The first full episode of The Simpsons aired thirty years ago. It is the longest-running American sitcom with close to 700 episodes having been produced.
Even if you missed all of its 600-odd episodes when they first ran on TV, it would be difficult to avoid the innumerable repeats that litter the TV schedules.
But The Chase presenter Bradley Walsh has managed that seemingly impossible feat.
In the most recent episode of the long-running daytime quiz, the contestant was asked to match the catchphrase "excellent" to one of three Simpsons characters – Mr Burns, Otto the bus driver, or Ned Flanders.
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No-one could quite believe what Bradley had said
Somehow, the contestant had managed to miss hearing the machiavellian plutocrat of Springfield muttering his favourite word, and had to make a guess.
At which point Bradley happily piped up "I’ve never seen The Simpsons."
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This is the face of a man who knew the answer
Viewers flocked to Twitter to share their incredulity, but it’s by means the first time we’ve seen a staggering gap in someone’s knowledge revealed on The Chase.
Panicked contestants have in the past described Mars as the only inhabited planet in the universe, confidently averred that Dundonians are from Cardiff, and guessed that the correct name for a herd of elephants is ‘cows.’
One hapless contestant, when asked "Who had a 1950s number 1 with ‘Stranger in Paradise’?" took a wild stab with "LL Cool J."
And in an absolutely heroic example of ‘getting the wrong end of the stick’ one hopeful answered the question "What member of the crow family, native to the UK, has a bare face?" guessed at "Russell Crowe."
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