To think that the iconic animated family ‘The Simpsons’ first aired on television back in April of 1987 is beyond insane. That’s 30 years for those math illiterates trying to keep track. It all began with a crudely drawn animated short, “Good Night,” and it was followed by 48 short filler segments on the sketch comedy program “The Tracey Ullman Show,” before the show got its own stand-alone series which begin in December, 1989.
Now some 615 episodes, 48 shorts, and one movie later, The Simpsons is still a pillar of modern television, whether you love that fact or not. And when you’re around the block for as long as these yellow guys have been for so long, you see your lion’s share of ‘firsts.’ Below are a short list of some of the more memorable firsts ever to happen on ‘The Simpsons.’ Enjoy!