Watching Television

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01 "Good Night"
"Watching Television"
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"Hey! We're watching that!"
Bart and Lisa Simpson
Watching Television
Watching Television (Maggie Changes Channel).png
Short Information
Airdate: May 3, 1987
Short season: 1
Short number: 2
Production code: MG02
Writer: Matt Groening

Watching Television is the second Simpsons short. It aired on The Tracey Ullman Show on May 3, 1987.


This episode starts with some diegetic sounds from the television before Bart and Lisa begin to fight in a very cartoon-like style during the advertisement break. Maggie walks into the room and the two berate her for changing the channel before Maggie apologetically moves back to her original place. Bart and Lisa resume fighting, before Maggie leaves. Once again Lisa and Bart are watching a show which Lisa does not approve of, when they have a long drawn out argument. The theme to the Tracy Ullman Show starts playing, but Bart finds this unsatisfactory and Maggie once again changes the channel. Another argument ensues before the start of the next scene, where Marge and Homer have joined the children on the couch. Homer talks to fill the gap within the commercial before being told to stop by Bart.

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Good Night Watching Television Bart Jumps Babysitting Maggie The Pacifier Burp Contest Eating Dinner