Episode - 3F25\\
First Aired - 12/3/1995

The third ''Simpsons'' ClipShow, albeit presented as a retrospective/anniversary special of the series rather than as a normal episode with the characters reminiscing (as seen with "So It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show" and "Another Simpsons Clip Show").

Troy [=McClure=], whom you may remember from such Fox Network specials as ''Alien Nose Job'' and ''Five Fabulous Weeks of The Chevy Chase Show'', opens the program with a look at creator Matt Groening -- who is depicted as a crazed, right-wing Southerner who came up with the Simpsons to pay off his gambling debts -- and clips from the original ''Series/TheTraceyUllmanShow'' shorts. After that, there's:

* Fake trivia in the commercial break bumpers (one about the FreezeFrameBonus during the opening credits when Maggie is put through the grocery store checkout scanner and one about which two popular characters died in the past year[[note]]which is a trick question, as, while Dr. Marvin Monroe and Bleeding Gums Murphy did die, they were never popular[[/note]])
* Viewer mail questions about Homer's stupidity, how long it takes to make an episode, and Smithers' ambiguous sexuality.
* Actual deleted scenes from several episodes, including Krusty getting cancelled after his arrest for trying to sell a pornographic photo book to minors in "Krusty Gets Kancelled," Homer's head being used as a bowling ball in "The Devil and Homer Simpson," Homer eating food from his mom's undelivered care packages and talking about how he's taking the nuclear plant down from the inside in "Mother Simpson," Apu showing a Bollywood film to The Simpsons in "Homer and Apu," Mr. Burns using a robotic Richard Simmons to scare Homer away in "Burns' Heir," and a montage of alternate scenes made for "Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part Two)" to keep the real shooter's identity secret until broadcast, presenting everyone from Moe to Tito Puente to Santa's Little Helper as the culprit. This is followed by a complete alternate ending in which Smithers turned out to be the culprit all along (and, according to Troy, the ending was cut because it conflicted with the plot point about the attempted murderer being someone having Simpson family DNA).

[=McClure=] closes the show with the real reason people want to watch the show: "Hardcore nudity!" (albeit PG-rated hardcore nudity). The episode closes out with a montage of naked male characters set to "Shake Your Booty" by K.C. and the Sunshine Band.

!!This episode contains examples of:

* ArtShift: The purposefully bad drawings of Grampa Simpson and Krusty the Clown that look as if a kindergartener drew them.
* BitingTheHandHumor: Troy [=McClure's=] self-introduction (see above) mocks some of Fox's most embarrassing efforts of TheNineties -- the DocumentaryOfLies ''Alien Autopsy'' and ''The Chevy Chase Show'', a late night talk show that lasted less than two months in 1993.
* UsefulNotes/{{Bollywood}}: Parodied in the "Homer and Apu" deleted scene.
* BrickJoke: The deleted scenes feature one that didn't make it into "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E5TreehouseOfHorrorIV Treehouse of Horror IV]]", not even in OrphanedReference[[invoked]] form. In the scene where Bart wants to sell his soul to the devil for a Formula 1 racing car, Marge looks up Lionel Hutz in a phone book, and sees that he's guaranteeing "cases won in 30 minutes or your pizza's free." After Marge succeeds in winning Homer's soul back, Hutz returns after [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere abandoning the trial]] and defeatedly offers the promised free pizza to the Simpsons (only to reveal that that pizza box he's offering is empty when he learns the Simpsons won the trial after all).
* ClipShow: Albeit with even more LampshadeHanging of the concept than usual for this show, and the only ''Simpsons'' clip show that doesn't have the Simpsons family sitting around and remembering past adventures.
** Notably, the producers tried to avoid the usual clip show tropes as much as possible, with the inclusion of previously-unreleased deleted scenes and the rare Tracey Ullman shorts (which, pilot short aside, aren't even available on DVD outside of this clip show). As Troy [=McClure=] points out, Act Two's DeletedScenes montage is arguably a DefiedTrope.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: In response to a question about Smithers, Troy shows a montage of his AmbiguouslyGay moments... then states he's simply an unmarried white male, presently residing in Springfield.
* DomesticOnlyCartoon: To date, this is the only episode of the series to be fully animated in America, with no Korean outsourcing involved. This is because there was very little new footage that needed animating, and what little was required was just the outside shot of the Springfield Amphitheater (with the sign gag that the next day's event is an "Alternate Lifestyle Prom"), and all the scenes involving Troy sitting, standing, and talking to the audience. The episode was also digitally colored in America.
* ExactWords: The announcer asks which two popular Simpsons characters died in the past year, with the answer being Bleeding Gums Murphy (who did die in season 6's "Round Springfield") and Dr. Marvin Monroe, but it's incorrect because "they were never popular."
* FreezeFrameBonus / UnreadablyFastText: Troy, under Matt Groening's supposed insistence, gives credit to the staff behind ''The Simpsons''... and shows a two second scroll of names that whizz up the screen. [[http://www.simpsonsarchive.com/episodes/3F31.html The names are actual staff members.]]
* MeetYourEarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Troy [=McClure=] shows the first of the Tracy Ullman era Simpsons shorts and, after its over, looks confused before quickly saying that [[BlatantLies the Simpsons haven't changed a bit since then.]]
* MilestoneCelebration: Parodied InUniverse with the arbitrary 138.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: The end credits showing different scenes of various ''male'' characters being naked.
* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: The Simpsons are described as "America's favorite [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones non-prehistoric]] cartoon family."
* SpecialEditionTitle: This episode not only features a ColdOpen featuring Troy McClure setting up the episode's premise, but also an EpisodeTitleCard replacing the actual title screen. It also omits the transition through the "P" in "Simpsons" (since the title uses the marketing logo rather than the usual in-show logo).
* TakeThat: There's one to the O.J. Simpson criminal trial's jury, when it's noted that the Smithers-as-culprit ending to "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" could not work because it would require ignoring "all the Simpson [=DNA=] evidence", which was what the jury was accused of doing.
-->''And that would be downright nutty.''
* TakeThatUs:
** Matt Groening is portrayed as an old, bald, gun-toting maniac who shoots at the camera crew who tries to interview him.
** Troy's reaction to the earliest Simpson's episode is stunned silence.
** At the end of the deleted scenes, Troy's shown having fallen asleep, and has to be prodded with a stick to wake up.
-->'''Troy:''' If that's what they cut out, what they leave in must be pure gold!
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The show promises "[[EditedForSyndication old favorites you can't see in syndication]]"... and fails to deliver.