The Simpsons is the longest-running American sitcom, the longest-running American animated  program, and in 2009 it surpassed Gunsmoke as the longest-running American primetime, scripted television series. 
The Simpsons is widely considered to be one of the greatest television series of all time. Time magazine's December 31, 1999, issue named it the 20th century's best television series, and on January 14, 2000, the Simpson family was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 
It has won dozens of awards since it debuted as a series, including 27 Primetime Emmy Awards, 30 Annie Awards and a Peabody Award. Homer's exclamatory catchphrase "D'oh!" has been adopted into the English language, while The Simpsons has influenced many adult-oriented animated sitcoms.
The Simpsons reside in the town of Springfield. Homer works as a safety inspector at a local nuclear reactor power plant, Marge tries to keep peace in the family, Bart is a mischievous 10 year old Hellion, eight year old Lisa is the intelligent, saxophone playing, vegetarian member of the family and finally Maggie the baby conveys emotions via a pacifier.  The show is set in the fictional town of Springfield and parodies American culture, society, television, and many aspects of the human condition.