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Plot Outline:

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.'

Matt Groening
Matt Groening

 

Characters:

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 safety protocols.
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.

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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 Simpson family.
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, twice.

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.

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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 fortune.

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.

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Cast - Who Does What Voice In The Simpsons?

Dan Castellaneta
Homer J Simpson
Grampa Simpsons
Santa's Little Helper
Barney Gumble
Krusty the Klown
Groundskeeper Willie
Mayor Quimby
Sideshow Mel
Itchy (the mouse)
Arnie Pie
Kodos
Scott Christian
Louie
Bill
Harry Shearer
C. Montgomery Burns
Smithers
Ned Flanders
Principal Skinner
Otto
Reverend Lovejoy
Dr Julius Hibbert
Kent Brockman
Jasper
Lenny
Eddie
Ranier Wolfcastle
Scratchy (the cat)
Kang
Dr Marvin Monroe
Herman
Jebediah Springfield
Hank Azaria
Apu
Moe
Cheif Wiggum
Comic Book Guy
Lou
carl
Dr Nick Riviera
Snake
Kirk Van Houten
Captain McCallister
Bumblebee Man
Superintendent Chalmers
Professor Frink
Cletus

Nancy Cartwright
Bart Simpsons
Nelson
Todd Flanders
Ralph Wiggum
Kearney
Julie Kavner
Marge Simpson
Patty
Selma
Jacqueline Bouvire
Aunt Gladys
Yeardley Smith
Lisa Simpsons
Pamela Hayden
Milhouse
Rod Flanders
Janey Powell
Dolph
Malibu Stacy


Other Voices in The Simpsons :

Marcia Wallace
Edna Krabappel
Russi Taylor
Martin Prince
Uter
Sherri
Terri
Lewis
Wendell
Tress MacNeille
Jimbo
Brandine
Agnes Skinner
Maggie Roswell
Maude Flanders
Helen Lovejoy
Miss Hoover
Mrs Van Houten
Princess Kashmir
Mary Bailey
Doris Grau
Lunchlady Doris
Lurleen Lumpkin


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Quotes:

HOMER

"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 try"
"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 English."
"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 on."
"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 mistaken!"
"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 anyway?"
"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 turned."

"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 drive?"


"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 bowler!"
"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, good night."
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 claws!
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 things like...love!

Bart

"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 out.
"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!"

Trivia:

Maggie sucks: The noise of Maggie sucking her dummy was recorded by Matt Groening himself.
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.

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