THE SIMPSONS Biography - Fictional, Iconical & Mythological characters


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Name: The Simpsons                                                                 
The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox   
Broadcasting Company. It is 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 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.           
Since its debut on December 17, 1989, the show has broadcast 412 episodes and is   
currently in its nineteenth season. The season 18 finale, which aired 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     
theaters worldwide on July 26 and July 27, 2007, and has grossed approximately     
US$526.2 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.