The yellow, working class family are just as recognizable as the stars
and stripes or the golden arches. That's down to their creator, Matt Groening.
He has a philosophy that he applies to his cartoons - any good cartoon
character should be recognizable in profile. Just think of Mickey Mouse.
Homer works at the local nuclear power plant, mum Marge is a housewife
and their son, Bart, is one pip away from delinquency. Those bland 50s
sitcoms would never have featured crooked Mayors, or jokes about the President's
taste in women. The series wowed the audience when it first aired in 1990,
with Bart T-shirts appearing everywhere, and many new and exciting phrases
entering the language. 'Aye Carumba!' and 'Don't have a Cow, man!' became
the bane of teachers everywhere.
The Simpsons funny yet biting satire was something
fresh that no other TV show was brave enough to do. Never afraid to poke
fun at authority, the show ruffled a few feathers. The Simpsons was the
first animated series on prime-time television since the sixties and,
twelve years later, is shown in over sixty countries around the world.
For Matt Groening, it's a blessing and a curse - 'The success of the show
has gone beyond my wildest dreams and worst nightmares.'
Name: Homer Jay Simpson - devoted father
and Doughnut addict Age: 36 years old Weight: Ranging from 239 to 260 lbs Family: Married to Marge. He has three children: Bart,
Lisa and Maggie. His father Abraham (Grandpa) lives at the Springfield
Retirement Home and his mother, Penelope, is running from the law. Occupation: Sector 7G's Safety Inspect at the Springfield
Nuclear Power Plant. Favourite Foods: Donuts, Pork Rinds, pork chops, Krusty
Burgers, American Cheese Favourite Drink: Duff Beer Hobbies: Sitting on the couch watching television and
drinking a beer, hanging out at Moe's Tavern and bowling. Favourite Sayings: "D'oh!", "Why you little
---!", "Mmm ...". Dumb Things Homer has Done: Bought an Easy-Bake oven
for his car. Purposely gained weight to get on disability, so he could
work from home. Ate 64 slices of American cheese. Went temporarily blind.
Put a bird on his head to "groom" his hair. Got stuck inside
2 vending machines at the plant. He was just holding on to the cans. Ate
the plastic bride and groom from Selma and Troy's wedding cake. Almost
caused a nuclear meltdown at the plant. Put his half-brother's (Herb Powell)
car company out of business.
The father who loves Doughnuts, Duff Beer and shirking Nuclear
A devoted husband, Homer leaves his wife with few complaints. When pressed,
however, Marge did once acknowledge to a marriage counselor that Homer
"forgets birthdays, anniversaries, holidays (both religious and secular),
chews with his mouth open, hangs out at a seedy bar with bums and lowlifes,
blows his nose on the towels and puts them back in the middle, and scratches
himself with his keys." Despite these few foibles, Homer loves his
family, and he'll do just about anything to prove it - even if that means
making himself look foolish.
Homer works at Springfield's nuclear power plant as a safety inspector,
a job he secured after passing the specialized training course on his
third attempt. Once during a strike, Homer's critical functions could
be filled only by a brick placed on a lever. Homer also was voted Springfield
Nuclear Power Plant Toxic Waste Handler of the Month in October 1990.
Homer's favorite book and/or pamphlet is "So, You've Decided To
Steal Cable," which also happens to be the most recent book and/or
pamphlet he has read. When he's not reading, Homer enjoys drinking beer,
at home or in a bar. His favorite haunts include Moe's Tavern, Greasy
Joe's Bar-B-Q Pit, Gulp `N' Blow, and The Frying Dutchman, which he almost
put out of business on its "All You Can Eat Night." Since then,
Homer's picture has hung in the restaurant, where he's known as "Bottomless
Pete: Nature's Cruelest Mistake."
Sometimes frustrated at being fat and bald, Homer enjoys flashbacks now
and again, which show him fat with a full head of hair. Two things, though,
always remain constant for Homer no matter what happens to him: his happy-go-lucky
nature and his love for Marge and his kids.
Name: Marjorie "Marge" Simpson
- extravagantly coiffured, endlessly patient mother Age: 34 Occupation: 'Domestic engineer' in the Simpsons home. Claims to fame: Once had a day named after her - "Marge
Simpson Day" and also known for her home-made marshmallow squares Turn-ons: Ringo Starr, Homey in a toga, and candlelight
dinners at the Gilded Truffle. Turn-offs: Waxy yellow build-up, swearing in the bathroom,
and people who say yes but mean no. Description: Marge is the thread that holds the Simpsons
family together, the laundry detergent that keeps them clean, and the
high-powered rotary buffer that leaves them with a clear protective finish.
She is the most loving of the Simpsons, easy to find from her large hive
of blue hair(also a good place to hide the family savings in!) Most likely to say: "I don't think that would be
a very good idea Homey." Hobbies: Acting, cooking, cleaning up after Homer and
Bart, and playing with Maggie Notable Things Marge has Done: Landed the lead role in
"Oh! Streetcar." Organized the Springfield Film Festival. Raised
Bart. Raised Homer. Painted Mr. Burns' nude portrait. Developed an addiction
to gambling after visiting Mr. Burns' Casino.
Blue hair, endless patience - mother Marge is the glue of the
Marge is the putty that just barely holds the Simpson family together
week after week. By sensibly drawing the line at such frivolous expenses
as an electric garage door opener and changes of clothing for her children,
Marge manages to stretch Homer's modest salary to cover the tremendous
costs incurred by a family of the '90s: Homer's beer and donut supply,
and such necessary expenses as a day trip to India to meet the owner of
the Kwik-E Mart Corporation.
However, Marge doesn't just bake cookies and stand by her man. She has
been on both sides of the thin blue line. Not only has she served in Springfield's
police department for a short while, but with her freewheeling neighbor
Ruth Powers, she has gone on a high-speed consciousness-raising adventure,
even outwitting and outrunning Police Chief Wiggum himself.
She also has starred in "Oh, Streetcar!," a musical adaptation
of "A Streetcar Named Desire," and worked at the local nuclear
power plant alongside her husband. Before leaving that job, Marge bravely
accused plant owner Montgomery Burns of sexual harassment. Unfortunately,
Marge's attorney, Lionel Hutz, threw in the towel when he saw that Mr.
Burns' lawyers owned suits with matching jackets and pants.
Marge's one extravagance is having her tall blue hair done twice a day.
Her hair does come in handy, however, as it enables the Simpsons to locate
one another easily when they visit an amusement park or zoo.
Name: Bartholomew Simpson - troublemaker or misunderstood
genius? Age: 10
Hobbies: Driving Homer and Marge crazy, tormenting Lisa, and
executing a wide variety of practical jokes and pranks, which virtually
none around can escape the wrath of. Prank calls to Moe's are common.
Damn Proud of: Being an underachiever. Notable Pranks Bart has Pulled Off: Replaced the school
weather balloon with one that mocked Principal Skinner, named "Buttzilla".
Sawed off the head of the Jebediah Springfield statue. Countless calls
to Moe's Bar. Tricked the town into believing that a boy (Timmy O'Toole)
had fallen down a well. Blew Skinner's mother (Agnes) off a toilet with
a cherry bomb. Caught Homer in a trap twice, luring him in with pie Favourite TV Show: The Itchy & Scratchy Show Mysterious Twins: Lester, Hugo Famous For: Saying 'I Didn't Do It', discovered a comet,
found Blinky the 3 Eyed fish, Saving Krusty from going to Jail, Being
Co-Anchor on Kidz Newz, and having the Barts People specials
Enemy: Sideshow Bob Near Death Experiences: Tried to be a daredevil and jump
Springfield, strangled by Homer too many times, nearly killed by a gang
of Springfieldians after he cut Jebadiahs head off, Willy almost killed
him when he destroyed his house. Once Favorite Klown: Krusty
He's a Krusty-loving, slingshot-owning scamp. Eats his shorts.
Bart is the most misunderstood Simpson. He is constantly frustrated by
the narrow-minded people of Springfield who judge him merely by his thoughts
and actions. At heart, he's just a good kid with a few bad ideas, a couple
of really bad ideas and one or two that are still being reviewed by the
Springfield district attorney. Basically, Bart is no different from any
ordinary fourth grade America school kid. He enjoys skateboarding, bubble
gum, caring for his pet elephant, appearing on the "Conan O'Brien
Show" and singlehandedly bringing a homicidal TV sidekick to justice,
Bart rides an academic roller coaster, his grades running the loop-the-loop
from F to D-, and back again. But he can be ingenious when the chips are
down - as long as his ingenuity is never applied to anything school-related.
He even learned portions of the Talmud to help reunite his idol, Krusty
the Clown, with Krusty's father, Rabbi Krustofsky.
Perhaps more than anything else, Bart's first words as a baby provide
a window onto his character: "Aye, Carumba!" - as true today
as they were when first uttered.
Name: Lisa Simpson - the saxophone playing family prodigy
Age: 8 Favorite Animals: Ponies Most likely to say: "Stop it Bart!" IQ: Higher than Homer can count. Turn-ons: Women who have resisted domination by the patriarchy
Current reading: 'Non-Threatening Boys Magazine.' Description: Lisa is evidently the most intelligent member
of the Simpson family. She is misunderstood and overlooked, but talented
and creative with it. Her only respite from the toils of daily life, is
playing her saxophone, taught to her by her mentor, "Bleeding Gums"
Murphy. She feels she must have been adopted.
Hobbies: Playing the saxaphone, reading, going to school, and answering
questions nobody asked. Some of Lisa's Achievements:
Won the regional Reading Digest essay contest. Was briefly crowned "Little
Miss Springfield" after the original one got struck by lightning.
Co-created a doll named "Lisa Lionheart". Played goalie in pee-wee
hockey. Discovered that town founder Jebediah Springfield was really named
Hans Sprungfeld, a ruthless pirate. Helped Mr. Burns recover his lost
The literature loving, morally responsible genius sister.
Lisa Simpson takes after both her parents: she has Marge's common sense,
hard work ethic and sympathy for others; she has Homer's last name. Lisa's
enormous intelligence and moral authority place her in a unique position
in the Simpson family -- and, for that matter, Springfield at large.
Each parents' night at Springfield Elementary, Homer and Marge fight
to meet with Lisa's teachers rather than Bart's on the theory that being
offered a tin of cookies as thanks is less "upsetting" and "costly"
than reviewing quarterly property damage assessments for melted playground
equipment. This second grader also plays the saxophone with the virtuosity,
if not stubble, of Springfield's late blues great, Bleeding Gums Murphy.
For the record, Lisa says she watches TV only for "The MacNeil-Lehrer
Report" - particularly since it expanded to one hour - and any Masterpiece
Theatre serialization of wordy British novels. In truth, however, she
is always willing to interrupt a piercing MacNeil-Lehrer roundtable whenever
her beloved "Itchy & Scratchy" cartoons are on TV. Her deep
love for cartoon characters proves that, no matter how precocious she
may be, Lisa is still a Simpson.
Name: Margaret "Maggie" Simpson
- the escapee baby of the family Age: 1 First Word: "Daddy!" Hobbies: Drooling, making spit bubbles, salivating ,Sucking
on her pacifier, drinking from the dog's water bowl. Turn-ons: Warm baths. Turn-offs: Crawling on dusty floors, and humouring people
who make idiotic faces at her. Description: Maggie, obviously the youngest of the family,
mostly crawls around sucking her pacifier. Her longest uninterrupted periods
of freedom are when Homer is in charge of her. Most likely to say: SUCK SUCK SUCK! Enemies: Only one, Gerald, the baby with the uni-brow. Preferred Mode of Transportation: Crawling. Maggie's Achievements: Shot Mr. Burns. Saved Homer from
drowning. Led a baby rebellion at the day-care center.
The babygro clad, dummy-sucking baby of the family.
Over the years, we've watched Maggie grow from a cute pacifier-sucking
infant into a cute pacifier-sucking infant who's said her first word,
"Daddy." Having learned one new word in five years, Maggie places
just behind Bart and slightly ahead of Homer in vocabulary development.
For an infant who can neither talk nor walk with any consistency, Maggie
nonetheless leads an exciting and rewarding life. She is perhaps proudest
of the baby escape she led at the Springfield Daycare Center. Maggie is
almost always in a good mood, although once she did develop a rivalry
with the mysterious one-eyebrowed baby who lives down the street. Angry
pacifier sucks were exchanged.
Homer J Simpson
Santa's Little Helper
Krusty the Klown
Itchy (the mouse)
C. Montgomery Burns
Dr Julius Hibbert
Scratchy (the cat)
Dr Marvin Monroe
Comic Book Guy
Dr Nick Riviera
Kirk Van Houten
"If you don't like your job, you don't strike. You just go in every
day and do it really half-ass. That's the American way!"
"Common sense can be treated with our good friend alcohol"
"You tried your best, and you failed miserably. The lesson is, never
"If at first you don't succeed, give up"
"It takes two to lie. One to lie and one to listen"
"Just because I don't care, doesn't mean I don't understand"
"A woman is a lot like a beer. They smell good, they look good, and
you'd step over your own mother just to get one"
"There's a solution to everything, just don't ask me to find it"
"No matter how good you are at something, there's always about a
million people better than you"
"When will you Australians learn. In America we stopped using corporal
punishment and things have never been better. The streets are safe, old
people stride confidently through the darkest alleys and the weak and
nerdy are admired for their computer programming abilities. So like us,
let your children run wild and free, because, as the saying goes, let
your children run wild and free"
"Trying is the first step towards failure"
"Ah, good ol' trustworthy beer. My love for you will never die."
"I want to share something with you: The three little sentences that
will get you through life. Number 1: Cover for me. Number 2: Oh, good
idea, Boss! Number 3: It was like that when I got here."
"Quiet you kids. If I hear one more word, Bart doesn't get to watch
cartoons, and Lisa doesn't get to go to college."
"Don't you ever, EVER talk that way about television."
"If something goes wrong at the plant, blame the guy who can't speak
"Marge, I'm going to miss you so much. And it's not just the sex.
It's also the food preparation."
''To Start Press Any Key''. Where's the ANY key?
"You can't keep blaming yourself. Just blame yourself once, and move
"Now, son, you don't want to drink beer. That's for daddies and kids
with fake IDs."
"English - Who needs that? I'm never going to England!"
"I think Mr. Smithers picked me for my motivational skills. Everyone
always says they have to work twice as hard when I'm around!"
"I have feelings too - like ''My stomach hurts'' or ''I'm going crazy!'
Oh no! What have I done? I smashed open my little boy's
piggy bank, and for what? A few measly cents, not even enough to buy one
beer. Wait a minute, lemme count and make sure... not even close.
Son, when you participate in sporting events, it's not whether you win
or lose: it's how drunk you get.
"I can't believe it! Reading and writing actually paid off!"
"Yeah Moe that team sure did suck last night. They just plain sucked!
I've seen teams suck before, but they were the suckiest bunch of sucks
that ever sucked!"
"If you really want something in this life, you have to work for
it - Now quiet, they're about to announce the lottery numbers!"
"Now go on, boy, and pay attention. Because if you do, someday, you
may achieve something that we Simpsons have dreamed about for generations:
You may outsmart someone!"
"Beer. Now there's a temporary solution."
"If they think I'm going to stop at that stop sign, they're sadly
"When will I learn? The answer to life's problems aren't at the bottom
of a bottle, they're on TV!"
"America's health care system is second only to Japan... Canada,
Sweden, Great Britain, ... well all of Europe. But you can thank your
lucky stars we don't live in Paraguay!"
"What's the point of going out, we're just going to end up back here
"Don't eat me. I have a wife and kids. Eat them." (to aliens
who abducted Simpson family)
"And there's nothing wrong with hitting someone when his back is
"And how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides,
every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain.
Remember when I took that home winemaking course, and I forgot how to
"OK, son. Just remember to have fun out there today, and if you
lose, I'LL KILL YOU!"
"Kids, kids. As far as Daddy's concerned, you're both potential murderers."
"Well, I'm tired of being a wannabe league bowler. I wanna be a league
"They have the Internet on computers, now?"
"Well you know boys, a nuclear reactor is a lot like women. You just
have to read the manual and press the right button."
"Aw, Dad, you've done a lot of great things, but you're a very old
man, and old people are useless."
"Here's to alcohol: the source of, and answer to, all of life's problems."
Homer: "Don't let Krusty's death get you down, boy. People die all
the time, just like that. Why, you could wake up dead tomorrow! Well,
Homer: "Oh, people can come up with statistics to prove anything.
14% of people know that."
What do we need a psychiatrist for? We know our kid is nuts.
The only monster here is the gambling monster that has enslaved your mother!
I call him Gamblor, and it's time to snatch your mother from his neon
When I look at the smiles on all the children's faces, I just know they're
about to jab me with something.
It's not easy to juggle a pregnant wife and a troubled child, but somehow
I managed to fit in eight hours of TV a day.
[Looking at a globe map...country being Uruguay] Hee hee! Look at this
country!'You are gay.'
Bart, with $10,000, we'd be millionaires! We could buy all kinds of useful
"You're dammed if you do, and you're dammed if you don't"
You know, I've done a lot of bad stuff through the years. I guess now
I'm paying the price. But there's so many things I'll never get a chance
to do: smoke a cigarette, use a fake ID, shave a swear word in my hair.
Bart: I am through with working. Working is for chumps.
Homer: Son, I'm proud of you! I was twice your age when I figured that
"I don't know! I don't know why I did it, I don't know why I enjoyed
it, and I don't know why I'll do it again!"
"It's just hard not to listen to TV: it's spent so much more time
raising us than you have."
Favorite Ralph Quotes
Me fail English? That's unpossible.
My Favorite Marge Simpson Quotations
You know, the courts may not be working any more, but as long as everyone
is videotaping everyone else, justice will be done.
LISA SIMPSON HUMOR
"Oh no, the dead have risen and they're voting Republican."
"Mom, romance is dead. It was acquired in a hostile takeover by Hallmark
and Disney, homogenized, and sold off piece by piece."
"Science has already proven the dangers of smoking, alcohol, and
Chinese food, but I can still ruin soft drinks for everyone!"
Krusty Look-Alike: "Hand me over all your money in a paper sack!"
Apu: "Yes, yes! I know the procedure for armed robbery!"
Maggie sucks: The noise of Maggie sucking her dummy was recorded by Matt
Ex-Cel-ent: Each episode of the Simpsons contains about twenty-four thousand
individual drawings, or Cels. An episode takes about six months to produce,
and costs a million dollars.