Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Simpsons reach 500 episodes

The Simpsons as they originally appeared on the Tracey Ullman show in 1987.

Tonight features the 500th episode of America’s favorite primetime TV cartoon: The Simpsons. In 1987, the show debuted as silly shorts during the Tracey Ullman show, a one-hour comedy and music variety show. Drawn by cartoonist Matt Groening, it featured parodies of everyday middle class American life and features Homer, an employee of a nuclear power plant; his wife Marge donned with a stack of glorious blue hair; his brainiac daughter Lisa; his trouble-maker son Bart; and his adorable baby, Maggie.

In 1989, The Simpsons was given its own half hour time slot on FOX. It was an instant hit, and FOX television wisely capitalized on it’s popularity by repeating the same episode in additional time slots during the week, boosting ratings and revenue even further. It became the show that built FOX TV into the powerhouse that it is today.

Tonight’s episode shows the Simpsons being kicked out of town, and then trying to sneak back in.

It will air at 8 PM on FOX. That is channel 3 here in central Florida on Brighthouse Cable TV.

Some of the many characters who have appeared on The Simpsons.

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