|Format||Animated television series, Comedy|
|Created by||Matt Groening|
|Developed by||James L. Brooks
|Voices of||Dan Castellaneta
|Theme music composer||Danny Elfman|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||515 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Al Jean
James L. Brooks
|Running time||20–22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||20th Century Fox Television
|Picture format||480i (SDTV) (1989–2009)
720p (HDTV) (2009)
|Original run||December 17, 1989 – present|
The Simpsons is an American television program that is an animated comedy, created by Matt Groening. 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. 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 24rd season, which will air in 2012-2013. A full-length movie, The Simpsons Movie, has been made, released on July 27, 2007, in order to celebrate The Simpsons franchise.
Elements of the show [change]
Chalkboard gag [change]
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]
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]
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.
A film based on the show, The Simpsons Movie, was released in 2007.
Other websites [change]
|Wikimedia Commons has media 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