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."… Expand
- Genre(s): Comedy, Animation
- Show Type: Between Seasons
- Season 22 premiere date: Sep 26, 2010
- Episode Length: 30
- Air Time: 08:00 PM
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It's horrible to see what has become of one of the greatest TV shows. It was one of the funniest ever TV shows and one of the greatest, without a doubt. But now? Its nothing more than a pale shadow of its former self. The jokes aren't funny anymore, the characters are just annoying charicatures of their former selves. Homer just overplays the idiotic father routine, Lisa the whiny annoying outcast who has to be different, Marge the annoying nagging sterotypical housewife, Bart the mischevous child and Maggie the baby who STILL DOESNT SPEAK! The episodes just rehash storylines (they had Bart almost get married twice within one season) and are barely in continuity with one another. And the worst thing? They know they've gone crap, so instead of sorting themselves out they just stunt cast. Its not funny so they try to distract the viewers with guest appearances from Glee and a Twilight copy which is worse than the actual movie. Fox was flogging a dead horse five years ago, now they're commiting necrophilia.
R.I.P The Simpsons. I hope you get your true end soon… Expand
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