Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire
Production Code
Broadcast Index
Episode Number
17 December 1989
Mimi Pond
David Silverman
Executive Producer
James L. Brooks
Matt Groening
Sam Simon
Gary M. Gadsdon
  • Character Debuts:
  • • Patty Bouvier
  • • Selma Bouvier
  • • Santa's Little Helper
  • • Snowball II
  • • Ned Flanders
  • • Todd Flanders
  • • Principal Seymour Skinner
  • • Mr. Dewey Largo
  • • Milhouse Van Houten
  • • Ralph Wiggum
  • • Mr. Charles Montgomery Burns
  • • Moe Syzlak
  • • Barney Gumble
Plot After Bart's tattoo removal, the Simpsons have no money to buy Christmas presents, when Barney suggests to Homer of getting a job as a Santa down at the mall, and when the pay is only thirteen dollars, Homer and Bart go to the dog track and blow all their money on Number 8, and they go home with the losing dog, known as Santa's Little Helper.
Post New Memorable Quotage
  • Bart: Oh please, there's only one fat guy who brings us presents and his name ain't Santa.
  • Bart: Hey Milhouse, I dare you to sit on his lap.
    Milhouse: Yeah? Well, I dare you to yank his beard off.
    Bart: Ahh. Touche.
Post New Allusions
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Post New Trivia
  • Marge's name is revealed for the first time
  • Marge parks in sector ZZ of the Mall parking lot
  • There is a guy in a radiation suit eating donuts
  • The house is flipped upside down in one of the final shots
  • The elementary school christmas show was rated 3½
Post New Cultural References
  • The Santa's of Many Lands is the result of something that happened to Groening when he had to give a report on Christmas in Russia
  • Bart revived the old fashioned "Jingle Bells, Batman Smells" jingle
  • The title is a parody of the song, "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire"
Post New Reviews
Posted on 16 March 2010 by Gars
A nice introduction. The story progresses rather well, at a nice leisurely rate. It introduces the characters (for those who didn't see the shorts) well, we can understand their personalities well here, that sits well with me. It isn't the funniest of episodes, but it's got an edge to it.
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