The Simpsons family are made up of some of TV’s most-loved characters.
But even if you’ve seen all the episodes, there are still going to be some fun facts you never knew about the Simpsons.
Here we’ve rounded up the best facts we could find about the most popular cartoon in the world.
Matt Groening created the show and the characters, naming them after members of his own family.
The Simpsons first aired on December 17, 1989.
Aside from The Simpsons episodes, there was a movie released in 2007 called “The Simpsons Movie“.
Bart is one of the most well-known characters in The Simpsons, but few people know his full name. Bartholomew Jojo Simpson was more commonly known as Bart, an anagram of the word ‘brat’.
Danny Elfman composed the famous Simpsons theme tune in 1989, and it took him just two days to finalize.
Krusty the Clown is known even to those who aren’t diehard fans of the TV show, but not everybody knows the real reason he was created. He was initially meant to be Homer’s secret identity.
God is the only character who has five fingers. The rest of the characters are only seen with four.
The sat nav voice with the most downloads in the world is Homer Simpson’s voice.
Barbara Bush, previous First Lady of the USA, once remarked that it was the ‘dumbest thing’ she had ever seen.
The producers replied to Ms Bush with a letter drafted in the voice of character Marge Simpson. The humorous tone makes fun of US politics.
Waylon Smithers, Mr Burns’ assistant, was originally going to be black. Although this was unintentional, a problem with the colors might that he appeared black. The producers nearly kept this change, until there was a concern it may cause viewer complaints.
The running length of the show credits will vary depending on how long the episode is. A longer episode will have shorter credits, while a shorter episode will have longer for the credits.
“Do the Bartman“, the single by Bart Simpson, was co-written by Michael Jackson, although he received no credit for it. This was his own request, and he was listed as John Jay Smith instead.
The famous song was never released in the US, although it rocketed to the top of the charts in both the UK and Australia.
In 2009, Marge Simpson was featured on the cover of Playboy magazine.
Homer has an email address which is a real active account. He can be contacted on [email protected], although senders will only receive an automated reply.
The famous “d’oh” was written in the scripts as an “annoyed grunt”.
The Oxford Dictionary decided that the word “d’oh” should be added, and it entered the most popular dictionary in 2001.
In French, the word is translate to “T’oh”, while in the Spanish language it can be translated to “ouch”.
It’s a common fact that the Simpson family lives in Springfield, but there are 34 different places with this name in America.
The initial team of writers was made up of eight different people with a wide range of experience. The team was led by Sam Simon.
In 1998, the Simpsons writers joined the Writers Guild of America. They went on strike with the other writers at the end of 2007.
If you were hoping to buy the rights to the Simpsons any time soon, you should think again. Fox owns the rights for a while yet, and it will be 2082 before they go up for grabs again.
Although the show is currently owned by Fox, the producers have permission to write without any input or hindrances from Fox. This is why the show often makes fun of the TV network.
Not one, but two of the characters in The Simpsons have a Master’s Degree in Nuclear Physics. Lenny and Carl are among the most educated of the characters.
The “Who Shot Mr. Burns” competition didn’t have a winner in the end since nobody guessed correctly.
The Simpsons have tried to influence local authorities over the years, including an episode titled “Trash of the Titans” which aimed to prevent Toronto’s city council from creating a dump in the city.
Fancy getting $300,000 for every episode of The Simpsons? That’s the type of money that the main voice actors can expect to receive.
The cartoon parody of Edward Cullen was voiced by Daniel Radcliffe, famous for playing Harry Potter.
Maggie is scanned at a cash register in one episode, and the price shows $847.63, the average monthly cost to raise a baby in 1989.
Matt Groening has commented that he has a favorite Simpsons episode – Bart the Daredevil.
During the years that The Simpsons has been airing, over 240 other shows have debuted and ceased to air on the network.
The Simpsons were created to have yellow skin in a bid to attract attention and make people stop and watch while flicking through the 1980s TV channels.
The characters were nearly aired as rabbits rather than yellow people. The show could have been something much different if the designs hadn’t been changed at the last minute.
Mr Burns was originally intended to be a distant relative of the Simpsons family.
The murder of Phil Hartman in 1998 saw all of his characters removed from the episodes, including Troy McClure.
The voice of Maude Flanders’ left the show after complaining she wasn’t paid enough. Her character died the same series.
“The City of New York vs Homer Simpson” originally aired on September 21, 1997. However after the 9/11 attacks in the city in 2001, this episode was taken off air for 5 years.
The Simpsons was named the best series of the entire twenty-first century by Time magazine in 1999.
Fans of the show really enjoyed getting to know the characters, including the first words of all the kids. Lisa’s first word was the name of her older brother, Bart.
There’s not just one version of The Simpsons. An Arabic version was also created, in which Homer is known as Omar.
Omar drinks soda rather than alcoholic beer, and swaps the famous hot dogs for Egyptian beef.
Conan O’Brien wrote some of the scripts for The Simpsons before he became known for the “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” show.
Baby Maggie was voiced by Elizabeth Taylor for the episode where she says her first word “daddy”.
Many of the producers on the show have come from highly educated backgrounds. David Cohen, for example, has a degree in Physics, while Al Jean studied at Harvard.
The Simpsons has been running for longer than any other scripted prime time TV series.
Homer Simpson works at a nuclear plant where he earns a modest salary less than $25,000.
Arguably the best writer on The Simpsons show enjoyed keeping a low profile. John Swartzwelder is a famous name but you won’t find much information.