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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
29 Seasons, 629 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

  • Fearing that the end of the world is near, Mr. Burns tasks Dr. Frink with testing all of Springfield to determine who is worth saving. The results shake the Simpson family to their core.

  • When the Simpsons go to a STEM conference, Lisa falls for a crooning jazz pianist named Brendan. Meanwhile, Bart discovers that he has an affinity for chemistry.

  • When Bart goes missing, the town puts together a search party to find him. After most give up hope, Sideshow Bob manipulates Millhouse into revealing where Bart is hiding.

  • As future Lisa writes her college application essay for Harvard, she recalls past disappointing birthdays that helped shape her.

  • Homer and the guys reunite their old bowling team to cheer up Moe, only to end up in fierce competition with a team of arrogant millionaires. Meanwhile, Lisa and Marge try to teach Bart that money isn't everything.

  • Frustrated with the local government, Marge decides to run for Mayor. To win public support, she begins making Homer the butt of her jokes.

  • Grampa gets a hearing aid and finally hears what everyone has been saying about him. Meanwhile, Mr. Skinner discovers that his mother has kept the ultimate secret from him.

  • Maggie becomes possessed by an ancient demon; Lisa discovers a creepy and perfect version of her family in an alternate universe; and Homer cannibalizes himself.

  • Homer discovers that Maggie is a whistling savant and launches her baby-celebrity career. Meanwhile, Marge impresses Fat Tony with her interior design taste, and he hires her to style his brothel.

  • Marge and Lisa turn Lisa's sad experience into a successful graphic novel-turned-Broadway show, but they struggle with creative differences and ego.

  • In a magical medieval world, Marge's mother is turned into an Ice Walker and the only way for Homer to afford the cure is to force Lisa to use illegal magic. When the King discovers this, he kidnaps Lisa, and Homer must lead a feudal uprising to save her.

  • 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.

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The Simpsons Video Clips & Extras

Bart Sleeps On The Job Clip (00:00) Lisa Watches Ralph from "Fink Gets Testy" Clip (00:00) Nelson & His Crew Raid The Ice Cream Store Clip (00:01) Lisa Has A Dream That She Was Married To Nelson Clip (00:00) Homer Runs Into Shaq in the Forest Clip (00:00) Homer & Grampa Search for Bart Clip (00:00) Lisa Accepts To Go To Harvard Clip (00:00)