The Simpsons’ Celebrates 30 Years With A Christmas Miracle

The Simpsons regifts its first episode along with an all-day marathon to celebrate 30th anniversary.

This could be the miracle that saves The Simpsons‘ Christmas. If TV taught us anything, it’s that miracles always happen to poor kids at Christmas. It happened to Tiny Tim. It happened to Charlie Brown. It happened to the Smurfs. To celebrate the 30-year anniversary of The Simpsons, Fox will air an encore of the first-ever full-length episode of the series according to Deadline. “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire” originally aired on December 17, 1989.  The encore will air on Sunday, December 23, at 8 p.m.

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Before they spun off into their own series and went on to become the longest-running primetime scripted show in American television history, The Simpsons ran as a series of animated shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show for three seasons beginning in 1987. “Homer (Dan Castellaneta) tries to earn extra money to buy Christmas presents for the family, and everything he does goes wrong,” reads the official synopsis for “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire,” the very first full-length episode of the series ever air. “Fortunately, he is rescued by Santa’s Little Helper. This special originally aired on December 18, 1989.

FXX will also air a marathon of The Simpsons episodes personally selected by executive producer Al Jean beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 16. The thirty-episodes-for-thirty-seasons marathon beings with the season one, episode 9, “Life in the Fast Lane,” and ends with “Bart’s Not Dead,” the 30th season opener which initially aired in September. 

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Fox will air “‘Tis the 30th Season,” The Simpsons season 30 holiday episode Sunday, December 9, at 8 p.m. The episode features guest star Jane Lynch.  “After failed Black Friday shopping, Marge (Julie Kavner) is determined to fix Christmas but Homer (Dan Castellaneta) and the kids decide to surprise her by going on vacation to a Floridian resort that turns out to be a knock-off Disney World,”  reads the official synopsis.

FXX’s Simpsons marathon schedule:

9 a.m. “Life on the Fast Lane” (Season 1, Episode 9)

9:30 a.m. “Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment” (Season 2, Episode 13)

10 a.m. “Radio Bart” (Season 3, Episode 13)

10:30 a.m. “Marge vs. the Monorail” (Season 4, Episode 12)

11 a.m. “Cape Feare” (Season 5, Episode 2)

11:30 a.m. “Lisa’s Wedding” (Season 6, Episode 19)

12 p.m. “Treehouse of Horror VI” (Season 7, Episode 6)

12:30 p.m. “Homer’s Phobia” (Season 8, Episode 15)

1 p.m. “Trash of the Titans” (Season 9, Episode 22)

1:30 p.m. “Viva Ned Flanders” (Season 10, Episode 10)

2 p.m. “Behind the Laughter” (Season 11, Episode 22)

2:30 p.m. “HOMR” (Season 12, Episode 9)

3 p.m. “She of Little Faith” (Season 13, Episode 6)

3:30 p.m. “Three Gays of the Condo” (Season 14, Episode 17)

4 p.m. “The Way We Weren’t” (Season 15, Episode 20)

4:30 p.m. “Future-Drama” (Season 16, Episode 15)

5 p.m. “The Seemingly Never-Ending Story” (Season 17, Episode 13)

5:30 p.m. “The Haw-Hawed Couple” (Season 18, Episode 8)

6 p.m. “Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind” (Season 19, Episode 9)

6:30 p.m. “Gone Maggie Gone” (Season 20, Episode 13)

7 p.m. “Once Upon a Time in Springfield” (Season 21, Episode 10)

7:30 p.m. “Angry Dad: The Movie” (Season 22, Episode 14)

8 p.m. “Holidays of Future Passed” (Season 23, Episode 9)

8:30 p.m. “Treehouse of Horror XXIII” (Season 24, Episode 2)

9 p.m. “Brick Like Me” (Season 25, Episode 20)

9:30 p.m. “Treehouse of Horror XXV” (Season 26, Episode 4)

10 p.m. “Halloween of Horror” (Season 27, Episode 4)

10:30 p.m. “The Town” (Season 28, Episode 3)

11 p.m. “Gone Boy” (Season 29, Episode 9)

11:30 p.m. “Bart’s Not Dead” (Season 30, Episode 1)

“Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire” will air on Sunday, December 23, at 8 p.m.

Culture Editor Tony Sokol cut his teeth on the wire services and also wrote and produced New York City’s Vampyr Theatre and the rock opera AssassiNation: We Killed JFK. Read more of his work here or find him on Twitter @tsokol.