Opening credit sequences don’t get any more iconic than The Simpsons “couch gag.” The couch gag has become an important part of the show and has been used as far back as the second ever episode – “Bart the Genius.” Whilst some have been simple, there are also many that have been outlandish, over-the-top, and absurd. Sometimes, even a guest director is brought in solely to create a new gag. What you may not realize is that these gags are used to even out the runtime of the episode, with some of the more elaborate gags lasting well over a minute. Everyone Simpsons fan has their favorites, so here are our 10.
10. Bart Squeezed Off
Where better to start than the very first couch gag? In the second ever episode of the series, “Bart the Genius”, which aired on January 14,1990, a running joke was introduced which became a huge part of the show. After the Simpson family make their way home, they pile onto the couch but the sides of it give in, seeing Bart squeezed off. He flies out of the frame before landing in front of the television. Simple yet effective, this was a fantastic way to end the opening sequence and begin an episode. In the first season, the couch gags were very simple in comparison to what came later and featured things like Homer and Maggie squeezed off, as well as the sofa giving way. Season one also features perhaps the rarest couch gag ever, which is where the family rush in and simply sit on the couch in a normal manner.http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_couch_gags/Seasons_1-5 Source: Simpsons Wikia