The day of the first episode of The Simpsons – level 2


The Simpsons is a very popular animated sitcom. It is also the name of the family in the show. Their life started in 1985 when Matt Groening created the first pictures of the family. He had only fifteen minutes to make them, and he didn’t go far for inspiration.

He named the people in the sitcom Homer after his father, Marge after his mother, and Lisa and Maggie after his sisters. Bart was created by changing letters in the word “brat”, which means “a bad child.”

The pictures of The Simpsons who had four fingers and yellow skin were used in a TV show for about four years.

Then on December 17, 1989, people watched the first 20-minute episode. The success was very big. Millions of people started to watch The Simpsons. The sitcom became popular in other countries, too.

The Simpsons make fun of everything. The producers have a special contract. Thanks to this contract, they can speak about everything without limits.

Difficult words: sitcom (a situation comedy on TV), he didn’t go far for inspiration (he based the characters on real people), make fun of (to make a joke of), producer (a person who helps to make a movie or a TV show but who is not a director).

What other iconic characters besides The Simpsons has Matt Groening created?


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