The Simpsons

American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening

The Simpsons is an American adult 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 Simpsons
The Simpsons Logo.png
Red logo
GenreComedy
Satire
Sitcom
Created byMatt Groening
Developed byJames L. Brooks
Matt Groening
Sam Simon
Voices ofDan Castellaneta
Julie Kavner
Nancy Cartwright
Yeardley Smith
Hank Azaria
Harry Shearer
Theme music composerDanny Elfman
Opening theme"The Simpsons Theme"
Composer(s)Alf Clausen
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons31
No. of episodes684 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Al Jean
John Frink
James L. Brooks
Matt Groening
Matt Selman
Sam Simon
Running time21–24 minutes
Production company(s)Gracie Films
20th Century Fox Television
Klasky Csupo (seasons 0 (pre-1)-3 (1987–1992))
Film Roman (seasons 4-27 (1992–2016))
Fox Television Animation (2016-ppresent)
Distributor20th Television
Release
Original networkFox
Picture format480i/576i (4:3 SDTV) (seasons 0 (pilot)-20 (1987–2009))
720p (16:9 HDTV) (seasons 21-present (2009–present))
Audio formatStereo (seasons 0-2 (1987–1991))
Dolby Surround 2.0 (seasons 3-20 (1991-2009))
Dolby Surround 5.1 (seasons 20-present (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 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.

HistoryEdit

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.

ShortsEdit

EpisodesEdit

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 N/A N/A N/A N/A

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

Elements of the showEdit

Chalkboard gagEdit

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 gagEdit

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 creditsEdit

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.

MovieEdit

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.

Other websitesEdit