On this day in 1989 the first episode of ‘The Simpsons’ animated series was aired in the United States. The first episode was the Christmas episode ‘Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire’ and aired on the Fox network. The creator of the series, Matt Goening, first aired sketches involving the family in 1987 but by 1989 it became a full half-hour series.
The Simpsons endures as an iconic and popular television series around the world and has become a staple of popular culture. The Simpsons is often considered one of the greatest television programmes of all time, for its enduring popularity among adults and children alike.