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
Many of the people and places in the Simpsons are named after cities, streets and landmarks in Oregon, specifically Portland. Springfield is a medium sized city in Lane County which is home to monuments and museum exhibits of the characters, and has a restaurant called Moe's Tavern (named after the animated one) near its downtown. Many character names (Flanders, Lovejoy, Terwilliger, etc) are streets in Portland. Matt Groening grew up in Portland. Eugene, the third largest city in Oregon (and one of the state's great centers of education and performing arts), was founded by a man named Eugene Skinner, and thus has several landmarks with Skinner in the name. Eugene and Springfield are adjacent to each other, and at one point the border between the two cities is so vague that visitors to the region are sometimes unaware as to whether they are in Eugene or Springfield. Burns is a city in central Oregon. See more »
Ralph Wiggum is in Bart's class in some episodes and Lisa's in others. See more »
Average Nuclear Plant Employee:
I am the Angel of Death. Soon the Hour of Purification will be at hand.
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In the end of the episode "Stark Raving Dad", the classic 20th Century Fox television logo appears. See more »
The Simpsons is a show that has sustained ten years of constant humor. The stories have gradually become better and the second fiddle characters were getting more screen time which translates into a much more realized show. The pop culture references abound and delight those who can pick them out. My personal favorite is the Citizen Kane references in the episode called "Rosebud." Plus, anything with C. Montgomery Burns is hysterical. The guest stars aren't there as a "special appearance" touted by the networks. They actually work into the storyline, and that makes it all the more enjoyable. Where else can you see The Moody Blues acting like thugs in a Vegas casino?
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