Since the first full-length episode of ‘The Simpsons’ premiered on Fox on December 17, 1989, the show has gone on to script some unbelievable records and, in the process, has etched its name modern culture. Created by Matt Groening, ‘The Simpsons’ was initially conceived of as a number of animated shorts, which went on to feature on ‘The Tracey Ullman Show’ from April 19, 1987. While the animated shorts were initially aired on the show sporadically, they were received so positively that they became a part of every episode of ‘The Tracey Ullman Show’ for two seasons. Subsequently, Fox decided to give ‘The Simpsons’ its own run, and unwittingly ended up creating history.
Since ‘The Simpsons’ debuted as a separate show in 1989, it was seen a whopping 30 seasons air, and has immortalized itself through its satirical depiction of working-class/middle-class American families in the late 1900s. As it stands, ‘The Simpsons’ is the longest-running American sitcom in television history, and the longest-running American scripted primetime television series in terms of seasons and number of episodes. With Season 30, the number of ‘The Simpsons’ episodes to have been aired has reached a mind-blowing 659. But, there’s even better news. The show has been renewed for Seasons 31 and 32, which will see it touch an unprecedented milestone of 700 episodes.
The Simpsons Cast: Who is in it?
Since ‘The Simpsons’ first started airing, its six primary cast members have all remained unchanged.
Dan Castellaneta, through the decades, has voiced the patriarch of the Simpson family, Homer Simpson. Further, he has also voiced several major and minor adult, male characters, including Grampa Simpson, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, Mayor Quimby, and Barney Gumble.
Julie Kavner, in a similar fashion, has voiced Homer’s wife, Marge Simpson, Marge’s twin elder sisters, Patty and Selma, and several other characters. Nancy Cartwright has voiced the Simpsons’ eldest child, Bart Simpson, as well as other young characters such as Nelson Muntz and Ralph Wiggum. Yeardley Smith, meanwhile, has voiced the Simpsons’ highly intelligent middle child, Lisa Simpson, and is the only cast member who has primarily focused on voicing just one character. The remaining member of the Simpson family, Margaret “Maggie” Simpson, is a baby who mostly makes suckling noises. These sounds are vocalized by show creator Matt Groening, while Maggie’s rare dialogues have, over the years, been voiced by several people, including Cartwright.
The two remaining long-standing cast members, Harry Shearer and Hank Azaria, are mostly responsible for voicing the townsfolk of Springfield, the fictional town where the Simpsons stay. Among notable characters, Shearer voices Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns, Mr. Smithers, Principal Skinner, and others. Azaria, similarly, voices Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, and Professor Frink among others.