This Day in Entertainment History - December 17, 1989 - "The Simpsons" Animated Series Debuts

FILE - In this undated publicity photo released by Fox, characters from the animated series, "The Simpsons," from left, Maggie, Marge, Lisa, Homer and Bart, are shown. The show's producer said Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, that the show can't continue under its current financial model. That follows a report that big pay cuts are being sought for the actors who provide voices for Homer, Marge and Bart Simpson and the other characters. (AP Photo/Fox)
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For many television shows. running seven or ten years would be considered a long run.

But, the show that debuted on this day in entertainment history turns 25 today, and is still going strong.

We're talking about the hit animated series, The Simpsons.

Created by Matt Groening, The Simpsons began as a series of shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show before becoming a full-fledged primetime animated series on December 17th, 1989.

The series focused on the adventures of the Simpsons family and the many varied residents of the fictional town of Springfield. It's known for its comedy, satire and many well-known guest stars.

It has been a huge hit, spawning lots of merchandise and a movie, and despite mutliple rumors since its debut, is not ending in the immediate future. In fact, it's confirmed that a 27th season will be made, keeping the show on air through 2016.

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