49 Facts About The Simpsons


The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company.

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The Simpsons created a dysfunctional family and named the characters after his own family members, substituting Bart for his own name; he thought Simpson was a funny name in that it sounded similar to "simpleton".

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The Simpsons is a joint production by Gracie Films and 20th Television.

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The Simpsons received widespread acclaim throughout its early seasons in the 1990s, which are generally considered its "golden age".

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The Simpsons is married to Marge Bouvier, a stereotypical American housewife and mother.

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The Simpsons "figured out that Springfield was one of the most common names for a city in the U S In anticipation of the success of the show, I thought, 'This will be cool; everyone will think it's their Springfield.

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The Simpsons therefore chose another approach while waiting in the lobby of Brooks's office for the pitch meeting, hurriedly formulating his version of a dysfunctional family that became the Simpsons.

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The Simpsons named the characters after his own family members, substituting "Bart" for his own name, adopting an anagram of the word brat.

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The Simpsons was constantly at odds with Groening, Brooks and the show's production company Gracie Films and left in 1993.

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The Simpsons has six main cast members: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, and Harry Shearer.

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Cartwright is the only one of the six main The Simpsons cast members who had been professionally trained in voice acting prior to working on the show.

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The Simpsons'sarer provides voices for Mr Burns, Mr Smithers, Principal Skinner, Ned Flanders, Reverend Lovejoy and formerly Dr Hibbert.

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The Simpsons threatened to replace them with new actors, even going as far as preparing for casting of new voices, but series creator Groening supported the actors in their action.

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The Simpsons holds the world record for "Most Guest Stars Featured in a Television Series".

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The Simpsons has been dubbed into several other languages, including Japanese, German, Spanish, and Portuguese.

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The Simpsons uses the standard setup of a situational comedy, or sitcom, as its premise.

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In 1990 The Simpsons became the first animated early evening show to depict a kiss between two men in Simpson and Delilah.

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Kristin Thompson argues that The Simpsons uses a "flurry of cultural references, intentionally inconsistent characterization, and considerable self-reflexivity about television conventions and the status of the programme as a television show.

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The Simpsons has gained notoriety for jokes that appeared to become reality.

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For example, the device shown on The Simpsons with autocorrection is an Apple Newton, a real 1993 device notorious for its poor handwriting recognition.

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Mark Liberman, director of the Linguistic Data Consortium, remarked, "The Simpsons has apparently taken over from Shakespeare and the Bible as our culture's greatest source of idioms, catchphrases and sundry other textual allusions.

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The staff of The Simpsons told Castellaneta to shorten the noise, and it went on to become the well-known exclamation in the television series.

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The Simpsons was the first successful animated program in American prime time since Wait Till Your Father Gets Home in the 1970s.

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The Simpsons changed this perception, initially leading to a short period where networks attempted to recreate prime-time cartoon success with shows like Capitol Critters, Fish Police, and Family Dog, which were expensive and unsuccessful.

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The Simpsons has influenced live-action shows like Malcolm in the Middle, which featured the use of sight gags and did not use a laugh track unlike most sitcoms.

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On October 21, 2014, a digital service courtesy of the FXNOW app, called The Simpsons World, launched with every episode of the series accessible to authenticated FX subscribers, and is available on game consoles such as Xbox One, streaming devices such as Roku and Apple TV, and online via web browser.

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The Simpsons World was discontinued after the launch of Disney+ on November 12, 2019, where the series streams exclusively.

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The Simpsons was the Fox network's first television series to rank among a season's top 30 highest-rated shows.

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The Simpsons became the most prevalent Simpsons character on memorabilia, such as T-shirts.

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The Simpsons has received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics, and it has been noted for being described as "the most irreverent and unapologetic show on the air.

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In 2004, The Simpsons replaced The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet as the longest-running sitcom (animated or live action) in the United States in terms of the number of years airing.

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In 2009, The Simpsons surpassed The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriets record of 435 episodes and is recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's longest running sitcom.

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However, network executives in April 2005 again cancelled Scooby-Doo, which finished with 371 episodes, and The Simpsons reclaimed the title with 378 episodes at the end of their seventeenth season.

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In May 2007, The Simpsons reached their 400th episode at the end of the eighteenth season.

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The Simpsons is both the longest-running and the highest ranking animated series to feature on TV Time's top 50 most followed TV shows ever.

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The Simpsons has won dozens of awards since it debuted as a series, including 34 Primetime Emmy Awards, 34 Annie Awards and a Peabody Award.

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In 2002, The Simpsons ranked No 8 on TV Guides 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time, and was ranked the No 6 cult show in 2004.

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The Simpsons visit Australia in "Bart vs Australia" and Brazil in "Blame It on Lisa" (season 13, 2002) and both episodes generated controversy and negative reaction in the visited countries.

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The Simpsons felt that it was just an advertisement for The Critic, and that people would incorrectly associate the show with him.

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Critics' reviews of early The Simpsons episodes praised the show for its sassy humor, wit, realism, and intelligence.

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Schembri wrote in 2011: "The central tragedy of The Simpsons is that it has gone from commanding attention to merely being attention-seeking.

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In 2016, popular culture writer Anna Leszkiewicz suggested that even though The Simpsons still holds cultural relevance, “contemporary appeal” is only for the “first ten or so seasons, ” with recent episodes only garnering mainstream attention when a favorite character from the golden era is killed off, or when new information and shock twists are given for old characters.

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In 2020, Uproxx writer Josh Kurp stated that while he agrees with the sentiment that The Simpsons is not as good as it used to be, it is because "it was working at a level of comedy and characterization that no show ever has.

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Indian-American comedian Hari Kondabolu stated in his 2017 documentary The Problem with Apu that as a child he was a fan of The Simpsons and liked Apu, but he now finds the character's stereotypical nature troublesome.

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The first comic strips based on The Simpsons appeared in 1991 in the magazine Simpsons Illustrated, which was a companion magazine to the show.

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In 2007, it was officially announced that The Simpsons Ride, a simulator ride, would be implemented into the Universal Studios Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood.

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Electronic Arts, which produced The Simpsons Game, has owned the exclusive rights to create video games based on the show since 2005.

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Popularity of The Simpsons has made it a billion-dollar merchandising industry.

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The Simpsons is the first television series still in production to receive this recognition.

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