The Simpsons is 30 years old today. The cartoon family made their debut as a part of the Tracey Ullman Show on April 19, 1987.


  1. Homer Simpson’s frustrated cry of “D’oh” was added to the Oxford Dictionary in 2001.
  2. All the characters in The Simpsons have three fingers and a thumb on each hand. The only character with four fingers and a thumb is God.
  3. The Simpson Desert in Australia is named after Australian industrialist Alfred Allen Simpson.
  4. The Simpsons is the longest-running US sitcom, the longest-running US animated programme, and the longest-running scripted primetime TV series.
  5. The Simpson River in Chile is named after English Admiral Robert Winthrop Simpson.
  6. The Simpsons live in Springfield but which Springfield is a mystery. There are 34 places named Springfield in 25 states in the United States.
  7. Lisa’s first word was “Bart” and Maggie’s was “Daddy”, and Bart said “Ay caramba!”
  8. Two days ago, just before the Simpsons’ 30th birthday, Simpsons-in-the-Strand restaurant closed for a six-to-ten week restoration.
  9. Bart’s full name is Bartholomew Jojo Simpson.
  10. The village of Simpson in Buckinghamshire was described in 1862 as “one of the most wretched of many miserable villages in the county”.