We all know The Simpsons, an American animated television sitcom starring the animated Simpson family, which was created by Matt Groening. He conceived of the characters in the lobby of James L. Brooks’s office and named them after his own family members, substituting “Bart” for his own name. The family debuted as shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show on April 19, 1987.
Now that you know how everything started take a look at the evolution this popular animated sitcom has had through the years and how much their appearance has changed.
First episode: December 17, 1989
The half-hour series premiered on December 17, 1989 with "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire". The series was originally set to debut in the fall of 1989 with the episode "Some Enchanted Evening", but the producers discovered that the animation was so appalling that 70 percent of the episode needed to be redone.
1990: Bart becomes the star of the show
"Bart Gets an F" was the first episode to air against The Cosby Show and averaged an 18.4 Nielsen rating and 29% of the audience. In the weeks ratings, it finished tied for eighth behind The Cosby Show which had an 18.5 rating.
1991: Bill Cosby attacks The Simpsons
In the October 1, 1990 edition of People, First Lady Barbara Bush called The Simpsons "the dumbest thing (she) had ever seen" which led to the writers sending a letter to Bush posing as Marge Simpson. Bush immediately sent a reply in which she apologized.
1992: George Bush uses the Simpsons as an example
A few years later, on January 27, 1992 then-President of the United States George H. W. Bush made a speech during his re-election campaign where he said, "We are going to keep on trying to strengthen the American family, to make American families a lot more like the Waltons and a lot less like the Simpsons."
They debuted in The Tracey Ullman Show- 1992
The Simpsons first appeared as short vignettes on the Tracey Ullman Show. These cartoon shorts acted as bumpers that are shown before and after commercials.
They become one of the most watched programs - 1993
By the year 1993, Fox had already gained a great popularity, reason why by that year this cartoon was one of the 30 programs more seen in the United States.