The family was conceived by Groening shortly before a solicitation for a series of animated shorts with the producer James L. Brooks. Groening created a dysfunctional family and named the characters after members of his own family, substituting Bart for his own name. The shorts became a part of The Tracey Ullman Show on April 19, 1987. After a three-season run, the sketch was developed into a half-hour prime time show and was an early hit for Fox, becoming the network's first series to land in the Top 30 ratings in a season (1989–90).
Since its debut on December 17, 1989, the series has broadcast 586 episodes. It is currently airing its 27th season. The Simpsons is the longest-running American sitcom, the longest-running American animated program, and in 2009 it surpassed Gunsmoke as the longest-running American scripted primetime television series. The Simpsons Movie, a feature-length film, was released in theaters worldwide on July 27, 2007, and grossed over $527 million. On May 4, 2015, the series was officially renewed for seasons twenty-seven (2015–16) and twenty-eight (2016–17), consisting of 22 episodes each.
The Simpsons has received widespread critical acclaim, especially for the "Golden Age" of its approximated first ten seasons. Time magazine named it the 20th century's best television series, and The A.V. Club named it "television's crowning achievement regardless of format". On January 14, 2000, the Simpson family was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It has won dozens of awards since it debuted as a series, including 31 Primetime Emmy Awards, 30 Annie Awards, and a Peabody Award. Homer's exclamatory catchphrase "D'oh!" has been adopted into the English language, while The Simpsons has influenced many adult-oriented animated sitcoms. Despite this, the show has also been criticized for what many perceive as a decline in quality over the years.
The Simpsons has been referenced numerous times in every Geo G. media.
References to The Simpsons in GeoEdit
|Episode name||Season||Episode number||Picture||Reference|
|"Special Creature"||6||18||Geo had a dream in the beginning of the episode where he is Bart Simpson with Reo as Homer Simpson in the Simpsons living room. Geo says one of Bart's catchphrases, "Ay caramba!" and Reo looks at him, saying Homer's catchpharse, "D'oh!"|
|"Whatever Happened to Reo?"||8||1||Geo says, "Don't have a cow, Claire!" which is a reference to Bart's catchpharse.|
|"The Jones-psons"||11||31||The name and the title card of the episode is a reference to The Simpsons. During the episode, Geo, Reo, and Claire were dressed up like Bart, Maggie, and Marge while they need a look. Geo said "too Simpson" before changing a different look.|
|"When Aliens Attack!"||12||6||The "Basopolis Weekly" magazine that Claire pulls out has a picture of the Simpsons being attacked by aliens on the cover.|
|"All About Geo"||13||5||While Geo is looking through his toys in his toy box, a Bart Simpson doll can be seen, alongside a doll version of Bib the Snake from Hatty.|
|"Three Creatures and a Baby"||12||Maggie's sucking sound is heard while Joey drinks the baby bottle.|
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The Simpson family appeared as supporting characters in the MYCUN films.
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