping things like they should. The above quote is a great example of that.
"Alf Pogs! Remember Alf? He's back In Pog form!"
The 90's were a glorious time for toys and collectibles. We saw the boom of Beanie Babies, the introduction of Pokémon cards, and the epic unveiling of Pogs. Looking back, Pogs weren't nearly as cool as we thought. As a kid, they were everything, but as an adult, we recognized that they're nothing but cheap pieces of cardboard. However, someone on The Simpson's still thinks they're cool. In Season 7, Episode 4, one of Springfield's denizens trades a very important item for some Alf Pogs.
I won't sugar coat it, a lot of this quiz is going to be pretty darn hard. Although these quotes are hilarious and well-known, there have been so many side-splitting moments in The Simpsons saga that it can be downright difficult to remember all of them. Because of this, I figured we'd start with something easy! "Doh" is the "catch phrase" of this beloved Simpson member. It's usually said when the individual is experiencing a moment of regret, anger, or shame.
"Hey kids, always recycle. TO THE EXTREME!"
During Season 8, Episode 14, Homer is called to lend his voice to a rather radical new cartoon character. The crew at Itchy and Scratchy see a downtick in the popular title's ratings, and even Lisa and Bart (two of the biggest fans) feel like their favorite show has gotten stale. Homer's voice proves perfect for a hip new dog, with slick shades, to bring his totally awesome band of comedy to the long running cartoon. What's the name of the totally rad rover that utters this hilarious quote?
"Oh, my god, I danced with a gay."
Season 8. Episode 15 touches on the subject of homophobia. During a trip to a collectibles shop, this Simpson's family member takes an immediate shine to the owner. However, after finding out that the store's proprietor (John) is gay, they completely change their attitude. To make matters worse, they begin to believe that Bart is gay and set out on a quest to do everything in their power to "reinforce Bart's masculinity." The full quote from this scene is "Oh, my God. Oh, my God. Oh, my God. Oh, my God. I danced with a gay."
"So, basically, I met one nice French person."
The Simpsons has always been unapologetic with its jokes and quips. Matt Groening and crew aren't afraid to take jabs at pop culture, world issues, and generalized stereotypes. All the way back in Season 1, Episode 11, writers took a rather subtle swipe at France. In this episode, one of the Simpsons' family members finds themselves in the French countryside. After suffering some verbal and physical abuse, they locate a French police officer that helps them escape their ordeal. Later, at the Simpson home, the character in question remarks about the "one nice person" they met.
"Ohhh, I've wasted my life."
Let's be honest, that particular line could have come from a number of Simpson's side characters. There are a lot of downtrodden individuals in the town of Springfield. This particular quote, however, comes from a scene during Treehouse of Horror VIII (Season 9, Episode 4). During "The HΩmega Man" story, France launches a massive neutron bomb towards Springfield. Our character in question is walking down the street and utters this phrase moments before the bomb obliterates everything in its path.
There are a few famous catch phrases in The Simpsons' universe. Some are used much more often than others. "¡Ay, caramba!" is a good example of this. This particular phrase has been featured in numerous episodes throughout the series, and although it isn't exclusive to one character, one member of The Simpson's' family uses it often. The Spanish phrase is used by this character to denote times of serious surprise or pain. The only notable time this quote was used by another character was during "The PTA Disbands" (Season 6, Episode 21).
"Old people are no good at everything."
"Team Homer" (Season 7, Episode 12) follows Homer and his friends on a quest to join the local bowling league. The crew has their eyes on the championship prize but can't afford the steep $500 registration fee. This prompts Homer to seek sponsorship from Mr. Burns, who agrees to sign a check while under the influence of anesthesia. After Burns recovers from his ordeal, he demands a spot on Homer's team. This exchange prompts one of the Pin Pals to utter the following quote; "Yeah, call this an unfair generalization if you must, but old people are no good at everything.
"Oh, wow, windows. I don't think I could afford this place."
"You Only Move Twice," (Season 8, Episode 2) represents one of the most interesting episodes in the entire franchise. Homer accepts a job at the new nuclear power plant and uproots the family, forcing them to move to a different town. The only problem is, Homer is completely oblivious to the fact that his boss is a benevolent James Bond-esque villain. During a scene in which the family is attempting to sell their Evergreen Terrace home, a side character utters this painfully accurate quote about home ownership.
"Don't make me run! I'm full of chocolate!"
"Lisa on Ice" (Season 6, Episode 8) is a fantastic episode that centers around the sometimes rocky relationship between Bart and Lisa. After discovering that she's failing Gym class, Lisa ends up on an after-school Hockey team, allowing her to compete to achieve a passing letter grade. The sibling rivalry between the brother and sister takes center stage, but the above quote is from a hilarious scene in which Homer chases an exchange student with a wet towel. Which of these kids was "full of chocolate?"
"I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords."
In Season 5, Episode 15, (Deep Space Homer) we see everyone's favorite dysfunctional father piloting a space shuttle to the stars. Feeling unimportant and disrespected, Homer finds himself part of NASA's "new program." The association is bent on sending an "average schmoe" into space in an effort to boost Nielsen ratings. The episode features two prominent guest stars, Buzz Aldrin (playing himself) and James Taylor (also playing himself). The above quote comes from a news story when the camera pans in on a seemingly "giant ant" that Homer has mistakingly let out of its habitat.
"There goes the last lingering thread of my heterosexuality."
The Treehouse of Horror episodes are perhaps my favorite part of The Simpsons. I'm a horror buff and love how downright spooky the writers can be. During Treehouse of Horror III, a scene breaks out in which Homer is attacked by a Krusty Doll while taking a bath. He screams and sprints through the house in a naked blur. After seeing this nude display, a certain character utters the above quote, speaking to how Homer's nakedness pushed them over the edge.
"So long dental plan!"
Not only is this one of the most prominent quotes from The Simpsons series, it's become a bit of an internet meme over the years. This particular line is shouted during "Last Exit to Springfield" (Season 4, Episode 17). Disgruntled with the workers union, Mr. Burns attempts to revoke everyone's dental plan, in exchange for a keg of beer at the union meeting. Realizing that Lisa needs braces, Homer reminds everyone of how important a dental plan really is, and is elected the new union president.
"Iron helps us play!"
Children can be rather impressionable. Good parenting can be the difference between a child embracing or fearing life. The kids of Springfield all face different parenting methods (or a complete lack of parenting). During the Episode "Lisa's First Word" (Season 4, Episode 10), we see a young Bart sent out on a play date with two other boys. During a board game, the children are called away to dinner, which consists of liver. This leads one of the kids to shout triumphantly, "iron helps us play!"
"In this house, we obey the laws of thermodynamics!"
Unwholesome kite flying isn't the only spoken gem to come from "The PTA Disbands" (Season 6, Episode 21). During the same episode, an individual within The Simpsons' household becomes disenchanted with a perpetual motion machine (made by Lisa). The lack of schooling and structure has taken a large toll on Lisa, who gets caught "dissecting her own raincoat." Lisa's perpetual motion machine has a unique quirk, in that is keeps moving faster and faster. Who calls out to Lisa and then chastises her about the laws of thermodynamics?
"Isn't it nice we hate the same things?"
There is an abundance of quirky and awkward individuals floating throughout The Simpsons universe. The show does a fantastic job in shining the light of scrutiny on some of its side characters. In Season 2, Episode 14, a potential suitor begins dating Marge's sister, Patty. At the start, Patty seems reluctant to go out with the man in question but soon finds herself enjoying his company. This mystery man even goes as far as to propose to Patty, although she declines. The two seem to share a general disdain for many things, based on the quote above.
"There's something about flying a kite at night that's so unwholesome."
The Simpsons' writers are experts at sticking subtle jokes into each episode. For the most part, we see an array of rib ticklers and one-liners. There are a few exceptions though when writers go out of the box to make references to generalized pop culture and themes. In Season 6, Episode 21, Springfield elementary sees teachers strike. This causes the school to cease operation, displacing the children. During this time, some of the kids exhibit some unnatural behaviors. Which character makes the above remark when witnessing Bart flying a kite in the dark?
"Everything's coming up Milhouse!"
Let's drop the difficulty scale back a little bit and look at another rather well-known phrase. During "Mom and Pop Art" (Season 10, Episode 9) we see a series of scenes in which Homer and Bart purposely flood the town of Springfield by opening up some fire hydrants. The main chunk of this episode features around Homer's new career as an "outsider artist," but it also features one of the most famous quotes in Simpson's history. During the flood, this individual sees a small victory in which his pants cuffs stay completely dry.
"Today, part four of our series of the agonizing pain in which I live every day."
If I had a dollar for every downtrodden Simpsons' character, I'd have enough money for a decent lunch. Sure, the title isn't filled to the brim with "negative nancy's." but there are quite a few characters who steal the show with their quotes about self-loathing and introverted attitudes. It's important to note that a lot of these expressions are meant to be satirical, but you can't help but feel bad for some of Springfield's denizens. Which gloomy individual spoke about "the pain in which I live every day?"