Matt Groening is the man behind the sitcom that the whole of America knows as “The Simpsons”. The Simpsons was originally made as an animated short and it was broadcasted over the television for the first time ever on 19th April, 1987. As planned, the animated short film appeared on “The Tracey Ullman Show” and from that day onwards, the series only gained in popularity. On 17th December, 1989, The Simpsons became a half an hour show for the first time and the first episode was named “Simpsons roasting on an open fire”.
The Simpsons was actually not the main idea that Matt Groening had in mind when he went on a meeting with James L. Brooks. The main idea in the mind of Groening at that time was of “Life in Hell”, a series to which he had dedicated a large portion of his life. He changed his mind about the series as he did not want to lose publication rights for Life in Hell and that would have been the obvious outcome, had his idea about the series been accepted. The Simpsons was his backup idea at that point, but it turned out to be a hit idea over time.
The original Simpsons series was a sitcom that only featured a few permanent characters and they were the members of the Simpson family itself. The main characters included the three children, Bart, Lisa and Maggie; and the parents, Homer and Marge Simpson. As the seasons passed, other characters like Flanders the neighbor, Moe, the bartender, Apu, the storekeeper, Mr. Burns, the boss and many more were added to The Simpsons series. The Simpsons have won more than twenty five Emmy Awards during the twenty odd continuous seasons that it has been on air for. Not only is it the only sitcom to be running continuously for such a long time, but it is also perhaps the most popular one in the US. More than just a few writers have worked on the series and John Swartzwelder is the current story writer for The Simpsons.