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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 / ... (598 episodes, 1989-2016)
 Marge Simpson / ... (598 episodes, 1989-2016)
 Bart Simpson / ... (598 episodes, 1989-2016)
 Lisa Simpson / ... (598 episodes, 1989-2016)
 Ned Flanders / ... (590 episodes, 1989-2016)
 Moe Szyslak / ... (586 episodes, 1989-2016)
 Milhouse Van Houten / ... (502 episodes, 1989-2015)
 Dolph / ... (456 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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Just a product of society that's lost its good manners. 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-)| (seasons 3-19) (as Dolby Surround)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Springfield's Zip code is 80085. In the episode The Simpsons: Moe Letter Blues (2010), Moe states that he moved to Springfield because the Zip Code spells the word "BOOBS". The US Postal Service website reports that there is no Zip Code 80085. However, the reverse (58008) which would spell "BOOBS" if turned upside down, happens to be the Zip Code of the tiny town of Barney, North Dakota. If the Zip code 80085 did exist, it would be located somewhere in the state of Colorado. All the actual Zip codes from 80001 through 80049 are in Colorado with Zips 80050-80099 are not in use. See more »


When wearing her normal green dress, Marge wears a red necklace. However, often she is shown for a single frame or two wearing a white one (generally this happens in close-up shots of her head.) This happens in numerous episodes. See more »


Principal Skinner: Mrs Krabappel is in Portland. It turns out the people she hired to deprogram her sister out of that Cult were an even worse Cult.
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Crazy Credits

The annual Halloween specials are generally the only Simpsons shows to actually display the episode title on screen. The opening credits for these specials are usually altered or completely substituted with something else in keeping with the theme. See more »


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

It started off fantastic...
1 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

No one, not even Matt Groening himself, could've imagined that The Simpsons would become as big as it did. Nor could anyone anticipate it could become so cultural. "D'oh" is in the dictionary, and it has spawned off several catch-phrases and one liners. Truly, The Simpsons is the biggest thing since Seinfeld! The first three seasons showed them as if they were an actual family. Like the kind of family you'd meet on the street (only a lot more dysfunctional). Homer trying to do the fatherly thing in each episode. Marge being the voice of reason all the time. Lisa and Bart with their sibling rivalry. These first three seasons are not usually sighted as being the best, but they are often brought up when one speaks of "The Best Episode Ever!" By Season four, the show took a turn for what may have been the best. It left it's more realistic roots and became more of a satire. With more zany antics and more clever, witty, and often times sophisticated humor, The Simpsons became the most popular family on television. Each episode still contained it's own merits, themes and messages. Seasons 4 to about 10 are often said to be the "Golden Age" of The Simpsons.

However, as the year 2000 came, fans began to see themselves divided. Those who stuck with the show since it came about in 1989 were quick to jump on how the show changed. The humor became more lurid and toilet like, with antics becoming heavily more unrealistic and zany (to the point where some even say it isn't funny... but stupid). Some characters becoming unrealistically stupid, and the show shifting gears from focusing on Bart to Homer... to everyone outside of the Simpson family. The show also began to see more cumbersome and meaningless plots. Plots that didn't focus on current issues, or that didn't seem to be as strong as older episodes. Despite this, new fans seem to have come about to replace then, and the show continues to remain at the top of its game, even today.

I'm sure you all know where I stand on that debate. Nine stars to nine fantastic seasons.

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