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The Simpsons star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical parody of the middle class American lifestyle epitomized by its titular family, which consists of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. The show is set in the fictional town of Springfield, and lampoons many aspects of the human condition including American culture, society, and television.

The family was conceived by Groening shortly before a pitch 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 first Fox series to land in the Top 30 ratings in a season.

Since its debut on December 17, 1989 and as of January 17, 2010, the show has broadcast 451 episodes and the twentieth season commenced airing on September 28, 2008. The Simpsons Movie, a feature-length film, was released in theaters worldwide on July 26 and July 27, 2007, and has grossed approximately US$526.2 million worldwide to date.

The Simpsons has won dozens of awards since it debuted as a series, including 24 Emmy Awards, 26 Annie Awards and a Peabody Award. Time magazine's December 31, 1999 issue named it the 20th century's best television series, and on January 14, 2000 it was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Simpsons is the longest-running American sitcom, the longest-running American animated program and as of 2008 is tied with Gunsmoke as the longest running American primetime television series. Homer's annoyed grunt "D'oh!" has been adopted into the English lexicon, while The Simpsons has influenced many adult-oriented animated sitcoms.

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The Simpsons star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The longest running prime time animated series in the United States, The Simpsons has won many different awards, including 23 Emmy awards, including nine for Outstanding Animated Program (for programming one hour or less). However, The Simpsons has never been nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series, although the show was submitted in the category in 1993 and 1994. James L. Brooks, an executive producer on the show, won nine Emmys for The Simpsons as well as ten for other shows and holds the record for most Primetime Emmys won by a single person, with 19. The Simpsons was the first animated series to be given a Peabody Award, and in 2000 the Simpson family was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Simpsons also holds two world records from the Guinness Book of World Records: Longest-Running Primetime Animated Television Series and Most Guest Stars Featured in a Television Series.

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The writing staff
Credit: Bill Oakley

Part of the writing staff of The Simpsons in 1992. Back row, left to right: Mike Mendel, Colin ABV Lewis (partial), Jeff Goldstein, Al Jean (partial), Conan O'Brien, Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein, Mike Reiss, Ken Tsumara, George Meyer, John Swartzwelder, Jon Vitti (partial), CJ Gibson and David M. Stern. Front row, left to right: Dee Capelli, Lona Williams and unknown.

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Oh, what gave me away? Out of curiosity, was it the "hoyvin" or the "maving" or was it the whole "GA-HOW-VING!" thing that I do?

Professor Frink ("Sweets and Sour Marge")


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There are several references to Tarantino's Pulp Fiction in the episode.
"22 Short Films About Springfield" is the twenty-first episode of The Simpsons' seventh season, which originally aired on April 14, 1996. It was written by Richard Appel, David S. Cohen, Jonathan Collier, Jennifer Crittenden, Greg Daniels, Brent Forrester, Rachel Pulido, Steve Tompkins, Josh Weinstein, Bill Oakley and Matt Groening, with the writing being supervised by Greg Daniels. The episode was directed by Jim Reardon. Phil Hartman guest starred as Lionel Hutz and the hospital board chairman. The episode looks into the lives of other Springfield residents in a series of linked stories and originated from the end segment of the earlier episode "The Front". The episode is a loose parody of Pulp Fiction, and gave the staff the idea of a possible spin-off from The Simpsons.

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When they said, 'We're going to a half-hour show,' I thought it could be fun, but this is phenomenal. .. I don't want it to end. I love it. It gives me power. Sometimes now I get other voiceover work without auditions.

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Featured articles: Homer Simpson • Bart Simpson • A Streetcar Named Marge • Cape Feare • Homer's Enemy • Homer's Phobia • The Joy of Sect • Lisa the Skeptic • Sideshow Bob • The Simpsons • Troy McClure • You Only Move Twice • Treehouse of Horror (series) • The Simpsons Game • The Simpsons Hit & Run • The Simpsons Movie • The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson

Featured lists: List of awards won by The Simpsons • List of cast members of The Simpsons • List of The Simpsons episodes • List of The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episodes‎ • The Simpsons (season 1) • The Simpsons (season 2) • The Simpsons (season 4) • The Simpsons (season 5) • The Simpsons (season 6) • The Simpsons (season 8) • The Simpsons (season 9) • The Simpsons shorts

Featured topics: The Simpsons (season 8) • The Simpsons (season 9)

Good articles: Characters: Lisa Simpson • Waylon Smithers • Krusty the Clown • Ned Flanders People: Matt Groening • Hank Azaria Locations: Kwik-E-Mart Episodes: Season 1: Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire • Life on the Fast Lane • Bart the Genius • Bart the General • Some Enchanted Evening (The Simpsons) Season 2: Itchy & Scratchy & Marge Season 3: Homer at the Bat Season 4: Marge vs. the Monorail • Last Exit to Springfield • Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie • Kamp Krusty • Mr. Plow • Treehouse of Horror III • Selma's Choice • Duffless • Homer the Heretic Season 5: Deep Space Homer • Marge on the Lam Season 6: 'Round Springfield • Homer Badman • Lisa's Wedding • Treehouse of Horror V • Bart of Darkness • Itchy & Scratchy Land • Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part One) Season 7: Homerpalooza • Mother Simpson • 22 Short Films About Springfield Season 8: The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show • Treehouse of Horror VII • Brother from Another Series • El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer) • The Homer They Fall • The Springfield Files • Bart After Dark • Lisa's Date with Density • The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase • Burns, Baby Burns • Homer vs. The Eighteenth Amendment • Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious • The Canine Mutiny • The Twisted World of Marge Simpson • Hurricane Neddy • A Milhouse Divided • The Old Man and the Lisa • In Marge We Trust • Mountain of Madness • Grade School Confidential • The Secret War of Lisa Simpson • My Sister, My Sitter Season 9: Trash of the Titans • The Cartridge Family • Treehouse of Horror VIII‎ • This Little Wiggy • King of the Hill • Girly Edition • Simpson Tide • The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons • Bart Carny • Miracle on Evergreen Terrace • Realty Bites • Natural Born Kissers • Bart Star • Dumbbell Indemnity • Das Bus • Lost Our Lisa • The Last Temptation of Krust • Lisa's Sax • The Principal and the Pauper Season 19: He Loves to Fly and He D'ohs Season 21: Homer the Whopper


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Top High Mid Low None Total
Featured article FA 4 3 13 1 21
Featured list FL 1 12 1 1 15
A-Class article A 1 3 4
Good article GA 4 13 196 7 220
B 1 14 14 6 35
C 4 27 5 36
Start 12 243 60 2 317
Stub 1 21 120 18 160
List 4 1 2 7
Assessed 10 64 519 202 20 815
Total 10 64 519 202 20 815


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