The SimpsonsAnimated Character
Best known as: Long-running yellow-skinned animated TV family
The Simpson family first appeared in 1988 in small animated vignettes on The Tracey Ullman Show
. Creator Matt Groening
and producer James L. Brooks turned the idea into a full half-hour show, which premiered on the Fox network in December of 1989. The Simpsons
was a hit from the start and has remained one of the most popular television shows in history (as well as the longest-running prime-time cartoon). The show's weekly cornucopia of guest stars has included the likes of Ringo Starr
, Christina Ricci
and Stephen Hawking
, among many others. Simpson family members include father Homer, a beer-loving safety inspector from the local nuclear power plant; Marge, the sensible mom with a blue beehive hairstyle; Bart, the mischievous fourth-grader whose pride in being an "underachiever" was, at first, controversial; Lisa, the second-grader whose achievements and smarts go largely unnoticed; and Maggie, the speechless, pacifier-loving infant. A feature film, The Simpsons Movie
, was released on 27 July 2007.
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