‘The Simpsons’ to Re-air First Full-Length Episode, Sets New Christmas Special With Jane Lynch

Encore of 1989’s “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire” will rebroadcast Dec. 23 for 30th anniversary

“The Simpsons” is about to make all your days merry and bright, with Fox’s 30th anniversary rebroadcast of the classic episode, “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire.”

Yes, that’s the 1989 Christmas special featuring the introduction of Santa’s Little Helper. It also happens to be the Simpson family’s very first full-length episode.

The ’89 classic will re-air Dec. 23 at 8 p.m. on Fox. But if you want some more “The Simpsons” yuletide fun before then, you can tune in Dec. 9 to see the animated comedy’s 2018 holiday episode, “Tis the 30th Season.” That episode will feature a guest appearance by Jane Lynch, who previously lent her vocals to the Season 23 episode, “Replaceable You.”

See below for official descriptions of the upcoming episode — and the classic special — below.

THE SIMPSONS (Sunday, Dec. 9, 8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) – “‘Tis the 30th Season”

After failed Black Friday shopping, Marge (Julie Kavner) is determined to fix Christmas but Homer (Dan Castellaneta) and the kids decide to surprise her by going on vacation to a Floridian resort that turns out to be a knock-off Disney World in the all-new “‘Tis the 30th Season” episode. Jane Lynch makes a guest-voice appearance.

THE SIMPSONS (Sunday, Dec. 23, 8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) – “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire” *special encore*

In this encore of the 1989 Christmas special, “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire,” the very first full-length episode of THE SIMPSONS to ever air, Homer (Dan Castellaneta) tries to earn extra money to buy Christmas presents for the family, and everything he does goes wrong. Fortunately, he is rescued by Santa’s Little Helper. This special originally aired on December 18, 1989.