by Matt Groening
|Theme music composer|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||29|
|No. of episodes||639 (|
|Running time||21–24 minutes|
|Original release||December 17, 1989– present|
The Simpsons is an American
The family was conceived by Groening shortly before a solicitation for a series of
Since its debut on December 17, 1989,
The Simpsons received widespread critical acclaim throughout its first nine or ten seasons, which are generally considered its "Golden Age".
The Simpsons are a family who live in a fictional "
The show includes an array of quirky supporting characters: co-workers, teachers, family friends, extended relatives, townspeople and local celebrities. The creators originally intended many of these characters as one-time jokes or for fulfilling needed functions in the town. A number of them have gained expanded roles and subsequently starred in their own episodes. According to Matt Groening, the show adopted the concept of a large supporting cast from the comedy show
Despite the depiction of yearly milestones such as holidays or birthdays passing, the characters do not age between episodes (either physically or in stated age), and generally appear just as they did when the series began. The series uses a
The Simpsons takes place in the fictional American town of