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The Simpsons celebrates 20 years

tv Updated: Dec 07, 2009 14:08 IST

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The Simpsons

One of the most popular comedy series on the small screen,

The Simpsons

is set to celebrate a record-breaking 20 years on TV, making it the world's longest-running animated sitcom.



The characters of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie and the cast made their television debut on December 17, 1989. With 448 episodes airing in 120 countries since then, the show has earned 25 prime-time Emmys and scores of other major awards,

Daily Express

reported.



The creator of the legendary show, Matt Groening is reportedly planning a huge birthday party at Fox studios in Hollywood in 11 days' time, plus what he describes as a string of on-screen surprises for fans. The series, a satirical parody of a middle class American lifestyle epitomized by its eponymous family, has featured noted celebrities such as Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison and Michael Jackson. Homer's exclamatory catch phrase "D'oh!" has even been adopted into the English lexicon.



The show was also adapted for a movie in 2007 and plans for a sequel is also on the cards. Meanwhile, Groening and his team have also listed their favourite episodes in America's

TV Guide

magazine. Homer's Phobia from 1997, when he fears a new friend is gay on the top followed by

Two Dozen And One Greyhounds

, a 101 Dalmatians parody from 1995 and

Behind The Laughter

, a mockumentary of

VH1's

Behind The Music

from 2000 on the third spot.