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Gets 4 stars only in comparison to later seasons

  • Apr 14, 2003
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Compared to anything else available out there, I'd give this set 4 stars. But in comparison to all the upcoming seasons of the Simpsons, I can only give it 4 (unless I could give the others six or seven!).

The animation is so crude compared to what we see on this show today. The voices are weird. And the plots are a bit cruder, the characters still rough-edged. The show hadn't quite figured out how to make Homer a loveable lug or Bart a loveable scamp. You can almost see why some parents objected to this show...it was a bit rough.

But it sure had one thing going for it right from the start...it was REALLY, REALLY funny.

If you haven't seen the Simpsons before, I won't try to talk you into them with this review. But I will say you've missed something special!

If you know (and love) The Simpsons, you don't need my convincing. But you might want to know if this set is worth the cost. I say, absolutely. Having the episodes so pristine is great. And there is commentary from all the major creators for each episode. Normally, these "director's commentaries" on DVD's are not all they're cracked up to be, but particularly in this first year of the show, we really get the idea of how the Simpson's evolved. James Brooks, Matt Groening and others tell us in great detail how the show developed, and some of the stuff is very subtle and would probably have gone unnoticed. It's great to watch an episode, then go right back and listen to the commentary. Very revealing!

I highly recommend this excellent set.

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review by . November 24, 2001
Just recently got this, and it is fantastic.Why do I love this DVD set?#1 Is price. Compare the price for a 3 DVD set, containing the entire, un-cut, un-edited first season of the Simpsons! With the price for the special VHS releases they did awhile back, such as the "Political Simpsons Set," and the "Halloween Simpsons Set," and you will see which is the better deal (even now).#2 DVD quality. ( I have no idea what the other reviewers are talking about - I have a high definition TV, and I am using …
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America's first family of dysfunction, the Simpsons, appear in all their depraved glory in this wonderful DVD compilation of their show's premiere season. Fans accustomed to the slick appearance of the later episodes will be delighted by the rougher nature of these earlier episodes, when the characters weren't as well defined (Homer isn't quite as dumb as he is in later seasons) and the animation was still evolving. This only adds to the charm of these 13 episodes, which begin with "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire," the December 1989 Christmas special in which a down-and-out Simpson family adopt Santa's Little Helper. Throughout the season, familiar faces are introduced, as we catch first glimpses of Smithers, Mr. Burns, the Flanderses, and Patty and Selma. Highlights of the season include "The Crepes of Wrath," in which Bart is sent to France as an exchange student ("Don't mess up France the way you messed up your room"); "Bart the Genius," in which Bart ends up in a school for the gifted; and "Krusty Gets Busted," in which Bart's lifelong animosity with Sideshow Bob begins.--Jenny Brown
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Genre: Animation
Studio: 20th Century Fox
DVD Release Date: September 25, 2001

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