by DAVID NANKERVIS
It was a groundbreaking gamble, but the
comedy cartoon for adults that lampoons everything Americans
hold dear recently has celebrated 250 episodes.
The Simpsons is created by
cartoonist Matt Groening and the
characters were named after the members
of his immediate family - except
Bart, who represents Matt.
The show first appeared in 1987 as a series of 30-second
spots produced for The Tracey Ullman Show.
The Simpsons premiered in
the US on FOX as a half-hour comedy
series on January 14, 1990.
Acclaimed by critics and fans alike as one of television's
truest and most hilarious portraits of the American family,
the series received the 1990 and 1991 Emmy Awards for Outstanding
The Simpsons have attracted
many celebrity guest voices such
as Elizabeth Taylor, Sting, Johnny
Carson, Bette Midler, Luke Perry,
The Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Bob
Hope just to name a few.
Now in it's 12th season, The Simpsons is still going
In tonight's episode - The Computer Wore Menace Shoes -
Homer realises he's missed out on the computer revolution.
So he buys the nicest model a fifth mortgage can buy. However,
when his web site fails to attract any attention, Homer
begins calling himself Mr. X and becomes Springfield's
number one source for dubious news and questionable scandals.
His first scoop reveals Mayor Quimby's secret pool and
his second brings down Apu's phony donut cartel.
After winning Pulitzer Prize for his journalistic dynamite,
however, Mr. X's popularity wanes. In a desperate attempt
to rekindle interest, Homer starts really making up the
But when he accidentally stumbles upon a dangerous secret,
he finds himself kept prisoner on a strange island.
Homer's best attempts to get back home only land the entire
family on the island.
The Simpsons stars Dan Castellaneta
as Homer Simpson, Julie Kavner as
Marge, Nancy Cartwright as Bart and
Yeardley Smith as Lisa Simpson.
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