The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of a working-class lifestyle epitomized by the Simpson family, which consists of Homer, Marge, Bart (a 10-year-old troublemaker), Lisa ( a precocious 8-yar-old activist) and Maggie (the baby of the family who rarely speaks, but communicates by sucking on a pacifier); and pets of a dog named Santa’s Little Helper and a cat named Snowball. The show is set in the fictional town of Springfield and parodies American culture, society, television and many aspects of the human condition.
The family was conceived by Groening shortly before a solicitation for a series of animated shorts with producer James L. Brooks. Groening created a dysfunctional family and named the characters after members of his own family, substituting Bart for his own name. The shorts became a part of The Tracey Ullman Show in 1987. After a three-season run, the sketch was developed into a half-hour primetime show, debuting this date in 1989.
In 2000, the Simpson family was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It has won dozens of awards since its debuted as a series, including 31 Primetime Emmy Awards. Homer’s exclamatory catchphrase “D’oh!” has been adopted into the English language. (from Wikipedia and cute-calendar.com)