(WTVM) – On Dec. 17, 1989,
premiered on FOX. Ay, caramba!
When the crude animated show depicting a dysfunctional American family aired, no one thought it would become the cultural phenomenon that it has become today.
With 561 episodes and counting, numerous celebrities have guest-starred on the show including Kelsey Grammer, Gary Coleman and James Earl Jones. The person with the most guest-appearances was the late comedic actor Phil Hartman with 52 appearances.
- Creator Matt Groening named the characters after his own family members but substituted "Bart" for his own name.
- Its town of Springfield was named for its generic Anywhereness (there are Springfields in 30 U.S. states). Over various episodes, the town's geography has contained rivers, deserts, farmland, mountains or whatever the story requires.
- Time magazine named it the best TV show of the 20th century.
- Bart is voiced by a woman, Nancy Cartwright. In an opening sequence during the show's second season, Bart wrote on the chalkboard, "I am not a 32-year-old woman" (Cartwright's age at the time).
- The University of California-Berkeley has offered a for-credit course on The Simpsons.