Dec. 17, 1989
Returning Series
30 min.
FOX TV Network

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The Simpsons

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.

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  • This is the longest running prime-time comedy series, as well as the longest-running prime-time animated series, in U.S. television history.
  • The Simpsons is the longest running spin-off series of all time, and the most successful spin-off compared to its "parent" series, beating out The Tracey Ullman Show by seventeen years.
  • In 1997, The Simpsons broke The Flintstones record for longest-running prime time animated television show. The show also holds the record for most guest stars in a television series.
  • The show grew from thirty-second segments that aired between comedy sketches on The Tracey Ullman Show. Julie Kavner and Dan Castellaneta were regulars on the show, while Nancy Cartwright and Yeardley Smith were drafted in specially for the animation. In 1992, Tracey Ullman sued unsuccessfully to earn a share of the show's merchandise-related profit.
  • Nancy Cartwright, voice of Bart, first tried out for Lisa's voice with her Bart voice.
  • In the "birth" back stories for the children, Bart's first words were "Ay Caramba!", Lisa's first word was "Bart" and Maggie's was "Daddy".
  • Kang and Kodos (the aliens) are named for two Star Trek: The Original Series characters - in "Star Trek" (1966) {Day of the Dove (#3.7)}, Kang was a Klingon warrior, and in "Star Trek" (1966) {The Conscience of the King (#1.13)}, Kodos was an Adolf Hitler-like mass murderer.
  • Several characters in prison have the number 24601. That same prisoner number was Jean Valjean's in Victor Hugo's 19th-century novel Les Misérables.
  • The character "Krusty the Clown" was inspired by a real-life television kiddie show host named 'Rusty Nails', and Dan Castellaneta's voice characterization was based on Chicago television legend Bob Bell (IV), who portrayed WGN-TV's Bozo from 1960-1984.
  • Homer's trademark expression is the frustrated "D'oh!". When Matt Groening asked Dan Castellaneta to create an "annoyed grunt" for Homer, the only thing Dan could think of was "D'ooohh...", from James Finlayson of the Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy films; Finlayson may have created that as a euphemism for the then-forbidden "damn". But Groening thought Finlayson's term took too long to say for the episode time budget, so Castellaneta shortened it drastically. Homer's annoyed grunt (Do'h!) has grown popular since the catchphrase's appearance. After a few seasons "D'oh!" became firmly set in the American popular lexicon, and the term was accepted for the online version of The Oxford Dictionary. The French version of the television show translated "D'oh" into "T'oh." The Spanish version of the television show translated "D'oh" into "Ouch!". In one episode, Maggie is seen playing with a modeling compound similar to Play-Doh. The label of the compound's container reads "Play- (Annoyed Grunt)". Homer's famous catchphrase "D'oh" is written as "annoyed grunt" in scripts, meaning Maggie's modeling compound is in fact Play-D'oh.
  • Bart Simpson was ranked #1 in TV Guide's list of "TV's 10 Biggest Brats" (March 27, 2005 issue).
  • Homer works in sector 7-G in the power plant.
  • The motto for The Springfield Penitentiary is "If you committed murder, you'd be home by now!"
  • Milhouse says he is three months younger than Bart.
  • Hank Azaria has told that he adopted his characters' voices from celebrities and people he has met. Among others, Chief Wiggum's voice is based on Edward G. Robinson, Lou's on Sylvester Stallone, and Comic Book Guy's on Hank Azaria's roommate in college.
  • "Comic Book Guy's" real name is "Jeff Albertson". After being anonymous for many seasons, the creators thought it would be funny to give him the most conventional name, of which they could think.
  • Fat Tony's name was variously given as William "Fat Tony" Williams in "Bart the Murderer", as Anthony "Fat Tony" Balducci in the episode where Homer is a boxer, and as Anthony "Fat Tony" d'Amico in others. In the episode where Krusty meets his estranged daughter, Fat Tony's middle name is revealed to be Merian.
  • Milhouse's middle name is Mussolini.
  • The map of Springfield, located in the police station, shows the city is shaped almost exactly like medieval Constantinople, complete with a large road in almost the same position as the Mese, the main road of Constantinople.
  • In the episode "Behind the Scenes", the narrator announces "this Kentuckian family...", so with this information, Springfield is generally thought to be in Kentucky. However, the narrator was indicating that the family originally came from Kentucky, but that is not where they live currently.
  • Apu is 42 years old.
  • One of Cletus' kids name is Crystal Meth.
  • Mayor Quimby is based on John F. Kennedy.
  • Homer (Dan Castellaneta) is the only character to have dialogue in every episode. Marge (Julie Kavner) and Lisa (Yeardley Smith) have also appeared in every episode, but Marge did not deliver any dialogue in "The Simpsons" (1989) {Krusty Gets Kancelled (#4.22)}, while Lisa did not deliver any dialogue in "The Simpsons" (1989) {Chief of Hearts (#21.18)}. Bart (Nancy Cartwright) did not appear in "The Simpsons" (1989) {Four Great Women and a Manicure (#20.20)}.
  • The creators jokingly insist that they have parodied Citizen Kane so much, that one could re-create the entire film, solely from Simpsons clips. They also have made the same claim about The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II.
  • In the episode when Lisa is elected President of Springfield Elementary, she gives her e-mail address as smartgirl63_@yahoo.com (she says it as: smart girl six three underscore backslash at Yahoo dot com)
  • Homer's e-mail address is ChunkyLover53@aol.com
  • Krusty the Klown's real name is revealed as Herschel Schmoikel Krustofski and Herschel Pinkus Yerucham Krustofski in different episodes.
  • Sideshow Bob's real/full name is Robert Underdunk Terwilliger.
  • Jasper's surname is Beardly.

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