A cartoon television series created by Matt Groening. Originally created for a short insert on the Tracey Ullman show, the Simpsons was converted into a series for Fox television in 1989. Set in the fictional US town of Springfield and highly satirical of many facets of the American way of life (including beer, fast food, tv and organised religion) "The Simpsons" was a massive hit, generating a huge popular following, and criticism from then President George Bush. The writers also showed a love for cameo appearances by celebrities and extended pastiches of contemporary and classic movies, as well as subtle visual jokes and a high regard for the sophistication of the audience.
The Town of Springfield, while described as existing in the US, cannot exist by virtue of its characterestics. It is described as being near a junction of five states, has a canyon and borders the ocean. It snows in springfield, and has a desert and mountains on its outskirts. Episodes frequently make fun of this contradiction by adding further conflicting descriptions, obscuring onscreen map representations, and interrupting conversational references. While it is not a real place, its geographical characteristics would lead one to believe that it is somewhere in the pacific northwest.
Series within The Simpsons: