Top 4 Simpsons Couch Gag Intros

In the 23 years The Simpsons has been on the air, there have been numerous accolades given to the show, as well as many complaints of declining quality.  But in this writer’s opinion, one thing has certainly improved over the years, and that is the famous couch gags that introduce each episode.  There are obviously plenty of great couch gags, but four stand out above the rest.  They may have been lengthened to compensate for lack of content in the actual episode, but regardless of whether season 9 is better than season 22, these intros are not only funny but smart as well.

#4 – Evolution

Introduced in the 16th episode of the 18th season, this extended intro details the evolution of Homer Simpson.  Just like Right Here, Right Now by Fatboy Slim and Do the Evolution by Pearl Jam, I love cartoon depictions of evolution, and this couch gag is no exception.

#3 – Infinity

Opening up the 14th episode of the 15th season, this couch gag parodies the 1966 short film Powers of Ten.  Zooming outwards by continuing multiples of 10, this scales back to reveal the universe is but a building block of the atoms that build the universe, ad infinitum.  This is why I love The Simpsons (and by extension Futurama), its smart comedy.

#2 – Banksy

Banksy is a British street artist who lives in pure anonymity and who has spoken out against animation studios, including The Simpsons, for outsourcing their production to Korean animation studios.  It is alleged by Banksy (among others) that these studios operate in unfavorable conditions, despite arguments to the contrary by the producers of said shows.  That’s why it was incredible when The Simpsons reached out to Banksy (contacting him in a round about way by the producers of his film) to storyboard a couch gag himself.  It is dark, the music is ominous, and in my cynical and jaded eyes, its hilarious.

#1 – Ren and Stimpy

And thus we come to my all time favorite couch gag, and the inspiration for this compilation in the first place.  It was aired only yesterday, and was done by John Kricfalusi.  If you don’t recognize that name, I’m sure you’ll at least recognize his work, namely his creation by the name of Ren and Stimpy.  He has been a known vocal critic of current animation, including The Simpsons and Family Guy, but somehow was allowed to do a bizarre and surreal cough gag himself.  Well at least he’s getting work, considering he was fired from Ren and Stimpy for unprofessional behavior.  Take a look:


3 Comments to “Top 4 Simpsons Couch Gag Intros”

  1. This was very interesting

  2. This was very interesting.

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