26 seasons and the beloved animated show is going strong as ever. The world would not have been the same place if the iconic yellow-skinned family had not hit the television screens. As the longest running show of all time, The Simpsons have a massive fan following and home an instantly recognizable pool of characters thanks to their comedic gags and adult humor. With a lot of history, here are few of the most interesting facts about The Simpsons; the television’s number one family:
15. President George H. W. Bush Blamed Simpsons for Society’s Problems
Not a stranger to creating controversies, The Simpsons have a fair share in playing mind games with various celebrities and even politicians. During a 1992 speech, then-President George H. W. Bush expressed his distaste for the show and stated:
“We are going to keep on trying to … make American families a lot more like the Waltons and a lot less like the Simpsons.”
The show’s writers prepared a witty response for the President as a short segment was produced featuring Bart Simpson who sarcastically exclaimed:
“Hey, we’re just like the Waltons. We’re praying for an end to the Depression, too.”
14. Paul McCartney Requested Lisa to be Vegetarian
More than 600 celebrities have guest starred in The Simpsons, a world record for the most guest stars in a television show but Paul McCartney was the most important of all. The former member of the Beatles guest starred in the seventh season episode:
“Lisa the Vegetarian” along with his wife Linda.
However, things could have been entirely different for the fate of the character Lisa Simpson if the studio had not agreed to McCartney’s condition: Lisa staying a vegetarian throughout the series. With nineteen seasons ahead, Lisa is still one.
13. French Voice Actors of Homer and Marge Married in Real Life
More than a thousand longtime fans of the series still enjoy watching The Simpsons with their significant other and spouses even to this very day. While many of them have dedicated their lifestyles to the beloved animated series, none of them come close to the French voice actors of on-screen couple of Homer and Marge Simpson.
Quickly catching the eye of each other during the auditions for the French language version of the show, voice actors Phillipe Peythieu and Veronique Augereau not only got the part but also won each other’s hearts and married a decade later.
12. TIME Included Bart in 100 Most Important People of 20th Century
The principal calls him rebellious, his sisters call him mischievous, his parents call him disobedient and TIME Magazine called him one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century.
As amazing it may sound, he was the only fictional character in the entire list; a list which also featured Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi, Muhammad Ali, Henry Ford, Marlon Brando, Walt Disney, Princess Diana, Winston Churchill and even The Beatles.
11. The Simpsons are Based on Creator Matt Groening’s Family
Matt Groening sure knows how to equip his environment for gaining profits and The Simpsons are a proof of it. Obviously apart from the contentious shenanigans in the family, Matt based the Simpsons family on his own family.
Corresponding to the animated family, Matt’s father’s name is Homer. His mother’s name is Margaret. His two younger sisters’ names are Lisa and Maggie. His grandfather’s name is Abraham. As far as Bart is concerned, Matt’s older brother Mark is the inspiration and the character’s name is an anagram of brat.
10. Danny Elfman Composed the Theme in Just Three Days
Apart from being the most recognizable television characters of all time, the popular opening theme called “The Simpsons Main Title Theme” happens to be one of the most familiar tunes ever. Composed by veteran Danny Elfman, it took him 3 days, 2 hours, 48 minutes and 19 seconds to create the 1 minute and 23 seconds track.
The Simpsons theme has won the National Music Award for “Favorite TV Theme” in 2002 and has won the BMI TV Music Award on three different occasions in 1996, 1998, and 2003.
9. The Simpsons Broke its Couch Tradition One Time
The recurring couch gags of The Simpsons exhibits excellent creativity by utilizing cultural references, hyper stereotypes and comedic jokes. As a tradition which has run for 26 long seasons, the show neglected it one time.
Kesha’s TikTok was the hottest song at the time of its release and was used for the opening of the episode “To Surveil with Love”; entire cast performing a lip dub to the song. One might think that Kesha would have been quite thankful to the show but on the contrary, she simply tweeted “Wooo!!” as a response.
8. The Simpsons is a Spin-Off Show
Originally starting as short segments for The Tracey Ullman Show, the beloved family was featured as animated stories before and after the commercial breaks. Running for four seasons, the show met its demise but that was just the beginning of something special.
Seeing strong potential in the show, The Simpsons were granted their very own half hour prime time show for Fox Broadcasting Company in 1989 and the rest is history.