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Christmas With the Simpsons

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I do so love The Simpsons!

Christmas With The Simpsons is a collection of five Christmas-related episodes. Well, four really. “Mr. Plow” takes place in Winter, and there’s that snappy Mr. Plow theme song, but as far as I can tell there are no holiday references.

The other four episodes are as follows:

“Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire” -The episode that started it all!

“Miracle on Evergreen Terrace” – Bart burns down the family’s plastic Christmas tree and then lies about it. When the truth is found out, the town, as usual, resorts to angry mob justice.

“Grift of the Magi” – When the school is run by a private company, the children are used to design the next big Christmas toy.

“She of Little Faith” – Lisa converts to Buddhism after the church becomes commercialized thanks to Mr. Burns. This episode contains one of my favorite Simpsons quotes: Lovejoy – “That is a false analogy!”, Lisa – “No, it’s not. It’s apt. APT!”

There’s also another Simpsons Christmas DVD available, but neither has one of my favorite Christmas Simpsons, “Marge Be Not Proud” where Bart steals the video game. How’d they miss this one?!

Anyway, if you’re a big Simpsons fan you’re probably buying the boxed sets of the seasons, but if you’re a casual Simpsons junkie, then Christmas With The Simpsons is probably for you.

Mark Anderson is a professional cartoonist whose family and business cartoons appear in publications nationwide.

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  • I agree that the omission of “Marge Be Not Proud” is a criminal one – particularly since the snowstorm ep in the second set is only tangentially related to the holiday. . .

  • They should have about enough Christmas episodes for a box set. If they had just one times sixteen seasons, and you throw in a couple of tangential “winter” shows like the snow plow episode, there you’d have you one of the ultimate Christmas video perennials.

  • ah, but with these “lite” collections (the full ones being the full season sets) the idea is always to give you just enough to want more. You can see it with some other popular/long-running series that have similar “lite” themed episode collections alongside full and part seasons. I also can’t help thinking it’s a bit of a throwback to before the DVD format came out, as obviously you can’t fit an entire series of The Simpsons on noe video, so they had a load of themed collections like this to make it easy and cheap to get a good mix of episodes.
    Good review though, and I agree that these themed collections are good for casual fans. BUT, play.com have the season DVD boxed sets of The Simpsons for 14.99 delivered – i kid you not. They also have similarly bargain prices on the Futurama and Family Guy season sets. http://www.play.com/play247.asp?page=promo&R=R2&id=768&linkBack=Bargains for The Simpsons and Futurama

  • I’m surprised they didn’t just put all of them together and sell it as a boxed set. They can do the same thing with the Halloween episodes too, arguably the best episodes of all.

  • Eve

    I agree. Box set of Christmas episodes please. They should also release a box set for season 1-10 and another for season 11-20. Otherwise you would need a whole shelf dedicated to the Simpsons series.