After 29 seasons and almost 30 years of airing, it is hard to imagine the world without The Simpsons. This animated sitcom is one of the most iconic programs of modern television and a cultural institution. This is why we decided to let you in behind the scenes and bring you the 10 things you probably didn’t know about The Simpsons.
10. Guest stars
The Simpsons hold the record for most guest stars on a TV show. Over 600 stars lent their voices, including Katy Perry, Stephen Hawking, Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran, Michael Jackson and many others.
Homer’s signature “D’oh!” has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2001. The French version translates it to “T’oh!”, but if you watch an episode in Spanish, then it’s translated to “Ouch!”.
8. God and Jesus
Almost all the characters on the show have four fingers on their hands. The only characters with five fingers, are God and Jesus.
7. The Tune
When Danny Elfman started to compose the show’s theme, it only took two days to finish. We bet you can hear the tune in your head right now.
6. Family members
The Simpsons family members were named by Matt Groening’s parents, Homer and Marge and his younger sisters Lisa and Maggie. Matt thought that it would be obvious to use his name for the older son, so he made the anagram from the word brat, and that’s how Bart got his name.
5. Episode creation
It takes between six and eight months to create an episode of The Simpsons. To get the job done, the team uses 100 animators from Akom, a South Korean animation studio.
4. Why Springfield?
There are 22 of different cities with this name in the U.S., and Groening said that he wanted everybody to think it’s their Springfield.
3. Simpsons toys
Simpsons’ toys are illegal in Iranian stores because Iran’s government perceives them as tools used for promoting the Western culture.
2. Homer and Marge in France
Philippe Peythieu and Veronique Augereau, who lend their voices to the French version of Homer and Marge, are married in the real life.
1. The Simpsons Movie
2007’s The Simpsons Movie never got released in Burma, since local laws don’t allow movies that have colors red and yellow in them.