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The Simpsons

The Simpsons
Clockwise from top left: Marge, Homer, Bart, Santa's Little Helper (dog), Snowball II (cat), Lisa, and Maggie in the center.
NameThe Simpsons
Created byMatt Groening
Developed byJames L. Brooks
Matt Groening
Sam Simon
Voices ofDan Castellaneta
Julie Kavner
Nancy Cartwright
Yeardley Smith
Hank Azaria
Harry Shearer
(Complete list)
Theme music composerDanny Elfman
Opening theme"The Simpsons Theme"
ComposerDanny Elfman
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons22
No. of episodes486
List of episodesList of The Simpsons episodes
Executive producerAl Jean
Ian Maxtone-Graham
John Frink
James L. Brooks
Matt Groening
Matt Selman
Sam Simon
Running time21 � 24 minutes
Production companyGracie Films
20th Century Fox Television
Distributor20th Television
Original channelFox
Picture formatSD: 4:3, 480i/576i (1989 � 2009)
HD: 1.78:1, 1080i (2009 � present)
Audio formatStereo
(1989 � 91)
Dolby Surround 2.0
(1991 � 2009)
5.1 Surround Sound
(2009 � present)
First airedDecember 17, 1989
Last airedpresent
Preceded byThe Simpsons shorts
Related showsThe Tracey Ullman Show

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'The Simpsons' is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical parody of a working class American lifestyle epitomized by its family of the same name, which consists of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie. The show is set in the fictional town of Springfield and parodies American culture, society, television and many aspects of the human condition.

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, becoming the network's first series to land in the Top 30 ratings in a season (1989 � 1990).

Since its debut on December 17, 1989, the show has broadcast 486 episodes and the twenty-third season will start airing on September 25, 2011. The Simpsons is the longest-running American sitcom, the longest-running American animated program, and in 2009 it surpassed Gunsmoke as the longest running American primetime entertainment series. The Simpsons Movie, a feature-length film, was released in theaters worldwide on July 26 and July 27, 2007, and grossed over $527 million.

The Simpsons has won dozens of awards since it debuted as a series, including 27 Primetime Emmy Awards, 27 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 the Simpson family was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Homer's exclamatory catchphrase "D'oh!" has been adopted into the English language, while The Simpsons has influenced many adult-oriented animated sitcoms.

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