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Complete series cast summary:
 Homer Simpson / ... (617 episodes, 1989-2017)
 Marge Simpson / ... (617 episodes, 1989-2017)
 Bart Simpson / ... (617 episodes, 1989-2017)
 Lisa Simpson / ... (617 episodes, 1989-2017)
 Ned Flanders / ... (617 episodes, 1989-2017)
 Moe Szyslak / ... (605 episodes, 1989-2017)
 Milhouse Van Houten / ... (521 episodes, 1989-2016)
 Dolph / ... (474 episodes, 1990-2016)
Karl Wiedergott ...
 Additional Voices / ... (253 episodes, 1998-2010)


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 »


Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

17 December 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los Simpson  »

Box Office


$750,000 (estimated)

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(441 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(season 1-2)| (season 20-)| (seasons 3-19) (as Dolby Surround)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In Spain, two actresses did the voices of Marge, Patty, Selma and their mother from season 1 to 6. They were Amparo Soto and Begoña Hernando who eventually abandoned their role due to voice problems that came from struggling to imitate Julie Kavner. Margarita de Francia became the final voice for the Bouvier family. See more »


Fat Tony's real name changes from episode to episode, but this is probably intentional because it is common for Mafia hit men (in popular culture, and possibly in reality as well) to have many different identities. See more »


Marge: If I don't fight him tomorrow, you kids will have a more violent future.
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Crazy Credits

In the end of the episode "Stark Raving Dad", the classic 20th Century Fox television logo appears. See more »


Featured in Influences: From Yesterday to Today (1999) See more »


'The Itchy & Scratchy Show' Theme
Written by Robert Israel and Sam Simon
Performed by Cast
(various episodes)
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It started off fantastic...
1 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

No one, not even Matt Groening himself, could've imagined that The Simpsons would become as big as it did. Nor could anyone anticipate it could become so cultural. "D'oh" is in the dictionary, and it has spawned off several catch-phrases and one liners. Truly, The Simpsons is the biggest thing since Seinfeld! The first three seasons showed them as if they were an actual family. Like the kind of family you'd meet on the street (only a lot more dysfunctional). Homer trying to do the fatherly thing in each episode. Marge being the voice of reason all the time. Lisa and Bart with their sibling rivalry. These first three seasons are not usually sighted as being the best, but they are often brought up when one speaks of "The Best Episode Ever!" By Season four, the show took a turn for what may have been the best. It left it's more realistic roots and became more of a satire. With more zany antics and more clever, witty, and often times sophisticated humor, The Simpsons became the most popular family on television. Each episode still contained it's own merits, themes and messages. Seasons 4 to about 10 are often said to be the "Golden Age" of The Simpsons.

However, as the year 2000 came, fans began to see themselves divided. Those who stuck with the show since it came about in 1989 were quick to jump on how the show changed. The humor became more lurid and toilet like, with antics becoming heavily more unrealistic and zany (to the point where some even say it isn't funny... but stupid). Some characters becoming unrealistically stupid, and the show shifting gears from focusing on Bart to Homer... to everyone outside of the Simpson family. The show also began to see more cumbersome and meaningless plots. Plots that didn't focus on current issues, or that didn't seem to be as strong as older episodes. Despite this, new fans seem to have come about to replace then, and the show continues to remain at the top of its game, even today.

I'm sure you all know where I stand on that debate. Nine stars to nine fantastic seasons.

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