World Simpsons Day: the series that is in everything

Created by cartoonist and producer Matt Groening, the Simpson first appeared on television in the United States on April 19, 1987 (a date chosen by fans who promoted Memorial Day). the Simpsonwhich has been held since 2017).


‘The Simpsons’ creator Matt Groening posing with American television characters Bart Simpson (L) and Homer Simpson (R) on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012. (EFE/EPA/PAUL BUCK)

They began as animated shorts on “The Tracey Ullman Show,” a formula that lasted for more than two years. But the success they obtained led to an independent series, with half-hour episodes and whose first chapter premiered on December 17, 1989.

Since then, 33 complete seasons have been broadcast and the 34th is in progress, which adds up to more than 740 episodes, translated into more than 20 languages ​​and can be seen in more than 60 countries. And the show goes on. Currently, it is one of the star content of the Disney+ platform and in January 2023 Fox renewed the series for another two seasons (35 and 36).

Simpsons Universe

World Simpsons Day: the series that is in everything


The Simpson They are yellow and have four fingers, although after so many years of living with them, none of these peculiarities attract our attention anymore.

They are simply a middle-class American family (parents, Homer and Marge, and three children, Burt, Lisa, and Maggie), residing in an ordinary, fictional town, Springfield (Matt Groening chose precisely that name because there are 39 Springfields in the United States). United) and in which Marge and Lisa put the notes of intelligence and good sense, while the naughty part corresponds to the “boys”: Homer, the lazy and clumsy father who is always drinking beer and eating donuts, and Burt, rude and rebellious , and like his father, an expert in messing it up.

A family that also includes Maggie, the baby clinging to the pacifier that never grows up, and many other characters, each with their own personality and their own stories: Grandpa, Milhouse, Principal Skinner, Mr. Burns , Smithers, Krusty the Clown, Ned Flanders, Moe, and many more. All this within a crazy series, in which humor and irreverence prevail, but which also has a lot of social portrait and, in which, often, different readings fit.

Furthermore, throughout its history, in The Simpson more than 700 guest stars have appeared, from actors and singers to politicians, scientists, writers, etc.; and dozens of series and movies have been parodied.

By the way The Simpson they also made a foray into film, with a 2007 film for which a contest was launched for its premiere. It was about finding the real Springfield most similar to the fiction and the one in the state of Vermont won, a town, like Homer’s, with a bowling alley, a pub and even a nuclear power plant.

“Multiply by zero”

World Simpsons Day: the series that is in everything


In more than three decades of broadcasting, viewers have grown older and new ones have been added. There are, in fact, generations that have grown up watching the Simpson and even that they have known historical events, scientific discoveries and famous people through their plots.

The SimpsonIn addition, they have left us references that are probably already part of the collective unconscious, and phrases that many have made their own, such as the classic “hello, hello, neighbor”, by Flanders, or “multiply by zero”, by Bart .

The Simpson they already predicted it

It could be said that in the long history of the Simpson there has been everything, or almost, including scenes that have come before reality.

One of the most commented examples was the arrival of Donald Trump to the Presidency of the United States, a fact that appeared in a chapter of the series from the year 2000, in which Lisa is president of the country and refers to Trump as her predecessor in The charge. Another coincidence: when Lisa shows up dressed as Vice President Kamala Harris (years later) at her inauguration.

And there are many more. For example, in a 2012 episode, Lady Gaga performs in Springfield and flies above the audience hanging from a harness, something similar to what the artist did in 2017 during her performance at the Superbowl. Or the corruption in FIFA, which appeared in the series in 2014 and the following year was uncovered in real life.

The Simpson they also predicted the coronavirus pandemic, or something similar, in an episode of the fourth season, in which Springfield residents shopped on an Asian website and received contaminated packages that caused the flu to spread throughout the city.

And they anticipated events such as the acquisition, in 2019, of 20th Century Fox by Disney (in a 1998 chapter you can see a Fox poster that reads “a division of Walt Disney”) or the prize Nobel Prize in Economics that Bengt Holmström received in 2016 (in a chapter that aired six years earlier, Lisa and her friends cheered on the Nobel Prizes and Milhouse bet on him).

The series also showed technologies long before we knew about them, such as video calls, smart watches or virtual reality glasses.

And a recent example: the censorship of Michelangelo’s David, who appeared in an episode of The Simpson of 1991 and the March 2023 case of a US teacher forced to resign for showing images of the sculpture to her 11- and 12-year-old students.

Emmys and t-shirts

World Simpsons Day: the series that is in everything


Given its long and successful career, the series is an inexhaustible source of “merchandising”: clothes, cups, games, dolls and all kinds of items with images and references to its characters. (EPA/DAREK DELAMNOWICZ POLAND OUT)

The series has a loyal following around the world and throughout its more than three decades of history it has received numerous awards. It has, for example, 34 Emmy Awards and two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (one dedicated to the series and the other to its creator, Matt Groening), and in 1999 Time magazine rated it the best series of the century. xx.

And of course, given his long and successful career, he is an inexhaustible source of “merchandising”: clothes, cups, games, dolls and all kinds of items with images and references to his characters. There are even stores dedicated exclusively to the Simpsons universe.

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