The Simpsons is an animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox. She uses the standard setup of a situational comedy, or sitcom, as its premise. The series centers on a family and their life in a typical American town, serving as a satirical parody of a middle class American lifestyle.
The first episode of “The Simpsons” aired on Fox on December 17, 1989, a cultural phenomenon was being born.
Today without a doubt the Simpsons is the best known animated in the world.
During those 31 years and 684 episodes, a lot has happened.
We have gathered below the most interesting facts that perhaps many people do not know.
Matt Groening created the characters, naming them after members of his own family. Matt Groening (Bart Simpson), Homer Groening (father/Homer J. Simpson), Margaret Wiggum (mother/Marge Bouvier Simpson), Lisa Groening (sister/Lisa Simpson), Margaret Groening (sister/Maggie Simpson) and Abram Groening (grandfather/Abe Simpson).
Bart is one of the most well-known characters in The Simpsons, but do you know your full name? Bartholomew Jojo Simpson was more commonly known as Bart, an anagram of the word ‘brat’.
Groening thought Simpson was a funny name in that it had the word “simp” in it, which is short for “simpleton”.
Springfields is one of the most common names for cities in the United States: there are 38 Springfields across the country. But in an interview with Smithsonian magazine in 2012, Groening went so far as to reveal that he named the city fictional because of Springfield in the US state of Oregon, close to where he was raised.
The Simpson family’s address, “Evergreen Terrace, 632“, is the same as the home where Groening spent his childhood.
In 1999, Time magazine named ‘The Simpsons” it is the best TV show of the 20th century.
An official version of Duff beer, Homer’s favorite brew, is sold in three variations in The Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios.
In an episode that aired in 2003, Homer gave his email address as ChunkyLover53@aol.com. The episode’s writer, Matt Selman, signed up for the ChunkyLover53 email address beforehand and within minutes of the show’s airing found his inbox packed to its 999-message limit.
During a third-season episode, “Stark Raving Dad,” Michael Jackson guest-starred as a mental patient. In this episode Homer Simpson is sent to a mental institution. For contractual reasons, Michael was credited as John Jay Smith.
Michael Jackson also wrote the single “Do the Bartman“ by Bart Simpson. He received no credit for it. This was his own request, and he was listed as John Jay Smith instead.
Matt Groening has commented that he has a favorite Simpsons episode – Bart the Daredevil.
Krusty the Clown is known even to those who aren’t diehard fans of the TV show, but not everybody knows the real reason he was created. He was initially meant to be Homer’s secret identity.
Mr Burns’ assistant, Waylon Smithers, was originally going to be black. Although this was unintentional, a problem with the colors might that he appeared black. The producers nearly kept this change, until there was a concern it may cause viewer complaints.
In 2009, Marge Simpson was featured on the cover of Playboy magazine.
Although the show is currently owned by Fox, until 2082, the producers have permission to write without any hindrances from Fox. This is why the show often makes fun of the TV network.
Maggie is scanned at a cash register in one episode, and the price shows $847.63, the average monthly cost to raise a baby in 1989.
Mr Burns was originally intended to be a distant relative of the Simpsons family.
The murder of Phil Hartman in 1998 saw all of his characters removed from the episodes, including Troy McClure.
There’s not just one version of The Simpsons. An Arabic version (The Shamsoons) was also created, in which Homer is known as Omar.
Omar drinks soda rather than alcoholic beer, and swaps the famous hot dogs for Egyptian beef.
Baby Maggie was voiced by Elizabeth Taylor for the episode where she says her first word “daddy”.
In the 31 seasons many celebrities participated in the episodes. But some celebrities declined the invitation. Among the actors who refused are Michael Caine, Clint Eastwood, Tom Cruise, Bod Dylan, Quentin Tarantino, Prince and Bruce Springsteen.