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The Simpsons has been entertaining television audiences for 23 seasons and over 500 episodes over two decades. To say that it is a television institution would be an understatement, considering that it is the the longest-running American sitcom of all time. The show has been consistently funny over the years, although some people believe that it reached its peak in the 1990s and early 2000s. Regardless, this animated comedy masterpiece and its beloved characters have been able to make people laugh for a long time.

The show started out small as a feature on the Tracey Ullman Show in 1987. At that time, the characters looked and sounded much different than they do today, but the basic sensibilities of the show were installed at this time. After appearing on Ullman's show in the capacity of short, animated films, The Simpsons was finally given its own half-hour time slot on Sunday nights. It soon became a major hit for the FOX television network, and it earned praise from critics, as well.

The show was created by comedic animator and cartoonist Matt Groening who developed his original idea with legendary producer James L. Brooks. Groening named the characters after members of his own family, but he substituted the name of Bart for his own when naming the show's breakout character. Groening came up with the idea in the lobby of Brooks' office after Brooks requested ideas for animated short films, and the idea that Groening conjured so quickly that day has stuck for much longer than the creator ever thought possible.

The show follows the Simpsons family as its members deal with everyday concerns and situations. The heads of the family are beer-loving bumbler Homer and his wife, the beehive-hairdo-wearing Marge. At ten years old, the trouble-making Bart is the couple's oldest child. Lisa is the intelligent, thoughtful and aware eight year old daughter, and Maggie is the family's infant daughter, known for communicating solely through her pacifier. One of the wonders of the show is that the characters never age, even though the world has changed significantly since the program's debut. This allows each character to remain more or less static and dependable, which is one of the show's many strengths.

Throughout its long run, the show has been able to keep its talented voice-acting staff amazingly intact. Stars like Hank Azaria, Dan Castellaneta, Yeardley Smith, Julie Kavner and Harry Shearer have provided many of the voices for the show for nearly its entire run, and they have come to define the program's tone as much as anything or anyone else. In fact, the show would likely end its run if other voice actors were required to fill in for any of these stars.

The Simpsons holds a unique place in television history even as it continues to entertain audiences on Sunday nights with new episodes. Though it started small, it has blossomed into a genuine classic that is a favorite around the world. There will probably never be a show like The Simpsons again, but there will surely be imitators, even long after the show airs its last installment.

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The Simpsons Full Episode Guide

  • Groundskeeper Willie becomes the coach of the mathletes.

  • Bart is bullied at a dance, so Marge gets the town to agree to pass an anti-bullying legislation.

  • Bart decides to start smoking so that he can impress Millhouse's cousin.

  • Homer develops an old roll of film he comes across and finds the origin of Lisa and Bart's fighting.

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This Wild 'The Simpsons' Fan Theory Will Blow Your Mind

There are fundamental questions about "The Simpsons," including why the family doesn't age, why Homer seems to live through some serious physical abuse, and why everything that happens in Springfield is surreally odd. A die-hard Simpsons fan has a simple answer to all of those questions in the form of a new fan theory. Redditor Hardtopickaname thinks he may have an explanation for everything that happens in "The Simpsons": It's actually all in Homer's head.

'Simpsons' Co-Creator, Diagnosed with Terminal Cancer, Donating $100 Million Fortune to Charity

Sam Simon might not have known how many lives he would touch when he co-created "The Simpsons" with Matt Groening, but he must know how many he'll touch with this move. A couple of years ago, Simon received some of the worst news imaginable: that he had terminal colon cancer, and had only months left to live. Simon decided to make a positive out of a negative, and has been working ever since to try to donate his entire fortune—about $100 million—to charity. "I think that my passion for the animals and against animal abuse is based on the knowledge that these creatures who feel and think can’t speak for themselves and they’re dependent on us for that," Simon said in an interview.

'The Simpsons' Made the Meanest, Cruelest Joke Ever on the 'Futurama' Cross-Over

"The Simpsons" and "Futurama" have made a few edgy jokes in the past. But the sight gag they put into tonight's cross-over episode went too far. Too far! In the episode, the Simpsons family met some of the gang from "Futurama" in the first cross-over episode between the two Matt Groening shows. That meant a serious bromance between Homer and Bender, an awkward moment between Leela and Marge as the two tried not to call attention to each other's physical abnormalities, and Bender enjoying some beers at Moe's.

Watch the Craziest, Most Disturbing 'Simpsons' Couch Gag Yet

Last night's season premiere of "The Simpsons" was hyped up in promos for the promise that it would kill off a character. It delivered on that promise (we won't spoil who it was in case you haven't watched yet), but the episode's couch gag might have been even more shocking. The gag featured Homer alone on the couch and messing with a futuristic-looking remote. As he banged on it, the remote sent him first back in time, changing his features to make him look like he did when the show premiered in the late 1980's.

Every Single 'The Simpsons' Episode Will Be Available Online Soon

Are you ready for the ultimate binge-watch? As one of the longest-running shows still on the air today, "The Simpsons" is a television staple. But the animated comedy is about to find a secondary home online. Simpsons World is the latest endeavor from cable network FXX, and will soon offer every single episode of "The Simpsons" to date available for online streaming. This announcement comes on the heels of another big one for Simpsons fans: FXX will be hosting a marathon of every "Simpsons" episode to date, in chronological order.

'The Simpsons'' Marcia Wallace Was a 70s TV Fixture

Her most recent high-profile role was as the voice of Edna Krabappel on "The Simpsons," but actress Marcia Wallace was a fixture on television in the 1970s, long before she joined the cast of the animated Fox comedy. Wallace died on Saturday at the age of 70. Before "The Simpsons," Wallace's most well-known roles was that of Carol Kester, the receptionist for Bob Hartley, the psychologist played by Bob Newhart in "The Bob Newhart Show." Wallace worked on the series, playing the strong but self-deprecating Carol, from 1972 to 1978.

The Simpsons: Season 24, Episode 18: 'Pulpit Friction'

“The Simpsons”, season 24, episode 18, “Pulpit Friction” The Simpson family breaks their beloved couch, and Homer orders a new one via the internet. The couch is shipped from Brooklyn, New York, and manages to pick up a nice infestation of bed bugs on its way. The bed bugs tag along on Bart’s friends’ clothes after a sleepover, and they soon infest the entire town of Springfield. The residents are in a state of panic, and turn to the church for answers.

'The Simpsons' Season 24, Episode 17: 'What Animated Women Want' Recap

“The Simpsons”, season 24, episode 17, “What Animated Women Want” After a rather clever “Breaking Bad” based opening, Homer prepares for a day date with Marge, boasting about it to his coworkers. Homer takes Marge to the Swanky Fish, a sushi restaurant. Homer gets so caught up in eating the sushi that he ignores Marge as she talks. She takes it to mean that she isn’t interesting. Homer tries to cheer her up, but she says it won’t work. She storms out and gets a cab home.

'The Simpsons' Season 24, Episode 16: 'Dark Knight Court' Recap

“The Simpsons”, season 24, episode 16, “Dark Knight Court” The town of Springfield celebrates Easter by having the women don blue bonnets. The students of Springfield Elementary prepare a musical rendition of “Here Comes Peter Cottontail”. However, as the horns are cued to begin, their sounds are muted. As they blow harder, eggs are shot out from them. The town gets covered in eggs, and Bart Simpsons laughs. The town chase him down. In an effort to hide, Mr.

'The Simpsons' Season 24, Episode 15: 'Black-Eyed, Please' Recap

‘The Simpsons’, season 24, episode 15, ‘Black-Eyed, Please’ In Lisa’s 2nd grade class, Ms. Hoover is out with severe depression, and they are introduced with a permanent substitute, Ms. Cantwell (Tina Fey). Lisa introduces herself, but is immediately shot down by Ms. Cantwell. She asks if they had homework assignments, and Ralph brings her his. He spelled his name “Ralpa”, because if he can’t remember the letters, he writes an A, so Ms. Cantwell gives him an A as well.

'The Simpsons' Season 24, Episode 14: 'Gorgeous Grampa' Recap

‘The Simpsons’, season 24, episode 14, ‘Gorgeous Grampa’ The episode opens with a fun Harlem Shake video. Homer questions why Lisa is reading a book when there’s so much wonderful TV to be watch. She makes a crack about the wonderful writing and acting of today’s television, and Homer dismisses it, saying the only TV worth watching is reality TV shows. Homer is entranced by a show called “Storage Battles” (an obvious spoof of “Storage Wars”).

'The Simpsons' Season 24, Episode 13: 'Hardly Kirk-ing' Recap

‘The Simpsons’ - Season 24, Episode 13 - ‘Hardly Kirk-ing’ Homer sets Maggie down to watch an ‘educational’ DVD, but Marge isn’t too happy. She says that the DVDs can stunt the development of children, but Lisa and Bart point out that they were raised on those movies, and Lisa turned out fine. Marge insists that they don’t watch TV anymore. After protests, she decreases it to no TV for 24 hours. She decides to take Maggie, Homer, and Lisa to the bookstore and stock up on educational books.

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