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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:


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?


Although Homer, Marge, Bart, and Lisa appear in every episode (and each has a speaking part, except that Marge's was cut from season four, episode twenty-two, "Krusty Gets Kancelled" (she was part of the traffic jam caused by the billboard)), there are at least two episodes where Maggie does not appear: season five, episode nine, "The Last Temptation of Homer", and season eight, episode seven, "Lisa's Date with Density". See more »


Springfield Elementary School is yellow in some episodes and white in others, sometimes changing color multiple times in the same episode (later episodes corrected this continuity problem by making the school's official color yellow, and including a picture of the "old, white" school in Principal Skinner's office.) See more »


[repeated line]
Krusty the Clown: Hey-hey, kids!
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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 »


Referenced in The Comeback: Valerie Bonds with the Cast (2005) See more »


The Simpsons Theme
Written by Danny Elfman
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Pure genius
17 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

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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