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The couch gag is a running visual joke in the opening credits of the animated television series The Simpsons. The couch gag changes from episode to episode, and usually features the Simpson family's living room couch. A typical gag features the Simpson family running into the living room, only to find some abnormality with the couch; be it a bizarre and unexpected occupant, an odd placement of the couch, such as the ceiling, or any number of other situations. In more recent seasons, the couch gags have tended to be more outlandish and absurd. The running gag is a popular hallmark of comic and serious forms of entertainment. ... A typical chalkboard gag. ... An animated series or cartoon series is a television series produced by means of animation. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... A sitting room in the UK. A living room, also known as sitting room (especially in the UK), lounge room or lounge (in the United Kingdom and Australia), is a room for entertaining guests, reading, watching TV or other activities. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Generally, between one-half and two-thirds of the couch gags used in a season are new, while the remaining couch gags are repeats. Most couch gags are used at least twice, with a second occurrence in the same season as the first. In all, thirteen episodes do not feature couch gags. Most of these are Halloween episodes. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Treehouse of Horror. ...

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History

The first episode of the series to air, "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" (episode 7G08), didn't feature a couch gag. The second episode (aired and produced), "Bart the Genius," features the first couch gag to be aired. When the family sits down on the couch, Bart is squeezed off the couch and pops up into the air. During the shot of the television set following the couch shot Bart is seen falling back down in front of the TV. This is one of the only couch gags that continue into the closing shot of the TV. Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire, also known as The Simpsons Christmas Special,[2] is the first episode of The Simpsons to air, although it was the eighth episode produced in season one. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Bart and his sister Lisa as news anchors Bartholomew J. Bart Simpson is a main character in the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced by Nancy Cartwright. ...

The chorus line.
The chorus line.

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Extra long couch gags

The most-used couch gag in first-run primetime airings, first used in "Lisa's First Word," involves the family forming a chorus line with a group of dancers. The living room background makes way to reveal unicyclists and elephants in a large production number. Used a total of eight times to date, this extra-long couch gag has mostly been used when episodes were in danger of being too short. The extra length of the gag would compensate for the shorter episode. This has become less common in more recent seasons, as the required length for each episode has been reduced. Lisas First Word is the 10th episode of The Simpsons fourth season. ... Alex Toms of Sydney, Australia demonstrates Street unicycling (March, 2006). ... Genera and Species Loxodonta Loxodonta cyclotis Loxodonta africana Elephas Elephas maximus Proboscidea is an order including only one extant family, Elephantidae or the elephants, with three species: the Savannah Elephant and Forest Elephant (which were collectively known as the African Elephant), and the Asian Elephant (formerly known as the Indian...


However, in syndication, the most used couch gag has the Simpson family unable to sit because an identical family is already sitting on the couch. Like most shows, The Simpsons is shortened in syndication to make time for more commercials. Thirty-three episodes, which had their openings shortened for syndication, also had their original couch gags replaced with this couch gag. Why this couch gag in particular is used so often in syndication is unknown, as it is no shorter than most of the couch gags it replaced. Oddly enough, in first-run primetime airings, this couch gag was only used once, in episode 1F01, "Rosebud." Rosebud is the fourth episode of The Simpsons fifth season. ...


In The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular, the rest of the sequence is cut short in favour of a montage of many couch gags, ending with the chorus line. The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular is the tenth episode of The Simpsons seventh season, and is, as the title suggests, the 138th episode. ... MONTAGE MONTAGE [1] American pop group (1991-current) consisting of singer/songwriter Chris Jones, drummer/songwriter Andrew Doss and various guitarists. ...


One of the longer couch gags to date is "The Ziff Who Came to Dinner"'s 45-second spoof of the short film Powers of Ten. After the family runs in and sits on the couch, the camera pulls up through the roof and continues pulling back - past Springfield, the United States, Earth, the Solar System, Kang and Kodos outside their broken spaceship, and finally the entire Milky Way galaxy. As the scene continues receding, the galaxies turn into atoms, which become molecules, which become strands of DNA, which become skin cells, which become Homer's head. Homer then says "woooow" (later changed to "cool" in subsequent airings). The early part of the sequence is accompanied by Strauss' Also sprach Zarathustra on the music track, until Kang and Kodos are encountered, followed by a generally eerie and suspenseful underscoring until Homer's scalp is finally revealed. The Ziff Who Came to Dinner is the fourteenth episode of The Simpsons fifteenth season. ... Powers of Ten is a 1977 short documentary film which depicts the relative scale of the Universe in factors of ten (see also logarithmic scale and order of magnitude). ... Adjectives: Terrestrial, Terran, Telluric, Tellurian, Earthly Atmosphere Surface pressure: 101. ... Major features of the Solar System (not to scale; from left to right): Pluto, Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, Jupiter, the asteroid belt, the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth and its Moon, and Mars. ... Kang and Kodos are fictional characters from the animated television series The Simpsons. ... The Milky Way (a translation of the Latin Via Lactea, in turn derived from the Greek Galaxia Kuklos; or simply the Galaxy) is a barred spiral galaxy in the Local Group, and has special significance to humanity as the location of the solar system, which is located near the Orion... The structure of part of a DNA double helix Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a nucleic acid that contains the genetic instructions for the development and function of living organisms. ... Homer Jay Simpson is a fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced by Dan Castellaneta. ... Also sprach Zarathustra, op. ...


Originally airing on March 25, 2007 the episode "Homerazzi" used a prolonged couch gag (in fact, is the longest) where Homer is the basis of about a dozen organisms depicting the mankind's evolution. He starts as a cell, multiplying and dividing to form a jellyfish, which gradually turns into a fish. Mr. Burns can be seen as an octopus. Homer then crawls onto land and evolves into an amphibian and then a pelycosaur reptile, pausing to eat Lenny (who is a dragonfly) and looks over a massive field with dinosaurs (including Agnes as a pterosaur). Homer then turns into a mammal, where he is chased by Bart as a tyrannosaur, and Lisa, who is a stegosaur. When the dinosaurs go extinct, Homer evolves into a monkey, which turns into an ape, and then into a hominid. He meets Moe, who "devolves" back into a small mammal. When he finally walks upright, Homer walks through a few period scenes (nomad hunter, Spanish conquistador, Colonial America, Victorian England) before walking through the Simpsons' front door to sit down on the couch (Marge asks 'What took you so long?'). By the time this episode had aired on the East Coast, the show's message board at the Internet Movie Database had several threads declaring this the best, or greatest, or most innovative couch gag in the series' history. This sequence is clearly inspired by the music video for the Fatboy Slim track Right Here Right Now in both the larger idea and smaller details. March 25 is the 84th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (85th in leap years). ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the CE era. ... Homerazzi is the sixteenth episode of the eighteenth season of The Simpsons, which originally aired March 25, 2007. ... Mr. ... The pelycosaurs were smallish to large (upto 3 meters or more) primitive Late Paleozoic synapsid reptiles. ... Lenny may refer to: In meteorology: Hurricane Lenny, a notable Atlantic basin storm of 1999 Lennie, stationary lens-shaped clouds that form at high altitudes In fiction: Lennie Small, principal character in the John Steinbeck novel Of Mice and Men Lenny, bird-like Neopet Lenny, one of the Delightful Children... Families Aeshnidae Austropetaliidae Cordulegastridae Corduliidae Gomphidae Libellulidae Macromiidae Neopetaliidae Petaluridae A dragonfly is any insect belonging to the order Odonata, the suborder Epiprocta or, in the strict sense, the infraorder Anisoptera. ... Suborders Rhamphorhynchoidea * Pterodactyloidea Pterosaurs (, from the Greek πτερόσαυρος, pterosauros, meaning winged lizard, often referred to as pterodactyls, from the Greek πτεροδάκτυλος, pterodaktulos, meaning winged finger ) were flying reptiles of the clade Pterosauria. ... Bart and his sister Lisa as news anchors Bartholomew J. Bart Simpson is a main character in the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced by Nancy Cartwright. ... Genera Dilong Eotyrannus Alectrosaurus Albertosaurus Daspletosaurus Gorgosaurus Tarbosaurus Tyrannosaurus The tyrannosaurids were a family of dinosaurs whose name is derived from the Greek words trannos, meaning tyrant; and sauros, meaning lizard. ... Lisa Marie Simpson is a fictional character on the animated television series The Simpsons, and is voiced by Yeardley Smith. ... A hominid is any member of the biological family Hominidae (the great apes), including the extinct and extant humans, chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans. ... Moe or MOE may mean: Moé, an anime term used to describe an ideal girl Moe, one of the Three Stooges moe. ... Kazakh nomads in the steppes of the Russian Empire, ca. ... Conquistador (Spanish: []) (meaning Conqueror in the Spanish language) is the term used to refer to the soldiers, explorers and adventurers who brought much of the Americas and Asia Pacific under Spanish colonial rule between the 15th and 17th centuries, starting with the 1492 settlement established in the modern-day Bahamas... Colonial America may refer to: Colonial North America north of Rio Grande the Thirteen Colonies that declared independence from Britain in 1776 The period after the European colonization of the Americas Category: ... Queen Victoria (shown here on the morning of her Ascension to the Throne, 20 June 1837) gave her name to the historic era The Victorian era of the United Kingdom marked the height of the British industrial revolution and the apex of the British Empire. ... Fatboy Slim (born Quentin Leo Cook on July 31, 1963, also known as Norman Cook) is an English musician in the dance music genre. ... Right Here Right Now is a 1999 single by Fatboy Slim. ...


Another extra-long couch gag debuted in "Marge's Son Poisoning," where the family went to sit on the couch, but it came to life, sprouted teeth and proceeded to attack and attempt to eat them.The family runs outside to discover that everybody's couches and chairs are doing the same thing. We then see shots of various people being attacked by furniture: Sherri and Terri get swallowed by their beanbag, Eddie and Lou get trapped in their police car by them, Professor Frink has lasers shot at him by his The War of the Worlds-style couch, and Moe uses a shotgun to fight off the booths and barstools in his tavern. It then cuts to Homer running up the street, deciding to take shelter in a local store. Unfortunately, the store turns out to be "Couch World", and several couches attack Homer. Viewers got the impression that this was meant to have been part of the previous week's Treehouse of Horror episode, as during the shot of the TV afterwards there was Halloween-esque music playing. Marges Son Poisoning is an episode in Season 17 of The Simpsons. ... Sherri and Terri In The Simpsons, Sherri and Terri Fisk (voiced by Russi Taylor) are two rather sickly looking twins with purple hair. ... A bean bag is a bag containing dried beans or PVC pellets, with various applications. ... For recurring characters who are associated with the Mafia, see Springfield Mafia. ... Professor John I. Q. Frink, Jr. ... The War of the Worlds (1953) was produced by George Pál (the second of three H. G. Wells science fiction stories to be filmed by Pál) and directed by Byron Haskin from a script by Barré Lyndon, and starred Gene Barry, Les Tremayne and Ann Robinson. ... Morris Moe Lester Szyslak (pronounced //) is a fictional character on the animated series The Simpsons, voiced by Hank Azaria. ... Treehouse of Horror XVI is the fourth episode of the seventeenth season of The Simpsons, as well as the sixteenth Halloween episode. ...


A long couch gag, with a duration of 1 minute and 15 seconds is used in You Kent Always Say What You Want. As the bottom of the screen says "20 years ago...", The Tracey Ullman short "Family Portrait" is shown, in which Homer has trouble taking a normal family portrait. You Kent Always Say What You Want is the twenty-second episode of The Simpsons eighteenth season aired on May 20, 2007 as part of the one hour season finale, alongside the episode 24 Minutes. It was the milestone 400th episode of The Simpsons and was written by Tim Long. ...


Other memorable couch gags

One of the more memorable couch gags involves the Simpsons arriving to find The Flintstones sitting on the couch — a nod to The Simpsons' antecedent. A reference to another show by Matt Groening, Futurama, was made when every family member except Bart slid through tubes (often used in Futurama) and onto the couch. Phillip J. Fry occupied Bart's usual place, but Fry was shot up the tube a second later and replaced by Bart. The Flintstones is an American animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions. ... Futurama is an Emmy Award-winning animated sitcom created by Matt Groening (creator of The Simpsons) and David X. Cohen for the Fox network. ... Philip J. Fry Philip J. Fry is the central character of the television series Futurama. ...


Another of the more self-referential couch gags includes the family's usual rushing in to sit on the couch, though the underscoring has suddenly stopped. Nothing happens. Lisa addresses the camera: "What. . .? Can't we sit on the couch without something happening?" Homer is suddenly impaled by a long spear, followed by the inevitable "D'oh!" The opening music then resumes. Lisa Marie Simpson is a fictional character on the animated television series The Simpsons, and is voiced by Yeardley Smith. ... Look up Doh! in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Predecessors

The Simpsons is far from the first show to use a running gag during its opening sequence in this way. Famous earlier examples include the live-action It's Man from Monty Python's Flying Circus (Monty Python's logo is a giant foot who often crushes the title of the show or characters; this foot crushed the family in a couch gag). The Its man with Ringo Starr and Lulu. ... This article discusses the series itself. ...


See also

The following is a list of couch gags seen on The Simpsons. ... Bart writes The Pledge of Allegiance does not end with Hail Satan The chalkboard gag is a running visual joke that occurs during the opening credits of many episodes of The Simpsons. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

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Couch Openings (1799 words)
The "Simpson Shuffle": everybody is in a line in front of the couch; they do two "Egyptian struts" (right arm up, left arm down, wrists at 90-degree angles) in one direction, then two in the other, then sit on the couch with arms in a "ta-da" position.
Two burglars are holding the couch as everybody sits on it; they are dumped off and the couch is carried away
Everybody is a sea-monkey and swims to a couch made of clam shells to stare at a treasure chest
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