The Latest Simpsons Short Proves That Maggie Is The Best Simpson
By Stacey Henley
She's not the star, but she's never let them down.
Each member of the family brings something special to The Simpsons. Bart, the original star of the show, is the most naturally funny family member, and is the only one of them to crack jokes. Being a ten year old kid, he’s just about old enough to have interesting, grown-up adventures, while still getting into childish scrapes, and has the complex morality of a child that lets him be a decent guy and bad to the bone simultaneously. Homer, who quickly eclipsed Bart as the show’s star, is the loveable goofball, carrying the show throughout its iconic legacy. Lisa is the show’s moral compass, the avenue to its most emotional stories, and the heart of its searing intelligence, while Marge is the glue that holds the family together and keeps the show grounded and focussed on the real issues. Maggie, meanwhile, is just a baby. Right?
Wrong. Maggie Simpson is actually the best Simpson, and it's to the show’s credit that it has used her so sparingly. The latest Simpsons short, which sees the show crossover with Star Wars, highlights all of Maggie’s greatest qualities.
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That’s not to say Maggie should have been the star. There’s zero chance The Simpsons would have reached 700 episodes had it been just Maggie Simpson getting up to mischief and never talking. When I say Maggie is the best, I mean she plays her role perfectly, and while there are rough episodes with Bart, Homer, Lisa, and Marge in the lead role, Maggie has never messed up whenever she has been in the spotlight.
For a lot of Maggie’s existence, she has been a background character in the family’s escapades - little more than a prop or plot device. She’s still been entertaining - falling down or wearing her adorable star shaped onesie - but there hasn’t been too much pressure on her. When she has been asked to shine though, she has always delivered. Whether it’s ‘do it for her’, swinging an axe into Willie’s back in the “disturbing universe”, or escaping from the Ayn Rand School for Tots, Maggie has always shown herself to be the show’s most underrated and most malleable star.
The Ayn Rand episode, where Maggie leads a Great Escape-style charge for freedom while Marge stars in A Streetcar Named Desire, is perhaps the most important one in Maggie’s personal history, even if it gets overlooked for the tearjerker moments she has brought to the show. That’s because it was a clear influence on the Simpsons shorts, where Maggie has found a new lease of life.
Maggie Simpson in "The Longest Daycare", the first Simpsons short, took her back to the Ayn Rand School for Tots, and even saw the show nominated for an Oscar in the Best Animated Short category. This was followed by Maggie Simpson in "Playdate with Destiny", and most recently the Star Wars crossover Maggie Simpson in "The Force Awakens From its Nap".
The Simpsons is generally a very witty show, and while it's packed with visual gags, it's the sharp dialogue and incisive writing that have made it such an endearing series. That's why every person on the planet has three or four Simpsons quotes rattling around their noggin at any one time. When Maggie is the lead though, the dialogue disappears. She's a silent protagonist, and that means all the pressure is shifted onto the animation. Since The Simpsons began life as a very rough looking show - by design - the animation has never been a huge selling point, even as it has evolved into one of the show's greatest assets. The Maggie shorts finally ensure it gets the attention it deserves.
Every moment is sublime and fluid, with each short making creative use of their surroundings and props to fold them into the narrative. While Daycare is the most well known, I'd argue it's Playdate that actually has the most success in this regard. It features new character Hudson, who serves as Maggie's love interest, and it's a spectacular piece of visual storytelling, building up his personality and his connection to Maggie with no dialogue at all. A sequel of sorts - full length episode The Unbearable Lightness of Being a Baby - came in season 31, and couldn't do in 22 minutes what Playdate could do in six, because the full episode complicated things with extra storylines, written gags, and bringing other characters onto the stage when Maggie was doing just fine on her own.
Perhaps there’s a lesson in that for modern Simpsons - sometimes, the simpler an idea is, the better.
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Margaret Lenny"Maggie" Simpson is the youngest child of Marge and Homer, and sister to Bart and Lisa. She is almost always seen sucking on her pacifier and, when she walks, she trips over her clothing and falls on her face. Because she cannot walk or talk, Maggie is the least seen in the Simpson family.
Maggie has both good and bad qualities. Orally fixated (hence her omnipresent pacifier), she is stubborn, acquisitive, and always seems to eventually get her own way. When she doesn't get what she wants she becomes cholicky or throws tantrums, which cause her family to seek to immediately mollify her. For this reason, other babies want nothing to do with her, which is why she is always seen playing alone or with her siblings.
However, she is also curious, intelligent, and given to rescuing her father from some of the numerous precarious predicaments in which he finds himself. Impressionable and easily influenced by what she sees around her, she once hit her father on the head with a mallet, shot a suction dart at his picture, and brandished a pencil (all in imitation of the ultraviolent television show Itchy and Scratchy watched by her siblings and, indeed, all the children in Springfield). She felt guilty over causing the Springfield Prison break, ultimately blamed on Bart, which got him banned from watching the Itchy & Scratchy movie.
A formidable markswoman with a rifle, she winged and drove off in rapid succession seven mobsters out to kill her parents. She was also behind the shooting of Mr. Burns, which may or may not have been an accident, when he tried to steal her lollipop and his gun fell out of his pocket and the two scuffled.
Maggie maintains an ongoing enmity with Gerald Samson, the unibrowed baby (the two—who share exactly the same birthdate—dislike each other very much, likely sparked by Gerald's understandable resentment of the allocation of the only diaper in the hospital to Maggie on the day they were both born, leaving him to be wrapped in a piece of newspaper which left him with a nasty skin rash). The two fought during the St. Patrick's Day Riot, which was sparked among tourists to Springfield from the Emerald Isle by a ban on alcohol after Bart was caught drinking. Maggie was on the side of those representing Ireland (green), while Gerald represented Northern Ireland (orange), although neither baby is Irish and likely selected opposite sides merely to reflect their own continuing antagonism. When the family's house was being raided by an angry mob, she was able to smash her baby bottle and use it as a makeshift weapon (although only against Krusty's monkey, who promptly ran away). In The Simpsons Movie, she rolled a boulder on the head of Russ Cargill, the evil head of the EPA, when he was about to shoot Homer and Bart.
Maggie is often frightened of her father's attempts to bond with her, although she does love him. Instead, Maggie shows a much stronger attraction to her mother instead, possibly because Marge is always at home or shopping with her, while Homer is mostly at work or at Moe's. She is keenly aware of her surroundings, and can usually be seen imitating the flow of action around her. Like Bart, Lisa and Homer, she is not fond of spending time with her aunts Patty and Selma. She bears a strong resemblance to her elder sister, Lisa. Maggie's first word is "Daddy" (although nobody heard her say it), something neither Bart or Lisa called him when they were babies. On another occasion, Maggie's speaks the word "Ya" (which means "Yes" in many Scandinavian and Eastern European nations), after a woman from the city of Ogdenville (occasionally referenced but never seen before or after, and which is filled with depressed, stereotypically accented Scandinavians) eased Maggie's teething pain with some lingonberry ointment. Maggie said "Dadily Doodily" when she and her siblings were in the care of Ned and Maude Flanders and her parents were deemed unfit. Maggie seriously considered remaining with the Flanders family and leaving her father and siblings, relenting only after Marge showed up and called to her.
Like Lisa, her hair is like a starfish. She wears a light blue onesie, matching bow, and is almost always sucking on her red pacifier. When the Simpsons go to church, she wears a light blue dress hat.
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At age 9, during Bart and Lisa's high school graduation, Maggie visits Alaska, hotter because of global warming. At this age she looks exactly like Lisa does currently and wears a blue dress (as opposed to Lisa's red dress) but Maggie still also wears the tiny blue bow in her hair. At age 16, she dresses in a punk-style fashion. It is said she has a beautiful singing voice and, according to Homer, never shuts up on the phone (ironically, whenever she tries to speak, she is always interrupted). At some point as a young adult she marries her former nemesis, Gerald, but finds his constant interruptions annoying. It is unknown if the marriage lasted. She gives birth to a daughter (Maggie Jr.) who, as a toddler, looks exactly the same as Maggie does now and as Lisa did years earlier.
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In "Treehouse of Horror V" Homer briefly visits an alternate universe and sees Maggie hit Groundskeeper Willie in the back with an axe. She says in James Earl Jones's voice: "This is indeed a disturbing universe". In "Treehouse of Horror VI", Maggie saves Bart and Lisa from Groundskeeper Willie (as a bagpipe spider) in their dream by clogging his pipe with her pacifier. In "Treehouse of Horror IX", Kang is Maggie's real father and was born as the result of Marge being forced to take part in a cross-breeding program. Maggie starts to grow fangs and her arms and legs are replaced by tentacles. Kang attempts to take her with him but instead appears on The Jerry Springer Show with Homer during which Maggie attacks and kills Springer. At the end the Simpsons manage to keep Maggie but she begins asking for blood in Kang's voice.
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The Simpson family consists of fictional characters featured in the animated television seriesThe Simpsons. The Simpsons are a nuclear family consisting of married couple Homer and Marge and their three children Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. They live at 742 Evergreen Terrace in the fictional town of Springfield, United States, and they were created by cartoonist Matt Groening, who conceived the characters after his own family members, substituting "Bart" for his own name. The family debuted on Fox on April 19, 1987, in The Tracey Ullman Showshort "Good Night" and were later spun off into their own series, which debuted on Fox in the U.S. on December 17, 1989.
Alongside the five main family members, there are a number of other major and minor characters in their family. The most commonly recurring characters are Homer's father Abraham "Grampa" Simpson; Marge's sisters Patty and Selma Bouvier; and the family's two pets, Santa's Little Helper and Snowball II. Other family members include Homer's mother Mona Simpson, Homer's half-brother Herbert Powell, Marge's mother Jacqueline Bouvier, and other minor relatives.
Concept and origins
Groening conceived of the idea for the Simpsons in the lobby of James L. Brooks's office. Brooks had asked Groening to pitch an idea for a series of animated shorts, which Groening initially intended to present as his Life in Hell series. However, when Groening realized that animating Life in Hell would require the rescinding of publication rights for his life's work, he chose another approach and formulated his version of a dysfunctional family. He named the characters after his own family members – his father Homer, his mother Margaret, and his younger sisters Lisa and Maggie. He substituted "Bart", an anagram of "brat", for his own name, and modeled the character after his older brother, Mark.
The five family members were given simple designs so that their facial emotions could easily be changed with almost no effort and so that they would be recognizable in silhouette. Groening submitted only basic sketches to the animators and assumed that the figures would be cleaned-up in production. However, the animators merely re-traced his drawings, which led to the crude appearance of the characters in the initial short episodes. The Simpson family made their debut on April 19, 1987, in The Tracey Ullman Showshort "Good Night". In 1989, the shorts were adapted into The Simpsons, a half-hour series airing on the Fox Broadcasting Company. The Simpson family remained the main characters on this new show.
Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, and Yeardley Smith all began voicing their characters on The Tracey Ullman Show. Nancy Cartwright was the only one of the group who had been trained to be a voice actor while Castellaneta had done some voice over work in Chicago. Castellaneta and Kavner had been part of the regular cast of The Tracey Ullman Show and voices were needed for the shorts, so the producers decided to ask them to voice Homer and Marge rather than hire more actors. The producers decided to hold casting for the roles of Bart and Lisa. Yeardley Smith had initially been asked to audition for the role of Bart, but casting director Bonita Pietila believed her voice was too high. Smith later recalled, "I always sounded too much like a girl. I read two lines as Bart and they said, 'Thanks for coming!'" Smith was given the role of Lisa instead. On March 13, 1987, Nancy Cartwright went in to audition for the role of Lisa. After arriving at the audition, she found that Lisa was simply described as the "middle child" and at the time did not have much personality. Cartwright became more interested in the role of Bart who she found more fascinating because he was described as "devious, underachieving, school-hating, irreverent, [and] clever." Matt Groening let her try out for the part instead, and upon hearing her read, gave her the job on the spot.
The Simpson family
The Simpsons are a family who live at 742 Evergreen Terrace in the town of Springfield in the United States. The state in which in this town is located is never specified, however they do have snow and sometimes wear sweaters in the fall. It's a running joke in the show to be as vague and ambiguous as possible whenever hinting at which U.S. state the town of Springfield might be located in. Homer, the father, works as a safety inspector at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, a position at odds with his careless, buffoonish personality. He is married to Marge Simpson, a stereotypical American housewife and mother. They have three children: Bart, a ten-year-old troublemaker; Lisa, an eight-year-old child prodigy; and Maggie, a toddler who rarely speaks, but communicates by sucking on a pacifier. The family owns a dog, Santa's Little Helper, and a cat, Snowball II. Both pets have had starring roles in several seasons. Despite the passing of yearly milestones such as holidays or birthdays, the Simpsons do not physically age and still appear as they did at the end of the 1980s. Although the family is dysfunctional, many episodes examine their relationships and bonds with each other and they are often shown to care about one another.
Main article: Homer Simpson
Homer Jay Simpson (voiced by Dan Castellaneta) is the protagonist of the show and the father of the Simpson family. He embodies several American working class stereotypes: he is crude, overweight, incompetent, clumsy, thoughtless and a borderline alcoholic. He has occasionally displayed flashes of great intellect and fitness whenever the situation calls for it, and an integrity reflecting his own values, including a fierce devotion to and protectiveness of his family. His voice started out as an impression of Walter Matthau but eventually evolved into a more robust voice during the second and third season of the half-hour show, allowing Homer to cover a fuller range of emotions. Homer has since become one of the most influential fictional characters and has been described by the UK newspaper The Sunday Times as the greatest comedic creation of modern time. He has inspired an entire line of merchandise, and his catchphrase, the annoyed grunt "D'oh!", has been included in the Oxford English Dictionary. During the production of the episode Insane Clown Poppy the writers toyed with the idea of giving Homer a long lost illegitimate biological daughter, but when the shows showrunner and writer Mike Scully, as well as Matt Groening rejected the idea, the writers changed the story so the clown Krusty would be the one who finds he has a lost daughter.
Main article: Marge Simpson
Marjorie Jacqueline "Marge" Simpson (née Bouvier, voiced by Julie Kavner) is the well-meaning and extremely patient wife of Homer and mother of Bart, Lisa and Maggie. She often acts as the voice of reason, but displays exaggerated behavior traits of stereotypical mothers and takes the blatant dysfunctionality of her family for granted, unlike the other family members, who are aware that they are eccentric. Her most notable physical feature is her blue hair, styled into an improbably high beehive. Julie Kavner received a Primetime Emmy Award in 1992 for voicing Marge in the episode "I Married Marge". For her performance in The Simpsons Movie, Kavner received a nomination for "Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature" at the 2007 Annie Awards, but lost to Ian Holm in Ratatouille. Kavner's emotional performance in the movie got positive reviews and one critic said she "gave what must be the most heartfelt performance ever". Part of Kavner's contract says that she will never have to promote The Simpsons on video because she does not want to "destroy the illusion for children". In 2008, CityNews published an article entitled "Top 10 Greatest TV Moms of All Time", and placed Marge in eighth spot.
Main article: Bart Simpson
Bartholomew JoJo "Bart" Simpson (voiced by Nancy Cartwright) is the eldest child and only son in the family—at age 10. Bart's most prominent character traits are his mischievousness, rebelliousness, disrespect for authority and sharp wit. During the first two seasons of The Simpsons, Bart was the show's main character. The name "Bart" is an anagram of the word "brat". Groening conceived Bart as an extreme version of the typical misbehaving child character, merging all of the extreme traits of characters such as Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn into one person. Groening's older brother Mark provided most of the inspiration for Bart. Bart's catchphrase "Eat My Shorts" was an ad-lib by Cartwright in one of the original table readings, harking back to an incident when she was at college. In 1998, Time magazine selected Bart as 46th of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century, and the only fictional character to make the list. He had previously appeared on the cover of the December 31, 1990 edition. Bart is rebellious and frequently escapes without punishment, which led some parents' groups and conservative spokespeople to believe he provided a poor role model for children. This prompted George H. W. Bush to rally, "We're going to keep trying to strengthen the American family. To make them more like the Waltons and less like the Simpsons." Bart, and other Simpsons characters, have appeared in numerous television commercials for Nestlé's Butterfinger candy bars from 1990 to 2001, with the slogan "Nobody better lay a finger on my Butterfinger!"
Main article: Lisa Simpson
Lisa Marie Simpson (voiced by Yeardley Smith) is the eldest daughter and middle child of the family. She is an extremely intelligent 8-year-old girl, one of the most intelligent characters on the show. Lisa's political convictions are generally socially liberal. She is a vegetarian, and a supporter of the Free Tibet movement, and while still supportive of the Christian church in which she was raised, Lisa became a practicing Buddhist following her decision to follow the Noble Eightfold Path. She is musically proficient on the saxophone; besides the occasional riff during the opening credit sequence Carole King's Jazzman and Gerry Rafferty's Baker Street have been prominently placed during episodes. In the Tracey Ullman Show shorts, Lisa was more of a "female Bart" and was equally mischievous. As the series progressed, Lisa began to develop into a more intelligent and more emotional character with "Krusty Gets Busted" being one of the first episodes where her true intelligence is fully shown. When she was a baby, Bart started out not liking her, although he became nicer to her after Marge pointed out that Lisa loves him. Her first word was "Bart", with Bart happily teaching her more names. Many episodes focusing on Lisa have an emotional nature, the first one being "Moaning Lisa". The idea for the episode was pitched by James L. Brooks, who had wanted to do an emotional episode where Lisa is sad because the show had done a lot of "jokey episodes". In 2001 Lisa received a special "board of directors Ongoing Commitment Award" at the Environmental Media Awards. "Lisa the Vegetarian", an episode from the seventh season, won both an Environmental Media Award for "Best Television Episodic Comedy" and a Genesis Award for "Best Television Comedy Series, Ongoing Commitment". In Japan, the broadcasters of the series found they were able to turn the apparent viewer dislike of the series around by focusing marketing attention on Lisa. Lisa's well-intended but ill-fated struggles to be a voice of reason and a force of good in her family and city struck a chord with the Japanese.
Main article: Maggie Simpson
Margaret Evelyn Lenny "Maggie" Simpson is the youngest of the five main family members and is almost always seen as a baby. She has blonde spiked hair like Lisa. Her first word was "daddy", shown at one point after Homer tucks her in. She is almost 2 years old and still uses a pacifier despite teething, although this was mentioned in a Treehouse of Horror episode ("Starship Poopers") and is not considered canon. She was quite prominent in the Tracey Ullman Show shorts, often being featured alongside Bart and Lisa but has since become the least seen and heard of the five main Simpsons. It has been revealed that Maggie has outstanding artistic and academic abilities, much like her sister Lisa. The episodes taking place in the future often show her as some kind of businesswoman.
Maggie rarely speaks, but has been voiced by several different actors including Jodie Foster, Elizabeth Taylor,James Earl Jones,Harry Shearer (who used his Kang voice) in "Starship Poopers",Yeardley Smith, and Nancy Cartwright.
Main article: Grampa Simpson
Abraham Jebediah "Abe" Simpson II (better known simply as Grampa, voiced by Dan Castellaneta) is the patriarch of the Simpson family and the father of Homer. He is a World War II veteran who was later sent to the Springfield Retirement Castle by Homer. He is known for his borderline senility, his long rambling (and probably apocryphal) stories and his love of Matlock. He shares his name with one of Matt Groening's relatives, in this case his grandfather. However, Groening says he refused to name him, leaving it to other writers to choose a name. By coincidence, the writers chose the name Abraham.
Main article: Mona Simpson (The Simpsons)
Mona Penelope Simpson (née Olsen, voiced by Glenn Close) is Homer's deceased long-lost mother and Abe's estranged first wife. Her first major appearance was in "Mother Simpson" where she reveals that she was forced to abandon her family after being caught up in the hippie movement and participated in various acts of activism. The writers used this episode as an opportunity to solve several little puzzles, such as where Lisa's intelligence came from. Prior to the seventh season, Mona Simpson had only made two brief flashback appearances, the first being season two's "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?" and the second being season six's "Grampa vs. Sexual Inadequacy" and in both episodes she was voiced by Maggie Roswell. Mona dies in the episode "Mona Leaves-a", as Homer struggles to come to terms with her death. The character is named after writer Richard Appel's wife, whose maiden name is Mona Simpson. Mona was designed in a way so that she has little bit of Homer in her face, such as the shape of her upper lip and her nose. There were several design changes because the directors were trying to make her an attractive older and younger woman, but still be Simpson-esque.Glenn Close recorded original material for another episode, season fifteen's "My Mother the Carjacker". Mona also has a speaking appearance in season ten's "D'oh-in in the Wind", this time voiced by Tress MacNeille.
Extended Simpson family
- Herbert 'Herb' Powell(voiced by Danny DeVito) – As his paternal half-brother, Herb resembles Homer, though he is much thinner, boasts a full head of hair and is more astute. He first appeared in the season two episode "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?" when Homer discovered he had a half-brother, the product of a short-lived affair between his father Abe and a carnival dunk-tank worker who was also a prostitute (identified in The Simpsons Uncensored Family Album as 'Gaby'). A year after putting the baby up for adoption, Abe married Mona, who insisted he promise never to tell Homer about Herb or how he was conceived. Herb was raised by his adoptive parents Edward and Mililani Powell (first names given in The Simpsons Uncensored Family Album), put himself through college by working odd jobs, then founded Powell Motors, a car company based in Detroit. Herb is an exception to 'the Simpson gene', which causes all male members of the Simpson family to gradually lose their intelligence as they mature, as Herb is intelligent, successful and an astute businessman. Overjoyed to learn that he had a blood family, Herb bonded with the children and hired Homer, as a representative of average Americans, to design a car. The car was a flop, bankrupting the company, and Herb angrily rejected Homer as a brother and became a street vagrant. The episode was written by Jeff Martin but the idea of having Herb voiced by Danny DeVito had been pitched by Sam Simon. Some were upset with the sad ending of the episode, and as a result, the producers decided to make a sequel. Herb re-appeared the next season in "Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?". Now broke and homeless, he briefly settled in the Simpson household, despite his intense continuing antipathy toward Homer. Homer loaned Herb $2000, which he used to build an invention that translated infantile speech into comprehensible English, based on observations he made of Maggie. He proceeded to mass-produce his new product and regained his fortune. In gratitude, he bought gifts for each member of the family and paid Homer back with his forgiveness. Homer's "seldom seen half-brother" has had only one brief speaking part since this episode: DeVito reprised his role for the Season 24 episode "The Changing of the Guardian", in which Powell's answering machine message is heard: 'Hi, you've reached Herb Powell. I'm poor again.'
- Abbey (voiced by Dan Castellaneta) – Abbey is hinted to be Abe's illegitimate daughter and Homer's half-sister from a relationship he had with a British woman named Edwina during World War II.
- Chet Simpson (voiced by Dan Castellaneta) – Chet owns an unsuccessful shrimp company.
- Dr. Simpson (voiced by Tress MacNeille) – Dr. Simpson is the chief of complicated surgeries at the invasive care unit; she is first seen in "Lisa the Simpson". She is the one who reassures Lisa that she will not suffer the defective Simpson Gene because of her sex and also reveals that only male members are affected by it. Dr. Simpson resembles Lisa, minus the spikes.
- Stanley Simpson (voiced by Dan Castellaneta) – Stanley is the Simpson children's second cousin who shoots birds at the airport.
- Uncle Tyrone Simpson (voiced by Hank Azaria) – Uncle Tyrone is a cynical elderly Simpson relative who lives in Dayton, Ohio. The family intends to visit him during his birthday in the episode "Catch 'Em If You Can".
- Great-Aunt Hortense Simpson – Great-Aunt Hortense died before "Bart the Fink" and left Homer, Marge, Bart and Lisa $100 each. The rest of her estate was passed to Ann Landers. In a continuity error, Great-Aunt Hortense appeared on Bart's journey to Heaven in "Bart Gets Hit by a Car".
- A group of unnamed relatives show up in the episode "Lisa the Simpson", when Homer tries to prove to Lisa that not all Simpsons are failures. In the end, only Dr. Simpson and three other female members proved successful.
- Hugo Simpson (voiced by Nancy Cartwright) – Hugo is Bart's conjoined twin from the "Treehouse of Horror VII" segment "The Thing and I". He and Bart were separated as babies by Dr. Hibbert and was deemed "evil". To hide the secret, Marge and Homer chained Hugo in the attic and fed him fish heads once a week. Later, Bart goes up to the attic and Hugo escapes, wanting to sew him and Bart back together. Dr. Hibbert managed to catch Hugo, but notices that the surgical scar is on the wrong side, meaning Bart is the evil twin. As a result, Hugo is released while Bart is chained in the attic. Hugo resembles Bart, but with ratty clothes, messy hair, and malformed teeth. Since he is a Treehouse of Horror character, he does not exist in the main episode continuity.
- Mabel Simpson (voiced by Julie Kavner) – Mabel is an ancestor of the Simpson family who was part of the Underground Railroad. She was married to Hiram before divorcing him and fleeing to Canada to marry Virgil. She kept the Simpson surname.
- Ex-husband: Hiram Simpson (voiced by Dan Castellaneta) – Hiram is a distant relative of the Simpson family who was bribed with a new pair of shoes into revealing Virgil's whereabouts. He is the parent of Eliza Simpson.
- Virgil (voiced by Wren T. Brown) – Virgil, later Virgil Simpson, is an enslaved African American owned by Mr. Burns' father, Colonel Burns, and rescued by Eliza. He was betrayed by Hiram but escaped with Mabel, whom he later married, from whom the Simpson family are really descended.
- Eliza Simpson (voiced by Yeardley Smith) – Eliza Simpson is a distant relative of the Simpson family and daughter of Mabel and Hiram. She was part of the Underground Railroad with her mother and initially helped Virgil evade capture before giving him up to Wainwright Burns. In later life, she is revealed to have married Milford Van Houten, being the direct ancestor of the Van Houten family.
- Abraham Simpson – The son of Mabel and Virgil, half-brother of Eliza, and great-grandfather of Grampa Simpson.
- Grampa's parents – Grampa's parents both appear briefly in "Much Apu About Nothing" when Grampa tells the story of how his family emigrated to America. Their names were given to be Orville J. Simpson and Yuma Hickman in The Simpsons Uncensored Family Album, but have not been mentioned in the series. In the Season 25 episode "The Winter of His Content", Homer reveals that Abe's father is alive, but Abe ignores him.
- Cyrus Simpson (voiced by Hank Azaria) - Cyrus is Grampa's older brother who is seen in "Simpsons Christmas Stories". Cyrus crashed his Corsair at Tahiti in World War II's Pacific Theater of Operations during a kamikaze raid. He never left and has 15 wives.
- Rita LaFleur (voiced by Anika Noni Rose) – Rita is the second wife of Abraham Simpson and a jazz recording artist. She was a singer at Spiro's Restaurant and met Abe when he was a waiter. They married and LaFleur left the restaurant, wishing to become a successful singer. She was invited to tour in Europe, but Homer suffered a head injury and Abraham realized that Homer was defenseless and would not survive in Europe, so he stayed behind with him while Rita went to Europe, and the two never saw each other again. It was revealed that she later became a heroin addict which ended up ruining her singing career. In "Gone Abie Gone", Rita reunited with Abraham and they played piano. It was unknown why they were not together.
- Amber Simpson(voiced by Pamela Hayden) – Amber was the Vegas ex-wife of both Homer and Abe Simpson from the season ten episode "Viva Ned Flanders". Homer and Ned Flanders visit Las Vegas for the weekend, get drunk and unknowingly marry two women. Amber reappears in "Brawl in the Family", where the Simpson family trick her into marrying Grampa, and in the process forsake all other spouses. Amber is horrified at the deception and runs away back to Vegas, much to Grampa's disappointment at losing another wife. In "Jazzy and the Pussycats", the Simpsons attend Homer's ex-wife and former stepmother's funeral after Amber dies from a drug overdose.
- Bill Simpson is one Abe's brothers, and is apparently a communist. He is mentioned in Million-Dollar Abie as a member of the Communist Party, along with Joseph Stalin and many others. It is unknown how old Bill is, or if he is still alive.
- Great Uncle Boris
- Mother Shabubu/Cousin Frank/Francine
The Bouvier family
Patty and Selma Bouvier
Main article: Patty and Selma
Patricia Maleficent "Patty" and Selma Bouvier (both voiced by Julie Kavner) are Marge's older twin sisters. They are apparently in their mid-to-late 40s, since Selma has gone through menopause and they were shown as teenagers in flashbacks while Marge was still a small child. They work at the SpringfieldDepartment of Motor Vehicles, and possess a strong dislike for their brother-in-law, Homer. Selma is the elder by two minutes, possesses a strong desire for family, and has been married and divorced six times, and also sought to have a child on numerous occasions despite her age. Her sister, Patty, is one of the show's few openly gay (or bisexual, as she once commented "there go the last remaining threads of my heterosexuality") recurring characters although for the most part she has avoided relationships. Kavner voices them as characters "who suck the life out of everything". Kavner makes Patty's voice more masculine and a lower register, while Selma's voice is a little sweeter. The origins of their names are unknown – Matt Groening has a sister named Patty, but unlike the other Simpson relatives, this has not been explicitly revealed.
Jacqueline Ingrid Bouvier (née Gurney, voiced by Julie Kavner) is the mother of Marge, Patty and Selma and the widow of Clancy Bouvier. She was first referenced in a flashback in the episode "Moaning Lisa" and made her first appearance in the episode "Bart vs. Thanksgiving". She had a spinster sister named Gladys, who is deceased; Jacqueline and her family attended her funeral in "Selma's Choice". Mr. Burns and Homer's father Abe Simpson once battled for her affections; she became engaged to Burns, but eventually decided not to marry either man, although she and Abe still ran away together at the end of the episode.
Although it seems that she disapproves of Marge's marriage to Homer, stating that he is never to address her as "Mom", she does tolerate Homer much more than her elder daughters, Patty and Selma. In "Moe Letter Blues", she admits that Patty and Selma are really to blame for ruining her birthday party, not Homer and also Jacqueline never has show to try course trouble in Homer and Marge marriage unlike her daughters. Jacqueline has celebrated her 80th birthday twice, in "Moe Letter Blues" and again in "Puffless".
Like all Bouvier women, she is voiced by Kavner, and has large, unique hair, resembling Marge's, only a light gray color due to her old age. In her younger days she smoked heavily but has quit, although she still speaks more raspily than Patty and Selma. The series creator Matt Groening named the character after the former American First LadyJacqueline Kennedy Onassis, whose maiden name was Jacqueline Lee Bouvier. Out of all the characters on the show, Jacqueline has the tallest hair.
Clarence "Clancy" Bouvier (voiced by Harry Shearer) is the deceased father of Marge, Patty and Selma and the husband of Jacqueline Bouvier. His first appearance was in the episode "The Way We Was". He was kind and complimentary to teenage Homer when he arrived to pick up Marge for the prom, but after finding out that Artie Ziff was really her date remarked that Homer "took years off my life". This provoked Marge to go back and go out with Homer.
In "Fear of Flying" it was revealed that he was one of the earliest male flight attendants; Marge initially believed he was a heroic pilot and was traumatized when she discovered he was a flight attendant instead. According to Marge in "Bart the Lover" after Clancy got out of the Navy, he had trouble with his cursing that nearly cost him a job as a baby photographer, but Jacqueline was able to curtail that by having him donate money to the swear jar.
In the episode "Puffless", it is revealed that he died of lung cancer, which provoked Patty and Selma to abstain from smoking cigarettes. While Clancy does not appear with the rest of the Bouvier family in "I Married Marge", implying he was deceased before Homer and Marge were married, he is shown to be still alive when Bart and Lisa were toddlers in the episode "Walking Big & Tall", but he died before Maggie was born. Marge was particularly upset by her father's death, as Homer had to buy her a white noise machine to try and get her to deal with it.
Like all the Bouvier family, his voice has become croaky through chain-smoking for a number of years. He also shares the same grunt as Patty and Selma, both of whom resemble younger female versions of him, while Marge more resembles her mother.
In "Treehouse of Horror III", he was eaten at King Homer and Marge's wedding by the former. He also appeared as a ghost in "Treehouse of Horror XXVI".
Ling Bouvier (voiced by Nancy Cartwright) is Selma Bouvier's adopted daughter. She shares Selma's laugh. In "Goo Goo Gai Pan", Selma discovers that she has reached menopause and adopts Ling in China, after lying that she is married to Homer, to fool the Chinese authorities into thinking that Ling would be part of a traditional family as opposed to being raised by a single mother. The authorities briefly reclaim Ling, but the adoption agent Ms. Woo relates to her experiences of her childhood with her single mother and allows Selma to adopt Ling. Ling has since become a recurring character and has appeared in several episodes. She seems to get along well with her cousin Maggie. Since Patty told Selma to give up smoking once the baby came home, Selma claimed she would switch to chewing tobacco, although it is not clear if she has followed through with this.
Meaux and Genevieve Bouvier
Marge's atheist grandmother Genevieve Bouvier lived in Nazi-occupied France in 1944 during World War II, in Vichy, France. She is discussed in "My Way or the Highway to Heaven" (third episode of the thirtieth season). Genevieve co-managed Cafe Meaux with the café's namesake, her husband Meaux, a Nazi-collaborator, and self-described treasoner. They team up to stop Nazi officers from revealing the impending D-day invasion is to happen in Normandy.
Selma has married six times, resulting in the lengthy last name Bouvier-Terwilliger-Hutz-McClure-Stu-Simpson-D'Amico.
- "Sideshow Bob" Terwilliger (voiced by Kelsey Grammer) – Sideshow Bob meets Selma via a prison pen pal program in the season three episode "Black Widower". After he is released and marries the very smitten Selma, Sideshow Bob fools everyone except for Bart, who eventually foils Sideshow Bob's plot to murder Selma on their honeymoon.
- Lionel Hutz (voiced by Phil Hartman) – Lionel Hutz is mentioned as Selma's ex-husband in the season four episode "Selma's Choice". However, this is the extent to which their relationship is depicted at any point in the series.
- Troy McClure (voiced by Phil Hartman) Troy marries Selma in the season seven episode "A Fish Called Selma". It is a sham marriage devised to revitalize his career and image. When he tells her this, Selma is devastated to have been used by yet another terrible husband. For a while, she attempts to go along with the ruse, if only for the creature comforts she can access. When Troy says they need to have a child to divert public attention from rumors of his fetish involving aquarium fish, Selma knows this is a line she will not cross, and they divorce.
- Disco Stu (voiced by Hank Azaria) – Disco Stu is referenced as Selma's ex-husband in the season sixteen episode "There's Something About Marrying". Despite his last name actually being "Discothèque", the name "Stu" was attached to Selma's last name upon marrying him.
- Grampa Simpson (voiced by Dan Castellaneta) – Grampa Simpson married Selma in the season eighteen episode "Rome-Old and Juli-Eh"; he previously had dated her mother, Jacqueline.
- "Fat Tony" D'Amico (voiced by Joe Mantegna) – Fat Tony became Selma's sixth and most recent husband in the season twenty-two episode "The Real Housewives of Fat Tony". The two divorced when Selma discovered that Fat Tony was already married.
Extended Bouvier family
- Gladys Gurney (voiced by Julie Kavner) – Gladys is Marge's spinster aunt and the sister of Jacqueline. Her death was noted in the episode "Selma's Choice", in which she died of a bowel obstruction. Her final words to Patty and Selma during a video will is a plea that they not end their lives old and alone like herself, prompting Selma to become more intent on having a family.
- Great-Uncle Hubert – Great Uncle Hubert is Bart, Lisa, and Maggie's great uncle who died in the short "The Funeral". It is unknown which side of the family he came from or how he died. He is only mentioned once. At the funeral, Bart views his great uncle's corpse, which makes Bart turn green and faint. Later, Bart is seen running away up a hill with Lisa and Maggie, resulting in Homer and Marge scolding them in the car.
- Dot – Dot is the cousin of Marge, Patty and Selma. She gave Selma a video camera at her wedding to Sideshow Bob. This is the only time she is mentioned.
- Lou Gurney – Lou is the uncle of Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier and Selma Bouvier. In "Children of a Lesser Clod", Marge is called to identify Lou's body, which turns out to be a very much alive Hans Moleman. While Marge is identifying the body, Homer starts a daycare center for local children.
- Uncle Arthur Bouvier – Uncle Arthur is the uncle of Bart, Lisa and Maggie, mentioned by Marge in "The Boy Who Knew Too Much". According to Marge, Arthur suffered from auditory hallucinations and went on a homicidal spree before 75 federal marshals brought him down. Otherwise, he is never mentioned and has never made an appearance.
- Country Cousins' Dog – The Country Cousins' Dog in the episode "The Bonfire of the Manatees" is the brother of Santa's Little Helper. Though the "country folks" are not themselves blood relatives to the Simpsons, they are referred to as "cousins" in the episode because of the dogs' relation.
- Laddie – Laddie was a collie owned by the Simpson family in the episode "The Canine Mutiny". He joined the family after Bart managed to get a credit card issued to Santos L. Halper (a non-existent person whose name is a corruption of "Santa's Little Helper") and purchased him from a catalogue. Described in the catalogue as the ultimate dog, Laddie was able to perform household chores and use the toilet. Laddie resides with the Springfield Police Department after he incidentally sniffed out marijuana at a blind man's house and Bart gave up ownership.
- Snowball – Snowball (also known as Snowball I) was the Simpson family's first cat. She was first mentioned in the series premiere in a Christmas letter Marge is writing where she explains that Snowball died that year and went to "kitty heaven". Snowball was named due to her white fur. Snowball was, according to Lisa in a poem, run over by a Chrysler belonging to Mayor Quimby's brother "Clovis". She is seen during Bart's escalator ride to Heaven in the second-season episode "Bart Gets Hit by a Car" and in flashback in the ninth-season episode "Lisa's Sax". Bart unsuccessfully tries to revive her in "Dial Z for Zombies".
- Snowball II – Snowball II was the Simpson family's second cat. Although Snowball I had white fur, which inspired her name, Snowball II had black fur. She first appeared in the series premiere but has received little attention in the series. Snowball II and Santa's Little Helper have always been shown as having a good relationship; usually they are seen sleeping near each other. Snowball II's largest role is in the fourteenth season episode "Old Yeller Belly", in which she saves Homer from a burning treehouse. She also has minor roles in "Bart Gets an Elephant", where she tries to get attention; in "Two Dozen and One Greyhounds", in which she is scared by the many puppies; and in "Make Room for Lisa", in which Lisa has a hallucination where she becomes Snowball II.
- In the episode "I, (Annoyed Grunt)-Bot", Snowball II is killed and is replaced in series by Snowball III and then Coltrane, both of which also die quickly. A final replacement, Snowball V is essentially identical to Snowball II and proves to be less unlucky. Lisa renames this cat Snowball II and the events of this episode are never referred to again. This cat is the focus of a subplot in the sixteenth season episode "The Seven-Beer Snitch", in which she becomes overweight after abandoning the Simpsons for brief periods to visit a different family but she then goes back to live with the Simpson family.
- Plopper – Plopper, formerly known as Harry Plopper and Spider Pig, is Homer's pet pig.
- Mojo – Mojo was the helper monkey Homer had in the episode "Girly Edition". Mojo, an intelligent and highly trained service animal when Homer adopted him, quickly adapted to match Homer's lazy and unhealthy lifestyle. When Mojo's condition severely worsens, Homer, fearing the repercussions of potentially having the monkey die under his watch, drops him off at the adoption center.
- Chirpy Boy and Bart Junior – Chirpy Boy and Bart Junior were Bart's pet lizards.
- Stampy – Stampy was an African elephant briefly owned by the Simpson family in the episode "Bart Gets an Elephant".
- Strangles – Strangles was a green tree python that Bart owned during the episode "Stop or My Dog Will Shoot", during which time Santa's Little Helper was a police dog. Strangles' current owner is Groundskeeper Willie. Bart named the snake Strangles while it was strangling Homer on the dinner table.
- Pokey – Pokey was a guinea pig and Lisa's first pet of her own. It appears in "The Simpsons: Tapped Out" and in the episode "The War of Art" where it destroyed the iconic artwork over the lounge.
- Princess – Princess was Lisa's pony from the episode "Lisa's Pony". Homer bought Lisa a pony to show her that he loves her, but he has to work two jobs to keep her. When Lisa discovers this she gives up Princess.
- Pinchy – Pinchy was Homer's pet lobster in "Lisa Gets an 'A'". Homer went to the supermarket to buy a lobster that he could cook for dinner. Homer found that the big lobsters were too expensive, so he bought a smaller lobster with the intention of fattening him up, but he grew attached to the lobster and decided to keep him as a pet instead, naming him Pinchy. At the end of the episode, Homer puts Pinchy in a hot bath, but accidentally boils and kills him. Since his body is cooked, a sobbing Homer eats Pinchy's remains, saying that "That's what he would want".
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The Simpsons: Maggie's 10 Funniest Episodes, Ranked
Unlike Stewie, Maggie isn't a talking baby. The littlest member of the Simpsons family may get forgotten about, but she has some memorable storylines.
There are five members of the titular suburban clan in The Simpsons, but fans often forget about the youngest child, Maggie, because she’s a baby, and not the talking kind like Family Guy’s Stewie Griffin. It’s not easy to craft a compelling story around a character who’s constantly sucking on a pacifier. But from shooting Mr. Burns to outsmarting Lisa, Maggie has been the focus of some really great episodes of the show.
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While the majority of classic Simpsons episodes revolve around the family members who can talk, there are plenty of hilarious Maggie-centric storylines for fans of Homer and Marge’s youngest kid.
10 Gone Maggie Gone (Season 20, Episode 13)
Lisa has to go undercover as a young nun when Maggie is accidentally left on a convent's doorstep in the season 20 episode “Gone Maggie Gone.”
Meanwhile, Marge has lost her vision and until it returns, Homer and Bart run elaborate schemes to convince her that Maggie is still in the house.
9 Smart & Smarter (Season 15, Episode 13)
Simon Cowell guest-starred as a Simon Cowell-esque talent judge in “Smart & Smarter,” except instead of judging aspiring singers’ talent, he judges the intelligence of all the applicants at a prestigious kindergarten.
Lisa begins to feel inferior when Cowell determines Maggie to be a genius who will eventually grow up to outsmart her older sister.
8 Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes? (Season 3, Episode 24)
After Homer’s wealthy long-lost brother Herb was ruined by Homer’s inane automobile design, he returned in the season 3 episode “Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?” to try to win back his fortune with a device that translates baby talk.
While he’s designing the prototype, he uses Maggie’s baby talk to program it. Danny DeVito’s second guest appearance on The Simpsons was just as hilarious as his first.
7 Hello Gutter, Hello Fadder (Season 11, Episode 6)
Homer becomes a local celebrity in season 11’s “Hello Gutter, Hello Fadder” after bowling a perfect 300 game. However, when his fame begins to fade, he seeks meaning elsewhere.
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This is when it becomes a Maggie episode, as Homer sees Ron Howard taking his kids to the zoo and tries to bond with his infant daughter for the first time.
6 A Streetcar Named Marge (Season 4, Episode 2)
The main storyline of season 4’s “A Streetcar Named Marge” revolves around Marge starring in a musical adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire. But when she’s at rehearsals, she drops Maggie off at the Ayn Rand School for Tots, setting up a hilarious B-plot for the Simpson baby.
The strict owner of the daycare confiscates the kids’ pacifiers, and in a spoof of The Great Escape (complete with its iconic theme tune), Maggie liberates them. When Homer picks up Maggie, he’s freaked out by a roomful of eerily silent babies sucking on pacifiers, à la the final scene of Hitchcock’s The Birds.
5 Moe Baby Blues (Season 14, Episode 22)
Homer’s reckless driving causes Maggie to soar out of her baby seat and through the sunroof at the same time Moe is about to jump off a bridge in season 14’s “Moe Baby Blues.” When Moe catches Maggie, he inadvertently saves the baby’s life.
After this, Moe and Maggie become the best of friends. Homer and Marge are concerned about the amount of time the bartender is spending with their baby but warm to him when he saves her from a mafia shootout.
4 Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily (Season 7, Episode 3)
Homer and Marge are deemed unfit parents in “Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily” when Grampa is found asleep during a babysitting gig and Bart and Lisa are sent home from school with headlice.
The Simpson kids are adopted by Ned and Maude Flanders. Bart and Lisa are old enough to remember that they’re Simpsons, but Maggie starts to morph into a Flanders.
3 Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Season 6, Episode 25/Season 7, Episode 1)
The season 6 finale and season 7 premiere make up the first and, so far, only two-part episode of The Simpsons. “Who Shot Mr. Burns?” is an obvious lampoon of the “Who shot J.R.?” debate that rocked the Dallas fanbase following the third-season finale “A House Divided.”
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At the end of the first part, Mr. Burns riles the whole town, then gets shot by an unseen assailant. The second part focuses on the ensuing investigation, which finds Maggie to be the guilty party.
2 Rosebud (Season 5, Episode 4)
In a parody of Citizen Kane, Mr. Burns remembers his childhood teddy bear Bobo and sets about tracking it down. It shows up in a bag of ice cubes at the Kwik-E-Mart and Maggie quickly takes a shine to it. Maggie refuses to give away the bear, so Burns pulls out all the stops to try to get it back.
The episode has plenty of great moments, like Homer eating 64 slices of American cheese and one-term U.S. presidents getting turned away from Mr. Burns’ birthday party.
1 And Maggie Makes Three (Season 6, Episode 13)
When looking through the family photos in season 6’s “And Maggie Makes Three,” Bart and Lisa notice that there are no pictures of Maggie in any of the albums. So, Homer and Marge tell the story of Maggie’s unexpected arrival.
The episode closes with one of The Simpsons’ sweetest, most tear-jerking moments as Maggie’s pictures are revealed to be at Homer’s workstation, encouraging him to keep working for Mr. Burns for the baby’s sake.
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For the singer-songwriter, see Maggie Simpson (musician).
Margaret Evelyn Lenny "Maggie" Simpson is a fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons and a part of the Simpson family, notably the youngest member. She first appeared on television in the Tracey Ullman Show short "Good Night" on April 19, 1987. Maggie was created and designed by cartoonist Matt Groening while he was waiting in the lobby of James L. Brooks' office. She received her first name from Groening's youngest sister. After appearing on The Tracey Ullman Show for three years, the Simpson family was given their own series on the Fox Broadcasting Company which debuted December 17, 1989.
Maggie is the youngest child of Homer and Marge, and the younger sister to Bart and Lisa. She is often seen sucking on her red pacifier and, when she walks, she trips over her clothing and falls on her face (this running gag is used much more in earlier seasons). Being an infant, she has not yet learned how to talk. However, she did appear to talk in the first Tracey Ullman Show short.
Though she rarely talks, she frequently makes a characteristic sucking noise with her pacifier, which has become synonymous with the character. Her pacifier sucking noises are provided by the show's creator, Matt Groening, and early producer Gabor Csupo. Maggie's occasional speaking parts and other vocalizations are currently provided by Nancy Cartwright, but she has also been voiced by guest stars James Earl Jones, Elizabeth Taylor and Jodie Foster, and by series regulars Yeardley Smith and Harry Shearer. Maggie has appeared in various media relating to The Simpsons – including video games, The Simpsons Movie, The Simpsons Ride, commercials and comic books – and has inspired an entire line of merchandise.
Role in The Simpsons
The Simpsons uses a floating timeline in which the characters do not physically age, and as such the show is assumed to be set in the current year. In several episodes, events have been linked to specific times, though sometimes this timeline has been contradicted in subsequent episodes. Maggie is the youngest child of Marge and Homer, and sister to Bart and Lisa. When Marge became pregnant with Bart, she and Homer got married at a chapel in Las Vegas. To support his impending family, Homer all but demanded a job at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, impressing its owner, Mr. Burns, with his aggressive submissiveness. When Marge became pregnant with Lisa, two years later, she and Homer bought their first house. Another six years later, Homer felt financially secure enough to finally quit his job at the Power Plant and take his dream job at Barney's Bowlarama. However, Marge became pregnant with Maggie, so Homer, once again unable to support his family, was forced to reapply for his old job. By the time Maggie was born, Homer had shown great signs of distress, but he managed to find motivation in the form of his newborn baby girl.
During the earlier seasons of the show, Maggie's equivalent of a hallmark was to trip over her clothing and fall on her face while trying to walk, causing a loud thud on the floor, but this was toned down in the later seasons. She has penchant for her pacifier, on which she is always seen sucking.
Maggie has performed a number of feats that for her age suggest she is highly intelligent, akin to her sister, and possibly a genius. She has spelled out E=MC² with her baby blocks, driven Homer's car, escaped from the Springfield daycare center, written her name on an Etch A Sketch, played Internet poker, spelled words with her baby blocks, shot Mr. Burns, played Lisa's saxophone, and treated her pacifier like a cigarette. However, the rest of the Simpsons family are unaware of Maggie's maturity and Marge carries Maggie wherever they go rather than letting her walk by herself. Maggie is keenly aware of her surroundings, and can usually be seen imitating the flow of action around her. She shows a high degree of dexterity, and she once hit Homer on the head with a mallet and shot a dart at a photograph of him in imitation of Itchy and Scratchy. Despite her age, Maggie is a formidable marksman, as seen in "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" where she shoots Mr. Burns with a handgun that falls into her hands, and in a more intentional manner during "Poppa's Got a Brand New Badge" where she is able to non-fatally shoot a group of mobsters in rapid succession with a rifle that she apparently hides in her crib. Homer had previously left a rifle in her crib in "Mom and Pop Art". It is unclear whether the gun Maggie uses to shoot the mobsters is the same one.
Maggie is usually frightened and exasperated by Homer's attempts to bond with her, but has on several occasions stepped in to save Homer's life: once from drowning, once from being shot by mobsters, once from being kidnapped by a tow truck driver, and once from being shot by Russ Cargill, head of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Matt Groening first conceived Maggie and the rest of the Simpson family in 1986 in the lobby of James L. Brooks's office. Groening had been called in to pitch a series of animated shorts for The Tracey Ullman Show, and had intended to present an adaptation of his Life in Hell comic strip. When he realized that animating Life in Hell would require him to rescind publication rights for his life's work, Groening decided to go in another direction, and hurriedly sketched out his version of a dysfunctional family and named the characters after members of his own family. The baby of the family was named Maggie after Groening's youngest sister. Maggie then made her debut with the rest of the Simpsons family on April 19, 1987 in the short "Good Night". In 1989, the shorts were adapted into The Simpsons, a half-hour series that would air on the Fox Broadcasting Company. Maggie and the rest of the family remained the main characters on this new show.
The entire Simpson family was designed so that they would be recognizable in silhouette. The family was crudely drawn, because Groening had submitted basic sketches to the animators, assuming they would clean them up; instead, they just traced over his drawings. Maggie's physical features are generally not used in other characters; for example, in the later seasons, no character other than Lisa shares her hairline. While designing Maggie and Lisa, Groening "couldn't be bothered to even think about girls' hair styles". At the time, Groening was primarily drawing in black and white and when designing Lisa and Maggie, he "just gave them this kind of spiky starfish hair style, not thinking that they would eventually be drawn in color".
Groening thought that it would be funny to have a baby character that did not talk and never grew up, but was scripted to show any emotions that the scene required. Maggie's comedic hallmarks include her tendency to stumble and land on her face while attempting to walk, and a penchant for sucking on her pacifier, the sound of which has become the equivalent of her catchphrase and was originally created by Groening during the Tracey Ullman period. In the early seasons of the show, Maggie would suck her pacifier over other characters' dialogue, but this was discontinued because the producers found it too distracting.
With few exceptions, Maggie never speaks but participates in the events around her, emoting with subtle gestures and facial expressions. Maggie's first lines were spoken in "Good Night", the first short to air on The Tracey Ullman Show, after the family falls asleep. On this occasion, Liz Georges provided the voice of Maggie.
Rather than talking, Maggie is well known for producing a characteristic "sucking" sound from her pacifier. This sound effect was originally provided by the show's creator Matt Groening, for early episodes of The Tracey Ullman Show, and also by Gabor Csupo (who was also the animation executive producer, for the first 60 episodes). The sucking noise is heard in all of Maggie's appearances to date, and is usually archive audio from either of Groening or Csupo's initial recordings (from the show's early episodes). Other than her sucking noise, Maggie has been known to make other noises, such as occasional squeals and babbling. In most instances, these vocalisations are provided by either Nancy Cartwright or Yeardley Smith.
Although she had previously spoken in fantasies and dream sequences, Maggie's first word spoken in the normal continuity of the series occurred in "Lisa's First Word", when she was voiced by Elizabeth Taylor. Although it was only one word ("Daddy"), Taylor had to record the part numerous times before the producers were satisfied.James Earl Jones voiced Maggie in "Treehouse of Horror V". Maggie would later have brief dialogue in "Treehouse of Horror IX", voiced by Harry Shearer, who used his Kang voice. In earlier episodes, Yeardley Smith did many of Maggie's squeaks, cries, laughs and occasional speaking parts, although in the later seasons her parts are done by Nancy Cartwright (including a single word spoken during the end credits of The Simpsons Movie). Jodie Foster voiced a Howard Roark-inspired Maggie in the season 20 episode "Four Great Women and a Manicure". In the episode Friends and Family, Maggie speaks in full sentences but the family is so preoccupied with an argument during a therapy session that she vows to "never talk again."
In the occasional episodes set in the future ("Lisa's Wedding", "Bart to the Future", "Future-Drama", "Holidays of Future Passed", "Days of Future Future"), although an older Maggie is depicted, as a running gag within these episodes she is never shown speaking, or has become mute.
Maggie has received both popular and critical acclaim. Nancy Basile at About.com said her favorite Maggie scenes on The Simpsons are the ones that show her acting more like an adult than a one-year-old. Some of her favorite Maggie scenes include scenes from "Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song" and "Lady Bouvier's Lover" where Maggie meets her unibrowed archenemy, Baby Gerald, and the one scene from "Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie" in which Bart is supposed to babysit Maggie, but she escapes and takes Homer's car for a ride. Basile also added that "whether watching 'The Happy Elves' or falling down, Maggie is the cutest baby in the Simpson family". Comedian Ricky Gervais named "And Maggie Makes Three" his second favorite episode of the show and said that the scene in the end where Homer puts up pictures of Maggie over his desk gave him "a lump in the throat thinking about it". Todd Everett at Variety called the scene in "Lisa's First Word" where Maggie speaks her first word "quite a heart-melter".
In 2006, Elizabeth Taylor was named thirteenth on IGN's "Top 25 Simpsons Guest Appearances" list for her performance as Maggie in "Lisa's First Word". James Earl Jones, voice of Maggie in "Treehouse of Horror V", was named the seventh greatest guest star on the show in the same list. In 2000, Maggie and the rest of the Simpson family were awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard.
Four children's books, written by Maggie Groening (after whom Maggie was named) and illustrated by Matt Groening, entitled Maggie Simpson's Book of Animals, Maggie Simpson's Counting Book, Maggie Simpson's Book of Colors and Shapes and Maggie Simpson's Alphabet Book were released on September 12, 1991. Other merchandise includes dolls, posters, figurines, jigsaw puzzles, and T-shirts. Maggie was made into an action figure as part of the World of Springfield toy line, and was released in the wave one playset "Living Room", featuring her and Marge in the living room of the Simpsons house. Maggie has appeared in commercials for Burger King, Butterfinger, C.C. Lemon, Domino's Pizza, Ramada Inn and Subway.
Maggie has appeared in other media relating to The Simpsons. She is a character in every one of The Simpsons video games, including the most recent, The Simpsons Game. Alongside the television series, Maggie regularly appeared in issues of Simpsons comics, which were published from 1993 until 2018. Maggie also plays a role in The Simpsons Ride, launched in 2008 at Universal Studios Florida and Hollywood. Maggie starred in the 3D short-film The Longest Daycare, which was shown in theaters before Ice Age: Continental Drift in 2012.
On April 9, 2009, the United States Postal Service unveiled a series of five 44-cent stamps featuring Maggie and the four other members of the Simpson family. They are the first characters from a television series to receive this recognition while the show is still in production. The stamps, designed by Matt Groening, were made available for purchase on May 7, 2009. In a USPS poll, Maggie's stamp was voted the most popular of the five.
Maggie also starred in the 3D short-film Playdate with Destiny, which was shown in theaters before Onward in 2020.
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