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Frequently Asked Questions about alt.tv.simpsons and the TV series "The Simpsons".

This FAQ about alt.tv.simpsons and the TV series "The Simpsons" was compiled and written by Ondre Lombard wakkojr@nospam.wcat.com and Andrew Gill superluser@mail.rit.edu with numerous contributions by others.

-01 alt.tv.simpsons Basic History
Newsgrouped during the third week of March 1990, alt.tv.simpsons, a ...
-02 "The Simpsons" Basic History
The Simpsons is an animated television series produced by Gracie ...
-03 "The Tracey Ullman Show" Simpsons History
It was under the suggestion of Pauly Platt, a Life in Hell (see Sec 2.2)...
-04 The Simpson Family
-05 Series Timeline (Simpsons)
-06 Relevant Associated Newsgroups, Fanclubs, and FTP/WWW Sites (Simpsons)
Newsgroups:...
-07 Frequently Used Acronyms (Simpsons)
-08 Topics That Tend To Go Nowhere (alt.tv.simpsons)
As with most newsgroups, certain threads have been beaten to death....
-09 How much does Maggie cost in the opening titles? (Simpsons)
Maggie is listed as costing $847.63, a figure once given as the amount ...
-10 Where is Springfield, anyway? (Simpsons)
Springfield is a fictional location. MG says he chose the name ...
-11 What is the Simpsons' home address?
That depends....
-12 What is the Simpsons' home phone number?
Homer's phone numbers, according to Principal Skinner's rolodex card ...
-13 Where did Matt Groening get the names for the Simpson family?
Homer and Margaret (Marge) are the names of his parents (Mrs. Simpson ...
-14 Is it just me or are several of the characters left-handed? (Simpsons)
No, many of the characters are indeed left-handed. This is because MG ...
-15 It seemed to me that Homer's voice sounds different in some early episodes. Did they change actors, or is it just my imagination? (Simpsons)
When Dan Castellaneta originally began voicing Homer, he basically ...
-16 There are still a few characters who sounded different in the first season. Were all the same actors doing the voices? (Simpsons)
Christopher Collins played Moe Szyslak in Some Enchanted Evening and Mr....
-17 What does the "J" stand for in Homer J. and Bart J. Simpson? (Simpsons)
MG says that Homer and Abraham's middle initials are a token of ...
-18 Which one's Itchy and which is Scratchy? (Simpsons)
As Lisa and Bart explained to Herb Powell:...
-19 Which one's Patty and Which one's Selma? (Simpsons)
Sometimes referred to as the Gruesome Twosome. Patty usually wears ...
-20 What are the names of the bullies who pick on Bart, and which is which? (Simpsons)
Their names are Jimbo Jones, Dolph, and Kearney....
-21 How come the Halloween Specials don't follow established continuity? (Simpsons)
The Treehouse of Horror series is, according to MG, non-canonical and ...
-22 Where did they get the money to animate the THOH short "Homer^3"? (Simpsons)
Writer David S. Cohen approached David Silverman with the idea of ...
-23 Are Smithers and Karl gay (or bisexual)? (Simpsons)
According to Producer David Silverman, Yes, Waylon Smithers and ...
-24 Wasn't Smithers black in one episode? (Simpsons)
Sort of. When Homer's Odyssey was being produced, Smithers ...
-25 Who is that bee guy? (Simpsons)
Springfield's TV show starring a man in a bumblebee costume is ...
-26 And the guy who runs the comic shop, what's his name? (Simpsons)
According to the production staff, the owner of the comic shop is ...
-27 What's that thing Homer says? Doh? Dough? D'ohh? (Simpsons)
The correct way to spell it is D'oh! Homer's trademark D'oh!...
-28 Exactly how old is Homer? 35? 36? 38??? (Simpsons)
Contrary to strange developments in recent years, Homer is really 36, ...
-29 ("Who Shot Mr. Burns? Part One") and/or 81 ("Simpson and Delilah").
-30 Is Bart's friend named Milhous or Milhouse? (Simpsons)
Although it is true that he is named after former U.S. President ...
-31 What are the names of Milhouse's parents? (Simpsons)
Kirk Van Houten and Luann Van Houten. They divorced in the eighth ...
-32 What's the deal with the rake scene in "Cape Feare" (9F22)? (Simpsons)
According to the writers, the truth is that the episode was running short,...
-33 The trivia questions in 3F31 said the cash register in the titles read "NRA4EVR", and that both B.G. Murphy and Dr. Marvin Monroe died during Season Six. When did Dr. Monroe die, and the FAQ just said the register reads "847.63". What's going on here? (Simpsons)
The trivia questions in 3F31 are gags made to troll the audience, just ...
-34 With the passing of Phil Hartman, will Troy McClure and Lionel Hutz have new voices? (Simpsons)
All sources indicate that Matt Groening has retired the characters out ...
-35 Who is the person playing the baritone saxaphone for Lisa? (Simpsons)
Terry Harrington....
-36 Who is Matt Groening? (Simpsons)
Matt Groening, born February 15th, 1954, is the creator of The ...
-37 What exactly does he do for "The Simpsons"? (Matt Groening)
Matt Groening is officially known as the show's Creative Consultant, ...
-38 Why wasn't MG's name on 2F31? (Simpsons)
MG asked that his name be removed from the credits to A Star Is ...
-39 What are all these hexidecimal numbers people keep talking about? (Simpsons)
The numbers (7G06, 7F19, 9F08, 2F05, AABF01 etc.) refer to the ...
-40 Where do you get the production codes from? (Simpsons)
Watch the closing credits to each episode. The credit page with ...
-41 Where do the episode titles come from? (Simpsons)
Some newspapers print the episode titles. The book _Simpson Mania_ ...
-42 How is a Simpsons episode created?
Production on a given season begins in December, when the writers go to ...
-43 What was the first episode? (Simpsons)
The Simpsons is one of those series that don't have one specific ...
-44 Why do the production codes in Season Six jump from 2F22 to 2F31? And what about 3F31 in Season Seven? (Simpsons)
The current production staff at The Simpsons has only enough resources ...
-45 What's this I keep hearing about "The Simpsons" being cancelled?
All sources indicate that 20th Century Fox is eager to take Simpsons ...
-46 How do I pronounce... (Simpsons)
Groening? A: In one of the Life In Hell strips and in the ...
-47 Have any of the episodes been released on video? (Simpsons)
A set of 12 SECAM VHS tapes featuring 24 episodes from Season One ...
-48 What's all this about syndication? (Simpsons)
Episodes that have already had their seasonal run on Fox have been ...
-49 Why are the syndicated episodes being cut? (Simpsons)
Syndicated episodes are edited to fit the standard length of any ...
-50 Why was the Tracey Ullman Show short "Babysitting Maggie" cut on Fox? (Simpsons)
There was a protest over the 1987 airing of a scene in which Maggie ...
-51 Has The Simpsons won any Emmys/awards? (Simpsons)
The Simpsons has received 31 Emmy nominations, and 15 wins. The ...
-52 What's this rumor I keep hearing about a Simpsons movie? (Simpsons)
MG is doubtful that will ever happen, and most likely an animated or ...
-53 How do I contact Matt Groening or the producers/writers of the show? (Simpsons)
You can send your praises, questions, comments, sympathy cards, ...
-54 What about Email addresses for Matt Groening or the production staff? (Simpsons)
If MG has an Email address, he has not made it public. Several of ...
-55 I have a script/story idea I want to show to the producers... (Simpsons)
The best advice here is to get yourself an agent. Due to potential ...
-56 What's Bongo Comics Group/Simpsons Illustrated? (Simpsons)
Simpsons Illustrated was a quarterly fan magazine that is no ...
-57 What are the words to "The Itchy & Scratchy Show" theme? (Simpsons)
They Fight! And Bite!...
-58 Where can I get the music from "The Simpsons"?
Currently three albums, and singles associated to the first released ...
-59 The Soundtrack Album, "Songs in the Key of Springfield" is great. Will there be a follow-up to it? (Simpsons)
Rhino Records, which released a 51-track complilation of songs aired ...
-60 Is my local station cutting the episodes? (Simpsons)
Probably not, unless you're watching the syndicated versions of ...
-61 Why are some clips shown in commercials not in the transmitted episode? (Simpsons)
Each episode is produced with extra and alternate animation, to allow ...
-62 What's this I hear about a real life version of the Simpson house? (Simpsons)
Kaufman and Broad has designed a 2,200 square ft., 4-bedroom house ...
-63 And who was the winner of 1995's "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" 1-800-COLLECT contest? (Simpsons)
Fayla Gibson. And unlike the promos said (which led most to believe ...
-64 Is the "Simpsons" production staff aware of Usenet and a.t.s?
Yes. Although Matt Groening has never appeared on the Internet ...
-65 The Episode Capsules (Simpsons)
The episode capsule is perhaps the ultimate resource file for ...
-66 Required Reading (Simpsons)
In addition to the LISA, several other reference works are available,...
-67 The alt.tv.simpsons Mail Server
Many of the documents referred to here are available via ...
-68 Acknowledgements (alt.tv.simpsons)
I want to take this time to thank the previous FAQ maintainers for making ...
-69 Contributors (alt.tv.simpsons)
These people have contributed in some fashion to this document, both with ...
-70 Disclaimer and Copyright (alt.tv.simpsons)
This document is Copyright (c) 1997, 1998, 1999 Artist Bros. ...
-71 Ah, you mention the LISA. What is that? (alt.tv.simpsons MINI-FAQ: CBG-FAQ)
The LISA (List of Inquiries and Substantive Answers) is _the_ ...
-72 Acronyms/Conventions (alt.tv.simpsons MINI-FAQ: CBG-FAQ)
(almost verbatim from LISA):...
-73 Where is Springfield/Where do the Simpsons live? (alt.tv.simpsons MINI-FAQ: CBG-FAQ)
At 742 Evergreen Terrace, Springfield. Of this, 742 can be debated (in ...
-74 Is Smithers gay? (alt.tv.simpsons MINI-FAQ: CBG-FAQ)
YES. David Silerman, Supervising Director for the show, has said so. ...
-75 Are any other characters gay? (alt.tv.simpsons MINI-FAQ: CBG-FAQ)
Karl, from Simpson and Delilah, and John, from Homer's Phobia. No other ...
-76 Was Smithers black in an episode? (alt.tv.simpsons MINI-FAQ: CBG-FAQ)
Smithers did appear to be black in one episode (Homer's Odyssey). He ...
-77 The cash register doesn't read NRA4EVER, does it? (alt.tv.simpsons MINI-FAQ: CBG-FAQ)
No. It says 847.63, the price of raising a baby for a month. Anyone ...
-78 While we're talking about the "Spectacular" gags, when did Marvin Monroe die? (alt.tv.simpsons MINI-FAQ: CBG-FAQ)
He died before Who Shot Mr. Burns, Part 2. In that episode, there is a ...
-79 And how do you spell Homer's catchphrase? (alt.tv.simpsons MINI-FAQ: CBG-FAQ)
D'oh is the accepted spelling, and has been seen spelled that way in ...
-80 What's the name of that guy from the Android's Dungeon (comic shop?)
Comic Book Guy (CBG) or Comic Book Shop Guy (CBSG). That's the official ...
-81 I noticed that my favorite scene wasn't shown when they recently reran an episode. (alt.tv.simpsons MINI-FAQ: CBG-FAQ)
This is what happens to syndicated series. They get cut. Anything not ...
-82 What do Bart's, Homer's, and Abraham's J stand for? (alt.tv.simpsons MINI-FAQ: CBG-FAQ)
Jo-jo (according to Nancy Cartwright--who voices Bart), Jay (...
-83 I heard that there was this really explicit scene that was cut in an episode... (alt.tv.simpsons MINI-FAQ: CBG-FAQ)
No. It's a rumor. There are a few exceptions to this rule:...
-84 Did Homer really sing "Do, Re, Mi, Drink?" (alt.tv.simpsons MINI-FAQ: CBG-FAQ)
No. It's just something floating around out there....
-85 When will the new capsules show up? (alt.tv.simpsons MINI-FAQ: CBG-FAQ)
Frederic Briere, the former capsule compiler, instituted many changes ...
-86 What do George Bush's shredded memoirs say? (alt.tv.simpsons MINI-FAQ: CBG-FAQ)
V.P. Quayle ca[]...
-87 How long does it take to produce an episode? (alt.tv.simpsons MINI-FAQ: CBG-FAQ)
Typically, an episode takes about nine months to complete. The writers ...
-88 What are the numbers everyone keeps quoting? (alt.tv.simpsons MINI-FAQ: CBG-FAQ)
That's probably the p-code. Production codes are formed in the ...
-89 The Episode Titles are just made up, right? (alt.tv.simpsons MINI-FAQ: CBG-FAQ)
No. They come from FOX, itself. See ...
-90 And What's this about Bjorn to be Wild? (alt.tv.simpsons MINI-FAQ: CBG-FAQ)
Several episodes have changed their titles. Examples:...
-91 When will the series end? (alt.tv.simpsons MINI-FAQ: CBG-FAQ)
No one knows. Rumor among those on the inside had it that it will end ...
-92 Topics that tend to go nowhere (alt.tv.simpsons MINI-FAQ: CBG-FAQ)
[again, almost straight out of LISA]...
-93 Topics to which you ought not to respond: (alt.tv.simpsons MINI-FAQ: CBG-FAQ)
- Show X is Better/Worse than The Simpsons....
-94 Archives: (alt.tv.simpsons MINI-FAQ: CBG-FAQ)
*NOTE*: much of this comes from the LISA. ...
-95 Lists: (alt.tv.simpsons MINI-FAQ: CBG-FAQ)
The Cast List:...
-96 What is netiquette? (alt.tv.simpsons MINI-FAQ: CBG-FAQ)
Netiquette is a series of friendly guidelines which everyone uses for ...
-97 What are the basic rules of netiquette? (alt.tv.simpsons MINI-FAQ: CBG-FAQ)
A. General rule: Don't be a jerk. If you use expletives every other ...
-98 Can you give me any links to netiquette resources? (alt.tv.simpsons MINI-FAQ: CBG-FAQ)
Absolutely!...
-99 Acknowledgments (alt.tv.simpsons MINI-FAQ: CBG-FAQ)
Many thanks go out to:...









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