The Simpsons is now in its 30th season. What began as a series of recurring sketches on The Tracey Ullman Show quickly became a national phenomenon and has since become the longest-running primetime scripted series in the history of American television.
The timeless stories of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie have amassed millions of fans across the world. With that, a ton of merchandise has been released, so that fans can enjoy the characters in more than just their timeslot every week on Fox. Some of them make the perfect gifts for Simpsons fans. So, here is the ultimate Simpsons Gift Guide.
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The Simpsons Movie was a far better movie than it had any right to be. It’s hard to make any TV-to-movie adaptation work without it feeling like an extended episode played on the big screen, but with a gag rate as fast and with as many jokes landing as we haven’t seen since the early seasons of the show, The Simpsons Movie managed to stand out on its own.
It feels like a real movie, yet it also retains the classic Simpsons feel and sensibility. It’s endlessly rewatchable, too, and that’s why every Simpsons fan needs to have the Blu-ray in their library.
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There’s very little debate among the Simpsons fanbase that season 4 is the best season of the show. It was early enough in the run that the storylines and character moments were still inspired and not repetitive or tired, but also late enough that the writers had figured out their style of humor and storytelling to the point where they could have jokes coming thick and fast, landing every time, and a healthy balance of earnest family moments and pop culture references.
A list of great season 4 episodes could double as a list of great Simpsons episodes: “Last Exit to Springfield,” “Marge vs. the Monorail,” “Mr. Plow,” “Brother from the Same Planet,” “Whacking Day” etc.
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This 14-piece figure set has all the best Simpsons characters. It has some from the family, of course – Homer, Marge, and Bart – but it also has a few from the show’s giant supporting cast. There’s Ned Flanders, his sons Rod and Todd, Otto, Ralph Wiggum, Mrs. Krabappel, Groundskeeper Willie, Sideshow Mel, and everyone’s favorite dork, Milhouse.
Matt Groening claims he borrowed the concept of a large cast of supporting characters from the show SCTV. Initially, the show just focused on the family and their situations, but the growing supporting cast meant the jokes and character moments just kept on coming.
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Homer Simpson and Buddha don’t have an awful lot in common. They’re both bald and they’re both larger men, but Buddha is infinitely wise and Homer is infinitely stupid. Still, there is a lot of wisdom that Homer has imparted over the years that suggest he’s smarter than he seems, and that maybe we should be following in his footsteps with a lackadaisical worldview and reckless behavior.
This is on display in “Viva Ned Flanders,” the episode in which he took Ned to Vegas to show him how to live without caring about consequences. This neat little Homer Buddha figure sits atop a giant donut.
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Any fan of The Simpsons is bound to have noticed how brilliantly crafted its writing is. The jokes, the storylines, the character arcs – they all clearly come from sharp minds. Well, one of those minds – Mike Reiss, the mind who has been with the show for longer than anyone else – decided to bring the spirit of the Simpsons writers’ room to the page in this perceptive book.
It’s filled with anecdotes and insights from the writing of the show, and you’ll laugh as much as you’ll learn. Reiss has accumulated four Emmy Award wins over the years, so he has that impeccable style The Simpsons is known for at its best.
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Shows like The Simpsons build up their fictional universe with made-up brand names and businesses that populate the setting, Moe’s Tavern, the Kwik-E-Mart, Duff Beer, and of course, Krusty Burger. This t-shirt is adorned with the iconic Krusty Burger logo.
And the show never stops delivering the laughs, because this t-shirt doesn’t just have the logo of a fictional brand as one would expect – it has a joke, too! It proudly states, “Over dozens sold!” as if that’s an achievement. Over dozens – so, what’s that, at least 25? The Simpsons never stops with the jokes. That’s part of what made it the longest-running TV series in history.
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Duff might be the most famous fictional beer ever invented, and now, you can look like Homer when you drink your morning coffee with a travel mug that looks like a can of the iconic yellow family man’s favorite beverage.
It isn’t designed like how a can of Duff Beer would look in the real world – it’s designed how it would look in The Simpsons, with the bright colors and the sharp black pencil lines. So, when you drink from it, you won’t feel like The Simpsons came into the real world; you’ll feel like you went into The Simpsons.
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Matt Groening got his start in comics. He was writing a comic strip that James L. Brooks wanted to adapt for TV, but at the very last second while he was waiting in Brooks’ office, Groening got cold feet about selling away his life’s work and quickly sketched a family and pitched a show about them instead. Thus, The Simpsons was born.
So, unsurprisingly, when The Simpsons became a cultural phenomenon, Groening got to work on adapting the characters for the pages of comic books. Simpsons Comics have been going strong now for many years, and the first batch has been compiled into this book.
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Thanks to the dawn of computer technologies, hand-drawn animation is slowly going extinct. However, it is an important chapter in the history of animation and it’s how all our favorite episodes of The Simpsons were made (unless, for whatever reason, your favorite episodes are from the recent high-def seasons).
Have you ever wondered how those animators managed to keep Marge’s hair the same height in every single frame? Or how they keep the show’s characters’ famous overbites the same size? Well, with this book, featuring wisdom from the “master doodler” himself, Matt Groening, you can learn how to draw them yourself.
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Every morning, we all drink a cup of coffee or tea or whatever beverage we need to get the kick to start the day. Any fan of The Simpsons needs to be drinking that beverage out of this mug.
The images around the mug take us through a week of emotions in the life of Homer Simpson: anxious on Monday, depressed on Tuesday, angry on Wednesday, skeptical on Thursday, happy on Friday, hungover on Saturday, and pensive on Sunday. We can all relate to that in some way, much like we can all relate to a lot of Homer’s blue-collar suburban antics.
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