November 27, 2001 at 7:00 PM EST - Updated July 1 at 10:05 PM
The Simpsons Bios
HOMER SIMPSON 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 in 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.
MARGE SIMPSON 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.
BART SIMPSON 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 grader. He enjoys skateboarding, bubble gum, Squishees from the Kwik-E-Mart and singlehandedly bringing a homicidal TV sidekick to justice, twice.
Labeled an "underachiever" by authority figures, Bart rides an academic roller coaster, his grades running the loop-the-loop from F to D minus, 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.
LISA SIMPSON 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. A devoted vegetarian, 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.
MAGGIE SIMPSON 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.
MATT GROENING, Creator and Executive Producer Matt Groening changed television forever when he brought animation back to prime time with this immortal nuclear family. He is also creator and executive producer of the FOX animated series FUTURAMA, which is returning for its second season. Originally brought to life in 1987 for FOX's Emmy Award-winning series "The Tracey Ullman Show", THE SIMPSONS was Groening's introduction into the animation world. Previously, he was best known for his "Life in Hell" cartoon strip, an irreverent portrayal of broken life that debuted in 1977 and currently appears in more than 250 newspapers worldwide.
In 1993 he formed "Bongo Comics Group", whereby he serves as publisher over the following: "Simpsons Comics", "Itchy & Scratchy Comics", "Bartman", "Radioactive Man", "Lisa Comics" and "Krusty Comics". In 1995 he founded and published "Zongo Comics", which included "Jimbo" and "Fleener".
In addition to producing his weekly strip, keeping on top of the ongoing production demands of the weekly television series, and meeting regularly with the Bongo team, Groening oversees all aspects of the licensing and merchandising of "The Simpsons".
In addition to the recent best-seller "The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family", Groening's books, based on "Life in Hell" and "The Simpsons", include "Love is Hell", "Work is Hell", "School is Hell", "The Big Book of Hell", "Akbar & Jeff's Guide to Life", "Love is Hell 10th Anniversary Edition", "Binky's Guide to Love", "The Simpsons Xmas Book", "The Simpsons Rainy Day Fun Book", "Making Faces With The Simpsons", "Bart Simpson's Guide To Life", "The Simpsons' Uncensored Family Album", "Cartooning With The Simpsons", "Simpsons Illustrated" magazine, "Simpsons Comics & Stories" comic book, "Simpsons Comics Extravaganza", "Simpsons Comics Spectacular", "Bartman: The Best of The Best" and "Simpsons Comics Simps-O-Rama".
Groening, a native of Portland, OR, resides in Los Angeles.
JAMES L. BROOKS, Executive Producer James L. Brooks is a three-time Academy Award-winner and thirteen-time Emmy Award-winner. He began his television career as a writer who then later produced television hits such as "Taxi", "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", "Rhoda", "Lou Grant", "Room 222", "The Tracey Ullman Show" and "THE SIMPSONS". He also wrote and produced the television movie "Thursday's Game". Brooks began working in film in 1979 when he wrote the screenplay for "Starting Over" which he co-produced with Alan J. Pakula. In 1983, Brooks wrote, produced and directed "Terms of Endearment" for which he earned three Academy Awards. In 1987, he wrote, produced and directed "Broadcast News" which won the New York Dramas Critics Award for best picture and best screenplay. Through Gracie Films, Brooks executive produced the feature film "Say Anything", produced "War of the Roses" and co-produced with Robert Greenhut "Big".
In 1990, Brooks produced and directed his first play, "Brooklyn Laundry", a Los Angeles production starring Glenn Close, Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern.
Brooks' company, Gracie Films, made an overall deal with Sony Pictures in 1990. He produced two new series and directed the feature "I'll Do Anything".
Brooks executive produced the feature film "Bottle Rocket" and produced "Jerry Maguire". Brooks' most recent project which he co-wrote, produced and directed, "As Good As It Gets", received seven Academy Award nominations and two Academy Awards.
MIKE SCULLY, Executive Producer Emmy Award-winning writer Mike Scully joined THE SIMPSONS as a producer in April 1993. Since then, he has written several episodes, including "Lisa's Rival", "Two Dozen and One Greyhounds", "Lisa on Ice", "Team Homer", "Marge Be Not Proud", "Lisa's Date With Density" and the "Homega Man" segment from "Treehouse of Horror VIII". In 1997 he became executive producer and showrunner for Seasons IX, X and XI.
Scully grew up in West Springfield, MA, and moved to Los Angeles in 1982, where he began performing stand-up comedy in local clubs and performing audience warm-ups for varoius television shows. He stopped performing in 1986 to concentrate exclusively on writing for television.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Julie and their their five daughters.