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The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of working-class life epitomized by the Simpson family, which consists of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. The show is set in the fictional town of Springfield and parodies American culture, society, television, and the human condition.

The family was conceived by Groening shortly before a solicitation for a series of animated shorts with 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 became 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, 600 episodes of The Simpsons have been broadcast. Its 28th season began on September 25, 2016. It is the longest-running American sitcom and 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 renewed for seasons 27 (2015–16) and 28 (2016–17), consisting of 22 episodes each.

The Simpsons has received widespread critical acclaim, especially for its "Golden Age", covering approximately its 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.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 The Simpsons Sing the Blues The Simpsons 6
1998 The Yellow Album The Simpsons 1

Album + Compilation + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 Testify: A Whole Lot More Original Music From the Television Series The Simpsons 4

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Songs in the Key of Springfield: Original Music From the Television Series The Simpsons 3
1999 Go Simpsonic With the Simpsons: More Original Music From the Television Series The Simpsons 2
2001 Songs in the Key of Springfield & Go Simpsonic With the Simpsons The Simpsons 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Deep, Deep Trouble The Simpsons feat. Bart & Homer 2
1991 Do the Bartman The Simpsons 1

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