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The satiric adventures of a working-class family in the misfit city of Springfield.
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The Simpsons is an animated sitcom about the antics of a dysfunctional family called the Simpsons (surprise surprise). Homer is the oafish unhealthy beer loving father, Marge is the hardworking homemaker wife, Bart is the ten year old underachiever (and proud of it), Lisa is the unappreciated eight year old genius, and Maggie is the cute, pacifier loving silent infant. Written by Sam Kelly

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Just a product of society that's lost its good manners. See more »

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Animation | Comedy

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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17 December 1989 (USA)  »

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Los Simpson  »

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$750,000 (estimated)
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(441 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Some of the store and place names around town:
  • Air conditioner store: It Blows
  • Airport Bookstore: Just Crichton and King Books (Michael Crichton, Stephen King)
  • Boys' Clothing Store: Wee Monsieur
  • Comic book store: Androids Dungeon
  • Cookware store: Stoner's Pot Palace
  • Discount Store: Try 'n' Save
  • Dog Obedience Schools: Eastside Ruff-Form School, Professor Von Bowser's Sanitarium For Dogs
  • Donut Shop: Lard Lad Donuts
  • Family Restaurant: Texas Cheesecake Depository
  • Girls' Clothing Store: Saks Fifth Grade and Dingo Junction
  • Girls school: Saint Sebastian's School for Wicked Girls
  • Gourmet Food store: Eatie Gourmet's
  • Gun Shop: BloodBath and Beyond
  • Hair Stylist: Turn Your Head and Coif
  • Hair Stylist (where Julio works): Hairy Shears (a play on Harry Shearer)
  • Healthcare Facility- HMO (Hibbert Moneymaking Organization)
  • Indian restaurant: Taj Majal You Can Eat
  • Investing service: IPO Friday's
  • Jewelry store: The Family Jewels
  • Joke/Novelty Shop: Yuckingham Palace
  • Junkyard: Uriah's Heap (Uriah Heep, from the story of David Copperfield by Charles Dickens)
  • Law Office: I Can't Believe It's A Law Firm!
  • Middle eastern restaurant: Two Guys from Kabul
  • Museum: Louvre: American Style
  • Music shop: Suicide Notes, Tommy Toots and King Toots
  • New Age Shop: Karmaceuticals
  • optometrist: Eye Carumba
  • Optometrist: Eye Care, Do You?
  • Outdoor Clothing Store: Malaria Zone
  • Pastry Shop: The French Confection (The French Connection (1971))
  • Repo man: Repo Depot
  • Roach Motel: The Ritz Carlton Hotel for Vagrants
  • Seafood Restaurant: The Fryin' Dutchman
  • Soup Kitchen: Helter Shelter
  • Toy Store: Valley of the Dolls (1967)
  • Toy Store: J.R.R. Toykins (J.R.R. Tolkien)
  • Toy store in Chinatown: Toys "L" Us


Many of the characters are named after major streets in Portland, Oregon, where creator Matt Groening grew up. Examples: Flanders, Lovejoy, Terwilliger, Kearney. See more »

Goofs

Some characters have brown skin in some episodes and yellow skin in others. Two examples would be Hans Moleman and Judge Snyder. See more »

Quotes

Superintendent Chalmers: [tractored from behind by Bart] I was going to make you Deputy Superintendent, but now that plum goes to Holloway!
Principal Skinner: Holloway? But he's a drunk!
Superintendent Chalmers: And a pill-popper! And what is a Dinner Lady doing posing as a Nurse?
Lunchlady Doris: I get two paychecks this way.
Superintendent Chalmers: D'oh.
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Crazy Credits

Many of the episodes include in-jokes during the credits, the Halloween specials change the cast and crews names to sound more morbid (E.g. Grave-Yeardly Smith). Sometimes the end credits theme is variated into something more thematic to the episode or spoofing a famous TV show or movie theme. The Gracie Films logo may have it's music changed to match the episode's theme, and a character may be saying something comical during the end credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Jude Law/Pearl Jam (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

The Simpsons Theme
Written by Danny Elfman
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Heads and Tails
5 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

This show requires two reviews. On one side (season 1-9), we have a show that ranges from good to brilliant and, on the other (season 10+), we have a show that ranges from mediocre to absolutely atrocious.

Most of what went wrong has been stated by pretty much everyone who once loved The Simpsons. Today, it is nothing like what it started out as. It's now just a big dumb cartoon for big dumb people. The soul has been ripped out and replaced by a putrid cesspool. The only drive there is at all now—be it for the writers or for the voice actors—is MONEY. The Simpsons has a multitude of writers (many of them now long gone), so it's little wonder that it has such extremes in quality. Clearly, no-one in charge cares about the show anymore; if they did, it would have ended a long time ago. But let's not blame the cast and crew entirely, because DUMB people are still watching this drivel. Either that or stupidly 'loyal' fanboys being taken for a ride. Still, there is no doubt that, somewhere along the way, a decision was made to appeal to the lowest common denominator, thus targeting a wider demographic, instead of those with a higher intellect. It's tougher to write clever, heart-felt stories than to write childish, directionless crap. That's where we are today.

I differ with most people as to when the Simpsons started heading down hill. To me, it was season four. Season four is the first major departure from self contained, logically sound storytelling in favour of mindless slapstick (especially in regards to Homer's transformation from loving dad to crazy moron). Go and watch seasons one to three, and you'll notice that season four is where the main departure took place (although there are some warning signs of what is to come in seasons two and three, such as celebrity appearances and the odd episode with Homer acting like an idiot). I consider seasons one to three to have a 10/10 rating, and seasons four to nine to have an 8/10 rating. The difference to me is that in seasons one to three, the characters act and feel real. The situations are mostly realistic, people are behaving like people, and there is an emotional attachment to the characters. I still enjoy seasons four to nine but, in my opinion, they were heading in the wrong direction.

After season nine, the show deteriorates before collapsing entirely. Here are some of the reasons:

1. Stories are now predominantly based on slapstick. Suspension of disbelief is impossible to maintain.

2. There is no structure to the stories. Episodes have become a vehicle for cheap jokes and predictable set-pieces. The audience is bombarded with them. Stories are no longer about anything—there is no message.

3. Pathetic celebrity appearances that are nothing more than an annoying ego-boosting exercise for those involved. The fact this hasn't abated, despite how obviously BAD it is, tells me a great deal about the people who now run The Simpsons.

4. Characters behaving totally abnormally and increasingly ridiculous. This is most noticeable with Homer, but occurs across the board. For example, Lisa is now a mouthpiece for the Left, and Chief Wiggum is the most ridiculous cop on earth.

5. Humour is no longer clever or based around a story; it's all just lame and chaotic.

6. All flash and no substance. Even the perfect intro has been replaced with a bloated monstrosity that illustrates perfectly where the problems lie: Flash and no substance, quantity and not quality, clean and lifeless animation (also less unique frames).

7. No direction or goal. Most ideas have already been realized.

8. Stories are no longer character driven.

It's disheartening to know that when The Simpsons finally ends, it will bring with it a huge sigh of relief, rather than sadness. Who would have thought that would be the case in the early '90s?


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