The Simpsons is a long-running adult animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The show was considered one of the greatest TV shows of all time
Why It Rocks[edit | edit source]
- Adult animation in its purest form.
- It's not only the longest-running show on FOX, but also the longest-running American animated show in general, having put out episodes non-stop since 1989. In addition, the show has been renewed to season 34.
- Had crossovers with Family Guy (though that crossover was poorly received), The Critic and Futurama.
- Clever humor.
- Good voice acting.
- Great animation.
- Likable and memorable characters, especially Homer and Bart Simpson themself.
- Each of the family members have a very distinct personality. Homer is the dim-witted but well-meaning dad, Marge is the loving mother, Bart is the troublemaking son, Lisa is the overachieving daughter, and Maggie is the silent member of the family.
- Many, MANY hilarious and unforgettable running gags.
- Sideshow Bob repeatedly trying to kill Bart Simpson after the events of Krusty Gets Busted.
- A different kind of couch gag at the beginning of every episode.
- Homer Simpson's famous and signature catchphrase, "D'oh!".
- The way Superintendant Chalmers says "Skinner!".
- Itchy & Scratchy, which parodies the violent cartoons of the early-to-mid 20th century.
- Nelson's famous laugh.
- Memorable opening theme.
- It's sophisticated and generous in its humor.
- Gives out a lot of good morals and lessons for viewers of all ages.
- Hilarious moments, great stories and relatable pop-culture references.
- The "Treehouse of Horror" specials are funny, terrifying and unforgettable at the same time.
- Gives us decent facts and real-life events about celebrities, politicians etc.
- Many supporting side characters (Lenny and Carl, Ned Flanders, Moe Szyslak, Milhouse, etc.)
- It also has a share of many entertaining antagonists (Mr. Burns, Sideshow Bob, Frank Grimes, Kang and Kodos).
- The series was so popular that it had its own film adaptation in 2007.
- Unlike most FOX shows, they take aim at both the Democratic and Republican parties, depicting Republicans as corrupt warmongers and Democrats as brainless idiots. Not even presidents were safe from criticism, as Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton were subjected to mockery on the show.
- The Simpsons had many famous celebrity guest stars in their episodes (Ringo Starr, Barry White, George Carlin, Leonard Nimoy, Mark Hamill, Dr. Phil McGraw, Jerry Springer, Ray Romano, Neve Campbell, Ellen DeGeneres, Seth Rogen, 21st Century Fox then-owner Rupert Murdoch, etc).
Bad Qualities[edit | edit source]
- It sometimes went downhill.
- On some occasions, the humor is done at the wrong time and barely makes sense.
- Season 1 had pretty iffy animation.
- Overuse of pop-culture references at times, even in the pre-millenium seasons.
- Patty and Selma's voices are pretty horrendous for women.
- The couch gags get more and more lazy as the show goes on (with many of them, especially the circus one, first used in 1991 and used as late as 2002, getting re-used often).
- It's gone downhill since Season 11.
- Some of the couch gags (whilst very enjoyable) can get pretty weird or outright disturbing (like the Don Hertzfeldt one in "Clown in the Dumps").
- They banned one of the early episodes, "Stark Raving Dad".
- At times, the show is considered the most overrated.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The show is a spin-off of a successful series of shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show from 1987 to 1989.
- The first episode (The Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire) was a Christmas special.
- "Some Enchanted Evening" was originally going to air on September 1989, but due to delays with said episode during production, the episode's plot had to be rewritten and pushed to a decade later.
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