Homer Jay Simpson is the father of the Simpson family. He is an overweight, lazy, and ignorant individual, but is strongly devoted to his wife and children. His behavior is often stupid, absurd, selfish, dangerous, clumsy, idiotic, and insensitive. Still, he shows moments of great intellect.
Homer works as a low-level safety inspector at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, in Sector 7G, although he is often incompetent, mostly sleeps on duty and eats donuts. He spends his free time at Moe’s Tavern with his lifelong friends Barney, Carl, Lenny, and bartender Moe Szyslak. At home, he is usually found sitting on the sofa watching television while snacking on food and drinking Duff.
The Simpsons’ first episode aired on the Fox Network 28 years ago, December 18, 1989, with a Christmas special Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire. The executive producers for the first season were creator Matt Groening, director James L. Brooks, and writer Sam Simon.
Groening conceived the idea for The Simpsons in the lobby of Brooks’ office. Brooks, the director/producer of the sketch comedy series The Tracey Ullman Show (1987-1990) wanted to use animated shorts as bumpers between sketches. He had asked Groening to pitch an idea, and Groening initially intended to present his syndicate newspaper cartoon Life In Hell. When Groening realized that animating Life In Hell would require the rescinding of publication rights for his life’s work, he chose to make it about of a dysfunctional family in mythical Springfield.
Groening submitted only basic sketches to the animators and assumed that the figures would be cleaned up in production. The animators merely re-traced his drawings, which led to the crude appearance of the characters.
The Simpsons was spun off into the longest-running half-hour series in primetime television history. Fox has renewed the show up for a 30th season (2018-19), surpassing Gunsmoke for the most episodes of a scripted primetime television series ever. Maybe you have seen it or heard about it?