|Created by||Matt Groening|
|Developed by||James L. Brooks
|Voices of||Dan Castellaneta
|Theme music composer||Danny Elfman|
|Opening theme||"The Simpsons Theme"|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||25|
|No. of episodes||552 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Al Jean
James L. Brooks
|Running time||21–24 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Gracie Films
20th Century Fox Television
Klasky Csupo (seasons 0 (pre-1)-3 (1987–1992))
Film Roman (seasons 4-present (1992–present))
Productions Fuzzy Door Productions
|Picture format||480i/576i (4:3 SDTV) (seasons 0 (pilot)-20 (1987–2009))
720p (16:9 HDTV) (seasons 21-present (2009–present))
|Audio format||Stereo (seasons 0-2 (1987–1991))
Dolby Surround 2.0 (seasons 3-20 (1991–2009))
5.1 surround sound (seasons 21-present (2009–present))
|Original run||December 17, 1989– present|
|Preceded by||The Simpsons shorts from The Tracey Ullman Show|
The Simpsons is an American adult animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The show started on December 17, 1989 and so far over 500 episodes have aired in 24 seasons. As of today, the show is in its 25th season, which is currently airing in 2013-2014. A full-length movie, The Simpsons Movie, was released on July 27, 2007 as a celebration of the franchise. It is aimed at the whole family.
The comedy takes place in the fake (make-believe) town of Springfield, although it is speculated that this town may correspond to the real-life cities of Springfield, Oregon (a city near where Groening grew up) or Springfield, Virginia.
History[change | change source]
Shorts[change | change source]
Episodes[change | change source]
Elements of the show[change | change source]
Chalkboard gag[change | change source]
Many episodes begin with a scene of Springfield Elementary School, where Bart Simpson is shown writing lines on a chalkboard as punishment for being bad. For example, in one episode, Bart writes, "I will not conduct my own fire drills." The line is supposed to be humourous. Not every episode has a new one and sometimes the chalkboard gag may be cut because there is not enough time.
Couch gag[change | change source]
In the opening, all the Simpsons come home to the family. After Homer Simpson is almost or is hit by Marge's car, they all go into the living room, where something comical happens again. These are called "couch gags". On one couch gag Homer Simpson walked onto the screen like James Bond and shot the camera. Sometimes if an episode is a short one, then the couch gag will be very long. A couple of couch gags have been over one minute long.
Ending credits[change | change source]
At the end of the show, the credits are shown. Sometimes they might be changed. In one episode, the ending showed Homer reading from a document about Dateline. In another episode, where all of the character sung in song, the character Snake kept firing his gun in order to make the music that was playing stop.
Movie[change | change source]
A film based on the show, The Simpsons Movie, was released in 2007.
Other websites[change | change source]
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: The Simpsons|
|Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: The Simpsons|
- TheSimpsons.com Official website
- The Simpsons at the Internet Movie Database
- The Simpsons at TV.com
- The Simpsons Archive
- The Simpsons at the Encyclopedia of Television
- The Simpsons Wiki