The Simpsons

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The Simpsons
The Simpsons Logo.png
Red logo
GenreAnimated sitcom
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 (1989–1990)
Alf Clausen (1990–2017)
Bleeding Fingers Music (2017–present)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons32
No. of episodes697 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
List
Running time21–24 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor
Release
Original networkFox
Picture format480i 4:3 SDTV (1989–2009)
1080i 16:9 (HDTV) (2009–present)
Audio formatStereo (1989–1991)
Dolby Surround (1991–2009)
Dolby Digital (2009–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 31 seasons. As of today, the show is in its 31st 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. 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. 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.

Characters[change | change source]

Mona Simpson 1929-2001 was the mother of Homer Simpson and the grandmother of Bart, Lisa, and Maggie.

Orville Simpson was Married to Yuma Hickman in the early 1900s is the great grandfather of Bart. Lisa, and Maggie.

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 December 17, 1989 (1989-12-17) May 13, 1990 (1990-05-13) 7Gxx September 25, 2001 (2001-09-25) September 24, 2001 (2001-09-24) September 24, 2001 (2001-09-24) August 21, 2008 (2008-08-21)
2 22 October 11, 1990 (1990-10-11) July 11, 1991 (1991-07-11) 7Fxx August 6, 2002 (2002-08-06) July 8, 2002 (2002-07-08) July 23, 2002 (2002-07-23) September 18, 2008 (2008-09-18)
3 24 September 19, 1991 (1991-09-19) August 27, 1992 (1992-08-27) 8Fxx August 26, 2003 (2003-08-26) October 6, 2003 (2003-10-06) October 22, 2003 (2003-10-22) December 3, 2009 (2009-12-03)
4 22 September 24, 1992 (1992-09-24) May 13, 1993 (1993-05-13) 9Fxx June 15, 2004 (2004-06-15) August 2, 2004 (2004-08-02) August 25, 2004 (2004-08-25) March 25, 2010 (2010-03-25)
5 22 September 30, 1993 (1993-09-30) May 19, 1994 (1994-05-19) 1Fxx December 21, 2004 (2004-12-21) March 21, 2005 (2005-03-21) March 23, 2005 (2005-03-23) May 27, 2010 (2010-05-27)
6 25 September 4, 1994 (1994-09-04) May 21, 1995 (1995-05-21) 2Fxx August 16, 2005 (2005-08-16) October 17, 2005 (2005-10-17) September 28, 2005 (2005-09-28) September 9, 2010 (2010-09-09)
7 25 September 17, 1995 (1995-09-17) May 19, 1996 (1996-05-19) 3Fxx / 3Gxx December 13, 2005 (2005-12-13) January 30, 2006 (2006-01-30) March 29, 2006 (2006-03-29) N/A
8 25 October 27, 1996 (1996-10-27) May 18, 1997 (1997-05-18) 4Fxx August 15, 2006 (2006-08-15) October 2, 2006 (2006-10-02) September 27, 2006 (2006-09-27) N/A
9 25 September 21, 1997 (1997-09-21) May 17, 1998 (1998-05-17) 5Fxx December 19, 2006 (2006-12-19) January 29, 2007 (2007-01-29) March 21, 2007 (2007-03-21) N/A
10 23 August 23, 1998 (1998-08-23) May 26, 1999 (1999-05-26) AABFxx August 7, 2007 (2007-08-07) September 10, 2007 (2007-09-10) September 26, 2007 (2007-09-26) N/A
11 22 September 26, 1999 (1999-09-26) May 21, 2000 (2000-05-21) BABFxx October 7, 2008 (2008-10-07) October 6, 2008 (2008-10-06) November 5, 2008 (2008-11-05) N/A
12 21 November 1, 2000 (2000-11-01) May 20, 2001 (2001-05-20) CABFxx August 18, 2009 (2009-08-18) September 28, 2009 (2009-09-28) September 2, 2009 (2009-09-02) N/A
13 22 November 6, 2001 (2001-11-06) May 22, 2002 (2002-05-22) DABFxx August 24, 2010 (2010-08-24) September 20, 2010 (2010-09-20) December 1, 2010 (2010-12-01) N/A
14 22 November 3, 2002 (2002-11-03) May 18, 2003 (2003-05-18) EABFxx December 6, 2011 (2011-12-06) October 10, 2011 (2011-10-10) November 2, 2011 (2011-11-02) N/A
15 22 November 2, 2003 (2003-11-02) May 23, 2004 (2004-05-23) FABFxx December 4, 2012 (2012-12-04) December 3, 2012 (2012-12-03) December 12, 2012 (2012-12-12) N/A
16 21 November 7, 2004 (2004-11-07) May 15, 2005 (2005-05-15) GABFxx December 3, 2013 (2013-12-03) December 2, 2013 (2013-12-02) December 11, 2013 (2013-12-11) N/A
17 22 September 11, 2005 (2005-09-11) May 21, 2006 (2006-05-21) HABFxx December 2, 2014 (2014-12-02) December 1, 2014 (2014-12-01) December 3, 2014 (2014-12-03) N/A
18 22 September 10, 2006 (2006-09-10) May 20, 2007 (2007-05-20) JABFxx N/A N/A N/A N/A
19 20 September 23, 2007 (2007-09-23) May 18, 2008 (2008-05-18) KABFxx N/A N/A N/A N/A
20 21 September 28, 2008 (2008-09-28) May 17, 2009 (2009-05-17) LABFxx January 12, 2010 (2010-01-12) October 20, 2010 (2010-10-20) January 20, 2010 (2010-01-20) N/A
21 23 September 27, 2009 (2009-09-27) May 23, 2010 (2010-05-23) MABFxx N/A N/A N/A N/A
22 22 September 26, 2010 (2010-09-26) May 22, 2011 (2011-05-22) NABFxx N/A N/A N/A N/A
23 22 September 25, 2011 (2011-09-25) May 20, 2012 (2012-05-20) PABFxx N/A N/A N/A N/A
24 22 September 30, 2012 (2012-09-30) May 19, 2013 (2013-05-19) RABFxx N/A N/A N/A N/A
25 22 September 29, 2013 (2013-09-29) May 18, 2014 (2014-05-18) SABFxx N/A N/A N/A N/A
26 22 September 28, 2014 (2014-09-28) May 17, 2015 TABFxx N/A N/A N/A N/A
27 22 September 27, 2015 (2015-09-27) May 22, 2016 VABFxx N/A N/A N/A N/A
28 22 September 25, 2016 May 21, 2017 WABFxx N/A N/A N/A N/A
29 21 October 1, 2017 May 20, 2018 XABFxx N/A N/A N/A N/A
30 23 September 30, 2018 May 12, 2019 YABFxx N/A N/A N/A N/A
31 22 September 29, 2019 May 17, 2020 ZABFxx N/A N/A N/A N/A
32 22 September 27, 2020 May 23, 2021 QABFxx N/A N/A N/A N/A
33 22 September 26, 2021 May 22, 2022 UABFxx N/A N/A N/A N/A

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. Nellie Andreeva (August 21, 2020). "Disney Television Studios Rebrands Its Three Units As 20th Television, ABC Signature & Touchstone Television". Deadline Hollywood.
Notes
  1. Known as 20th Century Fox Television until season 31.
  2. Animation for the series is outsourced to Klasky Csupo for seasons 1–3, Film Roman from seasons 4–27 and Fox Television Animation from season 28–31. FTA became 20th Television Animation and 20th Animation during the 32nd season.

Other websites[change | change source]