The Simpsons (1989– )

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The satiric adventures of a working-class family in the misfit city of Springfield.

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
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 Homer Simpson / ... (564 episodes, 1989-2014)
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 Marge Simpson / ... (563 episodes, 1989-2014)
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 Bart Simpson / ... (563 episodes, 1989-2014)
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 Lisa Simpson / ... (563 episodes, 1989-2014)
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 Ned Flanders / ... (563 episodes, 1989-2014)
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 Moe Szyslak / ... (549 episodes, 1989-2014)
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 Milhouse Van Houten / ... (472 episodes, 1989-2014)
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 Agnes Skinner / ... (425 episodes, 1990-2014)
Karl Wiedergott ...
 Additional Voices / ... (248 episodes, 1998-2010)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

On Your Marks, Get Set, D'Oh! See more »

Genres:

Animation | Comedy

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 December 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los Simpson  »

Box Office

Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(441 episodes)

Sound Mix:

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

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The family name Wiggum comes from Matt Groening's mother's maiden name. See more »

Goofs

The name of Grandpa's World War II squadron varies between the "Flying Hellfish" and the "Fighting Hellfish." See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Mr. Burns: Excellent.
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Crazy Credits

In the episode "The Old Man and the Key" the closing credits are a parody of the ending of The Beverly Hillbillies (1962), with the Simpsons standing in front of a doorway waving at the audience, while banjo music plays. When the Gracie Films logo appears, Lisa is heard saying, in a hillbilly accent, "This has been a Gracie Films Presentation, y'all". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Star Wars Uncut: Director's Cut (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

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

The greatest television show of all time
5 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

What more can I possibly say about a TV show that has already been praised to death? I was 15 when the Simpsons first aired and I'm 25 now. I've seen every single episode, and I'd have to say it's a rare combination of factors that come together to make The Simpsons the best show ever.

It's a very clever and intelligent show - they never dumb anything down - and as creator Matt Groening has remarked, "The Simpsons is a show that rewards paying attention." There are always enough obscure pop-culture references or subtle background gags to ensure that the second, third, or tenth viewing of an episode will find you noticing something you hadn't before.

In the early days of The Simpsons, they derived a large part of their popularity from the everyday, down-to-earth, unglamorous, average-blue-collar-slob aspect of the Simpson family. Homer is lazy and doesn't like his job, Bart doesn't excel at school, the plastic ketchup bottle they use at the dinner table makes that farting sound, and so on. This aspect of the program contrasts it with popular 80's family sitcoms such as The Cosby Show which always featured impossibly well-functioning families who got along a little too perfectly and usually learned a neat little lesson at the end of each episode. An early tag-line for The Simpsons said that they "put the Fun back in Dysfunctional."

Perhaps this blue-collar-slobness by itself is nothing shockingly original - think of previous TV shows such as Roseanne, Married with Children, All in the Family, The Honeymooners - but the Simpsons doesn't stop there. This show is extremely densely packed with jokes - everything from cerebral witticisms and sly satire to Homer falling down and going "D'oh!" Because it's a cartoon, the writers can get away with surreal gags such as the time Homer tells a joke which falls flat, after which a long silence happens which is punctuated by a single tumbleweed rolling through the Simpson's living room.

There are just too many things to mention about The Simpsons. It can be touching occasionally; more often the viewers are treated to an unequalled cavalcade of obscure references, surreal sight gags, wacky adventures, self-mocking irony... The list goes on and on. Just watch it, else you're missing out on one of the most important elements of 1990's popular culture.


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