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  • Starring: William Petersen, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads
  • Summary: Originally created by cartoonist Matt Groening, "Our Favorite Family," has graced the small screen in one form or another for over 20 years. The Simpson family first appeared on television as the subjects of interstitial "shorts" on The Tracey Ullman Show in April of 1987. The Simpsons remained a staple on The Tracey Ullman Show for three seasons until they premiered in their own half-hour series, on December 17, 1989. With the help of Jim Brooks and Sam Simon, Matt Groening's cartoon family turned into an instant success.

    Set in Springfield, the average American town, the show focuses on the antics and everyday adventures of the Simpson family; Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie, as well as a virtual cast of thousands. Since the beginning, the series has been a pop culture icon, attracting hundreds of celebrities to guest star. The show has also made name for itself in its fearless satirical take on politics, media and American life in general.

    Currently in its 21st season, The Simpsons has piled up over 440 episodes, over 20 Emmy Awards, a handful of music albums, countless endorsements and merchandise, and even made the jump to the silver screen in the summer of 2007 with The Simpsons Movie. And according to Matt Groening, "There is no end in sight."
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Animation
  • Creator: Ann Donahue, Anthony E. Zuiker, Matt Groening
  • Show Type: Between Seasons
  • Season 1 premiere date: Dec 17, 1989
  • Episode Length: 30
  • Air Time: 08:00 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Mar 4, 2013
    Easily the the best, cleverest and nuttiest arrival of the 1989-90 season is The Simpsons...It's very small-scale, but perfectly conceived and executed. What we have here from creator Matt Groening is a rare confluence -- delightful writing, pictures and voices fitting like a Matisse. [12 Jan 1990, p.F1]
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Mar 4, 2013
    A hilarious holiday package. [15 Dec 1989, p.3D]
  3. Reviewed by: John Engstrom
    Jul 11, 2013
    "The Simpsons" is both a challenge and a delight. It's also that rarest of TV fauna, a cartoon show with levels of mirth for every brain and pair of eyes in the family. [12 Jan 1990]
  4. Reviewed by: John J. O'Connor
    Jul 11, 2013
    There is, admittedly, a fine line between being hilariously perceptive and just plain, even objectionably, silly. While habitually teetering on that line, 'The Simpsons' has shown a remarkable ability to come down on the right side most of the time.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 7, 2013
    Groening has created a group of characters whose personalities and motives are more vivid and detailed than the vast majority of sitcoms featuring flesh-and-blood actors.
  6. Reviewed by: Richard Zoglin
    Jul 2, 2013
    [The show] has a good deal of savvy wit.... The Simpsons, however, is strangely off-putting much of the time. The drawings are grotesque without redeeming style or charm (characters have big beady eyes, beaklike noses and spiky hair), and the animation is crude even by TV's low-grade standards.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 42
  2. Negative: 1 out of 42
  1. Aug 18, 2010
    The best cartoon show in the history of television!! It has many things: Funny smart jokes, some stupid jokes but not going over the line, some racist jokes but not going to far like Family Guy. Love this show! 10/10 period! Expand
  2. Dec 25, 2011
    Original Comedy and format that cannot be beat by trashy shows like Family Guy that copied it. Truly a classic to this day after 23 years of making us laugh i still find it amusing. Expand
  3. Apr 26, 2013
    Very fun, so creative, smart and hilarious. Every episodes has some good social critic.
    Was not lucky that tv show last so much time. They
    got it, becouse its good.

    Homer simpson is amazing stupid, i laughed so much with he.
  4. Sep 8, 2013
    Probably the biggest and greatest animation series of all-time. Never gets boring! 10/10 without no doubt! The most famous tv series for sure! THE SIMPSONS Expand
  5. Feb 13, 2014
    From season 1 to 10 The Simpsons were with no doubt the best cartoon show ever made, but since then The Simpsons constantly got worse with every season. Expand
  6. Aug 29, 2011
    This first season is a pretty good start to the amazing series. The jokes are funny and original. Sadly, some jokes move on (such as Bart's prank calls to Moe's bar), and the characters' voices change as the technology of the show enhances, but it's great overall. Expand
  7. Sep 23, 2014
    allah not-akbar Still waiting to see an episode mocking the alleged-god allah who is entirely not-akbar. #simpsonscreatorsCOWARDS How cowardly are the creators for not having at the "religion" of "peace" on its twenty-something world domination attempt: convert to islam or die? no. Expand

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