The Simpsons are a beloved show of multiple generations. Started almost 30 years ago, this classic family continues to bring laughter to new audiences. Over their 3 decades, they have adapted, adjusted and become what they are today. Here's a brief history of The Simpsons.
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The Simpsons was born when Matt Groening had a spur-of-the-moment idea to use a parody of his family for a series of shorts. His parents were named Homer and Margaret Groening, his sisters Lisa and Maggie, and his name became "Bart," a play on letters of the word "brat". The shorts ran for about 30 seconds, and played off a comedic script of Homer and Marge putting the kids to bed.
On December 17th, the first actual full-length episode was run, called "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire," starting the first official season and the series.
The Simpsons gets its first Emmy. Show also makes its way onto the The Cosby Show,
The Simpsons receive a Peabody Award, as the first animated series ever to receive one!
Can you believe it? Yet another Emmy.
The series was proclaimed "best television series" by Time Magazine
The Simpsons made it onto the Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!
This was a big year for The Simpsons. In fact, Homer's famous catchphrase "D'oh" was added to the Oxford Dictionary!
The infamous "The Simpsons Movie" came out and made $183,100,000 in box office profit (Rotten Tomatoes).
The show was yet again named "greatest show," but this time by Empire Magazine. The Simpsons movie won the ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards for Top Box Office Films, British Comedy Awards for Best Comedy Films and FilmInk Awards for Best Nude Scene. It was also nominated for the Golden Globes, BAFTA Awards, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, Annie Awards and many others for Best Animated Film or Feature.
A somewhat controversial move, but Marge Simpson made the cover of PlayBoy magazine!
25th Anniversary! Also, "The Longest Daycare" short film was nominated for an Academy Award.
Once again, The Simpsons is recognized; Entertainment Weekly called the show the "Greatest American Sitcom.”
The Simpsons reaches its 600th episode! The show received a People's Choice Award and was nominated for an "Outstanding Animated Program" Emmy.
A 30 year anniversary for the show, making it the longest-running television series. It was again nominated for 2017 Emmy Award for an Emmy in "Outstanding Animated Program."
Now on its 29th season, the series has been renewed for a 30th. The "longest-running scripted series in television history" has received 32 Emmy Awards and 34 Annie Awards along with a People's Choice Award (FOX).