[200][201], On October 4, 2011, 20th Century Fox Television released a statement saying: "23 seasons in, The Simpsons is as creatively vibrant as ever and beloved by millions around the world. [92] Part one was the final episode of the sixth season and originally aired on the Fox network on May 21, 1995. [165][166] Many fans correctly guessed that it would be one of Homer's sisters-in-law, either Patty or Selma, while others believed it to be Waylon Smithers. "[205], For the negotiations, the studio requested that the cast members accept a 45 percent cut of their salaries so that more seasons could be produced after season 23, or else that season would be the series' last. [129] After Hartman's death in 1998, rather than replace him with a new voice actor, the production staff retired McClure and Hutz from the show. [86] The episode "A Star Is Burns" was pitched by Brooks, who had wanted a crossover that would help launch The Critic on Fox, and he thought having a film festival in Springfield would be a good way to introduce Sherman. [99] They aimed for "at least two episodes per season that 'pushed the envelope', [and] expanded the definition of what an episode could be. [41], The Simpsons first season was the Fox network's first TV series to rank among a season's top 30 highest-rated shows. The team included what is now the Klasky Csupo animation house. "[155][156] By April 9, Riotur, was preparing to sue the producers and Fox, for damage to its international image and loss of revenue. After a three-season run, the sketch was developed into a half-hour prime time show called The Simpsons, which debuted on December 17, 1989. They're very human, I think that's their appeal. But honestly, I've been here the whole time and I do remember in season two people saying, 'It's gone downhill.' "[103], The script supervisor for the show and voice of the character Lunchlady Doris, Doris Grau, died on December 30, 1995. Of the 671 (at the time of writing) episodes produced, we’re whittling it down to just 10 of best couch gags The Simpsons has ever produced. The story had been pitched by David S. Cohen and the producers felt it would be a surefire way to get Paul McCartney to guest star. [153] Fernando Henrique Cardoso, then the president of Brazil, stated that the episode "brought a distorted vision of Brazilian reality. He told the magazine: "[The cast members] are incredibly talented, and they deserve a chance to be as rich and miserable as anyone else in Hollywood. [79] The episode "Deep Space Homer" was controversial when the episode was in production. [181], Jean continued as showrunner after the movie. The issue threatened to become a diplomatic incident. [163], Season 16 featured one of the few major character developments since the show's inception. FOX. Descubre los 22 episodios de la temporada 15 para la serie Los Simpson. 'The Critic' is their shot and he should be giving them his support. Writer Tom Martin said he was "quite possibly the best boss I've ever worked for" and "a great manager of people" while writer Don Payne commented that for Scully "it was really important that we kept decent hours". The iconic show has attracted millions of fans and even praise from critics.But choosing the 20 best episodes of "The Simpsons" is difficult. "[151] In April 2001, in an interview with The New York Times, Jean stated that he wanted "to take the show back to the family". [160], As the show's revenue continued to rise through syndication and DVD sales, the main cast stopped appearing for script readings in April 2004. [142] As a result of Roswell's departure, the Maude Flanders character was killed off in the episode "Alone Again, Natura-Diddily". [95] It ran from August 13 to September 10 and was one of the first contests to tie together elements of television and the internet. On May 28, 2020, Disney+ introduced a new feature that allows viewers to toggle between the original 4:3 aspect ratio and the remastered 16:9 ratio for seasons 1-20. [15] The producers wanted a realistic environment in which the characters and objects could not do anything that was not possible in the real world. The studio only employed three young animators—CalArts graduates Bill Kopp, Wes Archer, and David Silverman—who adapted Groening's scripts for animation in one week, doing layouts, animation and inbetweening by hand in the very short amount of time. This is one of several Simpsons episodes that features mini-stories. [112] Alan Sepinwall of The Star-Ledger, in a review printed two days after the episode originally aired, praised the writers for not airing a "very special" episode to celebrate the milestone of overtaking The Flintstones. Jeff Martin, the writer of the episode, had meant the song to be a parody of the opening number in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, which speaks of London in unflattering terms. [75] Writer Richard Appel praised Mirkin's leadership and comedy style, saying that "the shows were great under him. "[90], Groening conceived the idea of an episode in which the character Mr. Burns was shot, which could be used as a publicity stunt. [134] Fox went as far as preparing for casting of new voices, but an agreement was soon made and their salaries were raised to $125,000 per episode. [68] A New Orleans critic viewed "A Streetcar Named Marge" and published the song lyrics in his newspaper before the episode aired. [47] The show remained in its Thursday timeslot until the sixth season, when it moved back to its original timeslot on Sundays. Although they initially worked well together, Simon and Groening's relationship became "very contentious" according to Groening. [206] At one point Shearer even offered a 70 percent pay cut in exchange for back-end percentages, but the studio was unwilling to make any deal involving back-end percentages. The album The Simpsons Sing the Blues was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of over 3 million copies. [101] Oakley considered season three to be the single greatest comedic season of television ever produced and so attempted to recreate the feel of that season,[102] focusing on stories with real emotions and situations, as well as some off-the-wall episodes. [87] In addition, Jean and Reiss returned to produce two episodes ("A Star is Burns" and "'Round Springfield") with the staff of The Critic, to relieve some of the stress on The Simpsons' writing staff. [145] Roswell returned to The Simpsons in 2002 in the season premiere of the fourteenth season. [57] The soundtrack albums Songs in the Key of Springfield (1997),[58] Go Simpsonic with The Simpsons (1999),[59] The Simpsons Movie: The Music (2007),[60] and The Simpsons: Testify (2007)[61] were also released. The Simpsons eventually became the longest-running American sitcom, the longest-running American animated program, and in 2009 it surpassed Gunsmoke as the longest-running American primetime, scripted television series. [131] The episode references and mocks several aspects of Japanese and American culture, as well as differences between the two. The 31st annual Simpsons Halloween special includes a frightening look at the 2020 election, parodies of Pixar and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and a ninth birthday Lisa just can't get over. This is only about what happened to a family history… [19][64] Al Jean and Mike Reiss, who had written for The Simpsons since the start of the show, took over as showrunners for the third season. [5] McClure last appeared in the season ten episode "Bart the Mother", which was dedicated to Hartman. "The Seemingly Never-Ending Story" is another POV story, with several different threads telling the same narative from different perspectives. [84] However, It has been accepted as typical American satire and laughed off. [151] Jean said that "the hardest thing at this point is just thinking of fresh ideas. [33] In the season two opening episode "Bart Gets an F", Bart fails four consecutive history exams and the school psychiatrist recommends that Bart repeat the fourth grade. [197] The Simpsons is the first television series still in production to receive this recognition. In "Trilogy of Error," the story is told from Homer's POV, then Lisa's, then finally Bart's. "[128], On May 28, 1998, Phil Hartman, voice actor of Troy McClure and Lionel Hutz, was shot and killed by his wife while he slept in their Encino, Los Angeles, home. [30], The show was controversial from its beginning. "[152], In the season 13 episode "Blame It on Lisa", The Simpsons visit Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. [76][77] He also strongly opposed censorship and network interference. Homer becomes a minister by going on the internet and filling out a form. [64][65] Before leaving, he negotiated a deal that saw him receive a share of the show's profits every year, and an executive producer credit despite not having worked on the show since. The marathon premiered exactly 30 years after the series premiere on December 17, 2019 at 8pm ET and concluded on January 1, 2020. [163] The dispute was resolved, and the actors' salary was raised to $400,000 per episode. In the weeks ratings, it finished tied for eighth behind The Cosby Show which had an 18.5 rating. These segments usually have a horror, science fiction or supernatural theme and quite often are parodies of films, novels, plays, television shows, Twilight Zone episodes, or old issues of EC Comics. "[117] The BBC noted "the common consensus is that The Simpsons' golden era ended after season nine",[119] while an op-ed in Slate by Chris Suellentrop argued The Simpsons changed from a realistic show about family life into a typical cartoon during Scully's years. "[127] PopMatters' Hassenger commented in his review that although the show had declined in quality, "this is not to say that these episodes are without their charm; many, in fact, are laugh-out-loud funny and characteristically smart. The other clip show episodes could be considered anthology stories. This storytelling technique, made famous by Akira Kurosawa's film Rashomon, has been used by several other FOX shows, including Malcolm in the Middle and Terminator: the Sarah Connor Chronicles. "[173] Production of the film occurred alongside continued writing of the series despite long-time claims by those involved in the show that a film would enter production only after the series had concluded. Former showrunners Jean and Reiss had left to produce their own series, The Critic,[73] along with The Simpsons co-creator Brooks. [171] Groening read about a town that had to get rid of pig feces in their water supply, which inspired the plot of the film. [54] Jackson eventually guest-starred in the episode "Stark Raving Dad".[55]. 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Eventually the courts ruled in favor of the network. Richard Sakai contacted Groening to see if he had any other characters he would be willing to let Fox merchandise, and, in short, Groening developed a dysfunctional family that became the Simpsons. Besides, I'm very wary of television where everybody is supposed to be a role model. The show was an early hit for Fox, becoming the first Fox series to land in the top 30 ratings in a season (1990). [81] They had previously poked fun at several American institutions and thought it would be interesting to poke fun at a whole nation. [118] John Ortved wrote "Scully's episodes excel when compared to what The Simpsons airs nowadays, but he was the man at the helm when the ship turned towards the iceberg. A 17-year-old syndication deal with local TV stations prohibits Fox from selling the show to cable networks. [88] Their preferred choice of guest stars were those with unique and interesting voices, and several of their guest stars were "old grizzled men with distinctive voices". About Podcast A podcast looking back at The Simpsons, episode by episode, discussing and analyzing its importance, history, and greatness. You don't run across that many role models in real life. In 2002, the show was nearly sued by the Rio de Janeiro tourist board for creating an unreal image of the city on the show. [100], Their goal for the episodes was to be realistic and focus more on the five members of the Simpson family and explore their feelings and emotions towards each other. [6] To animate the short segments, Brooks and company settled on Klasky Csupo, a small animation house who offered to produce the cartoons cheaply. In the week following the episode's original broadcast, it faced intense controversy involving the country of Brazil, most specifically the Rio de Janeiro Tourist Board (Riotur). [115] As showrunner and executive producer, Scully said his aim was to "not wreck the show",[116] Scully was popular with the staff members, many of whom praised his organization and management skills. He also noted that there is a possibility the Ricardo character might appear on the show again. [85] For the second season of The Critic, Brooks cut a deal with the Fox network to have the series switch over. The Fox network had paid her $58,000 in royalties for The Simpsons as well as $3 million for the 3½ seasons her show was on the air. "[75] In contrast to much of Ortved's account, in a 2004 interview with Animation Magazine, Mirkin stated that he "really wasn't at all intimidat[ed] to join [the show's writing] crew," because he "had worked with and written with" many of his fellow writers previously. NOTE: Anthology episodes don't count. [153][154] The tourist board asserted that the show "went too far" and undermined an $18m (£12.5m) advertising campaign to attract visitors to the city. Frequency 1 episode / day Podcast thesimpsonsshow.com Twitter followers 1.8K ⋅ Domain Authority 28 ⓘ ⋅ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact. After 636 episodes, “The Simpsons” fans are still learning more about the origins story of Homer J. Simpson. [97][98] Oakley and Weinstein wanted to produce Treehouse of Horror episodes, episodes about Sideshow Bob, Itchy & Scratchy and several "format-bending" episodes such as "22 Short Films About Springfield". [134] Groening expressed his sympathy for the actors in an issue of Mother Jones a while after the salary dispute had been settled. [15] They proposed doing three seven-minute shorts per episode and four specials until the audience adjusted,[15] but the producers gambled by asking Fox for 13 full-length episodes. [8] While character and background layout is done by the domestic studio, tweening, coloring and filming is done by the overseas studio. S32, Ep5 [178] As of November 23, 2007 the film has a worldwide gross of $525,267,904. [189] Spurlock believes "the reason [the producers] called [him] to begin with was to not have a show that would be a glad-hand, pat-everyone-on-the-back special, that's why rooting it in the people who kept this show on the air for the last 20 years is important. With Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Harry Shearer, Julie Kavner. 1 Treehouse of Horror episodes 1.1 Treehouse of Horror episodes … The fact is that even the tenth season of The Simpsons was funnier than most [other] show's best years. [132] Although all other episodes of The Simpsons have been dubbed and broadcast on Japanese television, "Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo" has never aired in Japan. The show moved back to its Sunday slot in 1994 and has remained there ever since. However, with "So It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show," "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular," "Behind the Laughter," and "Gump Roast," the central backbone story is not connected to the clip content, which is much more random and general. [169] The film was directed by David Silverman and written by a team of Simpsons writers comprising Groening, Brooks, Jean, Reiss, Mirkin, Scully, George Meyer, John Swartzwelder, Jon Vitti, Matt Selman, and Ian Maxtone-Graham. [38] A few years later, on January 27, 1992 then-President of the United States George H. W. Bush made a speech during his re-election campaign where he said, "We are going to keep on trying to strengthen the American family, to make American families a lot more like the Waltons and a lot less like the Simpsons. "[38] The writers decided that they wanted to respond by adding a response to the next broadcast of The Simpsons, which was a rerun of "Stark Raving Dad" on January 30. The delay in production has caused the planned 22 episodes to be shortened to 20. This message, which changes from episode to episode, has become known as the "chalkboard gag". Marge takes Bart, Lisa, and Milhouse to the library to study. [3], Fox negotiated a deal which would prove extremely lucrative for Groening, in which he retained a large portion of revenue from merchandising. [47] At the end of the season Cosby averaged as the fifth highest rated show on television while The Simpsons ranked 38th. Most writers in animation belong to the guild, but The Simpsons as well as other animated shows on Fox were different. This episode may not be an accurate retelling of The Simpsons’ history, but it is an amusing alternative narrative that would’ve just been as plausible and convincing. It read, "I will not defame New Orleans". ", "Crosstalk: Is It Time For The Simpsons To Call It A Day? [69] Many readers took the lyrics out of context, and New Orleans' Fox affiliate, WNOL, received about one hundred complaints on the day the episode aired. "[98] Season eight featured several episodes in which focus was given to secondary characters and in which new issues, such as divorce, were explored. [73] In The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History (2009), John Ortved describes Mirkin as an "outsider" on the show as, unlike the bulk of the writing staff, Mirkin was not a Harvard University graduate. [43] It would move from 8:00 PM on Sunday night to the same time on Thursday where it would compete with The Cosby Show, the number one show at the time. The point is, Matt's name has been on Mike's and Al's scripts and he has taken plenty of credit for a lot of their great work. [168] Work continued on the screenplay from 2003 onwards and did not cease,[170] taking place in the small bungalow where Groening first pitched The Simpsons in 1987. [207] In the end, the studio and the actors reached a deal, in which the actors would take a pay cut of 30 percent, down to just over $300,000 per episode, prolonging the show to its 25th season. Acquisition of 21st Century Fox by Disney, "Top 10 Times The Simpsons Predicted the Future", "The Simpsons Renewed at Fox Through Record-Setting Season 30", "Michael Jackson Update: News From Korea, Poland And Groening", "RIAA Searchable database – Gold and Platinum", Recording Industry Association of America, "Songs in the Key of Springfield — The Simpsons", "Hans Zimmer Bakes Up a Tasty Soundtrack for The Simpsons Movie", "Multiple Emmy Award-winning producer/writer/director David Mirkin", "Paul McCartney Insisted Lisa Simpson Stay VEG", "Sideswipe: McCartney keeps Lisa vegetarian", "The Simpsons: Who turned America's best TV show into a cartoon? The piece, which took two days to create, has been noted by Elfman as the most popular of his career. [191][192] Over 25,000 entries were sent in. [139][140] It was then announced by Roswell that she had asked for a raise, not only because she was tired of the traveling, but because of the increasing cost of flight tickets. In March 2019, the episode Stark Raving Dad was pulled from circulation following the events of the Leaving Neverland documentary and renewals of Michael Jackson's sexual abuse cases. Having seen one of cartoonist Matt Groening's Life in Hell comic strips, Brooks asked Groening to pitch an idea for a series of animated shorts, which Groening initially intended to present as his Life in Hell series. This historical win was predicted in a 2010 episode of "The Simpsons," called "Boy Meets Curl." 2. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. [19] Simon saw The Simpsons as a chance to solve what he did not like about Saturday-morning cartoon shows. "Margical History Tour" is the eleventh episode of The Simpsons' fifteenth season. 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