The day of the first episode of The Simpsons – level 3


The Simpsons is a very popular animated sitcom and 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 characters 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 the TV show for about four years.

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

The Simpsons can make fun of everything because the producers have a special contract which allows them to speak about any topic without limits.

Difficult words: sitcom (a situation comedy), broadcast (to send out television programs), make fun of (to make a joke of).

What do you think has been the key to The Simpsons’ success?


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