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TODAY's T cover: More than 20 years on, @TheSimpsons is still going strong

TODAY's T cover: More than 20 years on, @TheSimpsons is still going strong

LONDON — When The Simpsons debuted on television in 1987, it was as a series of fleeting animated sketches intended to bridge commercial breaks in The Tracey Ullman Show. There was little reason to think they would endure. They were a peculiar yellow, crudely drawn and conceived as ephemeral. The audience giggled at the animated snippets, however, so the TV network Fox adapted the cartoon into a half-hour series in December 1989. Almost a quarter of a century later, The Simpsons is the United States’ longest-running sitcom, with a stamina that makes Cheers, Seinfeld and Friends seem will o’ the wisp. And it shows no sign of stopping or of losing its status as a global phenomenon. “It turned into a 25-year occupation. It’s amazing. Most shows are happy to last just five years,” marvelled Al Jean, one of the original writers, who now runs the show. “I’m glad I’ve been here a...

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