The Fox network's most successful series to date was a spin-off from "The Tracey Ullman Show" in which originally appeared as one minute shorts. The executive producers of that series, James L. Brooks and Sam Simon decided that these characters could support a half an hour series. It is now reported as the longest animated series in prime-time network television.
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Series Fun Facts
- Dan Castellaneta has stated that in The Tracey Ullman Show shorts and the first season, he based the then-undeveloped voice of Homer on Walter Matthau.
- Goof (continuity error): Ralph is in Bart's class in some episodes and Lisa's in others.
- Before immigrating to America, Groundskeeper Willie's name was Dr. William McDougle. At Ellis Island he was told "From now on you'll be known as Groundskeeper Willie."