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General Information

Title: The Simpsons
Studio: 20th Television; Gracie Films
Release Date: 1987-1989 (The Tracy Ullman Show shorts); December 17, 1989-present (The Simpsons); 2007 (The Simpsons Movie)
Length: Between 18-21 minutes per episode; excluding couch gags and theme songs
Description: The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom featuring a nuclear family that pokes fun of American lifestyle. Common settings in the show include, but are not limited to, the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, the Simpson House, the Kwik-E-Mart, Moe's Tavern, and Springfield Elementary School.
Main Characters: The series has a wide ensemble and variety of main and recurring characters. The main characters featured in the show are the four main members the Simpson family, which include Homer Simpson, a lazy, fat dad with a job at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, his wife Marge "Bouvier" Simpson, a housewife, his daughter Lisa Simpson, a girl with more intellectuals than her peers, and his son Bart Simpson, a troublemaker and prankster (missing in one episode, though it was non-canon). Common recurring characters include Maggie Simpson (the baby of the Simpson family, but is not featured in every episode), Charles Montgomery Burns, Waylon Smithers, Grampa Simpson, Patty and Selma Bouvier, Lenny and Carl, Principal Skinner, Ned Flanders, Barney Grumble, Moe Szyslak, and more. You can see a list of all characters here.
Similar Films: The Simpsons Movie
Availability: The first eighteen seasons plus Season 20 are available for purchase on DVD. All thirty seasons are available to purchase on iTunes or Amazon.com. Reruns on FXX, FX, and FOX are common and occur daily. New episodes of The Simpsons air on Sunday nights.

Content Information

Rating: TV-PG (DLSV or any combination of the four or none at all) (most episodes); TV-G (four episodes on their original airing, but two of them have been upgraded to PG since their original broadcast); TV-14 (DLSV or any combination of the four or none at all) (some episodes); D (suggestive dialogue); L (suggestive language); S (suggestive sexual scenes); V (violence)
Content Labels: Because the show is rated PG, Parental guidance may be recommended for children under the age of 8. For the episodes rated TV-14 (equivalent to a PG-13 rating), they may not be recommended for children under the age of 13 without parental guidance. Four episodes were rated TV-G upon original release, though two of them have been upgraded to a PG rating.
Violence: Violence is minimal for the most part, but can sometimes be up to a moderate level, especially when blood is featured. The violence is only limited to accidents, car crashes, gun shooting, explosives, punching, burning of the house or other structures, etc. The Itchy & Scratchy shorts usually feature Scratchy getting harmed and blood does come out of him, but it is only a cartoon and such the blood is animated. In the Treehouse of Horror series of episodes, characters can have their body parts cut off, which might scare some viewers due to the Halloween theme.
Language: The show, generally, has a PG rating. As such, profanity used in the show is mild to moderate, but intense stuff is usually censored. Damn, hell, bastard, ass, and the occasional bitch may be used. Vulgar words, such as shit or fuck, are censored by FOX to keep a PG rating. They are never actually used uncensored, even when released on DVD. Bart and Homer are the usual offenders, though Marge has cursed as well and Lisa has said damn and hell before.
Sexual Themes and Nudity: Sexual themes and nudity are mild to moderate, but nothing graphic. The show refers to innuendo to convey sexual themes. Some characters are shown naked in the show, but only their buttocks can be seen. In The Simpsons Movie, Bart's genitals can be seen briefly before Ned Flanders covers them with a french fry to prevent his kids from seeing it, which earned the movie a PG-13 (when shown in theaters and released on DVD)/TV-14 (when shown on television) rating.
Drugs and Alcohol: Homer drinks beer and Patty and Selma smoke cigarettes frequently in the show. Occasionally, the characters can be drunk, such as Barney Gumble and Homer. There are a few episodes that talk about marijuana, but use of the drug is not continuous throughout the series.
Gambling: The characters are shown betting for money or playing games to win money frequently in the show, including Bart and Lisa Simpson, which may be a bad influence for children.
Positive Messages and Role Modeling: There are a lot of bad influences in the show such as Homer being lazy at work and Bart causing trouble at school, but the family learns how to settle their differences, learn life lessons, and get along in the end of most episodes. Usually, Marge and Lisa set the role models for the family, but sometimes, they can get out of line as well. Continuity is limited in The Simpsons, so something learned in one episode can be forgotten in the next.
Crude Humor or Comic Mischief: The series is built on crude mischief with slapstick and cartoon violence. Stereotyping and discrimination are present, such as Homer going against gay people in "Homer's Phobia" and the town protesting against Apu's deportation in "Much Apu About Nothing". However, this is only a cartoon and is not intended to offend people.
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