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The Simpsons - Series of the 90s

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The Simpsons - Series of the 90s

 

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If there is one TV show that must be mentioned is The Simpsons, created in the late 80s, it became one of the top shows of the 90s and 2000s; and by far the longest running prime time animated series in history.

The Simpsons depict like no other TV show the transition of trends throughout the last two decades, a great reflection of our modern society and the changes experienced since the late 80s to our days.

Created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company it started airing on December 17, 1989 on Fox and it still stands as one of the top TV shows for over 20 years, 21 seasons and over 460 episodes of 22-24 minutes each and many more to come.

The series is about an 'average' American family, parents Marge and Homer, their children, Bart, Lisa and Maggie and their pets Snowball and Santa’s Little Helper. All of them never seem to age, so almost all throughout the 90s, Bart and Lisa could be considered as millennials who had all the characteristics of children of the Generation Y but in the seasons produced after the 2000s they could be considered as children of the 2000s belonging to Generation Z with the characteristics of children of that generation; thus for instance when Bart used to spend more time playing outside in the episodes produced in the 90s, or at the penny arcades now that was replaced by modern game-consoles, online games or surfing the Internet.

The family lives in a make-believe average American town called Springfield.

Actually, the origins of The Simpsons stretch back much earlier than the series’ debut. Cartoonist Matt Groening, whose Life in Hell comic strip had been around since 1977, introduced the Simpson family to television audiences in 1987. Groening had been hired to create animated shorts for Fox’s The Tracey Ullman Show, which would serve as transitions between Ullman’s live-action comedy segments.

Marge and Homer are parents like any other who try to provide parental control over their children. Homer tends to be a little on the childish side himself but with that, Bart’s trouble making, Lisa’s genius and Maggie’s quiet humour it all adds up to a lot of fun and a lot of comedy, which is probably what makes it so popular.

Irreverence is one of the show's keys. In fact, some episodes take jabs at Fox, such as in one opening sequence when Bart sees the Fox logo, begins stomping on it and the family joins in.

The Simpsons show is also in the Guinness Book of Records for the longest running prime time animated series, and also for the most celebrities featured in an animated series.

Not only does it have the family, but it has probably more than 100 secondary characters. There are few if not sitcoms that have more than 100 secondary characters, like Burns and Smithers and Chief Wiggums and the Comic Book Guy and Sideshow Mel. Everyone one of them has his own individual quirks, and they allow the series to mine more material.

The show has such a place in culture that Homer’s phrase "D’oh" made it into the 2001 edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. The Simpsons also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

If you want to learn much more about the Simpsons you should visit the extensive article about The Simpsons, where you can learn everything about the history, production, secrets and more aspects of the show and its creators.

By far this emblematic show can be considered as the one that made most history on television, transcendings the barriers of generations and the differences between them, making it a favorite equally for Baby Boomers, Generation X'ers, Millennials or Generation Z'ers.

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