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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.

Sunday 8:00 PM et/pt on FOX
28 Seasons, 618 Episodes
December 17, 1989
Animation & Cartoons, Comedy
Cast: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith
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The Simpsons Full Episode Guide

  • Homer must choose between his dog and ol' Gil. Of course he chooses his dog, and his act inspires Springfield to become the dog-friendliest town in America.

  • Bart gets in trouble on Grandparents Day at school and is forced to hang out with Skinner's mother as punishment. After spending time with various grandmas in the neighborhood, he learns the benefits of hanging out with the elderly, but eventually recognizes the dangers of taking advantage of them. Meanwhile, Peekimon Get has taken over the town of Springfield.

  • Dissatisfied in Yale, Mr. Burns contrives to start his own for-profit university and Homer is contracted as a professor.

  • Worried that Bart is destined for failure, Marge turns to a series of parenting "experts" for advice. Homer decides to cash in on one expert’s advice by opening up a trophy store in Springfield. Meanwhile, Bart finds some needed encouragement from Grampa, who gives him a precious watch coveted by Homer.

  • In this parody of a cable sports show, Bart turns from irresponsible with detention to the star basketball player at Springfield Elementary.

  • When Bart and Lisa go back home abruptly following a traumatic experience at Kamp Krustier, they stop Homer and Marge's romantic encounters.

  • When Bart is disloyal to Lisa, he has to deal with his guilt - literally. Meanwhile, Springfield is amazed when Homer is affirmed to be a chess savant.

  • When all the fast food establishments in Springfield become healthy, Homer looks to the last bastion of greasy food for comfort - and unleashed some childhood memories along the way.

  • While attempting to relive his glory days, Mr. Burns confronts a strange music mogul, who tricks him and leaves him bankrupt. To take on revenge, Mr. Burns hires Homer, Bart, rapper Jazzy James and the mogul's ex-wife, Praline.

  • When Marge becomes consumed with a Japanese method of living, the Simpsons have to part with any object that no longer brings them happiness.

  • Krusty attempts to impress his daughter as they enjoy Christmas with the Simpsons. Meanwhile, Reverend Lovejoy looks for converts after church attendance drops, and Maggie is frightened by a creepy Christmas toy.

  • An office accident leaves Homer in a cast, and in an opportunity to sue Mr. Burns. This leaves Marge unfulfilled, so she looks to an unexpected outlet for romance. Meanwhile, Lisa is made "Bus Monitor" and attempts to keep the peace.

  • Homer discovers a new app that makes his life much more simple and outsources his father-son bonding. Meanwhile, Grampa learns that he is about to be a dad again.

  • When the Retirement Castle and the V.A. Hospital isn't able to solve Grampa's health problems, the Simpsons decide to take a family vacation to Cuba to get him cheap medical help.

  • Homer gets tricked into coaching the kids' lacrosse team with Milhouse's father, Kirk, who is in desperate need of a buddy.

  • Lisa and Bart examine Krusty's strange new "Krustaceans" candy. Meanwhile, Homer desires a promotion at the nuclear plant and request Marge to help him dress the part, and news anchor Kent Brockman fights to find his feet in the altering media world.

  • After Homer catches Bart rooting for Springfield's football rival, the Boston Americans, he plans a family "hate-cation" trip to Boston in an attempt to show Bart that Boston is a terrible city.

  • Mr. Burns hires the Simpsons to play his live-in virtual reality family, but excludes Homer so that he may play dad. Now alone, Homer finds a new best friend in girl-next-door Julia, who eats, drinks and thinks like him.

  • After Springfield's latest disaster, Mr. Burns has a condition for the citizens before he finances rebuilding.

  • Marge goes to prison for letting Bart play in a park unsupervised.

  • After butchering a speech in front of all of his friends at work, Homer turns to improv comedy to gain back his confidence in his public speaking skills.

  • Homer and Marge are headed to Paris, but in order to be able to afford the trip, Homer has to smuggle an exotic snake into France so it can be made into a gourmet meal.

  • The family drives to Echo Canyon, takes turns making echoes, and Bart almost makes a boulder crunch the family car.

  • After getting into an argument, Marge takes Lisa on a touristy trip to Capital City, where, after attending a musical, they meet the show’s star who reminds Lisa how lucky she is to have such a great mom. Meanwhile, Bart is frustrated that everyone expects his pranks, so he teams up with Maggie to trick people.

  • When Smithers is depressed by Burns' lack of favor towards him, Homer sets out on a mission to get him a boyfriend. Also, after Bart works out getting rid of the lead in the school's stage production of "Casablanca," Milhouse acts as a horrible understudy, which angers his co-star, Lisa.

  • After performing CPR on a tased raccoon, Lisa discovers her calling to be veterinarian and becomes an intern at the local office, but learns a tough lesson when her neglected class hamster dies. Meanwhile, Marge moonlights as a crime scene cleaner for a little extra money, and the trauma of the gory scenes make her increasingly dead inside.

  • After Bart accidentally sends a sweet homeless woman's cart into the river, he allows her to live in his closet for a small fee. When Lisa discovers that the woman is an incredible folk singer, she offers her own closet and plans a concert, only to be disappointed by Hettie's surprising substance abuse and violent nature. Meanwhile Homer tries to prove he's handy, but accidentally traps the cat in the walls of the house.

  • Lonely Professor Fink uses science to turn himself into a man whom women find attractive. Then, overwhelmed by the attention, he invents an algorithm to perfectly pair the lonely men and women of Springfield, realizing that scientific exploration is his true love.

  • Sanjay's son, Jay, takes over the Kwik-E-Mart for him. Jay turns the place into a cool health food market. Bart is asked to play tricks on the store to bring it down.

  • Bart becomes enchanted with the new teacher at Springfield Elementary and goes to great efforts to gain her attention. Also, when Homer buys a different brand of milk, it sends both Bart and Lisa into early puberty.

  • Homer looses his job after a picture of Marge posts on social media, so he goes back to his best job as a dishwasher for a Greek restaurant. Lisa is inspired by the same post to develop an app that shows real-life consequences of the things you post online, but invents conscious artificial intelligence.

  • The story of Bart growing up, including his relationships with Homer and Lisa and the way they have shaped his life.

  • Lisa is on a quest to improve the reputation of Springfield's first female inventor. Seeking for her invention, she searches an old asylum and a men's restaurant. Bart goes to the asylum with Lisa, steals one of the crazy patient's journals, and pretends that he wrote the entries. Homer and Marge worry that Bart is a sociopath.

  • After Homer is out $5,000 at a poker game with Laney Fontaine, he can only settle the bet if he lets Lisa stay with Laney for one month. Laney transforms Lisa into a stage kid and Marge and Homer are afraid they made a mistake. They travel to New York to retrieve Lisa.

  • Lisa becomes pals with Harper, a new kid at school who is also very wealthy. Next, Homer makes a friendship with Harper's father, but when Lisa ends her friendship, Homer tries to make peace so he can go on living the good life with a rich buddy.

  • This Halloween episode includes: Sideshow Bob kills Bart at last, but reanimates him; Homer experiences short-term memory loss; and Lisa, Bart, and Milhouse obtain super powers due to radiation.

  • Homer has to remove his Everscream Terrors decor when Lisa is frightened at the Krustyland Halloween Horror Night. Halloween pop-up workers want to get back at Homer for making them loose their jobs, so they burglarize the house while Homer and Lisa find refuge in the attic. To call for help, Homer and Lisa light up their attic stock of holiday decor.

  • Selma and Patty decide to quit smoking when they find out their father died of lung cancer. Patty moves to Marge and Homer's house when Selma relapses.

  • Homer battles a super-chef in a smoke-off. Lisa and Bart must help out when Homer's special mystery smoker gets swiped.

  • Springfield Elementary school tries to update but it goes wrong, and Lisa has to fix things. Also, Groundskeeper Willie becomes the new coach of the mathletes leading them to wonder if this will be their end.

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

A truly selfless move from Sam Simon.

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This one from animator Don Hertzfeldt aired last night and is seriously weird.

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

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Marcia Wallace had been the voice of Edna Krabappel on "The Simpsons" for more than two decades, but she'd made her mark on television much longer ago than that. In the 1970s, she was one of the most familiar faces on TV.

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Milhouse does his best to attract Lisa. Plus, Homer attempts to salvage his marriage by being a better man. Guest starring Wanda Sykes and George Takei.

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Bart is falsely accused of pulling an Easter prank involving the brass section of the band. Lisa steps in to defend her brother. Guest Starring Janet Reno.

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

Flanders becomes envious of Homer when his parents enjoy Homer's company over his and he faces unbearable guilt after punching Homer in the eye. Guest starring Tina Fey.

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The Simpsons Video Clips & Extras

A Canine Catastrophe Clip (00:15) Ned Invites Homer to a Ballgame Clip (00:47) Moe Is Heartbroken and Unsure Clip (00:56) Bart Gets in Trouble for Making up Lyrics to the Class Song from "Looking for Mr. Goodbart" Clip (00:32) Keegan-Michael Key Is Jazzy James Clip (00:28) Grampa Simpson Has a Cuba-Gasm When He Sees an Old Car Clip (00:44) The Simpsons Fall in Love With Cuba Clip (00:41) Bart and Lisa Enjoy an Episode of Itchy and Scratchy Clip (00:45)