The Fox network's most successful series to date was a spin-off from "The Tracey Ullman Show" in which originally appeared as one minute shorts. The executive producers of that series, James L. Brooks and Sam Simon decided that these characters could support a half an hour series. It is now reported as the longest animated series in prime-time network television.
The Simpsons: Season 28, Episode #18 - Caper Chase
Mr. Burns decides to start his own for-profit university.
The Simpsons: Season 28, Episode #17 - A Father's Watch
Marge asks a group of parenting "experts" for help managing Bart and keeping him away from failure.
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Series Fun Facts
- Matt Groening has stated that since the fifth season in 1994, the episodes' running time have been shortened by two minutes, which he claims could be just enough time for an entire subplot.
- The character Professor John Frink is named after a producer of the show, and based on Jerry Lewis's character in The Nutty Professor.
- The character of Otto the bus driver is believed to be based on 'Guns N Roses guitarist Slash. Both have long black curly hair and both are avid snake collectors.