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The satiric adventures of a working-class family in the misfit city of Springfield.
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S29.E12 Homer is Where the Art Isn't
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Homer is accused of stealing a million-dollar painting and only a detective from the 1970s can prove his innocence or guilt.

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S29.E11 Frink Gets Testy
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Mr. Burns builds a doomsday ark after he believes the world is ending; Professor Frink is tasked with determining who is worth saving.

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Complete series cast summary:


This is an animated sitcom about the antics of a dysfunctional family. Homer is the oafish unhealthy beer loving father, Marge is the hardworking homemaker wife, Bart is the perpetual 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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Putting the Fun back in Dysfunctional! 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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Technical Specs


(441 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(season 1-2)| (season 20-)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Homer's ears and hair makes up Matt Groening's initials. See more »


When Moe appears in the first season he has black hair. In all subsequent seasons his hair is a grayish-blue. See more »


[repeated lines]
Homer: Shut up, Flanders!
Ned Flanders: Okily-dokily!
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Crazy Credits

Aspects of the opening credits are usually changed with each episode. Elements changed include the blackboard message Bart writes, the sax solo played by Lisa, and most notably the sequence right after Homer gets chased through the garage. Not all of these variations have been included in syndicated versions of the episodes. See more »


Referenced in Charlotte Church: Voice of an Angel in Concert (1999) See more »


'The Itchy & Scratchy Show' Theme
Written by Robert Israel and Sam Simon
Performed by Cast
(various episodes)
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User Reviews

This Show Will Be Used to Study How Life Was 100 Years From Now
21 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

Brilliant television series that could probably be best described as "The Flintstones" gone stark-raving mad. "The Simpsons", everyone knows them. Some love the series and some could care less about it. Love it or hate it, it is near impossible to criticize the intelligence and creativity of this series. The titled animated family makes their home in Springfield, USA and gets into situations that are seemingly more outlandish and crazier than the previous adventure. Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie are still going strong after nearly a dozen years of television life and with each passing moment it seems that the series sets some new precedent. For several years the show seemed to be the only attraction to the then obscure Fox Network. It was the first primetime animated show that was treated like a sitcom since "The Flintstones" quietly left the air in 1966. Many people feared the series when it first premiered in 1989 because they felt that it was hardcore adult material in a candied form that would appeal to younger audiences. Well for the most part this was true. However, "The Simpsons" would prove to be much more for all audiences. The great thing about the series is that it caters to all audiences. True there are usually situations that may not be suitable for all viewers, but then again that is true with everything on television this side of Disney Land and Sesame Street. "The Simpsons" works because of great comedy of course, but also great lessons that can be taken from most of the episodes. The people within the program may be animated, but they are just as complicated and vulnerable as the people watching them. All the regulars have their quirks, but in some episodes you can understand what certain characters are going through because the show is so life-like at times. Former President George Bush (the one from 1988-1992) once made a statement that families should be more like "The Waltons" and less like "The Simpsons". His opinion is somewhat old-fashioned and unrealistic. In other words, many topics dealt with in "The Simpsons" fit life for people in the 1990s and 2000s better than "The Waltons" did in the 1970s. A crowning achievement in television art. 5 stars out of 5.

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