The Simpsons is an animated comedy series on Fox Broadcasting Company. The show was developed by Matt Groening and it tells the story of the funniest dysfunctional company of American television. The Simpsons is composed of beer-loving and quite unhealthy father, Homer; the hardworking wife and mother, Marge; the very proud ten-year old underachiever son, Bart; the eight year old genius daughter, Lisa; and the cute pacifier baby, Maggie.
The Simpson is a middle-class family living in Springfield, a fictional mid-sized town located in an undetermined state of the United States. Springfield is actually a place where anything goes and anything can happen. It does not really exist but it has a definite place in the hearts of the viewers of the series.
The Simpsons debuted on December 17, 1989 and it has broadcasted 498 episodes 22 seasons and the 23rd season starts airing September 25, 2011. The Simpsons is actually the longest-running animated TV program in the US.
The animated series has 6 main cast members; Dan Castellaneta is voice of Homer Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Grandpa Simpson and any other male characters; Julie Kavner is the voice of Marge, Selma, Patty and other characters as well; Nancy Cartwright is the voice for Bart, Ralph Wiggum. Nelson Muntz and other kids’; Yeardley Smith is the voice of Lisa. Among the voice talents that portray the Simpsons, Nancy Cartwright is the only one who has professional voice training, while Yeardly Smith is the only one that voices only one character.
The other two cast members, Harry Shearer and Hank Azaria do not voice any of the Simpson, but rather they do voices of the town’s people and other guests characters.
Among the many awards that the series has won include: a Peabody, twenty-seven Emmys, twenty-seven Annie’s, Time Magazine’s Best TV series of the 20th century, and the series also earned a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame in January 14, 2000.