5:15 PM PDT, August 18, 2010
About The Simpsons
THE SIMPSONS -- the longest-running comedy in television history -- is a cultural institution. Intelligently written, subversively humorous and delightfully witty, THE SIMPSONS continues to poke fun at itself and everything in its wake.
Jan. 14, 2009 kicks off "Best. 20 Years. Ever.," a year-long 20th anniversary celebration culminating on Jan. 14, 2010, exactly 20 years to the date from the original series premiere.
In 2007, THE SIMPSONS celebrated an unprecedented 400 episodes, and the long-awaited "The Simpsons Movie" was released and went on to gross $525 million worldwide to-date. Additionally, "The Simpsons Ride" opened in May 2008 at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL, and Hollywood, CA.
The critically praised series has been bestowed with numerous honors, including a Peabody Award, 23 Emmy Awards, 23 Annie Awards, four Genesis Awards, nine International Monitor Awards and seven Environmental Media Awards. THE SIMPSONS holds the Guinness Book of World Records titles for Longest-Running Primetime Animated Television Series and Most Guest Stars Featured in a Television Series. Recognized as a pop culture icon, Homer Simpson's annoyed grunt -- "D'oh!" -- is an official word in the Oxford English Dictionary, and THE SIMPSONS has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. With record-breaking retail sales, THE SIMPSONS reigns as one the best-selling TV DVD properties of all time. Guest stars paying Springfield a visit this season include Anne Hathaway, Jodie Foster, Ellen Page and Seth Rogen (who also co-wrote the episode to which he lends his voice). Additionally, Kelsey Grammer returns as "Sideshow Bob," and multi-platinum band Fall Out Boy performs their rendition of THE SIMPSONS theme in the episode "Lisa the Drama Queen," airing Sunday, Jan. 25. Emily Blunt also makes a guest voice appearance in the episode.
The Simpsons reside in the town of Springfield. HOMER works as a safety inspector at the local nuclear power plant; MARGE tries to keep the peace in her family; BART is the mischievous 10-year-old hellion; 8-year-old LISA is the intelligent, saxophone-playing, vegetarian member of the family; and baby MAGGIE conveys emotions via pacifier sucks. Viewers also have come to know and love the rich, and sometimes quirky, universe of Springfield's other inhabitants.
Giving voice to the Simpsons and other Springfield citizens are Dan Castellaneta as HOMER, KRUSTY, GRAMPA, BARNEY, MAYOR QUIMBY and GROUNDSKEEPER WILLIE; Julie Kavner as MARGE, PATTY and SELMA; Nancy Cartwright as BART, NELSON and RALPH WIGGUM; Yeardley Smith as LISA; Hank Azaria as MOE, APU, CHIEF WIGGUM, PROFESSOR FRINK, COMIC BOOK GUY and DR. NICK RIVIERA; and Harry Shearer as MR. BURNS, SMITHERS, NED FLANDERS, PRINCIPAL SKINNER, REVEREND LOVEJOY and KENT BROCKMAN.
THE SIMPSONS, created by cartoonist Matt Groening, first appeared in 1987 as a series of 30-second shorts produced by Groening for the FOX series "The Tracey Ullman Show." The first of these shorts aired on April 19, 1987, during the third week of primetime broadcasts on FOX. Soon they had their own series, premiering on FOX as a half-hour Christmas special on Dec. 17, 1989, and then as a regular series on Jan. 14, 1990.
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 is the animation house.
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