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The satiric adventures of a working-class family in the misfit city of Springfield.
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Through 30+ years of hearing Homer yell, "Do'h," you must have asked,"Who writes this stuff?" Well, Conan O'Brien and Greg Daniels for starters. Who else started in Springfield?

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Season 31 Premiere


Sun, Sep 29 at 8:00 PM on Fox

Bart and Homer become social media celebrities when a video of them fighting goes viral; Lisa fights the school's new industrialized detention system.


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Marge starts a business selling healing crystals and other New Age products to the naive mothers of Springfield when Homer's job cuts children's health-care benefits, leading Marge to ...


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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Dan Castellaneta ...  Homer Simpson / ... 664 episodes, 1989-2019
Nancy Cartwright ...  Bart Simpson / ... 664 episodes, 1989-2019
Harry Shearer ...  Ned Flanders / ... 664 episodes, 1989-2019
Julie Kavner ...  Marge Simpson / ... 663 episodes, 1989-2019
Yeardley Smith ...  Lisa Simpson / ... 662 episodes, 1989-2019
Hank Azaria ...  Moe Szyslak / ... 653 episodes, 1989-2019
Pamela Hayden ...  Milhouse Van Houten / ... 585 episodes, 1989-2019
Tress MacNeille ...  Dolph / ... 538 episodes, 1990-2019
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Putting the Fun back in Dysfunctional! See more »

Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

17 December 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Simpsons See more »

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Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo (season 1-2)| Dolby Digital (season 20-)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The official city motto for Springfield is "Corruptus in Extremis", was invented to sound like Latin, but can be best described as "Latin gibberish". The show's translation for it is "Corrupt to the Extreme". See more »

Goofs

Jasper acts as if blind in some episodes but can clearly see in others. See more »

Quotes

Bart: Tell us a story, Grampa, you've led an interesting life.
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The credits for episode 3F31, "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular", read "Written by Penny Wise" and "Directed by Pound Foolish." See more »

Alternate Versions

Beginning with the show's cable syndication run on FXX on August 21, 2014, new syndication masters have been created. Each episode has been restored to its full length, and is now presented in 16X9 high definition. In addition, credits for the Spanish SAP Translation have been added to the end credits of each episode. See more »

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Soundtracks

'The Itchy & Scratchy Show' Theme
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User Reviews

The greatest television show of all time
5 June 1999 | by mercer74See 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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