14The First Episode
The Simpsons began their domination of TV with the episode, Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire. It was a very good start for the show and it signalled good things to come for the showrunners. The episode was both funny and emotional, and we're sure that those who were tuning in didn't expect
such an emotional experience.
The first episode was set at Christmas time. Homer didn't get his Christmas bonus and he had nothing left to buy gifts for his family. He tries to make more money by working as Santa at a mall, but that failed too. With all hope lost, Homer goes to a dog-racing event and he bets everything on a dog named Santa's Little Helper. The dog was disowned by the owner but The Simpsons end up adopting the dog and making it a part of the family.