On This Day in History: December 17th

Izzy Semich

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The popular satirical animated television sitcom, that’d soon be loved by millions, premiered for the very first time almost three decades ago. What show would this be? The Simpsons by Matt Groening, of course!

The show is about a small middle class family that pokes fun at the American culture, society, and other current news. The family consists of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie Simpson—oh, and who could forget their dog, Santa’s Little Helper? With many other characters to step onto the stage with the main cast, the show quickly became loved by many.

Ever since December 17th, 1989, there has been up to this point 649 episodes that have been broadcasted. It is currently ranked as the longest on-going American sitcom, and the longest-running American scripted television show.

Over time, more content of them came out; including a movie and videogames! The Simpsons Movie was released in theaters all over the world on July 27, 2007. Then on October 30, 2007, The Simpsons Videogame was released.

Along with more stories to unfold with the characters, The Simpsons has also won many awards. Overall, it has won 31 Primetime Emmy Awards, 30 Annie Awards, and a Peabody Award. The Simpsons was even awarded its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 14, 2001. Homer’s signature phrase “D’Oh!” was even added to the English language!

The Simpsons are currently on their 30th season, and are going to be renewed for a 31st one very soon. The date has not been announced yet, but it is coming soon.

With much content in the works and already produced, The Simpsons has had a huge impact on the world. Especially America. Whether it be as simple as just sitting in the living room with the family to watch a holiday special, or to find an escape and laugh away some rough feelings, the show has been loved by generations.

It doesn’t matter how long it runs or how long it lasts. Despite its extreme jokes and themes, the overall message is that family is forever. Family sticks together, and is together no matter what. Every sunrise and sunset comes and goes, but everyone you know and love won’t go. Through thick and thin, you’re loved by many.