The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening as a satirical parody of the middle class American lifestyle epitomized by its titular family, which consists of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie.
The show is set in the fictional town of Springfield and it lampoons many aspects of the human condition, as well as American culture, society as a whole, and television itself.
The series originally premiered in the USA on Fox on 17 December, 1989.
The Simpsons originally premiered in South Africa on M-Net. It later aired on DStv's M-Net Series, Vuzu and Comedy Central channels, and on TopTV's Fox Entertainment. When Fox Entertainment became FOX in 2013 it began simulcasting in HD on DStv.
Season 24 premiered on Vuzu on Tuesday 2 July 2013, at 17h00. New episodes broadcast daily, on weekdays. There are 22 episodes in the 24th season.
It's a cornu-D'oh-opia of guest voices this season on The Simpsons, beginning with the Season 24 premiere, when America's favourite Midwestern family travels to New York City in search of Bart's (Nancy Cartwright) long-lost love (Zooey Deschanel, New Girl).
Other upcoming adventures include Homer (Dan Castellaneta) finding out his bowling buddy (Steve Carell) is an accountant for the mob; and Bart discovering the new neighbours' son (Patton Oswalt) isn't as cool as he appears to be.
Adding even more guest voices this season are Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live), Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia), NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon, composer Marvin Hamlish, Anika Noni Rose (Private Practice) and Jennifer Tilly (Family Guy).
In the Season 24 premiere episode, Moonshine River, the family travels to New York City in search of Bart's long-lost love Mary Spuckler, with whom he has wanted to reconnect ever since she left Springfield and her hillbilly family there to reinvent herself in the Big Apple.
Meanwhile, Lisa and Marge look forward to experiencing all the city has to offer. But when they realize their budget won't allow for a Broadway play, they settle for the free Shakespeare In the Park, which doesn't go as planned.
The Simpsons is a Gracie Films Production in association with 20th Century Fox Television. James L. Brooks, Matt Groening and Al Jean are the executive producers. Film Roman, a Starz Media Company, is the animation house.
The animated series features the voice talents of Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer.
About the Show
The Simpsons is an animated comedy series revolving around one perfectly dysfunctional family, the Simpsons.
Homer (Dad), Marge (Mom), Bart (Kid #1), Lisa (Kid #2) and Maggie (Kid #2.5) live in Springfield, State Unknown, where Homer barely and incredibly holds down a job at Montgomery Burns' nuclear power plant.
Springfield consists of every kind of person imaginable, from Ned Flanders, Homer's ar-diddly-arch-nemesis, to Krusty the Clown, children's TV star and subtance abuser.
There's Mo, the suicidal bartender, and Barney, who once had a beer IV drip inserted to keep up with demand. There's Apu, the Indian shop-keeper, as well as countless other stereotypes.
Each episode usually has one or more special guest appearances by celebrities who don't mind poking fun at themselves.
The Simpsons famously debuted on The Tracey Ullman Show, way back in 1987, and was created by Matt Groening. It is currently produced by Matt, James L. Brookes, and Al Jean, who is also at the head of the writing team.
The family was conceived by Groening shortly before a pitch for a series of animated shorts with the producer James L. Brooks. Groening created a dysfunctional family and named the characters after members of his own family, substituting Bart for his own name.
The shorts became a part of The Tracey Ullman Show on April 19, 1987.
After a three-season run, the sketch was developed into a half-hour prime time show and was an early hit for Fox.
The season 18 finale, which aired in the USA on May 20, 2007, was the show’s 400th episode, and 2007 marked the 20th anniversary of The Simpsons franchise.
The Simpsons Movie, a feature-length film, was released in theatres worldwide on July 26 and July 27, 2007, and has grossed well over $520-million worldwide to date.
The Simpsons has won dozens of awards since it debuted as a series, including 23 Emmy Awards, 26 Annie Awards and a Peabody Award.
Time magazine's December 31, 1999 issue named it the 20th century's best television series, and on January 14, 2000 it was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The Simpsons is the longest-running American sitcom and the longest-running American animated program.
Homer's annoyed grunt "D'oh!" has been adopted into the English lexicon, while The Simpsons has influenced many adult-oriented animated sitcoms.
Cast and Characters
Krusty the Clown
Squeaky Voiced Teen
Assistant Superintendent Leopold
Santa's Little Helper
Frankie the Squealer
Comic Book Guy
Dr. Nick Riviera
Kirk Van Houten
Captain Horatio McCallister
Crazy Old Man
Reverend Timothy Lovejoy
Dr. Marvin Monroe
There have been hundreds of famous people who have appeared as themselves on The Simpsons. Some of them are:
Mulder & Scully
Others have played characters in the Simpsons:
Danny De Vito - Homer's half-brother
Martin Sheen - the Real Principal Skinner
Winona Ryder - a classmate of Lisa's
Lisa Kudrow - another classmate of Lisa's
There have also been musical guest appearances by (amongst others):
The Smashing Pumpkins
Red Hot Chili Peppers