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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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Complete series cast summary:
Dan Castellaneta ...  Homer Simpson / ... 662 episodes, 1989-2019
Nancy Cartwright ...  Bart Simpson / ... 662 episodes, 1989-2019
Harry Shearer ...  Ned Flanders / ... 662 episodes, 1989-2019
Julie Kavner ...  Marge Simpson / ... 661 episodes, 1989-2019
Yeardley Smith ...  Lisa Simpson / ... 660 episodes, 1989-2019
Hank Azaria ...  Moe Szyslak / ... 651 episodes, 1989-2019
Pamela Hayden ...  Milhouse Van Houten / ... 582 episodes, 1989-2019
Tress MacNeille ...  Dolph / ... 535 episodes, 1990-2019
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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 »

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Animation | Comedy

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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USA

Release Date:

17 December 1989 (USA) See more »

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The Simpsons See more »

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$750,000 (estimated)
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Stereo (season 1-2)| Dolby Digital (season 20-)

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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It started off fantastic...
1 June 2006 | by Arlando909See 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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