The Simpsons: "Some Enchanted Evening" (partially found original pilot of animated series; 1989-1990)


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The Simpsons: "Some Enchanted Evening" (original pilot version)
Screenshot of the five minute clip
Screenshot of the five minute clip
Status Partially Found

The animated TV series The Simpsons needs no introduction. With more than 600 episodes, a large fanbase, and a number of awards, the show will always be remembered as a pinnacle of comedy.

But very few fans of the show, even devout ones, are aware that a pilot for this show exists.

Matt Groening, the show's creator, started his work by producing a series of comics called Life in Hell, which ran from 1976 until 2012. In the mid to late 1980s, Tracy Ullman, who was a fan of the characters, asked Groening to include them as skits in her show, which debuted in 1987 and ran until 1990. Groening, fearful of copyright issues, decided instead to create an entirely new cast of characters, which became The Simpsons.

Homer, Lisa, and Marge were all named after his family members, with Bart being an anagram for the word "brat". After the skits got good reception, they were spun off into a separate half-hour series. The first produced episode for the series was "Some Enchanted Evening". The plot of the episode revolves around Homer and Marge taking a night out and hiring a babysitter to look after Bart and Lisa. It turns out that this babysitter is a notorious thief, and begins robbing the family. This episode originally suffered various problems before finally airing.

The video in question

The animation for the original episode was criticized heavily, with James L. Brooks's reaction being, "This is shit." However, the episode was later remade and then aired on May 13, 1990 as the last episode of the first season, with "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire", the eighth episode produced, becoming the first aired episode instead. As of now, only a five minute clip of the pilot has resurfaced onto the Internet due to it being included as a bonus feature on the season 1 DVD.

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Anonymous user #1

14 months ago
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wow, this is written really annoyingly
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Anonymous user #2

13 months ago
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i looked at the screenshots. no wonder james l brooks hated it!
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Anonymous user #2

13 months ago
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And not even the revised version of the episode had good animation! but animation of the show picked up a little into season 2.
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Seychermanium

10 months ago
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My big brother told me about this 4 years ago, and I thought he was lying, because I never found it. Now I see why. *Facepalm*
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Anonymous user #3

10 months ago
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Wait, Bart was an anygram for Brat? I thought Matt named Bart after Craig Bartlett, creator of Hey Arnold and Matt's step brother... Wait... *Looks at it again*

Oh, it's Craig Barrett. Drat.
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Kaden2005

9 months ago
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This episode was later remade into the last episode of the first season.
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Anonymous user #4

8 months ago
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No shit.
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SilverTheGamer

7 months ago
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Too bad they only gave us 5 minutes of this crap
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Anonymous user #10

17 days ago
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And that 5 minutes is long gone. :(
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Anonymous user #5

6 months ago
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ok
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Anonymous user #6

4 months ago
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Well The Simpsons were originally going to premiere in the fall of 1989 but premiered in December.
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Anonymous user #7

3 months ago
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Not really seeing the issue here. It's more animated, so what? They seem to be under the impression that their really goofy designs should for some reason be really boringly/realistically animated, which is just an oxymoron.

And, look skirt physics. You can see Lisa's underwear.
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Anonymous user #8

2 months ago
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I find it ironic that all the Tracey Ullman shorts can be found online, but yet the full version of this still hasn't been found.
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Anonymous user #9

1 months ago
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From what I read the reason the animation is so weird is because it was sent off to Korea with almost no guidance or structure so the animators just threw it together.
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