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
This show has, since the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, been the subject of numerous conspiracy theories, including one that it "predicted" the tragedy, based upon various shots of the numbers "9" and "11" in the season nine opener, "City of New York vs. Homer Simpson", and a fan-fiction theory (not connected to the official show) that the Blue-Haired Lawyer character, having a New York City accent, had become so obsessed with law and order because he was upset about the loss of his own family in the Twin Towers bombing. There was a segment of this show as well which featured Homer rushing around between Tower 1 and Tower 2, trying to locate a bathroom while hoping that the police wouldn't tow away his car, but after 9/11, this segment was removed until its DVD release, out of sympathy for victims of the attacks in real life. There is another segment in which Selma Bouvier admits to kissing Springfield's news anchorman Kent Brockman, to which he replies, "oh yeah, everyone did crazy things during 9/11". This segment has never been cut, unlike the Homer World Trade Center segment. See more »
Fat Tony's real name changes from episode to episode, but this is probably intentional because it is common for Mafia hit men (in popular culture, and possibly in reality as well) to have many different identities. See more »
Are Sonny and Cher still doing that stupid show?
She won an Oscar and he's a Congressman!
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Occasionaly, the Gracie film logo is replaced with an element of the current episode. See more »
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 »
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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