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Matthew Abram “Matt” Groening is an American cartoonist, screenwriter, and producer. He is the creator of the comic strip Life in Hell as well as two successful television series, The Simpsons (1989–present) and Futurama (1999–2003, 2007–present)
Groening made his first professional cartoon sale of Life in Hell to the avant-garde Wet magazine in 1978. The cartoon is still carried in 250 weekly newspapers. Life in Hell caught the attention of James L. Brooks. In 1985, Brooks contacted Groening with the proposition of working in animation for the Fox variety show The Tracey Ullman Show. Originally, Brooks wanted Groening to adapt his Life in Hell characters for the show. Fearing the loss of ownership rights, Groening decided to create something new and came up with a cartoon family, The Simpsons, and named the members after his own parents and sisters -- while Bart was an anagram of the word brat. The shorts would be spun off into their own series: The Simpsons, which has since aired 495 episodes. In 1997, Groening and former Simpsons writer David X. Cohen developed Futurama, an animated series about life in the year 3000, which premiered in 1999. After four years on the air, the show was canceled by Fox in 2003, but Comedy Central commissioned 16 new episodes from four direct-to-DVD movies in 2008. Then, in June 2009, Comedy Central ordered 26 new episodes of Futurama, to be aired over two seasons.
Groening has won 12 Primetime Emmy Awards, ten for The Simpsons and two for Futurama as well as a British Comedy Award for “outstanding contribution to comedy” in 2004.
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The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the FOX Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical parody of a middle class American lifestyle, epitomized by its family of the same name: Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie. The show is set in the fictional town of Springfield, but the state is never revealed (this is one of the show’s running gags). The show parodies American culture, society, television and many aspects of the human condition.
The Simpsons has won dozens of awards since it debuted as a series, including 27 Primetime Emmy Awards, 27 Annie Awards and a Peabody Award] In a 1998 issue celebrating the 20th century’s greatest achievements in arts and entertainment, Time magazine named The Simpsons the century’s best television series. In that same issue, Time included Bart Simpson in the Time 100, the publication’s list of the century’s 100 most influential people. Bart was the only fictional character on the list. On January 14, 2000, the Simpsons were awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Also in 2000, Entertainment Weekly magazine TV critic Ken Tucker named The Simpsons the greatest television show of the 1990s. Furthermore, viewers of the UK television channel Channel 4 have voted The Simpsons at the top of two polls: 2001’s 100 Greatest Kids’ TV shows, and 2005’s The 100 Greatest Cartoons, with Homer Simpson voted into first place in 2001’s 100 Greatest TV Characters. Homer would also place ninth on Entertainment Weekly’s list of the “50 Greatest TV icons”. In 2002, The Simpsons ranked #8 on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time, and in 2007 it was included in TIME’s list of the “100 Best TV Shows of All Time”. In 2008 the show was placed in first on Entertainment Weekly’s “Top 100 Shows of the Past 25 Years”. Empire named it the greatest TV show of all time. In 2010, Entertainment Weekly named Homer “the greatest character of the last 20 years.”
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Futurama is a television show based around the main protagonist Philip J. Fry, a pizza delivery boy from the 20th century who was cryogenically frozen for 1000 years, and his adventures in the future. The show was created by Matt Groening and David X. Cohen for the Fox Broadcasting Company. Besides Fry, the main cast includes Turanga Leela, Bender Bending Rodríguez, Professor Hubert Farnsworth, Hermes Conrad, Doctor John A. Zoidberg and Amy Wong, with a secondary cast of Zapp Brannigan, Nibbler, Mom and Scruffy.
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