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As the animated hit comedy reaches its 30th birthday, a look back on some of the key moments throughout its run
Matt Groening’s The Simpsons is 30 years old today, its titular family having first appeared on the Tracey Ullman show in 1987 in a very weird short during which Homer and Marge put the kids to bed. Since then it’s become a ubiquitous cultural force: a theme park ride, half a dozen different action figure series, several video games, a whole line of comic books, and of course 28 seasons – and counting – of television.
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- Sam Thielman
Multiple Emmy Award-winning U.S. writer and producer Mike Reiss was one of the first members of the original “The Simpsons” writing team in 1989 and still works on the show, now in its 29th series, albeit one day a week. He is currently at the Doha Film Institute’s Qumra event to give a master class on writing and producing animation to aspiring Arab animators. In Doha Reiss spoke to Variety about the global reach of “The Simpsons” and why the show’s alleged predictive aspect is just a fluke.
It’s hard to find a country that doesn’t like “The Simpsons” but the show reaching TV audiences in the Middle East made a bit of a splash. How do you feel about it?
It boggles my mind. You know, we write it in a little room in L.A. We don’t even think: ‘will they get it in the Valley? Or »
- Nick Vivarelli
Last week fans were treated to some awesome news about Futurama. It turns out there there’s a Futurama mobile video game that’s coming out and it looks like it’s going to be a quality product. What’s particularly great about it is the fact that nearly all of the show’s original creators were involved in the making of the game. Series creator and Simpsons creator Matt Groening even took to social media to express his excitement. It’s safe to say that the collective Futurama universe was pretty excited last week. Fans will be even more blown away this week from this
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- Nat Berman
Futurama is going mobile. Variety reports the Matt Groening series is being made into a new mobile game called Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow.Created by Groening, the animated sitcom followed the adventures of Philip J. Fry, a New York City pizza delivery boy who is frozen for 1,000 years and becomes an interplanetary delivery boy. The voice cast included Billy West, Katey Sagal, John Dimaggio, and Phil Lamarr. The show ran for seven seasons, first on Fox and then Comedy Central, before ending in 2013.Read More… »
While Futurama began as somewhat of an evil stepchild of The Simpsons, it didn’t take long for it to develop its own fan base and become a classic all on its own. While the animation and some voices were all trademarks of Simpsons creator Matt Groening, the subject matter and story lines were vastly different and catered to a much more specific crowd: the geek universe. To this day people are still analyzing the show, its characters and watching reruns whenever they get the chance. But some good news came today because something new from Futurama is on the horizon.
- Nat Berman
Wesley Mead Jan 2, 2017
As the New Year arrives, we salute a few favourite TV episodes depicting this momentous time of year...
New Year is a time for reflection on the past and resolution for the future, an opportunity to consider what you’ve achieved and what you’re yet to work on. It’s also a time to stay up well past midnight, partying the night away with friends and family, potentially embarrassing yourself in the process. That dichotomy ensures that the New Year is fertile ground for television, and the finest comedies and dramatic series use the moment to allow for contemplation amidst the alcoholic excesses. Here are twenty New Year episodes that offer an entertaining take on the aeons-old celebration - from emotional character pieces to geeky genre takes and old-fashioned barrages of seasonal comedy.
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