On Sunday, December 17th, 1989 at 8:30PM ET, Fox aired The Simpsons series premiere, "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire," bookended by America's Most Wanted at 8PM and an hour of Married... with Children at 9PM. There wasn't much fanfare or press, relative to what you might imagine now. The Simpsons didn't grace magazine covers, the PR machine wasn't in full swing. But what was on magazine covers is an amazing reminder of just how far we've come as a society. Or not, in some instance.
In honor of The Simpsons 12-day marathon, which kicked off this morning, here's what your newsstand probably looked on the day of the premiere. (For issues that might have published early or lingered late, we put both — they're so amazing.)
And remember: we once lived in a world where Sean Connery was People's Sexiest Man Alive.
Vanity Fair, December
Car and Driver, December
Popular Mechanics, December
MAD Magazine, December
TV Guide, Dec. 16th-22nd and 23rd-29th
The Atlantic Monthly, December
The New York Times Magazine, Dec. 17th
Motor Trend, December
Psychology Today, December
National Enquirer, Dec. 12th