The Simpsons (partially found deleted scenes of Fox animated sitcom; 1989-present)

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The show's title card.

Status: Partially Found

The Simpsons is an American animated television series that premiered on Fox on December 17th, 1989, after becoming just animated shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show. The show follows Homer Simpson, his family and a wide variety of characters in Springfield through all sorts of quirky antics. The show was a massive success since it premiered and continues to air new episodes to this day and has evolved into a pop culture phenomenon for the then-struggling network. However, several scenes and snippets have been cut or trimmed out of episodes and these scenes have become lost over time.

Deleted Scenes

Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire

Status: Partially Found

In the promo for the episode, two scenes shown off in the promo are nowhere to be found in the aired episode. Those being of Maggie feeding Santa's Little Helper a steak and a brief shot of Homer shouting Bart. The latter of which can be heard but not seen in the episode.

Promo for the episode with the missing footage at 0:10 and 0:15.

The Crepes of Wrath

Status: Partially Found

Two scenes where Bart woos at some French dancers and eating French chocolates weren't in the aired episode but they were featured in a promo for the episode.

Promo for the episode with the missing footage at 0:06 and 0:07/08.

Bart vs. Thanksgiving

Status: Lost

The scene where Bart donates blood to raise money was meant to be longer and shows the interior with Bart having his blood taken. Only one storyboard panel exists of this scene.[1]

Colonel Homer

Status: Partially Found

The scene where Bart and Lisa argue over Homer knowing more than one woman before Lurleen's performance of "Bagged Me a Homer" was absent from the aired episode. A snippet of this scene was included in a promo for the episode which was included in the DVD Boxset for season 3. The rest of the scene has yet to resurface.

Promo for the episode with footage from the argument (0:21).

Marge Gets a Job

Status: Partially Lost

In the initial airing of this episode, Mrs. Krabappel lists Tourette's syndrome as one of the ailments Bart faked having to avoid doing his English test, to which Bart responds by barking, snarling, and muttering "Shove it, witch!" in an attempt to prove he still has it. This gag drew complaints from many viewers who felt that it was insensitive for the writers of the show to mock an actual condition, with a 13-year-old boy from Renton, Washington named Joshua Smith who suffers from Tourette's syndrome demanding that Fox "not repeat the episode and have Bart Simpson befriend somebody with Tourette's on the show and include an apology from Bart at the end" or he would seek legal action.[2] In response, Simpsons executive producer Mike Reiss apologized for the jokes, saying that "We kind of feel like we made a mistake this time. We felt bad about this." Additionally, the controversial line would be overdubbed in all future broadcasts and home media releases to replace the mention of Tourette's with Rabies (with Bart's reaction remaining the same), though the original audio can be found online.

Additionally, several seconds of animation from Smithers' dream sequence that featured "Mr. Burns land[ing] in a particular position on Smithers anatomy" was cut due to demands from Fox censors. To date, this footage hasn't surfaced.

Original Tourette's audio.

Mother Simpson

Status: Found

In two scenes that weren't in the final episode, Termites are visible between the top floor, ground floor and basement and Homer is eating chocolate and space food sticks and he is talking to Mona Simpson about him working at the nuclear power plant.

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22 Short Films About Springfield

Status: Partially Found

A promo for this episode features a cut scene involving Krusty the Klown and Ralph Wiggum sat next to each other on an airplane, with Krusty clearly being uncomfortable at Ralph's presence. This scene was apparently cut for time very late in to production, and to date, this is the only footage from this scene to have surfaced.

Promo for the episode featuring clips of the cut scene.

Treehouse of Horror XVII

Status: Lost

At the end of the "The Day The Earth Looked Stupid" segment, Kang initially had a line where he remarks "This sure is a lot like Iraq will be" as he and Kodos look over the ruins of 1938 Springfield, an obvious reference to the Iraq War that was taking place at the time of the episode's production. While numerous other lines alluding to the war within the segment were maintained, this specific line was cut due to several writers deeming it "too obvious."[3] The deleted line would never be included in any home media releases of the series, though it was maintained in the cut of the episode sent to television critics. An edit of the episode featuring the cut line would later be leaked online, but no copies of this leaked version have currently been found, leaving the line lost.

Treehouse of Horror XXVII

Status: Partially Found

Scenes including Russ Cargill and Frank Grimes becoming a large ghost was cut due to time constraints according to showrunner Al Jean on Twitter.[4] According to the comment section of the tweet, the scenes were on YouTube for a short time but have since been taken down by Fox. A promo featuring snippets from both deleted scenes had resurfaced. Both scenes in their full form have yet to resurface.

Promo featuring both deleted scenes (0:23).

Homer Is Where the Art Isn't

Status: Found

The scene where Sideshow Mel and a crowd are chanting for a female Doctor Who was swapped during production with a protest about too many Pokey restaurants, due to the announcement that Jodie Whittaker was going to be the first female Doctor.[5] The scene in storyboard form can be found online.

The Female Doctor Who chant deleted scene.

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