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
, 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 July 23, 2014, the show has broadcast 552 episodes, and the twenty-third season started airing on September 25, 2011. 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 twentieth 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 the longest-running American prime-time 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.