“D’oh!” — Homer Simpson
The Simpsons — Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa (and don’t forget Maggie!) — made their television debut 32 years ago today, first appearing in a series of shorts on “The Tracey Ullman Show”. Creator Matt Groening was quickly given the green light by then-newcomer TV network Fox to create a television series based on the comedic cartoons. Premiering in 1989, “The Simpsons” quickly stood out from the pack compared to the more friendly and familiar animated series of the time. The show had an unapologetically crude visual style and clever storytelling that was simultaneously highbrow and lowbrow, appealing to audiences of all ages and interest. The gamble paid off big time for Fox — “The Simpsons” is now television’s longest-running scripted primetime show and audiences are still visiting Springfield 654 episodes later.