The Simpsons

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The Simpsons
The Simpsons Logo.png
Genre Animated sitcom
Sitcom
Adult animation
Bloody
Violence
Domestic violence
Format Satire
Created by Matt Groening
Developed by James L. Brooks
Matt Groening
Sam Simon
Voices of Dan Castellaneta
Julie Kavner
Nancy Cartwright
Yeardley Smith
Hank Azaria
Harry Shearer
(Complete list)
Theme music composer Danny Elfman
Opening theme "The Simpsons Theme"
Composer(s) Alf Clausen
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 25
No. of episodes 552 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Al Jean
John Frink
James L. Brooks
Matt Groening
Matt Selman
Sam Simon
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))
Fuzzy Door Productions
Distributor 20th Television
Broadcast
Original channel Fox
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 (1989-12-17) – present
Chronology
Preceded by The Simpsons shorts from The Tracey Ullman Show
Other websites
Official website

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]

The television show The Simpsons was originally shown as short shows on The Tracey Ullman Show. Fox then decided to give them their own show in 1989.

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]