The Simpsons premiered as interstitial shorts on the Tracey Ullman Show in 1987 and was spun-off to its own 30-minute series at the end of 1989. Since then it has become a pop culture behemoth, inspiring movies, videogames, comic books, trading cards, record albums, amusement park rides, and a sea of merchandising.

Created by Matt Groening, The Simpsons smashed the records for longest running prime-time animated series (previously held by The Flintstones) in 1997, longest running sitcom (previously held by The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet) in 2004, most episodes produced by a sitcom (also held by Ozzie and Harriet) in 2005, and longest running scripted prime-time series (previously held by Gunsmoke) in 2009.

The show, with its ever-growing cast of hundreds of recognizable characters, is popular in syndication as it continues to produce new content into its 30th season.

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