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The Simpsons

The Simpsons

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Photo Credit:  FOX
  • Premiered: 
    December 17, 1989
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  • Network: Fox
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Comedy (Sitcom)
  • Type: Animated
  • Concept: 
    Based on characters introduced on The Tracey Ullman Show 
  • Subject Matter: Family
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Plot Synopsis

The longest-running primetime animated series in history and the longest running comedy on primetime television. Created by cartoonist Matt Groening, this half-hour series follows the antics of blue-collar family Homer and Marge Simpson, their three kids; Bart, Lisa and baby Maggie and the inhabitants of the quirky town of Springfield. In Season 24, the Simpson family travels to New York City to track down Bart's long-lost love; Grampa escapes from his retirement home; Homer finds out his bowling buddy is an accountant for the mob; and Bart discovers the cool new neighbors' son isn't as cool as he appears to be. Guest voices for the 2012-2013 season include Zooey Deschanel, Patton Oswalt, Steve Carrell, Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Anika Noni Rose, Jennifer Tilly, race car driver Jeff Gordon and composer Marvin Hamlish. Season 25 of THE SIMPSONS premiered on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 8pm ET/PT on Fox. The 2013-2014 season will feature these guest voices: Stan Lee, Katey Sagal, Aaron Sorkin, Gordon Ramsay, Eva Longoria, Will Arnett, Rachel Maddow, Elisabeth Moss, Daniel Radcliffe, Christiane Amanpour, Anderson Cooper, Kristen Wiig, and many more. THE SIMPSONS returned for its 26th season on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 8pm ET/PT on FOX. In the season opener, "Clown in the Dumps," the unthinkable happens: a beloved (but not iconic) Springfield resident dies (and will stay dead). Also, Krusty retires after he's offended by a comedy cable channel roast of him, and Lisa tries to protect Homer from getting hurt. David Hyde Pierce, Sarah Silverman and Jeff Ross make guest appearances. Season 27 of THE SIMPSONS premiered on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 8pm ET/PT on FOX with "Every Man's Dream," which features Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet, Jemima Kirke and Laura Ingraham making guest voice appearances. In the season opener, Homer is diagnosed with narcolepsy, but instead of returning home with his prescription medication, he returns home drunk. He and Marge visit a marriage counselor and have a trial separation, during which Homer begins dating a 20-something. Season 28 of THE SIMPSONS premiered on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT on FOX, with guest star Amy Schumer providing the voice of Mrs. Burns. In the season opener, "Monty Burns' Fleeing Circus," when Springfield is burned to the ground, the Simpsons beg Mr. Burns to fund its rebuilding. Burns agrees -- with one condition: he gets to put on a variety show at the Springfield Bowl. Additional guest voices for Season 28 include Patton Oswalt, Drew Carey, Sarah Silverman, Allison Janney, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Magnus Carlsen, Dan Rather, Lizzy Caplan and Michael Sheen. Plus, the new season features "Treehouse of Horror XXVII," which will be the series' 600th episode. In it, Mr. Burns introduces a HUNGER GAMES-style contest in which Springfield's children must fight each other; and Lisa's imaginary best friend becomes jealous of Lisa's real best friends. Additional storylines in the new season include the Simpsons' hometown of Springfield burning to the ground, Homer getting roped into coaching the kids' lacrosse team with Milhouse's dad; and Homer paying Choremonkey Matt Leinart to play catch with Bart, the two of whom form a strong bond, much to Homer's chagrin.
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On Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 8pm ET/PT, FOX premiered the Season 28 finale of THE SIMPSONS. In the season ender, "Dogtown," when Homer's court case determines that a dog's life is more valuable than a human's is, the status of man's best friend rises in Springfield. When the dogs recognize their new position of power, they assert their dominance over the humans.

Seven months earlier -- on Friday, November 4, 2016 -- FOX announced it ordered a 29th and 30th season of THE SIMPSONS. The renewal takes the long-running animated series to 669 episodes, the largest number of episodes for any scripted television show ever, breaking the record previously set by GUNSMOKE (635). "Take that GUNSMOKE! You lost a race you didn't even know you were running!," said Homer Simpson. The longest-running scripted show in television history, and recently marking its 600th episode, THE SIMPSONS is currently in production on its record-annihilating 28th season. THE SIMPSONS has won 32 Emmy Awards, 34 Annie Awards, a 2016 People's Choice Award and a 2016 Environmental Media Award. It was the first animated series to win a Peabody Award and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2012 for the theatrical short "The Longest Daycare." THE SIMPSONS MOVIE was a hit feature film, the mega-attraction The Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios has received historic expansion updates with the addition of "Springfield" and the show was honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2000. It has been named the "Best Show of the 20th Century" by Time magazine, and called the "Best TV Show Ever" by Vulture in 2016.

THE SIMPSONS will return for its 29th season this Fall, airing 8pm on Sundays.

Cast

  • Dan Castellaneta - Homer Jay Simpson; Abraham J. "Grampa" Simpson; Santa's Little Helper; Bernard "Barney" Gumble; Herschel "Krusty the Clown" Shmoikel Krustofsky; Groundskeeper Willie; Mayor Joseph "Diamond Joe" Quimby; Hans Moleman; Melvin "Sideshow Mel" Van Home; Itchy
  • Julie Kavner - Marjorie "Marge" Bouvier Simpson; Patty Bouvier; Selma Bouvier Terwilliger Hutz McClure; Grandma Jacqueline Bouvier; Aunt Gladys Bouvier
  • Nancy Cartwright - Bartholomew "Bart" Jo-Jo Simpson; Nelson Muntz; Ralph Wiggum; Todd Flanders
  • Yeardley Smith - Lisa Marie Simpson
  • Hank Azaria - Apu Nahasapeemapetilon; Moe Szyslak; Police Chief Clancy Wiggum; Comic Book Guy; Lou; Carl Carlson; Dr. Nick Riviera; Snake; Kirk Van Houten; Bumblebee Man; Prof. John Frink; Cletus Del Roy; the Slack-Jawed Yokel
  • Harry Shearer - Charles Montgomery "C.M." "Monty" Burns; Waylon Smithers Jr.; Nedward "Ned" Flanders; Principal Seymour "Spanky" Skinner; Otto Mann; Rev. Timothy Lovejoy; Dr. Julius Hibbert; Kenny Brockelstein/Kent Brockman; Lenny; Eddie
  • Marcia Wallace - Edna Krabappel
  • Pamela Hayden - Milhouse Van Houten; Rod Flanders; Malibu Stacy; Ms. Lois Pennycandy
  • Tress MacNeille - James "Jimbo" Jones: Mrs. Agnes Skinner; Dolph; Lindsay Naegle; Nana Van Houten
  • Russi Taylor - Martin Prince; Wendell Borton
  • Frank Welker - Santa's Littler Helper
  • Marcia Mitzman Gaven - Maude Flanders; Helen Lovejoy; Ms. Elizabeth Hoover; Luanne Van Houten
  • Phil Hartman - Lionel Hutz; Troy McClure
  • Maggie Roswell - Maude Flanders; Helen Lovejoy; Ms. Elizabeth Hoover; Luanne Van Houten; Shary Bobbins
  • Kelsey Grammer - Sideshow Bob
  • Karl Wiedergott - additional
  • Jo Ann Harris - additional

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Gracie Films
  • Produced by 20th Century Fox Television

Settings

  • Homer & Marge Simpson - Springfield, Unnamed USA
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Firsts, Lasts & Notable Notes

  • May 15, 2008: Universal Studios Orlando opens the first amusement park ride based on the TV series.
  • March 17, 2009: First 'Simpsons' episode to air outside the US before debuting on Fox.
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  • October 18, 2015: First SIMPSONS Halloween episode that's a regular episode and not a "Treehouse of Horror" episode.

Births, Deaths & Weddings

  • November 21, 1999: Manjula and Apu's octuplets are born
  • September 28, 2014: Rabbi Hyman Krustofsky dies