The Simpsons

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The Simpsons
The Simpsons Logo 2009.jpg
Red logo
Genre
Created byMatt Groening
Based onThe Simpsons shorts
by Matt Groening
Developed by
Voices of
Theme music composerDanny Elfman
Opening theme"The Simpsons Theme"
Composer(s)Richard Gibbs (1990)
Alf Clausen (1990–2017)
Bleeding Fingers Music (2017–present)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons34
No. of episodes730 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
List
Running time21–24 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor20th Television
Release
Original networkUSA

UK

Picture formatNTSC (1990–2002)
HDTV 720p (2002–present)
Audio formatStereo (1990–1991)
Dolby Surround (1991–2002)
Dolby Digital (2002–present)
Original releaseDecember 17, 1989 (1989-12-17) –
present
Chronology
Preceded byThe Simpsons shorts from The Tracey Ullman Show
Other websites
Official website

The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom. It was created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The show started on December 17, 1989 and so far over 677 episodes have aired in 33 seasons. As of today, the show is in its 33rd season. As 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, from the adventures of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie. Homer's name is an Homerous. His full name is Homer J. Simpson. Bart's name is an anagram of Brat. His full name is Bartholomew Jojo Simpson. This TV show has a yellow skinned cartoon family. In 1998, Phil Hartman was murdered by his wife, resulting in his characters being removed from the show. In 2000, Ned Flander's wife, Maude Flanders was killed off. Also in 2000, Barney Gumble became sober. In 2002, the production of The Simpsons had switched from cels to digital ink and paint. During that time, The Simpsons had suffering of franchise fatigue. "Sneed's Feed and Seed" from the episode E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt) became an internet meme.[1][2]

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]

Season Episodes Originally aired Production
line
DVD release dates
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4 Region 5
1 13 January 17, 1989 (1989-01-17) January 13, 1990 (1990-01-13) 7Gxx September 25, 2011 (2011-09-25) September 24, 2011 (2011-09-24) September 24, 2011 (2011-09-24) August 21, 2013 (2013-08-21)
2 22 February 2, 1990 (1990-02-02) December 31, 1991 (1991-12-31) 7Fxx August 6, 2012 (2012-08-06) July 8, 2012 (2012-07-08) July 23, 2012 (2012-07-23) September 18, 2018 (2018-09-18)
3 24 March 1, 1991 (1991-03-01) August 27, 1992 (1992-08-27) 8Fxx August 26, 2013 (2013-08-26) October 6, 2013 (2013-10-06) October 22, 2013 (2013-10-22) December 3, 2019 (2019-12-03)
4 22 March 3, 1992 (1992-03-03) April 13, 1993 (1993-04-13) 9Fxx June 15, 2014 (2014-06-15) August 2, 2014 (2014-08-02) August 25, 2014 (2014-08-25) March 25, 2020 (2020-03-25)
5 22 May 5, 1993 (1993-05-05) May 19, 1994 (1994-05-19) 1Fxx December 21, 2014 (2014-12-21) March 21, 2015 (2015-03-21) March 23, 2015 (2015-03-23) May 27, 2020 (2020-05-27)
6 25 June 6, 1994 (1994-06-06) April 21, 1995 (1995-04-21) 2Fxx August 16, 2015 (2015-08-16) October 17, 2015 (2015-10-17) September 28, 2015 (2015-09-28) September 9, 2020 (2020-09-09)
7 25 September 17, 1995 (1995-09-17) May 19, 1996 (1996-05-19) 3Fxx / 3Gxx December 13, 2015 (2015-12-13) January 30, 2016 (2016-01-30) March 29, 2016 (2016-03-29)
8 25 October 27, 1996 (1996-10-27) March 31, 1997 (1997-03-31) 4Fxx August 15, 2016 (2016-08-15) October 2, 2016 (2016-10-02) September 27, 2016 (2016-09-27)
9 25 April 1, 1997 (1997-04-01) May 17, 1998 (1998-05-17) 5Fxx December 19, 2016 (2016-12-19) January 29, 2017 (2017-01-29) March 21, 2017 (2017-03-21)
10 23 October 10, 1998 (1998-10-10) May 26, 1999 (1999-05-26) AABFxx August 7, 2017 (2017-08-07) September 10, 2017 (2017-09-10) September 26, 2017 (2017-09-26)
11 22 January 26, 1999 (1999-01-26) January 21, 2000 (2000-01-21) BABFxx October 7, 2018 (2018-10-07) October 6, 2018 (2018-10-06) November 5, 2018 (2018-11-05)
12 21 February 2, 2000 (2000-02-02) December 31, 2001 (2001-12-31) CABFxx August 18, 2019 (2019-08-18) September 28, 2019 (2019-09-28) September 2, 2019 (2019-09-02)
13 22 March 6, 2002 (2002-03-06) May 22, 2002 (2002-05-22) DABFxx August 24, 2020 (2020-08-24) September 20, 2020 (2020-09-20) December 1, 2020 (2020-12-01)
14 22 November 3, 2002 (2002-11-03) May 18, 2003 (2003-05-18) EABFxx February 6, 2021 (2021-02-06) March 10, 2021 (2021-03-10) April 2, 2021 (2021-04-02)
15 22 May 5, 2003 (2003-05-05) May 23, 2004 (2004-05-23) FABFxx May 4, 2021 (2021-05-04) May 12, 2021 (2021-05-12) May 21, 2021 (2021-05-21)
16 21 November 7, 2004 (2004-11-07) May 15, 2005 (2005-05-15) GABFxx July 3, 2021 (2021-07-03) July 12, 2021 (2021-07-12) July 21, 2021 (2021-07-21)
17 22 September 11, 2005 (2005-09-11) January 1, 2006 (2006-01-01) HABFxx July 22, 2021 (2021-07-22) July 22, 2021 (2021-07-22) July 23, 2021 (2021-07-23)
18 22 January 1, 2006 (2006-01-01) July 25, 2007 (2007-07-25) JABFxx
19 20 September 23, 2007 (2007-09-23) May 18, 2008 (2008-05-18) KABFxx
20 21 September 28, 2008 (2008-09-28) December 31, 2009 (2009-12-31) LABFxx July 27, 2021 (2021-07-27) July 27, 2021 (2021-07-27) July 27, 2021 (2021-07-27)
21 23 January 1, 2009 (2009-01-01) May 23, 2010 (2010-05-23) MABFxx
22 22 September 26, 2010 (2010-09-26) May 22, 2011 (2011-05-22) NABFxx
23 22 September 25, 2011 (2011-09-25) May 20, 2012 (2012-05-20) PABFxx
24 22 September 30, 2012 (2012-09-30) May 19, 2013 (2013-05-19) RABFxx
25 22 September 29, 2013 (2013-09-29) May 18, 2014 (2014-05-18) SABFxx
26 22 September 28, 2014 (2014-09-28) May 17, 2015 TABFxx
27 22 September 27, 2015 (2015-09-27) May 22, 2016 VABFxx
28 22 September 25, 2016 May 21, 2017 WABFxx
29 21 October 1, 2017 May 20, 2018 XABFxx
30 23 September 30, 2018 May 12, 2019 YABFxx
31 22 September 29, 2019 May 17, 2020 ZABFxx
32 22 September 27, 2020 May 23, 2021 QABFxx
33 22 September 26, 2021 TBA TBA

Seasons of The Simpsons mostly have a total of 22 episodes.

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 (removed) because there is not enough time.

Couch gag[change | change source]

In the opening, all the Simpsons come home after work or school. 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. Couch gags in earlier seasons were simple but then became more interesting in later seasons.

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, specifically on the day that it was released. It included the character Spider Pig as Homer's new pet after rescuing him from a chain restaurant, Krusty Burger.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Sneed's Feed and Seed". Know Your Meme. Retrieved 2021-06-19.
  2. "/co/ - Comics & Cartoons » Thread #37643352". desuarchive.org. Retrieved 2021-06-19.

Series 6-8 Were In CBeebies

Series 9-11 Were In 4Severn

Series 12-13 Were In Sky One

  1. Known as 20th Century Fox Television until season 31.

Other websites[change | change source]