Twenty years ago today, The Simpsons first appeared on television. On April 19, 1987, the Simpsons short Good Night aired on The Tracey Ullman Show. It was the first of 48 shorts.
If you're curious about The Simpsons show as we know it now, a half-hour Simpsons Christmas special episode titled Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire aired on December 17, 1989. The series itself premiered on January 14, 1990.
The series has set several notable records:
- February 9, 1997: Longest-running prime time animated series (passing The Flintstones).
- 2004: Longest running sitcom (passing The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet).
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