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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 578 episodes have aired in 27 seasons. As of today, the show is in its 27th season, which started on September 27, 2015. 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.
|Created by||Matt Groening|
|Developed by||James L. Brooks
|Voices of||Dan Castellaneta
|Theme music composer||Danny Elfman|
|Opening theme||"The Simpsons Theme"|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||27|
|No. of episodes||639 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Al Jean
James L. Brooks
|Running time||21–24 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Gracie Films
20th Century Fox Television
Klasky Csupo (seasons 0 (pre-1)-3 (1987–1992))
Film Roman (seasons 4-present (1992–present))
Fuzzy Door Productions
|Picture format||480i/576i (4:3 SDTV) (seasons 0 (pilot)-20 (1987–2009))
720p (16:9 HDTV) (seasons 21-present (2009–present))
|Audio format||Stereo (seasons 0-2 (1987–1991))
Dolby Surround 2.0 (seasons 3-20 (1991–2009))
5.1 surround sound (seasons 21-present (2009–present))
|Original release||December 17, 1989– present|
|Preceded by||The Simpsons shorts from The Tracey Ullman Show|
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.
Elements of the showEdit
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.
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.
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, 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.
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