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Now the longest-running scripted show in television history, THE SIMPSONS immediately struck a chord with viewers across the country more than 20 years ago as it poked fun at itself and everything in its wake. With its subversive humor and delightful wit, the series – now entering its 24th season – has made an indelible imprint on American pop culture, and the family members have become television icons.
The Simpsons reside in the town of Springfield. HOMER (Dan Castellaneta) works as a safety inspector at the local nuclear power plant; MARGE (Julie Kavner) tries to keep the peace in her family; BART (Nancy Cartwright) is the mischievous 10-year-old hellion; eight-year-old LISA (Yeardley Smith) is the intelligent, saxophone-playing, vegetarian member of the family; and baby MAGGIE conveys emotions via pacifier sucks.
THE SIMPSONS was nominated recently for two Emmy Awards. In 2011, it was nominated for three Emmy Awards. Both years included nominations for Outstanding Animated Program. The critically praised series has been bestowed with numerous honors, including a Peabody Award, 27 Emmy Awards, 29 Annie Awards, five Genesis Awards, nine International Monitor Awards and seven Environmental Media Awards. THE SIMPSONS holds the Guinness Book of World Records titles for Longest-Running Primetime Animated Television Series and Most Guest Stars Featured in a Television Series. Most recently, THE SIMPSONS broke the record for Longest Consecutive Television Viewing (86 hours and 37 minutes) during a marathon TV-viewing contest held in conjunction with the broadcast of the 500th episode in February 2012. THE SIMPSONS has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and "D'oh!" – Homer's annoyed grunt – is an official word in the Oxford English Dictionary. With record-breaking retail sales, THE SIMPSONS reigns as one of the bestselling TV DVD properties of all time.
In the Season 24 premiere, America's favorite Midwestern family travels to New York City to track down Bart's long-lost love (guest voice Zooey Deschanel). Other upcoming adventures this season include Grampa (Castellaneta) escaping from his retirement home; Homer finding out his bowling buddy (guest voice Steve Carrell) is an accountant for the mob; and Bart discovering the cool new neighbors' son (guest voice Patton Oswalt) isn't as cool as he appears to be.
Other guest voices this season include Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Anika Noni Rose, Jennifer Tilly, race car driver Jeff Gordon and composer Marvin Hamlish, who passed away in August 2012. Joe Mantegna and John Lovtiz also return to Springfield as the voices of "Fat Tony" and "Artie Ziff," respectively.