The Simpsons debuted in December 1989 and is still going strong. Featuring the offbeat but lovable family of Springfield fame, the animated series focuses on nuclear plant worker Homer Simpson (Dan Castellaneta), his wife Marge (Julie Kavner), and their three children: Bart (Nancy Cartwright), Lisa (Yeardley Smith), and baby Maggie.
With plenty of memorable stories running over 30 years on air, The Simpsons one program was broadcast early in the run that included trialled lifesaving instructions.
‘Homer at the Bat’
The show’s producer and writer Mike Reiss has been in the series since its first release. In his 2018 book The Mystery of Springfield: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a lifelong writing for The Simpsons, he remembered one particular program that made a real mark.
“‘Homer at the Bat’ changed the tone, the throw, the very reality of the show,” Reiss wrote. “It saved the life of a young boy too. Really! What more could you ask for? Homer gets into the National Baseball Hall of Fame? Yeah, that happened too. ”
The foundation raised Homer’s leader, Mr. Burns, creating a softball team. With most of The Simpsons production team as strong sports fans, the writers preferred athletic stories.
“This was season 3 of the show, and the previous 17 events covered basketball, mini golf, boxing, soap box racing, and football,” Reis explained. “Now we were doing baseball again. As would be expected from a show written mainly by single men, The Simpsons fun was crazy. … Everyone on staff loved sports … except me. “
The team did not enjoy the program ‘The Simpsons’.
Delegates hired Major League Baseball players Wade Boggs, José Canseco, Roger Clemens, Ken Griffey Jr., Don Mattingly, Steve Sax, Mike Scioscia, Ozzie Smith and Darryl Strawberry for the program. While the power of the stars was impressive, the story was not really true The Simpsons he was often credited.
“So far, The Simpsons it was recommended for testing, ”said Reiss. “But this show didn’t just stretch out, grabbed it, tore it to pieces, and left it to die in a drainage ditch. It was very different Simpsons program, given that the Simpsons were merely scarce. Here, the guest stars ran the sanctuary. ”
Members of the scene did not hide the plot, and expressed their concerns about the sharp change in content.
“Needless to say, our team didn’t enjoy the show,” said Reiss. “Our board reading of the script was completely bombed. Two of our actors complained about the script, the only time this ever happened. It was easier to deal with the basketball players. ”
A back poster on ‘The Simpsons’ saved lives
Despite the lack of commitment of the team, the program was very attractive and paved the way for easier access to guest stars with big names. One view that may have gone unnoticed ended up providing vital information.
“The show saved a child’s life a lot,” Reiss said. “The show opens with Homer choking on a donut; his friends avoid a prominently placed poster showing Heimlich’s move to check out the signature page for Burns ’softball team. ”
While many Simpsons fans may have paid attention to the poster, one viewer paid attention to the life-saving instructions.
“A week later, in the news in Los Angeles was an 8-year-old boy who rescued his choking friend to death,” Reiss said. “When asked where he learned the Heimlich, he said ‘He had a poster on The Simpsons. ‘True story. “