As Fox starts production on the next two seasons the animated series created by Matt Groening is still going strong.
It’s been thirty-two years now since we were first introduced to The Simpsons, the animated sitcom which is the brainchild of brilliant American cartoonist Matt Groening.
So far, they are the longest running animated series in the US. No one can hold a candle to these sarcastic yellow characters.
The very first episode of The Simpsons was broadcast during the racey Ullman Show on 19th April 1987 in the form of a short ( just one minute long) called “Good Night”.
The show was only presented later in episode format, from 17th December 1989 onwards, when The Simpsons reached their standard duration of about half an hour. Then as now, the cartoon was aired by the Fox Broadcasting Company.
The series – now in its thirtieth season, and the news is out that Fox has already renewed the contract for a 31st and 32nd edition – has chalked up over 650 episodes of its biting, satirical parody of American society.
The story is based on the adventures of an American family, the neurotic couple Homer and Marge and their three kids Bart, Lisa and Maggie (the baby who never grows up), surrounded by a multitude of oddball caricature characters.
Interesting fact: the names in the Simpson family are the same as those in the real one of their creator Matt Groening. His father and mother are actually called Homer and Marge and he has two sisters called Lisa and Maggie.
All that is missing is Bart, but that would be Matt himself, an anagram of the word “brat”.
The location for the Simpsons is the imaginary town of Springfield and the humour of each episode depends on how it deals with various aspects of the human condition, including culture, society, politics, the rules of marketing and junk television.
Over the years, The Simpsons have won a plethora of television awards. The New Year’s Eve issue of Time Magazine on 31st December 1999, the last of the millennium, acclaimed it as “best television series of the century” and on 14th January 2000, they got their own star on the prestigious Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Homer Simpson’s famous catchphrase “Doh!”, has actually been included in the Oxford English Dictionary. Last but not least, the show was celebrated on the silver screen on 27th July 2007 with a zany cinematic outing simply called “The Simpsons Movie”. Rumours of a sequel abound but so far nothing has actually come of it.
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