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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Complete series cast summary:
 Homer Simpson / ... (589 episodes, 1989-2016)
 Marge Simpson / ... (589 episodes, 1989-2016)
 Bart Simpson / ... (589 episodes, 1989-2016)
 Lisa Simpson / ... (589 episodes, 1989-2016)
 Ned Flanders / ... (582 episodes, 1989-2015)
 Moe Szyslak / ... (578 episodes, 1989-2016)
 Milhouse Van Houten / ... (497 episodes, 1989-2015)
 Dolph / ... (451 episodes, 1990-2015)
Karl Wiedergott ...
 Additional Voices / ... (252 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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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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(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?


The Simpsons contains multiple references to Stanley Kubric's 1971 film "A Clockwork Orange". Two of them occur in season four and both are referenced by Bart. The most notable and obvious one however is in Season 26, Treehouse Of Horror XXV in a segment entitled "A Clockwork Yellow". During this segment there is also a reference to many other Kubrick films such as "Eyes Wide Shut" (1999), "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968), "Full Metal Jacket" (1987) and "Barry Lyndon" (1975). See more »


In the intro sequence, Lisa is playing a blue sax, but during the actual show she has a golden sax (this was corrected in the new HD intro). See more »


Homer: Wait, what did my Dad always say?
Grampa: [Memory bubble] If you can't build a robot, be a robot!
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Crazy Credits

In the musical episode where (the cheesy clip show), Snake does a voiceover at the end of the credits where he shoots his gun every time the music starts to play not liking it. He even shoots the Gracie film logo saying "You too Gracie film dude... Yaaa!" See more »


Referenced in The Big Fat Quiz of the Year (2005) 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 (United States) – 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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