The Simpsons has always used film references as a base for their incredible comedy. However, this video compilation by Onikorp really drives home the point that the show—and in particular, the writing—loves to give a wink and a nod to the world of cinema, beginning from the very first episode onward.
After season eight, there were significant staff changes: A new show-runner was brought in, a number of key writers moved on, and genius animator Brad Bird (The Incredibles) left. But perhaps it was inevitable that The Simpsons couldn’t sustain forever such a high-wire mix of hilarity and humanity; on a commentary track for the season-eight DVD, creator Matt Groening acknowledges that the characters became more exaggerated as time went on, so as to not be repetitious.
Check out this amazing multi-part compilation of the innumerable movie references found throughout the show. And if you have a lot of time on your hands (or work to procrastinate doing), you can watch all 18 parts of the playlist here.