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The Simpsons (1989– )

TV Series  |  TV-14  |   |  Animation, Comedy

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The satiric adventures of a working-class family in the misfit city of Springfield.


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Cast & Crew

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James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Sam Simon

Did You Know?


In the Anthony Horowitz novel Scorpia Rising, Alex Rider questions the sexuality of a character called Derek Smithers. This is no doubt a dig at this series' Smithers, who is a closet homosexual.


Homer: Oh, kids are great! You can teach them to hate what you hate!


Waylon Smithers was designed to be "Mister Burns' white sycophant," as it "would be a bad idea to have a black subservient character" putting up with the abuse that Burns doles out. (Quotes are from David Silverman, one of the show's main producers.) Ironically, Smithers is colored as an African-American in his first appearance The Simpsons: Homer's Odyssey, due to color stylist Gyorgyi Peluce's misinterpretation of the new character. The mistake was quickly caught and corrected starting with the immediate next episode The Simpsons: There's No Disgrace Like Home.

Crazy Credits

In episode BABF10, "Alone Again, Natura-Diddly," 'Ian Maxtone-Graham's' writing credit is larger than normal after an on-screen joke is made.


Plot Summary


Animation | Comedy


Release Date:

17 December 1989


English, Spanish, Albanian, French, Japanese, German, Russian, Hindi, Swahili, Italian, Swedish, Turkish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Hebrew, Arabic, Klingon, Bengali, Czech

Country of Origin


Box Office


$750,000 (estimated)

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