The Simpsons

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"The Simpsons" is a popular and influential American satirical animated TV show (1989- ), featuring the family Simpson and their daily struggles in modern society. The main characters are the not-too bright father Homer, his conventional wife Marge, bratty teenage son Bart, intellectual daughter Lisa and mute baby daughter Maggie. The show features hundreds of secondary characters, some of them more popular with viewers than The Simpsons themselves. "The Simpsons" also hold the record as the TV show with the most celebrity guest appearances in its history.

During its early years, in the 1990s, "The Simpsons" were the most succesful prime time animation show since "The Flintstones" (1960-1967). The program also drew controversy due to Bart's rebellious behaviour and the satirical attacks on politics, religion, values, media, advertising and modern American society in general. President George Bush even loathed the program in a speech he gave in 1992 addressing the Republican Party: "America needs to be a lot more like "The Waltons" and a lot less like "The Simpsons". In the next broadcast of the show The Simpsons watched Bush's speech on TV whereupon Bart striked back: "Hey, we're just like The Waltons. We pray for an end to the Depression too."

"The Simpsons" was created by Matt Groening, who is a huge Zappa fan. Zappa was to have supplied a voice for The Simpsons, as he had done for Ren And Stimpy, but became too ill before he could record his part.

Gabor Csupo worked as an animator on The Simpsons.

References to Zappa in "The Simpsons"

So far, two undeniable references to Frank Zappa have been found in "The Simpsons".

  • In the episode "The Girl Who Slept Too Little" (2005) The Simpsons walk into a convention. The banner welcomes visitors with the words: "Welcome to the Fathers of Invention", with the words "And Mothers" scribbled above it. [1]
Scene from "A Midsummer's Nice Dream"
  • In the episode "A Midsummer's Nice Dream" (2011) Homer takes Bart and Lisa to his the attic to let them listen to his old Cheech & Chong albums. In a brief scene a copy of the rock magazine "Crawdaddy" can be seen with Zappa's face on the cover. [2]



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