“Henceforth, this date shall forever be known as Flaming Moe’s Day!” – Mayor Quimby
“Uh, sir, this is already Veterans Day.” – Aide
“It can be two things!” – Mayor Quimby

The Simpsons premiered with a Christmas special on 17 December 1989. Six years later – to the day – The Simpsons ran its second Christmas episode, the very special “Marge Be Not Proud”. While that episode contains some classic lines that are as good as anything the show ever produced (notably “Thrillho” and Homer referring to Reverend Lovejoy as “Captain Whatshisname”), it was also a massive departure from what had made the show great. That the two of them share a calendar date is a memorable coincidence, and what makes December 17th Simpsons Day.

There were many excellent episodes broadcast afterwards, but it was the run from 1989-1995 that made The Simpsons what it was. And December 17th saw both the beginning and the end.

Continue to Appendix D – A Defense of Mike Scully.

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