Air Date: December 17, 1989
The Simpsons are looking to having a Merry Christmas. But with Marge having to blow the holiday-shopping money on getting Bart a tattoo removal, and Homer not getting his Christmas bonus from work, Homer tries to save the day by working as a mall Santa.
The Simpsons episode that literally started it all. Fun fact, this is actually later in production order but they decided to show this first as the premiere date was pushed back to near the end of the year. I’m glad they did though as what we’re given is not only a great introduction to the Simpsons as a family from the lower-middle class that, if nothing else, always tries to hold together as a family unit, but also a great Christmas episode, and one who’s message is that even in the worst of times, people can make the best of it. I suppose that’s a message we could all listen to in these troubling times.
I don’t have any complaints about this episode, though I do see it’s age in both animation and style. This was back when there was much less zaniness in this program, something it slowly starts to leak in until the heartfelt family goodness is much more secondary.
+10: A first of many and family friendly!